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Dance for a Chance: Disco Nights is Thursday, October 13, 2022!

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If you saved your platform shoes, leisure suits and bell bottoms -- you are READY to celebrate with YES this year for Dance for a Chance: Disco Nights Thursday, October 13, at 6 p.m. at Omaha Design Center!



This year’s event features a mix of community and business leaders who will raise money leading up to the night of the event and then compete against one another for two coveted Mirror Ball trophies – one for best dance performance (decided by judges) and one for most funds (votes) raised.

“We’re really excited about this year’s group of dancers and instructors,” said Barb Farho, Director of Development. “Each year, we welcome an amazing group to dance and fundraise for YES, and this year, we have 11 amazing community leaders to help raise awareness and money – and dance – to help youth experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness in our community. It’s going to be a great Disco-themed party!”

Dancers this year are (listed alphabetically):

  • Paul Baltes -- Nebraska Medicine
  • Chrissy Cameron -- Nebraska Realty
  • Kara Cavel -- Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Angela Peters -- Realty ONE Group Sterling
  • Jenny Powell -- Creighton University
  • Sandy Spady -- Entrepreneur
  • Sonya Markle -- Medical Solutions
  • Dan Cronin -- Fiserv
  • Kelly Staup -- Lindsay Corporation
  • Carmen Tapio -- North End Teleservices LLC
  • Chris Tooker -- Certified Financial Planner

This year’s dance instructors/performers (many returning from past years) are:

  • Carolyn Ashton – Arts for All Inc.  
  • Leigh Chaves – JCC Dance Department
  • Jared Dominguez – Vintage Ballroom
  • Kaleb Duncan - Independent
  • Kat Fackler – Independent
  • Natasha Jade – Miss Natasha Jade Dance & Fitness Training
  • Kellen Nilles– Vintage Ballroom
  • Derek Pasqualetto – Vintage Ballroom
  • Rebekah Pasqualetto – Vintage Ballroom
  • Lucas Vargas – Vintage Ballroom
  • David Vieceli -- Vieceli's Dance Instruction

Similar to Dancing with the Stars, Dance for a Chance pairs up dancers with instructors, who then work together to create a dance, pick accompanying music and practice over the summer before competing in October.

At the same time, the dancers are working within their personal and professional networks – largely via social media – to raise awareness and money for Youth Emergency Services.

With this year’s theme being Disco Nights, dancers and instructors will wear costumes from the Disco era and incorporate dance elements from that period in their performances. Attendees are invited and encouraged to dress in 1970s/Disco attire as well.

Lindsay Corporation returns as this year’s Presenting Sponsor, as does Medical Solutions as the YES Champion Sponsor. Media sponsors are Midlands Business Journal and metroMagazine, print sponsors; KMTV 3 News Now, TV sponsor; and iHeart Radio, radio sponsor.

Local comedian/entertainer and UNO communications professor Cameron Logsdon will once again serve as this year’s emcee. Former KMTV 3NewsNow Morning Blend teammates Mary Nelson, Mike DiGiacomo and Kayla Thomas will sit on the judges’ panel.  

Other sponsorships are still available. Please contact YES Director of Development Barb Farho to learn more about the advantages of becoming a Dance for a Chance sponsor.

Dance for a Chance will also include silent auction items. YES would love the opportunity to highlight your business, so if you’d like to make donations, please contact Barb.

If you're interested in becoming an EVENT SPONSOR, please contact Barb or use the link below   



So DUST OFF your BOOGIE SHOES and join us October 13 for Dance for a Chance: Disco Nights!

Thank you to our 2022 Event Sponsors*: 

Presenting Sponsor: Lindsay Corporation

YES Champion Sponsor: Medical Solutions

YES Partner Sponsor: Fiserv  North End Teleservices

Supporter Sponsors: AO E&A Consulting Lund-Ross Constructors Luma Services D. A. Davidson Valmont Security National Bank Werner Enterprises Mutual of Omaha Union Pacific

Media Sponsors: metroMagazine  Midlands Business Journal  KMTV3NewsNow  iHeart Radio

*Please contact Director of Development Barb Farho to learn more about how your organization/business can help support YES with a Dance for a Chance sponsorship! 

