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Ballroom dancing: Competitive sport and art

A dance is a mixture of grace and beauty, endurance and physical strength that requires day-to-day hard work. Each element is perfected during by not days but years of hard trainings.

Artem Kozyro and Anastasia Veslova are among the best professional dancers in Belarus. They told the CTV channel team about their dancing routine.

Anastasia Veslova, professional dancing world champion:
It is obligatory that we train our physical strength, develop every muscle in our bodies.

Artem Kozyro, professional dancing world champion:
Usually we train three times a week, plus special choreography trainings. Tuesday and Thursday are the days of separate trainings. On weekends there are usually competitions, if not, we train anyway. Before a tournament, we try to train two times per day: in the morning and in the evening with a break for lunch.

In sport ballroom dancing, there are two programs – European and Latin – each of which comprises five dances.

It only seems to be an easy task – learn ten dances and perform them in front of the public. It is, however, very hard with the amount of energy spent on one dance alone, not mentioning that sometimes one should perform two or even three programs in one evening.

There are no unimportant details in dancing.

Artem Kozyko, world champion in professional dancing:
Now I will show you how to invite your partner to a dance in a right way, your posture and position. First, you should stand on one of your feet, the right, for example. Pull in your lower central part, that is, your belly. Then you need to stretch the so-called champion point. In a way, you stretch upall your body. Then you as a male partner, give your hand to the woman. We close our fingers and I bring her closer to me. She stands a little to the right from me, so that we form a gap between us. Then the male partner puts his hand on the woman’s shoulder.

Anastasia Veslova, world champion in professional dancing:
I can’t imagine my life without dancing. We dance even on weekends, and I feel that I need it. I see dreams about dancing in front of spectators before competitions. Then I wake up being actually in my bed, exhausted.

As in any other sport, everything starts from early childhood in dancing schools.

Children’s dancing is far from perfect of course, but they can easily learn up to four dances in a few years. They waltz and can do polka and understand differences between other dances.

Irina Zenkovich:
My grandchild has been dancing for three years already. She has changed a lot physically, smiles more confidently and looks very beautiful.

Katerina Tokar:
I think dancing improves one’s health. My son’s posture has changed and his general physical strength improved, as he shows good results in PE classes at school.

Work with children is one of the priorities of the Belarusian Dancing Federation. They are trying to help children realize their talents in dancing, and of course foster love for this art in children. The physical improvement made by dancing is life-long, and dancing helps people improve their personal qualities.

Lidia Kats-Lazareva, chairwoman of the Belarusian Dance Federation:
You know, when you dance with courage and great will power, with patience, you will succeed eventually. Dancing gives people many things: physical strength, general moral culture and the culture of men-women relations.

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