Secrets Of Successful Dancing (S.O.S. HELP!)
by Wayne &
Let's think about a
What will make our
What will make our
figures work better?
There are many
elements, other than the basic footwork, that help us to create
movement. We want to touch on some of these elements that will HELP
to make it more comfortable to dance.
It is important that we
understand and learn some of the structure of movement created by our
bodies. Sometimes it becomes difficult to determine why we, as a
couple, are having difficulty with a figure, when we seem to be doing
the foot placements correctly. Many times it's because one, or both,
partners are contributing to the problem, even though they are taking
the proper steps.
Dancing is more than
just moving the feet. We need also to think about what our body does
to help us move. When we walk, we do not concentrate on our feet --
we think about where we want to go. Yet when we learn to dance, we
tend to concentrate on our feet and forget what our bodies do to move
us from point A to point B.
Listed below are some
of the elements that are important to movement.
Posture & Body
Positioning -- once this is achieved, we can move easily.
Control (both individual & couple) -- without it we cannot move
Responsibility -- what each of our jobs is as dancers (leading &
#1 Posture & Body
First, we must have
good closed position, which helps create good balance. Once this is
achieved, we can move on to dancing. Without good posture, or proper
body alignment, the man cannot lead successfully and the woman cannot
#2 Balance &
Good balance is the
reward of keeping the body well-postured. In changing weight,
movement is from our center point of gravity. Keep your body
"stacked" over your supporting foot. Line up your body
parts. Both partners should have their upper body stretched slightly
to the left over the left hip and looking over our partner's right
shoulder. By standing in proper alignment, it is easy to establish a
sense of balance. It is one thing to keep one's balance and body
alignment while standing. It is quite different to maintain it while
walking a straight line, and in a curve, in order to follow the line
Couples should not move
or step at the same time -- two people cannot occupy the same space
at the same time. The man should never bring his right arm/hand
toward his own body, but should have it actively moving away as his
body moves. The woman should keep her back (moving from her center)
in the man's right arm/hand.
It is our sincere hope
that these ideas will HELP you enjoy your dancing and make it more
clinic notes for the URDC Convention, 2005, and reprinted in the Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC)
Newsletter, September 2014.
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