Dance Travel News

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.

Featured Article: Dancing In New York City

By: Diana de Rosa - Dancing has always been a passion of mine. As a little kid going to weddings I’d be on the sidelines tapping my feet because I was too shy but ultimately there was no stopping me. Out on the dance floor I would go boogying away. I started out doing a lot of freestyle dancing at clubs and even with a band. At one point they wanted me to try for a Guinness record but that never did happen. Nowadays I do partner dancing at studios, mostly Hustle, Latin and a little West Coast Swing. I really want to learn to Ballroom Dance. So, hopefully that will also happen. Dancing is the hobby that gives my life some meaning and keeps me sane. So, this first column is the beginning of the NY Dance Scene.  Read more >>

Follow My Lead: A Learn-to-Shag Dance Weekend in Columbia, South Carolina

Follow My Lead: A Learn-to-Shag Dance Weekend in Columbia, South Carolina
Dancers as well as foodies and history buffs all will enjoy a weekend in Columbia, South Carolina

What is shag dancing, we wondered. Ballroom dance lessons in New York had only schooled us in foxtrot, swing, west coast swing, tango, rumba, mambo, cha cha, waltz and salsa.

I asked Karen M., my friend from Charleston, who told me that shag dancing is like swing dancing except slower so you can hold your beer. Brett C. who’s from Columbia and lives in New York City, said that he learned to shag dance in elementary school and took me aside at a business reception to show me the basic step. It reminded me of the night club two-step.  Read more >>

News Blurb: Flamenco Festival in Düsseldorf, 11 Days of Flamenco Dancing

The most famous Flamenco events may still take place in Spain, but shortly after the genre’s annual highlights end in Jerez and Sevilla, many of the biggest names in Flamenco take their dancing shoes from Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, where one of the largest festivals of its kind takes place at the tanzhaus nrw (Dance House North-Rhine Westphalia) from March 30 – April 9, 2012.   Read more >>

News Blurb: Thirteen’s American Masters Pays Tribute to Influential Jazz Legend Cab Calloway During Black History Month

American Masters pays tribute to pioneering jazz legend Cab Calloway during Black History Month with the new music documentary “Cab Calloway: Sketches” premiering nationally Monday, February 27 from 10-11pm on PBS. In the New York metro-area, the film airs Sunday, February 26 at 8 p.m. on Thirteen.

A singer, dancer, bandleader, and consummate showman, Cab led one of the most popular African American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s with Harlem's famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Best known for his signature song "Minnie the Moocher," his portrayal of Sportin' Life in the 1952 touring production of Porgy and Bess, and role in The Blues Brothers (1980), Cab influenced countless musicians, dancers and performers, including Michael and Janet Jackson, Matthew Rushing (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Uptown) and many of today's hip-hop artists. "I am especially delighted to bring Cab Calloway to younger audiences -- and he does become quite alive through the inventive animation in this film," says Susan Lacy, American Masters series creator and executive producer. “Cab Calloway: Sketches” is a co-production of Artline Films, ARTE France, and AVRO, in association with Inscape Productions and Thirteen’s American Masters for WNET. More information: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/cab-calloway-sketches/about-the-documentary/1958/    

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“Dancing for Their Future” Dancing Classrooms’ Benefit Dinner Dance, February 15, NYC

Musical strains from the Paul Errico Orchestra will fill the air of the Pierre Grand Ballroom and guests will fill the dance floor at “Dancing for Their Future,” Dancing Classrooms’ benefit dinner dance, on Wednesday, February 15.  The black-tie gala is Dancing Classrooms’ major fundraising event of the year. Proceeds will play an important role in helping the organization carry out its mission: To build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.  Read more >>

Feature Article: Turning Stone Resort and Casino

Skaná, just saying the word makes me feel peaceful. I always did think that dancing and a massage were a good combination and at Turning Stone Casino Resort, with its Lava Nightclub, Leopard Dance lounge and Skaná Spa a happy guest gets both in one weekend. This September a two-night (Saturday/Sunday night) stay was booked for the ultimate in a “yours, mine and ours” weekend.  Spa for me; poker for him; dancing for us. The Turning Stone property, located in the heart of upstate NY (drive north from the city then turn left at Albany) and owned by the Oneida Nation, offers accommodations in four buildings. The Casino is located in the Hotel and The Spa is located in the 3 story Lodge (connected by an enclosed walkway bridge) and that is where we stayed. The Lodge offers interior access to the Skaná Spa and to Wildflowers, a four star restaurant with a menu focusing on seasonal ingredients.  Read more >>

