On a crowded dance floor, it’s especially important to maintain your own space – i.e., stay in your slot on a linear dance or, in a traveling dance, not to stray in and out of lanes (other than for specific steps, such as in-place, for which you should CAREFULLY move to an inside lane).
However, within one’s piece of real estate, experienced dancers move – and breathe – TO the music. As examples, hovering on the 2 and 5 of waltz counts or, in tango, instead of SSQQS, dancing the first quick a little faster allows one to “ooze” the final slow.
My two favorites for completely changing the “flavor” of the dance are foxtrot (totally interchangeable use of slows, quicks, sways and holds) and west coast swing.
And the rumba in this week’s Dancebeats email is a perfect example of moving TO the music. (Want to see this video clip? Just email Diane for a link!)