Ingredients For Great Ballroom Dancing

  1. Floor craft – efficient & careful use of space
  2. Partnering – connecting with each other emotionally & physically

Points of Contact

  1. Man’s Left hand to Lady’s Right hand.
  2. Man’s Right hand on Lady’s back (shoulder blade).
  3. Lady’s Left arm and hand to man’s Right arm and shoulder in a gentle curve.
  4. Man’s Right hand on Lady’s back (shoulder blade).
  5. Lady’s Left arm and hand to man’s Right arm and shoulder in a gentle curve.

Musicality

A way to add visuals to the music that’s playing

  • 4/4 time applies to Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Mambo, Swing, Jive
  • 3/4 time applies to Waltz, Viennese Waltz
  • 2/4 time applies to International Tango, Samba, Paso Doble
  • ‘Slow’ means how long to support your body weight for the step you took not take the step slowly.

No one can teach you how to feel the music! Counting teaches you structure that you use to express what you feel.

Tips

You should

  1. Stand up straight
  2. Look at your partner
  3. Smile
  4. Start (Man) Left Foot
  5. Start (Lady) Right Foot

When initiating a turn

Man: Point fingers in the direction of the turn. Then rotate hand around her head. Lady: Keep elbow pointed down in L Shape and keep your back into the Man’s hand.

Alternative Ways of Training

  1. Execute some basic movements with your eyes closed
  2. Execute a part of your routine slowly without music
  3. Reverse roles on a small part of your routine