Getting a little dance fix

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2008 by Travis Cody in

Thanks for the well wishes and the concern. I'll be back soon.

In the meantime, here's a little dance fix. PBS is running this year's America's Ballroom Challenge. It started two weeks ago with American Smooth style which features Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz. Last week was American Rhythm featuring Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, and Mambo.

This week was International Standard featuring Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep . These are the same styles as in the American Smooth, with the difference being that the couples must maintain five points of contact and with the addition of Quickstep. American Smooth is more free flowing. Some call it typcally American because it doesn't conform to the basic rules.

The clip features the six finalists in International Standard in the group dance round.

Now that's dancing. I love all ballroom and Latin styles, but there's just no beating the elegance and grace of International Standard.

If you enjoyed this, you can find more clips on youtube by searching on America's Ballroom Challenge. And if you have a local PBS station, you can catch the show on Wednesdays at 8pm.

Next week is International Latin which features Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble. The following week is the finale, during which the champion couples in the four styles compete for America's Best Ballroom couple.

Thanks again for checking in and leaving your comments while I'm on hiatus. It means a lot.

Oh yeah...I re-stocked the CAKE.

See you soon.


  1. Turnbaby says:


    Thank you for the clips and a huge smile on my face.


  1. Sanni says:

    Hooray for Trav, Viennese Waltz and...
    ... do I smell cheesecake???


  1. Pauline says:

    Dancing and cake? Where I come from thems partying words friend!

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  1. Linda says:

    Glad to see you back even briefly, thanks for restocking the cake but does that mean I still have to keep chatting with these other people? I mean, they're nice and all but they're just not YOU!

  1. angell says:

    Thank you so much for the clips honey - and more importantly for letting us know that you're ok.

    Oh yeah, and the cake too.. cant' forget the cake....

    SMOOCHES and snogs...

  1. Jeff B says:

    Great to see a blip from you. Hope you're up to full swing soon.

  1. Awesome Travis. Good to see a new post from you. I've missed your sense of humor. Have a great day and weekend. :)

  1. DrillerAA says:

    Thanks for the update. I love ballroom dancing. I took it for 5 years in junior high and high school.
    I'll have to put this on my calendar.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Nice to see you back.

  1. Anndi says:

    Did I get all the spiders? I've been dusting.

    Chicklet says: Hi Uncle Trav!

  1. Gail says:

    I'll keep *bouncing* in until you're back...take care...and miss you...

    Oooh, cake...mmm

  1. Kidlet and I have watched those and we LOVE the Latin =)

  1. Bond says:

    Hey Travis...Glad you have some dancing to keep you busy while you sit back and stay out of the sun...

    Julie had mentioned this show to me, though I have not had time to find it on my local channel or the channels as I travel

    Fist bump my friend....tell your Lady I said hello

  1. Thanks for taking time to share the lovely dances. Looking forward to your return. Hang in there, hon.

  1. the teach says:

    How did I miss your being away...come back soon! Thanks for the ballroom dancing clip! :)

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Hope everything is well and you're back soon.

  1. TopChamp says:

    hello Travis - more dancing - nice!

    Today is dancing on ice day... but I'm going out again so I'll miss it. I have set it to repeat record now though (since the amazing routines of the last two weeks... youtube Chris Fountain. Wow).

  1. Dana says:

    WOO! Trav's home! Trav's home! And he brought CAKE!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see you back!

    Cake? You're the bestest, Trav!

  1. cathy says:

    Nice to see you back and thanks for the dance clip:)