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  (01/16/2009 wh)

Close Encounters - of the Dancing Kind

Dance Technique, feedback and information:

We received some feedback this week from a local male dancer. He had a few questions about how to handle some situations on a crowded dance floor. 

One question concerned how to handle slow dancers in front of you. The slow dancers that tend to use more side to side moves than progressing down LOD during a traveling dance such as Foxtrot. 

He wanted a good way to tell the couple to move on and stop blocking everyone. 

My answer is that there isn't a good way to tell them. Anything you say will be taken wrong. In my opinion the best way to handle this situation is to dance smarter. As a leader I need to pay attention to not only what is happening around me and my partner but also what is going on further ahead. If I see a bottle neck developing ahead I will throw in some moves that will delay my travel (without blocking those behind us).  If near a corner I will fall away back to the corner and do a measure of hesitation and shaping to allow time for the way ahead to clear. I also tend to dance much smaller when on a crowded floor until things clear up. These and other techniques may help but not eliminate the "close encounters of the dance kind" all dancers hate.

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