Are you finding more than a few empty spaces in your dance card ? When you go to a social dance, you can’t be expected to spend the entire time on the floor, but if you find yourself on the sidelines more often than not, here are some tips, just in time for our next social dance.
Everyone will agree that it is beneficial even for the most accomplished dancer to try their hand at dancing socially with a host of different partners. Many think that it is fun when dancing socially to dance with a skilled dancer. In fact, the most desirable dancers are the ones who are having the most fun on the dance floor and are able to share their positive energy with their dance partners. Here are some points that will help you become such a dancer.
STEP 1. Respect your dance partner.
Since you come in close physical contact with your dance partner, even if it is only for the duration of a dance, make sure that your personal hygiene is taken care of by having clean body, clothes and shoes. If you cannot shower first, then you should wash or put hand sanitizer under your arms to kill the bacteria that causes smell, followed by a deodorant.
STEP 2. Do not teach your dance partner during a social dance unless you have been explicitly asked to do so by your dance partner.
Remember that during a social dance the goal is to have fun, feel good and making sure that everyone around you feels good as well. Your critical comments or suggestions may embarrass your dance partner and make him/her feel uncomfortable. If you feel that your partner is not able to follow a particular step or is uncomfortable doing it, simplify it or avoid doing it again with this dance partner. Social dance is not a place to judge or be judged. If you adopt this attitude, it will go a long way in making you the star of the dance.
STEP 3. Keep in mind that while you are dancing your potential partners may be observing your behavior on the dance floor and making their own mental notes.
Any dance usually only lasts for 1.5-2 minutes. Enjoy, smile, relax and thank your partner for the dance.
STEP 4. For a leader – be careful not to knock your partner off balance.
Any push or pull with your hands instead of your body can cause your partner to lose balance, misstep, or simply confuse your follower in terms of your intention or direction.
STEP 5. The follower’s responsibility is to respond in a timely manner paying close attention to the leader’s signals and intentions.
Do not lead and do not ignore the lead you get. The roles of the leader and the follower should be clear prior to dancing. As a follower avoid taking over the lead, doing your own thing, taking initiative and coming up with a surprise step or move.
STEP 6. Remember to have fun and enjoy your time on the dance floor.
Even if the competition is your primary focus, dancing socially in the studio with different partners will improve your leading and following skills, creativity, self-confidence and will allow you to relax, let loose and have fun. Enjoy!