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    Training Hours: How do you allocate?

    A post in the Dance Doldrums thread prompted me to update this. So much has changed since last April. I was definitely over-training back then, probably out of frustration of being between partners. Now I'm under-training. Balance eludes me. 1. Aerobic activity (non-dancing) such as running...
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    Dance Doldrums

    Would it help to share why watching open amateur standard upsets you? I love to watch Open Amateur Standard even though I doubt I will ever reach that level myself. I do expect my current partner to reach that level, but after he has passed me up in ability. I accept that. But if I were as...
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    Dance Doldrums

    Could not just click "Like". Is there a button for "I hear you."?
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    Well that explains why I find it so difficult! That one makes me feel squished (as lady). That's the "U turn in the corner" one, right? I do find that one more difficult than the DW to DC along a wall (not in a corner). But I'd not heard it was supposed to be difficult. As lead that U-turn one...
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    A CoD or Nat Turn with Hesitation both end DC of new LoD, not DW. That is, the leader is facing DC, follower backing DC. (Your DW is a typo I am guessing. Or sorry if I misunderstood what you meant.) A Natural Turn needs to commence leader facing DW. I cannot just lead a Natural Turn in any...
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    Connection in standard dances

    I see high level dancers with a lot more freedom at the hips than I am accustomed to. I realize what I've learned is oversimplified. Recently an out of town teacher said the contact point changes constantly, that there is not one single point of contact. That may be the same as what earlier...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Yes I think that is the biggest difference, no (or less) underskirt and no floats. I only do standard, but when I think of standard gown design part of my consideration is to distinguish it from a smooth gown. So have viewed photos to clarify for myself the difference in style. Print fabric is...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    That reminds me, I've been wondering if anyone has had success dying crinoline because it seems like it could not tolerate the hot water dye. About the length, I would watch some YouTube, see what ladies are wearing in your type of event. I've seen some really short skirts in WDSF videos. Not...
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    Dance Doldrums

    Dance doldrums are a real thing. I have the wind back in my sails now, but for several months I dreaded going to lesson. The lesson schedule was so frequent, at times as much as 5 per week, that I was not practicing enough between visits to the studio. So I showed up not having incorporated the...
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    Congratulations on that great score! Keep us posted about your exams. I agree with you that exams are useful to focus training. You are lucky to have them offered so frequently.
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    Maybe what makes FF sad is that too many social dancers are unaware how much more fun they and their dance partners could have if they invested time in improving technical skill rather than learning new figures. Teachers have to market, and if clients want to learn patterns, not how to dance...
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    Thanks for asking @SwingingAlong but no progress here. At the time that project felt so important, how I most wanted to spend my precious days off work. But things changed. Now that I actually have a partner to compete with, I no longer have no time to sew skirts. Not that I'm complaining! I...
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    What made you smile today?

    Got a comp partner. A real, live amateur Standard leader. "What made you smile today?" Smile? More like "explode with joy." I know out there in DF land there are a lot of ladies in my situation, in search of an amateur competition partner. Sometimes - most of the time - it felt impossible. It...
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    How many hours do you practice on your own?

    Almost zero this week. Feels so strange.
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    Sprucing up my Standard gown - sewing questions!

    The dye is a bottle but I planned to return it, saving $5 by risking project failure, what my mom would call a "false economy". Thanks @RiseNFall for saving me from myself. Meanwhile my tension adjustment on my classic 1968 Kenmore sewing machine seems to have broken. No worries, one of the...