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Change Requests

This article is to keep track of changes that are due to happen to the ticket2dance resource.

See below for general changes and then additional specific changes for every video.

You are welcome to make constructive suggestions for changes to the videos (and other content). I find your ideas helpful to improve ticket2dance. Please try to be specific if you are talking about a problem. If you are simply finding something difficult in your own dancing but can't be any more specific that is great: Let me know and I'll think about how I would help a student in one of my classes with the same question. If you think the editing or filming could be done better probably don't tell me as I already know they are not perfect and they represent a compromise between quality and quantity.

General Changes

These are changes identified for some/most/all videos.

Stop and start again if it goes wrong. This is mentioned elsewhere already but maybe needs adding to all the complete beginner videos. The main reason I emphasise this to my students, particularly at an early stage, is that I see students who do this develop better timing. I think the reason is that if you keep going when it goes wrong you start getting the wrong instinctive feel for how the dance should be and that includes the timing being wrong.

All videos have variable sound and video quality throughout. This is because the ticket2dance resource is evolving over time with new clips being recorded at different times to others. Sometimes if there is spare time during a recording session some older clips are rerecorded simply to improve the feel of an individual video as it plays.

Stepping comfortably and naturally. The idea that in social dancing our partner cannot see our feet but can feel how smoothly we step. So, aim to step comfortably for you so the experience for your partner is better. Particularly add to solo practice videos.

Add more general practice scenes. Perhaps two or three more to each one. (This is however problematic as learners can currently just pause a video and use a song to practice. The counter-argument is that having a couple on the screen doing exactly the same exercise can help with the learning.) I will address this issue one more time to try and make it as good as possible for all styles of learner.

Add more spot the mistake scenes. This is a great way to develop observation skills and also reinforces important points. I use this more in my general teaching than is currently in the videos.

More variety of partners. This is dependent on getting volunteers but I will try to sort this out.

Bonus content. It has been suggested that for some key videos a bonus video is made that mainly consists of extra guided practice time. I will try to do these and if I do may remove some content from the corresponding main video to make it a clear option to do the faster learning video on its own or add in extra practice from the bonus video to extend the learning time.

More "What comes next?" content. This might be as individual videos where each has a different starting point. You are welcome to suggest problem situations in your dancing where you could use help with ways out or more variety.

I am considering adding steps where the leader stands still and the follower moves in front or around the leader in more places. This is a fun social thing and creates a fantastic escape if the leader gets lost. It can be done in everything from waltz to rumba. The follower can for example, simply dance on their own in front of their partner, dance a circle around around their partner or do twist-type-tango steps going from side-to-side.

Varying step length. Varying step length give variety and also prepares you for dancing socially with people who might have limited movement or are comfortable with a certain step length and would prefer you to join in with their preference.

Dancing around a chair in ballroom. I find a useful exercise in dances such as waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and tango is to dance tight circles as a couple around a chair. This is unrealistic but seems to be very effective at developing basic technique. I will add this to ballroom videos where it seems useful but it does not seem sensible to include it in complete beginner tuition except for private lessons where it is felt to be a good idea.

Dancing with eyes closed in ballroom. For non-complete beginners this develops the ability to feel where the partner is and step confidently without crashing into each other. I would like to include this somewhere in the videos.

Piece of paper. This is only a guideline and that if you do it exactly it can look very regimented, make it flow less and make some moves harder later on. This will be mentioned a bit more and probably a video made on this topic to go in the latin section.

easyPartnerDance

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I still need to record the really simple partner dance I use as a quick introduction at parties. It will be the first thing people see at the start of ticket2dance and a way to get started straight away without having to read anything. I really need a volunteer couple (or group) to teach this to so I can get my teaching clear in my mind before then recording it straight afterwards with one female dancer.

Abbreviated health and safety covering "loose hands" and "I'm not in charge your bodies are".

Health and Safety

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Partner Dance Secrets

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Lots of quick tips to make your partner dancing work better. This would be great for a couple to record with me. Remind me to look in my dance folder for the file with all the tips I want to record.

Close Hold Discussion

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Known audio issue with whole video to be fixed.

Lead Follow Practice

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Generally I am keen to keep adding more to this video. If you would like to help develop it let me know and I have more things I could do with you.

Do more detail on stepping with alternate feet. Perhaps as an entire separate exercise.

