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« on: October 07, 2009, 08:02:10 AM »

This comes from the discussion between SW and BW on what constitutes a tiny dancer.  It would be interesting to see what different people think in different cultures/countries

[I'm editing this cause the posters have come up with a better idea]

What size dancer do you like to dance with?  Whats too short, just right and too tall?  Short legs, long legs, soft belly Wink
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 08:58:03 PM »

I don't know if I can answer it in the context that you asked the question... I'm 6' (1.82m), which I think is pretty close to average for a male in the U.S.  I can answer in terms of the various partners I've danced with:

Tiny: Shorter than 5' 2".  When I'm in frame with a woman this short, my line of sight goes over her head.
Short: 5' 2" to 5' 6".
Medium: 5' 6" to 5' 10".  My DW is 5' 6" in bare feet. 
Tall: 5' 10" to 6' 2". 
Very Tall: Taller than 6' 2".  This is the partner height at which I have to reach to get in frame. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 09:54:35 PM »

So you're on the tall side with your specs I think - most places a 5'9 woman would be tall, else its pretty close to my estimations
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 05:11:31 AM »

My dance height is 5'9"/5'10" ( in shoes

Too Short: would be below my dance height
Too Tall would be beyond 6'5

Medium: is 6'.0- 6'4"

I hope I interpreted that correctly
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 05:37:38 AM »

Anyway is correct on this topic - I like the way its evolved - basically whats correct for YOU.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 05:40:21 AM »

5'10 or lower - too short
6' to 6'7" lovely
haven't danced with anyone taller
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 05:44:42 AM »

Actually female pro made me think - she was remembering a past partner and said that his arms were too short.  So I got to thinking about that - I was always wondering why dancing with DP is so comfortable whereas with an earlier partner, who is the same height, it was always a little out.  And the answer is arm lenth.  DP could be a windmill in his next career (er, as could I) and there is tons of room to spread out in.  Past partner really did have short arms.  So that makes me wonder if I could dance comfortably with a short man who had very long arms Smiley

So maybe we focus too much on height, the lateral dimension is important too.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2009, 09:13:48 AM »

I agree that arm length is very important.  One of the ladies I dance with has short arms and we wrestle with that - she often extends them fully and sometimes they lock and pull our hold out of position. Another friend who has long arms iis just very comfortable to dance with.

I prefer taller partners, as I just find it more comfortalbe, especially when putting some distance in my steps, there is no sense of discomfort or difficulty in my partner matching my steps.  My partners currently are quite short, 5'4" though I find that good technique makes up for the er...shortfall.

My previous partner was about 5'9" and I am approx 6'.

I often have difficulty dancing with shorter partners.  There are lots of excellent chinese lady dancers around but while we can have fun in latin, there are always problems in standard, mostly just the size difference, their ability to match my steps or even for me to step between there legs comfortably. So I have to shorten all my steps which is the opposite of what I'm learning.

My worst matches are short heavy ladies who pull down on me.  That being said while dance hosting on the QE2 I did have occassion to dance with a huge lady who was light as a feather and a real pleasure to dance with. So I think that technique makes all the difference.

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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2009, 10:18:08 AM »

Well I'm 5ft9 and about 150lbs. Does that make me a tiny dancer?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009, 11:25:52 AM »

i am 5 feet 2 inches. so rather short.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2009, 09:03:45 PM »



I often have difficulty dancing with shorter partners.  There are lots of excellent chinese lady dancers around but while we can have fun in latin, there are always problems in standard, mostly just the size difference, their ability to match my steps or even for me to step between there legs comfortably. So I have to shorten all my steps which is the opposite of what I'm learning.




I am short but never have problems matching taller people's steps.

It's technique not height.

Some tall people cant move much either !
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2009, 10:09:42 PM »


I am short but never have problems matching taller people's steps.

It's technique not height.

Some tall people cant move much either !

Dancing with a shorter partner reminds me to stay in my knees.   Grin  The only thing about dancing with a really short partner (other than having to remind myself not to get lazy with my frame) is that, if I'm in body contact with her, I can't see her!  It's kind of weird... like dancing with a ghost partner!   Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2009, 10:33:41 PM »

My partner thought I was short. My teachers thought I was tall. I don't know what I am other then 176.5cm (5'9 1/2" ) with shoes. Wink
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2009, 10:57:27 PM »

My partner thought I was short. My teachers thought I was tall. I don't know what I am other then 176.5cm (5'9" ). Wink

Of course, for women, your effective dance height depends on what shoes you wear.  My DW wears 2" heels, so she dances at 5' 8".  My instructor, in 4" heels, dances very close to my height; I'd say 5' 11".

I'm not that particular about partner height, except that if I dance with a very tall woman, it's somewhat more difficult because I have to hold my frame above my shoulders.  But there are offsetting advantages -- providing that she knows her technique, doing a smooth dance with a tall woman can really move!  And the open stuff looks great.

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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2009, 11:13:03 PM »

I'm 5'8" but in my standard shoes I'm 5"10 1/2 and in latin I'm 5' 11" so I need a tall guy.  I also have long arms too.  Well okay I have long arms, legs and body but thankfully so does my partner and he is tall.  We we have been told often that we are the perfect match body ways with each other so I'm lucky. 

I will social dance with guys of any height but dancing with men that are too much shorter becomes difficult because they ride on my leg when I step through, and I don't want to be that friendly.     
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