Ballroom Dancing in Three Dimensions

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Often people are so caught up in the technique of ballroom dancing that they forget that movement in dance is based on the same principles we use in everyday life.

A common issue in the Ballroom dances happens when the lead fails to rotate the upper body at the right time or in the proper way during figures with rotation. This is generally referred to as “Contra Body Movement” or CBM. But it’s actually pretty simple and something we do every time we get out of bed without even thinking about it.

George shows how Contra Body Movement is something we do every time we walk normally and how to apply this action in your dancing for more efficient leading and better technique. The focus is on Slow Foxtrot because that dance is the closest we get to walking actions, but it really applies throughout all the ballroom dances. Enjoy!

Who is this course suited for?

  • You have some experience with Ballroom or Smooth dances in general
  • You are familiar with basic steps in the Slow Foxtrot

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Dancing in Three Dimensions
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In this short video, George Pytlik addresses a common issue in the Ballroom dances in which the lead fails to rotate the upper body at the proper time or in the proper way during figures with rotation. George shows how Contra Body Movement is something we do every time we walk normally and how to apply this action in your dancing for more efficient leading and better technique.

You can practice the technique covered in this lesson with any shoes, or even in stocking feet if you like. Shoes will give you more stability. Avoid shoes with crepe-style soft rubber soles, as those will stick to the floor, impeding your movement.
Give yourself enough space to perform the Slow Foxtrot Feather Step, Reverse Turn and Feather Finish and Three Step to practice the technique described in this video.
Although you'll need a partner to apply this technique in actual dancing, you don't need one to study and practice the technique taught through this video lesson.

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