Re: DVD dance instruction--recommendations? Posted by terence2 3/16/2008 1:56:00 AM
Youve been given a lot of " mixed " info here.
Have trained numerous Prof. and amat in both styles .
Your 1st consideration should always be usage. If you are only interested in the social aspect ( tho there are comps in Amer. ) then the Amer style Br. will suit your needs .
Also -- there is as much " techn. " involved in the execution of this standard if taught and danced correctly.
I have a HUGE disagreement with the non contact approach in the smooth. My staff were always trained ( as are my students ) to dance in closed position, and taught to lead with the body, from day one .
The reason that Amer. smooth Br. was taught in an apart position was due to the social climate that existed when first introduced in the 30s/40s .It still persists in most " chain " schools to this day . (I always changed the concept when I coached in them )
As to open work, which someone mentioned , that really does not need to come into play for quite sometime .
NOW the most important thing for you to know- you will NEVER learn how to dance from a video. They are made to ASSIST your practical application , and knowledge gleaned from lessons, a tool , if you will .
There is no substitute for the class or private lesson-- a video cannot answer questions !