Valerie Snitko, Kirill Zakiryanov Photo Source: Google Photos

I’m sure you have heard of the expression, eccentric.  When used as an adjective, it means a person or their behavior is unconventional and/or slightly strange or off center.  But I bet you never heard of the expression, dancentric, and rightly so, I made it up.

What I mean, when I say dancentric, it is my own interpretation of dancers who put their heart and soul into their ballroom dancing.  They do it so much with such intense love and devotion, that to others, who are not in the ballroom/dancesport world; it may seem strange.  It is not mainstream, run of the mill, common or dare I say, “normal” to want to be a ballroom dancer.  It is exceptional, devotional and counter-intuitive.  Ballroom dancing is not the new dance of the day.  It has deep historical roots. Ballroom dance is beautiful to watch in both its elegance and dignity.  It is truly dance art and is cultural in nature.

Daniel Zakizyanov, Irene Yarovoi Photo Source: Alex Havasi

That being said, if you have ever gone to a competition event, it can definitely defy all odds (with not being the popular dance(s) of the day).  It’s packed to the brim with both spectators and dancers.  It is amazing to watch and be part of, and dancentrics, would have it no other way! Ballroom/dancesport is artistic expression combined with precision. Ballroom/dancesport is definitely in a caliber of its own.

This blog is my tribute to the young dancers I continually see excel at their craft.  I don’t know if these kids are popular in school, doing well in their classes, or even have time for other hobbies. The kids I’m talking about are constantly working towards a goal.  Their dancing improves and gets better all the time.  They understand discipline and move with such elegance and grace.  They form bonds with their dance partners and place in every competition they enter. They are always practicing, getting ready to enter another competition or catching a plane to go to a new city or country!  Can you say dancentric! I think so, and their parents are right there with them.

Eric Kashkevych, Daria Andreyev Photo Source: Alex Havasi

My hat is off to these fine young dancers who care so much about dance. Ballroom dancing actually matures them and gives them great interpersonal skills that will help shape their lives. They are eager to learn from people they respect and have gratitude for the wisdom imparted on them.  I am so in awe of everything about these young dancers and will continue to follow their dance careers.  As you know, the Fordney Foundation is fully vested in our young and upcoming ballroom dancers, and that is what we are all about.  Can you say dancentric, “yes” and we are  proud of it!

With respect and appreciation,

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado.  We call these memorial contributions.  Perhaps you would like to

have someone memorialized in this manner.  Make a donation and give us their name.  We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person.  This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

As we grow and learn, instead of doing the “bare minimum,” we will be overjoyed giving the “ultimate maximum.”  The results will be our dreams being fulfilled by passion and passion turns into happiness and success.



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