Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dancing Positions

Dancing has been revolutionized since the day when the German waltz was first introduced to polite society. And it is safe to say that some of our austere granddames would feel righteously indignant if they were suddenly brought back to the ballroom and forced to witness some of the modern dance innovations!

There seems to be an attempt, on the part of the younger generation (although the older generation is not so very far behind!) to achieve absolute freedom of movement, to go through the dance with a certain unrestrained impulsiveness unknown to the minuet or graceful quadrille. These newer dances and dancing interpretations are charming and entertaining; and yet there is the possibility of their becoming vulgar if proper dancing positions are not taken. The position is especially important in the latest dances.

In guiding a lady across the polished floor to the tune of a simple waltz or a gay fox-trot, the gentleman encircles her waist half way with his right arm, laying the palm of his hand lightly just above the waist line. With his left hand, he holds her right at arm's length in the position most comfortable for both of them, taking special care not to hold it in an awkward or ungainly position. His face is always turned slightly to the left, while hers usually faces front or slightly to the right. The girl should place her left arm on her partner's right arm. She must follow him and not try to lead the dance herself.

When the dance requires certain swaying movements, as almost all modern dances do, the lady inclines her body in harmony with that of her partner, and if the proper care is taken to retain one's poise and dignity, not even a most exacting chaperon can find fault with the new steps.


  1. Thanks for pointing out these points. The movement of the legs is very important in dancing. I came up with some good positioning idea from your post.

  2. Thanx for these useful points...If you want to get out on the dance floor and maintain your balance with a strong lead and follow, a review of some basic dance positions will get you off to a good start.
    The Closed Position is the most common position used in ballroom dancing. Begin facing your partner about six inches away. Stand upright with your head up and shoulders relaxed.

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  3. Your description of each movement is very clear and understandable. You are definitely knowledgeable in the art of dance. How long have you been dancing? I would love to dance with you someday. J