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I recall one time a few years ago when a beginner gentleman came into group class to learn how to dance. He walked into the class like anyone else. As soon as he started moving in dance hold he changed how he walked. When I pointed out that he hadn’t moved that way when he came in, he explained that “yes, but now I’m dancing!”

This is not really so unusual. We often do things differently from normal life when we dance. And that’s understandable. Dancing does feel different. In many ways it is different. Yet a great number of things are surprisingly similar to the way we normally move in everyday life.

In this short 8-minute video, George looks at how we move through rotational actions in dancing.

He illustrates a problem we see all the time, and shows how to apply a simple fix known as Contra Body Movement. What is surprising to many is that CBM is something we actually do in everyday life, and we do it every time we walk from one room to another. We do this when we walk out of our house, when we walk down the sidewalk… any time we walk at all!

It’s a normal part of how we move. Yet, when we dance, this action is far too often left behind. We hope this brief video lesson helps you move more efficiently.

Author George Pytlik

Before turning pro, George achieved impressive results as an amateur competitor, holding the Senior (30+) Latin championship in BC, Canada for 7 consecutive years with his wife Wendy. The couple twice achieved a top-3 Canadian ranking in Senior Latin as well as a 3rd place Canadian ranking in 30+ Ten Dance. Today, George and Wendy are professional teachers with a vision of growing a strong dance community in Delta near Vancouver, BC.

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