When I teach a balance - I go over the footwork very quickly (step for & back) and
then tell them not to worry about that part - the balance really happens in the arms - not
the feet and emphasize keeping a strong connection with the other dancer(s) as you move
toward them and back and using the balance to create the 'lead' or momentum in the
direction you need to go for the next move. Thinking about footwork just makes it more
complicated than it needs to be and they will figure out what works for them.
From: Read Weaver <rweaver(a)igc.org>
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Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 1:10 AM
Subject: Re: [Callers] How do you balance? (Was High-energy dances)
When I teach a balance, I mostly describe it as a way to move away from your partner to
give you the chance to pull in toward your partner, whether it's for a swing, a box
the gnat, etc. Any move within the phrasing that allows you to do that is fair game. The
simplest is either step in on the right, step out on the left, although some find in-2-3,
out-2-3 more intuitive. Step-stamp-step-stamp is the one I actively encourage people to
not do, as 1) it's generally done in such a way that it doesn't put you in a
position to pull in to the next move, and 2) it makes you look like a yahoo.
Jamaica Plain, MA
On Apr 24, 2013, at 8:46 AM, John Sweeney wrote:
I did notice more stomping than I was familiar with at
The Flurry this
year, just step right, stamp left, step left, stamp right.
Is stomping now the standard across America?
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