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 on: March 28, 2015, 09:27:09 AM 
Started by QPO - Last post by elisedance
I'm going to go out a limb and see if I can get both groups to try and work somewhat together. Not sure if it will work or that we can get the ego out of the way in time to save the dancing.  The Canadian WDC organization is trying to do some unethical tactics to get people.  If it were not for the fact that I have friends on both sides of the line I could really go back against them and make them look like fools.  They are acting in such a dumb ass way of doing things it wouldn't be hard to use their arguments and tactics against them so they look like a loser group to be in but it would be so much better to work together.

Too many chiefs.  Meanwhile dance is dying in Canada - look at the pathetic entries in competitions. Perhaps they should realize that you can not slice a camel up and have two half camels.  You have camel meat for a day but then you have to walk.

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 on: March 28, 2015, 08:37:50 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
Well, its paid for for another year - PDO will be here even if the pdoodlers have moved on. But maybe they will drop in once in a while.

love to all
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 on: March 28, 2015, 02:31:23 AM 
Started by QPO - Last post by QPO
I'm going to go out a limb and see if I can get both groups to try and work somewhat together. Not sure if it will work or that we can get the ego out of the way in time to save the dancing.  The Canadian WDC organization is trying to do some unethical tactics to get people.  If it were not for the fact that I have friends on both sides of the line I could really go back against them and make them look like fools.  They are acting in such a dumb ass way of doing things it wouldn't be hard to use their arguments and tactics against them so they look like a loser group to be in but it would be so much better to work together.

Good Luck and if it works let me know and I can try it here Lips sealed

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 on: March 28, 2015, 02:30:33 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
I am currently working on maintaining long sides. we have done a lot of work on top-line frame and hope this can be carried through to the next comp. it is paramount for us to move to the next level.  If I can say tha what I think our new coach is advising, is preparing and know where your body weight is and use it as a counter weight and not fall with it. Also I need to wait a bit longer. I have moments of brilliance and the opposite Tongue

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 on: March 25, 2015, 04:50:26 PM 
Started by Some guy - Last post by Rugby
You have a good point.  Sometimes I get peeved at my partner since, though we have routines, he likes to dance whatever he feels and what he can at the time rather than just a strict routine.  It would be so nice to know what we were going to do before going onto the floor but on the other hand it is nice to know he can get us out of problem and I can stay with him .  We do 80% lead and follow instead of a routine and though it has bitten us in the butt now and then overall I have been quite glad that he can do this.  There are so many times when there have been too many couples, small floor, rude couples, or mainly ones that can only do routines (which is the mass majority it seems) that have made it difficult if not impossible to dance routines well or at all.  We don't have a place to practice so our practices are at social dances so we are used to working around people.

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 on: March 24, 2015, 03:51:55 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
No, we are not saying the woman is on her own, very, very much the opposite.  We become one half of a team that learns to work as one body with four legs.  The man indicates and the lady takes that indication to know what to do and when to do it, not wait until the man has to take her there.  Kind of like a three legged race where you move your own legs but have to be in sync with your partner. It is not up to the man to drag the tied legs along.  The woman has to feel, but also understand the signal the man gives so she can be in unison with the man.   Long past are the days where the woman is just the plastic blow up doll that the man carts around.  The woman has her job and the man his and it is a partnership, not where the woman is just a piece of equipment for the man.  I have spent years learning to lead and dance the man's part up to Championship in Latin, Standard, Rhythm and Smooth and it has made me become very aware of what the man needs and how the woman effects the man and vice versa.  Sadly, most men, who really should know the woman's part and be able to dance it, often do not learn it.  How can a man lead if he really is not aware of what she is doing and where she is going?  In defence of the men the woman must know what the leads are as well.  It is a common language between them and both need to understand it to be able to communicate properly.

I certainly agree on the point that many of the top dancers do not make the best teachers.  I am often amazed how they have not learned to understand the body mechanics, reasons for doing something and so forth.  They do what they do because they were told to do it and they don't actually understand why they do it.     Many times they are taught to only portray a picture of what a good dancing couple should look like.  It is a false frame done with only basic knowledge.  These people then teach but teach only what they know, how to create a picture, not create a dancer.  Since they say or are high level dancers people assume that they must also be skilled teachers.  

Of course with the majority of instructors out there hanging up a shingle after learning their skill from Studio Youtube, a few group lessons or both, how can we expect to ever develop better dancers.    

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 on: March 24, 2015, 03:07:19 PM 
Started by QPO - Last post by Rugby
I'm going to go out a limb and see if I can get both groups to try and work somewhat together. Not sure if it will work or that we can get the ego out of the way in time to save the dancing.  The Canadian WDC organization is trying to do some unethical tactics to get people.  If it were not for the fact that I have friends on both sides of the line I could really go back against them and make them look like fools.  They are acting in such a dumb ass way of doing things it wouldn't be hard to use their arguments and tactics against them so they look like a loser group to be in but it would be so much better to work together.

 8 
 on: March 21, 2015, 11:11:54 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Some guy
I'd be curious to hear the differences you note between what you've heard all these years and what your new teacher teaches you.

 9 
 on: March 20, 2015, 06:06:33 PM 
Started by Some guy - Last post by Some guy
What prompted me to start this topic was this article by Anthony Hurley.  I would love for coaches to hurl chairs at their couples and have them do all their routines competitively in social dances like Anthony had to contend with.
http://www.freedomtodance.co.uk/news/floor-craft-lost-art-anthony-hurley-anthony-hurley/

In my opinion, what Anthony is asking is near impossible when the basics of partnering skills are not even mentioned in most of today's coaching sessions.  Breaking out of one's set routine and reverting to basics is considered "not competitive" and no couple would risk it.  Furthermore, the precedent is set when couples with ZERO floor craft, and think of ballroom dancing is pinball on steroids, are marked as champions. The day they disqualify for collisions, we'll start seeing some serious floorcraft.  The other option is to have competitors truly respect each other.  HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

My question to even Anthony would be, why on earth would a couple have to revert to basics when their routine is compromised?  Are their advanced figures that are unleadable or unfollowable?!

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 on: March 20, 2015, 12:08:57 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
that I don't know. I think you work as a team you support each other, no one should be the dominant, when a man dances what ever he does the women would follow if she is totally giving, it is a very hard balance to describe Tongue 

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