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Re: cannot play the videos.
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7/23/2014  10:16:00 AM
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Re: my husband doesn
Posted by egimug
7/22/2014  7:07:00 PM
This is continuation to my post:

Dancing is ask simple as walking in time of music at a preset sets of steps and directions. So, give it time. It is just like babies learning how to walk, it took they months to prepare for their first steps. They must crawl first to buildup their muscles, so is dancing. You are asked to step in different timing and directions where you are not used to do normally. Muscle memory will kick in.

Dancing is sooo... good for ones health. As we age, our mind is sharp, we are toned and well balanced so we will have much less chance of falling and break our bones, gathering with dancing friends is such a good social event that will take stress out and good for the hearts. Therefore, I do wish everyone to dance and make it fun.....don't argue, it will ruin your relationship and reverse your intension of trying to do something fun as a couple!

Lastly, if one instructor is not clicking with your learning style, do change instructors. Good dancer may not always be a good instructor for you and vice versa, a not so good dancer may be the Best instructor you can learn from.
Re: my husband doesn
Posted by egimug
7/22/2014  7:07:00 PM
This is continuation to my post:

Dancing is ask simple as walking in time of music at a preset sets of steps and directions. So, give it time. It is just like babies learning how to walk, it took they months to prepare for their first steps. They must crawl first to buildup their muscles, so is dancing. You are asked to step in different timing and directions where you are not used to do normally. Muscle memory will kick in.

Dancing is sooo... good for ones health. As we age, our mind is sharp, we are toned and well balanced so we will have much less chance of falling and break our bones, gathering with dancing friends is such a good social event that will take stress out and good for the hearts. Therefore, I do wish everyone to dance and make it fun.....don't argue, it will ruin your relationship and reverse your intension of trying to do something fun as a couple!

Lastly, if one instructor is not clicking with your learning style, do change instructors. Good dancer may not always be a good instructor for you and vice versa, a not so good dancer may be the Best instructor you can learn from.
Re: my husband doesn
Posted by egimug
7/22/2014  6:54:00 PM
I am a 62 year old male and was blessed to started ballroom dancing since I was 21. My wife and I had been together for 23 yrs now and we didn't really danced until 10 yrs ago. I never forced her to dance and while we started to go on cruises, after many, the shows and entertainments repeats so she started to dance a little at first, then wanted more. We both dealt with dancing as an exercise for our health for the future (good for the mind, balance, body) and will be something we can continue to do together until we both can no longer walk! In the beginning, my wife is very concerned when I do any steps/patterns that will make her look bad on the floor so I only dance what she likes and true there are times I felt that she is progressing in her dances but I was stuck and going backwards and start to forget many patterns I have learned thru the years. Slowly, people started to notice us as a couple dance smoothly together as one and started to comment her and asking if she competes or if she is an instructor these days. These kind of comments makes her want to improve even further, so my experience is dancing can not be rushed. It takes time and patience with each other. In my case, me being an experience male dancing with a lady is so much easier than the other way around.

Thru the years of observations, I find many man feels being dumb on the floor and thus make them not motivated to learn. I consider myself a very good instructor but I don't teach. On cruises, I do teach friends met onboard where they show interest in learning. My first thing is to tell the wives that ballroom dancing is a partnership dance. Doesn't matter if one is very good and if the partner is not as good, you will viewed as a couple and not individually. Wife has to be very patient and must encourage her spouse to motivate him to dance. If not, it will never work. Basically women learns faster because they need only to learn the steps and to follow in the beginning. Whereas, the men needs to learn the steps, listen to the beats of the music, think what patterns to do and when to execute the lead. It is so...HARD for men to do all these things together. Remember, men were all one track mind and now you ladies are asking men to multi-task!!! So be patient, compliment how well he is doing even if just so, so. Kind words will go a long way especially when men felt so intimated by the more experience mens on the floor. Men just feels threaten and don't like to look stupid even if we are. The other problems I find is that some instructors are teaching too many patterns and too many different dances all at once. It becomes a struggle for men to remember so many things that by the next morning, 90% of what was learned was lost. Now, men will feel they wasted all that money. Most of them don't make the $$$ per hour as the instructors so they value the $$$ they spend is worth it. I only teach people in the beginning a rumba + 1 other simple dance like single step swing, nothing more. I only teach them basic steps plus basic turns. Not too technical because it will feel like teaching a 1 yr old to run before walking. Once they can dance thru a music (must be the music they like as a couple and not what the instructor likes) with good definitive beats, they now feel they have accomplish something and $$$ is not wasted. Thru the years I have thought many friends (100's) and most of them enjoys to dance and is a good healthy social gathering. The bottom line is they must practice by going to dances at least couple times a week. Don't have to dance every dance, just to gather with good friends/make new friends on the floor, to practice. Practice, Practice, Practice until muscle memory kicks in. Once men get over the beginning hump, then they will feel like back to control their life and believe me, men can love to dance even more than women! The post is too long and had to continue next
cannot play the videos.
Posted by francoT
7/22/2014  12:04:00 PM
I cannot play any of the ballroomdancers videos. However, I can play Dancevision vidoes.

