Teaching PdB

Ron Mackey

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> The manual says:
>
> a With the right foot, step sideways to the right and place the
> weight on the right foot.
>
> b Bring the left foot in front of the right foot, with a transfer of
> weight on the left foot and bring the right foot on the floor.
>
> c Change the weight on the right foot again and bring the left foot off.
>
> d Hold the position.
>
> Then it continues, but the relevant bit is here.
>
> At this point I say: incomplete!
>
> If you follow these instructions to the letter what you will get is a
> jog on the spot (JoS). Let's analyze the movement: what you are asked to
> do is to step on your right and stamp left, stamp right, however, since
> the movement is slow, the change of weight will be accompanied
> (unavoidably) by a change in the centre of gravity (from the right foot
> to the left and back to the right). In practice what happens is that you
> step on your right (left foot off the floor, stable position), then you
> put the left foot down (right foot on the right, stable position) and
> then you put the right down (left foot off the floor stable position).
> Then you are asked to go faster and faster, but what you will naturally
> get is a JoS, NOT a PdB

It seems to me that what is missing here is the fact that this is
done to a count of FOUR. The extension (all right - jete) and leap form
the other beat thus eliminating the JoS and is the 'hold that position'.
I think that d. is the misleading line. You don't hold - you leap.
It seems that most count 1,2,3 1,2,3 nowadays. We learned to 1,2,3,4
- 1,2,3,4. (or 1,2,3,& - 2,2,3,& - 3,2,3,& etc.)
The reason that we learned to reel time is the straight beat
emphasis. If you dance L,R,L,R to reel time you achieve a JoS but the
change of feet with the leap using the fourth beat or & eliminates the
problem.

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