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Sep. 10.

Zouk philosophy: respect your partner!

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I believe the first what teachers have to do before to start teach students basics in any social dance is how to behave, how to invite and how to respect your partner on the dance floor, ethic and rules of social dance. People have to remember about that Dance is not only “movements in action” and not only “body connection”. Dance is conversation and connections of two spirits that feel the music the same way! If you only think about how you look on public and if you look impressive enough for show off your ego, but you don’t think about your partner image or about her/his personal conditions at that time, that’s not good at all and it just will make your leader image more negative.

Leader always have to be adopted to the level or health condition of the follower he choose to dance for the 3-4 min song. Purpose of social dance is to enjoy and feel comfortable. Leaders when they start learn how to dance and lead, have to remember that each lady (follower) has her individuality as physical (body shape, weight, height, flexibility etc) and also psychological (she can be shy, or not so free with her expressions of movements, she can be stressed or not so confident and all she needs is just few nice words or friendly smile to relax and start follow good). Not all ladies dancers have ballet or other kind of dance back grounds. As not all leaders have knowledge of anatomy or leading technique to perform perfect. Be supportive and patient.

When we watch professional dancers shows or demo we all impressed by their movements and musicality. Of course ! Is so challenging for us to become at least something closer to that perfection. Don’t forget to look perfect they polish and repeat their choreo 100 times, they injured, trained and practiced over and over again. So effect is obvious. But it cannot show full success of the dancer. Full success of the dancer is not in his show. Is in his social dancing. When he/she dance smooth and easy with unknown person that he never practice with, that looks just breathtaking.
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