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« on: June 20, 2012, 08:59:45 PM »

Anyone care to comment on foot contact on teh floor?  In standard (or latin for that matter) should you try to maintain it as much as possible or are there places where you really want to let go?
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 08:35:21 AM »

Does that not depend on the dance and the step. I feel that in foxtrot there is more foot pressure but also release especially in the feather ending and three step. it helps with the timing.

But in the Waltz I find that my contact with the floor is more even but slightly  more pressure on count three? I may be wrong there but the emphasis is definitely in a different place.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2012, 09:31:29 PM »

Anyone care to comment on foot contact on teh floor?  In standard (or latin for that matter) should you try to maintain it as much as possible or are there places where you really want to let go?

You should have contact with the floor all the time in the swing dances unless you are doing kicks or other steps where you are making a feature of lifting the food off the floor. In Tango the feet should lift of the floor but maintain as flat as possible (even though they are only lifted an inch or two). In the swing dances I think of stroking a pet with my feet. In the Tango I think of making foot prints in an inch of new fallen snow.

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 09:50:26 PM »

Anyone care to comment on foot contact on teh floor?  In standard (or latin for that matter) should you try to maintain it as much as possible or are there places where you really want to let go?

"In the swing dances I think of stroking a pet with my feet. In the Tango I think of making foot prints in an inch of new fallen snow."

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 09:57:52 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 10:40:17 PM »

I love analogies like that. makes perfect sense.   Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2013, 09:20:07 PM »

Is not contact with the floor (as in standard and smooth) different from dancing into the floor (as in Latin and rhythm?)

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 02:09:16 AM »

I dont think it is too different. your weight is in your legs that I can see fir both even though your core is up. but dancing is like a duck all calm on top and busy (controlled) underneath. Dancing on top of the floor makes it hard to have control over the speed
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2013, 03:23:55 AM »

Dancing is like a duck.  I love that. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2013, 05:16:01 AM »

I dont think it is too different. your weight is in your legs that I can see fir both even though your core is up. but dancing is like a duck all calm on top and busy (controlled) underneath. Dancing on top of the floor makes it hard to have control over the speed
'Dancing is like a duck: all calm on top and busy underneath'

That is good - could be a PDO mantra!  Hey, dance, dance like a DUCK! 
Cept it does sounds a bit like an insult...

Its a bit hard to put into words what 'floor contact' really means - one of those things that when you do it you understand.  I'd love to hear a teacher explain...
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2013, 08:09:53 PM »

yes that is a tricky one and if someone comes up with a good explanation I would love to hear it.
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