Our dancers have been helping us come up with a list of rules for ballroom dancing. Herewith, the rules so far:
No tickling, no groping: Keep your hands where they’re supposed to be. Gentlemen, I’m lookin’ at you.
Stand like a king: Daniel came up with this great phrase to characterize the ideal male dance posture that is both regal and relaxed.
Respect the bubble: Baby & Johnny had this one figured out a quarter-century ago: “This is my dance space; this is your dance space. I don’t come into yours; you don’t come into mine.”
Don’t snatch: In the South you can use the verb “snatch” to characterize any action of grabbing something suddenly. Snatching your dance partner is not cool. Some moves appear to require snatching, but this is an illusion.
You can’t go till he goes: Ladies, this one’s for you. Your partner gets to decide when you start dancing. Wait for it. . . wait for it. . .
Don’t “Hulk out”: Concentration does some odd things to one’s facial expressions, neck veins, hand grip, etc. Keep it loose and light. (If you start to turn green, you’re doing it wrong.)
No apologetic birds, no sad princesses: Dance big and smile! Everything you do will look better.
I think I am leaving some out. Guys & gals, leave me a comment if you remember one that I forgot.
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