I need some help! Talking about ballroom dances, I would like to know what do i have to do to make the woman understand that she has to do a heel turn instead of any side step. I mean, i can do reverse turn in english waltz or telemark.Whats the difference in leading? The lady has to know that she has to close feet to turn in heels instead of doind any side step. Can any help? Is it clear my question? Thanks in advance.
Make a routine of dancing for some time and increase it day by day it helps in increasing your confidence as well as in making stamina. My personal experience is that if you dance in front of mirror will helps in enhancing your confidence.
Yes, it's a very common preference. The problem with dancing 3 slows, as written in the syllabus, is that it leaves you dancing the following figures starting on counts 3,4 rather than 1,2. All subsequent "quick quicks" fall where there would normally be a "slow", and vice-versa. This may not be a problem for some people, but for many, it's contrary to their sensibility and is perceived as unmusical. The extra "slow" count at the end of the natural turn is a simple solution to the problem that is generally considered acceptable.
The mere fact that you are unsure and are asking for assurance to go ahead should tell you to listen to your gut feel. Instinct is seldomm wrong, you are aware of the flirting (so difficult not to in this arena with such close contact and feel-good hormones being produced. If you are someone special to him, trust me he WILL make the move. Resist the urge, enjoy and treasure the dance and time with him it is something so special in its own space - dont spoil what you currently do have ... trust me i know what you are feeling.
I have a show case in the spring and my dance partner and I are looking to do a West coast swing/Rumba mix. I'm having a hard time finding good contemporary songs that fit both dances. If any one has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them! Thanks!
Maybe this is a musicality thing, but I recently saw a couple dance four slows at the end of a nat. turn. That was followed by a feather step. The third slow was a left foot brush to right foot (like a hesitation).
You need to ASK what your instructor wants you in. If your dancing American Smooth some instructors don't want to see bare arms. I know some that require you to wear opera length gloves, but they had better not bag or bunch. If you have gontlets with a finger loop made, again they had better fit tight enough around your upper arm so as not to slip down.
I agree with the majority of comments above. To add a few of my own:
It seems men take longer to learn steps than women. Exactly why is unclear, but men seem to have a much harder time in the beginning - maybe because we need to worry about the step(s), leading the step(s), and floorcraft.
17 lessons isn't much time. Maybe it would be if you concentrated on a single dance, but I'm guessing you did a "variety pack". It takes time to get the steps burned into muscle memory.
When I was a newbie, I found it most helpful to take Bronze group classes and then follow up with a private lesson to clarify, review and work on technique. Even after 5 years of dance lessons, my wife and I take Silver group classes to get the basic syllabus and then refine what we've learned with private lessons. We've also found that semi-privates are a good compromise between group craziness and (expensive) privates. (Our semi-privates usually have 3-4 couples and we focus on technique).
Lastly, practice, practice and practice more.
And here's a true story:
When I started taking ballroom classes, I was so bad that even some assistant dance instructors tried to avoid dancing with me. Last month, my wife and I competed in International Standard at a National Qualifying Event and did reasonably well in our division. So it's true that there is a light at the end of the dance tunnel.
Lifts definitely get attention. On that other dance show (So You Think You Can Dance), the contestants are young professional dancers, most with years of training. When they dance beautifully, better than almost everybody else in the world, the audience hardly seems to notice. But when they do tricks that your 12-year-old who is a gymnastics student can do, the audience goes wild.
When you dance for yourself, you're dancing. But when you dance for an audience it's a performance.
Yes, I have heard Len Goodman criticize the pros for incorporating lifts but as I stated I am fairly new, less than a year and I participate mostly in showcases rather than competitions at this point. My instructor is much younger and very athletic and doesn't seem to have a problem physically with doing lifts and I am rather petite at 5'2" and about 115 lbs. In our last showcase we did "a trick" in a swing dance where he slid me under and between his legs facing me left than twirled me facing right before retrieving me back upright. It looked very stylish on video review and I hope to be open to additional lifts. I have seen video of a swing move where the female partner is lifted upward and encircles her partner around the waist as he circles with her. I like the showmanship of that lift however, I am hesitant to ask him directly if we could try it because it is somewhat provocative or suggestive in the minds of others.
Mike, dancing is something that takes perseverance, time and effort - my wife and I started in September on holiday where we had two hours of group ballroom and Latin lessons each day and a three hour social dance session each evening. By the end of two and a half weeks we could do some steps but were constantly making mistakes and having to stop and start from the beginning even on simple routines with only a few steps! That was after 19 hours of instruction and about 30 hours of social dance!
After the holiday we took additional group lessons - 4 hours a week plus going to social dances every couple of weeks. So now we have done around 100 hours of dancing of which about 60 hours has been classes. We are only now getting to the stage where we can get around the dance floor with the waltz, and do a cha cha cha routine of a fair bit of variation in the steps. However every other experienced dancer whom we have talked to says don't give up, and keep practicing. Watch videos of the dance sequences at home and try parts of the steps that you have room to try in your own home. Ask others what you are doing wrong or where you may miss which foot to place where, or what direction you should be facing at a particular place in a routine where you are turning.
At first it takes every brain cell just to remember where on earth you are supposed to be putting the next foot down and whether you are facing the same direction or turning in which case which way to turn! However eventually you will be able so play the routine in your mind like watching a video - and then you will be ahead of the steps as you dance, and know what is coming next for each step and it gets easier from then on. But as others have said it is really a steep learning curve at first. In the end all of the hard work and frustration starts to give way to enjoyment at being able to succeed. It is best to get some pleasure from doing simple routines well rather then being frustrated at getting complicated routines wrong and not reaching the end of long routines.
Once you can do simple routines then slowly add small numbers of extra steps.
There are many places that can give rise to a muddle - some dances you start with say the left foot as a man, but others it is the right foot and it is hard to switch initially. Some dances also switch mid stream, like the waltz where you are swapping starting with left and right foot for each three steps, except where there is a lock-step for example - which can then throw off the rhythm until you get more proficient.
It is also really important to have a good dance instructor - a good instructor can ease the pain, but a bad one can end up making you more confused about what you are trying to do.
However every competent dancer has been through that same pain of learning - so we all understand how you are feeling. Hopefully you will persist and get to the stage where it is enjoyable and you can do it well.
Mike, you say that you have a hard time deciding what to do next. One thing that may help you is to put together a little amalgamation (containing figures you can handle) in each dance. When my wife and I were getting started we found that doing that helped immensely--we were about ready to give up before we got the idea. The amalgamations don't have to be complicated; if you dance just three or four different figures, you look like you're doing something. And not worrying about what comes next makes it easier (maybe I should say "possible") to improve.
As for leading, doing it well involves technical things, best left to your instructor. But if you and your partner have a good dance frame, that helps a lot. Leading isn't arm wrestling; if your connection is good, you'll be surprised how easily your partner can pick up what you are doing.