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How I Disappointed Ricardo + Three Important Dance Tips from Him — experience flamenco

Ricardo is here, and I’m already disappointing him. He arrived on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long.

I’ll tell you about the desilusión and share three dance tips from his class last night. Three tips that are important to keep in mind at all times.

First, the disappointment

There’s really a lot of me feeling disappointed with myself going on.

Why didn’t I study before he came?

Why didn’t I make it a point to remember things he’d taught me in the past?

Why don’t I just pick things up quickly and do them well right away?

Why haven’t I been working on my technique more?

It started on Tuesday when he arrived.

We went to view the possible space for our possible show. Which we immediately loved and which quickly became the actual space for our now actual show, that would happen exactly one week from that moment.

In the space the ideas began to flow.

It asked us for certain things, this new space that we loved.

As we were leaving we started talking about the show.

We más o menos planned out the whole thing in the car.

We started to see a beautiful show.

We did this all the way to dinner.

I could see the beautiful show, and I felt excited about it, very much so.

But I also worried.

“Why can’t you come sometime and not want to do a show so that I can just relax and have fun while you’re here?” I said to Ricardo as we were getting into the car after dinner.

He just laughed.

But I wasn’t joking.

And we went home.

Where eventually we began to “rehearse” in the kitchen.

That’s when I started feeling that way

The I’m totally going to disappoint him and I already am disappointing him way.

And perhaps that’s when I started to feel disappointed in myself.

On Wednesday we went to rehearse with the musicians.

“Te voy a matar.

“I’m going to kill you,” Ricardo said to me as we were getting out of the car to go to rehearsal. He was smiling when he said it but still …

“¿Por qué?” I asked.


Because if I had studied and remembered things he’d taught me in the past we could so easily use them for our show he told me.

I know.


I wonder what would happen if I started to believe that I was not disappointing him

… or myself.

I wonder what would happen if I chose not to disappoint him

… or myself.

I wonder.

... I’ll get back to you on that.

Some background

Ricardo wanted to do a show from the moment he decided to come to Portland.

I told him fine as long as I didn’t have to dance. Everybody ALWAYS wants to see him perform, and it’s not like we have flamenco dancers of his caliber around here every day, especially to do an intimate show like this.

But I would have to be in the show also he said.

So, I told him no, no show. We’ll only have one week to prepare! He kept bugging me about it. And I told him it was stressing me out. So he kind of let it go.

Then in Santa Barbara he somehow talked me into it. My nieces and sister had something to do with that as well. So when I got home I started looking for spaces …

… and here we are, going to have a show.

And now for those three tips,

which could be thought of as important reminders:

# 1: Aprieta la barriga - Engage the abs

We must engage the abdominals in order to control our bodies.  You notice it especially when doing puntas and turns and anything where you're having to balance on one leg. As soon as we engage, we have control.

# 2: Cuidar las líneas - Notice the lines

Use the mirror to pay attention to the lines your body is forming.

# 3: Trabajar los dos brazos - Use both arms

A common problem is to give attention to one arm, usually the front arm, while completely ignoring the other arm, letting it either hang there in unawareness or tensing it up and stopping the energy. Pay attention to both arms!


Stay tuned to find out more about Ricardo López and how he became interested in dancing and flamenco in particular, about his beginnings and about how it fits into his life today.

Photograph ©Christopher Germano. (Thanks, Chris!)

What is this show & when is it?

It’s called Antes + Después, and it’s next Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm at SomaSpace. 


How do you deal with feeling like you've disappointed someone?  Or yourself? What emotions come up for you when you're feeling the pressure to do something you're not sure you should do? Let me know, por favor. Leave a comment below.

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Get Physical Process


The Get Physical Process has been developed by the dancer and choreographer Ricardo de Paula. It brings together elements of Contemporary Dance, Capoeira Angola, Body-Mind Centering, and Contact Improvisation. In the Get Physical Process, these different principles of movement and imaginations of the body merge into a powerful practice that searches for the strength and sensitivity of individual bodies meeting in motion.

Get Physical builds on the conviction that the capacity of the individual body to grow its senses is enhanced by the exchange happening between dancing bodies. It is a mobile negotiation between individual and group – building trust and collective strength.

