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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Footwork Tips!!!

Do you lose your balance, have trouble turning or feel you look awkward doing complicated footwork?  Here are some helpful tips:

Many dancers move with their feet apart. This makes them look awkward. Try the following. Imagine walking on a plank of wood, just wide enough to accommodate your feet, side by side. Now move forward and backward without stepping off the plank. You'll notice that when one foot passes the other,  it brushes against it. 

Get used to brushing your feet against each other moving forward and backward, then apply the same technique to moving in different directions. Whenever one foot takes a step, it touches or brushes against the other before you put your weight on it. Note that, except where a variation demands it, one foot never crosses in front or back of the other. Each foot always stays in its own track.


When you spin, either on two beats or on a triple step, stay on one spot by keeping your feet together (unless the step requires you to travel, in which case you stay on the plank). This way you wont wobble, loose your beat, or end up too far away from your partner, forcing him to chase and catch you , or rushing to close the gap.


Ladies, I know moving backward most of the time is difficult. However, try pointing your toe out when stretching the leading leg backward (and I mean stretching). Arching your back helps. When you kick, point your toe out and down. Pointing your toe up or inward looks very ungainly and is only suitable for some western moves (where it looks cute). To do a Tango swivel (fan), keep your knees together, stay balanced on your weighted foot,  and point your free toes down and out.  

Remember you are your worst critic.  Give yourself a break and just enjoy the moment and have fun!  

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