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Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by terence2
12/21/2014  3:23:00 AM

Its pretty well documented, by very reliable sources about the origin of Cha Cha It was formulated by "front " men in latin bands. They often shuffled their feet forwards and backwards,( they still do ! ) during the slower Montunos and Guajiras creating a sound that was interpreted as Cha cha.. Onomatopea..

Jorrin, the musician, is given credit for the musical interpretation, which we now know as Cha cha. Its roots are in Danzon and Guajira .The B/room style was developed primarily by teachers in the states by the A. Murray studios (names, like Laure Haille, Barbara Paul and Bebe Black.. all are ex national d. directors from the 40/50s and 60s ( I worked with all 3 on different occasions )

As to Kellys brother. that's the funniest thing Ive heard in a long time !!
Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by Portuguese dancer
9/21/2014  6:58:00 PM
hello to all dancers and dance lovers
im a portuguese dancer, and i have been searching for the green book, edition 1972, but cant find it anywhere on google.
Does anyone know some website or haves the book in .pdf, that could help me ?
its very important for me to read this book, because im beginning in dance, and i want to learn more !
thank you!
Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by Telemark
9/22/2014  1:20:00 AM
If you are beginning in dance, find a good teacher.

Your teacher will benefit from a formal study of the standard technique and will doubtless have acquired a copy of the IDTA's new edition, but the green book is of historical interest, and offers little of use to the novice.
Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by O.K.
9/24/2014  3:26:00 PM
Nobody will ever learn arm styling from a book.
Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by Voco
9/26/2014  12:38:00 AM
I agree with OK who said that Nobody will ever learn arm-styling from a book. All dancers know that dancing is 4 dimensional; in the sense that time is the 4th dimension. To reduce that to paper is a nearly impossible task. Furthermore, in the past five decades the Latin style has changed. Every Latin dancer knows that as well.

Get a good teacher whose style appeals to you. By the way many teachers regard arm-styling as secondary, because without the correct foot and body work and lead & follow, arm styling is meaningless, at least in my opinion.
Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by Save
12/19/2014  12:18:00 PM
It's strange but I took my bronze and silver latin test in 1958 in Hendon London . The Cha cha was part of the syiibus, in fact I was taught the same steps as are being taught today in all of 4 Latin dances.
Re: Walter Laird's Technique of Latin Dancing
Posted by terence2
12/21/2014  3:29:00 AM

With whom ? ( the test,that is) and who was your teacher ?. The Cha first appeared in around 1953/4, with many dissenters ( as per usual !! ) they did the same thing with Mambo, and only recently took on-board Salsa
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