Andrew Brown and Alicia in Smooth Ballroom Competition
~Viennese Waltz, 6:41
Andrew and his lovely second daughter, jumping in for Andrew's pregnant wife, demonstrating a cradle lift. Please note that in a lesson setting, we will teach techniques for smoothness and safety, for the couple and wedding attire.
Andrew spent his early years in the Caribbean and grew up around music and dancing as part of the culture, dancing to the popular music styles like Soca, Reggae, Calipso and Dance Hall.
As a Sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned his degree in Business Management, Andrew began his path in the American style Rhythm and Ballroom dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing and Mambo. He was asked to join the competition team the next year, where he won numerous collegiate competitions. Andrew has also guest coached for Hartwick University and judged for the BAM Jam competition.
As a freshman in college, Andrew joined the cheerleading squad as a "thrower," the one who throws and catches the acrobatic "flyer" safely.
He then spent the next ten years immersed in training and dancing with dance pros such as former US champions Jennifer and Stanley McCalla, Dan Calloway, Victor Fung, and Dancing with the Stars season 13 pro champion, Karina Smirnoff. It was at this time that we first met Andrew when he volunteered as a dance host for our first Charity Ball at the Bohemian Hall in 2009.
In 2008, Andrew became a teaching artist for the Dancing Classrooms program, founded by Pierre Dulain and seen the in the films, Mad Hot Ballroom and Dancing in Jaffa.
Andrew was recently a featured performer at the NYC Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo at Gotham Hall and his choreography can be seen in Joan Allen's Viennese waltz in the opening episode of The Killing.