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
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
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
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?
As a follow, you follow the energy that your lead is giving you. The lead initiates a movement which creates energy, and to make this a partner dance, the energy is transferred to a follow who then takes that energy and uses it to move their body. That’s how the movement/energy exchange from lead to follow happens; this creates the partner dance of two people dancing as one. Continue reading The art of following
Give your arms some love – let them relax when dancing. The arms are the line of connection and communication in partner dance. So having a relaxed arm will enable leads to send clear messages and follows to understand and respond to messages in the best way possible. Continue reading Give your arms some love