Recent content by dave_aw

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    Men's latin shoes

    My favourite brand by far is Ray Rose, though getting hold of them is incredibly difficult. They do have an under-construction website at, which gives phone numbers, addresses etc. though given that you're in the US and they're here in the UK I guess they'd be expensive. I...
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    Training in other dance styles

    Totally depends on your teachers, I think. Ballroom/Latin coaches tend to be less good at teaching posture, balance and muscular control - they just hope these things will come by tinkering with the rest. That's why some people find ballet etc. can help them achieve in these areas. Ballet...
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    Simple Spins in Jive

    Some tips on simple spins Assuming you're doing the chasse version rather than the ronde version... -*don't* think of it as a spin at all. Its just two steps and a chasse. - on step one, turn 180 degress, fix a point on the wall (ie spot it). Don't travel this step too far. Ideally think...
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    Leading from the Center

    Er, yeah actually I did my degree in Engineering, and now I teach high-school Physics :)
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    Leading from the Center

    Leading An important idea that I have learnt the hard way is that when you are leading you are really just initiating a movement, but it is her job to execute it. When you are connected then you both have your own personal centers, and then you have a mutual center which is where your hand...
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    Samba is my weakest dance - tips on improvement

    A key tip is to remember that moving the feet is only a small part of the process and should take up a minimal amount of time. Practice moving them quickly and accurately to give you lots of time during each step where you are on balance and in control. When you then add the bounce action...
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    Toe Heel Swivels (Jive)

    Exactly, you should both practice against a wall, then try holding your hands at a constant distance of, say, an inch away from the wall - this will teach you to isolate your body movement from your hands and stop you from waving your hands backwards and forwards during the step. Usually the...
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    Cha Cha CHA! (or is it?)

    If you watch Slavik and Karina in their techique videos they count it 1,2,3,Cha-cha-1,2,3,Cha-cha-1 Where the chasse actions occur on the Cha-Cha-One I like this method, it gives extra weight to the one count and emphasises how beats one, two and three are slow, but the remaining two...
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    how to be grounded, feel feet on the floor?

    When you want to settle your weight you need to feel your weight going down the *back* of your leg into your foot just in front of the heel. Try this, stand in a checked position (right foot in front foot flat, left back turned out and on the toe) with weight split evenly between the two...
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    Wobbly ankles

    Although they're notoriously difficult to get hold of, try buying some Ray Rose shoes as they have the heel a little further forward and better positioned to ensure your feet to not roll out. Most shoes have the heel too far back and to the outside for good balance, particularly for people with...
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    Michael Wenktink and Beata songs....

    No problem. While I'm about it does anyone know what tune Bryan and Karen Hardy used to demo in 1998 in their cha? It was african-sounding as well. I actually asked Bryan personally but he couldn't remember! (mental note to ask Karen!)
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    Michael Wenktink and Beata songs....

    Its actually a mix of two or three songs together I'm afraid. Firstly "Safri Duo - Played Alive" and also a song called EO-Zumba-E, though I can't find the correct version of this. The initial voicover bit must be either Michael or someone else they got to record it. Hope that helps, Dave
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    London 2012

    Please sign this petition to get dancesport into the London 2012 Olympic bid.
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    At what level should we compete? And when?

    If you ever want to be a serious competitor you should start competing no more than 6 months after you start dancing in the first place, in my opinion. My first competition was 5 weeks after I started, and it was brilliant fun and got me hooked. I started open routines 5 months later. Ok, so...
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    Question about International Cha Cha & Rumba Basic

    Actually according to the Imperial Society technique book (the definitive standard), an open basic moves forward and back, while a closed basic moves side-to-side turning through 1/8th on each chasse. You're instructor could well be perfectly correct.