The Story Of Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine

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Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine may have retired at the Millenium DanceSport Championships last year, but he remains an inspiration to both dancers from around the world and his home country.

nullBorn and raised in Haiti -- one of the poorest nations in the world -- Pierre-Antoine was a successful entrepreneur with a background in economics and journalism before pursuing his dance career in the United States.

Unlike many ballroom champions, Pierre-Antoine didn't start dancing until he was an adult. But by the time he finished his career, Pierre-Antoine was a three-time world and United States champion in the American Rhythm category with his partner Liana Churilova.

However, Pierre-Antoine's story goes far beyond that of your average dancer. His firstborn son passed away in the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, which claimed tens of thousands of lives along with nearly $10 billion dollars in damage.

Despite his heartbreaking loss, Pierre-Antoine continued to persevere and strive for his dreams while at the same time remaining humble and giving back to those around him. His country is still recovering from the natural disaster, and times remain hard for many Haitians who are faced with difficult odds.



Recognizing national heroes like Pierre-Antoine gives the Haitian people something to be proud about and provides them with hope and encouragement in the face of ever-persistent challenges. However, the country's unsupportive government doesn't do the best job at supporting and honoring successful Haitian individuals such as Pierre-Antoine, who first began dancing back in Haiti with his instructor Harry Policard, a former Fred Astaire champion.

Despite everything that could have set him back or derailed him from his path, Pierre-Antoine became the first black man to win both the United States and world titles.

Watch this humbling video of adjudicator Rufus Dustin congratulating Pierre-Antoine after winning his first USDC championship in 2014.

One Of Spain's National Treasures Is Under Duress Because Of COVID-19

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Ever since the coronavirus swept through most of the world in the first few months in 2020, all aspects of society have changed, from the way we grocery shop and interact on a daily basis to the way we experience art and entertainment. That has been especially true for dance and dance studios, which are adapting all across the country and, really, the world in order to confront these new challenges.

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The Dance Community Is Adapting To The Changes Brought On By COVID-19

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Dance is perhaps the most physically demanding and grueling art on the planet — and also maybe the most intimate. The necessary physical proximity to your partner or partners is key in many forms of dance, but especially in ballet, ballroom, and hip-hop. Even in elaborate group dances, physical engagement and connection drive a great performance. 

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7 Dance Movies We Can't Stop Streaming

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Netflix. Amazon Prime. Hulu. HBO. Disney Plus. Countless others.

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We Stand With You

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The events of the last week have been tremendously painful to us all.

The Oregon Doctor Whose Dances Went Viral In The Best Way Possible

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As we know very well here at FloDance, there is nothing in the world that brings as much hope, inspiration, love, and human connection as dancing. Even in the midst of COVID-19 and the difficulties that this global pandemic has caused, people are still dancing. And there's nobody who has demonstrated that better than Dr. Jason Campbell, who practices at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. 

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Why Dancing During a Pandemic Is Important, Even If It's Tough

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The coronavirus pandemic has stranded all of us in our homes, and for dancers, that's especially difficult! We like to move, sweat, rehearse, perfect our routines, and express our creativity with our bodies. This whole lockdown thing is almost making that impossible.

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Keeping Up With Your Dance Training

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Being sick is the worst! Being sick when you’re a dancer is the ABSOLUTE worst. Not only do you feel horrible, but you also can’t do what you would normally do to brighten your mood—dance! Now, as many of us know, the same could be said for staying in quarantine.

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2020 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships Recap

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Wow, dancers! What a way to end the week! The 2020 UCWDC Country Dance World Championships started with some wonderful dancing by the ProAm divisions and this year, the competition included over 6,500 entries! It just kept getting better and better as we moved into the Couples and Line Dance events, finally culminating in mind-blowing performances by the Classic Masters group on Saturday evening. 

The Best Time of the Year: 2020 UCWDC World Championships Preview

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It’s time again for the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships, friends! Held at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, next week promises nonstop dancing in the form of workshops, daily competitive events, and nightly social dancing. Dancers, amateur and professional alike, from around the world have been preparing for this event all year. Some will be competing at Worlds for the first time, while others are returning to defend their titles or try for a second title at a new level.

Two-Steppin' Down Santa Claus Lane

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The final competition of 2019 is officially complete, which means Worlds is just around the corner! Couples who qualified to dance in Nashville at the UCWDC Country Dance World Championships are surely making their final tweaks and adjustments and preparing to compete on the biggest stage in country western dance.