Unbridled FIFA Footwork

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As World Cup fanfare reaches a fever pitch, the beautifully orchestrated game offers fantastic images of fancy footwork… Feet flying, kicking, passing, blocking, handling, stealing, dribbling, shooting and saving. Feet are dexterous and dazzling on the world football (soccer) stage. 

When feet move from executing a goal to celebrating in dance, there is a lift-off of spirit in play. Whether choreographed or spontaneous, feet deliver the message of “joy”.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/sports/worldcup/world-cup-2014-goal-celebrations-in-soccer-are-always-colorful.html?_r=0

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TO-ing and FRO-ing in the MIDDLE EAST

 

 

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“Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter.”

 

 

 “Bill Clinton sticks his foot in Syrian quagmire.”

 

 

Going out on a limb, Pope Francis met to pray with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter noted “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important.”

 

 

“Palestinians to walk away from peace talks.”

 

 

“Powers seek ‘first-step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks.”

 

 

“Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is the Iranian equivalent to Obama’s victory in 2008: an electorate that voted overwhelmingly for hope and change, understanding that the process will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington.

 

 

[U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry told reporters he was flying home to Washington to meet with President Obama to reassess the peace negotiations and whether there was a path forward. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend, if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.”

 

 

“Syria chemical arms: ‘Global red line’ crossed – Kerry”

 

 

“For U.N. Chief, a Dance of Diplomacy Is Halted by a Misstep. Ban Ki-moon… choreographed a precise diplomatic sequence on Syria that relied on others to perform their roles equally precisely. The choreography did not go as planned, and Mr. Ban stumbled under the spotlight.”

 

 

Women in Saudi Arabia: Unshackling themselves

 

 

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Footwork Patterns in Dance: The Twist

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The Twist is a rock and roll dance named after the smash-hit song “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. Super popular in the 1960s, it was the first major rock and roll dance style in which the couples did not have to touch each other while dancing.

Faced with explaining how to do the dance to the youthful audience of the era, a member of Checker’s entourage came up with the following description:

“It’s like putting out a cigarette with both feet, and wiping your bottom with a towel, to the beat of the music.”

http://www.the60sofficialsite.com/Dance_Crazes_of_the_60s.html 

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Footwork Patterns in Dance: The Moonwalk

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The Moonwalk is a dance move that presents the illusion of the dancer being pulled backwards while attempting to walk forward. A popping move, it became popular around the world after Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk footwork during a performance of “Billie Jean” on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever on March 25, 1983. The Moonwalk became his signature move.

The Technique

A Moonwalk dancer creates the appearance of gliding backwards. Initially, his front foot is held flat on the ground, while his back foot is in a tiptoe position. His flat front foot remains on the ground but he slides it lightly and smoothly backward past his tip-toe back foot. He lowers what is now his front foot and raises his back foot into a tiptoe position.  He repeats these steps creating the illusion that he is being pulled backwards by an unseen force while still trying to move forward.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonwalk_(dance)

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Footwork Patterns in Dance: The Foxtrot

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The Foxtrot is a smooth dance characterized by continuous, flowing movements across the dance floor, usually to the sounds of big band music. Similar in its look to the Waltz, (though the rhythm is in a 4/4 time not 3/4), the Foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1930s.

The basic elements of the Foxtrot are walking steps and side steps. The long walking movements also involve a rise & fall action, more subtly than the Waltz. The Foxtrot has a slow, slow, quick, quick rhythm. The slow steps use two beats of music and the quick steps use one. 

Instructions:

Partners stand upright with your feet together. Face each other, lady puts her right hand in man’s left. His right hand is on her left shoulder blade; her left hand is on his right arm. 

Basic Steps – Gentleman

  1. Step forward with your left foot (slow step)
  2. Step forward with your right foot (slow step)
  3. Sidestep to the left with your left foot (quick step)
  4. Move your right foot to your left foot (quick step)
  5. Step backward with your left foot (slow step)
  6. Step backward with your right foot (slow step)
  7. Sidestep to the left with your left foot (quick step)
  8. Move your right foot to your left foot (quick step) 

Basic Steps – Lady

  1. Step backward with your right foot (slow step)
  2. Step backward with your left foot (slow step)
  3. Sidestep to the right with your right foot (quick step)
  4. Move your left foot to your right foot (quick step)
  5. Step forward with your right foot (slow step)
  6. Step forward with your left foot (slow step)
  7. Sidestep to the right with your right foot (quick step)
  8. Move your left foot to your right foot (quick step)

 

http://www.dancing4beginners.com/foxtrot-dance-steps.htm

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Footwork Patterns in Dance: The Cha-Cha-Cha

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Originating in Cuba, the Cha-Cha-Cha is a lively and versatile Latin dance.  It is characterized by its captivating rhythm – one, two, cha, cha, cha or step, step, cha, cha, cha. The footwork is simple, focusing on shifting weight from one foot to another. 

You dance the Cha-Cha-Cha to music in 4/4 time. Your steps follow the music – two slow steps, then two quick steps, followed by one slow step. So the count would be: Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow… 

Instructions:

Partners face each other in a basic ballroom hold. Gentleman starts with left foot; lady starts with right foot.

Basic Steps for Men

  1.   Step forward with your left foot
  2.   Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3.   Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  4.   Move your right foot to your left foot
  5.   Sidestep to the left with your left foot
  6.   Step backward & left with your right foot
  7.   Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  8.   Step forward & right with your right foot
  9.   Move your left foot to your right foot
  10.   Sidestep to the right with your right foot

Basic Steps for Women

  1.   Step back with your right foot
  2.   Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
  3.   Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  4.   Move your left foot to your right foot
  5.   Sidestep to the right with your right foot
  6.   Step forward & right with your left foot
  7.   Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
  8.   Step backward & left with your left foot
  9.   Move your right foot to your left foot
  10.   Sidestep to the left with your left foot

 

http://www.dancing4beginners.com/cha-cha-steps.htm 

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“Time wounds all heels.” (From the Cabaret called ‘Shoes’)

The Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, hosted the world premiere of ‘Shoes’ in 2010. This quirky cabaret explored Choos, Louboutins and Crocs through song and dance. Richard Thomas, the man behind Jerry Springer – The Opera, composed the music. Stephen Mear, the Tony- and Laurence Olivier-award winner choreographed.

Twelve dancers performed in more than 250 pairs of shoes including flip-flops, sparkly platforms, Ugg boots as well as outsize footwear – flippers, clown shoes, and skis. The multilevel set had the band sitting atop a giant stiletto, where some entrances were made by sliding down its insole.

Tongue in cheek: there is much irony surrounding our affection for shoes.

 Sources:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/travel/shoes-on-parade-in-london/article1379072/

www.sadlerswells.com/show/shoes

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2010/sep/08/shoes-review