Consider adding more detail to baked bean exercise. Common mistakes when following with hand on shoulder. (1) Stuck on with superglue. This prevents moves happening as you are limiting the leader's options. (2) Being so light it falls off too fast. This also limits the leader's options.

Lead and Follow Advanced Skills

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This has not been made yet.

50-50 lead-follow. I am a strong believer in sharing the leading and following half and half with my partner if possible. It can almost feel like the music is leading us. In many ways that is what is happening. Also, small moments such as one of us overbalancing can create a new thing in the dance that just happened. Also, the dance floor often leads as you simply move into the spaces that appear.

Beginning to Lead and Follow

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This has not been made yet.

Beginners generally lead differently. You might just say what you are going to do. You might work as a team and change together after a certain number of steps. You might repeat a sequence for a while. These are all great. If you can try to move on to dancing more improvised once it is feeling easier.

Tango Complete Beginner

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To be recorded. I am keen to record this soon. If I am teaching someone to dance from scratch this is usually the first thing I teach them. I rarely teach it to a particularly high level partly because I do not dance it much any more. However, dancing the basics (which is enough to enjoy social dancing already) seems to really help with learning all the other dances.

Tango has a funny social aspect to it. In many places it is socially acceptable for advanced tango dancers to turn down dances with beginners. This is not something I ever used to do (when I was more in practice) but it seems to be a thing. I believe the justification is valid that it can interfere with the really advanced skill development. However, I prefer my dancing to be more sociable with all. Anyway, that is one of the things that started me drifting away from dancing tango - plus what I find as slightly depressing music!

easyLatin

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Initially this video will be a shortened version of the rumba complete beginners video. I would really like to extend it to include different music and not repeat any scenes. The plan with ticket2dance is not to recycle any footage from one video to the next so that dedicated learners can keep getting fresh new input with every video they watch even if it is quite similar.

Latin Beginner Follower Solo Practice

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A warm up exercise will be added to the start of back basic rumba. I will stop and start a few times. This will be an easier start to the video for students who try this before getting much practice with other videos.

Latin Beginner Leader Solo Practice

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To be added: Rumba back-basic warm-up. This will be easy for some but essential for students who want to do this extra practice while they are still finding the basic step difficult.

To be added: Cha-cha back-basic and on the spot changing on the left. Cha-cha can be awkward and extra practice with this particular skill can really help leaders.

To be added: Salsa fast music practice. This is great for making the slower dancing feel easier.

To be added: I dance with a partner doing back-basic. You dance with me. We stop while my partner carries on. We join back in with her. This is great practice of many things including dealing with making a mistake without disrupting our partner's dancing.

Latin Cross Body Move

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Explanation of how to curve it so it is not in a straight line. A styling option for this move.

Running away from leader to make it a bigger move. This is great if there is space and you want to make your dancing more stretched. It is a style I have seen danced and taught but such large movements are also contrary to other styles of Salsa.

Known audio issue in "Aborted Cross Body Move" scene.

Known audio issue in "Dance Together With no Hands (Extended Practice)" scene.

Known audio issues in "Look out for Steps on the Spot", "Leader Steps", "Leader Steps Broken Down Once", "Follower Steps" and "Follower Steps Broken Down Twice". Also, it was the end of a long session when I recorded these and they are not great teaching so I aim to rerecord most of them anyway.

Latin Improver Follower Solo Practice

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Known audio issues for "Basic Step Recap for Forward-and-Back Basic", "Basic Step Recap for Cross Basic and New Yorkers", "Basic Step Recap for Side Basic", "Basic Step Recap for On-the-Spot Basic". I may rerecord this as one section where also address the idea that if the follower does clear steps it makes it easier for the leader to manage the dance and give comfortable moves at the better moments.

Travelling side basic. Add individual practice of this move.

Turns from New Yorkers. Add individual practice, including broken down, of this move.

Add styling options such as hips and hands. Some quick ideas about how to do styling.

To be added: I dance with a partner doing various basic steps. You dance with me. We stop while my partner carries on. We join back in with her. This is great practice of many things including dealing with making a mistake without disrupting our partner's dancing.

Latin Improver Leader Solo Practice

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Known audio issues in "Forward-and-back Basic Step Breakdown", "Side Basic Step Breakdown", "On-the-Spot Basic Step Breakdown" and "Cross Basic and New Yorkers Step Breakdown".

Known audio issues in "Change Between Different Steps on the Left (Salsa)" and "Change Between Different Steps on the Left (Rumba) (Second Practice)".

Travelling side basic.

