Recent content by twnkltoz

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    New Kind of Dance

    I watched it. Not my jam, but you do you, dude. You should totally try swing dancing, though!
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    telling a story

    I would say it's the song that has more to do with whether there's a story than the type of dance. The dance should be expressing the music--what is the music saying? I would argue that all songs tell a story, and ideally the dance would show it.
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    How do I encourage a follow to give honest feedback?

    Again, you're there to social dance. Allow yourself to have fun, and give your partner the same opportunity. Telling her how she's allowed to dance with you is off-putting and potentially puts her in an awkward position.
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    How do I encourage a follow to give honest feedback?

    While I understand why you would want to do this, it's best not to. People are there to dance, not provide critiques. It would probably be OK every once in a while when you lead something you're unsure of to ask her after, "was that ok?" But keep it brief and accept a brief answer. If you want...
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    Do you play a musical instrument?

    Well, since my post on this thread last year, I have been very slowly progressing on the piano, taking voice lessons, and now I've gone back to school as a music major!
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    Has anyone ever achieved gold status on most of the 10 styles in 1 year?

    Makes me wonder how his plan is going, though.
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    I get a blank headed whenever I dance freely.

    Oh, yeah. Completely normal. I've been dancing for 22 years, and sometimes under pressure I'll forget what steps I know and just do basics.
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    What is 'Club Swing'?

    At my studio, they use that term to differentiate the ecs/lindy hop done in the actual swing scene vs what is done in the ballroom lexicon.
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    Dancing for Cardio?

    Zumba.
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    Most Popular Social Dance for 20-somethings?

    I'm not in New England, but around here there are a lot of 20-somethings at lindy hop and blues. I see some at West Coast Swing and a few at Argentine Tango, but not many.
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    What type of ballroom should I learn???

    You might also consider West Coast Swing, lindy hop, or Argentine Tango. They're not really part of the ballroom lexicon and are more improvisational in nature.
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    What type of ballroom should I learn???

    My suggestion is to sit down together and watch videos of different kinds of partner dance, such as on YouTube, and see what appeals to you. You'll learn something valuable from all of them.
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    Being a lead male dancer while also being a pushover.

    I'll add something else: she's following if her own free will. She's choosing to follow you, so you're not exerting your will over hers. It's just that tradition says your gender is the one that makes the decisions and hers is the one that makes you look good.
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    Has anyone ever achieved gold status on most of the 10 styles in 1 year?

    Good for you for getting out there and learning from the experience.