Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Turns

The people of this section are turning out to be very good dancers. And most are becoming aware that the basic movements may be used in dozens of other dances besides the one you are doing right now. The turns, left and right are two of the most basic. And fortunately most of the dancers are not hamstrung by the quarter turn, three eighth turn or half turns or whatevah. If it is fairly fast they will make a bigger turn and if it is fairly slow it will be a smaller turn. They don't measure anything, they just enjoying moving to the music.

"We can always be learning. If we are the smartest in this room
we are in the wrong place."

The turn most made by the people in the West is called the Reverse turn. That is the man turning to the left. And in whatever dance, the man leads into the turn with his left foot. The ladies of course are the wonders of the world and can follow very easily. They do this in the Waltz, the Fox Trot, the American Rumba, the Cha Cha Cha, the Samba and maybe only a couple hundred other dances.

"It Seems To Me, I've Heard That Song Before" by Harry James

The turn to the right is done less often and is called the "Natural" turn and it beats me why. It is very easily led by a man with his left foot and he turns to the right. As per usual the ladies are superb at following this move. But this is a very nice complement to the dance as a whole and is acknowledged by most dance teachers. They teach the syllabus but they are dancers and they know their dancing.

There are less than one hundred beats per minute in the American Waltz and about three minutes per song, A couple basics and a left turn and a couple more basics and a right turn you have one tenth of the song already enjoyed. Have fun.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

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