Turns from New Yorkers. How to lead (start exaggerated and then calm down). Also how to dance it.

Latin Improver One or Two

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Known audio issues with "Dance Salsa on the Two" and "Dance Rumba on the Two". This will not be rerecorded unless requested as I think it is not too bad.

Starting a Dance in Latin (Intermediate)

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Not made yet.

Not starting on the first beat. Starting on, say, the second beat of the bar is an alternative, dynamic option.

Phasing in. Start slowly and speed up coming in time after a short/long while.

Leaders starting (or not) on the left. Why this is generally done and alternative options. A key reason is that the fashion is for the leader's left and follower's right to be on the beat number 1 (or 2) of 8.

Playing with the Timing in Latin (Intermediate)

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Phasing in and out with the beat. Learn to drift off and then back onto the beat. I like to do this in response to something in the music.

Rumba Complete Beginner

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Known audio issue in "Watch and Copy Back Basic". Please let me know if you think this needs re-recording.

Known audio issue in "Off and Back Onto the Paper" scene. Please let me know if you think this needs re-recording.

Known audio issue in "How Many Steps?" scene. Please let me know if you think this needs re-recording.

Known audio issue in "Shape of Steps Together" scene.

Known audio issue in "Stop and Start Practice (Repeat)". Please let me know if you think this needs re-recording.

Extra scene to be added: Explanation of different hands when dancing as a couple. For example, holding hands, only holding on the closed side and not holding hands.

Extra scene to be added: Do not overextend the back leg. Keep something in reserve and only step back, maybe, 50%. This is a common style option and in a crowded dance floor essential or you will be crashing into a lot of poeple.

Extra scene to be added: Stand slightly offset. This is not so important in latin at the early stages but you might find yourself dancing closer or doing more technical moves. To avoid treading on each other's feet or crashing knees it helps to stand offset.

Extra scene to be added: More practice merging from back-basic to on-the-spot. I find this a very useful exercise and think it would be good to have it in the video a second time.

Rumba Beginner Forward-and-Back Basic

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This video is fairly short. I aim to add some extra scenes including breaking-down the individual steps, some "spot the mistake" clips (for example always going forwards or still doing back basic or going forwards on the wrong side) and maybe more practice.

Rumba Beginner Side Basic

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Whole video to record.

Rumba Beginner Criss-Cross Basic

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Whole video to record.

Rumba Beginner New Yorkers

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Rumba Beginner Slow Turns and Dance Arounds

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The demonstration at the end mainly has turns in 3 beats which is maybe misleading. I am considering adding a simpler demonstration first.

I am considering adding a second bonus video on this topic covering various options in more detail. Let me know if that sounds useful for you.

Extra Scene to be added. Mention useful numbers such as dance-around in 9, turn in 3, pre-lead walk turn so follower can easily turn in 3 meaning you can flow straight into another move, etc. (Probably this will be done as a separate intermediate video.)

Rumba Beginner Rotating Forward-and-Back Basic

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Known audio issue: "Stop and Start Exercise" and "Changing Every Four (Faster Music)".

Extra scene to be added: "Dancing Forward-and-Back Basic Individually (With Music)" which will be an easier introduction to the new content.

Extra scene to be added: "Dancing Forward-and-Back Basic Individually (Without Music)" which will discuss the forward-and-back basic a bit while doing some extra bits of practice.

Rerecord scene: Add more detail to the scene "Shape of Forward-and-Back Basic" (also has audio issues).

Rumba Improver Turns from New Yorkers

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Rumba Improver Travelling Side Basic

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Salsa Complete Beginner

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Known audio issue in "Mirror Discussion" scene.

"Shape of the Back Basic" has known audio issues.

"Join in or Watch" and "Continuous Practice" have known audio issues and are due to be reshot with more explanation from the teacher as the dancing happens.

"Stop and Start Practice" scene to be added. Possibly as part of an optional second extended practice video.

"Dancing to Faster Music" has known audio issues. Due to be reshot and possibly put in second extended practice video.

In general many issues are not repeated from the rumba complete beginners video. If you would find it useful to have them repeated here let me know but I think that in general people would prefer to get solid with rumba and then not have salsa taught so slowly.

Salsa Beginner Forward-and-Back Basic

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"Breaking the Steps Down", "Stop and Start Practice" and "Changing on the Left" have known audio issues. To be reshot.

Salsa Improver Spot Turns

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An older style of move that I would like to have a video for.

