Re: How do I loosen up? Posted by nloftofan1 7/7/2012 9:09:00 AM
Jim Maranto (former American Smooth champion, but he can also dance Latin really well) points out that dancing is an athletic activity. So he suggests that you start by putting yourself in the stance you would use, for example, if you were a tennis player getting ready to return a serve. Your knees will be slightly flexed and you will be ready to move in any direction. You are NOT stiff--and nothing about this prevents you from being "sharp" when you dance Cha-Cha or Rumba. Simple things like "squaring up" with your partner after a Crossover Break/New Yorker will make you look sharp. You need to focus but you don't need to be tense.