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 on: August 10, 2014, 04:24:29 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
practise, practise, practise - the violin!  I'm off to France to an intimate music camp near Toulouse so I need to be as good as I can get...

 on: August 10, 2014, 04:23:00 AM 
Started by QPO - Last post by elisedance
I agree that I think the WDSF may be going a little over the top.  Perhaps a passing fad or maybe the young people are just a bit too enthusiastic. 

Passing fad?  Its been developing over the years to the point it is now de-rigour.  IMO the WDSF, however democratic its organization (which I am not convinced about) is destroying standard ballroom dance.  [I can't say for latin.]  I don't like to watch it anymore, no insistence on grace or expression - just who can do more contortions while moving at lightning speed.

it reminds me of ice skating - the WDC is the free program and the WDSF the compulsory figures.

 on: August 10, 2014, 04:17:15 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
That's where we all (should) end up - and I suspect most people do else they remain stiff and discoordinated.  The problem for most is how to get there and I actually think exploring many different approaches is a natural way to find your own best way to dance.  The more you can move naturally to the beat of the music the better you are doing...

 on: August 10, 2014, 04:15:17 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
I agree fully SG - but its still useful to track what your results are as an indication of whether you are functioning correctly.  Indeed, its the only way to find out what you need to go back and fix.  The fact is that even bodyschoolers have to practise, and that means they have to learn, even if that learning is only to stop interfering with natural dancing (indeed, that's really the only thing theyhave to learn isn't it?).

 on: August 06, 2014, 10:49:08 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Some guy

 on: August 06, 2014, 02:12:14 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
The cats are able to go into their new extension that I put on last year but I have done so much yard work that I have not been able to put in their shelving.  I still have to paint the posts, doors, windows and so forth on the house and take down a couple more dead trees.  I planted about a couple hundred flowers and I will put the new pear tree in at the end of the season.  I have to go up and clean out the eaves troughs then I can work on the boys area and when the weather changes start painting indoors again. 

 on: August 06, 2014, 02:05:40 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Rugby
If you go to the WDC / WDSF thread I wrote out what is the latest.

 on: August 06, 2014, 12:39:25 AM 
Started by ZPomeroy - Last post by Rugby
What a great way to celebrate a birthday though, being away with someone you love doing something you love.  I am so jealous Smiley.

 on: August 06, 2014, 12:06:55 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
I always say that I am not responsible for anything I do since I grew up on Monty Python and was heavily influenced by them.  I am shocked that saying "Go away you filthy salesman or I will fart in your general direction" is not acceptable to most people.

 on: August 06, 2014, 12:01:27 AM 
Started by QPO - Last post by Rugby
The WDSF has also improved the grading of the judges so that they weed out the judges who do not make the grade.  It will  be much harder to become a judge and to judge at a higher level especially.  We shall see very shortly when the Canadian Dance Federation (CDF) folds and is absorbed into the North American Dance Council if they take the judges from the CDF or not.  Some of the judges that are allowed to judge up to Championship level have been given their judging papers with no testing or much qualifications at all.
I don't disagree with some of the judges they are allowing to judge but others have no qualifications and have been allowed to judge because they have been around a long time as a teacher, even low level teachers.  No testing, no going up through the levels as a judge, just given the go ahead to judge up to Championship.  The WDSF has been made aware of some of these judges and will not allow them to judge WDSF competitions and I am hoping that the WDC doesn't grandfather them in without even bothering to check their credentials.  Some of the judges were given their judging papers by people that were not even certified to give out judging papers. This does not bode well for the WDC credibility if they don't check into each judge to be sure the standards are met before being allowed in to their organization.

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