Yes Dance - Santa Barbara, CA



Company Description

Our goal in the community is to provide a healthy and fun downtown experience to the local Santa Barbara community through latin dancing. Rendezvous each week for a beginner's level class followed by some open dancing to practice those new moves.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Beginners Salsa Class

8:00 PM-8:30PM Beginners Bachata Class
Then Open Dancing until 11pm
Place: Yes Dane Studio, 705 Paseo Nuevo (next to Nordstrom and Sephora)

Cost: Members $5
Non-members $7, FREE to all military veterans


Yes You Can Dance Salsa and Bachata

Started in January 2013 inspired primarily by Melissa Zaragoza. She was a student at UCSB when she was the leader of Salsa event at Hillel which was an alcohol free event. That salsa event took place every Monday and about 100 to 150 students were going every week dancing from 9 pm to 12 am. It was so amazing, However, when she went to her geology camp for her degree during the summer time, the event stopped. In her return few things have changed including a much larger cost to pay for the facility and it was not possible to continue as it was for the prior 5 years. That broke my heart really. I could not believe that such a friendly, healthy fun would stop for lack of support. When she graduated, she came to my house and handdled me $500 that they have collected during her time at the salsa event and she entrusted me with it. That touched my heart dearly as she was a graduate student who did not have a job for few months after graduation, she had no obligation to save that money. In fact nobody even knew she had collected that much. The fees were only $1 for her classes. After I had finished my dissertation at UCSB, I decided to put energy into honoring her work, dedication, and honesty. I want to replicate that 150 young people dancing for three hours without a drop of alcohol. Then the amazing people from the Ayni Gallery open the door to our dreams. Now it has been more than a year and Melissa and Victor Contrera have been the main teacher every week and they have done so for free. Sebastian who was a recent student in this video is also now teaching classes for us. You may notice in the statements on the video that the atmostfere is amazing and all done voluntarily. Now we will start twice a month having a social dance on Saturday. I hope to expand it to make it sustainable and hopefully pay the instructors for their time and dedication. I feel that we as a community maybe giving the wrong message if we don't put money or value to the most healthy fun alternatives exist. Please be part of the healthy transformation, come, participate, donate, share, help it grow.

Recently, we relocated to the Veterans Memorial Building, across from West Beach in Santa Barbara. Although we cherished our time with the AYNI Gallery, we look forward to creating new and fun memories with all of you at our new venue!

Yes You Can Dance Salsa and Bachata!!
I will be waiting for you :)



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90,000 12 life hacks, to quickly learn how to dance from Mamita Dance


Author: Pavel Gather
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa and Tango


Author: Pavel Pavel
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa

on At the start, you always want to get a quick result. When it doesn't happen, the hypothesis arises that everything takes time. After a conditionally acceptable time, humility comes to mastering pair dances, which, perhaps, is not given, and I will just do what I learned somehow.

This is the most common story of those who believe that the mere act of attending a pair dance class is enough to learn how to dance.
Absolutely not. If you want to really dance well, you have to make an effort outside of the dance class. A good teacher will definitely be needed, but the initiative should be on your side.

1. Listen to music

The most common and accessible advice that is given already in the first lessons. And it definitely works. Music creates a certain atmosphere of the dance and intuitively you want to move to it. It doesn't matter where you listen to music - in the car, on headphones while walking or doing household chores.

An addition that will help you dance better is your active participation in the music. Sing along, dance or simply beat musical accents with any free parts of the body. In the subway, for example, it is enough to tap out bright moments with your fingers, in the car to sing along with sounds, and at home you can jump for pleasure.

2. Watch videos of good dancers

It's complicated, but also obvious. It’s more difficult, because without recommendations from more experienced dancers, unfortunately, it’s not so easy to find a good quality video on the net (I mean not the resolution quality, but the content itself).

Meaningful video viewing is about building an understanding of HOW dancers make a particular impression on a partner or viewer. Technology is at the heart of everything. Understanding how the pros do it is a big step forward.

It is important to distinguish a show from a disco dance, a staged performance from an improvisation, a stylized dance from an authentic one, etc. Ask for recommendations and dance teachers will always throw off a couple of videos of worthy landmarks.

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3. Dance in salsatecas/milongas/discotheques

A very delicate moment when it is worth coming to the first party. From a technical point of view, most students in 1-3 months have a sufficient set of figures and techniques to come and dance calmly. Psychologically, the same moment can be stretched out for an indefinite time. After all, it is imperative to “not lose face”, “learn more figures” and be sure what to do in case “there is an unfamiliar movement”.

In fact, the partygoers don't really care (except for a small layer of non-professional teachers who want to help inexperienced dancers by treating them as customers in the future). It is important to come and try dancing after a month of classes. You can only with friends or guys from your group. This will be enough to feel the adrenaline and inspiration from the dance.

4. Dance with partners or partners not of your level

The conventional wisdom that you need to practice in groups of your level does not withstand the test of experience. Perhaps now your eyes widened in surprise, and you want to meaningfully read the phrase again. Yes, you saw everything correctly: when you dance with a partner of your level, you don’t grow anywhere.

It's important to understand that not only does it work one way and you have to dance with cooler dancers, but it works even more effectively the other way. It is no coincidence that teaching pair dances dramatically raises the level of the teacher himself. You have an endless stream of very beginner dancers.

