Ballroom Dance > Ideal Height Difference in Standard

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by 10Dancer, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    Yes indeed - and its not all predictable either. You can be short and prefer talller men (logical since thats what you are likely to get) or tall and like short men but we've had several tall women who prefer tall me (self included) though I don't think we've had a short woman who prefers shorter men..

    come to think of it, I wonder which of the dwarves danced in 'so you think you can dance' with Snow White...
  2. WaltzElf

    WaltzElf New Member

    Each time I've gotten a new partner, she's been progressively shorter. My first partner was what people generally consider "the ideal hight" perhaps an inch or two shorter than me with heels.

    Second partner was a few inches shorter, but still well within the "comfortable" range.

    Newest partner is about shoulder height with heel.

    I am most comfortable with my newest partner - anyone taller feels "too big" for me now.
  3. ashybang

    ashybang New Member

    All my dance partners have been approx 4-5 inches shorter than me apart from one lady who was just 2" shorter.

    They have all been brilliant to dance with, however the tallest partner somehow gave a more comfortable `feel`.
  4. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    Hmm. So unless you are 7' or so I suppose we are not meant for each other... :)

  5. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member

    I meant, shorter than average. For me, I am 5'5" and that makes me 5'7.5" with shoes. I prefer dancing with guys between 5'7" and 5'8" which means that we are either the same height or me (the lady) is slightly taller in shoes.

    I think 5'8" is ideal for me and 5'7" to 5'9" would be just great, given that the guy knows how to move and doesn't have particularly short legs, of course. ;) I am, however, at the moment dealing with a 6'0" guy, which is not all that fun...
  6. SwingWaltz

    SwingWaltz New Member

    I'm not sure about the ideal height, well I don't go around measuring people's height anyway. For me, it's a matter of if I feel comfortable dancing with her. A couple of things I look for in terms of height match:

    1. Similar hip level, so when I take a step our legs movement and stride match.

    2. When I put my arm level with my shoulder, the lady should comfortably fit in the frame.

    3. Something independent of height is body type, probably off the track of this thread, but I think body type is as important as height. Not to discriminate against any body type, but I have really slender body and dancing with someone 3 times the size of me despite the height is plain awkward.
  7. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    It's all in the leg length...
  8. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member

    I still think it's more than just the leg length though. I've danced with a partner who's about 6 inches taller. However, our leg lengths match almost exactly. The feeling is still not so good though. For the steps/moving part, it is OK. But I just don't like the topline we have, or more precisely, the topline I have. It doesn't matter how well our leg lengths matched, there is still this difference with the shoulder level, and I just have to say that it's much easier to shape with a shorter guy. or maybe, I am just lazy... ;)
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I agree is very hard I think to keep the shoulders down and shapewith the head when the arms have to be extended higher up with a tall man and further out WRT wingspan...granted, that in and of itself creates a larger shape but it is a different one than the one I am accustomed to being able to achieve through my own body...sort of like; if the flower can't get up and over the edge of the vase, it can't really shape as it might....I feel like I can't get up and over the I am certain that it is b/c I am just not smart enough yet...but it doesn't change my reality at the moment...makes note to self to have this discussion with NP
  10. BM

    BM New Member

    And here, my friends, we have an excellent example of getting the nail right in the head! Well said, Fasc.

  11. Troo dat.
  12. Standarddancer

    Standarddancer Well-Known Member

    arm length matters too, maybe not as much as leg length or shoulder height
  13. Standarddancer

    Standarddancer Well-Known Member

    lovely cute expression!
  14. asdepique

    asdepique Member

    I was taking advanced courses with a woman much shorter than me. I'm 6"0", She's about 5 '0". Last week, I stopped after 6 weeks of group classes, because it's increase the level of difficulty when learning tough variations. The others couples in my class seem to learn the variation more quickly. It wasn't the case before, when I was dancing with taller partners.
  15. Andreth

    Andreth Member

    At 5' 8 1/2" (just found out about that 1/2", so I am excited about it and must mention it, lol), in my shoes (at 5' 11") I end up dancing with lots of guys just about my height, and have gotten used to that. Now I've started with a practice partner who is 6' 3", and that is a totally different feeling. Everyone says we're a perfect height match (and in those terms and build/body type, yes, we're pretty much ideal), but it doesn't feel as good as with some of the shorter guys. Like everyone has been saying, I'm not sure how exactly the extension works when you're dancing with someone significantly taller, besides the fact that most beginnner tall guys tend to hover over the follow (and he definitely does too). And what about the legs? I'm used to worrying about my knee ending up in inappropriate places (lets just say), and now my waist is quite a bit lower than his, so he is the one having that issue, partly I think because he tends to bend the knees when going forward rather than extending and pushing onto the moving leg from the standing leg. Trying to figure out how to maintain contact and yet still not get in his way is frustrating sometimes.
  16. reb

    reb Active Member

    I'm 6' 2" and my wife is 5'6 1/2" ish - many people say we are well matched height-wise. Her pro partner may be a little taller than I am and when people compliment them I can see what they are talking about (I'm his stunt double ;) after all).
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    further confirmation that you need an Am smooth partner from indiana...:)...I am exactly 5' 6 and 1/2 ish
  18. reb

    reb Active Member

    :D :D

    Well, let's see, we moved Northward from LA to San Francisco - does that help any?
  19. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    pout...not particularly...but I am persistant :)
  20. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Actually reb, I think your wife's pro partner may be an inch shorter than you...but what's an inch or two, and heck I LOOK 5'6"...are you auditioning smooth partners? LOL

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