The “Rhythm-N-Style” Class Focus
Our primary goals include teaching the following:
- Beat (Down beat), i.e repeat “Up, Down” and snap your fingers on the down!
- Music (know and feel the music)
- *Count (&1,&2,&3,&4,&5,&6)
- Timing and positioning
- Developing Combinations
- Style (yours)
*Counting is the paramount basic fundamental to learning the art of hand dancing. Once you learn the basic fundamentals of counting, then you not longer should have to count. Counting allows for timing and positioning of each others bodies. Every body knows where the other is. Even if you are a beginner, you don’t have to look like one.
Basic fundamentals to learning to hand dance:
- When learning, COUNT!!! Dance to the numbers on the down beat. (Ladies 1, 3, 4 on your right foot and 2, 5, 6 on your left foot; guys 1, 3, 4 on you left foot and 2, 5, 6 on your right.
- Remember the basic count is 1-6 as indicated above. Ladies (followers) start on their right and guys (leaders) start on the left; Numbers 1 & 4 are your longest strides.
- Ladies don’t anticipate, wait for the lead
- Guys think ahead prior to giving leads and always allow her to finish her count. Know where she is at all times.
- Stay on your track. The track belongs to the ladies.
- If the track is blocked, don’t travel
- When the track is clear, be prepared to travel
- Remember, ladies you can only travel forward on your right (simply put: walk-walk ) to 3 and step back on 4 and hold. Finish out count with 5&6 on your left.
- Guys travel backwards on 1-3 with left, step forward on 4 (hold). Finish out count with 5&6 on your right.
- Left turn on 2& (ladies)
- Right turn on 3& (ladies)
- Connect with your partner (elbow slightly tense); Each needs to feel the 3.
- Ladies don’t allow your elbow to go higher than your chin
- When the man’s right arm is around your waist, your left arm should be on his shoulder
- Ladies if your hand is above your head, its your turn
- Remember, if his hand is over his head, its his turn
- Keep hands waist high and definitely in sight
- Dance slightly on the balls of your feet (Not tippy toed nor flat footed)
- Both should look straight ahead, not at each others’ feet
- Finally, make the dance your own. If you mess up, think of it as a new move or experience. Just don’t stop dancing.
- More importantly, have fun!