Ballroom Dance > funniest thing a coach has ever said about your dancing

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by fascination, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. dude

    dude New Member

    Instructor once said that during tango "you don't shake each other like an apple tree".
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  2. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    I think a lot of couples need to hear this.
  3. TinyDancer109

    TinyDancer109 Well-Known Member

  4. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Last week: "When you think about your frame, your footwork goes all to hell!"
  5. Ice Bucket

    Ice Bucket Member

    To my partner:

    "Now, you've got to look up when you're walking towards him because there's no knowing where he's going to end up. He might be in somebody's ice bucket."

    To me:

    "No, not monkey hands!"

    And another:

    "You've got to dance up on your balls."

    The instructor definitely did that deliberately. :p
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  6. OreganO

    OreganO Member

    I've trained in classical ballet for a very long time so when I first started ballroom I was used to holding quite a bit of tension in my arms. It was at a point where my coach would come over at the beginning of the practice and have me take hold. On good days, my partner would hear, "She's tame today!" Luckily for everyone, I haven't been tested on my "tameness" for quite a while :)
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  7. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Lately my pro has said to me " why do you dance shy in front of me, but you are all sexy behind my back"... LOL... this is when I was doing an alemana to ropespining... apparently I do alot behind his back as I am returning from the rope spin!
  8. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    lol my wife says its because i only have one hand on her at that point and she feels freer .. girls always work it during those open walks LOL
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  9. dbk

    dbk Well-Known Member

    My dance partner's face (i.e. the face he was making, not his features) were definitely compared to the studio's dog the other day.

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  10. XL_PT

    XL_PT Member

    Well...On my debut days as a 10-dancer, I had no idea how to stop or to avoid contact against another couple on Standard...and there was no training day without a couple being knocked away from "my" line of dance. My teacher on those days called it "Bulldozer Ballroom style".
    My current teacher was my partner on those days on learning and now, as a teacher, tells new students that I have a "Bowling Ballroom" way of dance...old habits never die, I guess...:D
  11. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    My partner and I call it "battle ballroom" usually said in a deep and menacing voice :)
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  12. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    I used to know of an area couple who were frequently referred to as "The Unguided Missile" due to their utter lack of anything resembling floorcraft. They were fun to watch on an empty floor, but if they decided to launch into their comp waltz routine on a Friday night, it was up to the men to save the women and children... they turned the floor into a human pinball machine. I shouldn't speak too ill of them because the man has since passed away and he really was a good guy, but on the floor they were sometimes downright hazardous, to the point that the studio's instructors had to warn new students to watch out for them.
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  13. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    my pro is possibly one of the most gifted people at floor craft that I have ever seen... so I rarely worry about these things, however...when we are practicing side by side, there are occasionally gentlemen who are practicing to whom I have to pay great attention ...or face a strong likelihood of getting clipped....but ya know, once it has happened half a dozen times, you learn to be vigilant :)
  14. XL_PT

    XL_PT Member

    Well, I have improved floorcraft...and "bowling ballroom" style of dance is just a "warning" to new students. Last thursday I was "ran over" by a couple that usually can move swiftly and nicely on the floor :)

    Having some couples like that can be an advantage: The best couples have to learn how to avoid "unguided missiles" and even to hold a strong impact if being hit by them...;)
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  15. scullystwin42

    scullystwin42 Well-Known Member

    We call it "full-contact ballroom dancing" at my studio. And then we chest bump.
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  16. Wannabee

    Wannabee Well-Known Member

    Ours is "ballroom blitz", a nickname we have given one particular gentleman who has zero floorcraft skills.
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    oddly, we are far more dangerous between the two of us than in relationship to anyone else, people don't even bat an eyelash at my pro and he deliberately dances up to to chest bumping; I would say that we that to one another pretty hard at least once a lesson
  18. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    lol yep be the immovable object
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  19. NonieS

    NonieS Well-Known Member

    On the topic of floorcraft, my teacher used to try to improve my floorcraft by repeating "spacial awareness, Nonie" over and over as we danced. On one particularly crowded day, he gave me a long lecture about how I really need to take notice of the people around me; immediately afterwards, he proceeded to have a fabulously epic collision with another couple during side by side turns... it was amazing.

    It should be noted that my spacial awareness has gotten infinitely better (practicing 99% of the time alone does that)... I am still amused whenever I think of that day though. "Blah blah blah spacial awareness".... BOOM!!! It was the best.
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  20. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    there is a gentlemen at my studio who is uncanny in his ability to block me, regardless of where we start relative to each other on the floor. I've described this as his superpower.
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