How to get back on beat?

#1
If for some reason (either by my mistake or phrase shift in music) I find myself dancing on a wrong beat. How do I get back on beat?

A dip is one option I know of. Are there other tricks? I am asking more from a perspective of putting follow on the right beat (even if she got off beat because of me).

I suppose going into shines could accomplish that but I don't see how I can change her footwork gracefully.
 

cornutt

Well-Known Member
#2
After a while you'll find that you can usually "drift" yourself back on beat, dancing either faster or slower than the tempo until it comes back around to you. And/or you will learn some fakes that you can use to change what beat you are on.

The easy way is to hit a pose of some sort, and hold it until the down beat comes back around. Stretch and elongate the pose while you're in it, so it looks like you are doing something for expression instead of just a kluge.
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#3
If for some reason (either by my mistake or phrase shift in music) I find myself dancing on a wrong beat. How do I get back on beat?

A dip is one option I know of. Are there other tricks? I am asking more from a perspective of putting follow on the right beat (even if she got off beat because of me).

I suppose going into shines could accomplish that but I don't see how I can change her footwork gracefully.

Simply, Rock step ( Fwd break ), a foundation movement in the genre .
 

DanceMentor

Administrator
#4
Simply, Rock step ( Fwd break ), a foundation movement in the genre .
Yes, this is what I do. For example, you can do the forward portion of the basic twice. You could also walk around in a circle (back spot turn) for a couple of extra beats, and then Start a basic at the right moment.
 

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