General Dance Discussion > Great dance analogies

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by skwiggy, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    Upon request from another thread, I'm starting this one on great dance analogies. What analogies have you heard or used that helped to make a point crystal clear? Here are the ones I mentioned in the other thread, both credited to the amazing Ron Bennett.

    "Santa must come down the chimney before he leaves the fireplace, or he will bang his head." (referring to the need to lower before you move in a whisk in Waltz)

    "Rumba should be like hot fudge melting on ice cream."

    What analogies have worked for you?
  2. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    this topic would make for a great little book! if we get enuf of them, we could self-publish them, with all proceeds going in support of DF...

    hope everyone shares their faves...

    one that still always brings a smile to my face is my pro saying, WRT buttocks-squeezing in rumba...
    "Squeeze hard enough to make diamonds..." :)
  3. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    I love the book idea!
  4. Shooshoo

    Shooshoo New Member

    In what way does is rumba like hot fudge melting on ice cream?
  5. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    The hips settling is the fudge melting. ;)
  6. Shooshoo

    Shooshoo New Member

    I'll try to apply that analogy :p , I like it.
  7. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    that is one descriptive analogy... every time i settle i'm gonna be thinking "hot fudge" now... heh.
  8. Shooshoo

    Shooshoo New Member

    Yeah, I even smell the melted fudge.
  9. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    All it's doing right now is making me hungry. :D Hopefully that changes into a helpful analogy in the ten minutes it takes me to walk to studio.
  10. WorksForShoes

    WorksForShoes Member

    Not to divert a perfectly good discussion about chocolate, but one that I like is that the leg position and tension in tango should feel like your pantyhose have snapped their elastic, and you are trying to hold them up.
  11. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    Ok, here are some more to hopefully pick up more momentum for this thread. Not quite as clever as santa and fudge, but helpful nonetheless.

    In a cross body lead the man is the door, and he must open the door to let the lady through, and close it behind her.

    In a tango link the lady is a door, and the man must open it and walk through without taking the door off its hinges, picking it up and moving it out of his way.

    The man has a tophat hovering a few inches above his head, and he must stretch his neck to place his head inside the hat.

    The spine is a hanger, and the shoulders are the clothes draping on the hanger.
  12. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    Nice one!
  13. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    I do associate "hot fudge" with that general area of the body...but I don't think we're thinking of the same sort of "fudge". :p
  14. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    etp777, maybe that image'll stop making you hungry. ;)
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    will reflect upon has so many good ones and for the life of me I cannot upload a single one right now...tired I guess
  16. suburbaknght

    suburbaknght Well-Known Member

    Quite a few, but here's my favorite.

    American style is like when you first meet someone and you want to be exciting but at the same time you need to respect them and not come on too strong.
    Argentine is when things are going really *ahem* well.
    And international is when you're just keep it together for the sake of the kids.
    - On the three styles of tango.
  17. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    ROTFL! :uplaugh:

    At my coaching lesson, the visiting pro was explaining about 'taking the lead' from the man, and said, "He's pushing the button to launch the rocket. You're the rocket."
  18. elisedance

    elisedance New Member


    maybe you are onto a practice method! For both parthers?
  19. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    in standard tango? never heard that one before. that's a very funny one... lol
  20. dancesportgirl21

    dancesportgirl21 New Member

    Ron Bennett is the best! I went to some of his classes a couple of years ago at the IDF- just amazing.

    I'm sure I'll have something to contribute to this thread soon once I remember something, but for now I'm enjoying reading it. :)

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