6 quick tips that might just save your neck, shoulders, knees and elbows, knees and elbows. Not the pun I intended.
Short answer to the question: “Is social dance safety?”: Yes, but!
But let’s face it. Dancers can do some crazy stuff to their body when dancing and the danger of social dances such as bachata and salsa is that followers not always know or decide what is going to happen to their body as well as leaders don’t always have 100% the control of the safety of their partner.
Because of that, we give you here 6 of the tips that Felipe y Tiago have said during their online classes at www.Rolerotationacademy.com where you can learn bachata, salsa and other dance styles online from the comfort of your home! These are also on @rolerotationacademy Instagram so don’t forget to give us a follow.
⭐ Leadable Arm Windmill ⭐
We should always be careful when leading these arm windmills cause when crossing the followers’ arms too much we not only make their opposite shoulder go higher but we might also hurt them. And we don’t want that 😜☝
⭐ Stretched Arm and Elbow Safety ⭐
One of the biggest mistakes we see on the dance floor is when dancers dont know how to properly use the arms “stretched” movement. One of the ways to protect your arm and joints from hard/harsh leaders or even followers is by never fully stretching your arms but still using them as if they were.
⭐ Shoulder safety in social dances ⭐
Like Felipe y Tiago like to say: “safety first” in dance💛 and this tip even though there are other ways to do it. We don’t 100 % need to get both shoulders together to do this move. But if you as a leader, do it, you are 100 % sure the follower doesn’t get injured or hurt!
⭐ Head rolls – Neck safety ⭐
What? Head rolls are not from the neck? Yap, they are not. This is the reason why teacher always say to leaders to never touch the followers neck. Because they shouldn’t be lead from there.
Now if you are one of those dancers that love to try other dance styles as well as likes floorwork, these next two quick dance tips might just protect your knee and back while you dance.
⭐ How to land on your knee⭐
How to fall while dancing
This tip might just save you from one of dancers biggest fears 🤣🙈
Break eggs, not your knees!
⭐ Come Up Correctly ⭐
Unlikely gravity in dance everything that goes down needs to come up.
Always use all the resources you have access too when you dance! Not just what feels easier to use.
Always learn and focus on the dance fundamentals, may it be bachata, salsa or kizomba, not just the leading and following techniques, but also on the SAFETY fundamentals for social dances. If you are one of those dancers that always have other issues such has neck or lower back pain (specially in bachata), these are some of the issues Felipe y Tiago always explain, the fundamentals behind the movements so you stop having them or not have those problems at all.
Bachata and salsa are still evolving and more and more we get to see other dance styles incorporated in them. Maybe you will not use any floorwork during the socials but it’s definitely fun to do it.
Saying that if don’t forget that at @rolerotationacademy we have online dance classes of other dance styles to complement your bachata, salsa or kizomba and other social dances, so you can try different things to add to your own style. Such as jazz, flamenco, commercial or even just styling and stretching online dance classes in general: