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The Arthur Murrays’ Dance Secrets: Exercises To Improve Your Dancing (Part 3)
Part Two found here.
Do your knees crra-ack as you bend? You can oil them with his exercise—it’s mean to overcome stiff knee joints. It will help you to take smooth dancing steps, rather than the jerky movements of a beginner.
To begin: stand up straight in a natural position.
Take a long forward step with your right foot and place the weight on that foot. Bend the right knee and keeping your body erect, bend down as far as possible.
Not so easy? The results will be worth it—try again.
After bending, rise and resume your standing position. Now, without moving out of place, step forward with your left foot—weight on that foot—and bend as before.
Do this exercise gradually, a few times a day at first or you may need rubbing oil for your knees!
If you are practicing to music, allow three beats of a Waltz for the downward bend and three beats to rise to place.
Ladies who are not good dancers always dread dancing forward, toward their partners. It makes them feel insecure, clumsy—and they are in fear of stumbling over the man’s feet.
Good dancers must be able to glide forward easily. In the Waltz, for instance, almost half of the girl’s steps will be toward her partner. This exercise will give you the security and confidence that you need; practice it.
Without bending your body forward, raise your right foot until it is parallel with the floor. Stretch your toes out—not up.
To develop dancing poise, hold your foot up for about five seconds, then lower it slowly. Repeat ten times, then try it with the other foot.
It puzzles a man when he finds that some big, stout girls are easy and light to lead—while a slender 100 pounder may be as heavy as lead.
If you want to hear a man say to you: “You’re wonderful to dance with—you’re as light as a feather”… then train your arms. This exercise will do it—and further, it will add to your balance and poise.
Rise up on your right toe, raise your left leg backward, as high as you can. Let your toes lead and point outward. At the same time, bring your right arm up extended. Hold this graceful pose for three beats of a Waltz measure, then slowly lower your hands and feet. Important! Always make sure your wrists lead when using your arms and hands.