People often tell me that my dancing feels like “flying” or that it looks very soft and fluid. And it might be true.
No matter if I have danced salsa, bachata or kizomba I have always tried to dance in a soft and fluid way, especially if the music tells me to. So, here I will tell you some of my top tips to get more flow in your dance.
Ok, so let’s get to it! How do you get more flow in your kizomba dance and move more softly?
1. First of all - Your step - front of the foot first
The way you step makes a huge difference. If you want to have flow and softness in your dance you need to step with the front of your foot first. Have you ever seen a trained, professional dancer stepping with the heel first? Someone who has danced ballet, jazz or contemporary? No, they are trained to step with the front of the foot first. Why? Because the front of the foot makes for a softer step. It gives you much more control - if you transfer the weight or not, how much you transfer, if you want to just touch and go back.
When you step on the heel, you immediately transfer weight, and your step will not be as soft. As a follower, you will feel heavier, everything else equal. As a leader, you don’t need to worry about the transfer of weight. You know when it will happen. But your step will be and feel much softer if you step with the front of the foot first. So, both leaders and followers should preferably step with the front of the foot first, if they want better control, a softer step, and more flow in their dance.
2. Second - The moves - what kind of moves do you do?
The kind of moves you do as a leader makes a huge difference. Do you make moves that are together with your partner or counter-moves, that are in a different direction than your partner? When you move together with your partner it will look and feel a lot more connected - much more fluid and soft. You dance together, or maybe fly together! So, try to make more moves that are together with your partner and you will get more flow in your dance.
3. Third - Adapt to your partner
Whatever moves you do when you dance, however you step, your dance will feel more soft and fluid if it is adapted to your partner. First of all, as a leader, you will have to adapt to your partner’s level. Both of you also have to adapt the size of steps, the timing of the step, the level of tension and so on. When you are better adapted to your partner, your dance will feel more soft and fluid, and you will move much more together. The connection will be better. And you will have a much better flow.
That's it for now!
Take care! And see you on the dance floor!
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