If you’re taking part in any type of dance that requires you to dance with a partner, you will probably be familiar with the roles of leading and following. Traditionally, male dancers are the leaders and female dancers are the follows. This isn’t always the case now and the roles and more dancers are doing the “opposite” role or learning to dance both.
This video of a kizomba flashmob is a great example of modern attitudes to leading and following, with both men and women taking on the lead roles with ease. Some people feel that they are naturally drawn to one or the other role, and they each definitely require a different skill set.
The lead needs to be able to make a plan and execute it, while also communicating well with their follow and being receptive to their nonverbal feedback. The follow, on the other hand, needs to be able to have a quick response time and have a great memory for all the different moves they are likely to be asked to execute. They also need to have good listening skills and be able to communicate back to the lead.
Learning to be both a lead and a follow can make you better at both. Having an appreciation of how it is to be in both roles means that you will be able to enhance the different skills that are required for each. For example, being on the receiving end of different ways that leads communicate can help you learn what works and what doesn’t so that you will be able to communicate better next time you are leading.
Learning both roles also allows you to get experimental if you can find a dance partner who can also do both because you can switch roles during your dance. This is a pretty new way of playing with dancing and it opens up a whole new avenue for creativity.
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