by Harold & Meredith Sears
When we first learn a new figure, a new amalgamation, a new dance, it is natural to focus on the steps and the technique. But if we want to feel good and look good, we have to go beyond technical accuracy and create an evocative human relationship with our partner.
Without a relationship, the dance is just steps, just exercise, just earnest, unsmiling locomotion. But if the dance contains emotion, communication and motivation, then we have something more.
If we can show that we enjoy our partner, if we can play off our partner and respond emotionally to the music and to the movements of the dance, then we can achieve a richness that goes well beyond the dance routine.
We love to the dancing of great dancers because they love their dancing.
We can do it, too. We can also think about developing emotional responses that are complementary to both the music and the dance. We can think about communicating those emotions. We can create relationships with our partners. We can at least smile.