As for the bent forward posture used when dancing the Lindy Hop, Frankie Manning is on the video from "Can't Top the Lindy Hop" specifically describing how he made a conscious decision to bend over, to change the look and line of the dance, to set him apart from other dancers. Note that he was still thinking like a dancer and performer, aware of the lines of the body. It wasn't totally arbitrary; he knew the aesthetics. Arthur Murray and the ballroom crew disagree with that aesthetic, and impose a straight back. That's a choice... their preference. On the posture "controversy", Frankie Manning says "Straight can be okay. Stiff is wrong. I don't teach people to bend over or straighten up--I teach people to relax. I tell them to, anyway.... You don't stoop over 'cause you're old, you straighten up 'cause you're old. I can't get over there like I used to!"
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