Many beginning dancers accidentally add noise to their connection by moving their hands around. They may be keeping time by moving their hands on the beat or they may simply be unaware of how their...

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Step Under Your Elbow

February 17, 2016

Many dancers take steps that are too large compared to the movement of their center. When their feet move further than their center, the angle of their body changes and hence the connection changes...

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Being A Good Partner

November 10, 2015

As part of the #DontBeADanny campaign, this week’s post is going to talk about how you can be a good partner during your dance. Leaders, this post is especially valuable for you because we leads te...

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When you dance on the social floor, do you find movements that don’t work as well as they did in class? If you feel overextended, off-balance, or just plain uncomfortable, the problem might be that...

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Hands Down

April 23, 2014

The WCS connection is relaxed. Even during the crazy patterns, the pros’ bodies may be flying but their connection won’t show the tension. Today, we’re going to work on bringing that relaxed look t...

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Focus on Teamwork

February 26, 2014

Although WCS is a partner dance, we generally teach the dance in terms of what is expected from your role. As a result, it can be years before you start to learn how to dance with your partner. Thi...

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One-Beat Leads

July 31, 2013

Although all lead-follow dancing in WCS is based around the ideas of leverage and compression, there are many ways to implement those concepts. The two most popular connection methods are one-beat ...

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Finding Your Center

March 13, 2013

The goal of a good connection is to be able to manipulate your center and have your partner’s center respond. This center-to-center connection makes it possible to move in tandem, rather than watch...

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Many beginning WCS dancers make the mistake of confusing connection with a lead. At the end of every pattern, the partners should connect during the anchor by stretching away from each other. Howev...

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Tethering

January 2, 2013

Intermediate dancers are taught to flashlight their partner in order to enhance their connection. The next level of connection adds in an awareness of how the partner’s frame is asking to be shaped...

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Flashlighting

December 26, 2012

Flashlighting is a connection technique that visually emphasizes the center-to-center connection between the partners. The name comes from imagining that both partners have a flashlight beam coming...

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