Dance Articles > The formula for success on the dance floor is: EC + HC + FL

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  1. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    The formula for success on the dance floor is: EC + HC + FL

    I know you must be asking yourself: "What is this guy talking
    about?". Well I'll explain it in a short while. For now let
    me clear some things up for you. Make sure that you completely
    understand each part of the formula. Although the explanations
    are short and to the point, you will find that the more you
    understand these concepts, the better you will be. So read this
    over and over until you fully see and understand how each part
    plays into your dance.

    First of all, it is important to understand that a couple on the
    dance floor MUST flow nicely together. Once you accomplish this
    you will look great on the dance floor, and everyone around you
    will want to dance like you and your partner. With this in mind
    let's start:

    The first part of the formula is EC, or Eye Contact.

    Eye Contact

    It is extremely important for you to have eye contact with your
    partner. There is simply no two ways about this. When you
    train yourself to look at your partner's eyes while dancing, you
    could be unstoppable in any dance competition. By having eye
    contact you achieve the following:

    1. This creates a certain comfort of body & mind that gives you
    confidence and total control of your body and your movements,
    as well as your partner's body and movements.

    2. After you get accustomed to dancing and having eye contact,
    you will have a better feel of what your partner will do
    next, this is especially true for the ladies, because you
    have to follow the lead of the guy you are dancing with.

    3. The vibe you will send out to everyone is that you are a
    couple that is used to dancing with each other, making you
    much more appealing to everyone around you.

    4. Ultimately, you will feel more comfortable dancing with your
    partner, which leads to a much more impressive dance routine.

    The second part of the formula is HC, or Hand Coordination.

    Hand Coordination

    Hand coordination is a very crucial part of your dance. This is
    due to the fact that all the turns and turn patterns are managed
    and controlled through your hands and their placement, both in
    and out of a turn. When the guy wants the girl to do any kind of
    turn or turn pattern, both of your hands obviously need to be
    coordinated. The same goes for dips, styles and shines, in all
    of these patterns the hands play a very important role.

    This is achieved by:

    1. Practicing with your partner

    2. If you don't have a partner, and are dancing with someone new
    keep it simple; Just do enough to get the feel of the other
    3. Communicate with each other; if you find someone you enjoy
    dancing with, Just talk during a break and get to know each
    other and what you expect of each other on the dance floor.

    By accomplishing hand coordination you will achieve the following results:

    1. You will maintain your balance throughout the most complex
    turns and patterns.

    2. You will feel and look better with far fewer errors in between.

    Combine this with Eye Contact, and you are on your way!

    The third part of the formula is FL, or Follow the Leader.

    Follow The Leader.

    It is very important to always follow the leader during a song.
    Now, this goes for both the guys and the girls. I'm sure you
    already know that the man leads the woman on the dance floor,
    however, the man also has a leader. That's right guys, you have
    to follow your leader, and guess what, EVERYONE at a dance has a
    follower and a leader. Let's break it down like this:

    1. The lead singer follows the energy of the crowd, but at the
    same time leads the band.

    2. The band follows the lead singer, but at the same time they
    lead the rhythm.

    3. The man follows the rhythm of the band and lead singer, but
    at the same time leads the woman.

    4. The woman follows the man, but in turn they both lead the
    singer (or DJ at the club) with the energy that they give
    off on the dance floor.

    As you can see, this cycle goes on forever, (or just until the
    end of the song :wink: but it goes to show the important relationship
    that EVERYONE at a club has with each other. Now both the guy
    and the girl have to listen to the song to be able to know exactly
    how to dance and when to turn and of course when to step.

    So understanding the rhythm of the song is very important.
    Remember, the girl follows the guy all the way, this is very
    important. You both will have fun and enjoy the dance even more
    if you follow this simple rule. When you do this, the couple
    becomes one and it looks and feels wonderful.

    Some Final Words
    Just a little piece of advice: be humble when dancing. Believe
    me when I tell you, it looks very classy when you let your
    dance do the talking for you. As long as the guys lead well
    and the girls follow well and understand that this is the
    way to do it, you will get along on the dance floor great and
    with no problems at all. Getting along with your partner is
    the best feeling while dancing....and you can find out for
    yourself when you dance with different people.

    So Remember: EC + HC + FL = Success On The Dance Floor.
  2. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep New Member

    Fernando Cruz,
    I took the Moderator of 'Dance Forum', David Duval's advice and went back to the Library listings and found your informative article titled: "The formula for success on the dance floor is: EC + HC + FL "
    I wished I had said what you advised. Your 'formula' for Salsa holds true for all Ballroom Dances with some minor additions for some of the other dance forms. I feel comfortable writing alongside contributors like you and the other writers in this forum. I have contributed to other forums, but I found mostly censorship and much too much advertising flying all over the forum like a plague of locusts. Thanks for that article. Dance teachers should keep a copy of your Formula glued to their forehead so when they look in the mirror 'EC+HC+FL' will remind them of your guide for better dancing.

    Black Sheep

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