Are you a Good Leader or a Great Leader? (Or neither?)
First, to define the role:
Leader = responsible for guiding the couple and choosing, then initiating, transitions to different steps. The leader should signal the follow by using subtle physical and visual cues.
A Good Leader:
- Dances at the follower’s level.
- Has good musicality, which means the leader can hear the rhythm and understand the nuances in the music.
- Is clear. Not rough or forced, but the signals should be easily understandable to the follower.
- Has good connection with the follower.
- Is creative, but not a show-off. Part of being a good leader is making your partner feel great.
- Dances safely by watching out for other dancers.
- Makes the follower enjoy the dance.
- Understands that partner dancing is about two people.
- Is familiar with the basic rhythm and elements of the dance.
- Is calm, confident, and kind.
- Smells clean!
A Great Leader:
- Reads the follower and adapts to his/her level.
- Adjusts the lead based on how the follow reacts to each signal.
- Can make the follower feel like they are moving together with the music.
- Can do all this AND enjoy each dance!