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  (01/16/2009 wh)

Defensive Dancing

All of us that drive know about defensive driving but how about defensive dancing??  In researching this subject I found several different concepts of defensive dancing.

As related to poor dance hall conditions: defensive dancing allows you to be more comfortable when you surroundings are not. The technique is the same as for any other venue where you need to dress for the climate. Dancing is an activity and a smart dancer should dress in layers and keep them handy for between the dances. Some floors are tile on concrete and not so easy on the feet. Nothing can eliminate the shock transmitted through an unforgiving floor but cushioned inserts can make it bearable for longer period.

As related to partners with poor lead/follow technique: defensive dancing will allow you to finish a dance without serious injury.

--- Rough lead;

When faced with a lead rough enough to hurt, ladies are advised to excuse themselves and sit back down. If the lead is not that bad then the lady should not try to out muscle the man. The better defense is for the lady to anticipate where he is leading and get there first. Then sit down and don't dance with him again (and warn the other ladies).

---- Heavy Lead and heavy follow:

The terms heavy lead or follow have nothing to do with the dancer's size and everything to do with technique. To understand how to counteract a heavy lead or heavy follow the dancer needs to figure out why it happens.

Men have a heavy lead due to at least three reasons.

1. Leading at the wrong time (too early or too late)

2. Leading through the complete move.

3. Not adjusting to the lady (ignoring her part of the conversation). Once the lady figures it out she may be able to drop a few hints or ignore either the problem or the man.

Women have a heavy follow due at least three reasons.

1. Thinking too much (Good dancers just let the man lead them, without thinking about what is next).

2. Poor turn technique.

3. Making the man support them or move them through a turns and moves. Again, once a man figures out what is causing the heavy follow he can tell her instructor, who may take care of it (and keep the man out of trouble),  just put up with it, or not dance with the lady until she improves.

It's worthwhile to note that a poor floor and/or dance shoes will mess up your footwork and contribute to a heavy lead and heavy follow every time.

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