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Re: American Smooth
Posted by Onlooker
11/30/2005  10:11:00 PM
Jonathan. As I said I am completely ignorant of this style except for your videos, plus that a local girl Toni Redpath won the US National Professional four times, that's the limit of my knowledge of this style. One more question in Standard every couple go around the ballroom in an anti clockwise direction, or there supposed to. In Smooth do you choose your spot like we do in Latin or does every couple go in an anti clockwise direction also.
Re: American Smooth
Posted by Laura
11/30/2005  10:18:00 PM
Couples travel around the room just like they do in Standard. It's not like Latin in that some of the Latin dances can be done basically in one spot. Smooth moves around counter-clockwise.
Re: American Smooth
Posted by Ellen
12/2/2005  2:22:00 PM
American Smooth includes 4 dances: waltz, foxtrot, tango, and Viennese waltz. They are danced in line of dance the same as Standard (aka International). The fundamental difference between the Standard and Smooth versions of these dances is that, in the Smooth dances, open choreography (usually one hand hold but also completely separate at the higher levels) is allowed, permitting various turns and other open maneuvers. Most of the open patterns travel along line of dance. As a result of including open work, there are also different syllabus patterns in the two versions. American Smooth foxtrot is usually danced at a faster tempo than Standard. If you're looking for examples of American smooth choreography, I've been told that some Standard couples use some American Smooth choreography in exhibition dances, especially open work as a intro to their routine. If you've seen that, you've probably seen some essentially Smooth dancing.
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