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Re: Latin Motion
Posted by wesleysnow
12/2/2016  2:16:00 PM
I'm not really a member of Ballroom... Just a concerned individual. I used to teach for Arthur Murray's International and know how hard latin motion can be to most of us. About five percent of the population can simply "do it" while the rest of us (I include myself in this) must struggle through mastering the skill.
I call it a skill because I have always felt it should be taught separately from the dance (although I use rumba to teach it). It is a skill set all its own.
However, I do believe it is a door that must be passed before dance comes to life.
Mostly, I suppose, this is just encouragement to not surrender. Remember, slow is better. If you can't do it slowly, you can't do it fast. Start in rumba and master it there first.
My good wishes to you.
Re: Latin Motion
Posted by terence2
12/4/2016  1:55:00 AM

First.. Are you asking about CM in American , or Intern. style ?... ; both have different approaches, and, Salsa again, has some conflict as to how it is developed.

Re: Latin Motion
Posted by guest
12/21/2016  6:43:00 PM
There are several exercises that can be done at home and can be found on you tube. One is
Feet apart . Weight on left leg which is straight. The other pointing to the side with the heel off the floor. Move your weight so that the right foot is flat on the floor. Then and only then send your complete weight over that foot. Just keep repeating from side to side. Now try stepping forward or back with the same kind of action. Its all there if you look for it. That is just one of four examples under Hip Actions.
Re: Latin Motion
Posted by terence2
12/31/2016  5:26:00 AM

Your technical explanation is "flawed "..

Failing to mention first, which part of the foot , makes contact with the floor.

There are 2 accepted approaches..

1... Intern. style

2... American style

Bottom line is this.. one needs to consult a Prof. with the experience in BOTH genres .
Re: Latin Motion
Posted by Del Dominguez
8/3/2017  10:22:00 PM
Indeed, the Salsa style is more natural and not as fabricated as the Int/Am style.
Re: Latin Motion
Posted by nloftofan1
8/4/2017  10:21:00 AM
There is a 1940s movie "short subject" named "Cuban Rhythm," that you can see occasionally (in the U. S.) on Turner Classic Movies, that includes a brief (American style) Rumba lesson taught by an Arthur Murray instructor. The Latin Motion part: Imagine that you are standing on a street corner, waiting for a bus, switching your weight from one leg to the other. Of course there's more to it, but it's not a bad way for a beginner to start.
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