At Fevah we're passionate about our dance community and we also enjoy how competitions support social dancing:
In 2019, Deb and I (Matt) danced in Australia, NZ, England, Wales and Bali with dancers from many countries and studios. We could dance with anyone from anywhere to any music. It made little difference:
- What foot our partner used
- What type of lead: body, arm or whether moving with or moving away from our partner
- Alignment of the dance, whether linear or circular (linear has been popular over the last 10 years due to slower music, circular works well with fast music)
What did make a difference was:
- Listening to the music
- Partnering skills
- Being fully present and committed
Based on our experiences both here in New Zealand and overseas we have 3 criteria that support the aims of social partner dancing: Musicality, Synergy and Spirit.
All dancers should show some of all of these elements. We have represented the three groups in a pyramid to suggest Musicality, including timing and interpretation, is an important base and must exist in some measure or the other tiers will topple.
Synergy includes partnership and technique, vital elements for two people creating a dance that is greater than what either of them could do on their own.
Spirit emphasises the attitude that the dancers bring and being fully present in the moment.