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How do you learn to lead a partner in a dance?
In this article we will give you some tips on how to improve your social dance partner leading skills. The partner's role, in the simplest sense, is to give the partner completely transparent signals/gestures regarding the curso de paisagismo - EBAConline he wants to make so that she can follow him easily.
Some people perceive the long and gradual process of learning as their own incompetence. They think they have to learn everything quickly and by doing so they increase their value in their own eyes. As a result, they get stuck in their own egos and do not pay enough attention to the detailed study of the principles of leading.
Mastering the art of leading takes time, patience, and practice. It is important to suppress one's ego and to be able to accept criticism.
Feedback is very important in learning the art of leading, no matter from the teacher, the person you are learning with, or your partner. It will save you time in learning how to lead.
There's one rule that will help you learn faster: whatever happens, you tell yourself that it's your fault. If you lost your balance, it's your fault! If your partner didn't listen to your leading, that's your mistake! It seems to you that you led her clearly, but she still didn't listen - it's your mistake again!
Of course, it is not always your fault ... maybe your partner is a complete novice, who arrived just 2 hours ago from Jupiter, but it does not matter. Your job is to lead her as clearly as you can and take full responsibility for it. You can see a lot of people blaming their partners, their teacher, or the music instead of learning! And that's why they stomp around in their dance training.
If you think that all the mistakes that happen on the dance floor are your fault, your leading skills will improve tremendously. By and large, it is a matter of changing attitudes more than anything else. That very attitude will stimulate you to work hard on yourself.
Now some practical tips on how to learn to lead better:
1. Decide clearly what you are going to do.
This is the first step to leading on anything. If you don't know what you want to do, how will your partner know about it? Deciding what you're going to do doesn't mean you have to have a sequence of moves made up four minutes in advance that you dance with each partner. But you have to decide what you want to do before you start leading your partner on it. With some experience you will be able to lead your partner on automatic without thinking about what you want to do next, but you will have to work hard before you do it.
2. Leading first, then stepping.
First show your partner what to do, where to step, only then step yourself. Knowing what you want to do ahead of time can help at this stage.
3 You need to know what your partner should do in response to your influence
Oddly enough, many partners try to lead without knowing how the partner should respond to their leading. In order to properly lead a lady to some movement, you need to know where she should step and what she should do when doing so.
4. Lead with the body, not with the hands.
Leading is done with the hands, but it should always come from the body. Hands just transmit the impulses of the body. Never push or pull your partners with your limbs alone.
4. Don't squeeze your partner's hands.
Do not grab or squeeze her fingers. The contact should be light. You should lead your partner to move, not force her to do so.
5. Don't look down.
Often partners look under their feet when dancing. Get used to this from the beginning. Besides the fact that a lowered head in the dance doesn't look pretty from the outside, it also may not allow you to see some of the right things. For example, when leading for a turn, you have to raise your hand just above your partner's head and then start to rotate, and if you look down, you will not see what level you need to raise your hand.
6. Lead on figures according to your partner's level
In the beginning, give your partner a little "test drive": lead her in a few simple movements, see how she feels them. If she's having trouble, limit yourself to the basic steps. If she does them easily, try something more challenging.
We hope this article will help you improve your leading skills and give you an understanding of what to focus on when learning new steps.