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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)

...Leading and Following

This week I have some comments about leading and following as related to dancing. This is mostly directed at the men who hopefully are leading. One of the explanations that I have been given to describe leading is to "indicate to the lady where you would like her to go to next".

 

If you are dancing with a partner that you have danced with before you probably are aware of how she will follow that lead. If not, then trouble may be brewing. One way that a man can avoid problems with a lady following is to lead better. That doesn't mean stronger! I was told many times that I needed to develop partnering skills. Another instructor called it "follow through" Either way it mean the same. Once you give the lady a lead pay attention to what happens. If you need to adjust your position do so. Not all ladies dance the same like little robots. If the man can't adjust to this then the partnership and dancing is not smooth. Always be aware of where the lady is and adjust to her. Don't try to force the lady to dance the move your way. Give her that indication and pay attention to what happens.

 

This could go on for several pages but to keep it brief here is a list of bad dance habits for men:

 

1. Un-necessary upper body, hand, arm and/or head movements. If it's not essential to the dance, leave it out. Arm & hand styling is OK but only at a venue that calls for it. (Competitions, showcases, etc.)

 

2. Too big rock steps. Why are you working that hard to look bad! Keep your feet under your body.

 

3. Not adjusting to your surroundings. This covers line of dance, dancing big on a crowded floor, walking onto the floor and planting yourself in someone's WCS slot, dancing that showcase pattern no matter who is in the way and a whole host of other social dance bad manners.

 

4. Trying to impress the new dancer with how many moves you can put her through. Most women like some challenge and enjoy trying out new patterns.  However, there is a fine line that shouldn't be crossed. If you will have a chance to dance with the lady several times try to use the first dance to get used to each other's dance styles. Don't throw every thing out all at once. Usually on the first dance you will quickly find out how advanced your partner is. And ladies if your partner is new to dancing be patient if he only know a few patterns. At least he is up dancing.

 

5. Sloppy frame. This includes Item number one but also not having a good enough connection or frame to be able to lead or follow.

 

Continue to work on your dancing. I still commit many of the dance errors listed above. The only way I can improve my dancing is to work on it. The only way I know what to work on is to pay attention. Watch your own dancing.  Ask your instructor.  Ask your partner.

 

 

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