Use of weight to produce movement

Use of Weight to Produce Movement Master Class By David Hamilton     Notes, comments and interpretations by Paul Hughes Body in Motion Using the terms and vocabulary of physics of motion in our…


A time-motion analysis of turns performed by highly ranked Viennese waltz dancers By Jerneja Prosen, Nic James, Lygeri Dimitriou, Janez Perš, Goran Vučković

Twenty-four dance couples performing at the 2011 IDSF (International DanceSport Federation) International Slovenia Open were separated into two groups. Time and speed of movement were analysed during single natural and reverse turns performed during the Viennese waltz. The results are of value to dancers and coaches alike.

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She ain’t heavy she’s my partner By Keith Morris

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.


“It’s not always the fault of the man.” Yeah, right… By Barry Gasson

There have been more words spoken and written about the Waltz Natural Turn than any other twenty steps combined. Back in 1974, Michael Barr and Vicki Green visited New Zealand. In the time…


Barry Gasson on 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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Written by Barry Gasson: 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 that the man must know how to lead…


The production of quality tango, by Barry Gasson

  The tango stance   To create a broad idea as to an idealistic stance one must consider the feet being offset approximately 45 degrees to left of body alignment, as distinct from…


The Unwritten Rule, by Barry Gasson

Barry Gasson provides a valuable study of the unwritten technical details that create beautiful Forward and Backward Walks.


From Barry Gasson: The Absolute Importance of the Right Foot Walk

In the world of Ballroom Dancing, there are literally millions of variations, steps, figures, choreographic highlights, trick-steps etc. None of them come remotely close to the importance of the right foot walk, or more importantly, the differences that exist between the right foot  walks when performed in different dances.


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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