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    Finding balance... what is it?

    I think you have to look at balance in the context of whatever you are working on. But it is certainly possible to use each other's weight *and* be in your own balance. Here is a physics example... Stand balanced on your own with one hand resting on a wall. Now without moving or changing your...
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    Practice methods.

    To play devil's advocate... This depends on the environment, depends on the professional, depends on the question, depends on a lot of factors... There are professionals on these boards, answering questions. They are not getting paid for those answers. Not every information exchange needs to see...
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    Having a hard time counting music.

    Listening to the youtube version, I'm still hearing 6/8 through that section. If you are stuck on hearing a fast 4/4, try counting 12 34 12, 12 34 12, perhaps that will help you hear the 6/8. Sometimes there is emphasis on beats 56 which can confuse you to think they are 12. But then the other...
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    Having a hard time counting music.

    Listened to the clip from the link. Sounds like it's written in 6/8. What you're doing is counting it 123, 223, 323, 423, and that's the slow 4 count you're hearing. Instead, count it as 1&2&3&, 1&2&3&. This should help you find the slow waltz beat in this piece of music. Start counting with the...
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    WDSF viennese waltz syllabus

    For what it's worth, USA dance syllabus published in 2016 lists the same steps for WDSF VW.
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    Need names for Viennese waltz figures of Ferrugia

    I've heard hairpin referred to as a syncopated curved feather, but that's easy to confuse with syncopated curved feather starting with the man going forward. So, yeah, it can be described a lot of ways, I like to think of it as heel pull and last two steps of curved feather, as that's what I'm...
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    Need names for Viennese waltz figures of Ferrugia

    I'll take a stab overspin, hover corte, same foot lunge with shape change and zigzag exit, continuous hairpins, outside swivel, develope, last step of fall away whisk, cross hesitation Canter and balance rhythms (and hold) used as needed (and not enough for my taste)... Canter rhythm is...
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    exposing too much when dancing

    I haven't seen this happen all that much, but my brain tends to filter out irrelevant data without telling me.
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    How you know you're ready to start competing at the next level?

    somewhere around 1-10 years per syllabus level, depending on whether you're dancing 1 hr per style a week, or 10 hrs per style a week, and a few dozen other factors...:cool:
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    Standard Lady: where does she look?

    I'm a gentleman, but for what it's worth... If I look up (in any direction), from a distance (like a judge looking at me across the floor) my eyes look like they are rolled back in my head, it's freaky. If I keep my eyes neutral, it looks like I'm looking up. If I look down, it looks like my...
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    Yup. I wouldn't try a 1/2 turn on hover telemark.
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    I stated the tools before, but here, I'll do the legwork too (caveat, I may be breaking some precede/follow rules, as the only natural figure allowed from CoD by the book is Natural Weave)... Change of Direction or Natural Turn (both ending DW of new LoD) to Natural Turn or Natural Telemark or...
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    Hmm, yeah I assumed since DM wrote this for a student it was NDCA, but WDSF syllabus has a few more steps and variations that can be used.
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    Yeah, I too, prefer to dance on phrase, but written timing for change of direction is SSS. There are other steps that put you off phrase, you can combine such steps to get back on phrase (like Change of Direction to Natural Telemark). Your other tools for getting back on phrase are Natural Turn...
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    Silver standard Routine (attached)

    Thanks for sharing. I don't know how you are going from a back feather to a reverse turn checked. Maybe you are missing a feather finish in between the two. Change of direction is technically 3 slows (4 allowed in some environments), curved feather to back feather is gold, chasse to right and...