Wedding Dance Curriculum – Part 2

In this we will discuss the step we teach and why we teach that particular step.

We will also show 2 simple moves what we teach to our clients. We use them as "buffer" or "linking" moves. 

The Step

The use the simplest possible step, the marching step.

Why? Simplicity.

Steps are the biggest stumbling block for non-dancers. It takes effort and a lot of practice to assimilate a step to such a degree that it becomes second nature. With the time frame that we are given it's simply not possible.

We sometimes bring variations to that step, maybe step and tap if we feel that the couple is comfortable enough and it's not going to slow their progress later on.

Even though this is a very simple step, a surprising amount of people will have a little difficulty with it. They tend to look robotic.

To help this we check that:

  • The dancers are meeting the floor with the ball of the foot and keep most of the weight there.
  • They have 1 knee bent, 1 knee locked at all time.
  • That the bent knee is followed by a hip drop (on the same side).
  • The frame stays level. The leader's left hand should stay at the same height throughout the step.

The Basket

Before you have a look at the move in the video below, a quick word about the system we use to build any wedding dance choreography.

The choreography is a "loose" choreography. It's not built beat by beat and bar by bar.

It's a selection of patterns that we will loosely fit in the time that we have.

It takes a lot of pressure off of the dancers and allows the leverage the power of chuncking (i.e. taking individual pieces of information (chunks) and grouping them into larger units. By grouping each piece into a large whole, you can improve the amount of information you can remember).

This is a simple move. It's great for building confidence.

We will also use it as a back up moves. If the leader forgets his choreography, he can always buy some time to think with this move and its variations.

It can also be used as a link between 2 patterns.

The Hammerlock

Another simple move. it can be used in many different ways.

Asking the students to combine and play around with both moves will:

  • Improve their confidence. Effectively they are now dancing.
  • Give them a better understanding of what partner dance is about and how it works.
  •  Improve their leading/following.
  • Improve their traveling and use of the floor.
  • Get them to realize that dancing is fun!

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