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Frame: Skiing and Dancing Compared

March 16, 2007

Yesterday, in between plugs for my website,, I posted a long and rambling explanation of frame and how it applies to skiing and dancing (stopping short of saying there are similarities with many physical things that we do with our bodies and frame).

 So, today I will make the same comparison, but more succinctly and in short order.
There is a very BIG dividing line going from beginner to intermediate skier. I has to do with always pointing your torso and arms down the fall line. It doesn’t matter if you are traversing the hill slowly,  x-country skiing, tel-marking, or taking the kamakaze express down the black. It is the single one thing that will advance one’s skiing ability in a quantum leap. I told a friend of mine on the chair lift the other day to just imagine she was choking her husband and he was always out in front of here, downhill. (Her husband has a way of making learning more difficult by over lecturing). My advice to her, “just pay attention to where you arms and torso is pointing as you ski, and thinking about pointing them down the fall line, always. There is no reason, EVER, to not being doing this at all times.” One simple concept that will create gobs of improvement for the skier wanting to transition to higher abilities.

Well, the same thing with frame in dancing. Over and over I dance with a “tourist” or a “happy go lucky” and they are overjoyed when I show them how easy it is to improve ones dancing with the simple concept of “Not Collapsing Frame”. Again, all it involves is not letting your elbow go behind your back. This is hard to do at first because someone probably told you that there are a lot of other things that are important that should all sync up to provide a pleasant dance experience. Forget that. Forget the $1,000 you spent on lessons, they want to keep you coming back, so they sentence you to a life of “intermediate” or “beginner”. Just be an expert at one thing only, one thing at a time: don’t collapse your frame. Do that perfectly and you will realize that your ability to follow (or lead) will improve greatly.

Coming next: How I Classify Dancers


From → Just Wanna Dance

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