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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta Arthur Murray, Authority on Ballroom Dancing, Describes the Devious Steps of the Latest Waltz, and Declares That the Jazz is Still Very Popular. paled iJnie, lhat which fires such an'air of abandon anil the simplicity of slep elements wilh 8 clash of animation, form fascinriiing of fill dances. The popularity of the Jazz is not due to its uovc] character-- It'did not spring up overnight, but ratlicr forced its way to the surface through The Firsl 1'osilion of (he "Rocker" Wnltz. This Is (he First Posilton and Is Ilcia fof Three Beats of the Music. By Arthur Murray Hie ".ihimmicing'1 and "check-chnTm- of last year, the new dnnccj nre like a breath of warm an- on n cold and stormy SC.T. Whether pleasant change is due lo the Fobering influence of prohibition or whether It ia a reflection of the nation's desire to retain to normnl conditions, is a question which'is opan to conjecture. The fact 'remains that the riancine; this season is marker! by a smoothness such as has not been noticeable. in many years. This transition is duo in a great measure to the Introduction of the HcckCr waltz. 'The Rocker" Is from London Trio Kocker waltz was brdught over from London arxl it immediately met, with favor nmonjf New York's licit dancers. And wcll'it. might for it is without many exceptions, one of 'tfic n-.dst hc.iuliful dances have hod since' tho begin-' ning of the dnncc crnzc. The Roclicr is extreme- ly simple, very practicable ami most of. all, it la. Icllghtfully restful. This last feature is A most one. The Kockcr i.s lo wallz limo nnd, therefore, becomes part of the if you prc- Itr, the old-fashloncd waltz. Tliia' makes possi- ble the return of the 6ld dance been struggling in vain lo regain its foothold. Th: Kockor gives to the walls what it lacked to com- pote with tho Vox Trot and One-Step, namely: variation, something to relieve Ilia monotony of sameness, and added life in the form of new step.'. For the past four years, tho RUmch admirers of the wnllz liavo tried (o bring it back, bul llio younger clement have been prone to shun it be. It lacked the life And snap which charac- terizes the new dances. Even tho older people. inferred Iho later ddocei once they had learned Position in the "Twinkling Step" or ihe "Kockcr." them It is, indeed, hard lo be content tri2. waltz after experiencing new and fancy which'have n. buoyancy not j (o be found in the old-fashioned waltz. The Rocker, by adding steps which nrn lively and interesting, Infuses.new lite and .makes it -possible for llic waltz., lo ngain tnkc; its nccus- tcmcd plnti1. :-Thc .IMS Is Sllll Popular The iutroduclicn of the Itockcr waits jlgcvnol signify.that other dunces will bo popular. TfejMi.'continuM to hold Ihe attention of fioad (Innccrs-rir'I I boliivc that k Is here ta slay.- Tho Jazz may lose its name or it riiay be clnngcil to Something It is called Ihc Army and Xavy the essence ol the Jazz will live as long as tho American people nrc in their present frame of mind, (hat v, as long as an American ir, an American nnd his ways'aro typl- fiod by things suggesting Action. .The wdl only pass nut of cxislcrice :wlieri nc reach a stato of inertia. U nlways chnrnclcrislic of Ihe peo- plq; each notion has its own_pcculidrities and they are, lo n certain'-extent, eiprfsicd )n dancing of th.it nation. The is Iho typical American dance be- It Is clioracleijzcd by the crc.ilcsl AmcVl- can trail, on abuadaaco of Tbe gynco- merits alone- About two years ngo it made its appcarar.ee and since thnl lime it has met with no little objection. Condemned by Ihe dancinf masters, coasted by the press and pulpit, the Jaza was shorn of its outer extreme gyra- tions and its in its place a refined atmosphere was infused by the better classes who look up the Jazi. The Shimmie is often mistaken for the Jazz, the result that the latter receives a great deal of undue criticism. The Jozi is in no way relalcd to the Shimmie, nor does it bear any re- semblance to the colored product. The Jazz steps, which arc done to Fox Trot time, are dependent more on the swing or at- mosphere which the dancer gives to them than on tho actual movements. The secret of the Jatz is in acquiring the proper sway of the body. Here is how it is done: .The Jazz consists of but one principal move- ment, which is token lo Ihe side, forward or backward. Ordinarily, in dancing one lakes a filep and the body follows. In Ihc- Jazz the ac- tion is reversed, the upper part of trie body leads and then the step is taken. The dancer rises Well on liis toes as the body moves fo'rvrar'd and the weight, comes down when the foot touches the floor. The backward movement is the same; c-cch time the dancer must rise .before taking a step.' The .secret in acquiring the proper swing when doing the Jazz to the side lies in throwing the weight of the body sidcwise simultaneously with llic foot movement. After llic step is taken, for instance to the left, the right foot is brought up to the left, the heels almost touching. A Jazz Combination The most popular Jazz comhinalion is Ihe movement wherein Iwo steps are token to side, two to the left and two to the right. Onn siilc step each way for four bents at the music ia also very popular. JIany combinations of slops can be made up, using as a basis Ihc one step lo Ihc side nnd Iho two side steps. For instance, the man can lake one alcp forward bis left fool and then two Jntf steps to (he- side. He can vary this Two Slides to the Side and Stopping In This Poslllon on the Scvond Slide Makes an Attractive'. New Jazz Step, by laking one stop forward with-lils right foot and then two side Etcns to his left- The dancer should bear in mind that his heels must come together at the completion of each Fide step ar.d that lie must 'sway 'in the direction in which he-inovcs. -This swajins of the body, is not a natural movement and roust therefore.bo acquired by a little'-practice. The arms and hands are being held'unusually this season; the arms are'almost with th'e shpnldcV The just below thc.slioHldcr blade of-his partner. The '._ lady's left hanj.reib.'o'iilheman'slrightjhoulder. During th'q past few-years it has been the cus- tom in ccrlalri. localities girl her head to the. siuc-.'.'.H very often help's a' girl's appearance to keep her head turned to" the right, but this stylo is soon pasiinff' out of existence because it is not the most one, It is especially hard girl-if she happens "to dapce irith n man wiio puffs 1ac a Acam engine.; How lo Dance the Rocker Trie Kockcr walls is a combination of pirols, twinkling steps and hesitation steps. The Rocker has no definite number of figures, but many vari- ations can be made up Irom tha principal step which I will hero, describe: The regular u-altz position is assumed Tha man steps forward with his left foot and hesi- tales for three beats of the music. The next is a twinkling movement. The man throws his weight back to his right foot, then steps back quickly vrith his left foo't and changes his weight again to his right foot which takes a step for- ward." This slep with the right'foot takes thrca beats of the music. The two previous steps arc divided into three bents. The dancer, having- his weight on his right foot, repeats the movement, but this time he steps back to his left foot and quickly brings the right foot forward. The pivot steps arc then taken to (he left starling with the left foot. When this is completed the dancer is ready to change to the old-fashiohctl waltz. The First Coffee House houses or enfcs are the plocw where they serve almost everything else bnt cofTcc. The origin of Ihc name is, how- ever, much more genuine.- Coffee ia said to have been first grown in Arabia, and what little real Mocha coft'ce we get from there today, but. very little ever reaches America. Some have claimed that the b.rotnV. so famous in Grecian etery, .wfls.ftctuklly' tion of coffee. 13ut this te'vcrnge was absolutely- unknown in England before (lie year IBbl'whin'i it was imported, thither'by a; Mr. D. who traded much with Turkey in Asia', been lo Smyrna, and.cn his reiiirn. to brought a good supply of cMee.and a-ditckfof liagusa, named Pasquet Rossec, .who kneirbW io make cofTca as the Turks marls Some of llic merchant's lo sec him Inking (hc'-ncyir drinh' far." lasted It ami liked it so'mufVlhat qnc-ntly Rtbrcakfnst-timc ji'S's drink. Mr. Kdfcrards soon ercV.'ti'rcil 'ol 'Jiiving' so much conirtflpy, and thought it would be idea to give his Greek servant to'db; nt Ihu same lime that ho satisfied the British-' curiosity nnil gratified 'heir iasle he hired o small house in St.'Michael's t Cornhlll, nnd opened .Iho first coffco his Gfeek a.rvanl In charge: -When this became very popular olhcr innkcep! trs followed suit and in another were quite a number of colTee houses in Londoh.. One of thc-most famous of Ihe.iC was Don Sal-J- lero's, which Hddcd rjreally lo Its popularity by' Ihe collection of curiosities which the proprietor'. ronde for the hrausenicnt of his guests.. went ao far a: to publish a catalogue.oC his prf-.: vale museum, end .according to a copy of this' precious pamphlet Ifttcly-iliscovored there a- wonderful medley of rertinrkabla specimens lath- cred here.- Ambng the rest wtre tho "Tiger's tusks, the Pope's the sXc-leWi ol-' a guinea pig, a a true cross, the four evangelists' heads cut cherry stone, the King of Morocco's tobaceo 11 try Queen, of Scot's pincuthion, Queen bcth's prnycrbpok, a pair of noa'i Job's ears, which grew on fro( i tobacco-stopper ftnd 600 more odd 1'rtfurv ;