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
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
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
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
What is posture?
I don’t want to talk about some sort of prescriptive posture – the one in which your mother prodded you in the back and told you to stand up straight. I know I hated being told how I ‘should’ be standing so I won’t be telling you how you ‘should’ be standing either. I want to talk about the attitude of becoming aware of your Continue reading How do you choose to stand?