Monday, September 28, 2009

More on Tango Technique

  • Feet are placed. It means one will often have his/her feet turned in when placing a foot.
  • 90 degree rule. When I place my feet, I should never place a foot so that they are turned out more than 90 degrees. It is OK to turn them in more than that, though.
  • In the manual, in the Back Corté, the first step has the left side leading. That is not how any competition dancers perform it, they always take that step in CBMP, winding it up a bit.
  • On the reverse turn, on steps 3 and 4, the shoulders stop rotating, giving the hips a chance to catch up. It was described as a hover in the orientation of the frame. When reverse turn is preceded by another reverse turning figure with many quick steps, some dancers even reverse the rotation of the shoulders a little on this step, to slow down enough for the close at the end of the pattern.
  • There was some discussion of how the trailing foot is lifted on the Back Corté. Mirko Gozzoli lifts the heel and then the toe last. Marcus Hilton lifts the whole foot. But Mirko, and contemporary dancers, take much longer steps than Marcus did.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tango Technique for Ladies

Tango (for the ladies):
  • Step 1 on progressive link: CBM is very important, don't worry too much about crossing the line (the book says "on the line"). If there is not enough CBM, lady's R leg is going to block Man's leg.
  • Step 1 on tango walk: CBM
  • Step 2 on tango walk: keep wider two tracks, to leave room for Man's R leg to step forward. Same for LF steps in rock turn. The position feels awkward, but that is correct.
The hold, how to create volume (for general standard dances):
  • Left curve: really need to curve more to left, don't lift R hip much (maybe a little bit), squeeze R side, extend L side to make shoulders level with Man. Head extend the curve to left, 45' degrees.
  • Frontal curve: slightly bend legs forward, don't bend back the neck, flex the upper back backward, head goes with it. keep middle frame straight and connected with Man.
  • Nothing that you do to create volume should disturb the center alignment. Man and Lady's center move together (L, R, up, down, forward, back).

Tango Technique

  • When man closes, he should close feet together, ball of right foot even with arch of left foot.
  • Progressive Link: when man steps on left foot, he should turn his frame when his weight is on his left foot, then put down right foot under shoulder, in promenade position.
  • Head should always be at the same level. Some people have a tendency to lower on awalk, and then rise back up on the side step on the progressive link, which causes the right side to go up relative to left side.
  • Turning frame on progressive link should be quick and short.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Boys can be interested in ballet....

A profile of Isaac Akiba, who was recruited by the Boston Ballet through a program offered in the public schools.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What ladies need to understand and practice

Per some coaches, a lady needs to understand and practice 4 things:
  1. Flexibility:
  2. Mobility: the quality of movement
  3. Selling: present and sell to audience/judges
  4. Collection: always collect your legs and ready to move in any direction man leads next.

Copellia in Bellevue, WA

MK Ballet to put on Copellia at Meydenbauer in Bellevue

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Over 35 standard championship to take place in Canada this year

And one of the judges is one of the hosts on Canada's version of "So You Think You Can Dance". Article here.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tango Technique

International Standard Tango section of the web site has gone through some major updates including Tango Technique, as well as pages for syllabus figures.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Dance shoes

The page on dance shoes has been updated to include dance shoe vendors in the Seattle area.

Syllabus Courses & Performance team in Kirkland, Washington

From a flyer at Seattle Star Ball:

United States National Champion Brian Jolly and Alison Epsom offers International Latin Syllabus Courses from beginning to silver level.

Pre-pay offer: $110 for 7.5 hours over 5 weeks
Student: $95 for 7.5 hours over 5 weeks

Location: 12305 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

They also have a performance team looking for dancers (no partner is required).