Bree Watson gives a HLT lecture on May 2, 2018, at La Danse, Cleveland.

Uncategorized May 17, 2018

A lot of dancers can get lost in the confusion of only their choreography, presentation, even "hard work". But the truth is, for ANY of that stuff to matter, you've got to first learn how to do the following basic principles.

In this video segment, Bree gives a breakdown of Swing HLT Foot action, HLT Leg acton, and HLT Hip Actions.

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Sam Sodano American Rhythm lecture at the 2017 Blackpool event.

Uncategorized Sep 23, 2017

May 2017 was a momentous year for American competitors at Blackpool; a collective sweep of the podiums and a historic occasion for American Smooth and Rhythm with the inclusion of Professional and Pro/am American Style competitive events.

Sam Sodano was honored to be invited by Bryan Allen, President of the British Dance Council, to once again present a lecture at the World Congress. The title of Sam’s lecture for this year was “Rhythm vs. Latin -What makes it different?”– and the theme of the Congress, “The Past, Present, and Future.” 

The lecture opened with an exciting demonstration of all five American Rhythm dances performed by the Brooklyn Dancesport Club.  Their performance was followed by an introduction given by Bill Sparks who provided some insights to Sam’s history. For example; In 1972, Sam was one of the first wave of Americans to compete at Blackpool, that same year he was a finalist in...

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The History of the Hip Lift Technique.

Uncategorized Sep 04, 2017
Sam Sodano & Beverly Donahue above using the Hip Lift Technique

By now many of you have heard of HLT – the Hip Lift Technique, but you may not know that the method started developing over ten years ago!

So let’s take you back, on a stroll or rather a chasse down memory lane and learn a little bit about the history of the man and the events that led HLT- the Hip Lift Technique.

Sam Sodano, the creator of this method has been known as a pioneer for his entire career. His ‘baby’ the Ohio Star Ball was as important as the railroad was to the Industrial Revolution. Ohio Star Ball, united the country, bringing competitors from every region of the U.S and even Canada. When PBS choose Ohio Star Ball as the vehicle to film, “Championship Ballroom Dancing,” Sam’s competition took off like a comet. Each year Sam strove to make his competition, unique, ground-breaking and run like a well-oiled machine all the while keeping in mind that dancing...

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New Hip Lift Technique web site now available!

Uncategorized Jun 28, 2017

The new Hip Lift Technique web site is now available!

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