I would suggest that if you have access to the Congress Tapes from Blackpool this year. Your queries on CBMP are all answered . On this site if you go to Learning Centre and find Direction Movement then click on CBMP You will notice that the Foot is taken across the body. It is as straight as is possible to be. It follows the straight line on the chart which is as straight as an arrow. That is CBMP The writting going on between the two people is achieving nothing. A simple example of CBMP is after a Progressive Chasse in the Quickstep where a quarter turn to the left has been completed. The man`s left shoulder is in position diag to wall. The first step of the Lockstep is taken across the body in CBMP That positin is held for the next three steps If this is followed by a Natural Spin Turn the line will be maintained The way i was taught on a Basic Quickstep was. A quarter of a Turn to the right followed by a quarter turn to the left on the Progessive Chasse. Hold that line for the Lockstep which should be diag to wall as will be your next natural movement in CBMP. A simple check that anyone can do is are you still together with your partner Or have your bodies seperated creating a ugly line with two sets of hips exposed. Step four of a Weave in the Waltz from an Open Impetus is another to watch. You can include step three of a Open Reverse Turn as well.
Hey jj, I think I owe you an apology. I thought you were attacking one of my responses in this thread, but upon further review, I think you were just continuing your exchange with anymouse and Telemark. So I knee-jerked by stating my original thought, that the original poster could have answered her question in this site's learning center. Still, I have found the exchanges on this particular question really interesting, and also makes me glad that my skill level and thirst for knowledge on dancing is such that I would probably never get too hung up on the difference between CBMP and CBM.
Dear Esme Nielsen, I have been following this thread since you first posted it, and would now like to offer my sincere apology for the behaviour of some of the respondents. Whilst I am sure that you have possibly now learnt the meaning of both CBMP and CBM.I hope the continued bickering between some of these "repliers" doesn't confuse you too much. Some of us like to practice the game of 'One-upmanship' to demonstrate how knowledgeable we are. I personally was under the impression that replies to queries on this forum were supposed to be directed to the original enquirer and not turned into a slanging match. Evidently, I was wrong.
Esme Nielsen. CBMP. If you can find an example of a Foxtrot on youtube by a top professional. You will see that on a Reverse Turn on step five the lady should be backing the wall and not backing diagnal to the wall. The man is the natural opposite You can then see how step 6 with CBMP is performed. If the man turns too soon anti- clock you are not in CBMP. In fact there was no CBMP at all. The person who wrote Keep your body facing your partner. would have been better if the had written . Keep your partner in front of you. Those are the words most used by professionals. A much simpler way of showing CBMP to a beginner is to stand with the left hand ( right hand for the lady ) out to the side at arms length, palm facing the front which will be the wall in this case. Without moving the left side. Step across the body towards the palm of the left hand CBMP is a foot position only because the side is already in position from the preceeding step. I hope this helps
The "C" stands for "Contra". Contra in Latin means "opposite".
The B is for Body. M is for Movement. P is for Position.
In the simplest of terms it means that the opposite side of the body turns towards the moving foot. It is a position that is aquired while moving either in a forward or backward rotation. You will probably get more experience with CBMP as you continue into your dance program, but ask your teacher to demonstrate it to you. Look for this "opposition in body posture" during the movement.