Focus (was Mistakes & Cues)

Norah Link

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> From: Oberdan Otto [mailto:xxxxx@xxx.xxx]
> Sent: November 3, 1999 2:34 PM
>
> This reminds me that in recent years I have de-emphasized the
> notion of
> "eye-contact" per se in favor of "paying attention to" or
> "applying focus
> to" the person(s) with whom you are dancing. These are whole
> body concepts
> which include eye-contact as one component of the whole process.
>

Yes, I have a new dancer in my class who (for the moment at least) is a joy
to watch because she really DOES pay attention to ALL the cues available to
her - verbal, and especially cues she picks up by WATCHING, WATCHING,
WATCHING - from getting the shape of a figure, to which hand to give, to
phrasing, to using the correct steps. Okay, so there is lots to teach her
about the details of execution, but it is such a pleasure to see someone
having so much fun and with (apparently) a natural ability to mimic what she
is seeing, at least enough to get through simple dances with a minimum of
instruction. As always, this discussion is making me think about my own
teaching methods... maybe it is time to shift attention away from "your
partner will get you through it" to "you can get yourself through it by...".

cheers,
Norah

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