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Head flick in the International Tango
Posted by docco
7/28/2014  10:47:00 PM
The head flick technique in the International tango dance is very important.
I want to know something more about it:
1. When you do head flick - in term of choreography?
2. When you do head flick - in term of musicallity?
3. Is there any limit for head flick in a dance? (min/max of head flick times)

Thanks & hope to receive a lot of susgestion from pro
Re: Rainbow Tailsuits
Posted by SmoothCriminal
7/28/2014  8:18:00 PM
China made tail suits are fine. I wouldn't recommend them because they look cheap on the floor next to nice ones, and they make top lines look bad.
Technique Workshop in Columbia, SC
Posted by jimdance6461
7/27/2014  8:43:00 PM
Where: So You Want To Dance Ballroom
932 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033
Who: Marcia Mitchell of Revolution Ballroom in Beaufort, SC
When: August 9, 2014, 2-4 pm, followed by open dance and heavy hors doeuvres
What: 1-Hr of smooth technique & 1-Hr of rhythm technique
Fees: $35 for single, $65 for couple (paid in advance)
Best lifts/tricks for taller/heavier follows
Posted by Liz
7/27/2014  3:23:00 PM
Question: What are some of the best Latin ballroom lifts/tricks to try for couples where the follow is taller and/or heavier? Assuming both are fit and trained dancers. Names of moves and links to demo videos much appreciated. Thanks!
Re: A SEARCH ENGINE ON THE SITE PLEASE!
Posted by Administrator
7/27/2014  1:40:00 PM
Working on it...

Actually, I have a bunch of things in the development phase that will push this website to the next level. There's a search engine, a revamped step details page with a more widely compatible HTML5-based video viewer and man's and lady's breakdowns with more refined technical details (e.g. footwork, rise & fall, sway, etc), an upgrade to the web design and navigation, and a more comprehensive mobile site, among other things. There's also the app, which is almost a year behind schrdule, but on its way soon. And of course, we're editing more instructional videos every day. Stay tuned for announcements!

Regards,
Jonathan Atkinson
www.ballroomdancers.com
Re: in reply to sexysamba82
Posted by anonymous
7/27/2014  5:46:00 AM
Dear sexysamba82: really? It took you almost 2 years to figure it out?
It took me 10 minutes to start to smell it and 2 weeks to positively figure
it out. The facts and proofs are too numerous to list them all.
here are a few. I asked for group lessons; they convinced me (under pressure
mixed with smart talking)to try introductory private lessons at a discount. They acted like they didn't hear me ask for group lessons. My first instructor was overweight and quit, complaining of pain due to a car accident. A substitute
for one sance, instead of teaching, kept bragging that he was a top level
instructor which doesn't teach beginners. The next instructor was all the time
confused and had to figure out the steps right on the dance floor
before showing them to me and my wife. as I said, the list goes on.
The problem is not only with the instructors but with the company since
the dealing and contract signing was with the manager who made me feel uneasy
with his sweet talks, pressures, insistences and finally rudeness when I
told him I cannot sign a new contract for a full year (at exorbitant fee)
until I came back from a cruise vacation I had already planned.
Any business has its few bad apples but the problem is that, in this case, the bad apples are not the exception. They are the majority, the norm.
Re: A SEARCH ENGINE ON THE SITE PLEASE!
Posted by Anon
7/26/2014  6:33:00 PM
If you ever need to search a specific site, then typing the term to search for followed by "site:example.com" without the quotation marks into Google will search only the site specified. For example I typed "top spin site:http://www.ballroomdancers.com/" into Google and the first result was:
http://www.ballroomdancers.com/dances/info.asp?sid=455
This is actually the same system many 'in site' search engines use.
For more info about getting Google to do more advanced searches look up Google search operators.
Re: cannot play the videos.
Posted by francoT
7/25/2014  3:34:00 PM
Thank you for your response. I use desktop and your full site. I used QUICK TIME in My Setting as your site suggested but still does not play.

Thanks

Franco
A SEARCH ENGINE ON THE SITE PLEASE!
Posted by lizhrvey44
7/25/2014  2:48:00 PM
i know you have a top spin defined somewhere on this site cos i found the link on google, but now ive registered i cant find it!
Re: cannot play the videos.
Posted by Administrator
7/23/2014  10:16:00 AM
What type of computer or device are you using to view the website? Also, are you using our full site, or our mobile site?

