Working with a recent student made me remember an analogy that I learned from my mentor many years ago.  We were working on a new smooth step, and had been working on it for the entire lesson, keeping in mind proper frame, heels and toes, rise and fall, body flight, etc.  It was clear that all of the instruction was getting overwhelming.

As dance students, you can often have a steady stream of your instructor’s words rambling through your head…”123, 123…Heel, toe, toe…Line of dance…Nose with your toes…hold your frame…right shoulder back….”  My tip is this:  It is important to do as my mentor said.  He told me to imagine I was the feather in the movie Forest Gump.  Forget everything else, and just let the movement happen to the music.  Good luck, let go, and dance free.

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