By Raquel Laneri. The first time Ernesto Palma asked Nikolai Shpakov to cha-cha at a Chelsea dance studio, back in , the Russian ballroom-dancing champ demurred. Who follows? But after cheek-to-cheeking with Palma for a fund-raiser that year, the Westchester-based dancer changed his tune. Freedman first heard about same-sex ballroom dancing in , when her cameraman told her about a lesbian dance group on the West Coast.
British Dance Council bids to ban same-sex couples from the ballroom
Ballroom may soon be strictly off limits for same-sex pairs - Telegraph
It is a pursuit that — behind the glitz, sequins and sashays — is known for fierce rivalries and cut-throat determination. But the strain behind the smiles in the world of ballroom dancing is beginning to show, as its governing body pushes to ban same-sex couples from ballroom dance competitions, provoking outrage among competitors. The British Dance Council is to consider proposals that would define a dance partnership as having to consist between a man and "a lady" on 21 July, just before a major competition in Bournemouth. If it is passed, it will ban same-sex couples from mainstream contests, regulating them to same-sex-only categories.
Inside the Beautiful World of Same-Sex Ballroom Dancing
Images courtesy of Hot to Trot Productions. In mainstream competitive ballroom dance, same-sex partnerships are not allowed. The dancing in the film is beautiful, but the real focus is the struggles and triumphs experienced by members of the LGBTQ community, ones which Freedman hopes also relate to a larger audience. I spoke to Freedman about the process of making the film, her hopes for its impact, and the power and politics of same-sex competitive ballroom dance. Interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
By Hannah Furness , Arts Correspondent. With its glitz, glamour and flamboyant routines, the world of ballroom dancing may seem an unlikely battleground for same-sex politics. But the feather boas are flying over suggestions that same-gender couples could be banned from the competitive ballroom scene.