Competitors are “on stage” from the second they set foot on the dance floor to the second they get off. That includes walking on, waiting for the music, and walking off the floor. The more experienced dancers will coach you on how to be effective in these areas so feel free to ask! During the individual dances, there are characteristics and expressions you should be showing. Here’s a short list:
- Overall: Smile! This is supposed to be fun, remember? So look like you are enjoying yourself in all dances (except maybe in the rumba and tango where “fun” is not appropriate.)
- Swing/Jive: Big, big smiles. Look like you’re having the most fun you have ever had in your entire life.
- Cha-Cha: Sensual & Flirtatious. Partners should be teasing each other. Game of now you have me, now you don’t. (works for the Samba as well)
- Rumba: Steamy and romantic. Gaze deep into each other’s eyes. Show the lust!
- Waltz & Viennese Waltz: Elegant and graceful. Float across the floor angelically.
- Foxtrot: Smile and look pleased. Get a nice, relaxed, no problem look about yourself and feel the music. Look like you are taking a leisurely Sunday stroll in the park.
- Tango: Serious and dramatic. You’re tough, and you dare anyone in the place to say otherwise. Leaders, you partner is a prize trophy, show her off.