"Dancing Tid-bits" Issue #144, for Thursday, May 22, 2003
The Secret to Slow Foxtrot
It is amazing, you take lesson after lesson and then someday someone says something in a way that it
really sinks in. This happened to me the other day when I was working on my foxtrot. The coach was well
known Canadian Champion Mireille Vielleux. Two things stand out and I wanted to share them with you.
1. Length of the Steps: I am talking here about the length of stride of different steps in the basic figures such as Feather Step, Reverse Turn, Feather Finish, Three Step and Natural Turn so on and so forth. My second Quick (SQQ) was perhaps a little short. Specially on the third step of the reverse turn, LF back I was not allowing her enough room to step forward and she was not too comfortable with that. That is when she pointed out that more or less all steps are the same length and I corrected it and she said "walla" in French; I think it meant "good." As you get more comfortable in the dance, of course you are taking long strides.
2. Timing and Lowering: I am lumping these two issues here in one. I think both are interdependent You have heard this before in many different ways but the "secret to SF is the Second Quick". Those are her words and they made such an impact on me that my swing got better and rise and fall and all that. You must take "your time on the second quick, lower and then go for the coming slow."
Of course there are million other things but so much should suffice for this late tidbit. Thank you for your patience and have a good weekend, Max