BALLROOM DANCE LESSON
In the previous exercise, you learned how to lead and follow basic progressive movements through the use of a weight connection. This exercise will now give you some practice with leading and following both lateral and oppositional movements. The EC Swing (or Jive) basic lends itself well for this exercise, since it contains both of these elements.
If you aren't already familiar with the EC Swing or the Jive basic, your first assignment is to learn it. Use the video clip, or examine the technical breakdown of the components below:
INCORPORATING THE WEIGHT CONNECTION
You now know that a weight connection must be established (or maintained) prior to leading a movement. You also know of oppositional movement that a slight "impulse" from the hands and arms is also required. Based on this knowledge, we can now append our breakdown of the EC Swing Basic Step to include lead-and-follow elements, like so:
* On steps 5-6, remember to move your body towards and away from the connection; not the connection towards or away from your body.
Go slowly and meticulously through the sequence of actions as described above, stopping each point along the way to check your connection before moving on to the next. Take your time! This is not a race... If you move through the actions too quickly, you may unwittingly miss certain connections, and you would be training yourself incorrectly. As you improve, you can very gradually increase the speed.
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