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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)

...The Lady's Role in Dancing

Last week I wrote about the man's role in dancing and leading and I listed several problem areas for the men. This week I'm writing about the lady's role in dancing.

 

In a dance partnership the lady is the follower. This only means that the man sets up the patterns and the lady executes them. If the lady can't dance her part, the partnership suffers.

 

The lady should dance her part with balance and confidence. The confidence doesn't come with knowing every dance pattern ever thought of. Confidence come with the knowledge of the dance. Each dance has different characteristics and timing and the lady needs to be familiar with them.

 

Watch how a good female dancer handles different dances then get on the floor and imagine you are that lady. You don't need to learn all the moves.  Just learn what makes the dance work.

 

Balance, enough can't be said about this subject. Not every lady has great balance but almost everyone can improve with practice. Exercise to improve balance. Work on technique to improve balance. Work on head and hand placement to improve balance. Work on foot placement to improve balance.

 

Don't hang on the man.

Don't rely on the man for balance.

If you haven't danced with this man before leave the excess styling out of it.

Don't apologize for not following a move. He may be just as much or more at

fault and as long as no one falls down and gets hurt it's not the end of the world.

 

Work at the technique of following. Some dances move quick and if you need to think about it before following it's too late.

 

Even if the conditions are not perfect try to make your dancing look good.  We are not always blessed with perfect music, partners or floor.

 

If you plan to continue dancing invest in a pair of dance shoes or dance boots.

 

Take some lessons. All kinds of lessons are available. There are group classes, workshops and private lessons. Set up something within your budget, then pay attention and practice. Those lessons are expensive so don't waste them by not practicing. Ask a good dancer to help you.

 

 

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