Nope. Not a new fossil from China. Not a deformed fillet either. We're working on a new and unique figure for our Quickstep; namely a Zig-Zag, followed by a Cross Swivel amalgamated with a Fishtail. Neither is new, of course; in fact, they've been around so long few competitors are dancing them in Quickstep, focusing instead on a variety of novel runs. Amalgamated, however, these three classic figures create a unique break to the rhythm and flow of Quickstep. 

Looking over the over 30+ revisions to the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing's The Ballroom Technique, it's really that surprising. Dancing changes over time. Even the ostensible "levels" and their figures have changed and continue to change. Even the basic approach to dancing. Dan and I work hard to keep our "soft knees" and extended posture these days. For example, following Albert Franz's style and technique, we maintain our overall height in Foxtrot and Quickstep, relying mostly on ankle rise. Correct? Well, yes. It certainly was a while ago in the dance world, and maybe it's been just long enough since it was emphasized, it's "new" and exciting to see. 

With the Tokyo Olympics coming in 2020, we're wondering if some form of dance will be included for the first time. If not, perhaps in the future DanceSport will get its moment in the Olympics. Will it be the "sport" of DanceSport (e.g. athleticism) that will be emphasized or the "dance" of DanceSport (e.g. beauty and expression)? We'd like to hear from you about your thoughts. 

While much of the blog post has been all about standard dance, we're working on adding something unusual to our Latin-American style, too. For example, Cha-Cha is often presented as a linear dance with lots of body movement. We've been working on adding rotation for variety: in our case the Natural and Reverse Tops. 

It's a lot of fun to experiment, don't you think?