Art in Motion Slowfox
02:00 Stance (Posture and Poise)
09:55 Usage of Lower body & Upper body
10:00 1st Group
Let’s now divide steps into different sections.
Let’s talk about linear steps, and later on the video, let’s talk about curve figure.
Now we are going to start now by dancing for you, a step, which is probably the most difficult step in foxtrot, but can also be the most beautiful and enjoyable to dance, if dance correctly.
11:40 1st Group Man
The timing and correct harmony between lower body and upper body is so important.
Now, if later you rewind this stay, any look at the perfect timing in you actually count the timing of our legs and the timing of our body.
You will see that it is perfectly in harmony
And this is why this very simple feather step, reverse turn, feather finish, three step can be done in such any emotional moving way.
So, first of all, so not get confused.
Let’s talk about the lower part of the body.
Now, the lower part of the body, what is the lower part of the body?
When I speak about the lower part, we mean from the hips down to the feet.
We are all aware of the usage of the standing leg.
We all understand that we must use our standing leg and we must drive from our standing leg.
But we are not all aware of our receiving leg.
What is the receiving leg?
Well, the receiving leg is what will be the next standing leg.
So, when you dance, this will confuse you or no.
So, I'll clarify for you.
Any step will not start, you should not think of the step starting from one foot and ending and another foot.
This is not one step.
This is two half steps.
So, one step starts from this position
This is the first half one step.
So if I want to dance with my right foot, the first half is dancing to the foot.
The second half is dancing out of the foot.
The first half’s dancing to foot; the second half’s dancing out of foot.
So visualize your body and, again if I use Lolaine’s body, you can understand it better
Visualize the body, your step starts from here and finishes here.
So, on Loraine’s body, if Loraine just s ……. feet at the moment
We have, this is the back, and this is the front of the swing.
This is one step.
So, Loraine will start backward now to half position.
This is where a half step starts and the step finishes on the next half.
Aaaand through the foot, and out of the foot to the next half.
This is one step.
This is what, thank you Darling, you must understand and visualize when you dance.
Not dancing from the one foot to the next foot.
No you’re dancing two half steps.
So, any time you want to use the standing leg, the first job of the standing leg is to receive the body weight.
The second job of the standing leg is to send the body weight.
So, each leg, each step receives and sends, and receives and sends.
It does not catch the body weight.
So, we do not catch the body weight.
Because if we do so, there is a moment in which we have no control of what we are doing.
So the (moving) leg goes in position.
Now, this leg is now controlling the timing, so I have sending leg, sending leg.
So my standing leg is sending, sending my body weight to my receiving leg.
The timing of my receiving leg is very important.
This leg is receiving the weight as my weight reaches the foot, my new leg goes in position.
So, if I do it to the different angle, you can see it.
If I danced slow, the leg goes in position, the leg goes in position, now the weight is received into the leg.
When the weight reaches the leg, then, the new leg goes in position.
This is the receiving leg.
This is the sending leg.
Now my weight is transferred.
My left leg, in this case, is now absorbing the weight.
(My left leg) is receiving the weight.
So, I’m in control of what speed I am transferring the weight through the foot all the way to here.
Now, this leg is now receiving the weight.
So, during control of your transfer of the weight, every single little moment of it, there is no moment in which you’re without control.
‘Cause this will cause the bodies, the two bodies do not be together.
So, we want be in control of the transfer of your weight all the time.
Therefore, we dance with two legs all the time.
A good exercise which I would like to try at all, is to actually send with your feet close and rise, now lower and divide side with
Now, if you do it side with, it is very natural.
You would never do this.
You would never do this.
Naturally as you lower, you are moving the leg in position.
Now, this is your receiving leg.
This is your sending leg.
The weight is now transferring.
This (the receiving leg) will now control what speed you are moving.
So if you want to do very slowly, as possible, if you want to do extremely slowly as possible.
From here moving leg, the receiving leg I can do it at any speed, I can do it very slowly.
Now this exercise which I would like you to try to do as slow as possible.
The foot goes in position.
Now receive the weight.
Receive the weight.
Control it with no interruption
There are no stops.
Now, very simple exercise, you can do it in this studio before you go for a lesson.
You can do it for your practice.
You can do it at home.
Just feel the change of weight and exact same feel of using two legs at the same time.
I want when I dance the feather step, the reverse turn, or feather finish.
The only difference is that instead of doing it sideways, is going to be done in front of plane, but still using the receiving leg and the sending leg.
Some using two legs all the time.
Now I’m sure that if you put in slow motion, our action you will see the position any receives, the receiving leg absorbing the weight, and feeling of pulling the weight but you receive it.
So if I dance the feather step, the reverse turn, the feather finish, and the three step, my hips, my knee, my feet will travel forward and backward.
My foot will go into the position when I will receive the weight.
So I am absorbing the weight through my actions.
If I dance the feather step, my weight is absorbed.
So this leg is now absorbing the weight, then new leg goes in position, absorbing the weight.
The reverse turn, same thing, absorb, the leg goes in position.
Now this leg