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    Light vs. Heavy Connection

    There are many ways to write the letter "A". Some ways it may be very basic, as the halting penmanship of a 4 year old child, or the elegant and practiced hand of an adult, or beautifully sublime as one would expect from a master calligrapher. Regardless of how you write it, the fundamental...
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    Light vs. Heavy Connection

    IMO With very few exceptions, nothing in dance should be constant---it is, after all, an art form based on movement. Positive and negative tension, connection, pressure, "aliveness", light, shade, space, you-name-your-favorite-here, should happen ONLY because there is a functional or mechanical...
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    Early Rise

    Oh, they're plenty accurate IMO... :) m
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    How to respond to negative comments

    sbrnsmith, I can sympathize, having been the recipient of some of those comments in the past. Several things come to mind. 1. That's bullying behaviour he's exhibiting. 2. It won't stop until you defend yourself. 3. He needs to understand that he is crossing a boundary and needs to be more...
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    Keeping competition earrings on - advice!

    Oh, and you can even get them with swivels. m
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    Keeping competition earrings on - advice!

    Okay, I'll share this valuable tip just for you. :) Go to a fishing tackle store (or fishing section in an athletic goods store) and buy a piece of tackle called SNAPs. A snap (google: "fishing snap") is similar to a safety pin in function, without the pointy part, and are very inexpensive...
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    Keeping competition earrings on - advice!

    +1 ! Ranks up there with "DON'T use nail polish on your teeth". m
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    Early Rise

    Very strictly speaking, the two rises (feather vs. heel turn) would be different, as the latter incorporates a turn on that first step where the former does not. But I'd say there is a moment when the two are similar (perhaps up to the point when the lady's feet are side-by-side). And a point...
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    Length of Routines

    After my medal exams many moons ago, I've only had amalgamations of 2-4 figures, each with a specific direction in mind---so much better for floorcraft. m
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    Standard/Smooth suits and buttons falling off

    Best solution I've found for buttons falling off involves dental floss (unwaxed, of course) and a sharpie. m
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    Brush step

    So TT, are you getting what SM61 is trying to say, asking, or declaring? because I'm not clear on what he's trying to say or where this discussion is going... (maybe I just need coffee or glasses or sumthin') m
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    You should write a book!

    For the section about The Walk (and in that section alone) we are taking the philosophical stance that the concept of travelling the foot as a unit of action should be 1) direction-neutral (as far as forward and backward actions are concerned), and 2) different conceptually from a diagonal step...
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    You should write a book!

    I showed your comments to our designer who is taking them into consideration. As a matter of interest, we have a small team that serves as a test group for our illustrations---to see if they could explain what is being depicted by this or that test illustration without the benefit of context...
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    You should write a book!

    Our designer just uploaded a picture of "the foot"---hopefully clears up some of the confusion. Click here to view Illustration of the Elements of The Walk. Enjoy! (Don't have access to the other illustrations yet, but will let you know when it's up). m
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    What happened to business hours??

    LMAO I kinda knew I was in for a long conversation when she asked what a browser was, and how to get one. (kinda reminds me of the Dilbert cartoon where Dilbert asks pointy-hair manager (sarcastically) what COLOR he wanted the database to be---and pointy-hair answers "mauve".) m