Steps vs. Improvisation

Steps vs. Improvisation

I love partner dance because it brings a wonderful interplay of steps vs. improvisation – structure vs. chaos.

Our steps are what is used to create the structure of the dance. The steps that ‘make up’ a style of partner dance in it’s traditional sense, a tango, a waltz or other fundamental steps that we both know and understand as a dancing couple. Especially when dancing with a partner, there needs to be a structure of (unwritten) rules that we both abide by to make the dance work between us. However if we dance all structure without a dollop of our own creativity or improvisation we can find that our dancing becomes predictable and stagnant. It needs improvisation to give it life and present moment connection between the dancers.

Improvisation is our way of interpreting the music and moving with the flow of how we feel inspired to move in the moment. That being said, without structure underlying the style of dance, a couple both in their own improvisation may become so separate so as to not actually be dancing ‘together’ any more. It’s a balance, and one that’s continually fun to play with again and again.

How do you feel about the balance of your dance? If you feel moved to, let me know in the comments.


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