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    Tailsuit and Smooth suit for sale

    I'm dropping the price for them to $500 each.
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    Recommended standard coaches in Boston?

    I've lived in Boston for several years and compete in open Standard. Go get a lesson with Liene Apale. She's *by far* the best -- an active top level competitor and a great teacher -- a very rare combination. I wish I found her as soon as she moved to the area. All of the top level standard...
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    Tailsuit and Smooth suit for sale

    Tail suit - midnight blue - $700 Selling a very dark blue bespoke tailsuit in excellent condition. Jacket is 42L, pants are 34W/32L, although there is a lot of fabric to make it bigger/smaller or longer. I think it can go up to about 38" inseam. Fits great, and comes with suspenders, vestette...
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    Dance Studios in Rhode Island

    *crickets chirping...* Bump?
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    Dance Studios in Rhode Island

    Hello collected knowledge of DF. I live in Waltham MA (Boston metro), and my dance partner lives in Wakefield, RI. We can't find a studio near her to practice in, so she drives the 2 hours each way to practice twice a week. Anyone here know of a good studio to practice standard/smooth in (not...
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    Group Lessons - Ouch!

    If you don't mind me prying (and I'm not sure I'm allowed to ask this on DF)--how much are you paying for each private lesson? Not to say your studio does this, but I know quite a few studios might advertise free group lessons if you also buy a private lesson package, but they inflate their...
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    Group Lessons - Ouch!

    I shouldn't speak for others, but for franchise studios (at least FADS and I'm pretty sure AM as well) you pay for a package of 6 months or more where you get X number of private lessons per week and Y number of group classes per week (plus parties). The number of group classes is never 0 -- you...
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    Group Lessons - Ouch!

    Also to consider: while emulation has its uses, doing what you think you see rarely leads to correct dancing. The worse thing that can happen is that you successfully copy what it looks like, and instructors never correct you. If you see some good piece of technique, you should either ask about...
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    2009 Clover Star Classic 2/7/2009

    90' x 50' please for open standard. Is it possible to change? I know some comps in the past has "expanded" the floor (i.e., removed the first row or two of seats) for open events.
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    Starry Night Winter Showcase/Big Apple Dancesport--Who is going?

    Someone warned me that the floor was slippery before I went on (and I remember the old MAC floor beneath), but it was lovely to dance on -- pretty much perfect. I can see that it probably drives latin dancers nuts though -- I remember comps where standard dancers are putting on baby powder while...
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    Beginner qustions regarding competitions

    Yes -- In a Silver level event you can only do steps from the Bronze and Silver Syllabus. Check your event rules though -- some events have odd deviations. If you are doing pro/am events, some of those have Bronze Star or Open Bronze, which have fewer syllabus restrictions.
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    Should Silver Be Taught Before Bronze?

    I like the bounce (when the music is bouncy)....(cue the flamethrowers) I've always considered Bronze American Foxtrot to be a different dance than the rest of American Foxtrot. I know they have common elements (as does any pair of dances), but it really "feels" different to me--as different as...
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    Weave from promenade, ending in promenade

    In waltz, is there a difference between the last 3 steps of the Weave from PP and the Outside change (besides the OP step on 4 of the weave)? They seem to be the same in the book, and (dancing in my head) I think I dance them the same way.
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    Weave from promenade, ending in promenade

    I assume the lady already took that step as the last step of the previous figure (Open Impetus), hence her left foot is free for the "1" of the weave.
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    Weave from promenade, ending in promenade

    Rough take...you start out in PP facing DC, left foot free. 1) Left foot forward towards DC 2) Right foot forward towards DC (pivots [left turn] ~7/8 on right foot, ending facing LOD, closes to leader) 3) Left foot forward towards LOD 4) Right foot forward towards LOD 5) Left foot forward...