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Re: American Style???
Posted by Don
1/28/2005  3:30:00 AM
Belgium Boy. I have a question . Are the dance clubs owned by the Amatuers or are are they owned by professionals in your country. I believe in Germany to be a competitor you must belong to a club. An ordinary dance studio can not teach a competitor. There is a hands off agreement between the two. In Ausralia the studios are owned by the professionals who also run the competitions. With this system I can never see the Government supplying a building or going out of their way to help as is done in some countries. The only help is the same , since dancing became a sport, as any other type of sport. soccer netball and so forth. Our teachers very rarly own their own premises. They hire school halls or other types of buildings, most do not have a lease and can be tipped out at a moments notice, which has happend on many occasions. Anyway I would be intested to know what system you have in Belgium. Best wishes Don.
Re: American Style???
Posted by kato
10/2/2005  9:26:00 PM
Yah, American style fits best in social dancing.
I teach American style ballroom. I take international lessons from time to time, just to improve my posture and techniques.
I dance American patterns with international posture and techniques. It really make me stand-out on the floor.

Re: American Style???
Posted by Melissa
12/28/2005  11:57:00 AM

You are right. Some dances are both Internation and American style. This is how they are listed:

American Smooth:
Fox Trot
Vienneze Waltz

International Standard:
Fox Trot
Viewnneze Waltz

International Latin:
Cha Cha
Pasa Doble

American Rythym:
Cha Cha

International Standard keeps couples in closed position at all times. Whereas American Smooth...Couples can seperate and dance side by side, underarm turns, and grapevines. I thought this might help people, other than Jerry, tell the difference.
Re: American Style???
Posted by jerryblu
12/28/2005  3:32:00 PM
I dont understand what is meant by "social dancing". I dance American style foxtrot. By that I mean that my partner and I often separate, sometimes to do grapevines, or some of the fancy sequences like the "Cuddly Lunge Thing" that Johnathan did here.

If social dancing means doing SSqq steps and shuffling slowly around the floor, careful not to step on each other's feet being the prime consideration, then we need to create yet a third category. Intl, American, and Social (or shuffling?)? I think it takes us a little longer to navigate our ballroom in FT than in QS, but not a lot longer; we are MOVING!

We view Int'l FT with admiration and some degree of uncertainty because we dont know how to do all those pauses that seem to dramatize the dance so beautifully.
Re: American Style???
Posted by Ellen
12/28/2005  3:46:00 PM
Jerry, I think most people make a distinction between social dancing (dancing purely for recreation, pleasure, etc.) and competitive dancing. The distinction is not necessarily one of quality of dancing, though there may be differences in emphasis. In my experience, competitors are usually more precise about things like frame and footwork, whereas experienced social dancers are often better at lead and follow.

When people are taught for purely social purposes, in the US they are virtually always taught American style steps (to begin with anyway). Competitors can compete in either style. And of course, some of us compete and also do social dancing (just can't get enough!).
Re: American Style???
Posted by anon
12/28/2005  4:57:00 PM
There is also rumba in american rhythm, it wasn't included in your list.
Re: American Style???
Posted by Melissa
12/29/2005  6:46:00 AM
You're right, I can't believe I left out Rhumba. Isn't that a beautiful dance? I enjoy American style dances so much more than international styles. During my teenage years,(I'm 21 now), I danced in Little Rock. When we went dancing, I didn't see anyone doing International except the people that took from the same instructor as me. I feel that if you're going out to dance, it doesn't matter what style you do, as long as you're having fun. Save the seriousness for the comps or lessons. BTW, I'm trying to sell a gown, a size three, turquoise and burgandy. It's beautiful. Would anyone be interested? I can email you pictures of the gown.

Re: American Style???
Posted by Magda
6/15/2007  12:38:00 PM
I am always puzzled when I see "rumba" spelled with an H ("Rhumba"). Is it a mistake or a European thing? Just wondering...
Re: American Style???
Posted by anno
6/18/2007  8:36:00 AM
Some dances share the same name but are different dances, danced to different music, tempos, and have different looks.

Re: American Style???
Posted by Sami
6/21/2007  6:16:00 PM

I wonder the same thing sometimes, I think it's just the way people are told to spell it- maybe from their instructors or people just think it looks better one way or another!

Another thing is... American style is it the American social dancing? I come from Australia and was just thinking about how different some things are and how similar they are aswel! Funny isn't it!

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