Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Learning To Dance The Mambo

Lani and I think that we connected well with our students in the Mambo dance class last night at the Palladium. Putting aside the Basic Steps that Dean and Jennifer reviewed last Monday during our absence, we got into the Crossover Breaks with Quick UAT ending, and Open Break with Slow UAT ending. It was great that the students picked up the patterns quickly and were able to execute them first without music and then with music. But the learning had just begun when it came to dancing with passion. As with all our previous dance classes, Lani and I always emphasize that the dancer is a live person and all dance movements has to show with life of the whole body in order to taste the flavor and feel the passion of the dance. There's a saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words".  Compare the two couples in the pictures dancing the same figure and you'll know what I mean.