What shall I do.

Thanks

Franco
Re: TEA DANCE
Posted by terence2
7/22/2014  5:38:00 AM
LOL !!!! Hi Leta, I should know beter than, to not include country !
Re: Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by terence2
7/22/2014  5:36:00 AM
Not be confused.. Soc. F/T and peabodya re 2 different dances. The speed of P/Body is, or may be, around 50/60 bars a minute.

Soc. F/trot could be described as " brisk ". Its origins may be linked to a style know as " slicker " done primarily in Calif .And it is all based upon using the same beat thruout the dance. Most of this is reminiscient of the 20s style of dance .

P/Body was a NYC invention, as the story goes, named after an obese Cop. who could not get in "closed " position, so the dance was constructed with space between partners. It was on the A/Murray Gold.

step list until the late 60s ( I taught a few hrs of this ) It had locksteps in the basics..

Heres the the list..

Basic PB turn
Fwdlock and turn
Back lock
L Box turn
Pony in a circle
Swivel run
Six count turn
Spot grapevine
Grapevine
Underarm turn.

Gold Bar......

Fwd lock with hop ( ths was intoduced into QS many yrs ago )
L Spot turn
Back spiral
Pony with U/arm turn
Fallaway grapevine
P/Body pivots
Terrace step
Shuttle step
Pivot armlock



And yes, the locks are the same as those in QS, and the G/vine, same as the one used in Amer style smooth .


Theres a vid on the net somewhere of a good showcase P / Body .

Classes in Brasil or in every contry by Brasilians
Posted by vanusamiranda
7/21/2014  7:13:00 AM
Hi,
Who need samba classes, Forr or others .
We can teach.

Vanusa Miranda e
Marcio Robener
Re: Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by socialdancer
7/20/2014  1:20:00 PM
There was an English Old Time dance called Society Foxtrot that was apparently danced in 1945, see this article.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/10/a4191310.shtml

Many of the dances mentioned are still danced today and the steps have been published in various books. So far I have not found one which lists Society Foxtrot, but there is a CD by Harry Davidson which includes the music originally used for the dance.
http://www.maestrorecords.com/music-cds/sequence-amp-old-time/sequence/savoy/harry-davidson-his-orchestra-those-were-the-days-5

Of course this may have no relation to the dance your friends are thinking of.
Re: Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by waynelee
7/20/2014  12:45:00 PM
A real challenge to find anything on the "Society Foxtrot". Several web sites describe this dance as a foxtrot danced on each beat. In other words, instead of S-Q-Q timing, it's Q-Q-Q-Q. Apparently, this dance style was very popular in the 20's to 40's.

I did find one web site with a video of this type of foxtrot: http://prezi.com/frrune0db5z2/copy-of-1980s-dance/ This site is very difficult to navigate, but if you can find the "Foxtrot" branch as one of the branches in the diagram, and click on it to enlarge it. There is an old video of a foxtrot danced in this Q-Q-Q-Q format somewhere in the 20's.

On edit... I wonder if someone is re-introducing the Peabody and calling it "Society Foxtrot", but dancing it to the normal Foxtrot beat. In the 20's and 30's, the Peabody was danced to EXTREMELY FAST music, 228 beats per minute. This is faster than Quick Step which is around 194 to 208 beats per minute. The Peabody was danced S-S-S-S -- otherwise, who could dance it at full speed of the music. Anyway, here is a YouTube video of the Peabody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUywTzfIY1Q
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Re: TEA DANCE
Posted by Leta Marie Mayhew
7/17/2014  6:58:00 PM
Just want to share something funny. When I read UK I immediately thought of University of Kentucky here in Lexington Kentucky USA. I am thinking that is not where the d
Acne is going to be. Well,the United Kingdom is a bit too far for me to go to this July. Dance a dance for me, your friend in the other UK.
Leta Marie Mayhew


Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by Maureen
7/17/2014  4:22:00 PM
Several of my friends are keen to learn a dance called Society Foxrot, or One-Step Foxtrot. I've never heard of it, and have been unable to find any information about it. From the description given to me, it sounds like a glorified country one-step or a Foxtrot with the timing changed. Has anyone any information about this dance, or can you point me in the right direction ? I'm interested in obtaining either a written guide (if such a thing exists), or a DVD which would be even better. Thanks for your help !
Re: Arthur Murray Stinks
Posted by MaggieMoves
7/16/2014  6:07:00 PM
I started my ballroom experience with Arthur Murray out of undergrad. While I did have a bad experience with one instructor that I felt was intentionally limiting me so that they could milk more lessons out of me, the franchise owner quickly moved me to a more experienced instructor that I still actually do keep in contact with (it's been 6 years since I left). I felt I learned a lot from AM, especially on a social dancing level. I had learned most of the bronze syllabus when I was in undergrad, but still felt awkward socially when I went to go dance with a friend.

AM is really more about selling the experience than building a competitive dancer, which is what a lot of people want when they dance. It's mostly older married couples looking for something fun to do evenings or on weekends that don't want to be bothered by dance snobs which you find at some studios.

All of that said, when I started to seriously compete, I stopped going to AM and went to an independent studio for classes and invited local pros into my home to teach me on a per Diem basis. It's much cheaper and more effective that way.

Overall, my experience with AM was a positive one. I believe it's a great place for people to start... but don't fall for their sales tactics.
Chance to be on SYTYCD!
Posted by SYTYCD
7/15/2014  4:45:00 PM
Recently the mobile app Vyclone partnered with So You Think You Can Dance to give dancers an opportunity to be on the show!

Its a simple process, all that needs to be done is downloading the app Vyclone, going to the Event section, and recording a routine to the SYTYCD song of the week.

The videos from there are checkout out for viewing by FOX. Here is last weeks link- http://www.fox.com/dance/dance-party

Join the dance party!

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7/15/2014  9:34:00 AM
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Re: Classical Rumba Music
Posted by Voco
7/15/2014  12:59:00 AM
Hi Franco,

RE: Dont cry for me Argentina

How did that song come into your mind, following the day when Argentina lost the FIFA Soccer World Cup against Germany?

I bet that is the song the German fans were singing to torment the Argentinians after the match.
Re: Classical Rumba Music
Posted by francoT
7/14/2014  3:01:00 PM
What about "Don't Cry for me Argentina"? It's a lovely song for a RUMBA or Bolero dance.

Franco
Re: My husband don't want to learn to dance
Posted by brentley
7/13/2014  10:33:00 PM
My wife started me dancing 3 years ago, it was very difficult for her to get me there but I wanted her to join me at golf and she agreed, if I went to five dance lessons.
She then made it a little challenge, could I learn enough in 5 lessons in order to dance at an upcoming ball.
Our first lesson was the Rumba Box and the Waltz, in 5 weeks I was hooked, especially as at the ball ladies asked me to dance with them.
So I suggest that you appeal to your husbands vanity, if he thinks he can dance now, how good could he be after 5 lessons, also never criticise each other at a dance, you are there for fun. Practise at home, and compliment him when he gets it right.
He will find that the first time he leads a lady into a dance pattern he will feel so pleased he will not be able to stop.

Good Luck

Still Learning
Re: My husband don't want to learn to dance
Posted by O.K.
7/13/2014  10:22:00 PM
I came from a country where dancing was and still is where everybody accepted it as normal. You might just mention that in cave drawings thousands of years old, the carvings were obviously of people dancing. I think its safe to say that we first learnt to walk , then to run, then to move in unison with any natural sound which is to dance. Having said that not everybody wants to dance. I mean could you get interested in playing Darts or maybe playing Chess. Probably not. So there you are. But I`ve been around dancing for years . I would say it is extremely good exercise not only for both sides of the body but also for both sides of the brain. Remember this. Any type of dancing is." Moving to beautiful music. Creating shapes in space.
And joining in that wonderful world of make believe. One last thing. For the couple of hours spent dancing . All your daily troubles are forgotten. Its impossible to think of two things at the same time. If I am concentrating on the music and the steps, then everything else is put on hold.
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