Are You Hip!

Every now and then, something comes along in ballroom dancing and dancesport that literally shakes the dance playing field up in a good way and makes us pay attention, that is, if we want to excel at our craft and our dance form.  I’m talking about the Hip Lift Technique.  Ever hear of a double entendre?  That is the wording I am describing when I ask you, “if you are hip?”  The subject that I will be discussing is Hip Lift Technique, so (a) I asked if you are “hip,” which means, are you in the know, which is what hip means and (b) Do you know how to do the Hip Lift Technique?

Hip Lift Technique is a way of teaching and dancing American Rhythm. The purpose of the technique is to help unify the style of American Rhythm as well as to ensure a further distinction between American and International Latin styles of dance. It was coined, developed and defined by Sam Sodano.  Do you know what that means?  It means, people pay attention when Sam speaks, he is an innovator and often a judge at competitions, as he is one of the most respected and foremost people in the dancesport competition world and he, along with Bill Sparks, are going to be looking to see if you are picking up on this nuance that is going to make a difference in how you look, move and the points you rack up at


competitions!  I know when I go to competitions, I am absolutely riveted when I watch dancers who use the Hip Lift Technique in their American Rhythm dances.  I’m telling you, dancers it’s the thing to do!  If you don’t believe me, listen to the experts speak here.  Bill Sparks and Sam Sodano say you will absolutely get the kind of rhythmic results you are looking for if you embrace the Hip Lift Technique.  Pay close attention to this video and all of your questions will be answered and you will learn a whole lot more.

So now, you have no excuse, don’t hesitate to learn this valuable technique, your dance future depends upon it.  Go find an upcoming dance camp in your area, or go to or DanceSport to get hip about the Hip Lift Technique.

Thought Of The Day:

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”  –  Aristotle



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website