10 Rules a Lead Should Review
- When you dance, keep your body relaxed, with your weight held over the soles of your shoes, heels slightly off the floor. Point toes slightly outward. Stand erect, but not rigid.
- Move in time to the beat, not the melody of the music.
- In order to be a good leader, do only those dance patterns you know well enough to do gracefully to the music and without thinking about your footwork.
- Travel around the dance floor in a counter clockwise direction. When stepping forward, your right arm should be closest to the wall most of the time.
- Always begin dancing on your LEFT foot. There are no exceptions to this rule.
- Know the proper hand/arm placements. Hold your partner in front and slightly to the right of you. Look over your partner’s right shoulder to see where you are going. Lead with your body and right hand, holding it against the small of your partner’s back and a little to the side. Lift your elbows away from your body, keeping your left hand in line with your shoulder.
- It is wise to pause in position at the beginning of a new dance and check your timing. It is better to do this then to start off on the wrong tempo.
- Avoid awkward shifts in your pattern sequences by leading the same step at least two or three times in the same succession. Pan ahead and strive for smooth transitions.
- Never count aloud, look down at your feet, or tell your companion verbally what steps you want to do next. (Unless asked to do so).
- PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – AND HAVE FUN!!!
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