P is for Posture
Ummmm….as I watch dancers move around the floor, I almost always find my eyes settling on one or two that just seem to stand out from the crowd. Not because they are doing the hardest moves or wearing the cutest dress or even dancing the most musically (although this is really high on the list of things that catch my attention, especially when I am dancing with someone)…no, what draws my attention is the dancer’s posture. Standing straight, not leaning in toward their partner or bending at the waist or slouching. Head pulled back and held high, not looking down to make sure that gravity is still causing their feet to hit the floor! Shoulders comfortably stacked over their backbone, chest drawn up and broadened, dancing like they are proud of their abilities and comfortable in their dance shoes. Those are the dancers that catch my attention no matter how experienced they are, no matter how many patterns they know or how well they execute those patterns. No matter at all as they are the dancers I hope will ask me to dance…and if they don’t…guess I just going to have to ask them…’cause I know it is going to be an awesome dance experience!
Dance of the Day: Polka
A fun, fast paced progressive dance that is characterized by a skipping, triple step action. Although it originated in Poland in the early 1800’s, it is danced all over the world: from Mexico to Iceland to Ireland to Germany and probably everywhere in between. In the United States it is danced by both the ballroom and country western dance communities.