by Sandra Fortuna
(Universal Dance Center, Collingswood, NJ – excerpted from “Phil E DanZnewZ”)
When good dancers talk about what is important to them, “connection” is at the very top of the list. Good dancers like to dance with partners who have connection, who know what they are doing and who know how to do it well. Being attractive and having untapped potential will get a would-be dancer absolutely nowhere.
There is no way around spending the time and “paying one’s dues” to get comfortable with the “basics,” without which one doesn’t have what it takes to dance with conviction, confidence, control and connection.
Repetition of the basics is the only way to build the foundation one needs to excel, to learn well and quickly. The basics are the elementary moves, the introductory level material, the easy stuff, the foundation of the dance.
One must take lessons, learn the basics and get lots of practice and repetition by dancing with peers (dancers who take lessons). In a short time, one’s learning, knowledge and execution of dancing will become a source of pride and