Salsa Improver Travelling Side Basic

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Done as improver as difficult to fast salsa music. Extensions to do as grapevine or other varient steps may be done in this or in bonus video.

Salsa Intermediate Walk Turns and Dance-Arounds

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Walk turns and dance arounds are done as intermediate for Salsa because they are more difficult to do well in Salsa as stepping is faster. This is very much a chance to slow down and both leader and follower can do whatever they like. Style option is making your movements very simple and understated. Another style option is doing lots of hips and enjoying the slow turn, dance around or standing and waiting in this way. I will often teach this to complete beginners but only in a controlled enviroment where I am providing relatively slow salsa music for them to dance to.

Cha Cha Complete Beginner

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Cha Cha Beginner Forward-and-Back Basic

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Known audio issues in "Changing on the Left", "Stop Start Practice", "Dance Continuously" and "Regular Pattern Practice" scenes.

Known audio issue with "Step Breakdown".

Cha Cha Beginner Side Basic

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Known audio issue with "Side Step Overcommit Problem".

Known audio issue with "Side Basic Feet Positions".

Cha Cha Beginner New Yorkers

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Add scene explaining that only first step is off the piece of paper. However, because there is so much turn it is not so exactly on the piece of paper as other latin basic steps. Also explain that this is very difficult unless you dance full speed when the feet can slide.

Cha Cha Beginner Criss Cross Basic

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Known audio issue with "Only One Person Steps Across" and "Shape of the First Step".

Add scene to show how leaders can strongly lead the follower in their steps.

Add scene explaining that you still return to the piece of paper.

Add scene really spelling out that one partner does back basic while the other does cross basic and yes it feels really strange to a lot of people to begin with.

Cha-Cha Beginner Rotating Forward-and-Back Basic

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Cha-Cha Improver Turns from New Yorkers

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Merengue Complete Beginner

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Not made yet.

Section 2 will cover the basic step of one-two (be calm, better to run slightly behind the beat), then dancing on the spot, then slowly rotating together.

Section 3 will cover in-and-out facing in 8 steps, then follower turn slowly, then leader can also turn slowly, then follower dance-around slowly, then leader can also dance-around slowly, then hands in middle rotate, then change hands during move. This gives a basic set of options to vary. Some students will run with this and improvise and others then need more structure.

I like to cover the simple "picture frame" move in the first lesson as it seems a nice fun way of showing how things can be combined. follower turning each way with crossed hands, making frame on each side, not turning for a bit at end of each turn for contrast

Section 4 will have first me leading some dances calling moves, then a recap that you find what works for you and feels natural which might just be 2 or 3 of the things from this lesson, then finally a song for free practice.

Merengue Complete Beginner Extra Practice

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Not made yet.

This will simply have some more example, led dances. It will also have a recap of the two moves, the fact either person can do it and the fact you can change hands or just let go if it goes wrong.

easyBallroom

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Currently this will be a shortened version of the foxtrot complete beginners video. The long term plan is to have every video use unique footage to improve the overall learning experience. If you want to learn this simple dance you can do to almost any type of music let me know and it would be a big help.

Starting a Dance in Ballroom (Beginners)

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Not made yet.

Weight changes. A dedicated video to help with how to stand together, change weight and start dancing.

Starting a Dance in Ballroom (Intermediate)

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Not made yet.

Not starting on the first beat. Starting on, say, the last beat of the previous bar is an alternative, dynamic option.

Phasing in. Start slowly and speed up coming in time after a short/long while.

Just Slows in Ballroom (All Levels)

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Not made yet.

For me this is the glue that holds together all my social quickstep and foxtrot dancing and even partly my Waltz. With some partners they don't get it and I do standard basic; With all partners that engage with the slows I use it as a framework to put all the fun stuff on and I find it works really well.

All orientations. Slows can be done in so many different ways. Just playing with some of them can make a really complex dance that is possible with even very new beginners if they are relaxed and open to moving with the lead.

How to Follow Quicks in Ballroom (All Levels)

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A rise often happens during the quicks.

The leader often gives a sense of rushing or moving more strongly during quicks.

Followers need to complete their step once they start. If, as a follower, you begin a step and then feel the leader accelerate then generally you should not think "oh I have done something wrong I should be taking a larger step". Instead you should think "I responded to the lead at the time and took a smaller step so if I am being accelerated now I need to complete the step in good time and perhaps take another one straight away". This is fairly advanced and needs you to be comfortable with the basics. A lot of this seems to come down to communication with a particular partner and not be based on hard-and-fast rules.