In the open classes, we train to acknowledge the own responsibility of the body – in its weight shifts and in its movement. By taking control of the complex interactions that are our body, we train the readiness of the body – its ability to adeptly react towards any situation. We search for stability and alignment within the body, especially the spine, and learn to trust it. We work and strengthen the center of our bodies in order to decentralize our movement. We practice for our bodies to become strong and yet highly sensitive, to be intensely present, and yet tender in our encounters.

Moving the distal bones at any joint (the bones more distant from the center of the body). Moving the proximal bones closer to the center of the body. Every movement begins within us. Through Get Physical Process the floor becomes your tool, reflecting this into your consciousness. By combining basic elements of capoeira and qualities of contemporary dance you will learn to use the floor’s support to become lighter, while also gaining strength. Movement sequences will take you through every level of the space, challenging your boundaries, physically and mentally.

The aim of the class is to create experiences. Experiences within the body to help give a greater knowledge, freedom and power to our movement. Experiences to take us forward. Based on the dance experience of teaching the class technique used in different companies, Ricardo de Paula developed his approach and interpretation of the movement language. His class is instructed by the fusion of techniques.

Everyone who likes to move is welcome.


Costs per training: 8 Euro



How do acts of resistance shape our bodies and minds?
What does your personal idea of resistance look like?
Where can we find the inspiration to continue resisting actively?

Once again, Grupo Oito invites participants to take part in a two-day research workshop on “resistance”.

We will explore this topic using the Get Physical Process, a physical practice developed by Ricardo De Paula and used by Grupo Oito as a tool to investigate movement.  A plurality of perspectives on “resistance” will allow us to discuss resistance in all its complexity: at the level of the body and mind, within interpersonal interactions, and on a social and political scale.

Level: Open to everyone with movement background

When: November 26-27, 2022, from 10:00 until 16:00

Where: Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 2 - Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin


Full price = 110 €

*Early bird = 90 € (*until October 30, 2022)

Information about the payment methods will be given after registration

COVID-19 Regulations

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, spots are limited and unfortunately we can't let anyone join the class who has not signed up beforehand.
  • 2G-plus rules apply: either fully vaccinated or recovered; or fully vaccinated or recovered and has received a booster jab.

MIME Centrum Berlin (STUDIO2 & Mediathek für Tanz und Theater)
Kunstquartier Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin


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Association of Sports Dance Federations of the Republic of Kazakhstan

It was hard to believe, but they really flew to Shymkent and danced in such a way that their hearts skipped a beat with excitement and delight. The audience was afraid to breathe, so as not to destroy the magic that reigned in the hall, as soon as they stepped onto the floor and performed a dance, one more delightful than the other and worthy of the best halls in the world. Kazakh dancers will remember the 35th anniversary of the club "Duet" for a long time - in honor of the hero of the day (Dmitry Shut also celebrated his 65th birthday), three-time current world champions in Latin among professionals Ricardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko danced. Especially for the website, we managed to interview the champions. Each of them has their own story of a difficult path to the top and universal recognition in the world ranking of professional couples in the Latin American program, but we were talking not only about success...

- How and when did your romance with dancing develop?

Julia: It was a long time ago, in Belgorod. I first started dancing Russian folk dances in one group, and danced there for 3-4 years, and then decided to change the genre. My mother brought me to ballroom dancing, where I left my heart, my love and all of myself. There were never dancers in my family, my mother just saw that I was always spinning and spinning in front of the TV, repeating everything, copying from the screen - whether it was ballet or stage. Then my mother decided: it is necessary! And so we went to the Russian dance ensemble, and everything went from there. I am now 31 years old (counts in my mind), oh, it turns out I have been dancing for many years.

- To be a top dancer means to train and take lessons from leading coaches. What else can we advise our dancers - barre lessons, Pilates classes, fitness loads or something else? Your methodical recommendations to dancers-sportsmen.

Julia: Everything is very individual. But the most important characteristic is stretching. It is a must to do it. There should also be good physics and musicality.

Ricardo: I would recommend Girotonic to everyone - a completely new kind of fitness training. This new direction of fitness originated in the USA. The Girotonic simulator has a rather strange appearance and looks more like a medieval torture device than fitness equipment. However, it is very simple and easy to use. It is distinguished by the ability to carry out movements in three planes at once, in a circle and in a spiral. Your muscles get an extra stretch and relax. Girotonic was invented by Juliu Horváth, a classical dancer who, due to a spinal injury, was forced to retire and immerse himself in the study of oriental medicine techniques, including acupuncture and yoga. These techniques, combined with his athletic experience, led to the creation of a new method. It is the combination of movement elements from different sports - swimming, dance, yoga and ballet - that everyone can achieve greater flexibility, stamina and strength, as well as reduce back pain. We actively use it in our workouts, and we have noticed: it reduces stress well!

