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 on: July 15, 2014, 11:24:33 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
The day is nearly over but tomorrow I need to put the rest of my flowers in and start fixing up the cats outdoor area then practice my dancing.

 on: July 11, 2014, 12:09:21 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Rugby
Happy Birthday QPO, from one Cancer to another.

 on: July 10, 2014, 11:47:58 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Rugby
Do you think you would ever try Pro/Am again ee?

 on: July 10, 2014, 11:45:52 PM 
Started by Burgess Penguin - Last post by Rugby

Geez, that poor girl is still spinning.

 on: July 10, 2014, 11:42:53 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Rugby
Thanks e, I had a quiet birthday.  Well, I should say I had to go to the ODS AGM that day.  It was a drag that it was on my birthday but I couldn't give everyone else the speech about not going then not go myself.  Lead by example I guess. 

 on: July 10, 2014, 11:07:56 PM 
Started by QPO - Last post by Rugby
Yep.  For me I think the Latin is getting a little too hard.  It is nice to have slows and quicks but now everything is becoming just quick and sharp.  I was watching the Pros and then the Youth and Adult Amateur and I like the Pros more.  Not because their skill and understanding is better but because they show more contrasts and technique and musicality whereas I find the Youth and Adult Ams are out to be as fast and athletic at the sacrifice of the dance and the girl / guy relationship.  Of course someone else could see something completely different.  I don't mind the Standard but I have noticed that they Pros use the newer faster head shapes and lines as accents rather than everywhere like the Youth / Adult Ams.  I'm working on the new head styling and shaping myself but I don't want to go crazy with it or you end up with not seeing the action as something special or a highlight any more.

 on: July 10, 2014, 10:55:20 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
Exactly.  Everyone learns differently and also you have to go with what works for you.  It may change many times depending on where you are in your dancing and what you need at that time.  In the long run it is good to explore all options to see what fits you.  Some of our instructors I didn't agree with but tried it anyway.  I figured who knows what I can learn rather than just dismissing it out of hand which I did at the start.  When I opened my mind to new things I was surprised how really everyone is saying the same thing but just in a different way 2+2 = 4, 3+1 =4 or 1+1+1+1=4.  I realized that it is good to know more than one way and also if you teach you have to be able to explain things different ways depending on the student.  People can be sure that the way they come to 4 is the only way but really they are all but different paths to the same well.  We must pick the path that works for us at that moment.   Of course I would be the one to take the fourth option, 1+3=4 LOL   

 on: July 10, 2014, 10:21:21 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
There are definitely different approaches - and they come to different outcomes and it all depend on how you see dance and how it works best for you.

 on: July 10, 2014, 10:19:36 PM 
Started by QPO - Last post by elisedance
I think that makes sense.  But its more than styling now, at the extreme its a choice between gymnastics and art.

 on: July 10, 2014, 08:53:22 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
As long as what you are doing works for you then that is fine, we are all different on our path or at different stages in dance.  If you like what you are doing then stick with it.  For myself and many of the others who are now working these ideas the biggest comment I hear is why didn't we learn this earlier!!!!  I wish I had started out with these principles rather than 15 years into competing.  Luca & Loraine Baricchi push that the principles of dancing/body mechanics are imperative for everyone, especially competitiors, if they wish to be successful. 

Here is a mini workshop with Edite Danuite speaking about the some of the principles of dancing. It may be useful for some people so I will post it here. 

There is a better one with Luca and Loraine but it just gets into it then stops after 4 min. so unless I can find the whole one no use posting it.

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