by Joseph Baker
Several mistakes are common among followers. The first is spinning out of time with the music, usually spinning to fast. In such a case, connection is lost and, therefore, leading and following is lost. The next mistake is the follower’s hand being positioned directly above her/his head, like a music box dancer. For partner dancing, this is wrong. Another mistake is allowing the arm to collapse and fall behind the midline. Another thing to avoid is squeezing the leader’s fingers wile turning. Obviously, this can create a lot of pain.
Several mistakes are common among leaders The first is trying to grad the follower’s fingers rather than simply providing a pin. The next is forming a humongous, non-circular and non-level halo, which disallows the follower to maintain balance while turning.
All of this said, in the end, the leader needs to be able to lead the direction, timing and speed of the turning action – both the acceleration and the deceleration. Very important is that connection never be lost during the turning actions.