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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    My expertise comes from taking classes from some of the best WCS dancers in the business, paying attention to what they say, and applying it. Since my weekly teachers (past and present) include Mario Robau and Barry Jones, I've at least had access to instruction that's well above what most...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    Again? I don't think I've ever mentioned how long I've been dancing. How could I mention it again? However, I took my first west coast swing lesson just over 15 years ago. How is that even relevant? Some of the dancers (around here) who repeatedly come forward without being led have been...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    raindance, Would you care if the worst leaders in your dance community suddenly quit? I have yet to see a leader/follower skip ahead before learning the fundamentals, then later develop into being a good (or even mediocre) dancer. danceronice, If a dancer is shameless enough to take an...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    I don't consider this to be "passive-aggressive." I call it, "Show, don't tell." If a lady can take two steps towards me with zero lead whatsoever, she's not following. Followers, if you're in class/workshop learning a move, and the leader provides zero lead, what do you do? Do you walk through...
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    Silly things non-dancers say

    I had this conversation with a brand-new dancer (an older man) while he was watching the studio owner (another older man) and a younger partner demonstrate something for some students. New dancer: "As a dance teacher he must get a lot of action from women." Me: "He's married." New dancer: "I...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    You seem to be trying very hard to make a point, but I'm afraid that I'm missing what you're getting at. On the social dance floor, the primary "accomplishment" that most of us are trying to achieve is an enjoyable dance. If that's the primary goal, there is no "false sense of accomplishment."...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    Steve, I like the Skippy Blair quote, but I think the level Generalist and I are discussing is a bit different than the level Skippy Blair is discussing. If a follow is sufficiently skilled to feel when she should/shouldn't do a syncopation, extension, etc., the follow has already been...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    Is that really your experience? I routinely lead rock-and-gos and extensions to women who have never been taught them. These women don't even know that those syncopations are part of the dance. If the woman has good connection, she doesn't need to understand the timing. The lead will tell her...
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    Too old to learn dancing or compete?

    Read the biography at this link: EDIT -- I can't post links. Google the following words to get his bio: time 2 dance michael stephens This is a man who started dancing around the age of 35 or 40. Not only has he won a significant number of awards, he's also professional who teaches for a...
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    Silly things non-dancers say

    A conversation with a (non-dancer) friend a few weeks before his wedding... me: "Is there going to be dancing at your reception?" friend: "No. We'd be too embarrassed, especially with you and your wife there." me: "What? Why? It's not like we'll be sitting on the sidelines critiquing how...
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    Policy on admitting children to Dances, do you have?

    I'm reminded of a conversation between my great-grandparents... great-grandmother: (carefully picking her way through the kitchen) "Ooh. These cats are always in my way." great-grandfather: (stomping through the kitchen) "The cats are never in my way." Of course, history repeats itself. my...
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    Silly things non-dancers say

    Coworker: (after seeing a video of me dancing with my wife) "How long did the two of you work on that routine?" Me: "That's not a routine. We were making it up as we go." Coworker: "Really?" (pause) "You're joking." Me: "If we were doing a routine, do you think we'd pick 'Sledgehammer' as the...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    Generalist, follows aren't supposed to do the alternate timing because they've learned it. They're supposed to do it because your lead tells them that's the timing. If you accelerate, they'll do a triple. If you decelerate, they'll do a walk-walk. It works just fine even when you lead them...
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    "Women Have No Choice But to do the Right Thing"

    On "Fault": The first time I heard a statement similar to that, it was regarding men's (in)ability to stay on the beat. According to that instructor, beginning men had difficulty staying on the beat, and women usually didn't. By the time I took my first dance class, I had already been singing...