DanceInTime Appearances on TV

1.  Fox 5 News

On April 4, 06, Holly Morris of Fox 5 News interviewed Barb Bernstein and featured her the DanceInTime crew on the Morning News show.  Video clips here:  and 

2.  Comcast Sportsnet channel 

3.  ABC Morning News 

4.  Fox 45 Morning News in Baltimore 

5.  "Voice of America" News Channel
On March 23, 2013, newscasters Raza Nqvi and Shonali Sen from the Voice of America came to DanceInTime's Saturday class to film for their TV channel.  The video is below.  (The clips of dancing are at: 2:20 to 5:15; 8:45 to 9:50; 17:55 to 18:45 and 22:45 to 23:30.)

Newspaper Articles on DanceInTime

1. From The Washington Post's Weekend Section 6/17/05

"On the Move: Salsa For One And All"

By Rebecca R. Kahlenberg; Special to The Washington Post

Friday, June 17, 2005; Page WE56

IT'S SATURDAY morning, and the parking lots at Safeway, Giant and Whole Foods along Route 123 in McLean are packed with minivans and SUVs. But in a lower-level room in a nondescript brown building tucked away along the same stretch of road in Vienna, it feels more like Havana than suburbia. Salsa blares in Spanish as dance instructor Barb Bernstein leads a class in casino rueda , a form of salsa dancing also known as salsa rueda .About 15 students ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties have been divided into couples and stand in a circle.

"Back on the right and forward on the left!" Bernstein directs. "Back on the left, forward on the right!" Bernstein walks the class through the basic step, called guapea, several times.

She also explains that the constant rhythm of casino rueda is "Quick-quick-slow." Then she calls out "Dame una," another basic step that involves a partner exchange, and each student gets a new person to dance with.Casino rueda is roughly analogous to Western square dancing.

Both styles have a caller who shouts out moves (or signals them with his hands, in the case of casino rueda), both involve couples changing partners and there is a pattern to the progression of both dances. Indeed, some people refer to casino rueda as "Latin square dancing," Bernstein says, admitting that the term makes rueda experts shudder because the styles are so different. Casino rueda, she says pointedly, is "sharper and more sexy."

Weekend drop-in sessions at Bernstein's Vienna location start at the beginner level. An hour or so into each class, she begins to call out more advanced steps, which are longer and often more difficult to execute than basic moves. Today, a few students choose to sit out and watch the more challenging moves, but most have casino rueda experience and continue dancing.

Her students return week after week in part to gain more dance proficiency, but for other reasons as well."We love it," says Niss Albraig, 39. He and his wife, Alexandra, 35, have traveled from Owings Mills and left their two young children in the care of grandparents to attend the class for the fourth time. "It's always a challenge and gets our hearts going," Niss Albraig says. Alexandra Albraig agrees. "It's a good workout," she says. "And once you get going, it makes you sweat."

Norman Froomer, 58, of Vienna began coming a year ago when he moved to the area from New Orleans. "Usually, the man has to think about what to do next, and there is a certain anxiety about leading," he says. "That anxiety goes away here because there's a caller."

Falls Church resident Gilda Ascunce, 57, has been taking the class since November. "The music is very much in me," she says, explaining that she was born in Cuba and lived there until she was 13. "But I like casino rueda better than regular salsa because it's a group thing, which makes it more fun."

Jeanette Ortiz, 39, of Arlington, who has been dancing casino rueda for about 10 years, loves "the fact that people here are different ages and come from different cultural backgrounds, yet they share this one passion for dancing. It's almost like belonging to a club where you find kindred spirits." .....


2.  From the Washington Post Sports Writer, Dan Steinberg's "blog" on July 23, 2007

This article followed an evening at the Bowie Baysox Stadium where DanceInTime conducted a Dancing with the Stars program with local celebrities. The celebrities were Washington Post writer Dan Steinberg and ABC's Weatherman Brian van de Graaff.  We taught them Merengue moves behind the scenes during the first six innings. They then performed their "Merengue routines" on the field during breaks in the game.  It was all great fun; these guys were wonderful to work with, and the action was captured on camera.  Videos of this event were shown on both the Comcast Sports channel and the ABC News!  Below are sections of Steinberg's blog about the experience!

....Luckily, the only sporting event I came in personal contact with this weekend was the Bowie Baysox game on Saturady night. Unluckily, I was there for "Dancing With the Stars" night, for which someone had decided I was proper material to be one of the dancing stars. This meant that four equally unlucky instructors from DanceInTime were forced to listen to me wailing about my rhythmic deficiencies for seven innings, until I finally was allowed to go on the field and attempt to Meringue Merengue for 80 seconds, at which time I promptly forgot all my steps and sort of wobbled about the third-base line with my partners.... The instructors were very nice and kind and gentle, and their company should be properly patronized, but I was awful.

My competition was WJLA's popular weather person Brian van de Graaff, who, thanks to years of being On Your Side, had lots of fans who were clearly On His Side. Also, he is naturally blessed with what the instructors called "Cuban Motion." Trust me, I am not.

Anyhow, I need a few more days to collect myself, but there will be video of the dance-off on CSN's Washington Post Live tonight, and later on the blog.
By Dan Steinberg |  July 23, 2007


I Dance With the Stars----Or whatever.

I really have nothing left to say about this. All my memories of the events of Saturday night have been completely erased...

Actually, I do have some slight memory of this long speech I gave to Barb, one of my instructors about how this dancing thing was quite the metaphor for life, and how some people are gifted with naturally fluid movements and thus bound joyfully through life with their soaringly optimistic personalities, looking as weightless as Nick Young on a moonbounce, and how others instead move with the grace of Dmitri Young on a treadmill, cruising through life with all the levity of a broken-down minivan traversing Benning Road, and that whether you can dance is probably in some ways a fine measure of all these other issues of lightness and weight, but maybe I'm just imagining all that. 

And try not to watch the dancing portions of what follows on an empty stomach.


3.  From the Kennedy Center News---March/April 2003 Edition

Article on AmericaArtes: The Kennedy Center Celebrates the Arts of Latin America

Performance Plus

Friday, March 14, experience the intricate footwork and comlex choreographiy of the form of salsa dancing called Rueda with an exciting performance demonstration by Salsa Linea on the Millenium Stage.

(Note that the date of this show at the Kennedy Center was subsequently moved back after the Kennedy Center News magazine was published!  Salsa Linea is the name of the previous Salsa Rueda group that was co-directed with Gary Pennington by Barbara Bernstein.  To see this show, click on the button above titled "The Kennedy Center Show" and you can watch the entire one-hour show on your computer screen.)