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Compete Like a Pro… as an Amateur

Posted By: Nneka Opene | Filed under: Ballroom Dancing | Feb 28, 2017

Have you ever watched those ballroom dance competitions on television and wondered how you could ever get involved in such a thing, when you’re just an amateur? Granted, while the professional dance sport competitions are typically for experienced to pro level dancers, there are still avenues (like ATOMIC) out there where novices can get a taste of what it’s like.

In addition to the ongoing ballroom dance classes which range from beginner to intermediate in a variety of styles, ATOMIC also now offers a specialized amateur ballroom competition class. Held Wednesday evenings from 7:45-9:15 PM starting on March 2nd, this very special class will prepare students for competition by taking them through an intensive two month training session. Students will learn a competition routine in Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot from instructor Melaina Larson. Along the way Doreen Fineman will serve as a judge while offering participants special coaching leading up to the competition. This competition class is for both beginners and intermediate level dancers because ballroom competitions limit the steps contestants can do. Therefore competition class students will all learn same routine while learning the technique and fundamentals for each style.

Students will compete with each other as amateur/amateur, making it more affordable and accessible for all. Just $28 per class or 2 punches per class from your ATOMIC Ballroom Punch Card. In addition, resident ballroom instructors Ryan Crutcher and Joe Banks will join the competition classes pilgrimage to the Emerald Ball on May 3, 2017. Shesha Marvin and Trisha Pollock and other ATOMIC family will also be there in support!

Don’t delay as competition class begins this week and runs through April 26, 2017. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from the best while striving for your best in a rewarding and fun atmosphere while dancing amongst the stars of ballroom!


About the author:

Having fearlessly explored every continent, Nneka is multi-lingual and passionate about travel, culture and life. A SDSU alumni, she has worked in KTVU Fox's newsroom, interviewed notable figures and hosted programs for various media outlets. She has also written features for The San Leandro Times and Also a seasoned performer and fitness professional, Nneka holds several fitness certifications, has shared the stage with entertainment icons, and has appeared on various TV Shows.

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