In my last lesson, my instructor talked to us about the concept of “Converging Lines of Swing”. This concept has to do with one of the most difficult things in Smooth Dancing: going from open position to closed position and regaining body contact.
All too often, there is a desire to reconnect too quickly and at the wrong phrase of the music and your body movement.
But before we discuss that, let’s quickly review timing of one of our favorite and most romantic dances: The Waltz.
As we all know, the waltz has the beat of 1-2-3, 4-5-6 to accommodate the ¾ time. When you dance the waltz, you lower at the end of 6, continue lowering through 1, begin the rise on 2, rise through 2 to half-way through 3, and then begin to lower. That rise through 2 and the beginning of 3 is the line of swing that we’re talking about here. It also happens through beats 5 and 6.
So the idea with reconnecting in the converging lines of swing is as the couples swing up in open position, that it the opportunity to re-connect. Now, depending on the move in play and how far apart the 2 partners are, this may not be possible right away. If it doesn’t happen right away, no problem. Simply wait for the next opportunity. The biggest mistake you can make is to try to rush it and then have an awkward connect.
And Waltz is definitely the dance to not have awkward connections. J