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          (01/16/2009 20:08 ws)

Mastering the West Coast Swing (WCS) Connection

Dance Tip of the week:

One of the most fascinating technical ideas connected with West Coast Swing concerns lead and follow. The basic technique asks a couple to establish how a normal connection feels like. In other words "how much pressure is in the normal connection". In WCS this is mostly through a one hand connection and is best used as a very light connection.

Once the "normal" connection is established then it can be assumed that any change in that connection is a lead.

It was also stressed that leading was to be done on the first beat only. Anything more means the leader is dragging the follower through the move. Once the direction of the lead is established on the first beat the lead goes into neutral. The lady is to complete the move using her own power. It's like driving a car. You give it direction (go, stop, turn) but it moves using it's own power. In fact some ladies move with more steering effort than others and some men assume all ladies need extra effort.

Let's all find that happy place where no one has to work hard to dance.

Mastering this connection does not mean that you also master WCS. The dance is incredibly different and difficult but mastering connection makes the rest much simpler.

This technique of establishing a "normal" connection and maintaining that connection when not leading a move can also be used in all other couple dances. Some dances use less connection and some use more but the "rule" remain the same.

 

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