Are flying baskets aerials?
On Apr 5, 2016 1:00 AM, "Eric Black via Organizers" <
An aerial move is one where a dancer’s both two feet
leave the floor with
the assistance of another dancer (i.e. for more than a single unassisted
jump/leap). Doesn’t need to be a spinning top with feet flaying everyone in
a 4 foot radius. It includes adults lifting a young/small dancer off the
floor, as well as adult acrobatics.
In our style of folk dancing (contra dancing), in general every dancer has
at least one foot is on the floor at any given moment except for occasional
solitary leaps due to enthusiasm for the music. Our group considers it
unsafe and does not permit one dancer to lift another off the floor. Dips,
where one dancer “levers” another dancer off the floor but still solidly
connected, are a different problem due to the much higher likelihood of
injury to innocent bystanders just because of the extra lateral space
required to raise feet in the air and not kick someone.
A sensible and observant dancer will avoid participating in such moves if:
- the partner has not given permission in advance
- the partner is not known to be experienced in performing the move
- the conditions (spacing, timing, other nearby bodies) contraindicate
High kicks on a balance are not “aerial” and are not “lifts” nor “dips”
but are also potentially dangerous and should be forbidden in a crowded
hall, if not in general.
Making a dancer late for the next move because you have delayed him/her in
a dip or other flourish marks you as an unskilled dancer. Making an
uninvolved dancer late because they had to dodge your foot in the air also
marks you and/or your partner as an unskilled dancer. Please encourage your
dancers to avoid demonstrating that unskilled dance behavior. Newcomers
may be watching, and might mistakenly think that it is something to be
No matter what rules your organization might have (or not) against
aerials, lifts, dips, etc., there will be instances of such now and then.
We’ve found it most effective to take the offender aside and talk about it,
and not spend time lecturing the group or posting lots of printed rules. No
one listens to announcements, no one reads posters. But if someone does
something that violates a group policy, especially an issue of safety, take
that person aside and talk individually about the incident, the reason for
the rule, and ask for their help in setting a good example for the mutual
enjoyment and safety of all the other dancers.
On Apr 4, 2016, at 8:32 PM, Walker Sloan via Organizers <
Thursday Night Dance at Scout House in Concord MA
Dips seem pretty universal.
What's an aerial? Practically, anything that makes the organizer
absolutely do NOT want to rigorously define it or you will get
into endless arguments about it. Between us organizers, I call it when a
woman's navel gets up to a man's solar plexus. These are approximately the
woman's and man's centers of gravity. But as I say, do NOT give dancers
limits to "game" on.
Thursday Night Dance Committee
Concord Scout House, Concord MA
On 4/4/16 23:00, Orin Nisenson via Organizers wrote:
> At a recent Friends of Greenfield Dance board meeting the topic of
> dipping and aerials came up.
> Have other organizers had problems with these dance moves and how have
> you handled them?
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