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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