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Mr. Donnie Burns

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Phone: (310) ***-****  HQ Phone
American Ballroom Company Inc
P.O. Box 4507
Los Angeles County , California 90274
United States


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Event - Judges & Officials - UNITED STATES DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, 30 Dec 2013 [cached]
Donnie Burns (, United Kingdom)
Donnie Burns (, United Kingdom)
Donnie Burns (, United Kingdom)
During the Friday evening session of ..., 9 Oct 2007 [cached]
During the Friday evening session of the United States Dance Championships, held September 4-9, 2007 in Orlando, FL, organized by American Ballroom Company, Mr. Donnie Burns, President of the World Dance Council (WDC), was allowed the opportunity to make an announcement regarding an appointment he, as President of the WDC was making on behalf of the WDC Presidium.During his presentation, Mr. Burns lead the audience to believe that he was speaking on behalf of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) when twice he said Â"Â ...This was shocking to many in the room.The fact that three members of the NDCAÂ's Executive Committee were present (Judi Hatton, 1st Vice President; Brian Puttock, 2nd Vice President and Dennis Rogers, Treasurer) and readily accessible, the NDCA, nor itÂ's Executive Committee members were consulted nor informed regarding Mr. BurnsÂ' announcement & appointment.Following Mr. BurnsÂ' statement, Judi Hatton requested that the NDCA be given the opportunity to clarify that Mr. Burns was not speaking "on behalf of the NDCA."The directors of American Ballroom Company declined to allow the NDCA that opportunity.It is important that every NDCA registrant, indeed every interested party, know that under no circumstance has Mr. Burns ever spoken on behalf of the NDCA nor will he have that opportunity unless he is an officer of the NDCA Executive Committee.
Donnie Burns MBE President ..., 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
Donnie Burns MBE President WDC Historical Committee Education Department Committee
Donnie Burns at Avant Garde Ballroom, 3 Jan 2011 [cached]
Donnie Burns
Donnie was undefeated in any competitive dance contest for nearly 20 years of continuous competition, a record in any major category of ballroom dance and is now in the Guinness Book of Records. During this period he won major titles in countries throughout the world. He is now Vice-President and Chairman of the World Dance Council. He is a winner of the Carl Alan Award for outstanding services to dance. In 2008, Burns married swing dance and International Latin dancer Heidi Groskreutz.
Burns was the inspiration for the character Mr. Aoki in the 1996 Japanese film Shall We Dance?.
Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather Cha Cha
Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather Samba
Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather Kremlin Cup 2004
Click on the above YouTubes to see Donnie in action!
BDFI » 2013 BDFI Congress At The Embassy Championships [cached]
Donnie Burns & Gaynor Fairweather
Donnie Burns & Gaynor Fairweather
Donnie and Gaynor became fourteen times World Professional Latin American Champions and World Showdance Champions on the only occasion they entered. They were later awarded the MBE for their service to Dance.
After their legendary successful competitive career they now travel the World coaching, adjudicating and lecturing. Donnie is also the President of the World Dance Council. Donnie now lives in California and Gaynor splits her time between her homes in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
Donnie commenced with explaining that to prepare for this lecture he and Gaynor had got together, put on their dance shoes, created a piece of Rumba choreography and actually had been rehearsing at 5am for several days to present something visual for the audience, true Professionalism! Donnie commenced with the question - "What is dancing all about? His answer was - "To use mechanical principles in a way that move you, your partner and then hopefully the onlooker. Mechanics, music and emotion as a mix are essential. He suggested start by looking beautiful, perfect centred posture was most evident from them both, and then the next stage in movement is compression of body weight which then becomes the lead. This then should be followed by co-ordinating the movement of two spines in order to move as one unit.
Donnie made a comparison to the dance floor suggesting that most concentrate on the larger square metre of floor, but the very narrow metal edges between the squares are the important factor.
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