I love micro movements and those dances which use tiny, intricate muscle movements to create great effects. I love them because they have given me so much body awareness and control over the movements I can make, and consequently, I feel that Continue reading Micro movements
The practice of partner dance is more than just two sets of dance moves fitting together. There is that third element, that sense of something larger than the two of you working it’s magic in the dance.
I feel myself lucky to have started my career as a dance teacher as what would now be termed an ‘old skool’ freestyle aerobics instructor. Basically, choreographed sequences of moves to music for the purpose of increasing aerobic fitness. However, apart from Continue reading More than the two of you
There’s two different approaches to your role as a lead, there’s being in charge of making the dance happen, and then Continue reading The invitation
Being and doing, in dancing I see this as flow and technique. I like to see this as flow and technique rather than flow versus technique, emphasising the balance of both. Allowing yourself a balance of these leads to a real joy in dancing.
Technique, the doing, concentrating, extending part of dance Continue reading Being and Doing – flow and technique
Dance is easy. I’m writing to follow up on a post that I wrote as my very first, which was yes you can. Yes you can dance. 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 you are a child and you begin to walk Continue reading Dance is easy
When you see people doing amazing moves, it’s the flow and grace that captures your attention. When your moves become easy to do then you feel like you are flowing in your dancing. When you first start dancing, or doing a type of dance that you are unfamiliar with, your body isn’t used to doing those types of movements. Your muscles aren’t used to working in those ways, so it will feel awkward at first. Continue reading Take a break – and enjoy it!
What is your centre? I think of the centre of your body as the part from your shoulders to your hips – the part that would make a rectangular box if you drew a line between your shoulders and your hips and across your shoulders and hips; like in this picture. There are lots of different ideas as to where a person’s centre is, but for Continue reading It’s the centre that counts
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