by Joyce Szili
(Washington, DC area)
When taking both group and private lessons, lots of dancers say that they just want to be good social dancers and not competitors, so why do they have to learn proper dance technique?
Without using good dance technique, you don’t become a great social dancer. If you’re not using the correct foot positions or the proper posture, it causes balance problems as well as lead and follow problems. Usually, when a move doesn’t work, it is because of an incorrect body position or some other dance technique problem.
I think that some people confuse technique with showmanship that competitors try to achieve. Learning proper technique makes you more enjoyable to dance with, whether you are a leader or a follower. Good technique makes a dancer look smoother and helps the general flow of the dance.