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    Dancing with the Stars Season 12

    For what it's worth, my personal experience on this: Overhead lifts are *hard*, and obviously have potential for catastrophic failure. On the other hand, if they go wrong, the man is usually directly underneath in a good place to save the woman. The only time I've dropped an overhead lift...
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    Dancing with the Stars Season 12

    I'm not sure the problem is the inherent danger of the lifts - it's the fact that even the pro-dancers aren't that experienced in lifts. I'm sure getting a lift specialist in would really help with knowing what's safe and what isn't, and also judging whether the celeb is able to do the move...
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    WCS Wrist twisting!

    It's interesting, because as a fairly casual observer of WCS, the pros seem to do it a *lot*, and yet very few non-pros seem to really understand why. Generally the westies I know can go on (and on... :) ) about technical aspects of the dance, but not in this area. Again, to my casual eyes, it...
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    WCS Wrist twisting!

    As I understand it, sometimes it's a lead for a particular kind of motion - see this thread: http://forum.cerocscotland.com/showthread.php?t=6590&page=38 from post 754 onwards. On the other hand, sometimes it's just a bad habit. I can't remember the name of the pro for sure and don't want to...
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    The essence of Tango Argentino

    Well, if someone says "it is easy to do X, as long as you make sure you much easier to start your lead with Y", it makes quite a difference if you see a video of them and whenever they do X it looks a complete mess. I've had exactly this experience on another forum, and even if you've...
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    Where can I learn acrobatic rock'n'roll dancing in NYC?

    Don't know the NY scene at all, but it might be worth asking Yuval Hod (http://www.hopswing.com/).
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    Anyone Remember--The original Dance Fever

    I think I've posted this before, but it seems relevant: Compilation of performances by Eddy Vega and Lisa Nunziella on Star Search The following channel has more clips of Eddy and Lisa and also has several clips by Arte Phillips and Sharon Savoy...
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    Ceroc - Modern Jive

    DaveDance does. And DaveDance allows aerials, and dancing waltz, or burlesque. It's clearly superior to MJ.
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    Ceroc - Modern Jive

    But only in the sense that no-one in MJ is going to say "you can't do X". By the same token, you could take a group of dancers, say "dance what ever you like", and people would be integrating their complete dance experience too. In response to such arguments I have sometimes joked about...
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    WCS Amazement

    Seeing as we're taking on a martial theme, allow me to post the following, which I originally wrote in response to an "are aerials safe on the dancefloor" argument elsewhere. It was just about the time saturation advertising for "300" was on the television. (N.B. it may aid comprehension to...
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    Ceroc - Modern Jive

    Which is why I said "resembled" rather than "as good as". My point is that the style is completely atypical for Modern Jive. You believe incorrectly (he came 3rd). I was actually at the filming for several episodes. Of course, you can feed as little or as much into a (non-competititon)...
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    Ceroc - Modern Jive

    The thing is, even if you call what they're doing MJ (debatable, given huge stretches of dancing that completely fall into other categories), it's hardly representative. If you took 10000 MJ dancers you'd be lucky to find one person who's MJ dancing resembled James' and Siobhan's. For a...
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    WCS Amazement

    One death I know of, back in 1996. http://www.utdallas.edu/~aria/dance/aerial_death.html After about 10 years of doing aerials, I have to say, they really don't mix on the typical social floor. The problem is not just "do you know what you're doing?", but do the people around you?
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    So you think you can dance

    Slightly different note: If you look at the routines performed on Strictly Come Dancing (UK) or Dancing With The Stars (US), the musicality is much more "in your face". What do people think about this? I know (from being on a SCD discussion forum where most are non dancers) that that form of...
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    So you think you can dance

    In terms of my connecting it to something, her head is fine (if attached to an earlier beat than I'd expect), his head is more problematic (I can just about hear a high-hat that happens on the head turn, but it's very subtle). I can see it in a "darkest before the dawn" kind of sense, but it's...