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Re: What type of ballroom should I learn???
Posted by Guest
5/23/2017  6:05:00 PM
Looking at, as was suggested." The Way you look Tonight". and then "Something About the Way you Look Tonight". Elton John. Somehow I came across Maya Plisetskaya dancing the Bolero. Anybody wishing to improve their use of the arms and hands in dancing should look at this one.
Re: What type of ballroom should I learn???
Posted by nloftofan1
5/23/2017  8:30:00 AM
Different ballroom dances are quite different, in several ways. The music is different, and the music has a lot to do with the character of each dance style. One example: Consider the classic song "The Way You Look Tonight." Listen to the Frank Sinatra version; then listen to the Michael Buble version. Same song, but VERY different. One is a good Foxtrot; the other works well as a Rumba. Then listen to a Tango song, ... Not only is the music different, but the hold is different, depending whether it's a smooth dance or a rhythm dance (or Standard/Latin, in what Americans call International). All of these dances involve partnership and connection, but there are differences--many of them. The way you influence your partner's movement in West Coast Swing is different from the way you do it in Quickstep. To get an understanding of Ballroom, you will need to become moderately proficient in several different dance styles.
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Posted by jeanabighosn
5/22/2017  2:53:00 PM
I am trying to upgrade and i received this message:
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Re: Judging
Posted by Guest
5/21/2017  5:53:00 PM
Judging. There was a time a few years ago when it was being considered that a a judge should disqualify themselves from judging their own couples. In the early in rounds this for obvious reasons would not be possible. But in the finals of a competition it would be possible. Anyway it never was enforced. But this is what can and did happen in a major
competition where i live. On past performances the winner would be between two couples. and third would be as always the same couple. One judge was marking his couple first and the other couple he was marking low. The other judge was doing the same. Guess who came out the winner. The winner was the couple who always came third. They came first.
song identification
Posted by dcmoser1952
5/19/2017  5:55:00 PM
Hello. I have tried for quite awhile to get a title and artist name for the following Rumba song. Can someone please help me out? Thanks
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0VHe592IZo2UWFFRzRlZjk4REU
What type of ballroom should I learn???
Posted by HieroglyphicChi
5/19/2017  5:43:00 AM
Hi. My wife and I are dancers and we wanted to do a few intensives in a few different styles so that we could advance our understanding of our partnership and connection. We've done a video to showcase what our style is and we are looking for pointers! We take all comments and criticisms so please spare none. Mostly we want to know what type of ballroom would aid dancers like us. I have a hip hop, modern, ballet, martial arts background and she has a house, yoga, Caribbean, martial arts background. Thanks to anybody who helps. Help us find direction!

https://youtu.be/1c3rzauvFZc
What type of ballroom should I learn
Posted by HieroglyphicChi
5/19/2017  5:29:00 AM
Hi. My wife and I are dancers and we wanted to do a few intensives in a few different styles so that we could advance our understanding of our partnership and connection. We've done a video to showcase what our style is and we are looking for pointers! We take all comments and criticisms so please spare none. Mostly we want to know what type of ballroom would aid dancers like us. I have a hip hop, modern, ballet, martial arts background and she has a house, yoga, Caribbean, martial arts background. Thanks to anybody who helps. Help us find direction!

https://youtu.be/1c3rzauvFZc
Re: how much do competitions cost?
Posted by Swing2016
5/16/2017  2:57:00 PM
$60 an entry for FADS competitions! That's quite high. I'm with FADS in Canada and, unless they increased the price, our entries are 45$ each. I'll have to double check.
Re: how much do competitions cost?
Posted by ladydance
5/15/2017  6:42:00 AM
That is an obscene amount of money and I would not pay it without a breakdown of expenses. What you are paying for is the instructor's loss of income for that day, her room and meals, her fee for dancing with you, her hair appointment and incidentals. Except for the fees, all other costs should be divided up between the students she is dancing with. The studio must take a cut, which is just wrong in my opinion. Don't blindly pay, ask questions.
Re: how much do competitions cost?
Posted by Guest
5/14/2017  5:25:00 PM
The Hotel I stayed at at Blackool in the U.K.. The Managers wife worked as a receptionist at a Heath Spa where many of the dancers went to to use the Tanning Rooms. She said to me
" You Ballroom Dancers seem to be fairly wealthy people with the amount of diamond rings
and Gold Rolex wrist watches I keep seeing as well as expensive handbags and clothing shoes ect".
Chasse Reverse Turn
Posted by Jonathan Atkinson
5/13/2017  9:21:00 PM
Your guide shows an option to do a forward lock dig center followed by the chase reverse turn at the bronze level. But fwd lock step ends with right foot free, slow step. Chasse Reverse turn starts with left foot. If you just change feet and do two slows back to back you end up out of phrase (plus it is awkward). Am I missing something.

As written, both the Progressive Chasse and the Forward Lock end with an "overlap" step, which is the type of step that ends with the description "as first step of following figure".

In most cases the overlap step does indeed become the first step of the following figure, but in certain cases it can simply be an extra step, where the following figure begins on the next foot. Such is the case when either a Progressive Chasse or Forward Lock is followed by a Chasse Reverse Turn (bronze) or Quick Open Reverse (silver). The final slow forward step on the man's right foot is not, in this case, the first step of the following figure, but a complete step of its own, to be followed by the first step of the Reverse Turn, forward on his left foot.

