Great dance analogies

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by skwiggy, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    'Cause then it's harder to spend that hunski afterward...
  2. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    am having same blank-out...
  3. Auntie Crazy

    Auntie Crazy New Member

    To describe the millisecond delay between the leader's movement and the follower's - in smooth - my pro asked me to picture him with flippers on (I'm not kidding) that my feet are attached too. When he steps forward, in a rolling motion, his heel comes down, then his toe, the flipper and then, continuing that rolling motion, my toe and my heel. :eek:

    I've lately been referring to him as the "allegory king", 'cause darn near everything he teaches has a hilarious description attached to it. His other students and I laugh about it all the time (even as we retain the points he's trying to make *smile*).
  4. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    So here is my little story... not quite an analogy, but funny anyway.

    I had a very very tall black student. Everytime he lowered his whole body would slump and his chest would collapse. I told him that everytime he goes down into his knees, his body-spine-chest needed to continue to grow upward (trying to get him aware of the muscles that support his upperbody)

    He was swinging around the room by himself (on a full floor!) and I am calling to him LOUDLY from across the room... "Lower your knees, grow your body... knees down, grown your body.... knees grow.... knees grow.... knee-grow, knee-grow, knee-grow..."

    I suddenly realised the horrified look of the people in the studio as I cheerfully yelled the word negro at this very large black man. Fortunatley he has a great sense of humor, and so do I. We laughed about it for months. The studio owners are far less fun loving and were pissed.
  5. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    truly funny... what are the odds! i can imagine the laugh you guys musta had over that!
  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    omg...choke.....

    and I thought my current lessons focused on sticking my butt out were bad enough b/c pro used to train dogs and anyone who walked by would on ly be hearing "SIT" every 4 beats...but...um...that's a lulu Larinda.....
  7. 9dncr

    9dncr New Member

    OMG Larinda that is the best story... i can imagine being one of the spectators trying to concentrate on what I was doing and thinking what the heck! It would have been hysterical.
  8. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    Ah, I remember saying very weird things during my lessons... hysterical. Those were the good old days.

    T_E
  9. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    in foxtrot... pushing lily pads away underfoot as they float on thick oil
  10. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    :-?:confused: Huh. ... Huh.
  11. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    No Samina that's for Frogstrot:wink:
  12. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

  13. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    not feeling that one? works magic for me...
  14. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    :tongue:
  15. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    I have a hard time with most dance analogies--my brain just doesn't seem to work that way. But that one in particular...really doesn't work for me, lol.
  16. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    i remember when he first mentioned it and we tried some foxtrot... when we stopped, i exclaimed (yep, exclaimed... lol) "omg... it's just like that -- what a cool feeling!"

    taking the image into the action and feeling what happens is my favorite bit of working with analogies.
  17. NielsenE

    NielsenE Active Member

    again not an analogy, but in line with Larinda's story....

    One of the latin coaches I use to work with a lot would yell "Shift, Shift, Shift, Hold Hold" for the rumba... but with his accent the 'f' from lost from shift.... always wondered what the studio neighbors thought was going on....
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I love dance analogies...they tend to work wonders for me
  19. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    First foot action in tango promenade - 'squash a very large caterpillar'
  20. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    One of my first AT teachers had a couple of exercises he liked me to do. One was named "kick the boyfriend," the other was named "squish the bug." I didn't get anything out of the exercises at the time, but I remember them (and do them!) 2 years later. That's worth something...

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