Pop quiz: who dances the most challenging steps? Answer: the beginners! The more advanced dancers have learned how to dance in the easiest way possible, with minimal effort. Of course, they had to spend a great deal of time honing their craft to get their bodies to cooperate. Let’s take a peek at what they learned, shall we?
Less is more… In the right places
One of my first ballroom teachers told me something that stuck with me (eventually): ‘If something goes wrong in a pattern, the problem lies not with what you did in that moment, but what you did in the moment BEFORE.’ Starting an action earlier requires less work, and avoids about 90% of all dance issues.
Be lazy on the dance floor
The body has an annoying habit of over-exaggerating what the eyes see. When we watch a pro Latin dancer, for instance, we inevitably think that we need MORE hip action, FASTER footwork, QUICKER turns. It’s exhausting to push ourselves this hard, especially since we end up falling out of sync with our partner.
Add to your natural movement
Ballroom dancing is a lot less forced then most realize. For example, if you relax your arms and swing your body side to side, your arms will fly out in the same direction, slightly after the body. Add a little muscle tone and splay the fingers, and you are now arm-styling! Your body already knows how to move efficiently, but we think we need to unlearn all that, because ballroom dancing is seen as going against your natural movement. Done, right, it should accentuate that movement.
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About the Author
Ian Crewe has been dancing ballroom for almost 20 years, and has a Licentiate in American smooth and rhythm. His passion for dance and his endless seeking for ways to reach new audiences eventually led him to blogging and the World Wide Web. Ian currently teaches ballroom at the Joy of Dance Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada.Back to Media Releases