Two slows in a row is not at all unusual. Quickstep does not phrase in repeating neat little groups of 4 or 8 counts. Even the most basic patterns fall immediately out of phrase, such as Quarter Turn, Progressive Chasse and Forward Lock, all of which consist of 6 beats (and all of which, when juxtaposed, result in two consecutive slows). This in spite of the fact that Quickstep music is played in 4/4 time. So really, each 6-count figure alternately switches the dancers on and off the barline, which is true of so many dances from the swing era, including Foxtrot, Quickstep, and various forms of Swing and Jive.

Bottom line: Don't worry about how the amalgamation affects the phrasing. It does the same thing all the other combinations of syllabus Quickstep figures do in this regard.

The bigger concern is that of floorcraft: Either combination takes several steps diagonally across the line of dance -- especially the Lock Step, which presumably has followed a Progressive Chasse, adding even more travel toward center. The combination requires quite a large floor, and hopefully one that's not too crowded. Some of that movement toward center can be mitigated slightly by moving along a steeper diagonal. But this in turn requires a Chasse Reverse with slightly more than 3/8 turn, which takes skill to execute comfortably.

The other consideration is that although all of the involved figures are of the bronze level, many examining bodies and dance competitions consider the combination itself to be difficult, and so it tends to be restricted to the silver level.

Regards,
Jonathan
Re: how much do competitions cost?
Posted by Mark
5/13/2017  4:14:00 AM
From all discussions it looks like the only cost gor compwtition are entry fees per dance which vary betwen 50-100.
I was told by my studio that on the top of this the cost of upcomong competition is 2950 per day to participate. I guess that there is a hidden cost to cover expenses of my instructor but even with 150/hour it should be max 1200 counting 8 hours. Any idea what " daily fees mught be ?
Re: Where does 'syllabus' originate?
Posted by 10 Dance master
5/8/2017  10:22:00 PM
The East Coast Swing Is Also Refered To As: Triple Time Swing And Ballroom Swing.Its All One In The Same. Good Luck.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by 10 Dance master
5/8/2017  10:04:00 PM
American Style Rumba @ 32-34 M.P.M.

Int'l Rumba @ 27-29 M.P.M.

Bolero Rumba @ 24-26 M.P.M.

If You Should Purchase Correct Ballroom Music, It Will Be Listed On The Label As Such Music Timing. Correct Timing Can Be Purchased On-Line. Hope This Helps.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by 10-Dance
5/8/2017  9:53:00 PM
Please Correct me If I/m Wrong. Ballroom Music Is refered To As In Bars Per Minute
B.P.M. American Rumba Is @ 32-34 B.P.M. Hope This Helps.
Chasse Reverse Turn
Posted by tjongbloed
5/8/2017  12:26:00 PM
Your guide shows an option to do a forward lock dig center followed by the chase reverse turn at the bronze level. But fwd lock step ends with right foot free, slow step. Chasse Reverse turn starts with left foot. If you just change feet and do two slows back to back you end up out of phrase (plus it is awkward). Am I missing something.
Re: "Diagonal to centre"?
Posted by Guest
5/6/2017  6:49:00 PM
Why some people have a problem with which direction they should be facing is a lack of understanding of how to move from the end of side 1 ( the long side ) to the beginning of side 2. ( the short side ). Lets suppose that the Stage takes up the whole of side 2. At the end of side 1 after the first three steps of a Natural Turn we have our back square to the Stage. On our next three step we do not have the 3/8 of a turn because we need to finish facing diagonal to the center on step 6 of the Natural Turn .We do Not have our back square to the stage we should be facing diagonal to the center on side 2 ready for our Change Step which has no turn. and continue into our Reverse Turn.
There was a Lecture I attended . The Lecturer asked all the ladies only to take to the floor.She said I want you all to dance a Basic Waltz including a whisk and Chasse into a Natural Spin Turn to music. These ladies were competition dancers. It was a total mess. Without a partner they were lost. She proved her point that the ladies must know their steps better than they know the back of their hand. On came the men. No problem. She even had us doing the same steps with our eyes closed.
Re: Music for Fashion Show
Posted by nloftofan1
5/6/2017  10:44:00 AM
The Michael Buble version of "The Way You Look Tonight" makes a very good Rumba. Most other versions work better as Foxtrots.
Website for ballroom dance music
Posted by ryannjohnson
5/5/2017  10:33:00 PM
I'm working on a site that I'm curious if people see any value in for ballroom dance music:

https://crowdnote.org

I'm thinking that it might be a nice way to keep music we stumble upon in one place and make it easier to search/categorize it in the long-term. Give it a whirl and let me know your thoughts.
Re: Apologies but what is CBMP?
Posted by Guest
5/5/2017  6:07:00 PM
C.B.M.P. Is a foot position only. Usually The left side is leading. Lets imagine from the previous step we are facing the wall .Keep facing the wall and without turning our body step across with the Right foot outside partner Diagonal to Wall. This is still without turning. Left side still leading which is why it is a foot position. This could be the first step of a Lock Step Quickstep Right Foot on the Heel outside oartner. Or the 6th step in a Reverse Turn in the Foxtrot which is a Toe Heel. If you want all of the Contrary Body Movement in the Reverse Turn Foxtrot cop this. C.B.M. on " 1. 4.and 7. The 6th step is Placed in C.B.M.P". Give thanks to Alex Moore`s Book page 174.
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