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Re: I understand perfectly.
Posted by anymouse
11/2/2008  8:57:00 AM
"How do I know this? From watching, teaching - and most importantly, from trying to do it too early in my own development. Until you can sustain a gliding movement of your weight and roll your feet properly, no action in the foxtrot is going to be anything other than fake.

You are correct. It is simple. As a beginner, you had difficulty with bronze Standard Fox Trot so it must be too difficult for every new dancer."

No, you absolutely do not understand.

As a beginner I did not have difficulty with foxtrot that I could attribute to those issues. Instead, it was only later in retrospect, looking at others and comparing to my own previous dancing that I understood what was fundamentally missing in both cases. At the time I had been quite exasperated by the lack of foxtrot offerings in bronze. Only later did I come to understand the good reason why that was so.

"What better way could there be to develop those gliding movements than to practice those moves which involve them? "

You actually can't build them this way, because without the underlying strength you will end up doing the wrong action. Only by building the foundation skills doing simpler actions (waltz, quickstep, etc) can you get to the point of physical readiness to do the foxtrot in a way that reinforces good habits rather than bad ones.

Essentially, if you start in doing all dances, your early foxtrot efforts are wasted (or in reality, counterproductive) and it is your waltz and quickstep efforts that may eventually lead to the first hints of genuine foxtrot action.

"My point is that the offerings change and will continue to change."

Not disputed. However, official recommendations have been fairly stable, and it's official recommendations that tend to be reflected in the more important competitions - for example, the national championships.

"If you dig into old rulebooks, you'll also find that Fox trot has been part of the Bonze Standard schedule in the past and will be so again."

No, you won't, because there is no "schedule" in the rulebooks. What there is is a recommendation. Can you cite a year in which the rule book included international foxtrot in the recommendation for bronze? Can you site a year in which it was competed at the USABDA national championships?
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