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Leading the Running Right Turn vs. Natural Spin Turn

by Wayne Crowder Fellow, ISTD We often hear the Running Right Turn in Quickstep being broken down into a Natural Pivot Turn, 1-3 of a Foxtrot Natural Turn, and a Running Finish. Problems occur when a couple dances step 5 of the figure. How does the Lady distinguish step 5 of the Natural Spin Turn […]

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Do You Brush? And I’m Not Talking About Your Teeth

Lori Woods Gay Fellow/Examiner USISTD Most of us brush our teeth because our mothers told us to and that was good advice. Many dancers brush (one foot “to” the other)  because someone told them to. I find this  superfluous brush  about as grating as squeaking chalk on a blackboard especially when I see it in high […]

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A Judge’s Perspective

by Wayne Crowder As an adjudicator, one is asked by the competition organizer to make a critical evaluation of the dancesport athletes and rank them in order as to your preferences. In other words, you are asked to give your opinion. This is truly an honor, and one that most adjudicators take very seriously. I […]

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Have We Lost the Slow Foxtrot?

by Peter Billett Oh to see a beautiful feather or feather finish. Perhaps I am dreaming? I may be waxing nostalgic over a disappearing dance of yesteryear. It seems, most competitors are rushing through there feathers, hurrying to set up to what they perceive to be there pisce de resistance. Not realizing it, they’ve, “thrown […]

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How To Be A Successful Student

Lori Woods-Gay Fellow Member and Examiner United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing DO YOU OWN YOUR DANCING OR ARE YOU JUST RENTING IT? Over the years I’ve seen so many dancers look for the short cut or the quick fix to learning to dance. More specifically there has been a trend over the […]

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Remembering a Beloved Teacher – Elizabeth Romain

By Lori Woods-Gay With the passing of Elizabeth Romain recently, the dance world lost one of the founding giants in our industry, and a person who through her dedication, commitment to improving her craft and her personality helped mould and steer ballroom dance through its infancy up until today and who in doing so, has […]

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Helpful Teaching Hints

by Peter Waterson, Dual Fellow, I.S.T.D. FALLAWAY REVERSE AND SLIP PIVOT The Slip Pivot, as used here, adds an entirely new dimension to the dancer’s vocabulary, insomuch as the couple have to cope with using a pivot, (difficult enough when commenced in line), as a mechanism for getting back in line with partner on a […]

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Disco Freestyle and Rock & Roll

Contributed by Teresa Osborn The DFR Branch – The Disco/Freestyle/Rock ‘n’ Roll Faculty (branch) is one of the newest of all the UK’s ISTD faculties, being formed in 1990. Since its beginning the DFR Faculty has developed and continues to improve on a sound and safe technique for the Disco/Freestyle/Rock & Roll and Country Western […]

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Featuring the Feet

By Peter Waterson Dual Fellow I.S.T.D.   A number of years ago I attended the prestigious ISTD “At Home” held at London’s fabled Grosvenor House Hotel.  This event features the coveted “Basics and Standard Variations” competition for Professionals, won, that year, by our President, Peter Billett.  It also showcases the very best of British medallists […]

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American Style of Ballroom Dance

Contributed by Miriam Ellis American Style Ballroom (formerly named Smooth) includes four dances (rhythms); namely, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and Viennese Waltz. THE AMERICAN STYLE OF BALLROOM DANCE American Style Ballroom (formerly named Smooth) includes four dances (rhythms); namely, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango and Viennese Waltz. Peabody is included in the technique books, but is not a […]

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