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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    Technique: A practical approach By Alexander Hoffmann

    It is my deepest conviction that many dancers don’t tap their full potential, and that this is mainly due to monotonous and one-sided training. Many dancers will experience an unbelievable amount of progress if they follow modern and scientifically proven ways of training.

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    Technique: A Theoretical Approach, by Alexander Hoffmann

    In ‘target orientated’ techniques we see a functional movement with a clearly defined target to perform. Here, it is not judged how a movement itself is executed. However in combination sports, technique is not just the means to end on but a means of artistic expression and a criterion for judging.

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    From Keith Morris “What is a Slow”

    Much has been said on these pages and others regarding the timing or the lack of it these days, in Slow fox and Quickstep a slow relates to two beats and a quick one beat (4/4). But what does slow and quick mean in terms of relative time?

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    Leading and Following, by Benoit Papineau

    Done correctly, leading and following could, like no other, elevate ballroom dancing to the level of an art form.  Done correctly, leading and following could, like no other, bring an undeniable clarification of the equality of the genders.

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