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 61 
 on: July 22, 2015, 12:48:21 AM 
Started by sandralw - Last post by SparkleBarge
It's very difficult to find good examples of Peabody, and although I have requested Peabody several times (I think I know the basic, and we dance it as you mentioned, but were told that was wrong), and the instructor says "Well, it's a stupid dance, I never learned it, so there." Which is... so mature. The next time I'm able to find peabody instruction, I will snap it up. There are a lot of dances i don't like, but I'm going to work on them and stay as up to date on them as I can manage, so my own students won't have to go somewhere else when they ask- and I certainly won't just lie or blow them off by insulting them.

Honest to god, though, the last comp where I was up early enough to see Peabody, they played music that sounded like the Chicken Dance. This was several years ago.

 62 
 on: July 22, 2015, 12:05:39 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
sometimes I think the more information you receive the more clouded it becomes and you question everything.
I recently went to a competition and did not get back to the semi and watched those that made it through. What I noticed is that no-one is actually dancing to the music that is playing they are stepping the steps but not taking up the music itself, which was an interesting observation
thats more a judgement on the judges I think.  If they cared more about expression then the dancers would put more effort into interpretation but sadly its too much about athletics and too little about art. 

 63 
 on: July 21, 2015, 08:02:48 PM 
Started by sandralw - Last post by elisedance
SD - thats not the peabody I remember (I learned it from an old lady who was I believe something of an expert) it was more a hectic quickstep!  Fun though...

I wonder if there were different variants?

 64 
 on: July 21, 2015, 02:54:22 AM 
Started by sandralw - Last post by sandralw
I'm sorry to say that your suppositions of Peabody are incorrect. It is a very smooth dance. It is a walking dance which creates the smooth appearance. It is not danced in the formal "big top" frame, but a more relaxed and compact hold. There are names for each of the figures. Lock-And-Run is the basic default figure. Pony/Gallop is another as U.S. The Run/Around and a grapevine. There are more. It is not a foxtrot and it is not a quickstep either. It is based in the One-Step and the Castle Walk which was the root of partnership dance. If you are interested in seeing it danced I have a video (not the greatest of quality as video was scarce in the early '80's) please go to my web site and on the video page there is s link to it. http://www.comedsncingcoachellavalley.com or you can find me in Facebook as Come Dancing Coachella Valley and a link is there also.  It was originally danced to Jazz and Ragtime style music that is 4/4 timing (as a march is). This style of music is coming back into Vogue with even Lady Gaga releasing a great Peabody as well as groups as Manhattan Transfer and Modern Juke Box.

 65 
 on: July 21, 2015, 12:58:16 AM 
Started by sandralw - Last post by SparkleBarge
Not intending any disrespect to Peabody, but I thought its original (or less contemporary, at least) was a little hokey, a little bouncy, and the music was kind of a cross between polka and quickstep, with more quickstep than polka as far as the sound went? Sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but I'm bored, and this one made me curious. I need to actually learn some more peabody. I have the ancient Laure Haile (SP, yes, I'm going to purgatory for that) syllabus with names like "pony in a circle" I need to study and parse.

 66 
 on: July 20, 2015, 11:03:42 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
yes sometimes I wonder if some of the top coaches who now teach mostly social (as is with our state) just forget about those things? You re right you cannot learn it all at once but I don't think it should take years either.

 67 
 on: July 20, 2015, 10:30:30 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by QPO
Very good analogy SM and welcome Cheesy

 68 
 on: July 17, 2015, 01:16:49 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
I just came back from the Championship Dance Camp outside of Washington.  Anna Mikhead did two lectures on 6 of the positions in dancing and used pictures and danced steps to show what they were and the importance of knowing them.  Ieva Pauksena also uses this in teaching. 

If I described all the things you had to learn to be able to take and pass a driving test you would feel overwhelmed and think it was way too much but I think I am safe to say you all drive.  Of course you don't think of all the things I wrote about at the same time, I just assumed you would understand this.  Just like driving you learn to do things a piece at a time until it becomes muscle memory or second nature. Just as in Latin you learn of all the compression points and use of the body and floor to create swing and movement.  Why do all the top Pros work on these body mechanics?  Because knowing how to use the body correctly is the difference between beautiful movement and just movement.  Louis Van Amstel and I were speaking together of this after his lecture and he was saying that lack of understanding of the body mechanics has become rampant but he refused to give in to what I call "instant gratification" Dancing when he teaches.

 69 
 on: July 16, 2015, 08:57:43 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by elisedance
SM: LOL!  Dance porn, I bet that would sell it...

 70 
 on: July 16, 2015, 02:26:37 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by SparkleBarge
Youtube for newbie dancers is a lot like porn is for teenage boys. You're curious, it interests you, and then when you try it on your partner, sometimes it works, sometimes it's "You IDIOT- on WHAT PLANET did you think THAT was a good idea?" and then you hear the age old "But I saw it on..." or "but so-and-so did it, and..."

Moral of the story: It can be great for ... inspiring creativity?... motivation?... but not to be taken literally, exclusively, or without caution. Sometimes things need to be explained by a knowledgeable adult in the appropriate context.

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