“A Country Christmas Charity Concert Event at the Copacabana in NYC – Nashville Style”

New York City – Nashville Style! On December 18, 2011, Big South Music Group will present a Country Christmas Charity Concert at The Copacabana in New York City featuring country star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chuck Wicks along with opening acts Marla Morris and Rose Coppola from New Haven County, CT. The two charities involved in this event are the Food Bank For New York City and the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville, TN. The event is the first Country Concert the Copacabana has held!  Read more >>

Shake & Twist like ’56: New Year’s Bash at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ

The historic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown’s Scottsdale, Arizona is ringing in the New Year in retro style. Saturday, December 31, party goers can dine, dance, and toast at “Shake & Twist Like ‘56”. At either of the two seatings, the night features a four-course dinner with Henriot Champagnes and Grey Goose vodka drink pairings.  After dinner, rock around the clock dancing in the ZuZu Lounge, with DJ P-Body playing today's tunes and some from the '50s. Then, toast the evening with champagne on the rooftop at midnight.  Valley Ho also features a special two-night package for room reservations available for December 31- January 2. For dinner, room reservations or more information, call 480.248.2000 or 866.882.4484 or visit www.hotelvalleyho.com.   Read more >>

“Rock and Roll on the High Seas:” The Malt Shop Memories Cruise October 27- November 3, 2012

After the extraordinary success of the first two Malt Shop Memories Cruises, the next annual Malt Shop Memories Cruise will expand to a seven-day trip with more ports of call and additional performances by an array of stars from the ‘50s and ‘60s.  Departing on October 27th, 2012(through November 3rd) from Fort Lauderdale, FL, the cruise will set sail on Holland America’s m/s Eurodam for Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas and the private island of Half Moon Cay.  As a full ship charter, the Eurodam will be transformed into a floating ‘50s and ‘60s entertainment complex, treating passengers to concerts and special events such as sock hops, hula hoop contests, prom night, beach parties, and will be host to an Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Inspired by Time Life’s popular Malt Shop Memories CD series, the voyage will be highlighted by performances by some of the biggest artists of the era, including Dion, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, The Original Drifters, Sonny Turner (former lead singer of the Platters), Carl Gardner’s Coasters, Kenny Vance and the Planotones, The Chiffons, and The Marvelettes. “You’ll see some of the best entertainment from that wonderful era,” says Bobby Rydell.  “Mix and mingle with all of us and bring back those great memories while making fabulous new ones.” The Executive Producer of Time Life’s Malt Shop Memories CD collection, Alan Rubens notes, “They say you can’t live in the past—but it sure is fun visiting for a few days!” The Time Life Malt Shop Memories CD collection, featuring a 10-CD box set, a 4-CD set and a holiday disc, has sold nearly 4 million CDs and remains one of Time Life’s most popular sellers. The Malt Shop Memories Cruise was developed in association with Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC.  For more information, visit www.MaltShopCruise.com or call (877) 700-6258 (MALT).  Cabin prices start at $1550 per person including all meals, entertainment and onboard activities.    Read more >>

Pilar Rioja's Final Season in New York December 3-18

Repertorio Español is pleased to announce Pilar Rioja's Winter Engagement. The two-week limited engagement will mark her 39th and final season in New York. Performances will be held at Repertorio Español’s Gramercy Arts Theater and will begin Saturday, December 3 and continue through Sunday, December 18. Pilar Rioja first debuted at Repertorio in 1973 and has since delighted tens of thousands with her vibrant, dramatic and fiery Flamenco and Spanish dance programs. As part of the program, Rioja will premiere a new flamenco dance titled "Carretero" performed to a type of song sung by oxcarters. "Carretero" highlights the influence of African and American rhythms on Spanish dance set to music by Cuban composer Guillermo Portabales. The program will also include some of Ms. Rioja's most popular dances including "Bulerías," "Jaleo," "Farruca," Boccherini's "Fandango," and "Habanera."

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets, visit online at www.repertorio.org/pilar or call 212-225-9999.  Read more >>