Our readers have had this scoop since Christmas!

January 26, 2009 at 6:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Our readers know all about our mobile apps, but we thought you might want to read the official press release. We’ll see you tonight for coverage of the finale of Superstars of Dance, and throughout the week we will discuss what went wrong with this promising show.

WORLD’S FIRST INTERACTIVE BALLROOM DANCE LESSON APPLICATION LAUNCHES ON APPLE IPHONE

Learn to Dance from Pros like Tony Dovolani with Lessons in the Palm of Your Hand

LOS ANGELES, January 26, 2009 – Ballroom Dance Channel, the premiere online and mobile destination for ballroom dancing lessons, announces today the world’s first mobile application that teaches users how to ballroom dance like the pros. Available now for download on the Apple iPhone, the ballroom dancing application features the industry’s biggest names from shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” teaching the basic steps of the most popular dances.

“We have seen an amazing resurgence in the popularity of ballroom dance, and wanted to take advantage of the unique platform that the iPhone provides to reach fans all over the world,” said Scott Flacks, COO Ballroom Dance Channel. “Building on the success of our Web site, we are excited to offer the world’s only ballroom dance mobile application. iPhone users can practice basic steps anytime, anywhere on their mobile phones for less than a dollar.”

The mobile application will teach users the beginning step for four of the most popular dances: the Rumba, Salsa, Waltz and Samba. The cost to download the first step is $.99 and users can download the entire lesson for $4.99 at the Web site, http://www.ballroomdancechannel.com. The mobile application features instruction from some of the hottest names in ballroom dance and television from “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” including Emmy nominated Tony Dovolani and Elena Grinenko teaching the Rumba, World Salsa champions Yesenia Adame and Paul Barris teaching the Salsa, Nick and Lena Kosovich teaching the Waltz and Snow Urbin and Artem Chigvintsev teaching the Samba.

“Dancing is my passion and through Ballroom Dance Channel I’ve been able to share that passion with the world,” said Tony Dovolani, Two-time Open Rhythm World Champion and “Dancing with the Stars” Pro. “There are so many people that want to learn to dance but might not have the time or money for professional lessons. With this iPhone application, anyone can learn the basic steps of some of the most popular dances with lessons right in the palm of their hands.”

Users can select from two different high-quality interactive video styles either dancing “with” a male or female partner or watching the steps and following along. The professional dancer will show the basic step for each dance with the full lesson available online. Additional lessons for new dances including Swing, Foxtrot, Bolero, Tango, Mambo and Cha-Cha will be available in the coming weeks. The application is available for download at the Ballroom Dance Channel iPhone App Store.

About Ballroom Dance Channel
Ballroom Dance Channel.com (BDC) is a groundbreaking online and mobile destination for anyone seeking to learn exciting ballroom dances. Veteran television executive and creator of the Food Network, Jack Clifford and “Dancing with the Stars,” Tony Dovolani have joined forces to bring intricate ballroom steps to the masses. BDC provides on-demand, step-by-step instructional video lessons for popular dances including the Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango, Waltz and more! Users have the ability to stream dance lessons taught by award-winning, professional dance instructors who have participated on several of the current dance television shows. BDC also provides the latest dance news and event information and gives users an opportunity to share their personal experiences and interact with famous dancers and instructors through the site’s online social networking feature, BDC Social.

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Behind the scenes photos-Rumba

January 8, 2009 at 9:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

Hopefully you have had a chance to try the rumba by now, either in the Itunes or at Ballroom Dance Channel. We thought you might enjoy a look at some behind the scenes photos of Tony and Elena as they filmed the lesson for this intimate dance!

Remember that the waltz and salsa are also available in the app store and at Ballroom Dance Channel online. The Ballroom Dance Channel was designed with you in mind, so take a chance and learn to dance from quality instructors like Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, Nick Kosovich, Yesenia Adame, and Paul Barris.

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Who will win Superstars of Dance?

January 7, 2009 at 7:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Please take a minute to take our poll and tell us what you think!


To get your dance fix, why not try the rumba, salsa, or waltz for your IPod touch or IPhone? Don’t have one of those devices yet? That’s okay, you have even more choices at our main website!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

Ballroom News and Notes, January 5, 2009

January 5, 2009 at 8:25 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Superstars of Dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone!

Welcome to the first Ballroom News and Notes of 2009! We hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s week. Just a few notes for you today, let’s get started.

First, Ballroom Dance Channel is proud to announce that the waltz and rumba have now joined our popular salsa in the Apple apps store. Click on any of the three dances to be taken directly to the download for that dance. Here’s your chance to learn anytime and anywhere from pros like Tony Dovolani, Elena Grinenko, and Nick Kosovich from Dancing with the Stars, along with the beautiful Yesenia Adame and handsome Paul Barris, who showcased the salsa on the show. We hope you will enjoy this new innovation in dance lessons.

We’d like to send our congratulations out to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, as the couple reportedly got engaged over the New Year’s holiday break from touring. What a wonderful way to start the new year. People.com confirmed the engagement yesterday. Speaking of the tour, here are the dates for this week, if it is in your area, it is worth the price of admission!

Monday, January 5 AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, January 7 Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
Thursday, January 8 i wireless Center (formerly Mark of the Quad Cities) Moline, Illinois
Friday, January 9 Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois
Sunday, January 11 Joe Louis Arena Detroit, Michigan

How many of you watched Superstars of Dance last night? We did, and it was such a treat to have Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis back on our tv screens! In case you missed the review, you can find it here. I wanted to share their awesome performance with you today, as it was the highlight of the evening for me!

We’ll be blogging the show as it airs on the West Coast tonight, so if you miss anything, we’ll help you get caught up. That’s it for this week. As always, if there is something you think needs to be mentioned here, please let us know!

Keep Dancing,
Ballroom Dance Channel

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

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

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