3300 SE Woodward Street • Portland, Oregon
THE PLACE TO DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!
Connecting You To The Music
Smooth Waltz is a unique and playful approach to learning dance. By utilizing a person's natural rhythm it becomes easy to learn to dance in the body with a focus on connecting to the music and our connection to our partner.
What is Smooth Waltz?
Smooth Waltz is a unique and playful approach to learning dance. Dance is primarily the body's expressive response to rhythm and music and that by utilizing a person's natural rhythm it becomes easy to learn to dance. We focus on connection to the music and our connection to our partner.
The one half hour class will give you practical clues to becoming a more communicative dancer on the floor.
The Hierarchy of Dance
Dance is about connection. The highest level of that connection is to your partner.
The second level is to the music, and the final level is to the steps.
A dancer who connects to one's partner and the music is a pleasure to dance with.
Exercises of Smooth Waltz
Smooth Waltz is a quick-paced class that currently consists of 5 exercises that keep the dancer moving. The pace of the class is congruent with a person's natural rhythm. This makes it possible to experience dance in the body bypassing our sometimes critical mind. Each activity has a purpose and a mindframe, and I have shared both with you.
First Activity: Add Lightness and Smoothness to your Dancing
Mindframe: The upright dancer. Dancers carry themselves differently as if supported from the sky
Second Activity: Connecting to your Partner
Mindframe: Walking upright and supported from the sky, arm is self supporting
Third Activity: Good Healthy Dancer Arms
Mindframe: Think ahead and excute with flow
Fourth Activity: The Proper Lead and the Proper Follow
Mindframe: Rely more on the music, then the steps, and lead predictably
Fifth Activity: Mix it all together
Mindframe: Leads should lead predictably without expectation on the follow to get their lead right away. It is a process of the lead being both decisive and slow enough to be predictable. Using the two pull lead helps to communciate intention.
Most important: Take the pressure off your partner because dancing to music is and should be fun and not an activity that works well under pressure. Keep it light and without expectation.
Clue: It is good to dance a little behind the music, relax into it.
Keep it fun by smiling and enjoying the moment,