Recent content by bookish

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    Leader in dance class with terrible body odor . . .

    And if the teacher is not a hardened professional, cue another post: "I'm teaching a class and one student just told me another has horrible BO, how should I tell them..."
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    Bal

    I can't tell you where it came from but uphold/downhold is the common teaching terminology now. It's been around for a while. Here's another perspective on basics: http://taintwhatyoudo.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/what-basic/ "Same steps" might be a simplification, but this does seem in line...
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    Bal

    Yep. Really, it's just 2 ways of interpreting QQS rhythm, which is why I said you can pretty much boil everything down to one of those 2 and then create variations by taking the steps in different directions, with different qualities of movement, and different things during the uphold (tap...
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    Bal

    For the "slow" (2-beat) steps, weight transfer right away is a downhold and delayed (on 2) weight transfer is an uphold. Tapping and kicking are not required, you can also just hover a bit, but they're things to do while delaying the weight transfer. (Isn't at least part of the rationale behind...
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    Bal

    Well, yeah, you can boil it all down to just uphold or downhold. But the point I was quoting is that there's more detail that goes into the "basic" of a specific dancer. Including the steps (back-together is subtly different from back-back and quite different from a rock step), the non-step...
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    Bal

    I believe the "standard" Maxie basic involves upholds but something with upholds is not necessarily Maxie. Also, what gets taught today is a simplified-for-teaching version of the specific stylings that original dancers used, as discussed in the comments here...
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    How parallel is parallel?

    I've been told to use a "parallel" close embrace in tango and a number of people here have posted about it as well. But how literally are we meant to take the word? I've watched a lot of videos of tango in various contexts and I can't say I've seen a close embrace (yet) that looked literally...
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    What's this move?

    That's also called an eggbeater. Partner context:
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    Swing out

    Off the top of my head I can think of a few ways swivels could "interfere" but it's not about quantity/frequency. One, some followers have not yet figured out how to move while swiveling, so they end up getting stuck and cannot actually move past their partner in the swingout. Lesson: swivels...
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    Swing out

    Well... I don't necessarily disagree, as a "good" dancer should be able to do things in different ways, and deliberately choose which one they are doing. But when you're learning something you need to just do it till you get it. I guess the key is to do something else later, or also, so you...
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    Swing out

    As with so many things, "it's complicated." I too sense a general perception that followers choose swivels and that insisting upon them is rude, although there are teachers who teach that they are led. However, in my personal experience as a lead, when I focus on not leading swivels, followers...
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    Swing out

    Swivels begin (approximately) on the 6-7 of the "previous" swingout or move, so a lead for swivels on the 1 would be pretty abrupt unless you both know what you're doing and have good connection. It's something that fits into the overall movement. Followers can also just make swiveling part of...
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    Side-steps for beginners

    This intrigued me so I went Googling. Are you referring to Igor Polk? Apparently his list used to be 7 styles but it's up to 11: http://www.virtuar.com/tango/articles/2005/tango_styles.htm Honestly I think this idea only works if you have the near-constant guidance of your teacher, which most...
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    What footwork drills/exercises/practices can I sneak into my day-to-day life?

    Extend as in just stretch it out long, contract as in pick the foot up, and bring the leg in toward your body. Which can also all be done directly underneath the body, or in front or behind. Just getting the full range of movement in there, not just on the floor ;)
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    enjoying the music

    You can only think about/try hard to do a very small number of things at one time. The more you practice, the more things become "automatic," and the less you have to focus on them, which frees you up to express yourself artistically or pay more attention to your partner or other "high level"...