Heritage Dance Competition


Although we did not compete, we drove to Asheville to watch the Heritage Classic Dance Competition. The competition is almost a full week of dancing held at the Grove Park Inn.  If you ever have a chance to just stop in the Grove Park to look around, you should. The views from the decks are spectacular and the interior is gorgeous.

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We have not been to this competition in a couple years and I was hoping to make it this year. We had so much going on at home and work I was not sure we would take the time for the short road trip. My husband told me it was up to me. I have to admit that once I told him that Karina Smirnoff was performing he was much more interested! I also mentioned her partner, Slavik Kryklyvyy, but my husband didn’t care about that. Karina is absolutely beautiful so most men probably do not notice she is dancing with a partner when she is performing. I did not take many photos during the performances because I wanted to just watch and enjoy, and we were not seated in great spots for capturing good photos.

Ballroom dance competitions are fun and interesting to watch, especially for amateur dancers. I enjoy watching the pros compete in order to learn. Dancing is like any other hobby or sport – not only should we practice but we should also take pointers from those that make a living from the hobby.

Dancing moves

Having spent approximately eight years at a chain ballroom studio, it has been enlightening to move to a private instructor.

While we enjoyed going to the chain studio (at least for the first few years) and making friends, we knew we were  not getting our money’s worth from the lessons. How could we? The instructors at this particular studio do not seek additional training. They receive coachings only through their students’ coachings. By attending the coachings with their students they gleaned information. The most recent instructors hired at this studio included a cashier at Walgreen’s with no dance experience, the girlfriend of the Walgreen’s cashier, and a troubled teenager that at one point in time attended a performing arts school. Unfortunately, the quality of instruction and practice party dances really suffered.

With our current coach we receive a FULL hour of instruction at each lesson. It is amazing how much we have learned, and, in some ways, relearned. Our coach expects us to dance as if we are preparing for a competition at all times. She has helped us eliminate bad habits. Many of these habits were never mentioned or pointed out at our old studio.

My husband never planned to compete again. In the time since we left the chain, we have competed twice!

Rhythm B & M
Cha Cha (American rhythm)