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  (01/16/2009 wh)

Dancing the right way!

(My point of view)

Sometimes when dancing my partner doesn't feel she completed a move correctly and apologizes. Now I could see an apology for stepping on me or an elbow to the chin but for not completing a move? Maybe there is too much emphasis made on doing each move exactly as shown. I may be wrong about this but if you are not in competition it may not really matter as much as we may think. Also it may not even be their fault. When this happens I usually try it again later with a little different lead and get a different result. Since lead and follow is a conversation between dance partners our conversation might be a little garbled and we both may be at "fault"

Lately I have examined this "social dance" thing and determined that there needs to be a better standard on "Dancing the Right Way" If we define social dancing as dancing when attending a social event then the point is to facilitate the socializing. When we socialize with others we try to keep the conversation pleasant, light and continuous. I feel that the dancing should be that way also. If we are attending a party we need to have a good time as well. I have attended many "Social" dances where some of the dancers look like they are not having a bit of fun. No smiles, no conversation, no floor courtesy and look like they are at work rather than out having fun. They may think they are dancing the right way but are they?

Another bad habit is when a better dancer is trying to help his or her partner. Sometimes the help starts to get carried away. If it doesn't work out the way you want don't correct until you try the move differently and really figure out if it's the lead or the follow or maybe both. Just don't make a big deal out of it. Remember the social part.

As usual, I welcome any comments and ideas on this social dance theme.

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