steps you hate...and why

fascination

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#1
currently:

any sit break....hate just hanging out there with my butt sticking out
shoulder taps in swing...just goofy
chicken walks...pro says they look good on me...I feel like a moron doing them
anything in shadow....am having a rough time not leaning back...look like a beached whale with her shoulders pinned back

check spins...i look lost...

closing my fan...I am so not okay with that whole thing...please don't look at me

uh...all of samba (getting better but mainly suck mud)


that's a good enough start for now
 

BM

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#3
Any heel turns. I lack balance/control/any hint of grace whatsoever to get through those without having to avoid a serious face- or derriére-plant. ::sighs::

And yeah, I look like I'm trying way to hard with my fan. And when I'm not evidently trying to hard I'm too light on my feet. ::sighs again::
 

BM

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#5
My double reverse is almost presentable, interestingly enough. I guess it's because I loathed it so much when I learned it that I figured I'd try to get the last laugh by mastering it. I certainly haven't mastered it, but at least I don't fear for my life every time I execute it, now. :)
 

GJB

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#6
Ditto on the chicken walks - they look snotty.

Follow my leader, turkish towel, rope spinning in Cha Cha, hand to hand, reverse top ... there are a lot of boring school figures in Cha Cha.
 

Peaches

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#7
I'm realizing I don't have much a step preference--I either like or dislike dances, and will take or leave everything in them based on that.

Hate:
Those STUPID open fan thingies in am tango. Just...so...stupid, and dorky, and STUPID!!!

Standard. QS is an exception. Tango is a possible exception, but it just seems so...sterile...compared to AT. And fake! (Look at me! I'm being passionate!!!)

Smooth b/c of arm lines.

Rhythm b/c of well...it's rhythm. Swing is an exception. But I hate shoulder taps and hip checks.

Only marginally familiar with latin--hate (refuse to dance) samba.
 

fascination

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#8
My double reverse is almost presentable, interestingly enough. I guess it's because I loathed it so much when I learned it that I figured I'd try to get the last laugh by mastering it. I certainly haven't mastered it, but at least I don't fear for my life every time I execute it, now. :)
understand...had that w/ spin turns...consider it a small blessing that I never hated the dbl reverse
 

Peaches

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#10
lordie peaches...I fear you are even more obstinate than I
Nah. Just had a pure AT lesson this afternoon, and it was wonderful. I experienced the pure joy of dancing that I don't get from any ballroom lesson anymore. I even love the lessons. It just felt so...good, and I'm really left wondering why, exactly, I even care or want to work on ballroom. I can follow enough for social dancing. There's nothing in ballroom that can compare to my love of AT, and I'm really left reconsidering.
 

hereKittyKitty

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#11
OMG! I cant believe it. I have finally found a few people who hate those god awful shoulder taps in swing. Every time I express my disgust- the person I'm dancing with looks at me puzzled and says "oh this move can be really cool"

as for other steps-
The Telespin-getting easier by the day (or by the lesson) but quite a headache.
The chase from Tango- Lets just do two chases to make it harder...
The Traveling Hover Cross- the name says it all

Samba is the only dance that has caused me to leave a party in tears. That was years ago but it is the bane of my existence to this day.
 

wooh

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#13
Shoulder taps are just so silly. Like I forgot where you were so you had to tap me on the shoulder? The only time I like them is when I do them with my husband, we get into a battle of who can "tap" the hardest. I always win, because he won't hit a girl that hard, haha!
 

Ithink

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#14
The whisk in waltz - I really do... not... like... it... I like all the other steps in standard (my discipline) well enough. There are some I like more than others (developes are a favorite; telespin is something I am still trying to master; love the feather and the 1-2-3 of a natural) but the whisk holds a special place in my heart as the one I dislike the most right now... I constantly try to come up with ways to extract it from our choreography, much to my partner's chagrin...
 
#15
Ditto on the chicken walks - they look snotty.

Follow my leader, turkish towel, rope spinning in Cha Cha, hand to hand, reverse top ... there are a lot of boring school figures in Cha Cha.
For the ladies out there, just hope that your lead doesn't do the turkish towel for the whole song. Or even worse, how funny would it be to lead into kicks at the very beginning of a swing song, and just carry it through until the end of the dance?

Anyone ever had an experience like that?
 
#16
The rumba box step in American style rumba. Never liked it but really started to hate it when I was introduced to the International style basic.

Follow my lead, outside partner checks, double crossovers, three cha chas in American style cha cha. Abominations of steps, in my book. Turkish towel in International style cha cha, so cheesy...

The fan in American style tango, mainly because I'm crap at it.

The marscha in American style samba... What the hell is a merengue step doing in samba?
 
#17
The rumba box step in American style rumba. Never liked it but really started to hate it when I was introduced to the International style basic.

Follow my lead, outside partner checks, double crossovers, three cha chas in American style cha cha. Abominations of steps, in my book. Turkish towel in International style cha cha, so cheesy...

The fan in American style tango, mainly because I'm crap at it.

The marscha in American style samba... What the hell is a merengue step doing in samba?
such hostility directed at the dancefloor. just smile and have fun :)
 
#18
For the ladies out there, just hope that your lead doesn't do the turkish towel for the whole song. Or even worse, how funny would it be to lead into kicks at the very beginning of a swing song, and just carry it through until the end of the dance?

Anyone ever had an experience like that?
Well, I entered a (hustle) Jack & Jill for fun once (follow) and did exactly one move the entire song - a time step. After I stopped waiting for another to come along, I started playing with some arm styling. Ho hum. Couldn't fool around beyond that 'cause it would have messed up my poor leader. I just wished my back hadn't been to the other couples so I could have watched them.

Also spent an entire song doing samba walks. Not good, comfortable walks either. But, boy, did we cover some ground. Yikes.
 

fascination

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#19
Nah. Just had a pure AT lesson this afternoon, and it was wonderful. I experienced the pure joy of dancing that I don't get from any ballroom lesson anymore. I even love the lessons. It just felt so...good, and I'm really left wondering why, exactly, I even care or want to work on ballroom. I can follow enough for social dancing. There's nothing in ballroom that can compare to my love of AT, and I'm really left reconsidering.
because some things are worth the delayed gratification
 

fascination

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#20
The whisk in waltz - I really do... not... like... it... I like all the other steps in standard (my discipline) well enough. There are some I like more than others (developes are a favorite; telespin is something I am still trying to master; love the feather and the 1-2-3 of a natural) but the whisk holds a special place in my heart as the one I dislike the most right now... I constantly try to come up with ways to extract it from our choreography, much to my partner's chagrin...
try thinking of it as a lock that turns...then leave your butt ot a bit on the three and send your stepping leg a bit left of straight fwd...(just a thought from a former whisk hater...may be completely irrelevant to your own personal reasons for hating it)
 

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