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Re: Timing in Blackpool 2006 Foxtrot
Posted by anymouse
5/23/2007  9:11:00 PM
"Who said the body stands still over the standing foot."

So I take it that when you said "All that is needed is to move the weight which is over the heel to the ball and the now moving foot takes over going ahead of the body." What you really intended to say was that the moving foot passes the body which is continuing to move WELL BEYOND THE STANDING FOOT, INTO IMBALANCE?

Or are you infact still going to try to claim that the body stays balanced, which is to say that the progress STOPS over the ball of the standing foot? You can't have it both ways... either you keep moving, INTO IMBALANCE, or you STOP in order to stay balanced and don't resume your movement until after your moving leg has stopped moving and become a standing leg.

"What we will see at the end of the beat four on an (and) count is the body coming into a balance position"

WRONG. On the and after beat four, a skilled dancer still has not yet even placed their moving foot. They stil have another 1/10 beat (Howson) to 1/4 beat (Sinkinson) of travel yet to go before they place step three. And then they have to arrive their body over the foot before they can pass (momentarily) through a position of balance.

"No presure on the rear foot. What do you think Sway does or is doing."

Most would say, "inclining the BODY". Sway has really nothing to do with moving foot pressue, because sway is primarly a characteristic of the BODY.

At some points in the sway the leg line will extend the body line, at other points it won't, because the sway is smooth in the body even as the legs change their position in relation to the body in order to create steps. The sway is of course blended over several steps of each cycle.

"Get your act together. Of course the body gets ahead of the foot you are standing on. It is not in front of the one that is moving."

Yes it is, right as the feet are passing it will be ahead of both. But very soon thereafter the moving foot will catch up and pull ahead of the body.

"Do you see Timothy off balance and falling."

Absolutely! But as he has GOOD AIM in both time and space, he makes it look wonderful!

The problem is that you don't realize that 99% of the time there's only one supporting foot - you let the fact that the moving foot is on the floor mislead you into thinking it is also supporting the body. IT ISNT - if it was, it wouldn't be moving. Whenever there is only ONE STANDING FOOT, and the body is not vertically directlty over that foot, the BODY IS OFF BALANCE. This imbalance is a NATURAL PART OF WALKING AND DANCING, regadless if the free foot is on the floor or raised, becuase THE FREE FOOT CAN NOT HOLD UP THE BODY.

The problem is that you can't recognize this PHYSICAL REALITY. You won't admit something is off balance until you actually see it fall all the way over... which of course a dancer who knows how to aim and sustain their movement won't do. But that does not change the FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL FACT THEY ARE ACTUALLY FALLING THROUGH UNBALANCED POSITONS MOST OF THE TIME. You only see good dancing; you completely fail to understand what it actually involves.
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