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    8CB - history

    Maybe it's because the 8CB became a teaching tool. The teachers like to make their pupils repeat ad nauseam a sequence. In the Zotto version of the video, you cannot restart immediately another 8CB, you need to navigate a little before the leader is back to LOD. With the box version, the...
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    Our experience of our own dancing can differ from how others experience it

    I actually had gotten the point. And still, I was was wondering whether the first part, supposed to be perfect, being a reconstructed dream, was actually good at all or even acceptable in the eye of someone who actually knows about ballroom. It's joyful, it's not too clumsy, yet in which league...
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    Our experience of our own dancing can differ from how others experience it

    About the first 30 seconds, would you ballroomers say that they dance well, by the usual criterias of ballroom?
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    Degree of closeness and figure frequency

    For me it works the opposite. The more intense the embrace, the larger number of figures is likely to happen. Not sure about the syntax of the previous sentence but you get the idea. On the opposite if the music is indifferent then I will invite an indifferent follower, embrace her...
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    How could different sports contribute to tango learning?

    Not the stick, but the puck. If an analogy with hockey has to be made, then the follower is the puck. But is the analogy legit in the first place? At hockey your aim is to get speed and momentum and bump into the other guys, inflicting the highest damage and stealing their puck. Not sure any...
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    Looking for social dancing videos

    Suer and Beata, calm and stable yes, quite lifeless too. Pointless, somehow. It's not because it's social that you cannot play a little, that you cannot live. The berliner marathonians, well, they certainly accepted that they are "imperfect ones", whatever couple you look at you see struggle...
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    What justifies the high spending cost for learning to dance to you?

    The workshop took place last Saturday and Sunday. We signed for the two days. Only to discover that the Sunday workshop was simply the clone/mirror/repetition of the Saturday one.
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    Annoyed at influx of newbie couples to the dance scene

    This is where I can't see the logic of your rant. Common sense suggests the opposite: if they wanted to dance with other people, then they would have to take privates and all, to get on par with the community.
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    How do you answer this question?

    Then it's not the same story. A newcomer follower may expect a "Welcome!" invitation from the host,. My suggestion for an answer would be "As a dancer I would never invite you, but as an organizer I will."
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    What justifies the high spending cost for learning to dance to you?

    With my partner we just signed for a $45-per-person group class of 90 minutes where only the level is stated (advanced), not the content, and the teacher is not announced either. We signed up precidely because we found the ad so absurd., asking for a considerably high fee and offering...
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    How long to wait before asking follower again?

    When I was a beginner, my follower would accept one dance with me per month, so that she could evaluate and criticize my improvements (or lack of). I'd say, wait enough time to let her hope that in the meantime you became better.
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    How do you answer this question?

    Happened to me. I sigh, I stand up, we dance, she can't follow. "See why, now?"
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    What do you expect from the men you dance with?

    So, inviting them is not even mentioned? The guy who comes with his partner ances only with her, taking care to fullfill all the 13 points, with her, never inviting any other lady, is the epitome, the paragon of what they expect from a leader? Wow, that's a head-up.
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    Books for Tango

    I read Yo quería bailar by Plazaola, long ago. There must be an american translation, as the original poster list seems to mainly include books in english.