J: Hello and welcome to American Cafe! I'm Jody. This week, Yang Chen and I go back to the dance hall!
J: Today we are going to talk to Sean and Natasha. They are dance partners who compete in a style of ballroom dancing called Latin dancing.
J: What's that?
J: Why don't you like ballroom dancing, Yang Chen?
J: Well, I think I know what you are talking about. But, Sean and Natasha don't do that kind of dancing. The style of dancing that Sean and Natasha do is Latin style. And it is hot and passionate and dramatic and most of all sexy.
J: Very sexy. When I was watching Sean and Natasha and the way their bodies moved together, 我的脸红了。 They have great chemistry.
Y: 你也会脸红。你刚才说的great chemistry，这里是不是说他们两人搭配得天衣无缝。
J: Exactly. Kind of like the great chemistry between us, Yang Chen!
J: First, let's hear from Sean.
Sean: I'm Sean Murphy and we're standing in the Chevy Chase Ballroom, which is on Wisconsin Avenue. And I'm here with Natasha, my partner. We both compete in international style Latin dancing which is a form of ballroom dance.
J: It seemed like they had been dancing forever so I asked. And Natasha's answer surprised me. Here's Natasha.
Natasha: Together we've dancing since November of 2003. But separately of course we had different partners previously and danced separately, of course. But then we got together in November and decided to dance together.
J: Not long at all. Yang Chen, Some people just click. C-L-I-C-K, which means they instantly, have great chemistry together.
J: We clicked.
J: Natasha is from Russia but her accent is very slight. I think she's been in the States for many, many years.
Y: Jody, 我想学跳舞并不难，但是要达到参加比赛的水平可就不容易了。
J: Most definitely. And according to Sean, if you are going to compete in a dance competition, a good partnership is everything.
Y: 好，我们听听 Sean 是怎么说的：
Sean: Oh, my gosh, partners ... A partnership is pretty much everything, because when...like right now we're probably slacking a little bit and we're practicing maybe three times a week, maybe six to nine hours a week. And to be really competitive, the top couples do it almost full-time, like 40 hours a week.
J: And now back to Natasha, that "special something" for her is the fact that Sean is such a good lead on the dance floor.
Natasha: Sometimes there's just one person, two persons, it's very rarely you can find a person that you can have actually good connection with, very easily you can understand that person's lead.
Y: "Lead" 就是领舞的意思。
J: Right. In dancing, the man is the lead. So, let's hear from Sean.
Sean: A lead isn't really telling the woman what to do but it's more suggesting "it would be nice if you did this now."
Y: 看来他们真的很有默契。 我相信他们会在比赛中取得好成绩。
J: Oh, I bet they're going to do really well at their next competition. To help them win their competitions, Yang Chen, they work with a coach who gives them choreography, 舞蹈动作的设计。
Sean: When we compete we have choreography. So, we have these routines that our coach choreographs for us so that each step is kind of predetermined. But, there's still a lot of how we ... how my body moves, how her body moves and how are bodies together. And that's... it's not just choreography, but its how we are, I guess, physically connected.
J: Exactly. We're back to having great chemistry.
Y: 没错! 你现在说服我了，我也开始喜欢交际舞了。
J: Listen to that music, Yang Chen. It's passionate, sexy! It's hot! Thanks for joining us on American Cafe.