Recent content by msc

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    A couple of dance animation links

    If these have been posted before, I apologize. an urban style the classic American ballroom style or something like that.
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    Is ballroom a sport or a social dance?

    That's too bad. Change of speeds is so difficult too, going from a breakneck pace to a slow-motion movement is a lot harder than one would think. Maybe you stayed slow-and-soft for too many phrases? Usually clean speed changes are very compelling.
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    Is ballroom a sport or a social dance?

    In Salsa and WCS, that's not a problem at all. Two people can move at totally different levels and still have fun. In Latin, it's more of a problem, but the connection is often open, so it's somewhat hard for one person to restrict another's movement. Certainly, it's more possible than in...
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    How to handle a lead who *thinks* he knows a dance . . .

    That's exactly it. FWIW, I can only converse when I lead the simplest of patterns, without any drive or speed, and floorcraft conditions are such that collisions are very improbable.
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    How to handle a lead who *thinks* he knows a dance . . .

    twinkltoz- Do you experience a difference in your mindset in leading versus following?
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    How to handle a lead who *thinks* he knows a dance . . .

    That's true of all the standard dances, in my experience. You think you're doing just great, cruising through the moves (or stalking through them, as the case may be.) Then you get with a partner (even a very advanced partner,) and everything falls apart. The connection and positioning are...
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    How to handle a lead who *thinks* he knows a dance . . .

    The problem I have with social VW is that so many stop their centers at the end of a half turn. As Chris stated, it's necessary for the body to continue to turn between half-turns, and if the center stops or hitches during that time, it's very difficult to stay on time to the music. I've...
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    Promenade in (ballroom) Tango?

    Now that I read the previous statements more closely, I should probably modify them a bit. In tango, in my experience, the feet tend to point more in the direction of travel in promenade position. That is to say, the feet are more rotated towards the direction of travel than in the swing...
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    Promenade in (ballroom) Tango?

    That's the biggest difference. I think the "V" is a little more pronounced in Tango as well. The foot styling and the inward veer of the knees is different too, but that's more of a general difference than a promenade specific difference.
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    Slow (International) Foxtrot - Love it or Hate it.

    For me, the issue is more the tempo of the music. The Int'l VW is so quick, it's hard for many just to move their feet and turn that fast. Of course, if you keep the body moving continuously, then it's not quite as fast, but if you tend to stop a little bit every now and then, which many do...
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    Slow (International) Foxtrot - Love it or Hate it.

    It's difficult to dance foxtrot proficiently, but it's fairly simple to lead and follow socially. I'd much rather lead a foxtrot socially than a VW, that's for sure.
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    A question of nerve ...

    Go for it. The high level coaches are almost always worth the $$. The only problem that might arise is if the high level coach contradicts your usual instructor, in which case you'll just need to finesse a bit.
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    how should a follower behave in a group class?

    kitty's right that it's not always possible to "just do your part," more so in closed position Standard-type moves than Latin moves or open American Smooth moves. You really have to count on your partner in moves that involve a closed hold, and if they aren't able or willing to do their part...
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    how should a follower behave in a group class?

    Agreed. In fact, sometimes followers with a great deal of experience at leading do the same thing. Still, it gives a lead an appreciation of the value of a "body lead" over an "arm lead," to be subjected to the latter on occasion.
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    Locksteps (and turning lock): Parallel or Turnout?

    Chris - I agree with your analysis. The method in the the ISTD manual definitely creates a much softer, much gentler figure, exactly as you described. And, as you said, there is the danger of overrotating the figure using CBMP as the first step. The key is not to slingshot the woman around...