World Champion Ballroom Dancers Team Up To Teach Kids

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A jumpin’ jive performed by Edgar Khachaturov and Daniela Olevsky during a preteen-level competition.

A jumpin’ jive performed by Edgar Khachaturov and Daniela Olevsky during a preteen-level competition.

Nadia Eftedal, world-champion Latin dancer and judge, and Charlotte Jorgensen, world-champion Standard dancer and television celebrity, direct Dancesport classes at the Rhythm Room in Sherman Oaks.
Dancesport, the competitive form of ballroom dancing, has gained popularity thanks to television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Now children of all ages can take up the sport at the newly opened Nadia Eftedal’s Rhythm Room in Sherman Oaks. Ms. Eftedal, a world-champion Latin dancer and internationally renowned coach and judge, oversees the Latin program at the Rhythm Room. Charlotte Jorgensen, world-champion Standard dancer and winner with John O’Hurley of the first season of “Dancing with the Stars,” coordinates the standard dancing.
“We have comprehensive children’s programs featuring dance fundamentals, dance history, musicality, strength and flexibility training and guided practice nights,” says Ms. Eftedal. “This is an ideal program for providing young dancers a strong foundation through group classes, private lessons, guided practice sessions and opportunities to perform as well as compete.”
The children’s program offers introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. The introductory and intermediate classes, which combine Latin and Standard dancing, are divided into age groups (ages 3-5, 6-11, and 12-18). Advanced classes are split into Latin-only and Standard-only sessions.

Tony Award winner of Broadway’s “Billy Elliot” Kiril Kulish and Natella Devitskaya demonstrating a beautiful line in the rumba while competing in a youth-level competition.

Tony Award winner of Broadway’s “Billy Elliot” Kiril Kulish and Natella Devitskaya demonstrating a beautiful line in the rumba while competing in a youth-level competition.

Performing is an important component of the children’s program, and numerous opportunities are available. Currently scheduled events include the Halloween Party and Showcase, Winter Holiday Show and End of Semester Recital. In addition, there are many competitions to choose from.
“Teaching dance is more than just a physical or mechanical process,” says Ms. Jorgensen. “It involves supporting and nurturing the kids through all of the challenges they experience as Dancesport competitors. This includes emotional, mental and even spiritual hurdles.”
The 18-week fall semester at the Rhythm Room begins Monday, September 14, and the deadline to register is Friday, September 4. Register online at www.nadiasrhythmroom.com or call 818.501.7498.
The Rhythm Room caters to all levels of social and competitive ballroom dance for adults and children. Ms. Eftedal and her staff conduct ballroom, Latin, swing and blues private lessons, group classes and parties. Customized packages are available for big occasions such wedding, debutante, bar/bat mitzvah and quinceañera events. Special demonstrations are also available for private parties and corporate functions.

Cover photo:
Tony Award winner of Broadway’s “Billy Elliot” Kiril Kulish and Natella Devitskaya present a strong paso doble line while competing at the US National Championships.

For more information, contact Brita Richardson. Nadia Eftedal’s Rhythm Room is located at
14261 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. They can be reached at (818) 501-7498, dance@nadiasrhythmroom.com or www.nadiasrhythmroom.com.

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