General Dance Discussion > Great dance analogies

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

  1. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    So many new analogies (which actually work for me!!!) from this weekend. Will have to collect my thoughts and post them.

    Of course, being AT analogies, who knows how interesting/useful they'll be to most people here. *shrug*
  2. MrBroadway

    MrBroadway New Member

    A coach of mine, some years ago, had an analogy for lead/follow and for dancing in-the-moment (dealing with the present) -
    "The man's lead is an invitation for the woman to follow - but if the woman does something else, the man just has to deal with it and dance on!"
    (This has served me well, especially in social dancing!)
  3. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    My favorite quote - form Ron Bennet if I remember right (but it may predate him -anyone know the source??). On leading:

    "The man creates a space, the woman moves into it."
  4. tsb

    tsb Well-Known Member

    meringue - pretend you have to loosen the thong that's ridden up - without using your hands.
  5. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    haha, yeah, that's appropriate.
  6. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Or you could pretend you're stick-handling a whisk...
  7. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

  8. DWise1

    DWise1 Well-Known Member

    And say, "Yeah, that was what I was leading."

    Second enduring lesson I learned in Country Two-Step. The first was to turn her on the quick-quick.
  9. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    pro told me his standard coach likes to say "manage your rockets" when it comes to foot pressure. this one is helping me a lot right now... but every time i move from foot to foot, i'm hearing "pssssssssh.... psssssssssh... pssssssssh" in my head, like a rocket thruster going off, lol.
  10. jiayi

    jiayi New Member

    About women's styling in salsa dancing, my instructor likes to say:

    "The legs are the chimmney and the arms are the smoke"

  11. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    The gentleman steers; the lady leads.
  12. Stillharbor

    Stillharbor New Member

    Swing technique-Pretend you have spoons on your hips and scoop out the ice cream.
  13. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    I am sooooo going to try this. :)
  14. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Samina wrote:
    in foxtrot... pushing lily pads away underfoot as they float on thick oil

    OOoooh, I can't wait to try this. What a great mental image.
  15. ireniecat

    ireniecat New Member

    Not exactly an analogy, but a new favorite saying of mine* since I took up Standard a few weeks ago:
    "The man is the boss, but only with the lady's permission"

    And another not-exactly-analogy... on butt-squeezing in Latin:
    "You think all those pained facial expressions you see are just acting?"

    I'll try to remember some actual analogies, too... :)

    *"mine" as in "I like to say it now". Credit goes to my trainer
  16. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    i like that one
  17. davedove

    davedove Well-Known Member

    As a tall guy, I have no problem with the big steps, but sometimes you just have to bring it in and step small. Another guy told me the way he solved it was to "Quit stepping across Texas and just step across Rhode Island."
  18. DanceAngel

    DanceAngel New Member

    When I first started dancing my pro liked to play a "game" to get me to take better steps in the smooth dances. It was; I try to step on your toes and you try to step on mine. I never once got to step on his toes. :) But the "game" worked.

    And for keeping the knees together in Latin; make it look like you have to pee. This one didn't work so well.
  19. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    heard one monday that helped...for the lady; keep the head position such that you imagine balancing a quarter on the brow bone
  20. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Oooh! Useful! Thank you!

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