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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.

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:


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.

My Volcano(Dancentre)

By:Ashlee Zlotnick

For those of you who follow my blog and don’t know me personally, I am a Ballroom and Latin American dancer. I have been dancing for practically all my life but I have been doing Ballroom for 5 years only and I have no plan on stopping any time soon. I am going to tell you about my muse.

5 years ago a friend of mine told me about Ballroom and ever since that first lesson I have been hooked on it. I have done most form of dances and I have performed on stage most of my life. Every time I performed I got an adrenalin rush and it is the most amazing feelings I have ever felt in my life. The reason why I turned to Ballroom was because I was not getting that rush in class and soon I had no desire to go on stage and that was most probably the scariest feelings of my life. It is like a drug addict coming to you and saying I have no desire to do drugs anymore but I am still craving that high.

When I see that it is a Monday I can’t help but want to jump up and down because I know that they second my school bell rings I am just a few minutes away from dancing. I swear when I am sick or don’t have dancing; my whole week is ruined because I don’t get my rush. It is hard to explain how I feel when I dance but I will try. Close your eyes and picture having a volcano in your body. Every day the volcano rumbles a little but the second Monday comes it starts to erupt slowly but surely. When you walk into the Dance studio the volcano erupts fully and you are unable to contain the lava inside so it comes out in a form of this red, hot lava. This is how I feel every single time I hit the dance floor or my dance lessons. Dance makes me express how I feel and show everyone who I truly am.  It is the most astonishing, indescribable feeling I have ever had and I get it every time I dance. I place my high heel shoes on my feet and the volcano starts to shake. A take hold of my partner and the volcano erupts. Finally I start to move my feet around the dance floor and the lava cannot be contained so it comes out of the volcano. The volcano is my passion for dance and my desire to be the best dancer I can be.  In order for a volcano to erupt it has to have something that pushes the lava out and that is my ballroom teacher.

Louis Fourie is the most inspiring, encouraging, loving, understanding man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he the best dancer I have ever watched. When he demonstrates a new move to the class I am astonished. There is nothing he can’t do and I am very privileged to have him as my Ballroom teacher and mentor. He is the only teacher I have ever had that has seen my true potential and encouraged me to do better. When I dance with him, it is like the world stops and all that is moving is me and him and at that very moment I get a rush and it is the best feeling in the world.

You see I feel you can teach anyone to dance, as long as you can move your feet to the beat of the music you are dancing however there is more to dancing than just the moves and music. You have to have the need and the want to get up in the morning and go and dance. You have to have a passion for it in order for you to be the best dancer you can be and I believe that if you have the desire and passion for it, then you can be the best dancer you can because you have all the elements of dance: the steps, the music, the beat and lastly the passion.

My dance studio incorporates all 3 elements of dance and makes the lessons fun and enjoyable and at the same time you will be learning to dance as well as exercising. We have lots of different classes to offer such as a couples class and singles for all ages. If you would like more details on our studio and how to become part of our Ballroom family please feel free to contact me via email:

It may take two to tango but it takes one to start. Once you email me and see a class for yourself trust me it is the best decision you will ever make and all it takes is one simple email telling me you want details on how to get that volcano inside to erupt.