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"Finding Your Dancing Heart"
Lecture and Show
Photos and Videos
(November 11, 2011)

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"Finding Your Dancing Heart Lecture and Show", November 11, 2011.
"A&D Live Band Show - 10", November 8, 2011.
"琴情樂坊 Auditioning at Bravo", November 6, 2011.
"Zumba at Bravo", November 2, 2011.
"A&D Live Band - 9 - Galaxy", November 1, 2011.
"A&D Live Band - 8 - Danny So", October 30, 2011.
"American Cancer Society (ACS) Annual Show", October 30, 2011.
"Bravo Halloween Legend Show", October 29, 2011.
"A&D Live Band - 7", October 25, 2011.
"October Birthday", October 22, 2011.
"Standard Dancers", October 20, 2011.
"A&D Live Band - 6", October 18, 2011.
"A&D Live Band - 5", October 11, 2011.
"琴情樂坊 Chinese Musical Instrument Show - 2", October 9, 2011
"A&D Live Band - 4", October 4, 2011.
"琴情樂坊 Chinese Musical Instrument Show", October 2, 2011.
"A&D Live Band - 3", September 27, 2011.
"Discovery and Karga7 at...", September 26, 2011.
"September Birthday", September 24, 2011.
"Blackjack Live Band Show", September 20, 2011.
"Mid-Autumn Festival Dance Party", September 10, 2011.
"Galaxy Live Band Show", September 10, 2011.
"Touch Tone Live Band Show", August 27, 2011.
"Mid Summer Shanghai Night", August 20, 2011.
"Mid Summer Dance Party" by OCASF, August 20, 2011.
"Hope for the Hungry of Africa", August 13, 2011.
Bravo Grand Opening, August 13, 2011.
Bravo Open House, August 12, 2011.
Bravo Hip Hop/Breakdance.
Bay Area Dragon and Others, August 6, 2011.
SBSC Apre 21st Anniversary Celebration, July 30, 2011.
Aegis Gardens Visit, July 28, 2011.
Bravo Wedding Reception/Party, July 24, 2011.
Bravo Line Dance, July 24, 2011.
Bravo July Birthday Party, July 23, 2011.
Bravo Miscellaneous Photos, May-July, 2011.
Third Public Hearing, June 7, 2011.
Bravo at the Milpitas Open House, April 30, 2011.

CARnHAL performing a Hustle choreography to "I'm Alive" by Celine Dion, August 13, 2011.

CARnHAL performing a Waltz choreography
"天下無雙" (Unparalleled in the World) by 張靚潁 (Jane Zhang).
(September 17, 2011, video credits: Liza S.).


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Other CARnHAL class and performance videos.

Bravo Dance Studio
"Finding Your Dancign Heart"
Lecture and Show
(November 11, 2011)

Location! Location! Location!
AHSA's Bravo Dance Studio (BDS) is at a site that is part of Planning Area 4B of the Pacific Commons Planned District. On March 2, 2010, the City Council of the City of Fremont approved a Planned District Major Amendment (PLN2010-00114) to allow a number of additional uses to locate within the center and limited uses such as dance school/studio to maximum of 7,700 sq ft in Planning Area 4B. Bravo Dance Studio is the first of its kind in the Planning Area 4B and occupies 3,400 sq ft.

The interior of Bravo Dance Studio (50' by 50' of dance floor, 12' by 42' of office and refreshment area) is beautifully decorated.
It is so decorated for all functions and entertainments, big and small.
This sculpture of butterflies welcomes all guests as they enter Bravo Dance Studio.

Bravo Dance Studio
"Finding Your Dancing Heart"
(Lecture and Show)
Photos and Videos
(November 11, 2011)

Carmelita C.
Gina L.
Hal L.
Jany C.
Joe L.
John C. Linda C.
Martin G.
Monica C.
Nancy W.
Steve J.
Winnie T.

Gina L.

Gina L.

