Sunday, August 11, 2013

Dance Posture

By Martin Kekauoha, Waianae

One of the most misunderstood items in learning technique is Posture, out in the Waianae Coast, like everywhere else. And just about every technique book begins with several pages on the correct posture and carriage. And you know, most of our people skip right over so they can learn new steps. Ha!

"Don't knock it, blogging may be the new poetry."

Ironically, in order to do the steps you have to master that stuff up front. Don't let the word scare you. Posture allows the dancer to stand and move easily, allows the leader to lead without force and the follower to dance with the leader without hesitation. Yet most people don't believe it's necessary to spend lesson and practice time learning how to develop correct dance posture, preferring to be "natural" instead.

"Goodnight, Irene" by Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers

Well, no matter what anyone else tells you, there is nothing about ballroom dancing that is natural, not from my viewpoint. If we walked around with another person in front of us, usually one walking backwards while the other walks forward, moving to various rhythms in strange looking patterns, we'd be considered really strange!

"A word to the wise is usually sufficient."

Yet, we want to do these very things on the dance floor using the skills we use in everyday walking, and think they should work here too. Well, they don't. We are lucky we have so many good dance teachers out there. Let's take advantage and ask them.