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Dance Wing – Japan

by on Sep.08, 2009, under Articles

DanceWing vol 50The second of three articles I was asked to write for the Japanese dance magazine ‘Dance Wing’ has now been published. Back in July I “blogged” briefly about volume 49 and this edition continues largely with their analysis of the Blackpool Dance Festival.

It’s a richly colourful magazine with some stunning photography, this issue features (amongst other subjects) the ‘Team Match’, hair styles (ladies) both modern and Latin, with an explanation of how to achieve the lustrous look! There are also revues of the Pro Ballroom and Pro Latin competitions by Anne Gleave and Jukka Happalainan respectfully.

Translations to all the main pieces are in English.

There is once again a wonderful presentation (on DVD insert) this time by Lene James-Mikkelsen filmed during the BDFI UK Congress 2009 entitled, ‘Back to the Future’. A very insightful lecture with some wonderful demonstrations highlighting a few of the basics often missed by young competitive Latin dancers.

The DVD also contains the semi-final and final of the British Professional Rising Star Latin Competition 2009, which of course features music of the Empress Orchestra.

The second of my articles touches briefly on our album ‘Always & Forever’ and also a little about the Orchestra itself and why (unlike many bands) we don’t use a vocalist for competitive performances.

If you’re interested, then follow the link to Dance Wing.

Comments welcomed as always!

Best wishes,

Ashley Frohlick


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