Get your kids to love swing: 3 shortcuts

1. Hum songs to them when they are babies. 2. Cultivate their ears for higher quality music, as they get older. “Play swing music casually around the house to identity what kinds of emotional sounds your kids lean toward. My son for instance likes lower sounds such as the cello, a base, or a saxophone. I figured that out within a few months of him being born as he would hum certain songs and complete ignore others as I played them.” Jamin Jackson 3. Create good memories echoed by swing music in the background. “I started my professional swing dance training...

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Can I refuse? Yes, you can!

When is it right or wrong to say “no?” If you find it difficult to know, here’s some advice: follow your gut feeling. DecaVitas gives you the courage. Yes-mentality, that you should never to turn down a dance, is not a rule. Responsibility for good atmosphere on the dance floor is not in your hands alone. Never accept someone making you feel uncomfortable. You are not supposed to be pulled and tugged. Say “no” and end the dance right away! You go dancing to have fun – be sure to dance with people you like and say “no thanks” when you don’t want to dance...

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4 keys to better connection

”Magic occurs when you work together.” Here are DecaVitas keys to success: Listen more to your partner! Dance is a dialogue, it´s not a one-way communication. When follows and leads begin to “talk” they can create new moves. Moves that you could not do on your own. Learn what stretch and compression is all about. It is not enough to know vocabulary; you must be able to use it too! A good dance is like making out; you take turns taking the initiative and encouraging one another. Do not think. Dance! Connection is only helpful if you’re dancing. It...

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6 keys: improve your lead

Photo: Magnus Hagmar Advice by Alice Mei – a good lead is someone who: … who dances to the music. … who can make good transitions between different grooves. … who can move well on his own. … who listen to you too. “Because sometimes you just want to groove, throw something out there. Right?” … accept the fact that follows are no puppets. “I think this is the thing I struggle the most with: to find a balance between following and dancing. Not follow too much or dancing too much. I like leads that create room for my moves” … are welcoming and...

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Be a great follow–7 keys

Advice by Alice Mei Keep timing. Make sure your feet are under yourself at all times, that helps Connect your center to your hands. When you move back or forward your lead should feel it trough your hands. ”If you don’t do this it becomes hard to dance together. When you have the weight of your butt in your hand you don’t have to look so closely, you feel what happens before you even look. Listen to the music, draw inspiration from it and create rhythms. Don’t try to help the lead to make a move happen. Try not to care so much...

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