Kieve W.
Cathy J.
Eva S.
Shirley J.
Lulu L.
Jenny C.

Meeting to run through the logistics and flow of performances of "Finding Your Dancing Heart" Show two days prior to the Show.
(November 9, 2011).

(November 9, 2011).

These two are hot.
A day before the Show.
(November 10, 2011).

And social dancing in between rehearsals.
(November 10, 2011).

And other dancers as well.
(November 10, 2011).

Winnie and Martin (aka MaTing (馬霆)).
Some fun between rehearsals.
(November 10, 2011).

Carmelita, Lin and Peter H.
Lin and Peter are regulars on Thursdays when they are both in town.
(November 10, 2011).

Thanks to volunteers Cathy J., Kieve W., Gina L, and other Bravo members, by about 6:00pm, Bravo Dance Studio is already set up for the "Finding Your Dancing Heart" Lecture and Show.
(November 11, 2011).

Decoration by Gina, alongside books by the speaker of the evening.
(November 11, 2011).

Seating along the westside of Bravo Dance Studio.
(November 11, 2011).

The entrance.
(November 11, 2011).

Another view of the westside.
(November 11, 2011).

A group photo of the two Waltz trio teams before the Show.
(November 11, 2011).

Last rehearsals just an hour before the Show.
(November 11, 2011).

(November 11, 2011).

The entrance to the dancefloor.
(November 11, 2011).

Water fountains in the northside of Bravo Dance Studio.
(November 11, 2011).

Decoration on the eastside, by Gina.
(November 11, 2011).

Some of the books by Carmelita.
Carmelita is a Keystone bestselling author of (fiction) novels.
(November 11, 2011).

A make-do "podium" for the "Finding Your Dancing Heart" lecture.
(November 11, 2011).

The cake for the evening.
"To Your Dancing Heart, from The Mages."
(November 11, 2011).

Winnie will be dancing as one of the leaders in the Waltz trios.
(November 11, 2011).

Winnie and one of her two followers, Linda.
(November 11, 2011).

Raffle prizes from Rita K.
(November 11, 2011).

A closer look at the entrance as it gets darker and closer to the originally scheduled lecture start time: 7:30pm.
It is drizzling outside. The first few arrivals are saying that they have experienced difficulties finding parking spaces.
Start of lecture is slightly delayed to allow for people in the parking lot to come in.
(November 11, 2011).

Now the lecture begins, but not without a slight delay because of the Friday traffic, drizzle, and parking delays.
(November 11, 2011).

The audience.
(November 11, 2011).

The speaker, Carmelita, a Keystone best-selling novelist and dance champion.
(November 11, 2011).

The audience again.
Some come in only after the lecture has started because of the rain and parking issues.
When everything is settled, a head count yields a number of 89, not including performers in the back making up.
(November 11, 2011).

General dancing after "Finding Your Dancing Heart" lecture and before "Finding Your Dancing Heart" Show.
(November 11, 2011).

(November 11, 2011).

After "Finding Your Dancing Heart" Show, two of the spectators (Meiling and friend) pose for a photo.
(November 11, 2011).

Very crowded dancefloor.
(November 11, 2011, Photo Courtesy: Kieve W.).

(November 11, 2011, Photo Courtesy: Kieve W.).

(November 11, 2011, Photo Courtesy: Kieve W.).

(November 11, 2011).

Social dancing.
(November 11, 2011).

One of the decorations in the dark.
(November 11, 2011).

The same decoration in light.
(November 11, 2011).

A closer look at 7 of the set of nine books by Carmelita.
(November 11, 2011).

The dancefloor is getting too crowded.
She is taking some fresh air.
At the most crowded, ~150.
Overall traffic, ~175.
Not everyone is a dancer; some are among Carmelita's books readership circle who just come to attend the lecture, enjoy the music and have a great evening social networking with other readers.
(November 11, 2011).

Instructor Kao and some of her students having a leisurely chat.
(November 11, 2011).

