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    precision in latin dancing across a variety of floors

    I used to take a standard class in a room shared by some lindy people who loved to put what I can only assume to be baby powder on the floor. What's worse, they didn't clean it up afterwards. Whenever we'd come in, the floor with be covered with the stuff and we'd either have to sweep it...
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    stupid question about latin pants

    I did that before I made my original post and came to the conclusion that the pants would probably look good around my navel. I could look at some more pictures, but given my short legs, that's pretty much the way I'm going to want it. Actually, I thought that's the way most people had it...
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    stupid question about latin pants

    Yeah.. I tried practice last night. It mostly didn't affect my dancing, my not being able to feel the floor with my heels was a bit distracting. Also, it seems that I would eventually tear my pants this way. I'll have to get them shortened. Interesting that there isn't agreement on how...
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    stupid question about latin pants

    oh really... hm... in that case maybe my pants fit just right... it's a bit unnerving, but I actually don't feel like I'm going to trip on them or anything. Personally, I like my hair legs though....:)
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    stupid question about latin pants

    Hm.. we can't seem to agree here. When I pull the pants up to my belly button, they look nice and are still pretty low, but my heel doesn't actually get caught in the pants. After about 10 seconds of dancing, pants go about 1 inch down. I don't actually trip on them, but I am stepping on my...
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    stupid question about latin pants

    I was measured by the person who made the pants, but they were mailed to me. If the pants are supposed to be at my navel, then it's too loose. If they're supposed to be at my waist, then they're too long, because I can't take a step without my heel stepping on my pants. They look really nice...
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    Teachers in Washington DC

    I agree with Joe. That's my favorite too, but with a caveat. The room is a bit small and some people find the atmosphere intimidating(though the people there are generally friendly to everyone who walks through the door) I often go the Promenade ballroom in Baltimore. It is somewhat out of...
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    stupid question about latin pants

    I got my first pair of latin pants in the mail today and I'm a unsure about something that I should probably already know. Aren't latin pants supposed to be around the navel level?
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    good social dance instructor(s) in the Baltimore/DC area

    A wcs friend of mine asked me what I would recommend for a reasonably priced source of dance instruction to help him be learn to be decent at doing the ballroom dances socially. Specifically, he was interested in learning American smooths stuff that he could use on the social floor. I was...
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    Weight & Dancing

    I've heard that given before. Sometimes it is fear of ridicule for being a bad dancer. Sometimes it is fear of ridicule for being overweight or whatever other reason. Most good dancers have better things to do with their time than ridicule other people. Here's how I'd put it...
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    Search for places to dance

    That's half the reason I joined DF originally. What kinds of places do you travel? Is it strictly US? Are you looking for ballroom only or other types of dance as well? A lot of cities have websites and/or mailing lists for local groups. You just have to make sure you find the right...
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    Private Lesson Once a Week Pointless?

    and notes. I take notes because I have crappy memory. Notes help solidify stuff if the class contained a lot of new material. Not so important if the class was not heavily laden with new material.
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    Private Lesson Once a Week Pointless?

    To me, practice after a class or lesson is the specific training of elements that I have gotten from the instructor. For every class, I try to get some specific points that I need to focus on throughout the week. My practice revolves around these points and my goal is to practice enough to...
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    Developing Speed in Latin

    I just noticed yesterday that, in Samba, my instruction often bends his knee less than mine when doing cruzados. This let him come out of the steps much faster.(Well, that and the fact the he's just better) Anyway, as a general rule, it's worth reanalyzing each step you take to see if you're...
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    Developing Speed in Latin

    One problem I've seen a lot in myself and others is understanding what movements are part of what steps. If you're slow, it could be because you're blurring your steps. That is, one foot (or maybe your body) is still in the process of one step while your legs are moving to your next step. It...