Regards,
Jonathan Atkinson
www.ballroomdancers.com
Re: my husband doesn
Posted by egimug
7/22/2014  7:07:00 PM
This is continuation to my post:

Dancing is ask simple as walking in time of music at a preset sets of steps and directions. So, give it time. It is just like babies learning how to walk, it took they months to prepare for their first steps. They must crawl first to buildup their muscles, so is dancing. You are asked to step in different timing and directions where you are not used to do normally. Muscle memory will kick in.

Dancing is sooo... good for ones health. As we age, our mind is sharp, we are toned and well balanced so we will have much less chance of falling and break our bones, gathering with dancing friends is such a good social event that will take stress out and good for the hearts. Therefore, I do wish everyone to dance and make it fun.....don't argue, it will ruin your relationship and reverse your intension of trying to do something fun as a couple!

Lastly, if one instructor is not clicking with your learning style, do change instructors. Good dancer may not always be a good instructor for you and vice versa, a not so good dancer may be the Best instructor you can learn from.
Re: my husband doesn
Posted by egimug
7/22/2014  7:07:00 PM
This is continuation to my post:

Dancing is ask simple as walking in time of music at a preset sets of steps and directions. So, give it time. It is just like babies learning how to walk, it took they months to prepare for their first steps. They must crawl first to buildup their muscles, so is dancing. You are asked to step in different timing and directions where you are not used to do normally. Muscle memory will kick in.

Dancing is sooo... good for ones health. As we age, our mind is sharp, we are toned and well balanced so we will have much less chance of falling and break our bones, gathering with dancing friends is such a good social event that will take stress out and good for the hearts. Therefore, I do wish everyone to dance and make it fun.....don't argue, it will ruin your relationship and reverse your intension of trying to do something fun as a couple!

Lastly, if one instructor is not clicking with your learning style, do change instructors. Good dancer may not always be a good instructor for you and vice versa, a not so good dancer may be the Best instructor you can learn from.
Re: my husband doesn
Posted by egimug
7/22/2014  6:54:00 PM
I am a 62 year old male and was blessed to started ballroom dancing since I was 21. My wife and I had been together for 23 yrs now and we didn't really danced until 10 yrs ago. I never forced her to dance and while we started to go on cruises, after many, the shows and entertainments repeats so she started to dance a little at first, then wanted more. We both dealt with dancing as an exercise for our health for the future (good for the mind, balance, body) and will be something we can continue to do together until we both can no longer walk! In the beginning, my wife is very concerned when I do any steps/patterns that will make her look bad on the floor so I only dance what she likes and true there are times I felt that she is progressing in her dances but I was stuck and going backwards and start to forget many patterns I have learned thru the years. Slowly, people started to notice us as a couple dance smoothly together as one and started to comment her and asking if she competes or if she is an instructor these days. These kind of comments makes her want to improve even further, so my experience is dancing can not be rushed. It takes time and patience with each other. In my case, me being an experience male dancing with a lady is so much easier than the other way around.

Thru the years of observations, I find many man feels being dumb on the floor and thus make them not motivated to learn. I consider myself a very good instructor but I don't teach. On cruises, I do teach friends met onboard where they show interest in learning. My first thing is to tell the wives that ballroom dancing is a partnership dance. Doesn't matter if one is very good and if the partner is not as good, you will viewed as a couple and not individually. Wife has to be very patient and must encourage her spouse to motivate him to dance. If not, it will never work. Basically women learns faster because they need only to learn the steps and to follow in the beginning. Whereas, the men needs to learn the steps, listen to the beats of the music, think what patterns to do and when to execute the lead. It is so...HARD for men to do all these things together. Remember, men were all one track mind and now you ladies are asking men to multi-task!!! So be patient, compliment how well he is doing even if just so, so. Kind words will go a long way especially when men felt so intimated by the more experience mens on the floor. Men just feels threaten and don't like to look stupid even if we are. The other problems I find is that some instructors are teaching too many patterns and too many different dances all at once. It becomes a struggle for men to remember so many things that by the next morning, 90% of what was learned was lost. Now, men will feel they wasted all that money. Most of them don't make the $$$ per hour as the instructors so they value the $$$ they spend is worth it. I only teach people in the beginning a rumba + 1 other simple dance like single step swing, nothing more. I only teach them basic steps plus basic turns. Not too technical because it will feel like teaching a 1 yr old to run before walking. Once they can dance thru a music (must be the music they like as a couple and not what the instructor likes) with good definitive beats, they now feel they have accomplish something and $$$ is not wasted. Thru the years I have thought many friends (100's) and most of them enjoys to dance and is a good healthy social gathering. The bottom line is they must practice by going to dances at least couple times a week. Don't have to dance every dance, just to gather with good friends/make new friends on the floor, to practice. Practice, Practice, Practice until muscle memory kicks in. Once men get over the beginning hump, then they will feel like back to control their life and believe me, men can love to dance even more than women! The post is too long and had to continue next
cannot play the videos.
Posted by francoT
7/22/2014  12:04:00 PM
I cannot play any of the ballroomdancers videos. However, I can play Dancevision vidoes.

