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Re: Thinking on your feet
Posted by Ladydance
9/21/2018  4:38:00 PM
At this stage, I'd suggest learning a routine (long wall and short wall) and not deviating (unless forced to) until you are comfortable. Don't be afraid to stop and start again. Although it's good to visualize your steps, you need muscle memory and that comes with practice. It's always easier to dance in a class. Don't try anything fancy until you have the basics.
Re: Thinking on your feet
Posted by ericauerbach
2/17/2019  9:19:00 PM
I teach beginners through silver level. For smooth dances you just need a way to get around the floor; straight ahead or something like progressive twinkles. In between these forward movements you can do something like crossover breaks (which has many variations. Yes, you can do it in any dance with three steps per measure: waltz, foxtrot, rumba, salsa, bolero, bachata, tango (using QQS), and nightclub two step.

In waltz, for example, you just have to make it look waltzy by doing it smoothly and with rise and fall. And end it with an outside turn, just like rumba. Then add something else, like a turning box or a cross body lead in all your dances. Just change the STYLE for each dance.

One pattern, many dances.
Re: Thinking on your feet
Posted by nloftofan1
2/18/2019  10:27:00 AM
The suggestions from ericauerbach are excellent. Here's another. You say you "have quite a few moves that i can complete easily." Good. Take advantage of that by concentrating on the music. Just "lose yourself" in the music, and muscle memory may come to the rescue. That may work better for you than trying to remember patterns.
Re: Thinking on your feet
Posted by bocagirl
2/20/2019  12:00:00 AM
Here's another trick.
Most of the bronze dances here have a "PRECEDED BY" and "FOLLOWED BY" column. Find a step (call it B). Find a step before it (A) and a step after it (C). Now you have a combo A-B-C. Now make a BUNCH of different combos (based on how many unique combos you can make from the PRECEDED BY and FOLLOWED BY choices), and practice them, one right after another. Before you know it, you'll find out that the skills for leading between these steps will come much much more naturally!
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