Being and doing, the integration between flow and technique, how they interconnect and enhance each other. How a balance of both enhances the enjoyment of dance, movement and expression of music.
It is my suspicion that dance is inherently easy. Far easier than we give it credit for sometimes, and that actually moving is innate within everyone.
When practicing moves, take a break. It’s so beneficial. Repeating moves to the point of fatigue takes your awareness away from how you are moving because the end goal is to ‘do the move’ rather than understanding how your body is moving.
In general, initiating movements from your centre will help you get nice lines and move with grace. It’s like your movements are an explosion of energy from the centre of you and you feel more in control of them.
In the first part of this article, I talked about how important it is to find your own dance so that you can bring your own solo dance improvisation to the partner dance partnership. In my e-guide to conscious partner dance Finding Flow, I give you some ways to ease into finding your own solo dance so you can free yourself up and let what’s inside you come out. If you haven’t got it yet you can get a copy by Continue reading Finding space – solo dance for partner dancers (part two)
Steps are great, but what are steps without improvisation and your interpretation of them? Improvisation is your dance. As a partner dancer you don’t practice solo dance to become a solo dancer, but to feel your own dance first in order to share that with a partner. If you rely solely on the partnered aspect of the dance then it Continue reading Finding you – solo dance for partner dancers (part one)
Compression and stretch, although a term used widely in Lindy Hop, has been the basis for all my leading and following no-matter what style of dance. I think it helps to think about any dance partnership as a continuing flow from compression to stretch and back again. Continue reading Tuning in to stretch and compression
To let go and follow without thinking, followers trust their leaders to guide them clearly and directionally. They trust that their body won’t be placed into a compromising position, that Continue reading The unwritten rules of trust
Our steps are what is used to create the structure of the dance. The steps that ‘make up’ a style of partner dance in it’s traditional sense, a tango, a waltz or other fundamental steps that we both know and understand as a dancing couple. Especially when dancing with a partner, there needs to be a Continue reading Steps vs. Improvisation
I love every single one of my steps when I dance. The quality of my steps is why I enjoy my dancing. That’s why I love the slower forms of partner dance because there’s loads of time to appreciate every step. Like the opportunity to meditate, or just to slow down and see where you’re at in life, a slow dance is wonderful for really getting attuned Continue reading The quality of your steps