I've been beat up a few times because I rarely (read: never) post videos of me dancing.
Well, someone filmed me the other night at a club with an amazing follow named "Maria". That woman can dance!!!
This was our first dance (I had never seen her before that night) and someone had their camera rolling. They posted the link to my FaceBook page and I decided I should put it out here.
I remember the tune was pretty chill and I avoided complex moves because I didn't feel them fitting the music. Mostly my mind set was staying out of her way because it was clear she is an excellent dancer, and would make us both look good. Very few doubles or complex moves, the song doesn't feel "spinny" or intense to me.
Be sure to turn up the music because we hit most of the breaks, some bigger, some with just shoulders or subtle movements. At the very end if you listen closely you can hear her verify my name, because a friend had introduced us just before the dance started.
We did a couple dances later that were very different, because the music was different, and this is 100% pure, unscripted social dancing with two partners who never danced before.
Of course, I can see 17 things I could adjust, but this is the raw stuff. As one example, I would change our spacing if I could, sometimes she was farther away than I'd like, but that happens on the social floor and you just have to deal with it.
For me the ending was a total "go with the flow moment," partly because my lead wasn't clear to her 2 measures before the tune ended. I went to plan b and that put her going around me later than I'd preferred. I heard the end coming, and she would have been in front of me for a dip, but it wasn't to be.
Social dancing is often about making the most of things that are not performance perfect, but are perfectly in the moment. You never want your partner to know something was different than you planned, you simply try to cover and move on when something else that fits, best you can.
She certainly is someone I'll seek out for another dance. Maybe the camera will be rolling there too.
Let me know your thoughts!