Yulia: Yes, you can develop muscle strength and flexibility with this machine. The body becomes very coordinated.

- How many hours per day and days per week do you train?

Julia: We live by dancing, so our day is built around dancing. We practice ourselves, teach a little, not so much, and take a lot of lessons. We have a very high pace of training.

- And the high pace of tournaments, championships. How often do you, according to your status, have to attend tournaments?

Julia: It all depends on the tournament schedule. For example, there is the "Asian Tour", when 5 tournaments take place within two weeks. And everyone wants to see us, to see other top pairs. In a month, on average, - 1-2 times we definitely have competitions. Plus, we dance all kinds of show programs.

- Do you have favorite venues and tournaments?

Julia: There are a lot of them, and they are all so different! In Germany, in Mannheim, this is the International Dance Masters tournament. In Russia - the Kremlin Cup, in America - Ohio Star Ball and our national championship, in Japan - Tokyo Open ... All tournaments have their own flavor, we like to dance everywhere.

Ricardo: There is a very beautiful tournament in the Royal Albert Hall, the Blackpool Dance Festival is also something unimaginable! So everywhere there are places where they dance very well, and I can’t say which tournament is our favorite.

- It seemed to me that today there are unreasonably few people in the hall. Does it somehow offend you? Or are you one of those artists who are ready to dance even for two spectators in the hall?

Julia: Absolutely right! Yes, of course, we were glad that someone came at all (laughs). We know that the arrival of dancers of such a level turned out to be the first time, and the people did not particularly believe until the last that we could come. Probably everyone was just confused.

- If you could identify a key moment in your career, what would it be?

Ricardo: For me it's always a loss. It is the loss that motivates me and shows how far we are from winning or from the first place. When you lose, there is a certain drive to move on and work, practice.

Julia: Ricardo, we won 3 worlds, what's next?

Ricardo: We haven't won the UK Open or Blackpool Festival yet. So we still have a long way to go!

Julia: Of course, there is always room for development. We always analyze which competitions feel good; we study videos a lot and understand how much further we can go and add. My key moment is a huge love for dance. I gave my whole life to him, all my time, all my childhood went into training. I always wanted to be the best and certainly win. And I love doing it!

- The question is not about dancing. Every woman loves jewelry. If you were a decoration, what would you be?

Yulia: Interesting question... (smiles, looking at Ricardo. He is the first to react and exclaims: “Only a diamond, a unique diamond!”) I think yes, I am a diamond, but not a big diamond, but always with highlight. I am unique, but not flashy. I'm very modest, really (laughs).

- And Ricardo's question: if you were a car, what would you be?

Ricardo: Oh! I'm a car fanatic! I would be a red Ferrari, Bugatti or Lamborghini - in a word, an exclusively Italian car. I love Formula 1, I love the speed and power, coupled with the beauty and grace of these cars.

- Both of you are in a position where you can afford a lot. Do you like beautiful clothes and shopping? Where do you dress?

Julia: Unfortunately, we don't have time to go shopping specifically. We get it like this: where there is an opportunity, we shop there. Basically, this is duty free, because we spend a lot of time on flights. Hong Kong has a lot of duty free. There is a favorite Outlet in New York - there is a good choice and generally expanse for the eyes. If you like something and there is an opportunity, we take it and buy it.

- You have amazing costumes. Who creates them?

Julia: Today, many designers in the world are engaged in dance costumes. I look, track and choose those who are most suitable for me. I like the American brand Jordy. I have used it many times and it is always very convenient. A lot of my costumes are made by Espen Sahlberg and Jordy sews them. As for shoes, I also experiment a lot, now I am making a special model of Juliya shoes from the Ray Rose brand so that it fits and does not wear out for a long time, and so that the foot does not hurt. It's not easy to calculate, test, start production, but we are trying. I chose Ray Rose already 7 years ago, so we make shoes even more beautiful with them. I - for a glass heel, for a slightly larger sole for a wide foot, and we also make soft bridges so that the fingers do not get crushed. That is, my special model Juliya is being developed, and it will be available soon. I plan on launching my own tonic and lotion very soon, I already use one that I really like because it does not stain costumes much. In general, in the future, look for all the information on Facebook!

