Author: 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

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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

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Mechanics

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 chart form, but do not know why some steps have sway and others do not, do not comprehend what a foot position is, have twisted minds (and bodies) as to the meaning of CBM, and generally have a far lower standard of technical knowledge than students had twenty, thirty or more years ago.

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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

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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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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 foot walk, or more importantly, the differences that exist between the right foot  walks when performed in different dances.

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Education

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 you should appear to be trying and striving. So ask yourself these questions: Are you and artist or an athlete?  What is the difference?  Does it matter?

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