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News, reviews, features and announcements for people who like to dance and also like to travel. Here you'll find out where to go out dancing around the US and abroad. In Dance Travel News you'll find feature articles, news blurbs, reviews and announcements of upcoming dance events, dance weekends, supper clubs with dancing to live bands, dance cruises, dances benefiting charities, outdoor dancing, dance festivals, and dance performances. Check here regularly, and become a fan on our Facebook page, Dance Travel News, for reviews and news items about where to enjoy ballroom dancing, swing dancing, west coast swing, foxtrot, rumba, mambo, waltz, cha cha, salsa, tango, hustle, country 2-step and more, plus ballet, modern dance and jazz. Submit dance related news to editor Lisa Skriloff at lisa@multicultural, 212-242-3351.

Event: Bally’s Celebrates Atlantic City's Historic Roots With Swing Dance-Off On Thurs. Jan. 13

No better time than the New Year to improve your dance moves or simply show them off…high-style jazz and swing moves, that is. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City will continue its ongoing commemoration of the city's rich history during the 1920s this winter at Bally’s when they kick off the very first Swing Era Dance-Off, featuring the music and dance styles of the 20s-40s, on Thursday January 13 from 6pm-12am. Co-sponsored by the leading international website for all things swing, Yehoodi.com, The Dance-Off, which will take place at the appropriately swing-inspired Grand Ballroom, will invite couples to participate in this six-hour competition to show off their signature dance moves and stamina to keep the swingin’ going. Couples can register for one of two events:  a stamina event, spanning the better part of six hours of straight dancing, and a true-to-form, swing dance skills competition.  All dancers participating in the competition will be asked to dress in 1920’s-inspired styles as well.  A half-hour special instructional lesson will also be offered from 5:30pm-6:00pm in the Grand Ballroom.  The winning couple from each category will earn themselves a handsome cash reward and a 1920s-inspired weekend at Bally's, as well as bragging rights!  Judges will include Jill Sternheimer of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series, renowned NY swing dancer/instructor Roddy Caravella and Kristine Powell, founder and director of NJ Swing (www.njswing.com).  Read more >>

Event: Highlights of the Viennese Ball Season Through March 3, 2011

Waltz sounds and champagne spirits this winter over 300 classic Viennese ball nights will provide the perfect opportunity to dance and party at some of the city’s most attractive locations. The undisputed highlights of the Viennese ball season are the Vienna Philharmonic Ball at the Musikverein (Jan 20, 2011, www.wienerphilharmoniker.at), the Coffee House Owner’s Ball at the Hofburg (Feb 25, 2011, www.kaffeesiederball.at) and the Opera Ball at the State Opera House (Mar 3, 2011, www.wiener-staatsoper.at).  Read more >>

Event: That’s Entertainment, Highlights of the Kaiserball Coming New Year’s Eve

A night of Austrian waltzing tradition to the soundtrack of the great entertainers awaits at the 41st Kaiserball on 31 December 2010. This year’s event, themed “That’s Entertainment”, promises well-loved melodies from artists including Frank Sinatra and Robbie Williams. Also Maya Hakvoort, who played the leading lady in the Austrian musical “Elisabeth”, will perform at midnight.  Read more >>

News: Ballroom Dancing Weekend program at Mohonk Mountain House, December 3-5, 2010

This Victorian castle resort and National Historic Landmark, located just 90 miles north of New York City has more than 40 theme programs throughout the year, an award-winning eco-friendly 30,000-square foot Spa (voted #3 Hotel Spa in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure magazine’s Worlds Best Awards), and an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking on 85 miles of trails, mountain biking, tennis, golf, rock-climbing, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, and more (seasonally available).  Read more >>

Event: First-ever DANCE AUSTRIA! At the Lincoln Center on October 16th - Waltz the Night Away for FREE!

The Austrian Tourist Office presents the inaugural DANCE AUSTRIA!, fun evening of a dazzling collection of original performances by Austria and New York’s most gifted dancers and musicians. The extravaganza will include entertainment by...  Read more >>

Feature Article: Limping Around Las Vegas: Limp, Limp, Limp, One Dance

It turned out to be a metatarsal stress fracture. A broken bone in my foot. But a few days before my long-planned trip to Las Vegas, when my foot all of a sudden started bothering me, I had a decision to make. It wasn’t until the day after I came back from the trip that an x-ray revealed the hairline fracture in the long bone connected to my second toe.

But back to the beginning of the story.  The story of limping around Las Vegas. I can’t think, off the top of my head, of another city where “never leaving your hotel” still equals a good time.

Luckily, that hotel was the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and, with 5000 plus rooms, the property had an entire city’s worth of restaurants and things to do.  Read more >>

Feature Article: Mount Airy Casino Resort: Dance, Dine, Dance, Dine, Poker

An easy weekend getaway, with lots of opportunities for dancing, is Mount Airy Casino  Resort, just 75 minutes from NYC.

There’s a nightclub, a lounge and a piano bar, all with great dancing, and if that won’t give you your fill of dancing in two days, pick the special doo-wop weekend or the Learn to Salsa Fridays weekends or the PBS Ballroom show taping weekend, and you’ll be in cha cha heaven.

It was drenching downpour on our Friday drive up to this Pocono resort, the kind of rain that soaks you in just one step out of the car.  As we turned off Route 80 at the Tannersville Exit, I was hoping that the renovated resort we were going to see, originally built in the 50s, would have an overhang at the entrance. How glad was I to see one and that once inside I didn’t have to leave until Sunday.  Read more >>

Feature Article: Dancing in Madrid, Not Just Flamenco and Sevillanas

Before my most recent trip to Madrid, my favorite city in the world after my hometown of New York City, I did a little research to discover where to go ballroom, swing and salsa dancing. I quickly found a nascent but growing scene of aficionados. And I joined them.

When I’m in Madrid, I channel my inner Madrilena. I go to the movies (in Spanish! without subtitles!), shop at the Corte Ingles and now, go out dancing.

I googled, facebooked, and linked my way in to the information which put us on the dance floor the night we arrived in Madrid.

I didn’t get to the Prado on this trip, (but yes the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and also the Crystal Palace Exhibition Hall in Retiro Park) so this itinerary isn’t for first time Madrid visitors, but Follow My Lead and you’ll incorporate “baile de salon” (ballroom) dancing into your plans.  Read more >>

Feature Article: The Swanky Cicada Club: Dinner and Dancing

I’ll tell you what. I wish every city I visited had a place like the Cicada Club, a Sunday night supper club happening at the Oviatt building on Olive St. in Los Angeles.

I am so so glad I found out about this venue for my trip to LA and we were able to take in  the fabulous dine and dance and show experience.

The Oviatt building is a 1928 art deco former department store, with original Lalique decorative glass and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now an event space. My cousins said they went to a wedding there. It has its own myspace page and The Cicada Club has a facebook fan club.  Read more >>

Feature Article: Reading, PA Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s World War II Weekend

Spent the weekend in Reading, PA at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s   World War II weekend, not for the vintage plane rides or military memorabilia show but to dance to the Swing Fever Band on Saturday night, their Glen Miller style band. Everyone was dressed in uniform and/ or 40s dresses, hats and gloves. I wore a vintage blouse, a swing skirt and red red lipstick. Next time, I’ll remember to add short gloves, a hat with a veil and seamed stockings, maybe a flower in my hair. Note to self: Ask mom for the mink shrug, the one which closes around the neck with the mink head biting its tail. How could I have forgotten to at least add a pearl necklace!  Read more >>