What shall I do.

Thanks

Franco
Re: TEA DANCE
Posted by terence2
7/22/2014  5:38:00 AM
LOL !!!! Hi Leta, I should know beter than, to not include country !
Re: Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by terence2
7/22/2014  5:36:00 AM
Not be confused.. Soc. F/T and peabodya re 2 different dances. The speed of P/Body is, or may be, around 50/60 bars a minute.

Soc. F/trot could be described as " brisk ". Its origins may be linked to a style know as " slicker " done primarily in Calif .And it is all based upon using the same beat thruout the dance. Most of this is reminiscient of the 20s style of dance .

P/Body was a NYC invention, as the story goes, named after an obese Cop. who could not get in "closed " position, so the dance was constructed with space between partners. It was on the A/Murray Gold.

step list until the late 60s ( I taught a few hrs of this ) It had locksteps in the basics..

Heres the the list..

Basic PB turn
Fwdlock and turn
Back lock
L Box turn
Pony in a circle
Swivel run
Six count turn
Spot grapevine
Grapevine
Underarm turn.

Gold Bar......

Fwd lock with hop ( ths was intoduced into QS many yrs ago )
L Spot turn
Back spiral
Pony with U/arm turn
Fallaway grapevine
P/Body pivots
Terrace step
Shuttle step
Pivot armlock



And yes, the locks are the same as those in QS, and the G/vine, same as the one used in Amer style smooth .


Theres a vid on the net somewhere of a good showcase P / Body .

Classes in Brasil or in every contry by Brasilians
Posted by vanusamiranda
7/21/2014  7:13:00 AM
Hi,
Who need samba classes, Forr or others .
We can teach.

Vanusa Miranda e
Marcio Robener
Re: Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by socialdancer
7/20/2014  1:20:00 PM
There was an English Old Time dance called Society Foxtrot that was apparently danced in 1945, see this article.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/10/a4191310.shtml

Many of the dances mentioned are still danced today and the steps have been published in various books. So far I have not found one which lists Society Foxtrot, but there is a CD by Harry Davidson which includes the music originally used for the dance.
http://www.maestrorecords.com/music-cds/sequence-amp-old-time/sequence/savoy/harry-davidson-his-orchestra-those-were-the-days-5

Of course this may have no relation to the dance your friends are thinking of.
Re: Society "One-Step" Foxtrot
Posted by waynelee
7/20/2014  12:45:00 PM
A real challenge to find anything on the "Society Foxtrot". Several web sites describe this dance as a foxtrot danced on each beat. In other words, instead of S-Q-Q timing, it's Q-Q-Q-Q. Apparently, this dance style was very popular in the 20's to 40's.

I did find one web site with a video of this type of foxtrot: http://prezi.com/frrune0db5z2/copy-of-1980s-dance/ This site is very difficult to navigate, but if you can find the "Foxtrot" branch as one of the branches in the diagram, and click on it to enlarge it. There is an old video of a foxtrot danced in this Q-Q-Q-Q format somewhere in the 20's.

On edit... I wonder if someone is re-introducing the Peabody and calling it "Society Foxtrot", but dancing it to the normal Foxtrot beat. In the 20's and 30's, the Peabody was danced to EXTREMELY FAST music, 228 beats per minute. This is faster than Quick Step which is around 194 to 208 beats per minute. The Peabody was danced S-S-S-S -- otherwise, who could dance it at full speed of the music. Anyway, here is a YouTube video of the Peabody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUywTzfIY1Q
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