General Dance Discussion > Women learning to lead

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by MadamSamba, Oct 12, 2003.

  1. SuzieQ

    SuzieQ New Member

    My teacher really encourages everyone to learn both parts, although he tends to emphasize it a little more with women, probably because most men aren't interested in following. (Most) women will dance with other women, so it's a real benefit to know how to lead--I rarely have to sit out a dance. It does give you a great understanding of the other part, what is needed to lead well and what the follower expects. And if I'm in a class,sometimes I can help an inexperienced leader with his part. Plus it's just fun to learn more about dancing! I find myself hoping when I go to class that I will get to lead--I get lots of following in lessons and social dancing. Other women tend to think it's great that I'm able to do both parts, but most say "I could never do that!" It's a real feeling of accomplishment for me,who never thought I could dance to begin with!
  2. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    It's true what you say SuzieQ. On Saturday I learnt some follower tricks. Things I tell followers, but really didn't know any better when I was a follower. :oops: Now I can say I've done that and it does not work.
  3. timbafreak

    timbafreak New Member

    My friend, who is a teacher, recently made ALL the men in her class follow, and done a few of those turn patterns, that are not enjoyable at all, and generally trying to pull your arm out of its socket, and their reactions, she said was amazing. Dancing with them now is a different experience, a lot more gentle. I think all men should do that, at least once!
  4. Alias

    Alias Member

    There is an advanced class in cuban style (casino) salsa where the instructor always takes a part of the lesson to commute the parts (all the women become leaders and all the men become followers) and show simple moves (the women have to learn as leaders).
  5. amrimi

    amrimi New Member

    In my rueda class I get always complimented by my teacher how easily I can switch between lead and follow. Normally I just dance whatever is needed to make the balance of lead and follow. The only problem that I still have is that I tend to do the guapea with the wrong foot after I have danced one role for some time and then switch.
  6. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    I was kidding around with my friend the other night at home, and we thought we could practice a bit. So I thought I'd lead, having no idea how it's done.
    My oh my, it's damn hard! The step is the same, basically, but the different things you have to think of, and the responsibility! I'm starting to admire beginner leads. They must be terrified!

    Twilight Elena
  7. blue

    blue New Member

    Yes, I think lots of them are. In a way, it is strange that not even fewer men dance. I have a lot less stress on my leading; I don't have to know it... it is just a bonus.
  8. Alias

    Alias Member

  9. la morena

    la morena New Member

    Hmmm.... not sure on this one. It's nice being able to lead and dance with women, but since I have done this since I started learning salsa, I may have developed a bit of a backleading problem when I follow.

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