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« on: October 18, 2009, 06:48:44 PM »

We are learning that during a competition if things go wrong (off beat, off balance, off your rocker Cheesy) it is better to stop and collect and restart than to go on.  But is stopping also a dance action?  I mean can you use a 'stop' to make your dancing more elegant and controlled looking? 
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009, 05:40:26 AM »

Ah! One of my fav topics... the movement within the stillness.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009, 06:03:19 AM »

I think you just made the topic 100X more interesting Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009, 01:50:31 PM »

It is, as you know, one of  my favs, and such an elusive entity. There is much beauty to be found in the stillness if one knows how to use it.
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009, 01:52:59 PM »

I've often used that term myself just in every day non-dance life.

Such a true true statement! (something I would like to achieve in dance!)
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009, 03:21:36 PM »

The more mundane aspect of the question (not that I don't want to explore the beauty in stillness, far from it) is with regards to stopping for a bar during, say, a tango.  Does this look bad or can it be used to your favor?
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I see what you did there.


« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009, 05:33:07 PM »

If you "just" stop, it looks very beginner. If you "stop and grow", it adds new dimension to the action of inaction with different action.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009, 08:36:42 PM »

thats great advice... G
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2009, 10:20:12 PM »

Still movement AND 2-way stretch does the trick every time!
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2009, 10:44:58 PM »

care to explain a bit more?  not sure what either are...
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2009, 03:48:39 AM »

If you "just" stop, it looks very beginner. If you "stop and grow", it adds new dimension to the action of inaction with different action.

Good reply.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2009, 12:31:09 PM »

This is an interesting story about “standing still”

This story goes back to when I was an amateur dancer. My partner and I had two years in a row been in the 96 and wanted to make the 48 at the next British Open. I decided to ask my teacher what the couples that made the 48 did different then what we were doing. He said that the couples in the 48 were good enough to “stand still”. So in the lesson before the British we worked on “standing still”. It worked, we made it to the top 48 in the British Open that year and all we really did different was “standing still”.  Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2009, 12:36:31 PM »

Perhaps then if maybe we only stood still we would make the final 6 Grin

At least then we would not make any errors ....

But the point is a great one - when I think of great dancers they stop and start so effortlessly (my new word Wink), showing terific control and also lots of 'colour'
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I see what you did there.


« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2009, 02:34:17 PM »

Well, we tell our kiddies that it's a lot easier to just blast right through a figure than to slowly eke through each fragment of it, because doing it slowly requires more balance than whipping over the top of something. Having the control to stop mid-something is more important for floorcraft.
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2009, 03:20:11 PM »

thats certainly true - but up to a point.  I'm thinking of hanging on for dear life through a particularly fast and complex tango side with ex-pro Shocked
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