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Women who dance on their toes 19 17.59%
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Old 05-28-2003, 08:40 PM   #1
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what do you prefer.....women who dance flat on their feet...or up on their toes??:)
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DANCE FLAT ON THE FEET IF YOU DANCE ON THE TOES THE FEET WILL GET SORE
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Old 05-29-2003, 04:38 AM   #3
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I dance both ways. I sometimes dance on my toes and during the honor beats I slowly go flat foot then back upon my toes. Takes alot of practice on your toes, especially to switch them from tippy toes to flat foot during one song. But it depends on the dancer and also how they were tought. Both styles are good, as long as you keep your beat, speed (not slowing down) and a nice posture.

There are many ways that I have seen it done. Especially when I was in Denver. This Golden Age Jingler did her side step old style. She started off flat foot and she did this cool kicking motion during the honor beats and flat foot again. It was neat!! Just depends??
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Old 06-03-2003, 01:21 AM   #4
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Re: Both

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I dance both ways. I sometimes dance on my toes and during the honor beats I slowly go flat foot then back upon my toes. Takes alot of practice on your toes, especially to switch them from tippy toes to flat foot during one song. But it depends on the dancer and also how they were tought. Both styles are good, as long as you keep your beat, speed (not slowing down) and a nice posture.
i do this too it all depends for me though. when i dance in oneida i dance flat foot but in keshena at the bowl i dance on my toes i dont know why i do it like that but who cares.
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i dance on my toes, its jus easier for me that way.....but it depends on the grounds too
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Old 06-23-2003, 05:36 PM   #6
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I like to dance flat foot. I feel more at ease that way!
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Old 07-01-2003, 08:51 PM   #7
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sidestep

i dance on my toes but i like the flat feet too, wish i could do it flat.
do you think contemporary should dance flat or on toes, or do you even think it matters, cause i don't but my family doesn't agree, "it's how i was taught."
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I DANCE FLAT. CAN'T STAY ON MY TOES OTHR WISE I CRAMP IN MY CALVES. LOL.
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Old 07-15-2003, 06:04 PM   #9
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i dance...

i dance on my toes.....its the way i was taught...well yup...
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Old 07-16-2003, 11:00 AM   #10
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well i would have to say keep feet flat on the ground at all times...my momma always told me is important to keep connected to the ground...thats the way its always been done...but i think actually both is pretty good...i mean i cant judge cuz i dont have the right to judge... i can say what i preferr for myself but thats about it..-becca
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That is a great question....as one who is a great admirer of side stepping *watching on sidelines* and singing side steps - I love both styles - and hear some people actually criticize a dancer if they don't do it the way they think - refreshing that the responses are mixed - hence no right or wrong way to side step....
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:08 AM   #12
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Its the only time when its good to be flat footed, AYE!:Chatter

I'm a flat footer, but I can scoot like no other!:p
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Old 08-05-2003, 12:19 AM   #13
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flat foot or up toes sidestep

Ojibway Jingle dress dancers should dance flat foot on the ground when side stepping. We are taught that our feet never leave mother earth when dancing to the healing songs via the side step. I have seen others do the up-toe side step, and that is not our way. I know to each their own, but I am just speaking from the way it is with us Ojibway people. Keep the feet flat on the ground and shuffle like no other. LOL.
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*scoot like no other *reminds mee of that old lady who was about 70-80 years old at red lake powwow last month... on her toes all the way around the arena...she worked it, i dont know anyone who wasnt staring or amazed...was it correct, nope! but sure was nice to see....
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i like the flat feet because you dont cramp as much..... :D
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I do the flat style...a challenge sometimes..but if you can do it on your toes; more power to you. It looks nice both ways..what ever you prefer...
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Its nice to watch both styles but for the most part of it I'd probably have to recognize the flat foot more. Its just how its always been done.
Tiptoeing is funny to watch but cool. Go ballet or something. :D
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re.. side step

Yeah, they say in the Anishinaabe way that our feet never leave our mother earth, but I grew up in the contest/competition world. I can do both ways. I guess it just depends on what kind of mood I am in. Since track season I have been struggling with shin-splints so I haven't been contesting this year. Been goin to a few but only dancing at tradishional pow wow's. It sucks but it's nice to have a break. Lately, I have just been doin the flat foot side step. I don't know how to shuffle. I would like to learn, cuz it's bad *** hell!!
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:02 PM   #20
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I'm not a Jingler yet but i've been kinda practing on flat but i would like to do both flat and up on the toes. but I would like to see more flat around here. VG
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