Most people know me as a partner dancer. But from time to time, I’ve been sneaking away from the partner dance world to attend classes that I would have to do on my own. I wanted a class in which I wouldn’t be able to cheat by relying on my partner for balance, energy or to just initiate the movements. I wanted to improve my ability to find the feeling in my own body first, and to develop myself as an individual dancer. This was not to get away from the partner dancing world, but to help strengthen myself as a dancer, and bring this back into the dances I was already doing. I was thrilled to be able to find all this, plus a great cardio workout, through House Dance classes! And I wanted to share with you the lessons I have learned from them.
Of course, the concepts below can and should be learned throughout other dance styles, including the ones I was already doing. However, there was something about my taking myself out of the style and space I was used to that helped ingrain these lessons in me on a deeper and more conscious level. The House Dance classes made the concepts I should already “know” clearer. And this awareness has given me more confidence to understand them and apply them more intentionally to my other dances. Thank you, to my instructor Kyle Vicente and iDance Vancouver Studios, for these great lessons! Continue reading