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My husband and I started at dancing at a chain studio a year ago to prepare for our wedding. We love the instructors but the high pressure sales pitches and cost has turned me off. We enjoy dancing together and work long hours so the "free" classes just go to waste. I recently looked at how much we have spent there as well as their contract and I'm disgusted. There has to be somewhere where we can enjoy learning without being harassed about competitions (which we have no desire to do) and that doesn't cost an extra car payment.
Hello Odie: You might consider just a regular website. I'm not on Facebook, but when I did go to your website, it required me to enter my e-mail address and then another pop up to share or like came up. Not my thing. Unfortunately, I cannot browse your shoes due to that inconvenience :(
I would suggest to get an item with mesh on the sides since it eases the tightness versus a full leather front. Take a look at some very fine styles. My wife owns C5017 from Very fine and is a happy dancer. You can purchase online. I took a look at what Bachadicta posted and they carry them. It all depends if you like the style. I hope you find comfortable shoes so you can dance the night away.
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I am also an older dancer in my late 40's. I know that complements are hard to come by these day's especially getting older. You are an adult enjoy the moment it's only 40 mins of dancing anyway. Respect yourself and your teacher. As a teacher it's difficult to get your adult students to relax and just do the steps, compliments helps put adult students in the mood to let go and dance. Don't ever stop dancing there is nothing wrong with having someone believe in you and you know where you stand. Until the invitation is extended for something more than dancing then you have something to pick and issue with in the meantime don't assume anything, if you're wrong then you will feel foolish.
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I would leave the studio. This guy seems out for things other than helping you dance and that is inappropriate. You need someone who challenges you and points out flaws, not someone who dotes on you. He just wants your money or worse, wants to cheat on his wife.
All movement comes from one or more of the following 3 sources: Muscular power, gravity, and residual momentum. When we look at pure rotation on a plane parallel to the ground, we can rule out gravity, so that leaves us with muscles and momentum.
With quick spins from a static position, the power is generated at the beginning of the movement, and then the remainder of the turn is powered by the momentum from that initial burst of energy. Extremely small turns -- say, 1/2 or less -- are generally so small that you never get to the point where you relax and ride out the momentum. With these turns, your muscles are actively working to stop the turn almost immediately after they have initiated it. Conversely, with extended turns -- say, for example, doubles or triples (depending on the nature of the turn) -- you might need to regenerate some of that momentum with additional muscular activity to keep turning.
With the type of turn you describe -- a back swivel of approximately 1/2 turn on one foot -- it's really just a muscular activity, a release and a stop. So to your question, "Where does the momentum of the turn come from?", the very general answer in this case is simply muscular activity. In other words, there's very little, if any, force at work here other than the timing and positioning of your own body.
Now to be more specific about the action in your case, the back swivel is almost exclusively a twisting action, or really two twisting actions: One of the upper body and the other of the legs and feet. The secret is that they don't occur at exactly the same time. We teach beginners to hold everything together in one piece, because they need to learn how to contain everything before they can be taught to selectively disengage or offset parts of the body in ways that are beneficial. I say this because it's important to understand that ultimately it's not wrong (in fact, it's *more* correct) to turn "in pieces", so to speak, so long as it's done the right way. Also, it's important to understand for turns greater than 1/2 that the body would need to realign very quickly after the initial burst of speed, and this cannot be done without knowing how to properly align the body in the first place.
That being said, the offset timing of the twist of your upper and lower body ultimately makes this turn (and almost all basic turns, for that matter) much easier.
To begin, you can teach yourself where these two twists "come from" (i.e. what muscles produce them) by simply isolating them and practicing them outside of the context of this turn. Lower body twist is essentially a form of turnout / turn-in. The turnout is of the entire leg relative to the rest of the body (not of the foot alone), so it occurs at the hip. There are two ways to do this: One is to turn the legs under the body (basically one leg turning out while the other turns in, as in the Chubby Checker dance called "The Twist"), and the other is the turning of the whole body over the standing leg. The latter is what we use for most outside turns, such as the pencil turn. But as it happens, this particular turn uses more of a leg twist (i.e. the Chubby Checker type). So to teach yourself where this part of the twist comes from, try dancing the Chubby Checker Twist and pay attention to what the muscles are doing to produce it.
The second twist is that of the upper body against the lower body. To teach yourself the action, place two fingertips of each hand on your sternum with elbows pointing straight out to your sides. Take a wide stance, and without turning your legs or hips, twist your upper body as far as you can from left, then to right. Remember that you must keep your hips still, twisting only the spine above the hips. Keep twisting back and forth slowly, to the maximum your body will allow on each side. This is upper body twist.
To put this in the context of your back swivel: The first action is a step back onto your right foot, making sure the weigh