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West Coast Swing Basics Are Wasted on Beginners
The best workshop that I have ever taken was Bill Cameron’s “Intro to Swing” class and not Jordan Frisbee’s Triple Hammerlock Whip Variations. I had hit a slump in my dancing that I could not shake and had tried everything from leading the same pattern over and over for an entire song to taking ballroom classes several times a week. I was trying to break through to the next level and just could not seem to do it. I took the class to see how he taught (I love to watch how other pros teach their classes). As the class progressed he went into a brief description of what makes swing swing that quite literally changed my life as a dancer and teacher.
This story would be so 80’s cool if it ended with me walking away with the 1st place trophy after my epiphany but there were 250 people in my division. I did make the top 10 though…not too shabby!
Why do the basics help so much? They are the base that holds up the rest of your pyramid. One little change in foot position in your whip, for example, can dramatically affect how it looks, fits to the music, and how it feels to your partner. These changes over time lead up to those special dances where the song, the partner, the connection, and the patterns aline like the stars and produce a dance that is euphoric. The first time you experience this “Dancer’s High” you are hooked for life!
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