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Re: Foxtrot as displayed on this site
Posted by Waltz123
1/27/2006  9:03:00 PM
The foxtrot is a good demonstration of the step swing drift principle,but if you turn the sound off and count the timing you will come up with qqs and not sqq.
Really? I almost see more of a QSQ.

The most likely cause of this is the fact that we filmed these clips without music. When there's no music playing, one tends to (or at least, *I* tended to) focus more on the movement than the timing. This was especially noticeable on a couple of the impetus clips that never made the cut, where we hovered way too long.

About half-way through day 1 of filming, we started noticing that there was a tendency (not just with us, but with everybody) for the narrater to follow rather than lead the dancers, so it was decided that it would be smarter to run a metronome in the background. This helped quite a bit. But Int'l Foxtrot was long over by then.

Now as to that silly generalization about dancers in the U.S.A... I should point out that my standard teacher, who was born, raised, and trained in the UK, was there to supervise our dancing on the day of the shoot. So any mistakes I may have made, or shortcomings in my dancing in general (and I'm sure there are plenty) are either the result of English training, or were simply missed on the day of the shoot. You decide.

Regards,
Jonathan
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