I know that it's been a while but I have to say that in the almost 2 years I've been at FADS, I've seen what you're talking about. Where I am, each student is put with 2 teachers. The one I've been having the majority of my lessons with confuses me during most of my lessons and I've brought it up to the director of the studio and I was basically told "Tough, you have to dance with him anyway". One time, when I was dancing with this teacher, I asked him to slow down because I was trying to figure out what he was leading me into and he said "Don't worry about what I'm trying to get you to do and just have fun". I'm trying to learn from this guy and it's an uphill battle. The only reason I'm not trying another place is that I have too much respect for my other teacher (the one who is actually responsible for my program and who I rarely get time with anymore)
The same is true for dance videos--almost. It's difficult to learn from a video--it can't tell you "You're doing ___ wrong. Do it this way instead." The greatest advantage of a video is that you can see a figure danced correctly 100 (or 1000) times in a row.
It is worth mentioning that Technique books are only good as a reference to something your teacher has taught you. It is not possible to learn how to move and consequently dance by reading from a book. For instance the use of C.B.M or C.B.M.P or N.F.R ( no foot rise ). And then there is creating shapes .And list goes on.
For ballroom/standard the NATD have recently published their own technique book which will be the reference for their exams. There were a lot of errors in it when first published but 'most' of these have now been corrected. It is in loose leaf form so hopefully they will supply you with the latest corrected version.
Their technique is now based on that given in "Technique of Ballroom Dancing" by Guy Howard. I would recommend you also obtain a copy of this book.
The NATD are also developing their own Latin technique. I believe this is due for publication next year but they can no doubt give you more details.
Hi, I am taking private lessons and going to do medals plus exam for teaching. Which books would you recommend to buy and read? I think I'll take exams in natd in UK. I don't want to do mistake and buy few books and then find out they are pretty similar.. As I am buying online. Thank you.
Question for you...did you have initial trouble getting your hip to relax and drop down for use with Latin motion...? If you stand on your operative leg, could you relax the non-surgical hip down relaxed with the operative bearing weight with knee locked?
I am having issues so I wanted to ask...thank-you...
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