Recent content by Partner Dancer

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    Why technique is the way it

    My post was very specific. The "only" assertion has to do with tucking the butt under the torso and using the lower abs to position that portion of the body "straight." The Ballet/Jazz/etc. solo dancer in the video demonstrates this nicely. It's amusing how other readers infer from my claim...
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    Why technique is the way it

    My observations, YMMV... The single most important technique which the vast majority of partner dancers don't know or are inconsistent about doing is alluded to in these videos. at 4:18 at 3:20 The ability to maintain a taut/flat lower ab and a butt that's tucked under the torso is...
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    Why technique is the way it

    Perhaps the most basic question is "why" people dance, as that has a high impact on how they learn and how much they care about "why." Of course, different individuals have different motivations and viewpoints, and disagreements/differences/challenges in opinions could be viewed positively as...
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    Why technique is the way it

    Open ended question, answer as you will. As mentioned in the "original" post, I'm interested in what/how others think (about) in learning to dance, and to what extent they pursue "why." My take on these things is quite different from what has been tossed around by others in this thread so far...
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    Best New Songs

    Bolero, NC2S Every Time I Hear That Song - Blake Shelton - 2017
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    Competitive Dancing: Has "Presentation" been sacrificed for power and speed?

    A significant part is economics. Ballroom events simply cost too much, primarily for the venue (hotel) and staff. Competitive dancers are the last bastion who still deem the cost verses reward worthwhile, but even that is whittling away (just look at the MAC). Decades ago, many events had to...
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    Why technique is the way it

    Different people certainly have different ways and speeds of learning. Perhaps we can get into some details about why, to get past discussions by hand-waving. 1) Why is it that in Latin/Rhythm, the feet are supposed to face (roughly) 11 and 1 o'clock? Under what conditions, and in what dances...
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    Advice on pirouettes and fouetté

    Do these help? Describe how you practice and what it is exactly you want to achieve (Ballet, Jazz, etc. spins?).
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    broken ankle or knee which

    Hmm. In betting sports such as boxing, incapacitating the opponent is sometimes done, purposely or unintentionally, financially or politically. Has Ballroom dancing gotten that bad yet? Perhaps Tonya can offer more insight as to knee or ankle.
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    Why technique is the way it

    I'm curious if Ballroom/partner dancers actually understand "why" the dances are the way they are? Having done this stuff for decades, I'm quite clear that a big issue is blindly doing technique that is oftentimes propagated without critical analysis (or with bad/sham analysis). I'm certain...
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    broken ankle or knee which

    Well, if one were a mafia enforcer, kneecapping would be the preferred means to injure.
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    Avoiding using visual cues

    Never cared for disconnected dancing. To me, great partner dancing _is_ physically connected dancing. Free spins and disconnections should last no more than a bar or two of music, and the physics that brought about the disconnection should be consistent with the physics prior to and after the...
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    Dance Instructor Training Offering

    What do you think is the reason for this? Do they usually quit or are let go? If due to quitting, is it because they "couldn't" pick up the Ballroom stuff, or they thought the teaching methodology was too lame, or they realized it was mostly a sale verses dance job, or for some other causes...
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    Dance Instructor Training Offering

    Don't knock the ballet/jazz/tap/etc. stuff. Because you have no prior dance experience, I'd highly recommend that you take a year or two of adult classical dance classes, while you mess with Ballroom, because you would gain a lot of appreciation of movement and the body and accelerate your...
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    Dance Instructor Training Offering

    I'd be surprised any studio would allow a third party, especially a stranger, to audit someone's on-going lesson. Both the instructor and student would likely reject the idea of someone getting a freebie, for both the nuisance and theft factors. As a matter of decorum, it's usually frowned...