rivendellrose: (Sunny)
posted by [personal profile] rivendellrose at 04:15pm on 17/11/2011
Darn, I have a dancing icon over on LJ, but nothing here.

It's funny; this stage of, "I generally know what my body is supposed to do based on what the lead does, yay!" came immediately with waltz, but I'm still clawing my way to it in AT. :P

I know exactly what you mean by this. I'm the same with waltz, which is super-easy and, at this point, more or less unconscious for me depending on my partner, and I'm about the same for East Coast swing. West Coast swing I still have a lot of trouble with, and the one time I tried salsa... well, let's just say it does not appear to be a very easy dance for me to pick up. I think if I could get a handle on the footwork I'd eventually be okay, but I still have to concentrate too much on the footwork to be very responsive.

As to what you've said about the leads from the instructor's intermediate classes.... eeeee. There's nothing more satisfying, I think, as a student dancer who's a follow than having a really good lead who knows what they're doing, even just in general "not afraid to lead properly" terms. It's such a feeling of release, and getting lost in the movements. ♥
sigelphoenix: (ballroom dancing)
posted by [personal profile] sigelphoenix at 07:05pm on 17/11/2011
You know, salsa is coming fairly easily for me, but I think part of that is due to the instructor's strategy - she started us off doing the one-two merengue step, so we could focus on partner connection and learning moves without trying to keep track of the salsa step. I don't know how you were taught, but this approach might work for you.

It's such a feeling of release, and getting lost in the movements. ♥

I totally agree. One of the things I find so appealing about ballroom/partner dancing is the way it works like puzzle pieces fitting together - lead does x, follow does y, no words needed. I know dancing is supposed to be about freedom and expressing yourself and stuff, but honestly, I'm bad at improvising and figuring out how to move on my own. :P I'm more interested in the gracefulness and physical connection of it, and that's a lot easier to accomplish (to me) in partner dance than other kinds of dance.

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