An interview with Yesenia Adame

December 31, 2008 at 8:06 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ballroom Dance Channel is proud to bring you an exclusive interview today with Yesenia Adame, one of our instructors here at BDC. Yesenia teaches salsa for us, and is becoming quite a star in her own right. She partners professionally and in our online and mobile lessons with Paul Barris.

BDC: How did you get involved in dancing?

Yesenia: I was always a very active kid. Whether I was dancing around or playing a sport, I just couldn’t sit still. My Mother was the vice principal of the L.A. county High School for the Arts and I would attend the Graduations every year at the Dorothy Chandler. Every time I would watch the Dance department perform I would say “when I’m old enough to be in High School I want to go there and do that.” So sure enough I auditioned and I did! So compared to most dancers who start at the age of 5 or so, I kinda had a late start starting at the age of 13.

BDC: Has it always been salsa dancing for you, or were there other disciplines you studied as well?

Yesenia: At the H.S of Performing Arts I learned Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, & Contact. I always had a passion for Salsa but didn’t really focus on it till my last year of High School. Once I began training in it though it quickly became my FAVORITE!

BDC: How old were you when you began training in salsa dancing?

Yesenia: I must have been around 17.

BDC: What projects are you working on right now? What have you just completed?

Yesenia: I just finished working on “Angels & Demons” (sequel to the “Da Vinci Code) & an action film called “1,000 Bullets”. I played the role of the reporter in “Angels & Demons” & the leading lady in “1,000 Bullets”. Previously I hosted “Wild on” for the E! Channel where I got to travel to many beautiful locations around the world!

Currently I am shooting a new Salsa show that Mario Lopez is Directing and starring in! It’s an awesome and very ideal show for me because I get to do what I love. SALSA DANCE & show America what I’m about! So the show’s main focus is the salsa world but it also introduces the lives and characters on the show. It’s a great cast and you will be able to see it soon on the Lifetime network.

BDC: Tell us a little about your life growing up.

Yesenia: What I didn’t mention earlier was that I started Gymnastics at the age of 9. So I would go to school then rush over to gymnastics 3 1/2 hrs a day, 6 days a week. I took gymnastics very seriously and quickly became a competitive gymnast. I feel that it helped me out in dance a lot because it gave me strength, flexibility, and Coordination. So I incorporated it a lot into my dance. Particularly salsa! However dance muscles are WAY different than gymnastics muscles. So I had to completely re-learn how to use my muscles in a different way. Wasn’t easy!

BDC: How did you and Paul meet and become partners?

Yesenia: We shared mutual friends. He needed a partner for a show one day so I agreed to do it with him. Then we both thought to ourselves “Hey, we go well together! Let’s make this a partnership.” So we did.

BDC: What is the best thing about your partnership with Paul?

Yesenia: Aside from him being a total package dance partner (meaning he was undoubtedly very talented, tall, handsome, etc,) he also became a good friend.

BDC: What is your favorite thing about dance?

Yesenia: It’s a form of expression that I feel blessed to be able to do! The feeling varies from person to person and it means something a little different to each person and I think that is beautiful. For me it changes all the time. I go through different phases and emotions with it. it grows and changes as I grow and change. So to put it in words is so hard. But I can definitely say that it’s fun and good for you!!! And I hope to do it till I’m old and gray. (Socially at least)

BDC: Describe what it felt like to win your championship.

Yesenia: It’s what your train your butt off for! It feels incredibly rewarding!

BDC: Do you have any advice for a beginning student?

Yesenia: It’s not a piece of cake in the beginning, but if you have a love for it, oh boy is it fun! You just have to stay focused and try your best. Don’t let other more advanced people put you down because you too can be just as good one day. They had to start off at the same place too.

BDC: What kind of music do you enjoy in your down time?

Yesenia: I like to listen to just about everything. My favorites are Salsa,
(surprise, surprise!) rock, r&b… I’m very open when it comes to music. If it has a good beat, I like it!

BDC: What are your hobbies away from the dance floor?
Yesenia: I strongly pursue acting and hosting. It’s work but still enjoyable enough to call a hobby in my opinion. I also love beach Volleyball!

BDC Social would like to thank Yesenia for taking time out of her hectic schedule to talk to us today. We hope you have enjoyed this interview. Be sure to check back frequently, because you never know who we will interview next! Remember, you can find the lovely Yesenia, along with her handsome partner Paul, both in our FIRST I Tunes app and in our online salsa lessons.