If going sideways I find it much easier to lead or follow. If the follower completes the first step in good time then because the feet have closed the follower just has to take another step to keep moving if they are still being led.

For social dancing it is good to make a strong contrast in the slows. This can be done by making them more methodical with a sense of slowing during the end of each step. This might be argued to be "wrong" by some styles of dancing but I have simply found it to be effective so use it. Note, if my partner and I are comfortable dancing together and both of us have sharp lead/follow skills this slow down can be very subtle and not visible to watchers.

Argentine Tango has some good ideas about lead-follow of individual steps and how to do slows and quicks. This includes sharply finishing a step and being ready for the next one. In Argentine Tango a slow step can be thought of as simply a quick step with a pause afterwards: the fact all steps are effectively quicks therefore makes quicks easier to do! It also has the technique of raising onto your toes to force quicks to happen due to inability to take long steps.

Waltz Complete Beginner

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A section (perhaps as a separate, short video) with practice listening to the beat in the music.

"Is it forward-close-close or forward-forward-close"? The answer is that usually people dance somewhere between the two where the second step is a smaller forward step. However, I definitely do both in my social dancing depending on the music and other things.

Leader and follower standing together stepping breakdown. This will be a brief look for those who want extra help including a look at how we always step "on the same side".

Stepping sometimes forwards and sometimes on the spot. Changing between the two is a great exercise for section 2.

Known audio issue in "Lead by Indicating".

Waltz Beginner Dancing Closer

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Waltz Beginner Promenade

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Video to be recorded.

A simplified way into this fun position. Leader learns to very very gently go into promenade position giving the follower 6 beats or more to pick their moment to go into it. Doing it sharply is difficult and if done wrong could cause injury so we do a simple version just so we can get into this fun position early on.

Waltz Beginner Solo Practice

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Scene to add: "Stepping on Alternate Feet". I think this urgently needs adding as it is really useful for a lot of students.

Waltz Beginner Solo Practice (Extra Exercises for Leaders)

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This video is yet to be made.

Dancing with a broom. A silly but effective way to work on your dancing without a partner.

Include scene about holding back and only stepping once follower has gone.

Waltz Improver Curved Basic

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This is often done wrong by beginners. More exercises will be added to help pick up mistakes by the viewer, particularly dealing with whether the curve is in the correct direction.

Some scenes are out of focus. These have been left in as it is felt time is currently better spent recording new clips than rerecording these out-of-focus clips that are still usable.

Known audio issues in scenes "Curve on Left Detail" and "Curve on Right Detail".

Two different approaches are covered in the video. It is taught with an emphasis on the shoulders and also on the feet. Let me know if this is confusing and needs extra discussion. My intention is that you can find what works for you and you have the demonstration dances to show you approximately what you are aiming for.

Leaders step between the follower's legs. This is briefly mentioned but I may add an extra confirmation of this as it can be a point of confusion.

Waltz Improver All Forwards

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Waltz Improver Leader Backwards

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Waltz Improver Leader Curve Backwards

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Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Right

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Add additional exercise, perhaps after the scene "Follower Steps Without Music" where we reinforce the principle that the move must be initiated when the leader is about to step on the first beat of a bar with the right foot.

It is also possible to do half this move and then start travelling backwards. However, this is dangerous as you are travelling backwards around the dance floor afterwards. Generally it also an awkward thing to do. A future possibility is to add an intermediate lesson about this.

Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Left

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This is currently fairly short and is designed to be done after the 360 turn to the right with the students working a lot out for themselves. I could make this more self-contained by adding more scenes with the basic skills from the 360 Turn to the Right video repeated. Please tell me if this would be useful for you.

Waltz Improver 360 Turn Both Ways

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Waltz Improver Promenade Position from Left

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During this video I sometimes say "leaders left" and sometimes "lets go now". If there is not enough emphasis on the need to do it when the leader is on their left please let me know. I may record additional advice on this topic perhaps as an extra practice scene.

I intend to record a "dancing naturally" where we keep doing basic with a pause after each set of three steps. Each time discuss whether we could do the promenade move now.

Waltz Improver Promenade Position from Right

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This video has not been made yet.

This is a contrasting video to go with the other improver promenade video.

Go into promenade on a set of three where leader starts with the right.

In this case second step is still forwards.

Steps 2 and 3 are all about opening up arms and fitting into a new shape "promenade".

