Ideal Height Difference in Standard

wooh

Well-Known Member
#42
Two cents from a non-expert:

I like the previous comment about matching leg length. I'm moderately tall (not a giant, about 6'1") and I like to take a good long stride in waltz and foxtrot. Not many women can match my stride. I don't mind backing off a bit but it's a joy to get a long legged partner and cut loose.
Hello, long legged woman here, enjoys cutting loose.:)
 

wooh

Well-Known Member
#43
Since I'm 5'10" w/o shoes, dancing with someone who is taller is quite a luxury - I've never tried a partner taller than AmP. I wouldn't know how to do it. Out of curiousity, how does a significantly shorter follower get a big top line?
I always find it easier with taller guys, more room to stretch.
 

Ithink

Active Member
#49
I know for a fact that Bobbie didn't bend her knees or go down in her knees to make the partnership work. I never saw her bend her knees excessively and I saw her every week for 8 years. Surely if she had gone down in her knees, I would have seen it at one time or the other. There are trick that are used in both the Square school and the Body school to deal with height differences that are excessive either way.

Dancepro
Did I say she did? Not sure why you're quoting me...
 
#50
somehow, I seem to prefer dancing with shorter guys than taller ones. I'm 5'5" w.o shoes and I find it most comfortable dancing with guys around 5'8". And someone 5'7" who knows how to move is always more comfortable than a 5'10" to 6" guy. My topline also looks much better when dancing with shorter guys.
 

BM

New Member
#51
somehow, I seem to prefer dancing with shorter guys than taller ones. I'm 5'5" w.o shoes and I find it most comfortable dancing with guys around 5'8". And someone 5'7" who knows how to move is always more comfortable than a 5'10" to 6" guy. My topline also looks much better when dancing with shorter guys.
Makes sense. Trying to maintain a frame with a taller guy alone requires more brain effort for me. Trying to shape on top of that is a substantial challenge. With a shorter gent, the topline is easier to maintain, which I guess results in greater ease in shaping.
 

wooh

Well-Known Member
#52
So when y'all are saying, "with a shorter" man, are y'all meaning shorter than YOU or just shorter than the average guy? Because when I think shorter, I think shorter than me. But some of y'all seem to be saying shorter than the average guy, but still 3 inches or so taller than you.
 

Katarzyna

Well-Known Member
#57
oh really? I never expect you prefer shorter guys:D
So much easier to dance with, well, for competition and results not always best option, but lady can look herself so much better with shorter guy (as he cannot affect her quite as much :) )

I have had shorter partners before way easier to dance with than my last few tall ones
 
#58
Makes sense. Trying to maintain a frame with a taller guy alone requires more brain effort for me. Trying to shape on top of that is a substantial challenge. With a shorter gent, the topline is easier to maintain, which I guess results in greater ease in shaping.
I find excatly the opposite.. My dh, and partner is much taller than me..
About 11 inches to be exact.. I prefer to dance with tall men cause i don't bump knees with them if they are not so good at maintaining thier frame and position to the right of the lady... And most of all dislike dancing tango with shorter men.. I am 5 ft 2 in so men shorter than me is rare.. Not impossible tho!

But on the flip side of that our teacher suggested that my dh take some lessons with one of the taller teachers sometime cause it would be good for his posture...
 
#60
I don't like to dance with guys shorter than myself. Of course, I am 5'4" without heels, so shorter than myself rarely happens, but occasionally it does happen. Assuming the guy is so-so, I prefer shorter ones (like 5'7"-5'8"). Tall guys have a tendency to lean forward over the girl. If the guy is not so good and much taller than the girl, it is like double whammy.
 

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