by Joyce Szili
(Washington, DC area)
If you are dancing with a partner that you have danced with before, you probably are aware of how she/he will follow a lead. If not, then trouble may be brewing. One way that a leader can avoid problems with a follower is to lead better – that doesn’t mean strongly.
All leaders need to develop partnering skills or “follow through.” Once you give the follower a lead, pay attention to what happens. If you need to adjust your position, do it. Not all followers dance the same. If the leader can’t adjust to this, then the partnership and the dancing is not smooth. Always be aware of where the follower is and adjust to her/him. Don’t try to force the follower to dance the move “your way.” Give her/him the indication and pay attention to what happens.