s plus ports EDITOR ROCHELLE BAKER THE VOICE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2006 12 Ballroom’s back, thanks to reality TV Competitive dance so popular it’s now in running to become Olympic medal sport By DYRARENE CANICULA 14 years and president of DanceSport B.C., said that dancesport exceeds the DANCE allroom dancing is fast becom- expectations people have of Olympic etiquette B ing the new Macarena in Van- couver because of popular reali- ty TV shows like Dancing with the Stars and Ballroom Bootcamp. The UBC Dance Club has had an in- sports. “The 100-metre dash doesn’t involve music, it doesn’t involve people work- ing together… you just don’t get the same level of excitement you get with crease of 100 new members in the last dancesport,” said Dudley. couple months said Moncia Chan, ex- He said dance is a passion with so ternal vice-president of the UBC Dance many compelling human aspects. You Club. Most of them heard about ball- feel the energy, you hear the music, and room dancing on TV Chan said. then you feel the emotion, the vibrancy, HYGIENE “Reality TV shows help promote and the excitement. If you notice your partner is holding their dance and it really brings the aspect of However, dancing is not all glitz and breath and bending work and dedication we put into the glory. Costumes cost anywhere from over backwards. Take a sport,” she said. $200 to $700 and private lessons, hint and eat a mint. At a competitive level, ballroom mandatory if you want to compete, can dancing is called dancesport. The most cost twice as much. Avoid strong cologne and recent international competition, the Kurt Preinsperg, a philosophy in- perfume. At such close SnowBall Classic, took place Feb. 2 to 6 structor at Langara, bowed out grace- quarters it’s a health at River Rock Casino in Richmond. fully from the dance floor after 10 years hazard and will make your partner woozy. The competition was attended by of dancing. 4,500 people and is one of the largest of In a recent Toastmaster’s speech, he its kind in North America. World cham- said, “Ballroom dancing has added im- TIPS FOR WOMEN pion couples along with 300 dancers mensely to my happiness, in spite of its Don’t clutch your partners arm too tight, from all over the world competed. pitfalls – or perhaps even because of you’ll leave marks, The International DanceSport Feder- them. Navigating pitfalls skillfully can especially if you have ation, the governing body of dances- itself become an exhilirating chal- long nails. port, is vying for dance to be consid- lenge.” ered an Olympic sport. Competitive Emotional entanglement, competi- Support the weight of dance is currently short-listed for con- tiveness, and perfectionism are some of your arms and body or sideration as a medal sport for the the downsides of dance according to your partner will exhaust himself dragging you Olympic Summer Games. Preinsperg. across the floor. Jim Fraser, chairman of the IDSF However, he added dance gives peo- legal commission, said there is im- ple “the pleasure of moving to music, mense pressure on the National healthful exercise, release of tension, TIPS FOR MEN Lead with confidence. Olympic Committees from lots of other escape from boredom, easy gregarious- Your partner doesn’t sports to get into the Olympic program. ness and opportunities for romance.” know where to go “The bus is full and if anyone else If people are looking for opportuni- otherwise. wants to get on, someone has to get ties for dance or romance there are off,” said Fraser. many options around Vancouver. However, avoid barking Chan agrees that dancesport should The UBC Dance Club offers begin- orders or flinging your - be considered an Olympic event. ners lessons three times a week for a partner around with abandon. “Doing a quickstep is like a 100- membership fee of $150. metre dash,” she said. A number of ballrooms and dinner Avoid wandering hands Dancers work harder because they clubs near Commerical Drive also offer and indiscreet stares. have to “incorporate smiling, looking lessons and the opportunity to practice. Lecherous behaviour and DYRARENE CANICULA photo gorgeous and not stepping on [their] Astorino’s Hall at 1739 Venables St. advances aren’t cool. Maurizio Vescovo and Melinda Torokgyorgy of Hungary dance their way to partner’s foot,” into their routine. offers drop in lessons every Sunday a second place win in the latin championship at the SnowBall Classic. Brian Dudley, a ballroom veteran of and Tuesday for five dollars. Look out! 2006 is Year of the Dodge Badminton Playground sport has In two years, the league has such an overflow of teams wanting to partici- men’s pair gotten so adult it has own league and championship pate that some had to be waitlisted. The non-profit league was created for different groups of people to meet new friends and get out and enjoy life, net the gold By MELISSA SERRAGLIO said Mesina. By DYRARENE CANICULA It is also a way to give back to the his will be the year of the “dodge”, he Langara Falcons basketball and T community, as VDL executives are T the year dodgeball will be put on the map, according to an executive for the growing Vancouver Dodgeball working to put together various charity events. All the while, participants are enjoy- badminton teams faced triumph and upset at last weekend’s tour- naments. League. ing some healthy competition. In badminton, Adrian Liu and Der- Jeff Mesina, public relations and “You can get an athletic person play- rick Ng brought home the gold in men’s marketing executive for the VDL, be- ing against someone who is a novice in doubles in the second of three banner lieves the sport is on the rise and catch- dodgeball,” said Mesina. “And it’ll still tournaments running up to British Co- ing on in Vancouver. be a good match between them.” lumbia Colleges’ Athletic Association The skills needed to play are simple, The VDL held its second dodgeball championship. he said. tournament on Feb. 4 which had a large Langara College has placed second “As long as you can pick a ball up and turnout of participants. in both tournaments and has a total of throw it, you can play dodgeball,” The winning team was handed a 164 team points, trailing Douglas Col- Mesina said. “And you better know how championship belt, and there were also lege by 55. to dodge.” awards for the MVP and the most Coach Colin Ng said the team could Players try to eliminate members of sportsmanlike team of the tournament. do better with more players. A couple the opposing team by hitting them with To foster good spirit teams are en- of players could not play in January for a ball or catching their throws. Head- couraged to play in costume. personal reasons he said. shots are not allowed. New player Christopher McDonald The final banner tournament is hap- Mesina believes that there aren’t any tried dodgeball for the first time at the pening this weekend. The team took organized dodgeball teams in high tournament and said he really enjoyed home the BCCAA championship last schools because the sport cannot com- the atmosphere. year. pete with the prestige of major sports “The tournament was well-organ- The women’s basketball team ended leagues. ized and I was impressed by the sports- a five game winning streak and lost 51- “There are professional leagues for manship of all the teams,” McDonald 52 to Columbia Bible College on Friday. hockey and football,” said Mesina. said. “I’d definitely recommend it for a But the team got it together and won “Kids growing up wanting to get into Saturday night.” 63-42 against CBC on Saturday. sports where they can be an athlete While dodgeball is often not taken The men’s basketball team faired people look up to.” MELISSA SERRAGLIO photo better and netted both games against seriously, Mesina warned people not to Interest in the Vancouver Dodgeball laugh at the game, saying, “don’t judge A member of the Vancouver Dodgeball League winds CBC. The men’s team is currently League, however, continues to grow. a book by its cover.” up a throw during the second championship. ranked third in the Fraser Valley.