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Words you use to describe dance moves?

  • Joined 3/15/99
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  • Lindy > Swing Talk
  • Posted Thursday, April 6, 2006
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Sometimes I feel I live for wednesdays when I get to teach dance to my kids at columbia. We always have a ball of a time regardless of how uninspired, tired or stressed out I feel for the half week that just passed. I use to think it was cute when we use words like torque to help our engineers understand better but I was totally floored when my teaching partner threw out the word orthogonal today. It was rather appropriate and yet hysterical but I'll go with it, sure, why not? :)

Any special words you use to describe the dance to people you're teaching? I would love to hear them. :)

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  • Joined 3/13/06
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  • Post #1
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

Haha, our teacher uses 'back boob' occasionally to describe where leads should put their hands in closed position (sort of around the scapula) for beginners. It's funny and has a bit of a history to it.

We also tend to use physics-y words a lot. It just makes sense when you talk about tension and compression so much!

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  • Post #2
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

Classic: Sylvia Sykes' "Tit in pit" (the correct closed position for Balboa)

I just heard "barrel of monkeys hands" (curving your hand so that you stay linked to your partner without grasping her hand)

  • Joined 12/4/03
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  • Post #3
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

I always heard "Leaders, act like you're holding a beer. Followers, put your hand in the beer."

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  • Post #4
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

Everyone tends to explain things the way they understand them. So I often either say the words or explain the physical concepts: moment of inertia, vectors, tangential force, linear momentum, angular momentum, modulus of elasticity. People usually have physical experience with these concepts, so it's easy to explain.

However, one of my teaching partners is a very much non-scientific person. He misuses more physical terms than I thought he knew. Tensile strength to describe stiffness, momentum to describe speed, etc. I just told him to stick with what he knows. :)

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  • Post #5
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

...and orthogonal isn't a word used in every day life? I need to get out more.

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  • Post #6
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "Breviated"
Haha, our teacher uses 'back boob' occasionally to describe where leads should put their hands in closed position (sort of around the scapula) for beginners.

Ramiro calls the place where beginners usually put their hands until they know better ( ie the wrong place) a "booty blade." He'd say, "This is a shoulder blade... and This is a booty blade. Please put your hand on the shoulder blade."

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  • Post #7
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "Shanabanana"
...and orthogonal isn't a word used in every day life? I need to get out more.

It has such a nice ring to it. I think I will try using that word today. Oh and I must tell arcecat that Yehoodites evolve by using new words.

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  • Post #8
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "Sommerg"
Classic: Sylvia Sykes' "Tit in pit" (the correct closed position for Balboa) [edit]

Are you sure she started that? I thought she denied that during the advanced class at Eastern Balboa last year.

  • Joined 5/12/99
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  • Post #9
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "slipandslide"
Quoted from "Sommerg"
Classic: Sylvia Sykes' "Tit in pit" (the correct closed position for Balboa) [edit]
Are you sure she started that? I thought she denied that during the advanced class at Eastern Balboa last year.

it might have been jonathan who started it.

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  • Post #10
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

For Lindy frame, we told them try not to get boob or let boobed (on 3/4)

For 6 counts and many other kinds of dances: left hand is the turn signal, and right hand is the steering wheel. (If they don't drive that would be hard to do) Left hand is in charge of the direction, and right hand is in charge of execution.

For 6 counters, if they have to do rock-steps, act like there's pebbles on the heel of your shoe, or if you stepped on a nail on your heel and not put pressure on it. :shrug:

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  • Post #11
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

My favorites are when teachers scat to describe the movements. Oddly, it makes perfect sense.

VLG VLG
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  • Post #12
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

you mean like, "rock-step. kick-step, hepcat-daddio"?

  • Joined 4/14/03
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  • Post #13
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

Not exactly, but that was a great moment in advanced dance instruction. Also the time in when Nina described the follower's movement when doing a kip as "orbital booty."

But I mean more like "shish-ka-boom-ba!"

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  • Post #14
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

I hear you. That happens a lot with teachers who are just used to doing random stuff when they describe a specific footwork pattern.

"And rockstep back, ...uhn....uhn, kick and turn and dada dat DAH."

My favorite phrase was Christian and Thea saying that the wrong way for the girl to have her arms when she spun in balboa was to have "T-Rex Arms," and that one should try to avoid T-Rex Arms in Bal when possible.

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  • Post #15
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)

Oooo... I remember a story I heard about another pair of local instructors. The were describing doing a pancake, and the instructor said, "Ladies, the more you can go down on him, the better he can keep it up."

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  • Post #16
  • Originally posted Thursday, April 6, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "DCTom"
My favorites are when teachers scat to describe the movements. Oddly, it makes perfect sense.

I went to a Steven and Virginie workshop in January and Steven ALWAYS counted out/described the movement with skat. It was a lot of fun listening to him come up with different things.

  • Joined 12/20/99
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  • Post #17
  • Originally posted Friday, April 7, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "BigCat"
I always heard "Leaders, act like you're holding a beer. Followers, put your hand in the beer."

Wonder where you heard that :wink:

Keeping with the breast and ass thread, I've gotten in the habit these days of telling leaders "no squishy" - if it's soft, your hand shouldn't be on it. They get the idea about inappropriate places to touch a woman, and it also keeps them from pulling on the followers' kidneys.

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  • Post #18
  • Originally posted Friday, April 7, 2006 (8 years ago)
Quoted from "slipandslide"
Quoted from "Sommerg"
Classic: Sylvia Sykes' "Tit in pit" (the correct closed position for Balboa) [edit]
Are you sure she started that? I thought she denied that during the advanced class at Eastern Balboa last year.

Sorry, I didn't mean to say she came up with that idea. I know I have heard Sylvia say it in many Balboa classes I've taken from her!

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  • Post #19
  • Originally posted Monday, April 10, 2006 (8 years ago)

We use a lot of visual language to describe movement & feeling.

Goosh, whee, oomph, ba-dam, etc.

I've also found - but not always practiced - that scatting along and encouraging vocal feedback during a routine to be very helpful.

Kalman

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  • Post #20
  • Originally posted Monday, April 10, 2006 (8 years ago)

One of Sam West's moves on one of his Carolina Shag videos is called "The Armpit".

Lisa said on the video that she doesn't care much for the name.

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  • Post #21
  • Originally posted Monday, April 10, 2006 (8 years ago)

Nothing - NOTHING - beats Nina & Co. at GSWLF. Nina address the aerials class, her partner (I forget his name, it was like in 1999/2000) hasn't arrived yet.

"Um... this move... well, we have a name for it but I don't know if we should use it here... OK so we'll call it the neck flip."

Partner walks in...

"OK, great. So this move is called 'Bring Me My Dinner, B tch.'"

Kalman

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