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 on: May 17, 2015, 12:41:48 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by sandralw
Any thoughts for rescuing a hopelessly smelly pair of shoes, or, better yet, thoughts on how to minimize/prevent stinky in the first place?

I have a pair of truly beloved leather practice oxfords that may be beyond help at this point.  I've done everything I an think of, but, the minute I open my shoe bag, their smell is overpowering.

Any thoughts?  And are there other/different things that can be done to rescue satin shoes?

I don't know about prevention, but take a child's white thin cotton sock (the type with the lace edging) or a pair of stockings you're no longer wearing.  Fill the foot about 1/2 way with baking powder (not baking soda) and tie it at the top and put it in the shoe.  It's not going to totally eliminate the odor, but it helps a lot.  You can also mix it with fresh or dried and crushed herbs like lavender and that helps also.

 on: May 17, 2015, 12:34:57 AM 
Started by ttd - Last post by sandralw
We don't get many of those (yesterday was a rare exception) out here in the California desert, but yep... And hot chocolate or popcorn and iced tea is always good on hot days...  Grin

 on: May 16, 2015, 10:08:58 PM 
Started by ZPomeroy - Last post by sandralw
When I had a panel split between the British/Europeans and US judges it would be split along those lines... High marks from the British/European Judges and low marks from US Judges.  This was especially the case in the Foxtrot.  We were told by US judges that we were off time and the others complemented us for not rushing around the floor.  At that point I knew I was doing it right  Wink

 on: May 16, 2015, 10:02:32 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by sandralw
Yep... The blocks of weight all have to be in proper alignment to move correctly and with ease.

 on: May 16, 2015, 10:00:40 PM 
Started by MrsMoose - Last post by sandralw
So true.  In Latin I can do it myself, if the lead is either not good enough to follow, or nonexistent.  With a heel turn, if it's not lead it's not going to happen with any reasonable appearance of quality... unfortunately.

 on: May 16, 2015, 09:43:31 PM 
Started by MrsMoose - Last post by QPO
I cant agree with you more, many times I have been lead through a heel turn only to be pulled off my feet! timing is everything  Cool

 on: May 16, 2015, 02:19:12 PM 
Started by MrsMoose - Last post by Some guy
I'm always baffled by why the heel turn is such an issue in the dance community, but goes completely unnoticed and couldn't be more natural when danced with a partner who knows how to lead it. The part that baffles me is why the ladies are talking about it and not asking the men, "why the heck doesn't it happen automatically?"

If the man times his steps and body movement in all three dimensions right, the lady doesn't even need to realize that a heel turn just happened. If the man isn't doing his jobs, then the lady has to save him.  Timing, direction, power, and steps: not the lady's responsibility. She's got more important non-intersecting jobs to work on. The concept that this heel turn, just like the close of feet in a Rumba fan is somehow the lady's responsibility to "get" is, in my opinion, one of the greatest triumphs of the men in ballroom. Grin

 on: May 16, 2015, 02:08:17 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Some guy
I would agree: most have a pre-existing idea what words mean. Strangely, I've seen both words mess up people because the whole idea of rigidity and a misaligned body seems to spring forth.

 on: May 16, 2015, 03:09:50 AM 
Started by MrsMoose - Last post by sandralw
Funny thing this is... I was beginning both Ballroom and Latin at the same time as a 10-dance dancer.  I found to my utter amazement that at the same time I "GOT" my heel turn I also "GOT" the closing of my feet for the Fan in Rumba.  I notice that I used the same musculature and balance to create both.  It almost became a delayed, isometric action... One with rotattion while the other without.  At least for me...

 on: May 16, 2015, 02:37:19 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by sandralw
I absolutely HATE the word Posture! 

To me it conotates a fixed position such as a soldier at ATTENTION.

I prefer to use the word POISE. 

To me it conjures up the mental image of being poised (or ready) to move onward. 

Anyone else feel this way?

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