Hold the shape then carry on.

Waltz Intermediate Developing 360 Turns

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Note, this is like a Polka or Viennese Waltz but different timing.

Extend into under-turning by coming in and leaving at an angle.

Develop the idea the leader can dance backwards for a while after 180, making sure they angle the correct foot the correct way on each first step.

Popular combination is to do it to the right and then to the left (natural turn, forward basic, reverse turn).

Waltz Intermediate 180 Turn to Right

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Instead of completing the 360 degrees it is possible to break out and do something else after 180 degrees. This is obviously true as a move never needs to be finished. However, splitting after three steps is one of the more natural-feeling choices that often fits well with the music. Maybe my favourite option here is often called a telemark but there are plenty of other choices too. (This particular 180 turn is often called a natural turn.)

Waltz Intermediate 180 Turn to Left

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Instead of completing the 360 degrees it is possible to break out and do something else after 180 degrees. This is obviously true as a move never needs to be finished. However, splitting after three steps is one of the more natural-feeling choices that often fits well with the music. Maybe my favourite option here is often called a telemark but there are plenty of other choices too. (This particular 180 turn is often called a reverse turn.)

Waltz Intermediate Leader Stands Still

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At any point the leader can stand still at any point and let follower dance around him.

This can be developed as specific instances in your dancing or as a general skill to drop whenever it feel right.

This can be used to create the popular move often called the wing.

Foxtrot Complete Beginner

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Add scene with more detail about the quicks. There are many issues to do with the quicks. For example, the slow immediately after the quicks can feel odd and some people have to think of it as being extra-slow even though it is not.

Known audio issue in "Stepping Naturally". It is very quiet/noisy and I aim to re-record this asap.

Audio issue in scene "Leader's Watch Behind Your Partner", "The Leader Dances Forwards", "Step on the Same Side", "Close Hold", "Dancing Closer Means Being More Careful", "Alternative Way to Start", "Moving the Upper Body", "Dealing With an Obstacle", "Leaders Step Smaller if Necessary", "Leader Waits for the Follower to Step".

Minor audio issue in "Dance Naturally", "Turning Stepping into Dancing", "Stop-Start Practice" and "How to Place the Feet". This will be rerecorded if requested.

Depending on feedback I may move some of the practice time content into a second optional video to keep the main video shorter.

Possibly add more dancing closer content in an optional bonus video.

Add scene early on where the forwards, backwards and on-the-spot are practised with stops and starts. Stopping and starting is a great way to improve basic skills.

Extra scene "Leaders Do Not Reach". Even if a leader is being sympathetic to their partner and the music it is possible to keep reaching too far. Remember that it is easier to step forwards than backwards so you it will probably feel like you are holding back a bit in your forwards step. Please be understanding that a backwards step is harder!

Known audio issue in "Breaking Down the Individual Steps". Please let me know if you think this needs re-recording.

Foxtrot Beginner Slow Slow Quick Quick Basic

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Known audio issue in "Breaking Down the Individual Steps Together", "Dancing Around the Room", "Follower Forward Step Can be Awkward" and "Followers Please Allow Mistakes".

The slow-slow-quick-quick is referring to four steps. Typically this is understood initially but can be forgotten later. Review video and ensure this is being addressed later as well. Perhaps make a scene about timing to put in towards the end of section 3 that addresses this and related issues. Also mention here that the step after the quick can feel odd. Also mention that for a lot of people there is a temptation to speed up which is often caused by rushing the slow that comes after the two quicks: you really have to slow back down straight away after the quicks.

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Step length during the side-step is being considered for a scene of its own.

Foxtrot Beginner Follower Solo Practice

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Add practice dances where we do all slows and also slow-slow-quick-quick. We will stop and start again when we change stepping.

Individual practice of varying the step length in the slow-slow-quick-quick basic. Partly we will be looking at how to fit around our partner for angled dancing and partly it will just be to become more flexible in our dancing.

Some kind of following exercise where I lead a dance and you follow (similar to that in one of the latin follower videos).

Foxtrot Beginner Leader Solo Practice

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Which way should I face as we dance around the room? Depends. Forwards if doing slow basic and the wall if doing SSQQ basic.

Quickstep Complete Beginner

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Quickstep Beginner Slow Slow Quick Quick Basic

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Quickstep Beginner Slow Slow Quick Quick Basic Extended Pattern

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A third set of steps is sometimes added to the pattern. I am not a fan of this because I think it adds a lot of complication for little extra benefit. Beginners typically just want to get going. I have included this in case you need it to help you dance with others on your local social scene.

