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 91 
 on: May 15, 2015, 05:00:55 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by sandralw
Makes you wanna ask the man who holds his elbows high, "um... who're you dancing with?!"   Grin

Exactly so.  Usually they are dancing with themselves... Not their partner...

 92 
 on: May 15, 2015, 04:57:24 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by sandralw
I like that but perhaps I think the contact is a bit more earthy than a caress, its almost as if you momentarily sink into the floor!

That which you are describing is more about collection during the lowering and then to move on.?

 93 
 on: May 14, 2015, 02:14:53 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
We used to call it "Caressing" the floor in the swing dances.  The creation of swing-turn-sway never loosing true contact with the floor allowed the faint brushing or caressing while traveling from foot to foot over the surface of the floor.
I like that but perhaps I think the contact is a bit more earthy than a caress, its almost as if you momentarily sink into the floor!

 94 
 on: May 14, 2015, 12:25:34 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Some guy
If the gentleman will be relaxed in his topline enough to allow for his elbows to be out from his shoulder line, but not high it will work. 

Makes you wanna ask the man who holds his elbows high, "um... who're you dancing with?!"   Grin

 95 
 on: May 14, 2015, 03:24:42 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by sandralw
We used to call it "Caressing" the floor in the swing dances.  The creation of swing-turn-sway never loosing true contact with the floor allowed the faint brushing or caressing while traveling from foot to foot over the surface of the floor.

 96 
 on: May 14, 2015, 03:21:03 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by sandralw
Now that I've had a bit of time off and now come back I've had time to reflect on the difference between what I did, what I was expected to do and what I do now.  They are all three the same and yet all three different.  When I was actively and heavily competing I was only doing what I was told, but had little time to seek out information and reflect on what I was being told, for the most part.  When I left the competitive arena but was still coaching and also teaching I was understanding through my students what my coaches had asked of me.  Now I ask questions, seek put information and listen more closely, not only to others but to myself, to give my students the best I can.

 97 
 on: May 13, 2015, 07:40:18 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by elisedance
Began when I was just about old enough to walk.  my grandmother was a dancer back with Vernon & Irene Castle when they performed on Broadway.  My parents were Harvest Moon Ball Dancers in NYC with my mothers brother a hot swing dance dancer back in the day and a cousin was the night club Latin dance all the greats in NYC wanted to dance with... I never knew not to dance.  When the World Ballroom & Latin Championships was at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC I fell in love with Bill & Bobbie Irvine and Wally Laird doing Latin... I was hooked forever!!
Wow, thats quite a history!  We learned a bit of ballroom in school (England, way back) but the boys rebelled so it was dropped.  Flash forward to 1990 or so when I visited a booth at a crafts fair that was set up by a studio owner and decided to sign up for the heck of it.  It was a long bumpy road after that (I'm currently in a large sinkhole!!)....

 98 
 on: May 13, 2015, 06:04:55 PM 
Started by sandralw - Last post by elisedance
Bit of a commute from here Shocked Smiley but who knows, I do travel...

 99 
 on: May 13, 2015, 06:03:58 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
Brigits book is wonderful and well worth every penny.
I'm quoting you just cause I want to repeat that Cheesy

 100 
 on: May 13, 2015, 03:17:19 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
There is also a difference between foot rise and body rise.  Both have to be taken into consideration and timed to the specific piece of music and how it moves you.

Love your work Cheesy

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