Dance Titles Held:
New York State Chairman of Dance, Federation of Music
Clubs, Assistant Manager, Fred Astaire
Dance Studios, Washington, D.C. '70/71, Dance Director, Rhythm Dance Studios, Buffalo, New York for the
Pro - Am ( Teacher and Female Student Partners )
Miami Beach, San Juan, Acapulco, Washington, D.C, Norfolk,
Niagara Falls, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Utica.
A Personal Stance.
A dance schools purpose is to establish a specific core curricula
in the various creative disciplines of dance in
order to " facilitate " dance clients' full interests in
taking dance lessons; and based solely on their rights to
self-determination. Moreover, a dance school interests are
invested in producing high dance standards, as well as expanding
the creative horizons of each client involved. Thus the foundation of
a school must never be based upon local political cultures,
clicks, or social-political amateur dance associations, IE. The Ithaca Swing Dance Network, or The Salsa Amigos.
Professional dance teachers will never dominate the local
social dance floor of his or her dance market of service.
Moreover, the professional will never exploit or create
local dance venues in-order to sell dance lessons. Dance lessons and
market, or political links to dances are sales pressure techniques
to produce market territorial controls-often hiding a " con".
Background notes: "51 years dance experience, 37 years
Born in Miami
Florida 1947. Here within the Caribbean Basin, such as Cuba is where at the age of
8, I started my cultural integration with Latin Dance as part of my cultural
experiences. Never the less, it was not until the rise of Fidel Castro, which
caused the artistic?elite core
of Cuban entertainers - dancers to flee to Miami, that at Miami Springs Junior High
School, both Latin Dance and Lindy Hop-or what we called in 1962
as Dan "Z" ing to " Da "Jazz - went into high gear within this
school's social sphere. Along with the future
University of Miami All American, Ted Hendricks, our peer leader,(
later on Defensive End with the Baltimore Coats ), both the
physical education coaches ( IE. Coach Friday )-who taught the Lindy Hop, and Latin dancing,
taught by the flood of in coming Cuban students made dramatic social
and artistic impact upon us all. The energy was awesome.
Also, at the same time, I attended Miami
Springs Dance Academy and learned more. As a result: "
Roger Christian was an established and remarkable dancer before
the age of 12. " Reference Coach Friday, November 2002.
Dance employment: ( not counting performance and volunteer teachings.
1969 - 1974 Arthur
Murray Dance Studios, Washington,. D.C., Arlington, Va. 1968/70, Fred Astaire
Dance Studios Georgetown-Washington, D.C., 1970/71, Arthur Murray
Rochester and Buffalo, New York 1971, Fred Astaire,
Amherst 1972/74. Rhythm Dance Studios-Dance Director, 1972. SUCB Free
University, Office of Minority Student Affairs 1987. 1995 to
Education: ( Arthur Murray Dance Studios
wanted their teachers to be teachers first dancers second-this made it
CLIENT CENTERED. )
teach Bronze and Silver Dance Standards Arthur Murray Dance Studios;
Bronze, Silver, Gold Standards, and International Syllabus ( Approved by the Imperial Society of Teachers of
Ballroom Dancing ) Fred Astaire Dance
Studios; and Ballroom Theatre Arts Rhythm Dance Studios.
Critical all Masters of Dance Must Have Two Years of
Ballet Training Kaloff Ballet, Music in Motion,
and The Ithaca Ballet.
Latin, Africa, Lyrical, and Latina Danza de
Arte at Howard University, State University of New York at Buffalo,
State University College at Buffalo, York University and University of
Toronto; this also includes "my favorite" Israeli Folk Dance.
Bronze Level is a
B.A. in Social Dancing.
Silver Level is a
M.A. or Hobby Dancing.
Gold Level is a Phd. in
is Dance as a Sport Level of Competition.
More is to come..
Most recently at National Dance Week, State Theatre,
Ithaca, New York, May 4th, 2003, Miami, Miami Beach, Fort
Lauderdale, Hialeah, Florida, Washington, D.C., Mexico City, San Juan,
Acapulco, Norfolk, Alexandria, Silver Springs, Arlington,
Buffalo, Niagara Falls, U.S. and Canada, Rochester, Ithaca, Deposit at
Scott's, Syracuse, Ithaca, Syre, Atlantic
City, Toronto, and more to come.
Colleges and Universities:
State University of New York at Buffalo, State
University College at Buffalo, University of Toronto, York
University, Ithaca College, Howard University, and more to come.
International Cultural Fiestas SUNYAB and SUCB,
International Institute-Buffalo, Ithaca Festival, Celebration of Lights-Trumansburg, Conference
on Aging and Creativity-Ithaca College. Apple Harvest Festival-Ithaca, Liberation Day, Dupont Circle-Washington, D.C.