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Re: To Torque or not to Torque
Posted by Anonymous
11/3/2006  6:11:00 AM
"I find your CBM action in a reverse turning movement intriguing. Can you describe in a little more detail how you produce this action, hips rotate 1st, topline rotates later? tx"

It takes a little while to get the hang of (and can easily get forgotten out of your dancing again) but at the extreme at which you would practice it to set the idea in your muscles it works something like this: Stand with a very strong whole body left side lead, such as if you've just finished a feather and not completely neutralized. Now, without letting the topline rotate one bit, send your right hip forward by moving through the standing right foot. This will cause your entire body to travel, but there is still no rotation. As the standing right leg propels you, you will feel your right knee tuck in behind your free left knee. Then as you get closer to arriving on your left foot, your topline can join in the turn. It won't be this extreme in use, but practice it that way to develop the sequence of actions, then back off to what fits the dancing.

Another way of looking at it is that it is quite commonly recognized that the man's left elbow must not be allowed to travel backwards in a reverse turn. At most, the left elbow is stationary in space and his body dances around it. In effect, that means that you cannot rotate the upper body early in a reverse turn. Some go around literally saying that reverse turns have no CBM, because the turn (of the top) is so late that it doesn't count as CBM. But that isn't right either - something has to rotate as you move into the step, to commence/indicate that this is indeed a turning figure. And that something is the hips.
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