Change in the Modern World

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Actually, as you implied there is no reason for the rule in the first place beyond the fact that we simply postdated a ball room convention into an historic movement that does not require it. In fact, if the jeté is properly placed in 3rd position aerial low, one is kicking one´s partner on each bar. There is another built in problem and that is that one partner must make a change of foot transition before and after this figure which makes for bad choreography.

As a teacher, I always taught it "by the book" but when questoned, as in your Russian example, have always admitted that in social dancingt it really makes no difference and is much easier not to do these changes. The only RSCDS dance I can think of were it makes any difference, is in "Waltz Country Dance".

Personally, since it is not fixed in stone, it can easily be changed, by a a method using two phhhhases:
1. Stop insisting on a foot change.
2. And wait for the folk process to take over as the brainwishhed die out.

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