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
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!
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)
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