Category: Mechanics

Mechanics

It Takes Two To Tango

When I was competing what now feels like 100 years ago, Tango was at one stage my worst marked dance. So I spent quite some

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She ain’t heavy she’s my partner

Many many times I have heard this from people of all levels. The cause of this I hinted at during my last article. Many articles on these pages are based from a man’s stand point. In this one I have tried to give the ladies view point as well. Normally this is on the inside of an open reverse turn i.e. an open telemark. I hinted at it in my last little bit of writing that caused a “war and peace” type debate with Benoit Papineau.

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What’s in a feather step?

An easy question to answer one would think. The technique books tell us

  • 1. right foot forward in CBM
  • 2. left foot forward left shoulder leading preparing to step outside partner
  • 3. right foot forward in CBMP OP
  • Pretty straight forward really, until you start to analyse the mechanics of each individual step and what a forward step means.

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    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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    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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    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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