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Re: socializing
Posted by curious
11/20/2014  5:58:00 PM
Thanks all of you for your replies
Re: socializing
Posted by ladydance
11/18/2014  7:25:00 AM
There is no law, that allows or doesn't allow, socializing. There can be an expectation from a studio that an instructor behave a certain way, that is as far as it goes. If Ballroomchick is right and you are with AM, they make up all sorts of rules and present them as if there is some sort of legal backing. They are very good at sending offical looking (threatening) letters to keep students and instructors in line.
Re: socializing
Posted by ballroomchick
11/17/2014  11:34:00 AM
That sounds like your are from Arthur Murrays.

Why would AM instructors do this? You have paid $$$$ to do a comp with them that would have cost you 1/2 that price or less out the AM world. They want to make sure you have a goooood time to keep coming back.


Independent teachers do what they wish. Nothing wrong meeting up at event parties or group dinners with students. I know 1 guy who took his instructor to Peru for 2 weeks after they got through with a competition in South America. It was a trip of a life time for her. We all got to live the trip with them through FB photos. She has a very secure boyfriend and they are both the instructor and student are upstanding people.

What is creepy is for a student to sleep their way up the chain of dance instructors. Also an instructor who hits up students to sleep with them. Its a small world and everyone knows what everyone is doing. Think long and hard on your actions. It could very well affect who wishes to socialize with you/or who wishes to take instruction from you.
Re: socializing
Posted by Clary
11/17/2014  10:46:00 AM
Because even though there is social component to competitions, they are still a "business activity" between a vendor and their customers.
socializing
Posted by curious
11/17/2014  9:40:00 AM
Why are instructors allowed to socialize with their students during competitions if it's not considered appropriate otherwise?
Re: App for Ipad?
Posted by Administrator
11/17/2014  7:33:00 AM
It's not an icon on the web page. It's in the toolbar of the Safari browser itself. As of the last few versions of Mobile Safari, the toolbars automatically hide after a few seconds. To bring them back, you'll need to scroll the page. I think you need to scroll up, but try both directions (even if the page is not big enough to scroll).

Regards,
Jonathan Atkinson
BallroomDancers.com
Re: App for Ipad?
Posted by Tissie
11/17/2014  6:16:00 AM
I followed the link, but I never saw the icon you're talking about. Only 2 icons were "Learn the dances" and Variation of the Week. I must have missed something.
Re: Salsa Dancing Confusion
Posted by dancer
11/16/2014  7:42:00 PM
Hi SalsaLover,

It sounds like somewhere in your dance journey you haven't crossed paths yet with someone who can teach you to follow.Some Instructors just teach steps so the students don't develop a true sense of following.If you learn how to follow you will have the freedom to keep dancing any style you like when you go to socials. I go Ballroom and Club dancing and have a great time:)!

If you learn Rhythm Mambo you will be able to do Club Salsa easily.Not only that if your female and you have a good Instructor looking after your technique and following skills you will enjoy and look better on the dance floor.

Good luck on your journey!
Re: App for Ipad?
Posted by Administrator
11/16/2014  9:00:00 AM
We have a mobile web app you can add to your home screen:
http://mobile.ballroomdancers.com/

Just follow that link, or type it in to your safari browser. Then look for the icon that looks like a box with an arrow pointing out of it. Click on that, and select "Add to Home Screen".

The mobile web app stores your login info for one year at a time. So once you're logged in and the web app has been saved to your home screen, you will always be just one click away from the BallroomDancers syllabus.

Enjoy!

Regards,
Jonathan Atkinson
BallroomDancers.com
Re: Used tailsuit source in the Midwest?
Posted by pakarinen
11/15/2014  8:29:00 AM
Thank you, but I'm 5'10" and 180 pounds.
App for Ipad?
Posted by Tissie
11/14/2014  10:18:00 AM
Is there an app available for my Ipad? It would be great to be able to open the website on my Ipad without having to type in the address everytime.
Re: Tango Song Ideas
Posted by Anastasia
11/14/2014  7:26:00 AM
I love, love doing the tango to Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics or Don't You Want Me by Human League. Check it out.
Re: Used tailsuit source in the Midwest?
Posted by kjhwang
11/13/2014  9:57:00 PM
Or e mail Kjhwang0426@gmail.com
Re: Used tailsuit source in the Midwest?
Posted by kjhwang
11/13/2014  9:55:00 PM
I am between 5.6 to 5.61/2 and used 3 times for comp wt 145 lb. Made by Onik California . Let me know .i am chicago north . Txt or email 2192210166
Used tailsuit source in the Midwest?
Posted by pakarinen
11/13/2014  11:06:00 AM
Any pointers to a source of used Standard tailsuits in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, southern Wisconsin or southwestern Michigan?