How it works. A more experienced partner needs to be "stretched". It's easy and obvious. With beginners, you need to take more initiative on yourself, see the general pattern of the dance more widely, turn on and insure more, try to be an example and be more careful. The quality of interaction begins to grow significantly. And wonderful partners too.

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5. Learn to dance for a partner and for a partner

Turks and Argentines are one of the best partners in the world. In Russia, partners are highly valued. Why? The answer is simple. In Argentina and Turkey, it is not questionable for men to ask another man to lead in one piece or another and give feedback on the quality of the lead. For them, it will be a great shame to hear moralizing from a partner, or even more so to be known in the community as an insecure partner.

In Russia, due to the constant, often far-fetched, opinion that there are more women in pair dances, partners calmly get up and study their partner's part. Such partners then grow into very cool dancers and teachers. In no case do this at parties, only in class. Here we are talking only about the learning strategy. At parties, be yourself.

6. Do not memorize the links

Always try to look deeper and understand the through principle and idea of ​​movement. Understanding what and how is done will make it possible to independently generate any sequences and chips.

Human memory is limited and there will always be a moment when something will escape and your repertoire will be limited by the size of RAM.

In Argentine tango, for example, there are seven levels of movement construction that, when mastered, will allow you to make millions of combinations. And how many dance sequences can you really remember? In rueda, more than 150 figures dance in a rare circle. It's hard to keep more in mind.

7. Develop your body

Many years of experience in teaching couple dance shows that as soon as everyone pairs up in a class, any progress in individual style ends. But it is the individual style that distinguishes everyone at the disco: partners change, and style is always with you.

The body as the main instrument of dance must be very plastic, responsive and emotional. Surprisingly, not all pair dance schools have a general physical warm-up. It is vital to tune the body and understand how it works.

You can always train extra and concentrate more on the basic steps, as their true value is as body work. The sequence of steps is, in fact, the simplest thing that can be in pair dancing. The quality of individual performance determines the craftsmanship.

8. Try on the images of inspiring dancers

A psychological life hack for those who have already mastered the steps, but still feel that there is not enough brightness and drive. Most are terribly afraid of being someone else's "clone". Here the action is the same as under the influence of hypnosis - the more you resist, the more you plunge into an altered state of consciousness.

With a high degree of probability, you are already dancing like someone else's "clone". A meaningful fitting of someone else's image is that you mentally take the image of the one who inspires you (inspiration is critical in this case) and "put on" yourself. Then you start dancing and trying to feel in general how it is to be able, for example, to be the best partner or the sexiest partner in a disco. This is much more difficult than it seems. But it works extremely efficiently.

9. Dance to offbeat music

Habitual rhythms keep you tight. Tango salon or speedy timba leave little room for experimentation and fantasy. Pattern dancing is always noticeable and is reserved for beginners.

The truly new is born outside of the usual. Look for places to experiment. If there is no place, organize self-training. The main thing is not to get carried away, because music determines the style. We bring something new to pair dances, rather than trying to change them.

Search, improvise, don’t be afraid to go beyond, develop in different directions, be inspired by music atypical for the style

10. Try your hand at basic dance directions

dances exist according to their own non-choreographic laws.

This is the deepest delusion, which has turned into a ceiling for the qualitative development of partner dances. After all, all professional dancers, for example, in salsa or bachata, build their ideas on the basic choreographic principles.

Do not think that choreography is only applicable on stage. Any meaningful movement of the body can be choreographic. In general, try classical or modern choreography. Basically, hip-hop can work too.

11. Look for battle sensations

Pair dances return us to an active position of manifestation of our body. As in the days of our ancient ancestors, we impress the members of the opposite sex by how dexterous, hardy, sexy, etc. we are. Modern laws of the jungle in the entourage of large cities.

If you look around the dance floor, it becomes clear that the majority are clearly herbivores (not in the sense of vegetarians, but in relation to those around them). I am sure that predators are always more interesting in terms of the attractiveness of the image - try to find a counterbalance among herbivores, for example, a cat woman or a lion man.

The conversation is about an internal position, not about aggressiveness. Lability and lack of control are inherent in adolescents, and not in adult self-sufficient people.

Accordingly, even a training or friendly battle gives, on the one hand, practical skills - to make a bright sequence of movements, bring an idea to a climax, show a spectacular feature, on the other hand, develops the psychological basis of the dance - self-confidence, resistance to extraneous attention, self-control and self-control in complex elements.

12. Communicate with professionals

The environment shapes the internal position. Basically, real passionaries of the dance community are ready to openly talk, discuss and support the development of dance in every possible way. Universal principles and the ideas they articulate have a much longer and more practical perspective than meets the eye.

Accept that, for example, behind the words "listen to your partner" is not only a beautiful metaphor, but also a practical skill to literally listen to your partner. At the same time, always treat every thought, even the most respected teacher, as a private opinion.

