Mens Lead Workshop 10 Jun 2018
Men’s Lead Workshop
Become the lead ladies love dancing with.
Who is running the workshop?
This workshop will be run by the owner and manager of the Destine Dance studio. Clint Steele has a keen interest in the theory and practice of dance and what it takes to be a great lead. Because his focus is on social dance, his philosophy is that a good lead has the confidence and ability to be spontaneous as they navigate the dance floor to show their partners a good time.
How does the workshop operate?
The workshop will review basic moves from a collection of dances that cover a range of lead styles. By going over the lead in each of these styles, you will finish the workshop with an enhanced appreciation of how to lead in different ways.
The dance styles that will be covered are:
- Salsa – for arm and body positioning leading
- Argentine tango – for arm and body leading
- Waltz – for body leading
- Jive – for arm leading
You might already know these moves, but others might not. Also, you will need to learn the follow’s steps so you know what you are leading. That is why time will be taken to ensure that everyone knows the moves before focusing on improving lead ability.
Once moves from a certain dance has been covered, and everyone knows it:
- Participants will each be paired with a colleague for practice.
- Each participant will swap with their colleague between the roles of lead to follow as they practice the move.
- They will then talk with each other about how leads feel as a follow and what works best.
- Participant will swap colleagues to practices with others for more perspectives.
This method used in this workshop is similar to methods used in the past. Especially so for Argentine tango, where men practiced with each other to the point that women did not even really need lessons – the leads were that clear. This is another reason for tango being in the mix. It is easy to find examples of men dancing tango with other men if you look for them on the internet. This is a well-established dance teaching tool for men who want to be good leads.
The workshop will run for 2.5 hours along the following schedule:
12:00pm – intro to salsa moves
12:15pm – practice leading salsa moves
12:30pm – intro to argentine tango moves
12:45pm – practice leading argentine moves
1:00pm – lunch break
1:30pm – intro to waltz moves
1:45 – practice leading waltz moves
2:00pm – intro to jive moves
2:15pm – practice leading jive moves
3:00pm – summary and finish
What will the workshop do for me?
This workshop will help make you the best lead you can be. You will become the kind of man who leads the way ladies want.
Because you will spend half the time as a follow, something the men rarely get the chance to be with the way dance is taught these days, you will also gain a deeper understanding of how dance works. You will find that all you need to do is imagine where you want your dance partner to go so that your body automatically leads them.
This will mean that your leads are like what follows want. You will start to get comments from your dance partner like:
- “Your leads are firm, but gentle”
- “I know exactly what it is that you want me to do”
These are some of the best compliments that you can get from a dance partner.
When you reach this point, you will also notice that your dance becomes smoother. From this smoothness comes greater pleasure and confidence that your partner is enjoying herself. Imagine having the confidence that comes from knowing the person you ask to dance is going to enjoy dancing with you. That’s what this workshop will do for you.
I want to improve my lead and join this workshop: what do I do now?
Secure your place in the workshop by purchasing your place via the tickets button above.
- What about women? Women who want to lead are most welcome as well. You will simply be treated the same as everyone else there.
- How many people will be in the workshop? The workshop will be limited to 20 people. That allows for space and ease of teaching moves.
- Do I need to bring lunch? You can, but there are cafes and bakeries nearby that you can also buy lunch from.
- What if I don’t feel comfortable dancing with other men? Probably best you do not come. However, you will be missing out on a great opportunity.
- Why is it focused at men instead of couples? By focusing on men (and anyone who wants to lead) more benefit can be gained. Also, this allows for everyone to dance both the leads and the follows so that they get an excellent grasp on dance. If there were couples, with each person doing only their own steps, then the outcome would not be as beneficial. Finally, because everyone is in the same boat as you, everyone can be supportive of each other. This will again improve the benefits you get from the workshop.
- If I have been leading my whole dancing life, then how hard will it be to be a follow? This can be quite the challenge at times. Even teachers, who teach both sides, sometime struggle with this. However, the figures that will be used will be of sufficient ease that you will be able to pick up the follow steps.
- Why so many dances? As mentioned above, it allows for different leading techniques to be developed. Also, the different styles will keep it interesting so that the workshop is always engaging.