Learn and Grow
or: How to become a better dancer and have even more fun
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You can learn the basics of contra dancing in an evening, and you may deserve the label
"experienced dancer" after only a few dances, but you can continue learning new things and
honing your skills forever. Indeed, constantly pushing your boundaries and improving
every aspect of your dancing insures that you'll get enjoyment and immense satisfaction
from contra dancing for the rest of your life.
How to become a better dancer is not a mystery. There are a few basic strategies that
will keep you learning and growing as a dancer:
Dance widely, with as many different kinds of partners as possible,
in as many different places as possible.
Learn the basics of contra dance music.
Understand the structure of a contra dance and how it fits the music.
Learn "flourishes" and other optional moves and when and how to execute them.
Improve your ability to recover from lapses.
Be as community-minded as possible when you dance.
Stretch your brain by dancing the "other" role.
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