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Various types of hand-on-waist checks in WCS, Cha-cha, and other dances, involve -- at first glance -- the leader moving in one direction while he leads the follower to move in the opposite direction. Once again, careful examination shows that the person who leads well performs a brief body lead, moving in the same direction as the follower for a few inches, and then changes direction and completes the lead with the arm.

The leader should be leading with his body. The follower shouldn't be watching his body (look at his face, even if his body might be better lookin' :^), but instead reading his body lead from whatever you have in contact, which is usually just some fingers. One handed leads (physical contact in one hand, such as is the case most of the time in swing) can be done as body leads, just as dance frame leads  

 

01/16/2009

A tip for the guys... Lead then follow.

A tip for the guys... Lead then follow.

How do we move when we execute a move?

#1 - Our frame moves to lead the lady. (Lead)

#2 - The lady reacts to us and begins the movement. (Follow)

#3 - The man follows the lady until he is needed to lead again. (Partnering)

Use this technique for even the simple movements and you will become a better leader.

1st Example- Two-Step basic:

#1 - Man begins to move his center forward on last slow (count 5-6)

#2 - Lady moves backward in reaction to this and steps on count 1.

#3 - Man is continuing to move with no more lead, only connection.

This can continue as long as needed until the man begins the next lead.

2nd Example - Two-Step Lady's outside turn.

#1 - Man turns body in contra to left on last slow (prep) then releases right hand and begins to lead the lady in a clockwise turn.

#2 - On counts one & two lady completes a complete 360 degree Pivot or Chaine turn depending on her training.

#3 - The man follows, and adjusts for, the ladies forward movement and at the same time maintaining steady connection thru his left hand.

If the man continued the same connection without lowering his hand the lady should continue to turn. If the man...

3rd Example

#1 - Lowered his left hand at the end of count 2 and moved to pick up the dance connection on his right.

#2 - the lady would complete only one turn and continue her basic.

#3 - The man would then again follow her, with connection, until he decided to lead something different.

With practice this become automatic. Faster dances and music requires cleaner and earlier leads. Different ladies move differently. If the man is partnering this does not create a problem as long as she stays within the basic timing and characteristics of the dance.

A rough or inconstant connection throws everyone off balance. Over-leading throws the lady off balance. Grabbing or hanging on the man's connection throws the man off balance.
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