- Maintain good posture. That means Man's head should not be leading the feet in forward motion.
- Maintain good position. Our shoulders should be parallel to each other (not wrapped around). The right side of Lady's body should come to about Man's sternum, and vice versa.
- Maintain a big top-line (arms and elbows out wide) with head tilting 1/8 to the left in closed position. Man and Lady balance against each other. This is why practicing by yourself doesn't quite cover it. The keyword here is to "maintain" the position.
- Footwork is very important. http://www.dancecentral.info/ballroom/international-style has very detailed information on steps, timing, diagrams and footwork. Study!
- Follow through on the steps. Sometimes Man and Lady gaps in between (this is obvious when the partners start dancing in contact). Man: avoid stopping abruptly at the end of a change, that would cause the separation.
- Natural Turn and Reverse Turn: whoever is moving forward, drive it (bigger step, as this person is on the outside of the turn).
- Closed Changes: When connecting Natural Turn and Reverse Turn, there is no turns on change steps. Don't cheat.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Waltz frame, Posture, Position, Footwork
Some technique points on Waltz (also applicable to other Standard dances):