Recent content by MrPlow

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    Improving my body movement...

    One more thing. I used to rock climb. Many climbing moves are impossible without smooth movement. One advanced climber passed on an exercise to demonstrate how to be smooth. The exercise took a minute to grasp. I used it's core concept to help my skiing, flying, motorsport competition and...
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    Improving my body movement...

    It happened in three stages for me. Your mileage may vary. First was to watch a dancer who's style I liked and freeze a moment in time, capturing a mental image of a his body lines. I'd then see if I could fit that line into what I was doing, leaving myself to improvise the flow into and out...
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    Rules For Leaders

    This is a subset of a rec.arts.dance post that I can't find. It was first posted on the web at (fill in the dots & remove the spaces) lindyhopping com / leader html 1 Use the lightest effective lead. 2 In general, you lead with your center, not your arms. 3 Your leading can not be...
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    Rules For Leaders

    Ah, I remember the good old days of using a news reader on a unix workstation to read r.a.d. Icono Clast is the author. I remembered the quote a little differently, so looked it up: >On Mon, 05 Oct 1998 02:23:48 -0700, Icono Clast <ICl...@ jps. net> >wrote: >>My Three Laws to Follow are...
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    Beginning follower needs advice

    I danced with her twice and never saw her again. In the first outside turn of the 2nd song, I raised my left hand and she didn't compensate for my lack of a right hand lead. I remember what I said to her: "Oh, you're going to make me lead this." So I did. Wouldn't surprise me if some...
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    Beginning follower needs advice

    None of the above. I've never followed or taught. I have no idea how your advice might work for followers or how leaders will react to it. I imagined that a follower might be concerned how leaders might react to her use of the technique so I offered my 2 cents worth. I do know that a...
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    Beginning follower needs advice

    The first time a follower did that to me, and I recognized it for what it was, my understanding of leading jumped to a new level. This thread is about followers but what they do while learning to follow sometimes helps the leaders.
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    Leads and follows or leaders and followers?

    'Semantics' and 'Meaning' are not synonyms. From Merriam-Webster Semantics 1: the study of meanings: a : the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development b : semiotics : a branch of...
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    Leads and follows or leaders and followers?

    In the mid '90s I found myself standing next to Victor Eijkhout (we knew each other) because we'd both failed to find an acceptable partner for a WCS. We were at Cloud 9 in Knott's Berry Farm. There were rows of benches where park visitors could watch from outside. Victor turns to me and says...
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    Leads and follows or leaders and followers?

    No, it's not just semantics, it's the meaning of the words. A leader (noun) is someone who leads (verb). Look it up. Leader and Follower describe an unequal relationship but somebody has to be in the drivers seat.
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    Convincing Others To Dance

    Seventeen years of dancing and I don't think I influenced one person to take one lesson. Even when I hit upon a one sentence summary of a beginning dance lesson that elicited a positive reaction from my single male sports buddies, none of them took the step. I told them there is no fear of...
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    Best reaction(s) to compliments you've given

    Dance compliments go both ways. I give them out because being on a dance floor and not expressing myself is an alien condition, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate her positive response. At the height of the swing dance fad, a couple who had been dancing a few feet away stepped off the...
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    Best Compliment(s) You've Ever Gotten On Your Dancing

    I danced for 17 years, mostly Swing (WCS, Lindy and ECS). These are my most memorable compliments. From a follower who was becoming a frequent partner: "Don't tell my boyfriend, but I have the most fun dancing with you." Being the only couple on the floor at a live blues club, walking off in...
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    Question about this particular situation in WCS

    This is from the best piece I've ever read on how back leading and hijacking coexist with lead and follow. ===== Is there a word to describe partners effortlessly passing the lead back and forth? In music, I believe it's called jamming. Watching bluesmen jam, watching improvisational actors...
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    WCS Wrist twisting!

    If I'm thinking of the same move, I led this with my hand crossing her center and descending before turning the wrist. Those who knew the move and lead lowered their hand and turned their wrist with me, almost back leading it. Those who didn't looked like deer in the headlights and I'd abort...