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BALLROOM DANCE LESSON
LEADING & FOLLOWING, PART 1: OPEN POSITION

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the August dance lesson: Leading and Following, Part 1: Open Position. In this lesson, we will teach you what it means to have a good "connection" with your partner, so that you can communicate with each other in the most effective possible way. First, we will discuss the concept of connection, and explain why it's so important. Then we'll illustrate some techniques for improving your connection, such as hand positioning, tone, leverage, and the use of body weight. This may sound complicated, but the techniques are quite simple, and will do wonders for your leading and/or following skills.

CONTENTS

COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION

  • The Principles of Communication

  • What is a connection?

EXERCISE 1: Stationary Push & Pull
  • Position Yourself
  • Push
  • Pull
  • Repeat
  • Lead & Follow
  • More Ideas

 

EXERCISE 2: Leading & Following Directional Movement
  • Position Yourself
  • Push
  • Move the Body
  • Stop
  • Pull
  • Move the Body
  • Lather, Rinse, Repeat

 

EXERCISE 3: Swing & Jive Basic
  • EC Swing Basic Step
  • Incorporating the Weight Connection
  • The Exercise

HAND CONNECTIONS

  • The Basic One-Hand Connection

  • Hand Positioning

  • Tips for Hand Positions

THE CONCEPT OF PUSH & PULL

  • Push

  • Pull

LEADING DIRECTIONAL MOVEMENT

  • Connect First, Then Move

  • Push Backwards, Pull Forward

  • Perspective: Leader

  • Perspective: Follower

LEADING OPPOSITIONAL MOVEMENT

  • What is Oppositional Movement?

  • Use of Arms

REVIEW

 

QUIZ

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