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          (01/16/2009 20:08 wh)

Isaac Newton's First Law of motion in Dancing.

(-or- Momentum is your best friend)

Dance Tip of the week:

Momentum is your friend. Does anyone remember from school, Isaac Newton's First Law of motion? It is often stated that "Bodies in motion will stay in a straight line motion, and bodies at rest will stay at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force."

Almost anyone can draw a link between this law and dancing. Although all three of Newton's laws of motion can be related to dancing, tonight we are thinking about the first law and how it relates to lead and follow.

As a practical exercise lets start dancing a basic Salsa step and from that step lead a cross over break to our right. Then lead the same move after a cross body lead.

In the first example we are asking the lady to change her direction from a backward break to a sideways break. It forces the lady to abruptly change direction. In the second example we are taking the lady's forward movement and continuing that movement in the cross body lead and then transferring her energy into a rotation and cross over break. She is not making any abrupt movement and the crossover break is completed much cleaner.

In this example there is also a fundamental Law of motion applied called the conservation of angular momentum. If the lady keeps a tighter frame and foot position while turning it is accomplished with much less expended energy.

The bottom line as applied to dancing is, "the greater the change of direction the more effort exerted to make that change".

If the man keeps these concepts in mind many of the dance moves can be lead with less trouble. This can only result in a happier dance partner which is our ultimate goal.

Now, in which dance is Newton's Third Law of motion most important?

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Thought for a day..

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