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Two Step Tidewater News

As of 12-13-2007

  (01/16/2009 ws)                                                                          

Hello Everyone,

Last Sunday was busy again. Several month ago we were asked to provide a little slower tempo music
for the first hour to allow the new dancers to work on their dancing. Over the last couple of weeks
we have been asked to speed the tempos back up. Any opinions?

This coming Sunday night Judy & I will be teaching the Cha-Cha.
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~~ No group classes are scheduled for December ~~
****** I am again looking for a partner for one of our better male dancers. He will be taking the
Beginning Cha-Cha and Beginning Open Foxtrot on Tuesday nights at RPM Dance. Any ladies available
that night? *****

~~ In January at DanceSportVA: Starts January 8th
Wednesdays 7-8pm - Combined beginner 2-step & Night Club 2-step
Wednesdays 8-9pm - Advanced American Style Waltz

~~ In January at RPM Dance: Starts January 9th
Tuesdays 7-8pm - Beginner Cha-Cha
Tuesdays 8-9pm - Beginner open Foxtrot

All January Classes Start during the 2nd week and will continue for 4 weeks.
 http://www.twosteptidewater.com/Monthly_Schedule.htm
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"I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along
with his suit and to mothball his opinions. "
~~ Omar N. Bradley ~~
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SWING PRACTICE PARTY WITH MICHELLE at DanceSportVA
Tuesday, 12 / 18 / 2007
9 - 11 pm
$5 pp
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DanceSportVA - CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
8 - 11:00 pm
Dancing and refreshments!
$20 per person - A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army.
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The song of the week is a Cha-Cha, "Summertime" performed by Billy Stewart. The links below will
show a dance video from this past seasons auditions from the show "Do you think you can Dance? The
second link to the Amazon site where you can hear a clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4TkSii2i6k&feature=related
http://www.amazon.com/20th-Century-Masters-Millennium-Collection/dp/B00004YX3Q/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1197613094&sr=1-1
(Last track - Click the arrow)
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Into computers? Here is a web site that shows just how far we have come in a few short years!
http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/index.html
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Our tip of the week is a few tips about learning a skill (dancing)

Dancing with a partner is a skill and is learned in much the same way that you learn all skills.
You get a little insight into how the skill is done by watching others, maybe taking a few lessons
to get started, then practice, practice, practice. Think about all the skills you have learned.
Walking, writing, dressing driving a car, skiing, skateboarding, opening a door, using utensils to
eat. Each were learned the same way. There are absolutely no shortcuts to the learning process.
Better instruction and more practice will help but the skill always has to be acquired through
instruction or observation and repetition.

The happy thing about acquiring a skill is that we don't really forget them. We may forget what we
learned in a geometry class but not how to use the calculator. We learn how to ride a bike when
young then not touch one for many years but still retain the skill.

The unhappy thing about a skill is it takes constant practice to improve. We may not be the best in
our skill but we can still be better. Learning a skill is about stacking blocks. Start out sloppy
and you don't get very high.

When learning to dance we need to take the time to get each technique ingrained completely before
attempting to learn the next one in line. Skip learning when to take heel leads and your whole
dance technique falls apart. Many skills including dancing is like that. Every skill build and
relies on another.

The next thing we need to remember about skills and technique is that some of it just comes to us
as we practice. If we learned to turn the doorknob to get the door open we can figure out which way
it swings and how to move to the side if it swings toward us. If I tell a lady to swing back from
the hip instead of the knee when moving strongly backward I don't need to tell her to take a bigger
step. It just happens.

If you are super good at figuring cause and effect you can pretty much understand what needs to be
improved in your dancing. A big first step is to pay attention to yourself and your partner while
you are dancing and practicing. If your partner is always off balance try to figure out if it is
her or you.

When Judy & I teach we usually hold comments until we watch a couple dance the same pattern a few
time. That mistake may be just that and does not need input from us. However, if the mistake
repeats each time it is a habit and needs attention. The real trick is to realize where the problem
is located. If you constantly push a couple to move larger in Waltz and fail to watch their
balance, frame and footwork then who is at fault? If someone cannot turn very good and you fail to
encourage and teach balance technique then who is at fault?

It does not matter you are teaching yourself with videos or taking several lessons each week you
still have to pay attention to these methods of learning a skill.

And always remember that no one ever learned to ride a bicycle by attending a lecture class on
bicycles.

1. Breakdown the technique needed for the move, pattern or skill you want to acquire.
2. Practice enough that the skill can be retained and performed without thought.
3. Recognize the difference between mistakes and bad habits.
4. Set reasonable weekly goals then figure out each daily step needed to reach those weekly goals.
5. While practicing make a mental list of things you wish to "fix" Write them down as soon as
possible.
6. When fixing a bad habit put only that habit in your head while practicing. Don't try to fix
several at once.
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We are now only a few weeks away from the USA Dance New Years Eve Event.
All the information on this event is located on the Tidewater Chapter - USA Dance web site. Click
on the link to our page and follow the shortcut to the NYE information page.
http://www.twosteptidewater.com/
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SATURDAY - USA Dance Williamsburg Chapter. Formal Holiday dinner dance.
Ph. 565 0032. There are a few ticket still available
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"In like a dimwit, out like a light."
~~ Walt Kelly ~~
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"I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it. "
~~ Charles M. Schulz ~~
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Thanks again to all of you for supporting our classes and social dances.

Walter & Judy Schultz
Home - 483-9410
http://twosteptidewater.com
Our Public Calendar Link is on our home page of our web site
Dance Instructors fluent in:
Country-Western, Swing, Latin and Ballroom
Contact us for scheduling lessons, information or directions
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