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    Worst and best named MJ moves

    My votes:

    Worst named: Shoulder Drop (it's not a drop) & First Move (esp. when taught second)
    Best named: Octopus (very apt) & Corkscrew (we need more moves named after cocktails!)

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    What's wrong with the "shoulder drop"? The man turns round and drops her hand on his shoulder. Ok - I suppose he "places it" there!.....

    I do like the "catapult".

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinHarper
    My votes:

    Worst named: Shoulder Drop (it's not a drop) & First Move (esp. when taught second)
    Best named: Octopus (very apt) & Corkscrew (we need more moves named after cocktails!)
    Whats the corkscrew?

    I didn't learn the first move for ages (well properly)!

    I like the name swizzle!! He he he! It reminds me of the stick you get in the double dip sherbet. I haven't had one in ages!!

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    I think most people forget the names of some of the intermediate moves, as they start to sound like all in wrestling moves.....e.g.." the first move in this routine is called.the step over toe hold accordian archie teapot spin hook"......and on it's own it looks like this.. ....I can never remember names of moves.....except the beginners ones and the basic intermediate ones........maybe coz I'm getting on a bit...

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Archie-spin. I mean, why? (not the move: the name... although...)
    Penguin-walk. Why? (This time I do mean the move )
    In-out. Now this move should have died with the charleston!
    Hatch-back. What's a car got to do with this move?
    Teapot. Where's the handle and spout then?

    But if you want to be pedantic:
    Comb. There is only one man I have seen that this move actually looks like they may be combing their hair... but then again he has practiced it a zillion times
    Man-spin. The man does not spin - we can't do that {} we simply turn.
    Yo-Yo. I would expect the out-in bit to be repeated more than once.

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by Gadget
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    Yo-Yo. I would expect the out-in bit to be repeated more than once.

    And is a yo yo not up and down anyway!

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    I like the "first move grind"!

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by Gadget
    Archie-spin. I mean, why? (not the move: the name... although...)
    Allegedly, after James ARCHIBALD Cronin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gadget
    Teapot. Where's the handle and spout then?
    In the original version the man holds the lady's right hand in his left behind his neck and holds the lady's left waist in his right hand -- the lady's left hand is free pointing at the ground.

    The lady's free hand is the spout -- the held hands are the handle -- it looks like the teapot is "tipped".

    Quote Originally Posted by Gadget
    Man-spin
    Some of us can spin

    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Whats the corkscrew?
    R-R hold all the way through. Interupts a return.
    1. Step back prior to return
    2. Girl makes half a turn anti-clockwise. Boy's left hand on her left shoulder to stop her turning any more.
    3. Boy pushes left shoulder forwards. Girl makes 1.5 turns clockwise.
    4. Girl steps back. Boy steps forward.
    5. Return...
    6. ... the girl.

    Roughly like that, anyway. The name is nicer than the move, I think: at least it's not called the "right-handed return-break shoulder-push-spin".

    Man-spin. The man does not spin - we simply turn.
    Hence the JazzJive name: "man's pass". Much more logical (captain).

    Oh, someone once told me that the swing name for the "in-out" was the "sugar push".... can anyone confirm or deny that?

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    The sugar push in West Coast Swing is a rock step, triple step then a step together pressing man's right to lady's left hand for a final triple step. I would agree that it is similar to the in-out.

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by drathzel
    Whats the corkscrew?
    my favorite move _ that is practiced with a bottle of Chardonnay before going to the Saturday night bop

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by jiveoholic
    The sugar push in West Coast Swing is a rock step, triple step then a step together pressing man's right to lady's left hand for a final triple step. I would agree that it is similar to the in-out.
    Not too sure what you mean by the in-out, but you've definitely got the wrong idea about the sugar push in WCS.

    For starters, there is no rock step. The move starts with the ladies walking forwards for 2 steps (guys slightly backwards with smaller steps) closing the gap between you and your partner introducing the compression in your frame. This continues for the three-and of the first tripple step, and on the four of the first tripple step, the lady steps backwards, followed by the second tripple step on the spot (referred to as the anker step).

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by RobC
    Not too sure what you mean by the in-out, but you've definitely got the wrong idea about the sugar push in WCS.

    For starters, there is no rock step. The move starts with the ladies walking forwards for 2 steps (guys slightly backwards with smaller steps) closing the gap between you and your partner introducing the compression in your frame. This continues for the three-and of the first tripple step, and on the four of the first tripple step, the lady steps backwards, followed by the second tripple step on the spot (referred to as the anker step).
    Whoops - and expert! Shows I was not paying attention (or bad teaching) in Albuquerque. Perhaps "rock step" is the wrong term, but as I knew modern jive first, it seemed like that. I may have got confused with East Coast Swing, that I also did. I'm sure one of them had the two triple steps at the end of the 6 beats and one the two triple steps at the start (as you suggest), however the overall feel of the move seemed like two trains pushing together without the man darting to the side as for the other moves.

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    John Eastman taught a move called the Spin-dryer, which I thought was an excellent name.

    It also raised the possibility of a routine of moves named after kitchen appliances (Spin Dryer, Teapot, Corkscrew, Blender, Egg-timer)

    (You could easily have a beginners routine of moves named after the contents of a school blazer - Yo-Yo, Catapault, Comb, and lots of Wrappers)

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick M
    It also raised the possibility of a routine of moves named after kitchen appliances (Spin Dryer, Teapot, Corkscrew, Blender, Egg-timer)
    Or an Alton Towers themed one - Corkscrew, Rollercoaster, Roundabout, with lots of spins, drops, dips & twists ending in Oblivion ....

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by jiveoholic
    I may have got confused with East Coast Swing,
    I've never done any East Coast Swing, but my understanding is that it isn't too dissimilar to Ballroom Jive, and that definitely uses rock steps....

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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou
    ending in Oblivion ....
    I dont think I know that move Lou - you will have to show it to me

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    The most PANTS named move ever in any dance genre or discipline has to be :-


    THE FLINGY FLUNG



    Just what is this move about.......
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    Re: Worst and best named MJ moves

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick M
    I dont think I know that move Lou - you will have to show it to me
    Nah - it's just how I feel after all the spins, dips, drops, etc....

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