Keep Dancing!
Ballroom Dance Channel

Tony & Elena

December 30, 2008 at 10:40 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Cha Cha Cha Dance. Tony the Albanian Pride and Elena Grinenko. Some more footage from the festival we thought you’d like to see!

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Get an Ipod or IPhone for Christmas? Check out our first app in the Itunes store! Search for ‘ballroom’ and you’ll find us under education. Our app icon is a purple background with our familiar dancing couple in white. Already have our app? Please review us!

Tony in Albania

December 30, 2008 at 10:39 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Some footage from Tony’s recent visit to Albania, where they honored him for his positive representation of his country. I spoke with Tony about the honor this morning, and he said the whole experience was very rewarding for him.

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Come Fly With Me DWTS Tour Los Angeles

December 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars | Leave a comment

DWTS Tour Los Angeles December 27, 2008

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Ballroom News and Notes, December 29th

December 29, 2008 at 6:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Welcome to our last Ballroom News and Notes for 2008! We hope you have found this feature to be helpful and will continue to help us grow in 2009. If there is something we’ve missed in the world of ballroom that you think others should know about, be it a competition, a split, or a new coupling, please, leave us a comment and let us know!

First, we’d like to give you the tour dates for Dancing with the Stars for this week, as well as send a get well soon out for Mark Ballas, who has sustained a groin injury and will be out for a couple of weeks to heal, as per People magazine. Maksim Chmerkovskiy has done a fabulous job with this year’s tour, and has given it a very different look and feel from the past tours, which were choreographed by Louis Van Amstel. If you think you’ve “been there, done that”, believe me, YOU HAVEN’T! Here are this week’s dates:
Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
STAPLES Center
Los Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/27/08
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
JOBING.COM ARENA
Glendale, AZ
Sun, 12/28/08
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
The E-Center of West Valley City
West Valley City, UT
Tue, 12/30/08
07:30 PM

Dancing with the Stars
BOK Center
Tulsa, OK
Fri, 01/02/09
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
American Airlines Center
Dallas, TX
Sun, 01/04/09
07:30 PM

Samsung Eternity Presents Dancing with the Stars the Tour
AT&T Center
San Antonio, TX
Mon, 01/05/09
07:30 PM

If you’re going to the tour and plan on doing some video, would you let me know if you get good quality footage of the “Come Fly with Me” number and don’t mind me posting it after you have uploaded to Youtube or the host of your choice? I REALLY want to be able to share that amazing routine, and I didn’t get to record it. Thanks!

Next, we’d like to remind you about the premiere on Sunday, January 4th of “Superstars of Dance”, on NBC. The same production team behind “So You Think You Can Dance” is producing this show, and we’ll be covering it here on the Ballroom Dance Channel’s blog. We’ve only heard about one ballroom couple so far to be participating, but I’m hoping that there will be at least one other, since Russia is involved in this Olympic style dance competition. If you are interested in participating in a live chat for this show, could you leave us a comment and let us know?

We’ve also found out when America’s Ballroom Challenge will start airing on PBS for you. Here are the details, direct from the Ohio Star Ball‘s website:

America’s Ballroom Challenge 2009 on PBS

AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE returns for a fourth season with a two hour show on PBS. Shot in high definition at the world’s largest ballroom dancing competition, the OHIO STAR BALL in Columbus, Ohio, AMERICA’S BALLROOM CHALLENGE will first air on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS. Check your local listing for additional airings after this date.

That should do it for this week. Don’t forget to stop by ITunes and get our new app for IPhone/Ipod touch. For just 99 cents, you can now take our popular salsa lesson on the road, or practice in any room of your home with ease! As with our online salsa lessons, your instructors are the amazing Paul Barris and Yesenia Adame, recently featured on Dancing with the Stars for this same spicy Latin dance. In case you missed it, here’s a clip:

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

To celebrate our first ITunes App, a behind the scenes look!

December 26, 2008 at 9:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

To celebrate our first ever app in the ITunes store, released yesterday, we thought it would be fun to give you a behind the scenes look through some photos. These were taken the day of the salsa shoot, and feature Paul Barris and Yesenia Adame, our instructors. Paul and Yesenia were featured on season 7 of Dancing with the Stars, showcasing the salsa. Now you can learn from them anytime and anywhere you like with our IPhone/IPod touch lesson, for just 99 cents! To find the lesson, simply go to ITunes and search for ballroom. You will find us under education, and our logo is the dancing couple from our company logo, on a purple background.

