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outside partner technique
Posted by anymouse
11/3/2008  11:50:00 AM
"If a transfer of weight is executed differently in one style or dance compared to another then there is a variance in style or dance."

The issue is not in the transference of weight, but in the projection of the body weight from the standing foot which must long precede the weight change. This is not a difference of "style", its, it's a drastic difference of situation and requirement.

A feather step requires that the already challenging large projection of the body required for an outside partner position be generated not from a flat standing foot as in waltz or quickstep, but instead from the toe of a risen standing foot.

Most beginners (indeed most dancers of any period of experience) who have not had focused physical training for competition purposes simply cannot do this. The result is that their outside partner actions in the foxtrot are "fake" and will remain "fake" in the sense that they are missing the required body projection.

Dancing foxtrot badly without this element does not lead towards ever developing it. Instead, drilling full actions in the context of waltz and quickstep is what tends to lead towards building the physical capability to attempt the more difficult projection-from-risen-toe action required in the foxtrot.

You can continue to ignore this, but the more you claim it to be nonsense, the more you hint that this action is probably still missing in your own dancing.

""Huge variance"? Oh, come on. Like a Fox Trot heel turn is so much different from those in Waltz and Quickstep that they require different training regimens."

I never suggested there was a huge variance between waltz and foxtrot HEEL TURNS, instead my comment that you quoted above was in a message entirely about the substantial differences in outside partner requirement, a message that made no mention of heel turns at all.

Where heel turns are concerned, my implicit raising of the SIMILARITY of the requirement between waltz and foxtrot was how we got onto the subject of bronze foxtrot in the first place. In pointing out that the double reverse spin is often not advantageous to a bronze competition effort, I raised the relatively rarity of foxtrot (which we should all recognize as the dance where heel turns are effectively mandatory, rather than optional) being offered at bronze. From there we got into the other reasons why early attempts at foxtrot are unproductive, such as the risen outside partner issue.
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