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What to Look For in a Dance Partner

Dance is a great way to express emotions, and when it comes to ballroom dancing, you perform better when you have the right partner to work with. You are better able to express emotions with someone you can communicate with, and if you really want to hone your craft, you must choose someone who can bring the best out of you. When you don’t know where to begin, it is best that you join dance classes.

That way, you can gauge the skills of the people and see whose style you appreciate most. Of course, the partnership works both ways. You need to be a good dancer in order for anyone to even consider you. Practice as much as you can and look for new styles that dance classes offer. Remember, dancing is like language; it evolves and changes with time. With several competitions set each year, participants are now coming up with newer and better styles. To win, you have to stand out and set yourself apart. How do you do this? It is by being innovative that you can get to the top.

In looking for the best dance partner, you need to look for the following traits:

1. Artistic: He can express emotions simply by moving his body. He is also an actor because as you dance, you will also be telling a story.

2. Confidence: You are confident enough to either lead or follow your partner. In order to do this, you need to hone your craft and know how to move so that the energy flows between the two of you smoothly. Of course, you can’t avoid mistakes. This is where this trait also comes in handy because when you both know what you’re doing, you can recover from these mistakes and come up with spontaneous moves that still work well with the entire routine. On-the-spot decisions are sometimes required, and your partner shouldn’t be hesitant when it comes to making them.

3. Chemistry: When you work well together and can act as if you’re an actual couple on the dance floor, you will add more personality to your entire routine. Look for someone who you have a good match with. With a lot of dance styles, this requires that two minds become one entity.

4. Compatibility: As with all partnerships, you need to work well together. You have to get along both on and off the dance floor. Communication plays a key role in a great routine, and when you have a good relationship, ideas are exchanged and you are able to implement these seamlessly.

5. Patience: When you need to learn a whole new routine, you will be required to put in more hours, and that can be tiring. Your partner must be willing to work hard and realize the benefits you’ll reap if you keep at it. After all, practice makes perfect. You both need to be dedicated with your craft.

6. Creativity: A good dance partner is one who knows how to be innovative, to test unknown territories, and try out new things that can make you both a standout.

Ingrid Michaelson