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  • Ron Mackey

    Ron Mackey June 10, 2006, 12:36 a.m. (Message 45501)

    Re: Regarding Dance Technique and Etiquette

    	Well, I have seen people get a slight sprain on occasion 
    when one slips on a polished floor.  No matter how ready one is for 
    such an event the very act of slipping causes the grip to tense up.
    	I have also seen a thumb dfislocated in the worst case. 
    	To mitigate all this, though, it all took place long ago when 
    the speed of the music was half as fast again then what is common 
    today.  The dislocation was caused when dancing on an ex-lawn 
    which had overgrown and had been cut the week before in very 
    good (hot, dry) weather.  The result was like dancing on ice!
    
    	One solution, if you are nervous about damage, is to cup the 
    other dancers elbow with your other hand.(i.e when turning right 
    hands, cup your left hand under the other dancers right elbow)  It is 
    quite comfortable,  produces a good close turn and helps prevent 
    any likely slips.  That used to be common practise on slippery floors 
    in the past in this area. 
          

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