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      On Saturday, March 3rd, afternoon "DWTS" celebrity contestant Gladys Knight and her professional partner Tristan MacManus came to Dr. Dance Studio in Birmingham, AL to practice their dance routine for the season premier show, which will be shown on Monday, March 19th on the ABC Network.

      Tristan arrived with the crew at about 1:30pm, which gave us a chance to chat with him. This is his second season on "DWTS". Last season he danced with Nancy Grace. He had previously retired from competition dancing 12 years ago to play "football" (soccer), but eventually returned to dancing. He was in the cast of "Dirty Dancing" in London and then did two tours with "Burn The Floor" before joining the cast of "DWTS".

      Miss Knight arrived about 40 minutes later. Gladys Knight is of course one of the greatest R&B singers of all time. Having had such mega-hits as "Midnight Train To Georgia" and " If I Were Your Woman". She had given a show in Austin, TX on Friday night and was performing in Anniston, AL on Saturday night and stopped in Birmingham, AL to practice in between.

      Gladys and Tristan were both extremely personable and gracious toward us and allowed us to watch the practice, which lasted until about 4:00pm. Tristan had most of the choreography done, but was waiting for the final music edit to complete it. They had had only three and a half hours practice over the two peceding days, but worked very hard during this practice and were eventually able to dance all the way through the material with the music.

      We were amazed at the amount of progress Gladys had made in such a short time. You would expect her to have good timing, but she dazzled us with her ability to use her body. We anticipate a terrific first night performance that will give Gladys and Tristan a good leg up for the start of the competition. At the end of the practice Tristan showed Gladys an autographed picture we had from when Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough had practiced one Friday night in 2007 at our studio and had gone on to win that season. Tristan said,"There's your omen." Wouldn't that be terrific!

      Make sure to watch the premiere. You may see some filmed sequences at Dr. Dance.



On March 30 & 31 and April 1, USA Dance will hold their annual National Amateur Dancesport

Championships at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

National Championship titles will be awarded in various styles, levels and age categories.

We are excited to be attending to support many of the couples in our Dr. Dance family, who

are competing for National titles. Among the couples we'll be watching are George & Karen

Barton (Birmingham, AL), Carmine Rucco & Maria Bolyard (Huntsville, AL), Bob & Debbie

Pratico (Huntsville,AL), Jim Crowell & Sterling Sightler (Baton Rouge, LA) and Richard Stewart &

Melanie Tichenor (Baton Rouge, LA). We're looking forward to a fun and successful weekend.

Best of luck to the competitors! Check the April blog for observations and results.













This is the initial blog for Dr. Dance. It happens to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of Dr. Dance in

Birmingham, Alabama. We have had the pleasure of teaching thousands of people about dancing over

the years. Our teaching has run the gamut from social dancing, wedding preparation, choreographed

performance to competition preparation.

We have been enthusiastic supporters of the dance community in Birmingham and elsewhere as well as

a variety of charities through exhibitions, instruction, donations and promotion.

On Thursday, September 29th, we had our 25th Anniversary Party at the studio. Not only did current

students come but a number of former students attended as well. A fun time was had by all. Kim and

Steve performed an International Waltz for the enthusiastic audience of well wishers.

In future blogs we will dicuss dance topics, give dance hints and speak of noteworthy dance occurences.

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