Compensating for Your Partner - She's Pulling Me Off Balance
- This next series of chapters, I think, is terribly practical.
- And, the assumption is that your dancing is ideal, but your partner's - not so ideal.
- Which is all too often the case, right?
- So, this series of chapters talks about how you can make a dance work, and work wonderfully well, both for leaders, and for followers,
- Even if your partner isn't ideal. And, we'll go over different topics. So, to begin with.
- What happens, if they're pulling you off balance?
- So, for the leaders, typically, if the follower is pulling you off balance, it's because of one of two things.
- One is: she's more or less in the right place, but her own sense of balance is really bad.
- And, when that happens, I want you to think, you can just use your other foot to brace. Because, this is, actually, easy to correct.
- D: You just stop her from falling off balance early. So, for example, if she's falling off balance. Fall backwards.
- D: And then, I catch her.
N: Oh, David. That was scary.
- If I wait 'till the last minute, it will feel, it will be a lot of weight. And, it will be too late.
- But, if you start to fall off balance, and then, I caught her right there,
- So, can you see that? One more time. She goes, I'm, like, "Oh!", not there. So, you want to stop her really early.
- And, that, actually wasn't early enough. But, I wanted to make sure the camera could see it. That you could see it.
- So, for this first one, anytime you begin to feel her waiver, tighten up, and then, set her back over the ball of her foot.
- Now, this requires that you know where the ball of the foot is to begin with.
- But, generically, you can just say, "Well, I'm going to pull her away from the direction she's falling".
- And, it doesn't matter what the direction that is. And, then, you will end up over the ball of her foot.
- So, if you feel lots of weight this way, that means she's falling this way. That means the ball of her foot is that way.
- D: The opposite way.
N: That's true.
- D: She's having fun with it.
N: Yeah, this falling video's kind of fun.
- You, probably... If you have a partner, you can, probably, practice this together. It is kind of fun.
- Now, the different thing, leaders, that can happen,
- Is that, she can pull you off balance because she doesn't step where you want her to step.
- So, for example, let's say we're doing a basic. Why not? Basic is a nice place to describe things.
- And so, let's say, on this next step, she steps way to her heel. So, right there, actually, did you see what happened? I gave in my arm.
- So, I wasn't ready to step. So, when she went back, I could have done this, and fallen over.
- Or, as she went back, I could have given her resistance, started to go, but let my arm extend, so that it doesn't interrupt my axis.
- So, fundamentally, if you're here, "Ah, timber!", you can't do anything for her.
- But, on the other hand, if you're here, then you can plant. And, you can make things work.
- Final thought, with regards to... She's falling, leaning, how do you say, she's pulling me off balance.
- D: Is, right there, I didn't really give her much choice.
N: None whatsoever.
D: She's really leaning back a lot.
N: I am.
- D: And, I just rocked a little bit to my heel,
N: He's got me.
D: To counter-lean.
- And, if she leans a different direction, I'll feel her start to shift. And so, I'll shift too.
- So, you can not let her get there, even before she does the wrong thing. And, this is the best.