- What about hair and makeup - do you do everything yourself?

Julia: I experiment a lot despite all my experience. I do something different all the time. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes better. Ricardo always notes this and says that he likes it. He has a more classic look. As for hair, I have my own hairdresser who travels with me a lot to all the important tournaments. We also love experiments. I don’t know how much I have tried, but I am always different. When I myself go to the show, I make it much easier - the classic head (laughs).

- There is a concept of "champion dress". Do you sell your costumes, track their fate, do you see them at tournaments?

Julia: Of course we see! At the World Championships, I always say: "This dress will bring you good luck!". And then they tell me: “We won!”. So the “champion dress” always works (laughs)!

- What are the current trends in the dance world? Many couples who dance latin? Or maybe the standard is at its peak? Is there a revival of attention to the "top ten"? Pro Am, Freestyle? What genres are on the rise in the world?

Ricardo: I think Pro Am is at its peak. In all countries, not only in America, Pro Am is developing phenomenally.

Julia: Yes, I agree with Ricardo. People come to Pro Am dancing self-sufficient, accustomed to achieving success, and of course they enjoy dancing. Dancing generally does everything, and you can go to the fitness club just for support. Form, tone - all this is dancing. Pro Am is in favor today. "Ten"? I don’t think it’s developing much, because it’s very difficult - financially, first of all. Ricardo and I, at times, do not have enough time to practice in Latin, we do not have enough time to dig into the dance, to bring something else into the dance. I feel like I don't have enough time. And the “ten” is just an incredible load.

- Do you stage your amazing shows yourself?

Julia: We have several teachers who help us. We try to use different knowledge so that there is no obvious handwriting. They experiment on us, try their ideas and support on us. If we pull, we leave. No, we're trying something else. We use all our possibilities.

- Somehow a commentator on a serious tournament on TV said that today ballroom dancing is more and more moving into acrobatics and sports. And the ideal of the female body in dancing is a pumped figure and a strong body. At your speech today, I personally got a different impression. Yes, muscles, but it's still more like ballet than acrobatics. Maybe I'm wrong? Or do you consciously strive to have more art in your performances than sports?

Julia: I think there is more art. But! Behind this is a great sport. Never show how hard it is. But you need to bring all this into art, into art. Yes, the structure of my body allows me to perform ballet, but the body is also very athletic. For example, jive, this is a more sporty dance, it has art, but less. I think the ideal of dance is a mix of everything. Then there will be good dancing when you show more than one style, you know? It is necessary to add given motion to Latin, a little African style, and a little Brazilian. Everything should be, then the dancing will be cool.

- Is there any universal advice for those dancers who may have experienced a number of failures in sports and suddenly decided to quit. Is there always a chance to achieve a new result? What to do in moments of disappointment with yourself?

Julia: You need to do a test: write down what is done and what is not done in dancing. And I'm more than sure that "not done" can be translated into "done". This cannot be, because always, if you do something, there will be a result. And there will be success. If it's not there, then something is missing. Well, plus you need motivation: you need to watch videos, go to ballet if possible, listen to music and read stories of successful people - whatever! But the main thing is a test to understand what are “pluses” and what are “minuses”, what is important, what is not. And then everything is simply displayed and, perhaps, it will turn out in general that dancing is not quite the main thing, then there is no result and there will not be. It will be like a hobby, and the result will be no further than the semi-final or quarter. We put our whole lives on our result. Are you ready for the same?

- What is your definition of dance?

Julia: For me, dance is an expression of my emotions through the movement of my body. But also dance is something super-higher, which grows in you all the time and opens up more and more, develops over the years. That is, in dancing there is no limit.

Ricardo: For me dancing is like a religion, like life, like falling in love. Sometimes there is a moment of a decline in emotions, and you don’t want to do anything, you are upset about something, but all the same, your love for dancing leads you to training. You look, and in a day you are in perfect order!

- What inspires you today to be who you are?

Ricardo: Julia! Dance with her.

Julia: Dance with Ricardo! When we got together, I understood that a partner of such a high class is a dream, and I still had to live up to this trust.

