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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2010, 11:15:33 AM »

"my job here is done" said the Lone Ranger and heel-turned into the sunset...

Come on Tonoto 
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2010, 02:16:10 PM »

"my job here is done" said the Lone Ranger and heel-turned into the sunset...

Come on Tonoto 
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er, Tonto wasn't the horse by the way... Tongue
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2010, 04:46:45 PM »

ROTFLMAO
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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2010, 10:22:59 PM »

"my job here is done" said the Lone Ranger and heel-turned into the sunset...

Come on Tonoto 
cute..
er, Tonto wasn't the horse by the way... Tongue

ooops that was silver right!..tonto was his side kick?
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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2010, 08:21:10 AM »

yup Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2015, 03:09:50 AM »

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...
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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2015, 02:19:12 PM »

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
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« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2015, 09:43:31 PM »

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
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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2015, 10:00:40 PM »

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.
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« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2015, 05:27:31 PM »

Very correct Some Guy.

Heel turns should just happen with not thought at all. However there are not many men that are taught the actions they need to do to cause the heel turn to happen naturally for the lady.

First remember this is a heel turn not a heels turn. The lady should turn on one heel not two heels. One heel should be turning however not more than 1/4 of a turn and the weight should be on the heel only enough to let the front of the off the floor barely enough to turn. The other heel should be doing a heel pull action and should not close till the turn of the standing heel is complete.

My teacher taught me a heel turn exercise that I had to do every morning. He called the it the "pineapple". The heel pull action would create the look the fruit of a pineapple on the linseed oiled floor and the heel turn itself would create the look of the pineapple top. This exercise is often taught in the Body School when they are teaching the International Standard.

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