We’d sure appreciate it if you leave us a review if you try our app. We’re working hard on getting into the top paid apps, but we need your help. Please tell your friends about us!

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Remember to visit Ballroom Dance Channel to learn from our well known pros in the comfort of your own home!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Merry Christmas and an exciting announcement!

December 25, 2008 at 11:39 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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First off, we at Ballroom Dance Channel would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! We hope that no matter what your faith, this has been a happy holiday season for you. Next, we have some really exciting news. Just this morning, we premiered our first application at the ITunes store. For just 99 cents, you can have our salsa lesson right on your IPod/IPhone, with Paul Barris and Yesenia Adame as your hosts. Whether at home or on the go, you can practice any time, with Paul and Yesenia as your virtual partners. I’ve just tried the lesson myself, and it is so much fun and so easy to follow!

We’re very proud of this new innovation for Ballroom Dance Channel, and hope that you’ll give it a try. To find the application, just go to the App store, and search for ballroom. You’ll find us with a version of our dancing couple on a purple background, labeled salsa, we’re in education. If you download the application, please don’t forget to go back and give us a review. We need your help to get word out about this exciting new opportunity to learn to dance!

Thanks so much for taking time during your busy days to read our blog. We hope that you will help us grow and become the premiere place for all things ballroom in the New Year! Happy Holidays!

More Dancing with the Stars opening night tour pics!

December 24, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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We have a Christmas Eve treat for you all, thanks to our new friend Peppy! Like me, Peppy was at the opening night of the Dancing with the Stars tour, in San Diego. She has graciously agreed to let us share some more of her photos. For her account of the evening, along with some more great pics, please visit her blog. Don’t forget to give credit to Peppy if you use these pictures, and I’m sure she’d appreciate a link back to her post, as well!












We hope you’ve enjoyed this extra look into the first night of the tour! Please visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel to learn some of these wonderful dances you see on the tour and on tv!


Upcoming appearances by Tony Dovolani

December 23, 2008 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Just a short post today about some upcoming appearances for our own Tony Dovolani. First is the Big Apple Circus this Saturday, December 27th. Tony will be the guest ring master for the 4:30 pm show. The website is http://www.bigapplecircus.org, and the show is held at Lincoln Center, on 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam next to the Metropolitan Opera. Doors Open at 3:30 PM.

Tony will be coaching at the Canton, Ohio Fred Astaire Studios on January 15-16th, 2009. Please contact the studio directly at 330-453-4028, canton@fredastaire.com, or http://www.fredastairecanton.com.

Tony and Elena Grinenko have a show in Tampa, FL, on January 24th, 2009. More details will be posted as they become available.

Remember that if Tony’s upcoming schedule doesn’t line up with your own, you can always find his lessons at Ballroom Dance Channel. Ballroom Dance Channel was designed with you in mind. You can take our lessons in the comfort of your home at an affordable price. Hope to see you there soon!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel


Ballroom News and Notes, December 22

December 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars | 1 Comment
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Hello Everyone!

Just a few small notes today for your reading pleasure. First, I’ve just received word that our own Tony Dovolani is in his home country of Albania, along with professional partner Elena Grinenko, to be given an award. We don’t know much more at the moment, but as soon as Tony returns to U.S. soil, expect more details here on the blog! Remember that if you’d like to take lessons from Tony and Elena, you can visit us at Ballroom Dance Channel.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Details are beginning to emerge about the upcoming show on NBC, Superstars of Dance, which premieres on January 4th before moving to it’s regular Monday night slot starting on January 5th. I’m so excited about this show, which is being produced by Nigel Lithgoe, the brains behind So You Think You Can Dance. The Fred Astaire national blog reported over the weekend that 2 of their instructors, Georgia Ambarian and Eric Luna, will be competing for the United States on the show. Georgia and Eric dance at the Fred Astaire in Cinco Bayou, Florida. Stay tuned to our blog for more details about the show as they emerge.

If you’re looking for a great way to spend some of the extra hours off work this week, why not give our free salsa lesson a try? Our lesson is taught by Yesenia Adame and Paul Barris, the pros that were featured in the salsa demonstration on season 7 of Dancing with the Stars. We hope you’ll enjoy it, and be inspired to try some of our other lessons as well. Have a great week!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

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