Most useful/least useful club dances

chachachacat

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#61
DWise1 said:
tsb said:
DWise1 said:
I started learning Hustle and Country Two-Step and Nightclub Two-Step and returning to West Coast Swing because those are the three principal dances at the local venue that was most available to me. I love ECS/Lindy, but my access had been very limited at that time, though the situation has changed since then.
too bad you don't live up my way; lindygroove is a five minute drive from my house on thursdays - although i have to admit lindygroove doesn't appeal to everybody.

what about disneyland on saturdays?

wow. i don't think there is much of anything else near you.

CHACHACHACAT Wrote:
**Atomic Ballroom, check out their website, (the obvious) has lindy, salsa and ballroom on different nights.***


DWise1 said:
The time I was talking about was the beginning of this year. Atomic Ballroom is one of the things that has changed since then; that's where I finish my Friday nights with Lindy. I don't know of any Lindy open dancing at Avant Garde, but that's where I've been going for lessons every Sunday for over a year.
i think they have wcs every 2nd saturday.

DWise1 said:
Tia Juana's on Wednesday has always been difficult for me to make, but then they expanded it to Monday nights as well; only I had just started a college class that night (finals next week, so here I come).

Does danscenedance do Lindy? Hustle and WCS, I know, and Salsa too.
yeah i think they have wcs every 3rd saturday. probably not lindy. haven't been down there yet - o prefer primarily ballroom venues, plus, wcs dancers tend to eat their young compared to other types of swing dancers...

DWise1 said:
Don't know about ballroomisback; I'll have to check it out.
they're pretty much ballroom only, actually. great floor.
Yeah, it seems to be mostly WCS here, which I'm doing through Sundance to round out my experience. Though then it's off for Lindy afterwards on both WCS nights to round out the evening.

Disneyland does have some good bands. My in-laws have been going there for many years. One bummer is that you have to get the highest-priced annual pass, because all the other passes have almost every Saturday as black-out days.

Another thing I've been advised -- and my in-laws have confirmed this -- is that it's mainly couples there, so a "single" dancer like me would pretty much be SOL (short on luck). I'll have to see how things develop.

I've run across LindyGroove on the Web, but being an aging working stiff I have to be more careful about weeknights. What is it about LindyGroove that does and doesn't appeal to people?


tsb said:
If I give you enough information that you have questions, I've done my job.
To question is the answer.

No, really. We can't start learning until we start asking the questions.
 

tsb

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#62
chachachacat said:

**Atomic Ballroom, check out their website, (the obvious) has lindy, salsa and ballroom on different nights.***
did you have fun there tonight? you would have met 'the babe' (the moniker ascribed by dancepoet in a different thread) then if TACAD was doing introductions. i like jerry jordan. you'd never guess that he wrote the lindy syllabus for AMDS. plus he shares my penchant for unusual music choices for songs. i wish he'd stayed in LA county.
 

cornutt

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#64
randomMysh said:
Um...depends on what your definition of bolero is. The rise and fall combined with the hip movement is not what I'd throw at someone in a social setting, yet it's what makes bolero what it is, IMHO.
Hmm... in my area, there's quite a few people who can do at least a bolero basic respectably well. At the larger city socials, it's seldom a problem to find a bolero partner. Is this unusual?
 
#69
Easiest to move to - favorite of the ladies!

Strictly subjective, of course.....


OTOH, you can find a merengue in darn near anything - gotta love that 2 count.
 

etp777

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#70
Yeah, merengue is very popular here on base exactly for that reason. Girl over on helpdesk was complaining that she couldn't find anyone to learn salsa with.
 

etp777

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#72
Possibly tonight. :) Went by last week, but didn't see her. Also, didn't find salsa night (least, hope not, was all bachata/cumbia/merengue). Need to walk around the building a bit more tonight to see if there's more dancing somewhere else in there, and see if I can find her.
 

DWise1

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#73
You give me reason for hope if I should be mobilized. Question: is the Navy Customs Battalion there or are they at another base? That seems to be the most likely way I'd get called up.
 

etp777

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#74
Not a lot of Navy here, considering we're X (not sure how far) inland and in the desert. :) Some navy staff here though. Believe most navy besides the few here are stationed at Kuwait naval Base (Marines too, one of roommates at CRC was former marine who had been stationed there). Another likely posting for navy here in this theater is in Djibouti over on eastern eedge of Africa. Station is operated by different branches in rotation, currently run by the Navy, and I think they're talking about new Africom being out that way. We had a guy from our shop go out there for a month and is heading back this way now. But here and at Ali (Air Force/Army base farther north) there was definitely dancing, so don't despair.
 
#76
This is an interesting thread. I would separate social and club dancing, but I sorta have the same question as the OP, with a twist. :) The question is which dance would you start a complete beginner off with? I don't by any means think I'm qualified to teach but I have a friend who doesn't have the funds to take lessons or an opening to fit dance into her class schedule so she's asked me to teach her and I'm gonna try my best. Correct me if I'm wrong, but East Coast Swing seems like the best jumping off point...and Swing is what I am most familiar with, having taken a class in it quite a few times. I think I have a good grasp on the basics at least, and I'm guessing that's all she's looking for at this point. But East Coast before West Coast?

After Swing if she wants to continue I think I'd next go to Latin and then finally Ballroom. This way the personal space is being gradually decreased her personal space, as I know a lot of girls are bothered by this when they first start)...but I've only had one class each for those so I wouldn't feel at all competent teaching either of 'em. Any tips or whatever? I've borrowed one of my friends notebooks so I can learn the girls footwork at least.
 
#78
Single-time east coast swing/jitterbug.
Ugh, I hate single time swing...triple time is so much easier to keep on rhythm to. Plus, single time is for old people who can no longer move fast enough for triple time. As my instructor likes to call it- "geriatric swing", lol.

BTW, I've noticed they don't do WCS on DWTS, is that cause it's too hard to teach quickly or what? It's not as easy as girl just mirrors the guy...
 

suburbaknght

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#79
Single time swing is a great dance for beginners. They usually find the turns interesting, it's highly adaptable to different types of music, works in crowded spaces, suits different tempos, and isn't terribly difficult. I don't consider it the best choice for clubs (tie between WCS and hustle) but it's certainly the best option for complete beginners.

As for WCS on DWTS, they tried it one season and the results, predictably, weren't great. While WCS can look fantastic, it's not one of the most difficult dances to choreograph to appeal to non-dancers. Some couples can do it (Jordan and Tatiana come to the forefront of my mind) but most choreography to most people looks like, "She's moving one way, she's moving the other way, she's turning."
 

bia

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#80
As for WCS on DWTS, they tried it one season and the results, predictably, weren't great. While WCS can look fantastic, it's not one of the most difficult dances to choreograph to appeal to non-dancers. Some couples can do it (Jordan and Tatiana come to the forefront of my mind) but most choreography to most people looks like, "She's moving one way, she's moving the other way, she's turning."
And WCS is a dance that most of the DWTS pros have had less experience with. Better to keep the show focused on the ballroom styles, if you're just hiring ballroom pros.
 

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