Quickstep Beginner Follower Solo Practice

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Quickstep Beginner Leader Solo Practice

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Quickstep Improver Running Steps

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Review/learn to extend the quicks beyond just two so it becomes a running movement.

Learn to do this in promenade position so that it looks/feels different. The ending is not important and you can just regroup and start again.

Quickstep Improver Slow Steps Offset and Promenade

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Known audio issues in the scenes "Offset Position Step Breakdown", "Offset into Promenade", "Promenade into Offset" and "Offset into Promenade (Repeat)".

I am considering recording a scene looking at how to make the change between offset and promenade sharper. The problem is that this can be dangerous if not done well. So for video purposes I may teach this as a styling option for the follower.

There is not dance naturally scene. One needs to be added showcasing how the offset and promenade can be combined with standard slow stepping to make a nice dance.

Quickstep Improver Follower Slow Zig Zag

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After the individual steps have been covered and dancing them together add extra scene with repetitive practice.

Add a dancing naturally scene so students can see us practising and get more of an idea of what to do.

Because it follows on from promenade the leader arm position has not been mentioned. However, adding a quick reminder could be useful.

Quickstep Improver Leader and Follower Slow Zig Zag

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This is currently up as a short video as I have some footage done and wanted to share it. I aim to extend this as currently only useful for people very good at copying something danced full speed on the video. It will never have all four sections but still is shorter than I intend.

Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Right

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Known audio issues in scenes "Pivot Turn Back on Right is Less Useful" and "Dance Continually Explanation".

Perhaps add a scene explaining how it can be over- or under-turned.

Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Left

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Quickstep Improver Pivot Turn Back on Both

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Quickstep Intermediate Dropping into Quicks From Slows (to the Right)

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Video not made yet. This is not really a move. It is mainly aimed at the leaders. If you can learn to do this it is an indication that your feeling for when to do things in the dance is getting really good. If you can feel spontaneously when a move is possible it is a key moment when you can stop doing pre-planned sequences/routines and start truly interpreting the music.

To do the quicks to the right you have to have just stepped with the left foot. We will look at this by highlighting when we are on the left. Stopping so we can analyse the position. Then I will start doing count-downs so we can do the quicks in the correct place. Then, finally, the aim is to do them without a countdown just doing it in the correct place.

The slow just before the quicks is still between followers legs and not exaggerated, experienced dancers tend to do the build-up to the lead (as many leaders use an element of "pre-lead") mainly with the upper body. Anyway, even if this is not something you want to/can do then some sense it is about it happen, perhaps saying "quicks now", can be a good idea.

Do the quicks sideways as that is a good beginner approach to make them easier. I am a fan of this because it means this move tends to work even if the follower is a complete beginner.

Quickstep Intermediate Dropping into Quicks From Slows (to the Left)

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Quickstep Intermediate Leader Backwards

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What to do if the leader is going backwards? When I started dancing this would crop up occasionally so I learnt to deal with it. Now, I try to force it to happen as I find it is a fun choice which opens up more variety.

All slows. This is maybe the easiest option.

SQQSQQ zig-zag is a really fun move when the leader is going backwards.

Quicks to leaders rhs going in a line perhaps extending the quicks past just two. This is another option

There are many other options and in the video we will try to give a good overview and prepare you to either learn or improvise lots more.

Quickstep Improver Follower Quicks Around Leader

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The follower can travel around the leader taking repeated quicks. I find an easy way out is to count them as pairs of steps and then join the follower going sideways to escape. Or, we can stop and then carry on after a pause.

Quickstep Intermediate SSQQ Patterns

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A strong element of the quickstep style is the SSQQ pattern. In this video we lookk at various ways this pattern can be played with to add variety to our dancing. The ability to go with a spontaneous change of direction to use a gap in the dance floor will also be looked at.

Quickstep Intermediate SQQ Patterns

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A dynamic variant of the quickstep style is the SQQ pattern. In this video we lookk at various ways this pattern can be played with to add variety to our dancing. The ability to go with a spontaneous change of direction to use a gap in the dance floor will also be looked at.

If you can improvise both SSQQ and SQQ patterns you are ready to grab almost any moment in the dance and make an instant change in direction. This can enable you to weave in and out of gaps on the dance floor.

Quickstep Intermediate Running Steps

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Extending the improver skill beyond just quicks. Video yet to be made.

