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February 15, 2010


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"...Being weird and being flexible really help..."

Maybe I should have a mug made for you that says that.

Glad to hear you had a good time!

Hooping is a dance?

I witnessed your Disco Line Dance class & although I did not participate I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. i thought you did a great job in teaching the moves & keeping the energy level up throughout the class.

But question for you - I happened to be sitting near a group of younger participants - a group that seemed to know one another & besides noticing that they were enjoying the class, I had the feeling that maybe they were dance students since the way i saw it, they were exceptional dancers. Do you know anything about them?

Hi George,
Thanks for the kind words about my session!

I think I know what group you meant, but I don't know anything about them. There were a lot of really exceptional young dancers at the Flurry, so perhaps they do some other form of dance and their experience just carries over to the line dances.

Hooping to music while doing dance movement = hoopdance. Here is a video. I am just a beginner, not nearly that talented.

Ah, that must take a lot of coordination!

"...I am just a beginner, not nearly that talented..."

I expect you will soon be, at which point we will be hoping for Susan's hooping movies.

Hooping is pretty popular at the parties my dance studio hosts... They tend to clear the floor. The good ones get space because everyone is watching them, the bad ones get space because no one wants to get hit by an errant hoop ;)

Glad that you had a good time at Flurry!

Yeah, I still have problems with the errant hoop bit. My tosses are getting much better though, at least as long as I only do them with my left hand! And I can now go from a standing position to lying on the floor while twirling a hoop on either hand without losing it!

If you are going to puzzle out the Hambo, you might enjoy this:

In Portland OR, which has a large Norwegian population, we have been doing hambo's (just the turning part, not the whole traditional folkdance) interspersed with redowas--the footwork transition is quite economical going from redowa to hambo, at the moment that the follower is trailing (facing forward) line of dance. Coming back to redowa is a bit athletic, but if you bear in mind the footfall patterns of the two dances, you can see that the weld seam of the redowa/hambo join are clean (well, clean-ish--you have to recover from coming back to the redowa not on the waltz's root beat, but on what Richard calls the alternate downbeat):

Hambo (just the turning part):


Redowa (or rotary waltz, which is also intermixable):

Notice where the stars match up in the listing above.

By the way, for what it may be worth, the hambo rotation is, like the other vintage waltz basics, symmetric, but offset 120 degrees between the lead and the follow. Which has to be so, as you are completing a cycle in 3, rather than 6 counts.

The polska is symmetric on the same footwork pattern as the
hambo, offset 120 degrees.

Yes, I had already noticed that the ACPs in hambo could be extracted as a waltz variation and will use them in various dances as soon as my partner masters them.

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