- Can you advise the guys something else?

Ricardo: Good luck! In addition to all the work that we have, it's good to have luck. When you work and you get results, that's good. But I believe in luck. God bless everyone! We did not grow up in the richest families, neither I nor Yulia. I worked at one time as a waiter, Yulia started teaching and learning from the age of 11, but this is all the experience that is worth a lot. Learn, train and may luck favor you!

Julia: I wish everyone to take lessons and have the opportunity to study with the best teachers. Once it was a great happiness for me to take 1-2 lessons from Brian Watson!

- ... and today our guys also danced on the same floor with the world champions! For them, it is already a feeling of success that they stood next to you, this is very important and a great success.

Yulia: Yes, I remember from myself how I dreamed of being close to the champions, breathing the same air with them, it immediately seemed to me that I was already dancing better because of this alone! Dance and believe in yourself!

Prepared by Irina Bureeva, especially for www.

Ricardo Milos - biography, personal life, photo, news, memes, dance, death, skin, Minecraft 2022


In his youth, Ricardo Milos studied the basics of doing business, was engaged in entrepreneurship. However, it was not this at all that made him popular, but an incendiary dance, the video of which became viral on the Web.

Childhood and youth

Ricardo Milos was born on November 11, 1977 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The celebrity has a twin brother, with whom he was adopted when he was a child. The boy's adoptive father was a photographer who took the first pictures of Ricardo and inspired him to become a model.

Growing up, the young man began to play sports in order to improve his appearance and become more confident. He transformed his body and, with a height of 173 cm, weighed 86 kg. In parallel, Milos mastered business management at the University of Miami. Soon the guy opened his own business and began to make money selling health products that were in demand in Japan.


There is no information about what led the man to striptease, as well as about other details of his early creative biography. His connection with the erotic genre is indicated by candid photos posted on the Internet. In 2010, he starred in a video that was posted on the gay site Jock Butt, which provoked rumors about Ricardo's homosexuality. In the video, a man performs an incendiary dance to the song Open Your Eyes, using enticing movements and demonstrating the virtues of a muscular body. At the same time, Milos has a minimum of clothes, only a bright red bandana and shorts with an American flag pattern.

Soon the video was copied to the Japanese resource Nico Nico Douga and placed in the Muscular Boys (hachimuchi) category. The video quickly gained views and began to spread on the Web. Users found the Brazilian dancer's peppy moves more comical than sexy, and began to change the music in the background to make the clip even funnier.

In 2016, a parody appeared, where the dance of a stripper was accompanied by the composition Butterfly by the band Smile. dk. After that, the video gained popularity in the United States and 2 years later found a response in the hearts of Russian users. The video was cut into fragments that were used as the basis for memes.

Stripper Ricardo Milos / @RicardoMilosDancin

Milos' image went viral on VKontakte, used to illustrate mediocre dancing skills, playful congratulations and good night wishes. Particularly popular were pictures where a half-naked Brazilian was placed in the scenery of harsh Russian life. On them, a man carries packages from the supermarket, plays snowballs or sits at the New Year's table.

At the beginning of 2019, users were shocked by the news of Ricardo's death. Several versions of the death of an Internet hero have appeared on the Web. They wrote that he died of a drug overdose, a terrible disease, or was killed. But since the reasons differed, fans were in no hurry to believe in the premature death of a charming stripper. Some suggested that his brother had died.

In the spring, the man unexpectedly got in touch and posted on his Yahoo group for the first time since 2015. He said that he lives in Florida and leads a quiet family life, but asked fans to stop sending him memes about him. Milos was unhappy that the image got on the Web without his consent, and threatened users with litigation.

While Ricardo himself is in no hurry to please the public with new chips, his image continues to be used in various interpretations. So, after the announcement of the next part of the Resident Evil Village game franchise in 2021, talented developers launched interesting mods. Among them is the figure of Milos.

However, this time his dancing skills were not useful. Ricardo simply replaces the player's ordinary opponents, deftly wielding melee weapons. The company to him in fashion was the dinosaur Barney and the engine Thomas. By the way, for Milos, the appearance in the game has already happened - earlier Minecraft fans could download his skin.

Personal life

Milos rarely talks about his personal life, but he denied gossip about belonging to sexual minorities.

Learn more