The Importance of Good Footwork

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The Importance of Good Footwork

Whether dancing in front of an audience or down a street on a sunny afternoon, the feet write and display the graceful beauty of dancing. They are the building blocks for any dancer.

In the world of dance, the requirement for good technique and precision means correct use of the legs and feet – your footwork. Similar to building a home, careful attention is taken when constructing the foundation.  You don’t have to be a builder to know that a home with a poor foundation will not stand when it is subjected to even the smallest amount of stress. Paying close attention to the footwork in dance is also the foundation for good technique.

Incorrect use of the feet while dancing can cause a ripple effect of issues that impact the rest of the body’s movement: lack of transition into the next move, change of rhythm, inability to keep up in speed, unable to keep up with a partner, loss of rhythm in hip and torso action. The cure for these issues is correct use of the feet and legs. Everything a dancer does – rising, leaping, slowness, quickness, swaying and action -are connected with and credited to the feet.

Taking ballroom dance lessons at Storm Ballroom Dance Centre will help you understand, learn and become effective in the correct placement and use of your feet, improving your skill and grace in dancing.

Many doctors recommend the best way to keep your body feeling young is to stay active. Dancers have to move in many different directions at once and be able to switch quickly, building great coordination along with weight bearing, increasing bone density and strengthening joints.  Good footwork has a positive effect on the rest of the body as it helps improve cardiovascular fitness, increase circulation, and decrease blood pressure.

Start ballroom dancing and you’ll start to see the benefits to your footwork and your overall health.  For your Free Intro Lesson, call Cherry Hill (856) 770-4294, Voorhees or contact us online.


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