Giving People Space

Every dance community has its own unwritten rules of good manners, and everyone in that subculture knows and accepts them. For example, who should you dance with? In some communities it’s customary to dance only once with the same person, and if you try to dance a...

Dance Technique: Using Body Alignments to Turn

So let’s say you’re dancing with a partner, and you want to execute a simple ninety-degree turn to the left. You know you’re going to be using some sort of body alignment to make that happen. (If you don’t know what I mean by alignments, see my post here.) As far as...

Dance Technique: Body Alignments

If you’re dancing in a close embrace with a partner and you decide to do a turn, whether you know it or not, in order to make that turn happen you’re going to use body alignments. Although they are used in dance, alignments aren’t something you have to learn in a...

Welcome to my new blog!

As a student and as a teacher, I’ve been involved in dance communities for many years. I’ve traveled all over and talked to thousands of people, and I see the same themes come up in dance communities everywhere I go. Scenes can be lead-heavy, or follow-heavy, or have...