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  01/16/2009

How to work on Lead/Follow

Judy & I have made social dancing, together with lead & follow technique, one of our teaching specialties. We never could see where learning a pattern would do you much good if you couldn't use it except with others who also learned the pattern. Unfortunately we see many men who learn new patterns and never learn how to lead them. It doesn't make much difference if the lady also learned the same pattern but these guys always want to impress some unsuspecting gal with the new whiz bang stuff.

So, here is a way to practice both the new pattern and how to lead it. (or follow it)

Method "A"
1. Don't turn a social dance into a teaching session. If you want to teach the pattern to someone move off the main floor. Dancesport VA dance studio and other studios have a separate floor or empty corner, that if vacant, can be used for practice.
2. Teach the pattern step by step without music to your partner. Don't play the music until the pattern is smooth.
3. Now dance the pattern with and without music together but with minimal or no contact. No lead, no follow, just dancing the pattern together.
4. The big trick here is to use your hands and arms in the proper position. Just not making much contact.
5. Gradually resume normal dance contact.
6. By the time you finish you will have learned what it takes to dance the pattern together.
7. Don't be tempted to turn on the lead until you and your partner can dance the pattern apart.
8. Hopefully, if you do this with enough different partners you will begin to understand how dancers interact thru their frame while dancing.
9. This is a genuine skill building dance exercise but will only work if both dancers can maintain a good dance posture and frame. If one of the partners has a sloppy frame it won't work.

Method "B"
1. Drag your partner thru the move during the fastest song possible.
2. Repeat until the partner gives up or the song ends.
3. When that partner fails to "get it" find another one to try it on.
4. Repeat as needed.


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