An easy question to answer one would think. The technique books tell us
Pretty straight forward really, until you start to analyse the mechanics of each individual step and what a forward step means.
As an Examiner, I find that few candidates have any understanding of why a movement is performed in a certain way. They generally can recite the technique as written in chart form, but do not know why some steps have sway and others do not, do not comprehend what a foot position is, have twisted minds (and bodies) as to the meaning of CBM, and generally have a far lower standard of technical knowledge than students had twenty, thirty or more years ago.
It is my deepest conviction that many dancers don’t tap their full potential, and that this is mainly due to monotonous and one-sided training. Many dancers will experience an unbelievable amount of progress if they follow modern and scientifically proven ways of training.
In ‘target orientated’ techniques we see a functional movement with a clearly defined target to perform. Here, it is not judged how a movement itself is executed. However in combination sports, technique is not just the means to end on but a means of artistic expression and a criterion for judging.
As it happens to all teachers and coaches, sometimes I am asked to help a couple achieve what another teacher or coach had asked of them. If the couple is a competitive couple, I am often asked to explain how to create more volume, and I always end-up with the same feelings and questions: Why would volume be so important? How can I help and satisfy this couple?
The Footscan can be a useful tool in the enhancement of dance teaching strategies where it can demonstrate the scientific truthfulness of such statements as ‘the weight always remains in the centre during a Rumba basic in place’ or ‘the of centre of weight travels from front to back to front during a forward Rumba walk’.
By Barbara Nagode Ambroz Technique Dance technique is the correct way of performing the movement individually and with the partner. Technique is the chosen way