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Two Step Tidewater Virginia

  (01/16/2009 wh)

(Dance Tips for better Country and Western (C&W), Ballroom, Swing, West Coast Swing (WCS) and all kinds of dancing)

...Moving and Turning (With balance)

Turning is used in almost all dances and in Two Step you are both moving and turning. One of the keys used to unlock the secret of good clean turns and spins is balance. Balance, good or poor, will reflect more on your dancing than many other things. Before you get serious about turning you need to master balance.

 

The mechanics of dancing can be broken down into the movement of balancing on  one foot to balancing on the other. (Gracefully we hope) A common theme of  every instructor is that a good dancer can stop at any point and only have their weight on one foot or the other. When we are walking and stop we usually are stopped with both feet planted firmly. When we are dancing not only are we required to stop with the weight on one foot but often to turn like that as well. If you don't think balance is that important try dancing a very slow Waltz. You will quickly find out how important balance is in your dancing.

 

Working on balance is something that can be done without a partner, can be done at home, and can have more impact on your dancing than any number of moves.


So what is the secret to becoming better balanced in your dancing? I can't offer shortcuts but below I've listed several things that can improve your balance. None are easy, all are rewarding.

1. Develop your legs, ankles and feet through exercise.
2. Ask someone who has taken ballet to give you some balance exercises.
3. Improve your posture.
4. Work toward a better and more consistent dance frame.
5. Every time you get off balance on the dance floor ask yourself why.
6. Practice dancing to slower tempo music.
7. Every time you attend a dance lesson or workshop ask about balance.
8. While you are practicing a move, stop and check your foot position. Are your feet in the best position for balance?
9. Are you using your partner for balance?
10. Never quit working on balance. Be tough on yourself and practice.

 

 

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