Category Archives: Competitions

Dorota Makar’s style for 2015 Parinama Open in Shanghai

Have a look at Dorota Makar's hairstyle and makeup which she had at the Parinama Open in Shanghai - the most prestigious dance competition in Asia. Dorota together with her partner Sergiu were the winners in Amateur Ballroom in this event. As well, they are the current Champions of UK Open, Blackpool, International, Europe and Poland.

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The organization of this competition was great, says Dorota and Sergiu: the venue - Mercedes Benz Arena, which hosts the biggest concerts and sporting events in Shanghai;  5 star hotel for competitiors - Intercontinental Shanghai Expo; World-class adjudicators - many World Champions like Marcus Hilton, Bryan Watson, Richard Gleave, Jukka Happalainen, Simona Fancello, Christopher Hawkins, Slavik Kryklivyi, Andrew Sinkinson, Robin Short etc.; music - live orchsetra. Cannot ask for more.... congratulations go to the organizers - Diana Kuan and her team. Very well done!

Regards from Asia. :)

Shanghai Open Parinama 2015


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The difference between the Evening Look and Competition Look

When you started dancing and attended your first dance events and competitions, you probably asked yourself why you need to have a hairstyle with lots of hairspray, gel and stones on it and strong, exaggerated makeup. Well, the idea is to look beautiful on the dance floor. Now, of course, people have different tastes. Some people can do better hairstyles then others, some are indifferent about their look, and some are obsessed with it, but we are not here to discuss this subject.
Let's say you decided to have the most beautiful look on the dance floor for your next championships. Next, you ask yourself: can I have a normal evening look or a special competition look to be the best dancer of the night?

There are 3 major differences between an evening Look and a competition look:

1. The lasting factor - a competition look has to last all day long and be resistant to faster movements, sweat and even shocks. That's why you have to use more hairspray, tie the hair tighter, use more resistant cosmetics etc. compared with an evening look.

2. The lighting factor - Remember: in the competition you are the star! Usually the lighting is not so great at competitions because the venues are big and it's too costly to light them very well. Also, the light is not concentrated only on one dancer but on the whole floor in general. Comparing it to, for example, television, they have the best possible lightings and they spend 30 minutes just to set the correct effect on a person so it looks great on TV screens. Unfortunately we don't have that at many dancesport competitions. That's why the makeup has to be more prominent to look good on the dance floor.

3. The distance factor - sometimes dancers compete in very big venues where thousands of people are watching the competition. The person sitting in the last row can't even recognize your facial features if you are on the dance floor. Many times even the people from the first row or judges are placed too far from dancers because of the size of the floor. Because you want to look great in every situation while you are dancing even from far away, the competition hair and makeup has to be more accentuated than normal evening hair and makeup. However, be careful to not exaggerate the look. You have to find the correct balance to still look natural.

Keeping in mind these 3 factors which influence the way you look on the dance floor will definitely change the way you style yourself for competitions and will encourage you to learn the correct skills to be able to do your hair and makeup well.

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The Competition Day

The key to a good and successful competition is a well-planned day. First of all, you have to know you and your partner’s habits, your needs, routines, etc.
Then allow yourself enough time in the morning for a healthy breakfast because food will be your fuel for the day.
For your hair and makeup you need at least 1-2 hours prior to the start of the competition and remember that you also need time for warming up, getting dressed and checking your heats.

Arunas-Bizokas-and-Katusha-Demidova-dancing-at-Blackpoool-2012-2Another thing to consider is, if you prepare yourself in a hotel room that you’re sharing with your partner, then your preparation time for your dance look might increase significantly. Just keep that detail in mind. Actually the difference between 1st place and last place is in the details. The top couples in the world know that their look is a big part of their performance and can dramatically affect their outcome. That's why they always spent a sufficient amount of time doing their hair, makeup and dress perfectly. Let's face it: if you want to win the competition, you have to look like a star!

If you avoid stress in the first part of the day because of good organization and skills, then the whole competition will be more pleasurable and successful. There is a very good book for ballroom dancers called "Dance to your Maximum”, written by Maximiliaan Winkelhuis, where you can find important information about the competition day and many other subjects.

Scene1We hope you find this article interesting and it will help you make a good plan for your next competition. If you need information about how to do your hair and makeup, don't hesitate, just subscribe and learn from the Dancelook tutorials which were specifically designed for you to learn fast and easy. You will certainly need these skills to become a well-rounded dancer.

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Interview with Maurizio Vescovo & Andra Vaidilaite

Another captivating interview with one of the best Latin-American Dance couples in the World:

Maurizio Vescovo & Andra Vaidilaite representing Flag_of_Canada.svg Canada.

They are not only wonderful dancers with numerous titles but also wonderful people! They always inspire us with their Energy on the dance floor, Technique and Interesting Routines. To see them live in competitions like Blackpool, UK Open, International, Kremlin Cup, Assen or Paris, it's indescribable.

In this interview they talk about their lifestyle, how they started dancing together and in the end they have a GREAT MESSAGE for all dancers! So, watch the interview 'till the end..... Enjoy!


Watch their recent Cha-Cha at World Championships in Disneyland Paris:

And, of course, their Rumba at World Super Stars 2014..... just amazing....

source: Youtube

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You have few seconds to impress the judges


Have you ever thought about how much time a judge has to watch you during one dance in a competition?

The answer is 5-10 seconds, especially in the first rounds where there are a lot of couples on the dance floor. In these first few seconds the judge forms an opinion about you and your dance, which is very difficult to change in later stages of the competition. This is why the first impression is paramount.  Why not take that opportunity and invest a small amount of time and energy on your image?  You can’t control the judge’s mind but you can control your look. We believe that the artistry of ballroom dance is so complex that it demands excellence in every department - appearance, personality and body movement. It is wise to spend a proportional amount of time, money and energy on all these areas which a dancer with aspirations should develop in order to perform at the highest level.

Sedziowiephoto by Iza Marszelewska FotoMrufka

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The power of image in a few words

Ricardo iulia

All dancers know how much money they need to invest in their look for a competition or performance. It's important to know how to make the best first impression on the adjudicators.

During their careers, dancers are often praised and critiqued on their style. That is why they search for the best solutions to improve their image.

At the biggest international competitions, we can always use the help of the best stylists like Boyko and Lella, but what about other events? Of course, we want to look our best at these as well. That's how the idea for this website was born.

Dancelook wants to show you the secrets of dance style through short training videos. We want every dancer to look like a world champion, even if they aren’t one yet.

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