Posts Tagged ‘ballroom’

speech on Passion

Imagine you could stop time…make the whole world pause for just a moment so you could catch your breath. It is a dream most people believe will never come true. It is a fairy-tale for stressed people and people who want to escape life for a few minutes. It is almost a form of a super power. So is this real?


2 hours on a Monday, approximately 4 hours on a Sunday and a lot of messing around in between, I make this dream a reality. I stop the world. It feels as if I have pushed the pause button and the only people in the world who’s moving is: me and my dance partner. I have been a part of this magical world of Ballroom and Latin American for 5 years now and every time I dance, I get the same adrenalin rush.


I wear the same pair of shoes for over 11 dances and yet every dance, I bring out a different side of me. You are not able to hide behind a mask when you dance because the music and dance steps forces your inner soul out and it is as if a volcano erupts inside of you. You can’t control a volcano therefore when you dance, you can’t control your emotions. There is a dance for every emotion and a song to go with it. At the end of the day you will walk out of the studio feeling good and confident that you can overcome any obstacle life throws at you.


Once in a blue moon, you get to join the world of glitz and glam. Only at a certain level are you able to slip into the dress that you earned. You put your make-up on, your fake eyelashes and double check your lips are red enough. You walk onto the dance floor, feel the spot light on your face, take hold of your partner and then magic happens. You don’t move the atmosphere and indescribable feeling from within makes you glide on the dance floor. It is the most astonishing feeling ever. The dance ends, the audience will clap and you curtsy. It is time to go back to reality but just before you do, you take a deep breath in and realise what just happened. You showed your true colours to the world.


Last year I was given the opportunity to showcase my talents. As excited as I was, I could not help but feel sad. For you see, last year was the year that my dear friend Ryan Lang was meant to start to dance with me. He was meant to be my partner for this showcase and I was meant to share the spot light with him; however he was tragically killed at the beginning of last year… I got onto the dance floor with my partner and I shed a tear. I looked through the audience and saw my family, friends and 2 very special people in the audience. My tear ran down my face and a smile was painted on it instead. That night I danced for Ryan and I have never felt so alive on a dance floor. I dance for a purpose and that as well as the support I got from everyone is what kept me going that night.


Doris Levelle is a dance legend. She danced for fun and was soon discovered by Monsieur Pierre. His studio was the place to go to if you wanted to learn how to dance in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Doris soon became Pierre’s dance partner and they demonstrated as often as 3 nights a week in clubs all over London. After the war the studio moved to Soho. They used to keep the windows open to allow the streets of Soho to enjoy Cuban music. Their aim as a couple was to discover the love and passion for dance within people which runs through every authentic dancer.


Doris was in a huge car accident and broke several bones in her body. This did not stop her from dancing. After a very hard 2 years, she was dancing yet again. 1970’s Doris wrote the first book about Disco Dancing. This is my favourite quote of hers, It is not my intention to be dogmatic but rather to give instructions as guidance only, since this type of dancing is essentially a matter of individual taste and improvisation. The most successful performers of soul dancing as well as other forms of dancing are those who possess the great sense of rhythm.’


Doris Levelle is my inspiration. When I damaged my ankle so badly, I was told that I was not able to dance for a very long time… I persevered and after a long and painful process, I was dancing again. This is why I feel I have such a deep connection with her.


5 years ago, a door opened up for me into a world where age, gender, colour, religion or talent doesn’t matter. Passion and dedication is what drives me to be the best Ballroom and Latin American dancer I can be.

Us dancers

By:Ashlee Zlotnick

We dance for joy
We dance for smiles
We dance for that boy
We dance to go those miles.

We dance for tears
We dance for fun
We dance for fears
We dance to set off the passion gun.

We dance for life
We dance for applause
We dance for strife
We dance to get rid of the claws.

I dance because I can
I dance because I love to
I dance Ballroom with a man
I dance…and so can you.

Night of 100 stars

Last night I put on  a dance show with my fellow dance members. We had 3 teachers and 7 dancers excluding us 3. I am so proud of everyone who danced last night because they showed people how much fun it is to be a Ballroom and Latin American dancer and that age does not matter. Most of us were teenagers and we showed people that we can shake it whilst doing dances people feel are for old people only.

This event brought us closer and thus creating a dance family and this would not have been possible without our dance teacher Louis Fourie. He is honestly one of the most amazing people you could ever meet. I am so proud to be part of the Dancentre family and everyone who is part of his studio would agree with me.

Honestly I never thought that we would be able to pull last night off as well as we did. Some of our dancers had never danced in front of people before and they brought tears to my eyes because they did so well. I am very proud and honored to say that I taught them what they learnt along side Natasha and Jade.

The proceeds are going to the CHOC Cows as well as to educate a underpriveldged school’s teacher. I taught 3 cows a Cow dance. This was a mix between a dance called the elephant walk and the diski dance. They looked astonishing shaking their udders out there. I am proud of them as well but not only because they danced but because they help children with cancer and that takes a lot of guts and a big heart. So thank you.