Review how to get into promenade position.

Recap just doing quicks and then regrouping to start again afterwards however you want.

Learn to get into promenade and then straight back into close hold to get the feeling of both transitions really sharp and natural.

Learn to do slows while in prom position.

Getting back into close hold after some slows. There is a fair chance this will be easy for an intermediate dancer at this stage in the lesson but it is worth covering anyway.

Doing quicks while in promenade position. This time try to finish a step together so ending is neater. It is possible to finish on either foot and each will make the ending look different and create different options of what to do next.

Learn to get back into close hold after doing running steps more neatly.

Advanced technique of varying between slows and quicks during promenade position travel. This gives the ability to create variety and perhaps musicality within the travelling movement beyond either a continuous sequence of quicks or slows.

Fun option of doing very slow stepping, kicks, etc in prom pos. If you are doing slows you can do something like step-kick-step-kick or another pattern as you travel forwards together.

Jumps are possible if you can brace and launch together. The stronger you are and the more space there is the larger the jump can be.

Quickstep Intermediate QQ Spontaneity

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Spotting where to put in a quick-quick just in the moment when there is a gap in the correct direction. A quick-quick is like an acceleration. The ability to grab any moment and drop in a pair of quicks can transform your dancing. Once I learnt to do this it meant that sometimes, instead of stopping to avoid a collision on the dance floor, I was able to accelerate away from it. It also helped my dancing become more musical.

Quickstep Advanced Rock Steps

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This is an odd option and can be over-done. I almost only use it if there is a hold-up and I know there is no-one directly behind me that will crash into me. My experience is that as a more advanced dancer I may use these more often as a powerful move to link other moves, deal with sudden stops and interpret the music.

Recap by starting in couples, offset feet, weight changes to get in sync, then start dancing around the room.

Upper body still once going.

Learn to do rock steps in time with the music, walk forwards, count down, then immediately do rock steps (rock towards side of front foot).

Model feet being forward-and-back not side-by-side during the rock steps.

Do in couples, as with the previous exercise done during walks.

There needs to be a sense on the previous slow that something different is about to happen (perhaps even just say "slowing down").

Top tip: followers just follow, you will often find yourself stepping late and this is good as it shows you are following well and waiting until you have a really clear idea of what to do (the alternative is panicky stepping, changing, etc). The look of the dance is considered by many to be much better if the follower has a slight delayed reaction as it can be seen as more of a flow of energy. Alternatively as you get more advanced the leader can initiate with an almost invisible upper-body movement meaning you still appear to step together but at this point the follower stepping slightly later is still a stage in learning.

Top tip: during rock-steps do not move feet front feet too much.

Without partner I lead exercise where everyone walks forwards, I count-down (from an even or odd number between 4 and 8 ish), we do rock-steps and then start turning to side of foot that is forward.

With partner you can try it during standard dancing practice, note that the closer the front feet the better, also note that both of you just turn towards the front foot during rock-steps and works perfectly.

Top-tip can extend the rock steps into rotations (don't drag follower round, turning to right is generally better).

When doing rock steps (and particularly when trying to turn) it is not important to try and have your right foot between your partner's feet, instead just have the two front feet side-by-side (I teach this by standing with legs in rock-step position and challenge follower to come and step into position with me) as you get better you might go slightly past the other person's foot to increase spin speed.

Quickstep Advanced Hops

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You can add a little "hop" just before a step in Quickstep that does not take up any time (just takes the last moment of the previous beat) but then creates a new feel for the next step(s). Fun!!

Quickstep Advanced Double-Quicks

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If you are really up on tip-toe and the leader really drives movement then can get follower to join in with doing two beats per beat (twice as fast as the normal quicks). This might just be for one beat (making equivalent of a "quick-a-quick" as it is called in some versions of ballroom) or for longer. In my experience, if the follower is agile enough to step this fast and has good timing it usually works and if they know the move from somewhere it is even more likely to work.

easyJive

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To be finished. This is something very new I am attempting. Everything else you see here I have been teaching since as far back as approximately the year 2001. I have very recently started trying to create a completely new, and easier, way to learn modern jive. I am well on the way and the help of one or more couples who want to learn modern jive is needed so that I can finish. I have a system for getting you doing a range of approximately 5 or 6 moves completely improvisationally within about 30 minutes but still need to add a couple more things so that you would be able to dance completely naturally with other people that have learnt with other systems.



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