Im Laurel from Sweden and is one of the founders and owners of the Straat dance group. We are a non-profit organization for youths who have started to glitch away from the society. Straat is located in typical Swedish suburb with social problems. We are working with and have a close connection to schools, governmental institutes and the local police to pick up the kids before someone else does. We want to give them a sanctuary where they can take use of their creative side and release all spare energy which is stored.
We are now looking for different partner groups in other countries. We have been thinking of starting to perform ex-change travels for our members, study trips and in general - exchanging information with how you are tackling youth issues in your region. For this we need to reach out. I found this forum on top of Google and I hope you can help. You are very welcome to contact me either here or on our website.
Thank you for replying, Linda. It's good to hear that you had such a successful surgery. And the fact that you have enough bend in the joint to allow you to wear a small heel is encouraging. I had a "tap" of my joint this past week and am awaiting word as to whether the cultures show any infection. I too am pretty certain I am looking at fusion ultimately.
I can't give you advice on your relationship with your boyfriend. But I recommend that you take lessons from a pro. Learning to ballroom dance isn't exactly natural, and it requires (among other things) getting rid of some mistaken ideas--it's not the steps, at least they aren't the most important things--and a pro will have a better idea of how to get past whatever problems you may have. (It's a paradox--when you get to be an experienced dancer, you may wonder why people have trouble learning something that's so easy.) If you live somewhere where there is a USA Dance chapter, they may be able to help you find dance classes (group classes are a good way to start) that won't break your budget. Finally, it may help you to learn from someone with whom you don't have a personal relationship.
Songs Vary: some songs just have a steady beat, others have a pronounced pattern that will make the difference of feeling on or off. Depending on the dance, being off may feel fine until you will miss each major transition such as speed or intensity (being off by half a cycle, or worse by a few beats).
Examples of what to look for: *A waltz with a pronounced downbeat on 1 & softer 2-2-3: ONE!-2-3, 2-2-3 -VS- no perceptible difference: 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3...
*a foxtrot/swing vs a lindy: does the music have a cue for the quick step? slow-slow-quick-quick vs lindy 1 2 3&4, 5 6 7&8 (-VS-steady 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 with no indication) **Good practice song: 1234 by Feist (it even counts for you!)**
*where does the music transition: If there is a dramatic change, the music may warn it is coming, but the change should actually occur on the 1 (usually).
Other tips: *Listen & Count Out Loud! rather than dance: don't try to do too much. (Yes, the follows should typically have an easier time than someone trying to plan a next step or more)
*(non-waltz) Start bobbing or tapping to the steady part of the beat (I use my foot), then add in the count by feeling (i add in emphasis with an air guitar or drumming, then use that to find the 1).
*foxtrot/swing: sometimes Slow-Slow-Quick-Quick (or rock-step) is easier, other times 1-2,3-4,5,6 is easier.
*AVOID Dubstep while honing this skill: it plays with sound and is likely to do tricky things, for example lindy to Sail...
*In dance, don't let yourself drop steps while doing a move. Keep the count with your feet.
*Worry about the 1's, half-way points, the last step, or quick-steps (what do the dance steps naturally emphasize?). The evens and odds are way too much to try to track.
*listen for the quick-quick or step-AND-step (which means either the start or the half-way is next!)
*listen to a song, find the count, and WALK around moving in any direction to the count. Break out of the standard dance form and learn to instinctively step to the count wherever you move.
*Unless it is for competition, dancing is social. Don't be so focused on succeeding or failing the music's count that you break YOUR dance. (sometimes the music is even a hindrance)
Story: I have danced to a song with a periodic halt that my partner and I missed each time and then did when the music withheld the halt and it was a lot of fun for both of us listening, trying and totally bombing it.
*final recommendation: get a group of friends, put a song on with a recognizable count. Get on count and start dancing and doing moves. Focus on checking that you are on right part of the count. If you get off, correct it (don't stop and restart, rather, correct while still dancing). If you are off and don't seem to realize it or correct it soon, your friends standing around watching should be listening to the music and watching you. They start saying the count out loud ("one two three-And-four five six seven-and-eight") until you have corrected and seem to be stable on count. Start easy and go more difficult. (optional) After a little while, perhaps have a friend start bumping into you while you are dancing (not your partner). You must keep the count even while they attempt moderately to interrupt your normal step pattern. *this does 2 things: helps you hear the count, and helps you fix it amid a dance.
My boyfriend learned to ballroom dance starting in 2008. He pressures me into learning to keep our relationship, then he says it does not matter. He speaks out of both sides of his mouth, on one hand, I should not spend the money on lessons as he will teach me, but he doesn't teach me and gets upset that I am not learning. He is really good and expects me to like this and learn more and more ............. how do I like this? It seems hard, uncomfortable and I am under so much pressure to learn from him I sort of resent it ...... why is this such a big deal? I think it is good but much more difficult to do correctly then I ever imagined and some of the moves are just over the top ..... I think the pressure has killed any confidence ....... any advice?
