13th March 2009
(More Next Steps articles.)
- Step Two
- Step Three
- Step Four
- Step Five
- Step Six
- Step Seven
- Step Eight
- Step Nine
- Step Ten
- And finally...
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(Step One is explained last - trust me, it'll make more sense if you read them in this order)
You can do this with either a practice partner or an imaginary one. A real person will give you a better feel for the dynamics and hopefully better feedback. An imaginary one may prove to be more relaxing...
Either way, take up any position you like. It could be the starting embrace, or part -way through a sequence, or anything you like really.
Check that both your posture, foot placement and axis are right. Now either :
- The leader takes a single step
- The leader leads the follower to do a single movement - step / pivot, whatever.
- Why did you go where you did?
- Were either of your posture, foot placement or axis disrupted at any point?
- Did you remain in balance throughout?
- Did the embrace change appropriately and smoothly?
And so on.
Feel free to repeat it again and pay attention to the different parts each time.
- The Leader takes a second step form this new position
- The Follower is lead to do another single movement
- You abandon the position entirely and start from another position
- The outside edge of the dancefloor is there
- There's a stationary couple here
- There's a moving couple here moving this way
Michael Gelb created an interesting method of teaching juggling.
The first step is to get the student to the throw the ball and deliberately not catch it. Sounds kinda strange.
What he realised is that the big problem with juggling is that people tense up when they miss a catch or come close to missing a catch and this messes up the flow. Whereas it is possible with rubber juggling balls if you miss a catch to simply let the ball bounce of the floor, catch it and carry on. Indeed most people watching will assume this was deliberate.
So the actual first step here is just to do things wrong for a bit. Do them gently, but the important thing is to get used to staying relaxed regardless.
- Christopher O'Shea, 13th March 2009