I'm teaching again. I do so regularly at our local club. I always talk about connection and staying relaxed why that is not a contradiction. It is difficult things to explain, and it doesn't seem to sink in. I can spend ten minutes or so with a person, tell her what she does wrong, and make her do the right thing. And get a clear improvement there and then. One week later it is all gone. That is frustrating. Now I want to tell the class attendees the two or three things (max, too many things will confuse them) that I want them to remember and focus, and that will help taking them from the level of beginners and make them actually start dancing. And I am thinking of something else than connection, because that doesn't seem to work. And they can hear that everywhere else. So here is what I want to say: Leaders: - Dancing is about moving the body, not arms and feet. When leading, there should always be a connection with the lead and the center of the body - Leading is not an impulse. When changing the direction of the follower, that is something that takes time. Spend the time needed, and make it smooth Followers: - Dancing is about moving the body, not arms and feet. When lead, let the energy move the center of your body. Don't let your arm go, don't fall over, but move your body center. The job of your legs is to be under your body and support it. - Follow every movement through. When walking, walk until stopped. When turning, turn until stopped. Don't stop, turn towards the leader and wait. Both: - Don't be tense. Relax in both your mind and body. Try to make everything flow in one long smooth continues motion. That's it. So what do you people think? If you are a beginner reading this, does it make sense to you? Can you understand with your body what your mind reads? If you are an experienced dancer/teacher, do you think these points make a good key understanding of dancing technique? Are there things you would change? Or are there other things you would focus on? I teach Lindy Hop. But I think the points should be equally valid for West Coast and East Coast too, as well as most partner dancing where leading and following is vital.