Your skill will lie in finding the scope of the idea even in conflicting opinions. Most often, the contradiction is speculative and the truth lies in the angle of perception or situationality.

Your dancing growth will stop sooner or later. This can happen at the level of three basic steps or years of experience in teaching and show performances. Regardless of your level, the suggested 12 life hacks can get you off the ground and greatly accelerate your dance growth. There is no way here without your motivation and activity. Take your dance development into your own hands. 9Ol000 Dangerous sexuality

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7 tips for those who want to learn how to dance

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Dancing is a great way to make friends with your body and gain self-confidence. And yes, they can be mastered at any age.



1. Choose your style

The idea here is the same as for sports: if you secretly hate yoga or iron exercises, you are unlikely to go to workouts week after week. To achieve noticeable progress in dancing, a beginner will have to practice a lot and regularly, so it’s better not to torture yourself and choose a direction that really ignites.

You can focus on the music that you like - you need to catch the drive from movements to it. It is music that forms the style of dance and its energy, so decide what is closer to you: for example, funk lovers should try popping or locking, folk fans may like Irish dancing, and if you respect jazz, swing and everything like that, take a closer look at lindy hop.

Another criterion is the nature of the movements. Some are closer to dynamic, as in hip-hop, others are smooth and sensual - for this in tango. There are also health restrictions to consider. So, twerk is not suitable if there are problems with the lumbar spine, with sore knees it is better not to get involved in shuffle, and it will be difficult for an aged person to master house.

2. Set a goal

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You can start dancing at any age, but it's important to keep in mind why you started it in the first place. It is perhaps too bold to expect that in half a year of classes it will be possible to reach the level of international dance championships from scratch. But if you want to try dancing in order to develop plasticity and learn to feel the body better, great, go ahead.

Don't expect to get it right the first time. When you learn from scratch, difficulties are absolutely normal, the main thing is not to score in classes. Over time, both the correct posture and a beautiful gait will be developed, and as a bonus you will also get self-confidence - with freedom of movement, freedom from complexes will come.

3. Don't give up on sports

Some dances in themselves make for a good workout. A vigorous shuffle will replace cardio, and a break can give a load to almost all muscle groups. And yet, without preparation, it will not be easy. A more or less good stretch is needed in any type of dance, and, for example, strong arms and strong abdominal and back muscles are also useful for pole dancing. You can combine dancing with strength exercises, but you need to give the body time to recover and not plan classes in a row, but allocate at least a day of rest between them.

And don't forget to warm up before dancing. So that the training does not end with an injury, the muscles and joints need to be prepared for the load. You can allocate 10–15 minutes for a warm-up, it should include simple articular gymnastics (at least elementary rotational movements of the shoulders and knees), tilts and dynamic stretching.

4. Take some lessons from a trainer

Especially if you have never danced before. Those with experience can learn new styles at home with video tutorials, but that's because they already know how to control their bodies. Beginners are unlikely to succeed, but disappointment in themselves and demotivation are guaranteed - if you can’t repeat elementary movements, then there’s no point in doing it.

Nothing really strange here. Without preparation, it is difficult to just take it and start moving freely. At least the basic elements are better to master under the guidance of a pro, and when you feel that you are coping, supplement these lessons with home workouts.

5. Learn something new in every class

When you repeat the same set of exercises and movements over and over again, classes turn into a good way to pass your free time, only you can forget about progress. Acquaintance with new elements is the same mandatory part of any workout as a warm-up. It doesn't matter if you work with a mentor or on your own.

Do not immediately try to copy cool dancers. First, study the basic movements, then try to combine them into bundles until you hone them to automatism, and then experiment and improvise, creating something new based on familiar elements.

6. Record yourself on video

It is not necessary to record the entire workout from the warm-up, it is enough to record only those moments with which you have problems. These can be separate movements or bundles that are not given in any way. Review the video and, if possible, objectively assess what is wrong: perhaps there are technical problems that are difficult to notice in the process. When you understand what's wrong, try to repeat the movement and record it on video again - and so on until you achieve a good result.

This approach will help you find errors and track progress. You can not even limit yourself to memorized ligaments, but improvise - then see how it looks from the outside.

7. Find like-minded people

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If you need an extra reason not to miss classes, then meeting new people can be a good motivation. It is easier here for those who train in a group. Often the dance school becomes the center of a close-knit community, where people come not only for the sake of classes, but also just to spend time together at dance parties.

Finally, the more partners around, the more experience. Do not limit yourself to dancers of your level of training and practice with those who are stronger or weaker than you. In the first case, you will be able to improve your skills, and in the second, you will try yourself as a coach - this, by the way, is a good way to learn to take more initiative and understand the very principle of movement in dance, and not just memorize the alternation of chords.

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