Re: FUSION Posted by Linda in Canberra Australia 2/28/2015 2:00:00 PM
I had my right metatarsal phalangeal joint fused in 2012. 45 min procedure, a small titanium plate and six screws were used in conjunction with a small chip of my heel bone to fuse the joint. No pain after at all - stayed overnight and was sent me home with endone but never needed it nor did I need panadol. Surgeon was Dr Brendan Klar in Canberra - lovely person, highly skilled surgeon. Hence there being no pain. Can wear heels up to about 4cms comfortably. Linda
Hi. Jack and bemil were my aunt and uncle, I am so glad they made a difference to people's life with there dancing, if u were to get a video of them . I would be grateful if you could pass me a copy as I have been trying myself for one, so glad to know of some of his pupils . Marie
Hi all - I just joined this forum. I was a pro dancer in my 20's and 30's but have not danced in many years. Unfortunately, it left me with lots of joint problems. I enjoy doing yoga and walking for exercise and love to take a ballet class here and there, but it got to the point this past year where I could do none of those things without a lot of pain in my feet. At age 60, I have had a knee replacement and about 4 months ago had a big toe joint replacement as there was no cartilage left and I had bone spurs. I did not want a fusion as I knew it would limit flexibility greatly and would make all those pursuits next to impossible. My podiatrist doctor sold me on the idea of joint replacement saying it was a shorter recovery time and would allow me flexibility. That is not at all how it has been! I have had almost constant pain since the surgery. I cannot get a shoe on my foot due to the swelling and the pain.
At this point I am considering having it removed. I am seeing an ortho doctor for another opinion. After some tests it appears I am either dealing with infection in the bone, rejection of the implant or something called CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome). He's afraid that the bone is too compromised at this point to even consider a fusion and that the amount of scar tissue that has developed will create a "joint", so he has proposed just taking the implant out and letting it heal as is.
Has anyone else had this sort of thing happen?? I am so depressed about this.
Two that I like, from roughly the same time period as Elvis: "Charade," the Andy Williams version, and "Godfather Waltz" (Henry Mancini). The Godfather Waltz is a bit slower than most waltzes; not sure if that makes it easier or harder for inexperienced dancers.
Hi Martin, This aspect of dancing is usually not taught properly, or totally neglected, by most dance teachers. Perhaps because they are not trained music teachers. Of course, there are exceptions, as our host Jonathan, who is an expert music teacher as well as a dance teacher.
The reason, I believe is that most dance teachers learn the recognition of beat-1 by instinct. What I am hearing from teachers is that men dancers have more difficulty of recognizing the 1 than lady dancers. So dont be too hard on yourself.
You hear all kinds of suggestions for clues. Like the 1 is the downbeat. When you ask how do I know which one is the downbeat, you get the answer: that is when the conductors baton moves down and the dance teacher looks at you with an expression on his face: you are you not very smart, are you?
Other teachers say listen for the 4 or 8 beat repetition pattern. Still others say try to recognize the 8-measure phrases and you will find beat 1. Some say start counting when the vocal start; that is beat 1. (Unfortunately not always.) And the useless suggestions go on.
Some will say keep listening to a music and connect the count with a vocal part which is 1 (first identified it by your teacher) and keep counting an eventually you get the recognition skill intuitively. Also, they add that you have to move your foot or hand at 1, not enough just saying it.
This last method is probably the best, but some songs still remain mysteries. This is just my humble observation. I am sure Jonathan can correct me and point you to a better method.
At any rate, let us know which method works for you.
I helped my coach out for a while with some beginner classes. The method we concluded was most productive and helpful to everybody was to play some music after introducing the beat (mind you it was almost always playing the same song or same beat), but let the dancers start moving on their own to the music. If you are able to move more naturally to the music on your own instead of being told how to move or a structure, it may aide your dancing further in the future. I don't know if this helps, but I sure hope it does.
One of my favorite fox trot songs is Moondance by Harry Connick Jr. and it does have a pretty obvious beat to it.
A good rumba with obvious beat I would recommend Just another woman in love by Anne Murray.
Cha and Waltz have a whole plethora of great songs. Sway by Carlos Santa I believe it is would be a good cha song.
For social dancing I might recommend just getting out and going for it. If you make a few mistakes, so be it. Have fun and enjoy yourself and the time on the floor. Dancing is all about the pleasure of the dance time spent with the partner you have.
It looks like these people are resellers (prices seem high) so I would check out Latino Dancewear on ebay and see what the shop charges directly. I know one person who ordered from them through ebay. The dress was as pictured, OK quality, she was pleased with it. That was at least five years ago so things might have changed since then.
I agree with Belleofyourball, that these dresses dont look up to date or have much quality to them. You get what you pay for when ordering China made clothing. AND even though you provide measurements it still might not fit. Been there, done that.
What about the dresses listed for sale on this site?
Have you checked out LeNique Dancewear? They are in Los Angles, CA but do travel to different competitions. Heres their FB page to look at some of dresses they have for sale. https://www.facebook.com/leniquedesignerdancewear?fref=ts
Have you checked out Encore Ballroom Couture? They do rent some of these dresses. You can pay a fee and have them shipped to you for try on. Http://www.encoreballroomcouture.com
Check with your local studio as well as your dance instructor for help. Many girls have dresses they no longer wear and would be happy to sell.
I set up a Dancers Trade day at my local studio. I was so impressed with how many girls set up tables to sell their gown and Latin dresses. Such choices in sizes, styles and prices!
Well...these don't look like competition dresses that I would wear to a comp like Nationals, Emerald or Ohio Star, etc.. If it's Fred Astaire or AM in-house sure you'll be fine. If money is tight rent a dress and seriously try something on...at least a sample before you actually buy something. Wait until a major comp is in your town or close by and go try some dresses on.
You also don't want something that is no longer in style because it makes you stand out and not in a good way. This is again not an issue if this is an AM or FADS event.