by Sandra Fortuna
(excerpted from Phil E DanZnewZ)
Because it has rules, each partner knows his or her responsibilities and what to expect. Within the boundaries of those rules is an unbelievable amount of freedom. You have to acknowledge the basic rhythm, but you can change it up as long as you return to it.
Dancing west coast swing is like going home from work. You can go a little slow on one street, go faster on the next street and arrive within the same amount of time. You can take a little side trip and still return to the normal route. You can take your favorite alternate route and still be on time. You’re still dancing. You’re still moving to the music. You’re still partnering.
You balance predictability with spontaneity and make a unique dance, every time.