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Thanks for your comments. I am surprised that there are not more readers participating in this discussion.
I fully understand what you and Slavik are saying about the transitional moving positions. However, I still maintain that there is a major difference of style between Saviks and Allens. Of course both are great dancers and teachers. It looks to me, and to some of the experts I discussed this theme, that Allen transfers his weight earlier (say on Rumba-walk), whereas Slaviks foot arrives on split weight on the beat and then transfer his weight on the following And-count with considerable body motion. In other words, Allens weight is pretty much close to 100% on the stepping foot on the beat, whereas Slavik is 50%-50% split weight at that point of time. Do you agree?
To me this represents two major schools. And the two styles look definitely different.
I am not saying that one is better than the other. I am saying that there are two major styles, and I dont hear much discussion about that in the dance world. Most teachers settle on one style or the other and that is what they teach, as if it were set in stone.
Allen makes a point to stop or nearly stop the body after 4 in order to accent 4 (on Rumba walk). While the other school says never stop the body, so the And 1 looks different, in that aspect also.
Voco. It is impossible on any step in any dance not to have right in the middle of the step split weight. You could divide the step into a million parts. At some stage the weight will be equally divided. Just as Slavic suggests if you listen.
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Hi Dancers, I'm putting together a studio recital/show with an island theme. However, I'm having trouble finding a song for a West Coast swing number that has a tropical or cuban sound. Any suggestions?
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The key to accelerating your progress in any skill is to isolate.
If hearing the music is difficult, then isolate it: Spend a certain amount of practice time sitting down and listening to music, with no dancing.
If finding beat 1 is difficult, spend your music listening time counting along in time with the music. Start with songs you know, and slowly build a repertoire.
If certain styles of music are more difficult for you than others, the formula is the same: Focus on those styles that you find difficult. If Rumba is a problem, then acquire 10 Rumbas. Start with the easiest ones, and work your way up in difficulty. You will start to identify which instruments are responsible for which patterns of rhythm, and what beats they tend to fall on. As you are learning, you will go through a phase of conscious identification. As long as you're still in that phase, keep your regular regimen of listening sessions, and keep adding songs, as well as reviewing the old ones. If you're patient and persistent, the conscious identification will slowly turn into subconscious reaction. Eventually, you will just "feel" the music.
Re: MIXERS Posted by ballroomchick 4/21/2014 11:43:00 AM
It makes a person appear snobish by counting people in line and trading places just so you don't have to partner up with a particular person. Mixers are suppose to be the luck of the draw, we all started out as a novice. If you REALLY don't want to dance with someone move to the back of the line.
If no one is standing in line when the guy brings the girl back to the pickup/drop off area a NICE man will ask the girl if she wishes to go around again or stop an wait.
At times 2 guys may end up at the front of the line. At that time the girl/guy may defer to whom ever has not yet danced with the lady.
maybe a point of view from one who only dances socially can help, If you love Latin just keep dancing for fun and do not focus on the technique at least at first and tell your boyfriend it just for fun and he can use whatever technique he is comfortable with , you don't have to spend time and money on coaches, you don't even have to practice moves and techniques. just put some music and dance. as you try to do so you can figure out on your own what to do.