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          (01/16/2009 20:08 ws)

Getting in your partner's (and others) way

Dance Tip of the week:

Getting in your partner's way.

One of the annoying habits picked up by dancers is getting in the way.

Well, some of the time it just seems that you are wearing a big target but sometimes it's your own fault. This tip will maybe help those who always seem to be the giver or recipient of a bump or step.

1a. Guys, if you are leading the woman in a particular direction,  get the heck out of her way or don't lead her there.
1b. Ladies, if the man is leading you in a definite direction hopefully he is doing it for a reason. Don't try to figure it out, just go there.

2a. Men, when in closed dance frame please move your center before your feet. The lady follows your center not your big foot that is about to step on her small one.
2b. Ladies, when you feel the man moving toward you, your toe is the vulnerable part of your foot. Get it out of the way. Reach back with the toe and don't commit until the man does. Sort of like when you are asked for a date.

3a. Men, The lady follows your dance frame don't confuse things by having strong arms and a wimpy frame.
3b. Ladies, Men need you to be responsive not just locked up waiting for the man to move you.

4. When traveling and turning both men and ladies need to pick a spot on the far wall and focus on it. This may help you from getting drifty. (And running into others)

5. We know West Coast Swing is unusual at a Ballroom dance. If you don't participate at least learn the characteristics. We hate to keep moving our slot 'cause you want to dance East Coast Swing in it. Or Foxtrot through it.  If you are picking a spot on the dance floor, where WCS and other dances are being done, stay out of the outer lane (for the moving dancers), and stay in your slot.

6. Guys, do yourself a favor and learn some emergency steps. Not everyone knows that routine you learned, and on the social dance floor, there will always be someone in the way.

7. Ladies, occasionally the man is moving backward. If a collision is imminent give his hand a squeeze or tap his shoulder (Jerk the Jerk - if you have to...). Just closing your eyes and praying is not good enough.

8. Please avoid moves where you both are moving backward until you are alone on the dance floor.


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