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Championship Ballroom Dancing; Championship Ballroom Dancing 2001, 20th Anniversary Special

01/18/2000

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Series
Championship Ballroom Dancing
Program
Championship Ballroom Dancing 2001, 20th Anniversary Special
Series Description

MORE THAN TWO DOZEN OF THE TOP PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM DANCERS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA COMPETE IN THE LATIN AND MODERN DIVISIONS OF THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. Series release date: 1985

Program Description

Actress, dancer, and Tony Award-nominee Sandy Duncan returns for her third season as host of the high-energy evening partnered once again with co-host and seven-time US Latin Competition champion Ron Montez. Current champions and returning legends in the International Standard, Latin, and Cabaret divisions are showcased in individual performances. The evening's festivities also include specially choreographed production extravaganzas featuring all of the dancers_ even host Sandy Duncan, her son Michael, and co-host Ron Montez. Along with the traditional feathered gowns and fancy footwork, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into the making of the show, as well as archival footage of favorite performers and costumes. "We first brought CHAMPIONSHIP BALLROOM DANCING to television because of the extraordinary talent of the dancers, and the excitement they generate," says Aida Moreno, founding producer of the program. "A lot has changed since then, and we'll highlight those changes as we pay tribute to twenty years of champions." To get into the swing of things, glide on over to CHAMPIONSHIP BALLROOM DANCING's Web site at wgbh.org/ballroom. The site includes a complete list of this year's finalists and top winners. Petticoats, Sequins, Feathers, and Rhinestones: Two Decades of Ballroom Dancing Costumes "Many changes have occurred since I first became involved with ballroom dancing," reports Championship Ballroom Dancing executive producer Aida Moreno. "But no change has been more dramatic than the dancers' costumes." In the International Standard division, though, one costume has remained unchanged: the men still wear the classic tails and white tie. But their partners' costumes are another story. In the early 1980s, women wore one-color, sequined gowns, with modest, open backs. The dresses had several layers of petticoats-so many that the costumes often nearly engulfed the men. By 1985 a more flowing dress with a longer back line became common, which was followed by a multitude of feathers, pleated skirts, and winged sleeves. Today's ball gown looks more like high-fashion evening wear. Closely fitted on the upper part of the body, it flounces and bounces over the hips and legs. The object, as always, is to highlight and magnify the dancer's graceful lines. In the Latin division the operative rule is if you've got it, flaunt it. And if you don't, flaunt it anyway. Two decades ago men wore black skin-tight cat suits or jump suits that evolved to match their partners' colorful costumes. Then came the pleated trouser with a flowing Cuban shirt, followed by the bolero look: baggy pants with a high waistband. But thanks to Lycra, spandex, and other stretchy, sheer fabrics, the men's costumes today allow for greater movement, and a more revealing look. Women's Latin division costumes twenty years ago were plain, even modest. But as dance moves became faster and more technically demanding, dancers insisted on lighter fabrics that offered more flexibility. By 1984 revealing, high-cut slits and low, open backs began appearing, with some costumes inspired by those of chorus line show girls or the full skirts of West Side Story. The mid-1990's saw the arrival of the seductive two-piece costume with a low-waist skirt that accentuated the hip motions typical of the Latin style of dancing. Today, the women's dress in this category is snazzy, sensual, and often scanty. What style will take hold next? Be sure to tune in to find out!

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Event Coverage
Topics
Dance
Creators
Moreno, Aida (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Championship Ballroom Dancing; Championship Ballroom Dancing 2001, 20th Anniversary Special,” 01/18/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AAD62C21CE60455F949B390AED4444E7.
MLA: “Championship Ballroom Dancing; Championship Ballroom Dancing 2001, 20th Anniversary Special.” 01/18/2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AAD62C21CE60455F949B390AED4444E7>.
APA: Championship Ballroom Dancing; Championship Ballroom Dancing 2001, 20th Anniversary Special. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AAD62C21CE60455F949B390AED4444E7
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