International Technique
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Tango Hold
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The Ballroom Dance TANGO Hold
The Ballroom Dance Hold

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The Ballroom Dance Hold
 
Ballroom Forward Walks
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Make sure you have your knees slightly bent and your weight mostly over the balls of your feet, keeping the upper body straight at all times. Move the body forward, slightly before, moving the foot. Move the foot forward keeping it close to but not touching the ground. The moving foot must then take a step using the heel first then immediately flattening the foot. When the heel takes weight at first you will be in a position with the body half way between the two feet with weight partially on both the moving foot and toe of the remaining foot. This is where the legs will be very close to being straight, but remember that the legs should never lock straight completely to ensure a muscle softness not a bone hard movement. As the moving foot takes the majority of the weight then the foot from behind will start to travel forward touching the ground. This foot from behind will brush past the foot with the weight and then repeat the above.

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Contrary Body Movement
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CBMP (Contrary Body Movement Position) is when a foot is placed across the body for example in the Lock step in the Quickstep as the man steps outside the lady, forward and across his body with his right foot. This CBMP (Contrary Body Movement Position) is the position attained as not to allow the two upper bodies to separate. The CBM (Contrary Body Movement ) is the actual body movement used to avoid the separation. In this first step of the Lock step, the right foot is forward outside the lady and the left hip & left shoulder is turned forward as to give the appearance of an upper body twist to the right. This Twisting appearance looks like the upper half is going right and the bottom is going left, even though this is not the case. This contradiction of directions is where the name CBM (Contrary Body Movement ) comes from. Perfecting this movement will make a world of difference, but overdoing it or not doing it smoothly will unbalance and destroy the smooth movement of the dance.

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