Close Embrace dancing is the end all be all of the dance. Get it right, and the world is your oyster, get it wrong, and well…you’re not going to be around long enough to figure out what happened. Mostly you’re going to sit a lot. Truth be told from a Leading perspective a good number of Leads with less than desirable Close Embrace dancing skills will get dances, mostly from Followers who don’t know any better or have never seen that particular Lead dancing before. At the same time, the same is true of most Followers to an extent. There are other factors that contribute to a Follower’s desirability rating. And some of that has to do with age (sadly), weight (true), height (yup), color (ya’think?) and their embrace. Truthfully a good embrace can make or break someone’s dancing experience for either role.
A good portion of the time, when we’re talking about the dance two places that people frequently mention as problem areas are 1.) Someone’s walk. and 2.) Someone’s embrace. And A good portion of someone’s issues stem directly from their engagement of the embrace. Either it’s too restrictive, compressive, uses too much rigidity, force, and or tension to solve the problem of keeping the partnership together. This is less than desirable thinking! There is another way, that’s to learn to use Intention with regards to a Close Embrace. If you put the two of them together….OMG! The world just opens up in amazing array of possibilities, options, and opportunities.
From a Leading Perspective what you’ll learn is where to put your left arm, how to hold your partner’s hand, how to hold your left hand and why it’s important to do it this way vs. the many other ways that you have been exposed to. You’ll be shown where to place your right hand, arm, elbow.
Why do we want to learn this stuff using intention ? Two reasons, 1.) Because we want to the Follower to float within our embrace so that they can move, and create what we ask them to create. 2.) Because in the end you’ll have a line of Followers, assuming you do things in a desirable way (hence this video), wanting to dance with you.
From a Following Perspective what you’ll learn is where to put your right arm, how to hold your partner’s hand, how to hold your right hand and why it’s important to do it this way vs. the many other ways that you have been exposed to. You’ll be shown where to place your left hand, arm, elbow around your partner.
What’s included ? How to step into your partners space without freaking them out. How to engage the embrace regardless of height, or weight. How to hold your partner and allow them to float within the embrace!