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    Need names for Viennese waltz figures of Ferrugia

    Can someone give me an explanation of hairpin figure? The name seems to be used States side, but not much here in Europe. So, is it a figure occurring twice from pos 0:22 to 0:25 in the video? First bar is a kind of pivot turn (though quite compact here, more like a brush) on beats 1 3, and...
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    Open Telemark, or Outside Change to PP

    Well, both are "left promenades" as my teachers call it When leading to PP, I turn my hips to the left more than the shoulders/frame, which turns the lady to PP. When finishing OP, I turn the frame about as much as hips (although not exactly the same time) In "right promenades" (like open...
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    Internation waltz "collecting" at 3&

    Maybe it was about closing the feet on 3 of the natural turn or closed change, not about steps where one foot is passing another ? It's described that way in the books and this older video looks like we were dancing in my BR days a while ago ... since then, timing moved towards a bit earlier, so...
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    Connection in standard dances

    There is of course no single correct answer. Dancing is not an exact science, so it's not about absolute truth but about teacher constantly correcting their students. So even from the same teacher you can hear totally opposite descriptions, depending what they want to correct In my case, my...
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    Connection in standard dances

    From upper thigh to lower rib cage ...
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    Things you never want to hear again

    Your body is can be relaxed within certain limits. Once you cross them for various reasons (whether trying to make very upright posture body isn't used to / you don't feel in balance / steps are too big / leader violent / whatever the case), body is in fear for own security, reacting in tensing...
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    Things you never want to hear again

    Yes, that's the correct explanation
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    Things you never want to hear again

    Out of curiosity, what was the answer to that question (if asked) ?
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    Most ballroom teachers teach using relatively similar methodology/terminology, based on the book (approved by teachers' organizations) and how they were taught by their teachers. So whole teaching approach changes very slowly along timeline so we run into situations like this. It is just like...
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    When doing large steps, I would say the goal is to use the feet as efficiently as possible because they propel you across the floor. Part of that are probably brief moments when the feet are firmly on the ground with lots of pressure to the floor and without any kind of sliding (whether linear...
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    Here are two more videos if they are of help. I actually sent it to my (lady) teacher a few years ago when we came to disagreement about pivot technique in natural spin. To make it more visible, I reduced the frame rate One is from Hilton's teaching video. He demoed it solo quite basic way...
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    This video is interesting, showing how "we used to dance pivots using basic technique" and then evolved/advanced technique. So using basic technique, you step LF back and slightly side and turn on that foot about 1/2 of the turn. It is how it is still described in the books. As he states, there...
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    This one might be useful https://www.ballroomgenie.com/figures/waltz/natural-spin-turn-overturned/crossley-marriner/
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    Rotation is in ankle and hip joints All rotating figures also include some rotation in the core which is not well understood by most teachers anyway
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    Interesting pivots instructional video

    Don't worry, it's general misunderstanding among teachers (although women teachers seem to be more prone to it which is understandable) which are not even aware how they actually do it. I went through this with pretty much every teacher (some of them well regarded). It's possible to demo it solo...