> 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