Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration - Thomas Edison
We all have sat in the audience and marveled at a performance of a Champion that is riveting, spontaneous, and effortless. They appear to be dancing in the moment, passionately expressing their art with skill and precision. Is their performance inspired? Undoubtedly, but underneath that inspiration is the two P’s - Preparation and Perspiration. We’d all like to feel that moment- that performance where it all came together, felt easy, and effortless.
HLT is designed to help prepare you for those magical moments on the dance floor. The Hip Lift Technique breaks down the technique underlying the basic movement in a simple to comprehend, straight forward approach. HLT prepares you for your competitions by building your basics with precision. Follow our champions Decho and Bree as they demonstrate a systematic course created by the Rhythm man himself, Sam Sodano. HLT will improve your method of movement...
And now the dance you’ve been waiting for - the most romantic of all the American Rhythm dances - the Bolero! HLT is here to take your Bolero to the next level. Please click your "My Online Videos" tab above to see the Bolero HLT Lecture Videos. They are now available for viewing, with the Swing HLT Lecture Videos coming soon.
Bolero is unique as it combines Cuban action with rise and fall. Guided by 3X Rhythm Champions, Decho Kraev and Bree Watson, this fourth part of the HLT Rhythm series will teach you the specific application of HLT for Bolero while reinforcing all the Hip Lift Technique you’ve learned from the previous three videos.
Decho Kraev and Bree Watson demonstrate the recommended way to complete the Bolero in this HLT Sneak Peek video. To learn more about the Hip Lift Technique method for the American Rhythm dances, please click the "Purchase Online Videos" tab above to purchase our full HLT Video Lecture Series.
Bree Watson explains very simply what the Hip Lift Technique is. Of course, technique is always very important in dance and the Hip Lift Technique is a more structured way to implement the American Rhythm dances. To learn more about the Hip Lift Technique method for the American Rhythm dances, please click the "Purchase Online Videos" tab above to purchase our full HLT Video Lecture Series.
Decho Kraev and Bree Watson demonstrate the recommended way to complete the Cha Cha Back Rocks in this HLT Sneak Peek video. To learn more about the Hip Lift Technique method for the American Rhythm dances, please click the "Purchase Online Videos" tab above to purchase our full HLT Video Lecture Series.
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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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...
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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