Overall I am smiling every time I think of this event because everyone danced well and we showed the audience what we can do and how amazing it is to be part of our studio. If you would like details on our studio and how to become part of our family email me and I will give you all the details you need:


I Am Dancing for You

By:Ashlee Zlotnick

This time next week I am dancing in my event.
I am so excited to be dancing in front of people again.
My body is yearning for that adrenalin rush as the light
hits my face.
My heart starts pounding as I finish a dance and wait for the applause.
I have been looking forward to this for 8 months now however
I am sad…

You were meant to start to dance this year with me.
You were meant to be in my show.
You were meant to feel the adrenalin rush for the first time
And hear the audience applause for us both,
But you are no longer with us today.

As much as I try, I can’t hold back my tears.
As much as I try to forget that day,
I simply cannot forget it or you for that matter.
Honestly I am not upset or ashamed of keeping you in my
Because I know that you would want me to keep you there.

So next week I will place the bottle cap I kept in my
That was the last drink you and I ever shared together.
I am going to go onto that dance floor with a smile on my
And with you in my heart and I know you are going to be with
Next week Saturday night, I am dancing for you Ryan!

Ever Lasting Tide

By:Ashlee Zlotnick

The music starts to play.

My body begins to sway.

I place my hand in yours

and bang goes all my flaws.


Your arm goes around my back.

A nervous feeling I lack.

You come into my personal world

and I go into yours perfectly, like an oyster and a pearl.


Your body moves mine,

around the room just fine.

In the corner I strike a pose.

A spectator over there better not dose.


We are in the spot light

as our dance begins to take flight.

I feel as if the world has come to a halt.

Nothing can stop us, not even a lighting bolt.


There is nothing better than this feeling.

It is something everyone can believe in.

It’s called confidence, joy and pride.

Your emotions when dancing, can create an every lasting tide.

The Perfect Pair of Shoes

By: Ashlee Zlotnick

Every single person has a side of them they don’t reveal. They don’t show you that side because they are either scared or they don’t know it exists. The shoes I wear once a week bring out a side of me only 5 people see. These shoes help me bring out aside of me I never knew I had up until 5 years ago.

I have worn similar shoes for a long time, before I put the shoes that changed my life forever. When I was 2 I put on Ballet shoes for the first time. I did Ballet for 6 years but the shoe did not fit right. They say you are the shoes you wear. I am not the type of person who has a desire to dance on my toes but I did for so long because; in order to become a good dancer you need to do Ballet as grounding. Towards the end of the 6th year I cried every time I had to go to Ballet so I stopped but I felt as if I had something missing.

I put on my second pair of dance shoes when I was 5 years old. Modern shoes. The   shoe did fit a bit better that the Ballet shoe. My teacher decided to incorporate hip-hop into our studio, so I was wearing 2 pairs of shoes: Modern shoes and takkies for Hip-Hop. I felt satisfaction. A year later I went on stage for my first time. My heart was pumping out of my chest. The music started to play and my number was called. I was so nervous I thought I couldn’t smile. The most amazing feeling I have ever has happened that night. I walked on and it was like the smile just painted itself on my face. I got an adrenalin rush and I danced my heart out. I will never forget that night because it was the first time I felt that adrenalin rush and I knew I had to get more. As time went by I started to get bored. I felt like I was doing the same dance over and over again just to different music. I still had a need for that adrenalin rush as I was addicted to this drug. I was getting the rush on stage but my desire to dance was getting thinner and thinner. What happened to Ballet was happening to Modern and Hip-Hop. Yes I was good and I loved to dance but my teacher turned my love for something into hate. You see my Modern teacher was my Ballet teacher and by the time I realized I enjoyed the dance and not her teaching method it was too late. My dislike for dance had grown and I had to stop due to the fact that my need for the adrenalin rush had disappeared and my search for the perfect pair of shoes continued. 

6 months later I was a 10-year-old girl who was dying inside. Every day I had a need t find the pair of shoes that fitted just right. I tried Tap and I wasn’t for me. I thought of going back to Modern but to a different teacher. When that thought came into my mind I wanted to scream because I could never put on the shoes that as quick as that adrenalin rush came so it went and that scared me. I knew I could never do Modern again and I was scared I would never dance again! My one friend told me about the dance she does and I thought I might as well try. I have nothing to lose. That day changed my life forever.

I never thought I would be the type of person who would put on heels and dance in them. My mom bought me a pair of black lace up ballroom shoes. They were a size 4 and a half and my foot slipped in and fitted like Cinderella’s foot fitted into the glass slipper. It was perfect. It was like the pair of shoes have been waiting on the shelf; waiting for me patiently. When I did the buckle I felt that adrenalin rush and I knew this would be an experience like that night in stage. I walked into the class open-minded about this dance form and I walked out hooked.

5 years later I have never been so interested and passionate about a dance form in my life. when the music starts and my partner and I take hold, the whole world stops and my partner and I are the only things moving. It is as if I put my life on hold and all my emotions are displayed in a form of dance instead of verbal. I dance 11 dances with the same pair of shoes but a difference persona comes alive for each dance. When I dance I show my true emotions and I love every moment of it.

So when you feel the shoe doesn’t fit rather change styles. One day you will find the perfect pair of shoes that allows you to reveal the true you.