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#42
Ahh, this brings back memories. I was trying this about 5 years ago with an inexperienced partner, and practically gave myself a concussion. Talk about a BAAADDD headache!!! :shock: Haven't gotten up the nerve to try it since! :)
 
#43
You can also do this move out of a "leaning tower" without the lean. Guy rolls lady into his R side (his R, her L hand) grabs her other hand and drops her. I find it very fun and have had no accidents (!) but maybe I have short arms. :D
 
#54
*bump*

I remember the discussion here about the Death Drop and then the idea of incorporating it at the end of the Pretzel I do. Well! Here's a link to a site that has a vid of a Jam I was in last weekend:
www.dcswingdancing.com
Under "Spanish Ballroom Jam - November 19, 2005"
Click on the pic of "Cat Gill & Dave Voltaggio" [my gf & I!]

The Pretzel comes halfway into the vid [after our patented ;P Neckdrop-Slide], and follows into a Death Drop, then my added Handplant-Kick [cause... a guy's gotta fly too!].


I don't know how long the clip will stay up - could be a week, could be a month... it depends on how frequently Jams are recorded here in DC!

--Diavo B-)
 
#55
Diavo said:
Here's a link to a site that has a vid of a Jam I was in last weekend:

The Pretzel comes halfway into the vid [after our patented ;P Neckdrop-Slide], and follows into a Death Drop, then my added Handplant-Kick
Nice moves. Maybe I'm just slow, but after 50+ posts, it wasn't until this video clip I was actually sure what move everyone was talking about! (There are two other moves I've heard called a death-drop).

As ever, the UK and USA are two countries separated by a common language...
 
#57
Oh, the camera angle was bad for seing the Death Drop. :-/

@Dave: It's not just a UK to USA thing, I've heard of *several* different names for some of the same moves in the same city!

@alemana: I like a slippery floor. Glen Echo gets dusty because of so much foot traffic in the night. But when it rains the floor gets sticky because people don't change their shoes and so they track in the moisture (on rainy nights I'll wear my sneakers in and change into my wingtips).
I love slipperiness with leather soles so then I can do extra fun moves/slides/scoots. =) When you see us sliding a little in our footsteps it's actually an incidental style we've created/incorporated. B-)
And I just make sure I'm planted firmly before doing any aerials on a slippery floor -- it's no problem for me.

Oh, how did I forget? This Death Drop pic was taken sideways of my girl & I back in the summer.
http://www.geocities.com/CoolestIntentions/swing-50s-2.jpg

--Diavo
 

Dave

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#58
alemana said:
my god that floor looked slippery. i was tensing up just watching you guys slide around.
Actually, you can do a nice variation of this move where you intentionally slide the girl along the floor as you bring her upright. (Generally done to slower, smoother styles).

The other variation that tends to impress people is doing it with just the R-R grip (i.e. one-handed). To do that safely you want the girl to be fairly good at holding her own weight though!
 

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