by Doug Hindshaw of the David Puszh Studios (excerpted)
Don`t be afraid of making mistakes. Fear on the dance floor causes stiffness.
1. Don`t anticipate your partner`s moves – instead, respond to signals.
2. Do keep your head in line vertically with your partner`s right shoulder when facing each other in closed position.
3. Do keep eye contact with your partner. Never look down.
4. Don`t step out to the side. Dance toe-to-toe with your partner. If you don`t, you are certain, eventually, to step on one another`s feet.
5. Don`t lift your feet up like you`re pumping a bicycle. The ball of the foot should literally slide forward, toe-to-toe.
1. Do keep a certain amount of relaxed tension in your arms. A leader cannot give signals to a follower if the leader’s arms are like spaghetti. It`s a tension that undulates; the tension is there momentarily and then it subsides, once you’ve given the signal.
2. Do keep thinking of your moves. The mental precedes the physical at all times. For example, if you’re executing a box step, picture it in your mind as you do it. It creates amazing bodily awareness.
3. Do switch partners occasionally. Working continually with one person will encourage you to make the same mistakes.
4. Do maintain good posture. Don`t hunch over your partner.
5. Don`t crush him or her.
6. Do know where the hands should be placed for each of the dances.