I haven't ruled out the Internet, but I like to see things in person; I'm in the Chicago area.

Thanks!
Re: ISO hair stylist in Charleston, SC
Posted by Seraphina.13
11/13/2014  7:18:00 AM
Most competitions now offer the services of hair stylists and make-up artists. If you are doing a recognized competition, go on their website and look under the Vendors tab. That's where you'll find a listing of services being offered (i.e., dress designers, shoes, jewelry, hair/make-up, photography/video, etc.)
Re: quickstep counting
Posted by Waltz123
11/12/2014  9:34:00 PM
Being that the Quickstep moves sideways. Meaning we are never square to the direction we are travelling. Do you believe that we drive our hip more over our left side which we don't do in a Waltz.

I don't believe Quickstep movement is any different than Waltz in terms of our directions of travel. Slightly higher in the legs and point of body contact, sure, but that has little bearing on the direction. Neither dance moves particularly sideways overall, any more than they move directly forward or back, except through fleeting moments of transition. Most movement in the swinging dances -- Waltz, Quickstep or otherwise -- should be predominantly diagonal, to an ever-fluctuating degree as we move through our turns.

Charlotte Jorgensen has some very nice exercises that help dancers learn how to dance through diagonal directions. I'm hoping I can bring her in for our next video shoot in February to do some guest lectures for our website. If not this time, then sometime soon...
Re: quickstep counting
Posted by Waltz123
11/12/2014  9:17:00 PM
It looks as if in competitive Standard the latest trend is covering a lot of territory fast. Is my observation correct?

It's not really meant to be a race to see who gets around the floor the fastest. So in terms of composition, Quickstep routines are basically balanced on the whole, as they should be. Yes, they will contain groups that race across the floor at top speed, but they will also pause for highlights, as well as dancing groups that aren't meant to cover space as quickly, showcasing different qualities of the Quickstep -- swinging, turning, shaping, hopping and jumping around, etc.

Interestingly, the groups that do move across the floor at top speed are not typically the ones that employ the larger steps. The greatest body speed through space is achieved through a number of small-to-medium steps taken in much quicker succession -- say, for example, 5 steps in the same space of time that you might normally take just two or three steps at the bronze level. The difference here is that the dancers are taking control of the third element in the 3-way relationship -- time between steps. They do this not by changing the tempo, of course, but by using step timings that allow for more steps, such as Q&QQQ. With that many steps squeezed into a measure of music, there is a limit to how big each of those steps can be. But the overall distance covered in that time will be greater than what they would have covered with fewer, larger steps.

So in other words, when you get to pick your own timings through choreography, you can move faster simply by dancing faster rhythms, in spite of the fact that each individual step might have to be slightly smaller. But when the timing is fixed and steps are slightly slower (SQQ, etc), bigger means faster through space. Even top-level Quickstep still has its fair share of basic, swinging actions -- open naturals, running finishes, quick open reverses, etc. And during those more moderate rhythms where you have a deeper, Waltzier swing, the steps will be larger to maximize the distance, and therefore the body speed through space.

But whereas top competitive pros will tend to strive for maximum output to get an edge over their competition, I wouldn't recommend this be the goal of the average syllabus dancer, or even the novice competitive dancer, for that matter. The pursuit of distance can easily break the form, and any perceived benefits will be outweighed by the liability of compromised posture, effortful movement and/or awkward delivery from foot to foot. This is, of course, a very individual choice, best made not on one's own, but by an experienced coach who has a good awareness of his students' skills.

Nonetheless, having an understanding of the relationship between body speed through space, time between steps and space between steps is a useful tool to help you see the big picture and make better informed decisions when it comes to staying on time with the music.

Regards,
Jonathan
ISO Profession Ballroom Instructor
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11/12/2014  6:22:00 PM
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