Ballroom Dance > completing the action

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by ballroomdancertoo, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. ballroomdancertoo

    ballroomdancertoo Well-Known Member

    I heard this phrase of completing the action by Arunas. what does this mean? and how do you practice it.
  2. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    That is a huge answer to what sounds like a simple question
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  3. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    same as "finish your lines"
  4. ballroomdancertoo

    ballroomdancertoo Well-Known Member

    some pointers please.
  5. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Pick an action. Then we will comment
  6. ballroomdancertoo

    ballroomdancertoo Well-Known Member

    for example any line figure. like same foot lunge, throwaway oversway, or heel turn to promenade in a waltz.
  7. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    It's about clearly finishing one movement before initiating the next.

    Kind of hard to explain in words, but for a same foot lunge, it would be not just transferring the weight onto the lunge foot, but also building the shape through the legs and body (with a stretch for the lady) then recovering before initiating your next figure. It's the difference between boom-boom-boom and bah-daaaaa-da-da. (I promise that makes more sense if you read it aloud.)

    I'm totally guilty of not doing this, especially when I get nervous... it took me a long time to get used to feeling that what seems like behind the music in some spots is actually a good thing.
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  8. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    Finish your lines is not about picture line patterns. But rather the lines in your body.
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  9. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    I literally laughed out loud at this. It makes perfect sense. LOOL.

    I'm no expert, but in my experience, it helps if you don't over-anticipate the next moves in your routine. Like @FancyFeet said, allow yourself to recover (if applicable to the move/figure) before you move on to the next thing.
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  10. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    hard to explain without just using the same words as the question "what is..?" so here is a small video demo from my den...

    Basically when you start the new action you KEEP doing the old action.

    So even though I start moving to the left I CONTINUE going to the right at the same time, and therefor fully FINISH or COMPLETE the action entirely to the right, instead of cutting it off short in favor of moving to a new line or direction to the left.

  11. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    I was so happy to watch this. Thank you Larinda.
  12. ballroomdancertoo

    ballroomdancertoo Well-Known Member

    thanks everyone for the explanations. it think im getting the picture. thank you Larinda, your video really makes it easy to understand. do you think that a similar concept would be like a slingshot or rubberband where you store potential energy when you stretch and release the kinetic energy? it seems like this concept only a good coach can really train and teach.
  13. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    Had a lesson today and the teacher referenced @Larinda McRaven's video from this thread!
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  14. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

  15. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of a discussion in a coaching several years ago:

    Coach: "There's a lady named Larinda McRaven, who..."

    Me: "I think I may have heard her name someplace."

  16. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

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