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Again, thank you all, gentlemen!

Don't worry about this "Souris" (= French for Mouse) and all these cats: in this case Nomen non est Omen!

And what about this "hat"? I must confess to owing a genuine "cowboy" hat. It was just over 10 years ago that I made my debut (at age 50) on the European Country & Western Dance championship. I did the couple dancing, so things like the Two Step, Rise and Fall. West Coast Swing, et cetera. It was mandatory to wear big boots, a shirt with a yoke and a cowboy hat. Now, since I am a ballroom dancer, I had great fears that that hat would fall off (which, fortunately it didn't). It was a sign of the upcoming ageing. I thought I had written for the 81+ age group, but it turned out to be the 18+ group. Nevertheless, became 3th, winning the TwoStep. Gosh, those were the days...

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Piet Souris wrote:I did the couple dancing, so things like the Two Step, Rise and Fall. West Coast Swing, et cetera. It was mandatory to wear big boots, a shirt with a yoke and a cowboy hat.



Video, or it didn't happen!
 
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Well, I have a low qualiry of the twostep, but it's better than nothing.

I'm the guy with the black hat!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zkt2a3qlemscspo/Twostep.avi?dl=0
 
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Piet Souris wrote:I'm the guy with the black hat!


Funny
 
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Excellent! Which is you?

Ballroom dancing seems a lost art. I haven't had the opportunity to waltz in ages. My mother once taught me the cha-cha and I don't think I've ever had more fun.
 
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Piet Souris wrote:I'm the guy with the black hat!

Piet, you need to be more specific, black hat sluggish or black hat agile, so we could actually recognize

In anyway, cow worthy (probably two) dance!!!
 
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I'm the guy who is being followed, dancing with the girl in light blue dress.
The avi was taken by my wife, the girl I'm dancing with is a good friend of ours.

Ballroom is quite alive an kicking, and so is the salsa. But the easy part of ballroom is that you hold the lady with both arms. With this country, you have one arm loose quite often, and it is difficult to find some useful things to do with it (that's why I never was a big shot in Latin )
 
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At risk of being sent to MD: ballroom dancing is still popular here in UK, too. So are the forms of folk dance and traditional barn dances. We would have gone to a barn dance tomorrow, had not the draw of hearing Chris Barber at the local Theatre not been greater
 
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I'm a big fan of 'Strictly Come Dancing', never miss it.

I never did much barn dancing, but one was very popular. We did that even on the ballroom dance school, Always good for enormous fun. Can't remember which one, but it was always to that very funny music of 'Cotton Eyed Joe'.

Anyway: I have the feeling we're getting off-topic. Can someone close this topic?

Thanks again.

Greetings,
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I love this because I so rarely find someone who dances. Wasn't expecting this on Coderanch. My wife teaches ballroom dancing and is a former competitor (not with me). We met when I started taking dance lessons from her.

I don't have the self-confidence to try competing. Good for you.
 
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Two of my colleagues do ballroom dancing, I'm always very envious of them when I see pictures of them at events. I have good sense of rhythm, but my body just won't do what I want it to :P
 
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Stephan van Hulst wrote:I have good sense of rhythm, but my body just won't do what I want it to

At least that could be changed. The other way round usually is a worst case and cannot be trained.
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:

Stephan van Hulst wrote:I have good sense of rhythm, but my body just won't do what I want it to

At least that could be changed. The other way round usually is a worst case and cannot be trained.


Agreed. If you can tap your foot to the beat of a song, you can learn to dance. If someone has no sense of rhythm, well, that makes things extremely difficult.
 
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J. Kevin Robbins wrote:If you can tap your foot to the beat of a song, you can learn to dance. If someone has no sense of rhythm, well, that makes things extremely difficult.


That brings a Far Side to mind: A man stranded on a very small island is talking to a Genie "Well, let's see. ... So far I've got rhythm. I've got music ... actually, who could ask for anything more?"
 
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Piet Souris wrote:and so is the salsa.


Gad, I remember doing salsa classes with my girlfriend back in the 90's. Trouble is, she was way better than me...
Fun though.

I'm a big fan of 'Strictly Come Dancing', never miss it.


What, the UK version with Brucie, or the US one?

I have to admit, I watched it back when the cricketers were winning, but haven't kept up since then.

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