"No! No photo please!".
"I'm married! See the ring on my finger?"
(November 11, 2011).

It is past 12:30am.
These people are still dancing.
(November 11, 2011).

Something different: two Waltz trio teams.
Winnie and Nancy are leader; John is a follower.
(November 11, 2011, Video Courtesy: Kieve W.).

One of the hottest of the performances: line dance by Jane H. and Kay T.
Undisputedly, Bravo has some of the best line dancers in the Bay Area.
(November 11, 2011, Video Courtesy: Kieve W.).

Waltz trio performance, with Joe L. on the saxophone.
Another hot performance of the evening.
(November 11, 2011, Video Courtesy: Kieve W.).

Salutations at the conclusion of the "Finding Your Dancing Heart" Show.
Short and sweet! Only four performances but suffice to give the audience a flavor of: formation team, line dance, trio, and partnership performance dance.
(November 11, 2011, Video Courtesy: Kieve W.).

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"And the best rise to the top."



The Bravo "'Finding Your Dancing Heart' Lecture & Show" was a short and sweet program, leaving participants and patrons ample time to enjoy dancing.


The "Finding Your Dancing Heart" lecture was a slightly less an hour lecture to share experiences of an accomplished professional dancer who came NOT from a dance family nor background; Carmelita is by profession an established Keystone best-selling fiction novel author. For her to have come thus far and won so many dance championships in a short span of 6.5 years starting from nil dance experience is in itself a great achievement.
The lecture also helped to explain away many of the misinformation sowed, misunderstandings instilled and misconceptions perceived about dancing, and dance competitons.


After the Lecture, there was an hour of social dancing for participants to stretch and enjoy before the "Finding Your Dancing Heart" Show.
The Show was only about 15 minutes long to introduce newcomers to four of the different forms of dancing: Formation Team, Line Dance, Double Partner Dance, and Partner Performance Dance.
Formation Team
Formation dance is a style of ballroom dancing. It is pattern or shadow team dancing by couples in a formation team. In the Show, three couples dance - in addition to choreographed sequences of movements of each couple - as an integrated whole to express and tell the story in the lyrics of the music.
Line Dance
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancers are normally not in physical contact with each other.
In the Show, two line dancers - in addition to choreographed sequences of 32-count movements - execute graceful arm movements, which are not too common with most line dancers.
Double Partner Dance (Trio)
This kind of dance involves dancing of three persons together: one man with two women or one woman with two men.
Since the 1980s, double partner dance is often performed in the Hustle, Salsa and Swing dance communities, in which experienced leaders leading two followers.
In this performance during the Show, two teams of triplets (trios) - with a leader and two followers in each trio - dance in synchrony. To make the performance more interesting, the leaders are both female, with one of the followers male, dancing to a Waltz played by a saxophonist.
Partner Performance Dance
Partner dances are dances whose basic choreography involves coordinated dancing of two partners, as opposed to individuals dancing alone or individually in a non-coordinated manner, and as opposed to groups of people dancing simultaneously in a coordinated manner.
In this performance, a couple perform a particular dance (Waltz in this case) - with lifts, drops, dips and tricks - to dance out the romantic story in the song.


Performance dance (also known as concert dance or theatre dance in the UK) is a dance performed for an audience. It is frequently performed in a theatre setting, though this is not a requirement, and it is usually choreographed and performed to set music.

Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion, form, or both are specified.
The word choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words "χορεία" (circular dance or 'choreia') and "γραφή" (writing).
The term "choreography" first appeared in the American English dictionary in the 1950s. Prior to this, movie credits used various terms to mean choreography, such as "ensembles staged by..." and "dances staged by...".

In fact there are also two distinct dance categories of round (circular) dance: 1) ethnic, folk or country dances; 2) dances that are more closely related to ballroom dancing.

