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« on: April 27, 2009, 10:37:31 PM »

Last weekend my partner and I had a lesson with two recent canadian standard champions. We wanted to work on leading and following in our waltz and talked at length what we wanted from them. Keep in mind this was the first time for us with them and we were excited at the prospects.
After the sixty minutes we had successfully worked our way through the mans posture and the attempt to keep it straight during a natural turn. The instructor spotted the weakness in the man and pursued it and rightly so. I am thankful .
Was I expecting too much from such an accomplished dancer by thinking we could develop  a complex concept as leading and following? If you had a chance with a very skilled dancer what would you work on?
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 03:19:31 AM »

Good question, I will have to give it some thought.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 03:24:18 AM »

I think I know of who you speak - and I am now both a groupie and a student of self same pro and partner Smiley

If you want to learn lead-follow (L-F) I can honestly say that I have learned more about the follows job from the self same pro in 8 lessons than I have in the past 8 years elsewhere.  whats interesting is how much other technique springs from L-F - how many things you have to do in order to make it work.  I know I'm cheating on the general question (because of my personal experience) - but this has become a key subject for me....
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 08:42:37 AM »

If you had a chance with a very skilled dancer what would you work on?
I would ask him if he would like to sell his shoes to me, since they know all the steps

But on a more serious note I would ask the same thing about posture, our pro did something similair tonight during our lesson and all off the sudden our spin turn became a breeze. Its amazing that, if you hold a part of the anatomy in a certain position, things seem to flow and you might be surprised what might happen
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 08:26:05 PM »

yes - and whats also amazing is how much control the follow has in any turning position.  She has to make possible what you think you are going to do...
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 08:28:08 PM »

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She has to make possible what you think you are going to do...
but, but you girls always proclaim you can read our minds?
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2009, 08:30:18 PM »

yes - and whats also amazing is how much control the follow has in any turning position.  She has to make possible what you think you are going to do...

You are absolutey right, and I wish more follows would realize this.
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2009, 09:17:12 PM »

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You are absolutey right, and I wish more follows would realize this.
It is also important for the lead to give the follow that opportunity, not always happening
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2009, 10:25:00 PM »

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She has to make possible what you think you are going to do...
but, but you girls always proclaim you can read our minds?

Dead easy - its the rest of the body thats the problem...
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2009, 10:25:48 PM »

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You are absolutey right, and I wish more follows would realize this.
It is also important for the lead to give the follow that opportunity, not always happening

thats the real beauty of the conversation - and I think when it works there is nothing more beautiful...
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2009, 10:27:49 PM »

my dream lesson .... simple .... to "get it" the first time. Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2009, 10:47:47 PM »

My dream lesson would depend on who I was going to and what I think their strong point was.  I would love to have a lesson with Mirko Gozzoli and Alessia Betti or William Pino and Alessandra Bucciarelli.  I think I would want to work on lead and follow and musicality. 
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2009, 10:57:29 PM »

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I would love to have a lesson with Mirko Gozzoli and Alessia Betti or William Pino and Alessandra Bucciarelli.  I think I would want to work on lead and follow and musicality.
I second that
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2009, 12:38:59 AM »

My dream lesson would be just be able to do what the teacher was asking and then keep the information in my body to use all the time. NEVER having to repeat the lesson again.
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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2009, 12:49:47 AM »

My dream lesson would be just be able to do what the teacher was asking and then keep the information in my body to use all the time. NEVER having to repeat the lesson again.
Ahh.... the good old muscle memory
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