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HOW TO LEARN TO FOLLOW THE CONDUCT OF THE PARTNER IN THE DANCE?

In this article we will give You some advice on how to improve your dance following skills.

The biggest misconception is that you should not learn to follow and that if You are not led to some movement, it is completely the partner’s mistake. This may seem true only on the surface – the partner leads, and You just follow him… But in reality, even the most experienced partner will not be able to lead someone who does not know how to follow. Yes, a partner does a great job, but you should also do your part. Both the partner and the partner have an equal degree of responsibility in leading/following.

Thus, the first step to studying the art of following is to realize that following needs to be learned and that mistakes are not always the fault of the partner. In the same way as we suggested to partners to blame only themselves for all mistakes, we also recommend to partners every time when something did not work, to consider that it is Your mistake. Take full responsibility for the fact that You did not perform a step, turn or make a move at the wrong time.

You can often hear women complaining about how badly their partners are behaving and that if only they had a decent partner, they would enjoy the dance a lot more. They almost never think about their mistakes.

Even if it’s not Your fault, still consider it your own, instead of blaming someone else. This will allow You to learn to feel your partner’s management more subtly. It is more a matter of attitude than anything else and this attitude will encourage You to work on yourself, on the skills of following and improving the dance in General.

Now a few practical tips:

1. Interaction
The first and most important thing to do in order to feel the lead of a partner is to make sure that You have established contact with him through your hands. If You don’t have an interaction with Your partner, no matter how well he leads, You won’t be able to feel him properly. Your partner needs to feel Your weight so he can guide You properly. Make sure you have tone in your body. The elbows should always remain in front of the body. Finally, put some light pressure on your partner’s hands to establish an interaction. Doing this will allow You to feel leading your partner immediately and follow him better.

2. You need to dance and know all your steps
One of the biggest myths is that the partners think that the guy should lead them every step. But this is not true. Partners should learn and know all their steps, as do partners. For example, when Your partner raises his hand to guide you around a turn and begins To rotate you, do not expect that he will lead you to every step. You have to complete the turn by yourself. The guy just gives You a signal and You can complete it in Your own manner and styling.

3. Don’t try to drive
Even if You are a leader in life, in the dance you need to forget about it and instead trust your partner.

4. Go with the flow and do not resist
How often we face situations when a partner rotates to the left while the partner tries to turn to the right… It makes the dance rude and obnoxious. The task of the partner is to guide You, so let him do it! Do not try to guess further movements, learn to listen, relax and follow the lead of the partner.

5. Keep the rhythm
When You follow the movements of your partner, you need to keep the rhythm of Your dance. The affiliate shall not in all aspects of dance to follow Your rhythm, You have to feel it yourself.

6. Keep your elbow bent at a 90 degree angle when cornering
It will help You keep balance and look more elegant.

We hope that this article will help You in mastering the art of following and thus help you get more pleasure from the dance.

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