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Barry Gasson

The Fan position with Walter and Julie Laird
Mechanics

The Alemana

The Alemana is one of the most used, fundamental steps in the Rumba and the Cha-Cha-Cha. However, it is many years since I saw the Alemana danced correctly, as I...

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July 18, 2014
One foot - two feet, the PLANE truth
Mechanics

One foot – two feet, the PLANE truth

It is generally accepted that the Ballroom Dancer lowers from an elevated position with the body held in a vertical line. That is certainly correct when the feet are together...

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July 01, 2014
Is There Really Anything New?
Mechanics

Is There Really Anything New?

Is There Really Anything New? In today’s modern world of technology, there is a bewildering amount of information available to the dance aficionado. I can sit at my computer and...

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April 24, 2014
The Dumbing Down of Technique
Mechanics, Teaching

The Dumbing Down of Technique

As an Examiner, I find that few candidates have any understanding of why a movement is performed in a certain way. They generally can recite the technique as written in...

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November 16, 2012
Understanding Heel Turns
Mechanics

Understanding Heel Turns

Understanding Heel Turns At all levels of Ballroom Dancing I am constantly dismayed by the standard of Heel Turns that I see.  I do appreciate that the man must know...

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October 11, 2012
The production of quality tango
Body Work

The production of quality tango

The tango stance   To create a broad idea as to an idealistic stance one must consider the feet being offset approximately 45 degrees to left of body alignment, as...

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September 19, 2012
The Unwritten Rule
Mechanics

The Unwritten Rule

Barry Gasson provides a valuable study of the unwritten technical details that create beautiful Forward and Backward Walks.

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August 27, 2012
The Absolute Importance of the Right Foot Walk
Mechanics

The Absolute Importance of the Right Foot Walk

In the world of Ballroom Dancing, there are literally millions of variations, steps, figures, choreographic highlights, trick-steps etc. None of them come remotely close to the importance of the right...

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July 02, 2012
Athletes or Artists?
Education, Psychology

Athletes or Artists?

The competitive dance floors of the world have become battlefields where strenuous exertion is apparent in most couples, and young men seem to think that it should look difficult and...

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June 10, 2012