20 Dec CONNECTION IN LATIN DANCING (USE OF THE FEET)
As a Latin Dancer and a dancer in general, the use of the Feet while dancing in the proper way and manner cannot be overemphasized.
Though this topic is not gender restrictive, I shall be addressing the Use of the Feet as a topic leaning towards the Female gender.
For we Girls, considering the fact that Latin Dancing more often than not incorporates the use of the Latin heeled shoe, proper use of the feet has been made considerably more challenging. But what do we have to do to achieve better foot to floor mannerisms and foot actions
As a female dancer of many years, I have come to realize that your first partner is not the Male Lead (or Female lead as can be seen these days), but the FLOOR.
Proper connection with the floor exercising the different aspects of the Foot and maintaining foot pressure constantly with the ground could make you quite the ‘stable’ dancer. Try out feet exercises that can help you achieve this much quicker. (YOUTUBE CHANNEL)
AVOID FEET/TOE INVERSIONS:
It is important to turn out your toes at all times during your Latin routine (about a third of the Ballet First position should be about right).
Inversions are awkward and are instantly noticed when dancing as a Latin Dancer thereby detracting points in the elegance category.
It is important to distribute your weight evenly between different aspects of the feet as and at when needed: tip of toe, ball of foot, flat of foot and heel of foot.
MAINTAIN GOOD CLEAN LEG/FOOT STROKES:
Apply proper tension between the legs and appropriate distancing between both feet while dancing. Try to avoid taking large steps. Apply the shoulder-width principle most times between both feet; it is important that the feet remain pointed towards the floor and that weight is received on the toe first, rather than the heel first.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR FEET:
Keep toes nails short and trimmed. Check for cuts, swellings or bruises that may have occurred while dancing, moisturize feet everyday and avoid tight shoes and/or flip flops.
Last but not least:
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE:
Stay close to your dancing and it will to you is my true belief. Borrow techniques in Ballet to help you with your turnouts and hip rotations. Knee strengthening exercises would also be of much help.
To be a good dancer in general is to train hard. Maintain good foot pressure with the ground and observe a positive attitude always…
By: Jane GINGER Egbe