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 31 
 on: May 17, 2015, 11:52:43 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by sandralw
yes I believe there is a skill to doing so I watched DSI freedom to Dance and it was not nice to watch. I don't know how they filmed it but was very amateurish and all the way through they kept trying to sell their product. I would hope other events have more cameras and angles.

Absolutely agree with the quality (or lack thereof) of the filming for Freedom To Dance.  I've seen very good and very bad and everywhere in between.  I am hoping they will do better going forward.

When I filmed certain couples I used to pretty much ,emorize their routines so I could anticipate where they were going on the floor.  For shows I used to watch rehearsals to get a feel of what would happen so there were no big suprises...

Not many others bother.  Some couples would ask me to get a close up of a piece of footwork or a picture piece... I'd do it as they wished.  I guess they were happy with what I did.  And, I was especially good for formation teams.  It was hard work and long hours but a lot of fun too.

 32 
 on: May 17, 2015, 11:46:04 PM 
Started by Burgess Penguin - Last post by QPO
We went to a comp recently and a couple who are in another grade to us said "You should win that you were clearly the best on the floor" I said thank you but that wont happen and she then said well if you don't I will stand up and "Boo"! I said on no don't do that! We often seem to be the public favourites but deliberately not the judges Tongue

Those compliments hep to keep your spirits up the results certainly don't and the level of the people that get back to a final. I look and think I must be worse than  that.

 33 
 on: May 17, 2015, 11:43:17 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by QPO
yes I believe there is a skill to doing so I watched DSI freedom to Dance and it was not nice to watch. I don't know how they filmed it but was very amateurish and all the way through they kept trying to sell their product. I would hope other events have more cameras and angles.

 34 
 on: May 17, 2015, 10:08:04 PM 
Started by Burgess Penguin - Last post by sandralw
I had one of my Pro/Am pro partners who I hadn't seen in a couple of years... After I'd been training in London say as I came off the floor... "Gee.. I didn't know you could dance like that!"

He did not mean it in a derogatory way at all.  He was truly pleased and surprised that it had taken me such a short time to come such a long way. He was always one of my all time favorites!  Still is!! :-D

 35 
 on: May 17, 2015, 09:56:31 PM 
Started by QPO - Last post by sandralw
If you can get to the root of the problem then you can figure out how to work a fix.  Sometimes it's so simple it's silly ... "I want to practice Latin first and he wants to do ballroom..." blah...blah...blah... Kids!!  LOL!!

 36 
 on: May 17, 2015, 09:53:53 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by sandralw
I can think of a few couples in the US that continued to compete later than most. Some switched partners a time or two (or more) during their careers and then later went on to dance Pro/Am which to me seems a heck of a lot more physically exhausting than Pro/Pro.  Especially for them men doing round after round, dance after dance at different levels with many different ladies ... UGH...

 37 
 on: May 17, 2015, 09:49:03 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by sandralw

I agree with the third eye. You cant rely on the mirror so then you go on feel that that is just not reliable either, just because if feels good does not mean it is good.  You can get used to the connection between yourself and your partner which feels normal but not good!

And video taping is good but not at the same time also.  It is only as good as it's positioning and sometimes it is just not in the correct place to see something clearly and accurately.  Also, it too is a 2-dimensional viewpoint. 



Yes we tape from time to time but you are right, when we dance it feels much lower and yet watching it on video it often feels like we are so high? This confuses us even more.

I used to work on one of the biggest video crews in the US, going from one comp to the next and used to be on camera for all of the "importiant" stuff... Especially Congress sessions, shows, dems, etc.  it got to the point where all of the top couples wanted me on them once they found out who had shot their tapes.  It is not easy to do, but you can improve on camera technique to bring out the finer points of the dancing.  The camera has to dance with them.

 38 
 on: May 17, 2015, 09:30:33 PM 
Started by ZPomeroy - Last post by QPO
That's really interesting, I once won a competition dancing complete basics in an open-amateur comp and boy were we surprised when we were announced first ahead of the other 10 or so couples who were seasoned open competitors poised to wiper the floor with us! The favorite to win was devastated as they had been undefeated in my state. Turns out, there were 7 European and 6 American judges. One guess as to which side marked us all first and marked them last.

Yep ... Good dancing is good dancing and that's what the Americans forget to / or are just not all educated enough to pay attention to... Hmmm...

Same here Lips sealed

 39 
 on: May 17, 2015, 09:30:11 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by QPO

I agree with the third eye. You cant rely on the mirror so then you go on feel that that is just not reliable either, just because if feels good does not mean it is good.  You can get used to the connection between yourself and your partner which feels normal but not good!

And video taping is good but not at the same time also.  It is only as good as it's positioning and sometimes it is just not in the correct place to see something clearly and accurately.  Also, it too is a 2-dimensional viewpoint. 



Yes we tape from time to time but you are right, when we dance it feels much lower and yet watching it on video it often feels like we are so high? This confuses us even more.

 40 
 on: May 17, 2015, 09:28:19 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by QPO
I say that all the time why is it that so many men are hesitant to try?

I have absolutely no idea.  They just don't realize how attractive a man who can dance to a lady...

I know and what is sad the  impression from their men friends seems more powerful :-/ yet in years gone by it was the done thing. I see a increase in the number of men wanting to to Salsa etc. I think they think Ballroom is too stuffy?

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