Partner dancing and theater performance arts were an essential part of the Edwardian era. Today, they are a wonderful element of the Edwardian Ball, to be enjoyed by newcomers and experienced dancers alike.
Dance Is For Everyone
As a lifelong dancer and dance instructor, my goal is to make partner dancing more accessible and fun for everyone. That is why I founded my dance studio, Vima Dance. And that’s why, for the past eight years, we’ve been the official dance instructors of The Edwardian Ball.
Each year, from November through January, Vima offers discount classes specially designed to get Ball-goers twirling around the dance floor with progressive dances such as Viennese Waltz and Tango.
If you’re curious about partner dancing, I encourage you to try one of these classes. Even a single session is often enough to get you started. We also offer private instruction for individuals or couples, at a special rate for Edwardian Ball attendees.
For class times and rates, take a look at our 2012-13 schedule.
Dancing At The Ball
Of course, you needn’t have any formal training to enjoy dancing at the Edwardian Ball — most of the night the dance floor is full of people dancing in a wide variety of styles and skill levels.
But if you enjoy partner dance, I encourage you to arrive early, as we reserve the first hour-and-a-half of Saturday night strictly for partner dancing, featuring our newly-trained Edwardians and a floorshow of professional and student ballroom performances.
This is also when you can see Vima’s professional teams: The Vima Vice Squad, the all-male 2012 US Formation Team champions, and Team Photon (Photis P and Ron J) the 2012 California and US Men’s Ballroom champions. This year the Squad has created an all-new Tango/Gipsy fusion number, which we’re very excited to share with you.
As you can tell, I love the Edwardian Ball. It brings the Edwardian period to life, but also enhances it, with its amazing fashion twist combining the performance arts, dancing, and the incredible, macabre mind of Edward Gorey.
For those of you that haven’t experienced The Edwardian Ball yet, all I can say is “Don’t miss it!”
Photis Pishiaras is a lifelong dancer and certified professional ballroom dance teacher. A Greek Cypriot, he first performed Greek folk dancing in kindergarten. After teaching dance in Athens and Berlin, Photis moved to San Francisco in 1994, where he taught for Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio for 8 years. In 2005, Photis established Vima Dance Studio. Competing in the US, Canada and Europe, Photis and his dance partner, Ron, won a bronze medal at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne and a silver medal at the 2011 North American OutGames in Vancouver. They are the 2012 US NASSPDA and CA Men’s Standard champions.
As an instructor, Photis has competed Pro-Am with students as well as professionally in Dance Sport competitions, earning him a Top Teacher Award. Photis is a founding member of the all-male performance group Vima Vice Squad who hold the 2011 and 2012 US Formation Team Championships. On Twitter? Follow @VimaDanceStudio
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