i like the analogy that, in international, the woman wants the man, but he's undecided... and she keeps letting him smell his perfume to entice him. he comes in a whiff... but he pushes her away because he doesn't want her... yet.
Still working on this one, but our coach wants us to dance standard like we are both wearing tight skirts so that our knees keep moving towards each other. Sounds like it may be a good idea for me to bring 2 tight skirts to practice for us to get the feeling. I'll have to bring one for my partner because I don't think he has one of his own.
lets see, for cuban motion: pretend that you have a bowl around your hip area,you have to brush the bowl then settle then brush the bowl the other way. It feels like you are skating.. In bolero, you have a limbo bar and you have to go under it then pull together.In Cha-cha your hips are like a bomarang on the two-three.
arms in bolero, you are inside a bubble and you are brushing the sides. Tightness in rhythm, pretend you have a hundred dollar bill between your bum checks LOL. And you have to walk across the room with it. Mambo, think about were it orignally came from tribes that thought the Gods were underground. You are trying to wake the gods.
My old partner and I used to talk about which cars gave us the right feeling for each standard dance, and we would try to envision those cars on the dance floor. I only remember three of them, but I recall waltz was a cadillac, foxtrot was a rolls royce, and quickstep was a mini.
pro likens FT to the kiddy coasters...not too much rise and fall but a rolling along...
he also has a gros image for how to lift your center...he likes to imagine that one has a meat hook pulling up from the ribcage...but these are not his best analogies...those have remained unretrievable ever since this doggone thread began...but I am certain they will surface eventually