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Just Married

Mr. & Mrs. Rick and Jennifer Elliott

Rick & Jennifer Elliott

To watch our wedding dance on youtube, click this link:

*Ricky & Jennifer Elliott Wedding Dance*


William & Jennifer competed at the Savannah Dance Classic over the last couple of days.

They won their first Rising Star Professional Smooth event on Friday evening.

This event started with a 9 couple semi final.

On Saturday evening they made it a double win by capturing the Open Smooth title from 7 other couples.

We are so proud of them both and know that this is just the beginning of many great wins in the future.



On the last week of November, Jennifer Caminas & William Proper of the Longwood Ballroom competed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

It was another very successful event for our Rising Star Professional couple.

Below are the placements for each of the events that they competed in:William Proper & Jennifer Caminas

Rising Star Theater Arts – 2nd Place

Rising Star American Smooth – 3rd Place

Open Showdance – 4th Place

Open American Smooth – 4th Place

Open Theater Arts – 4th Place

This was Jennifer & Williams last Professional competition for 2012 and it was a great way for them to finish off the year. They will be performing on December 15th at our Longwood Ballroom Holiday Showcase.

Come out and enjoy this daytime event with us at the studio. It will be a show that you will not want to miss.



Held at the World Golf resort in St. Augustine Florida, the First Coast Classic was an extremely successful competition for our Longwood Ballroom Professionals.

It started out on Friday evening (10/5/12) when Jennifer Caminas & William Proper for the first time made it into the Top 3 out of 8 couples in the Rising Star Smooth Championship.

They continued on Saturday placing 4th in the World Masters Open Smooth Championships & placed once again on the Medal Stand in the Bronze position for the World Masters Showdance.

We are So proud of Jennifer & William!

Their next professional competition will be at the end of October in Miami at the Grand National Championships.



Ballroom Dancing offers many health benefits, besides the obvious physical exercise that we are all aware of!

Read this recent article by Richard Powers:It explains how Ballroom Dancing also helps with:Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Stress reduction and to balance strogen levels on 3rd age women, also these dim supplements

Health benefits of dancing

Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.

    Types of dance

    There are many styles of dance to choose from, each with its own attractions. Popular styles of dancing include:

    • Ballet – mostly performed to classical music, this dance style focuses on strength, technique and flexibility.
    • Ballroom dancing – this involves a number of partner-dancing styles such as the waltz, swing, foxtrot, rumba and tango.
    • Belly dancing – originating in the Middle East, this dance style is a fun way to exercise.
    • Hip-hop – performed mostly to hip-hop music, this urban dance style can involve breaking, popping, locking and freestyling.
    • Jazz – a high-energy dance style involving kicks, leaps and turns to the beat of the music.
    • Pole dancing – has become increasingly popular as a form of exercise. It involves sensual dancing with a vertical pole, and requires muscle endurance, coordination, and upper- and lower-body strength.
    • Salsa – involving a mixture of Caribbean, Latin American and African influences, salsa is usually a partner dance and emphasises rhythms and sensuality.
    • Square-dancing – a type of folk dancing where four couples dance in a square pattern, moving around each other and changing partners.
    • Tap dancing – focuses on timing and beats. The name originates from the tapping sounds made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch the ground




Among some of the top professional competitors in America, William Proper & Jennifer Caminas of the Longwood Ballroom continued their steady progression up the Pro ranks! This was their best performance to date and they are making themselves a big part of the American Smooth circuit here in Florida.

Open Professional Showdance – 6th place

Rising Star Smooth – 4th place

Open Professional Smooth – 6th place

Now they will be getting ready for the United States Dancesport Championships in Orlando, being held at the Swan Hotel on the 1st week in September.


“Puttin’ on the Ritz” Charity Ball
to Benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children

Fabulous Showcase Dances by 
Jennifer, William, Viktoriya, Rick & Madison



Thank you to the USA Dance Orlando Chapter for inviting us to come & perform at this year’s Charity Ball!

Carolina Fall Classic Dancesport Championships, Grenesboro, NC, October 7-9, 2011

At this USA Dance Sanctioned National Qualifying Event, Kevin and Louise Payne from the Longwood Ballroom had a Great competition dancing in the American Smooth, Rhythm, Int’l Standard and Argentine Tango . Below are several of their results:

Open Bolero – 6th Place out of 26 couples

SR 11 Bronze Standard (Waltz/Quickstep) – 6th Place out of 21 couples

SR 11 Novice Smooth (Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot) – 5th Place out of 12 couples

Open Argentine Tango – 5th Place out of 11 couples

We are So proud of Kevin & Louise, Congratulations!!!

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