Modern social round dancing is choreographed and cued (led) ballroom dancing that progresses in a circular pattern, counter-clockwise around the dance floor. The two major categories of ballroom rhythm found in round dancing are the smooth or international rhythms, such as foxtrot and waltz, and the Latin rhythms, such as cha-cha and rumba.
Round dancing differs from free-style ballroom dancing in that in most cases each round dance has been fully choreographed ahead of time, and a "cuer" or leader at the front of the ballroom tells the dancers, as they dance, what steps to do. As the music plays, and just ahead of the beat, so the dancers have time to respond, the cuer names each dance figure in the choreography. As a consequence, all the dancers on the floor are dancing the same steps at the same time.
To create a true (true to the music) choreography, a piece of music is selected by the choreographer, and the different steps or figures are chosen to fit the music. For example, if the music swells and pauses briefly, then a dance step that rises and stretches is put into that place; if there is a little syncopation in another part of the song, then a quick step is inserted. Lifts, drops, dips and tricks are sometimes invoked to fit the music where there are crescendos, syncopation or pauses.
The creation of a piece of choreography is like engineering a machine (in fact, an art in itself), with every gear and lever in just the right place to give smooth and flowing motion.
When a musical number is very carefully choreographed, the dancers will be dancing "in" the music and the audience will be treated to enjoy the performance. Of course there are cases of poor choreographies in which the different steps or figures are poorly strung together without much regard to the music. Even worse is dancers dancing off-beat; in this latter case, the audience will have a difficult time to either enjoy the music, nor the performance.

In music, syncopation includes not only a variety of rhythms which are in some way unexpected in that they deviate from the strict succession of regularly spaced strong and weak, but also powerful beats in a pulse. These include a stress on a normally unstressed beat or a rest where one would normally be stressed.

Social dance is a major category or classification of danceforms or dance styles, where sociability and socializing are the primary focuses of the dancing. Social dances can be danced with a variety of partners and still be led and followed in a relaxed, easy atmosphere. This compares to other major categories based on purpose, such as ceremonial dance, competitive dance, erotic dance, participation dance, or performance dance.
Many social dances are partner dances. In fact, quite often when speaking about social dances, ballroom or other partner dances come to mind. However it is natural to include in this category such groups of dances as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo.
As a result of the great popularity which ballroom dancing is enjoying, it is necessary to evolve a form of dance that could express the rhythm and yet could remain "on the spot".
Take Foxtrot as an example, a form of the dance that can express the slow syncopated 4/4 rhythm and yet can remain "on the spot" has been developed. This does not mean that the "traveling" is dropped, but the "on the spot" dance does provide a means of enjoying the music in a background which large numbers of people can afford and enjoy.
The "on the spot" dancing is known appropriately as crush, then rhythm dancing. It is now called "social" dancing and possibly this conveys its purpose and limitations: it would be anti-social to attempt to stride around a ballroom crowded with dancers, to dance with only one partner when out at a party, or to be so engrossed with the performance of figures that any conversation is taboo.
West Coast Swing, as another example, is a slotted dance. Socially, it is considered good etiquette (particularly on a crowded floor) to use a fixed slot, in order to allow dancing without incident. Having danced the slot repeatedly, the couple "has a claim" on the area, and other couples usually cooperate and establish their own slot parallel with the dancers.
Examples of social dances that may be danced in "round" fashion are bolero, cha-cha, foxtrot, hustle, jive, Lindy hop, mambo, merengue, paso doble, quickstep, rumba, salsa, samba, single swing, slow two step, tango, two step, waltz, Viennese waltz and West Coast swing.

Salsa rueda, also referred to as casino de rueda, is a kind of round dance in which there is no complete pre-choreographed sequence, and the dance patterns are called out in a random order.

Fad dances are dances which are characterized by a short burst of popularity, while novelty dances typically have a longer-lasting popularity based on their being characteristically humorous or humor-invoking, as well as the sense of uniqueness which they have.
Novelty dances might include quirky and unusual steps, or have an unusual name. They may also have been fad dances which have remained popular over a longer period. It is not necessary that they ever were fashionably popular.

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