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The Style of Dancing We Teach

 

Our focus is on being able to dance for fun in social situations rather than being able to dance competitively as a sport.

 

We teach the American Social Style of dancing, designed for everyday people to use for fun in real social situations. This style is all about Freestyle Partner Dancing   which means that the gents learn to use different hand and body movements as signals to 'lead' different steps while the ladies learn to recognize these signals and 'follow' the movements. Freestyle Partner Dancing is very spontaneous, fun and very practical - you can dance with anyone, on any sized dance floor to any music.
 
In Freestyle Partner Dancing, the steps are designed to be more flexible and practical. There is an emphasis on partnership skills (leading and following) and being able to navigate different sized and often crowded dance floors (floorcraft). Freestyle Partner Dancing uses enough technique to get people dancing together comfortably and looking good but doesn't require the precision and flamboyance necessary for competition or performance style dancing.
 
Freestyle dancing is all about the music... dances emerge to suit the popular music and rhythms associated with a particular time period and culture. Through history, as popular music and rhythms changed, so new dances, or variations to existing dances evolved to suit them. Dances also tend to evolve at both a performance level and social level to cater for differences in ability and the need for practical, flexible styles for social events and crowded dance floors.

 

Freestyle dancing is an Art and not a Science.... there is no standard set of step patterns for any particular social dance and no limit to creativity in developing new steps.... and wouldn't it be boring if there was? 
       
Social freestyle dance studios tend to have their own syllabus of steps, mostly derived from the original Arthur Murray and Astaire studios which developed to cater for social rather than competition dancers. Steps across studios will often be very similar but variations are common.          
The steps a studio chooses to teach in any given dance may be modified for practical or creative reasons.
        
The DanceFix Syllabus has been developed & refined over the last 20 years of working & training with studios & instructors around Australia & internationally. We think its the best (of course) :)

                       

Freestyle dancing is about partnership and not performance... It's about learning good leading and following skills and having a repertoire of comfortable, practical and versatile steps that you like and can have fun with.

 
 
Freestyle is different to:
  • the International Style of dancing which focuses on dancing as a competitive sport. International style focuses on professional performance and technical skills most often presented through standardized steps and choreographed routines. The emphasis is on precision and presentation of certain techniques and movements. This is highly structured form of dancing.
  • Performance Dancing which tends to consist of choreographed routines performed to particular pieces of music. This type of dancing tends to form the focus of what you would see on tele (e.g. Dancesport, Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance). Performance dancing always looks fantastic (when the professionals do it) because it is so precise, but it is not a practical style for social dancing situations where there are crowded and/or small dance floors, lots of different music and different people to dance with.
  • Sequence Dancing which tends to consist of a sequence of steps in a particular order, repeated over and over again, often changing partners each round (e.g. New Vogue) or imagine line dancing or the 'bus stop' but with partners.