Re: And your point would be . . . ? Posted by anymouse 11/3/2008 7:01:00 AM
""notice that bronze foxtrot has foot rise and outside partner coinciding while bronze waltz and quickstep go outside only when coming from a lowered position where the body is easily projected by a standing foot that is flat on the floor."
So what? The variance in styles does not prevent anyone from practicing all of the different movements."
It is a not a variance in style, it is a huge variance in physical difficulty.
Both the necessary body movement for sound outside partner action, and foot rise, are substantial challenges.
Waltz and quickstep present these challenges in isolation from each other, where the student has a chance of developing them properly.
In contrast, foxtrot's most characteristic figure, the feather, requires projecting the body into an outside partner position that is supported from the toes of one foot. Beginners cannot do this yet, so they try to dance an outside partner position without projecting the body, which is to say a fake outside partner position.
The readiness of a student to meaningfully learn the feather step is easily determined by the state of their inside partner body projection from the toe - for example, can they sustain forward movement on step two of a waltz or quickstep natural, or are they still turning off of it too early in order to keep their body weight on the strong ball of foot without having to carry it through the still weaker toe? If they haven't solved this problem in waltz or quickstep, they should keep working on it there where the substantially greater demand of body projection for outside partner does not add its requirements to that particular action.
And that's the forward half - there's a whole other class of combined issues with ankle stability in high heels when going backwards, that are again practical to sort out in the inside partner and seperately the no (body/partner) rise outside partner cases and impractical to approach in the combined case.