The ABCs of Round Dance Style
Harmon & Betty
Jorritsma, mainstays in the Orange County, CA, round dance scene
until they retired and chairmen of the committee that gave us RAL’s
phase rating system for dances, prepared this list for their classes,
and it is as good today as it was 40 years ago.
and emphasize steps, patterns, and rhythms.
your body weight over the feet—feel light on the feet.
is the best policy—don’t belittle less adept dancers.
awareness adds to your enjoyment and coordinates with others.
is the reward of your efforts.
with your partner; execute the steps properly.
your speed and length of stride.
FUN—THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.
is important; every opportunity is a learning experience.
not, lest your dancing become tiring and unappealing.
of the ball he is, and he should be treated as such.
to be patient; respect your partner as well as others.
the routines in phrases; learn to recall key cues.
thinking has no place in round dancing; think positively.
your thoughts; analyze the steps as related to rhythms.
are extremely important to performance and enjoyment.
of the ball she is, and she should be treated as such.
enjoyment doesn’t come from preoccupation and stiffness.
It’s contagious and reflects your enjoyment.
ahead, concentrate, send correct messages to your feet.
discretion and good taste in clothing, cleanliness, and manners.
the pattern—do what you can to emphasize style.
others, copy what you like, avoid what is distasteful.
through the many possibilities for added improvement and enjoyment.
must be yourself and create your style through individuality.
in on every opportunity to learn and participate.
From a club newsletter prepared by Dan
and Sandi Finch , July 2013, and reprinted in the Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC)
Newsletter, April 2014.
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