Finding an Easy, Upright Posture…Part 1

Part 1: Brandee's Thoughts on "Correct" PostureFind Your Easy Alignment This month I set aside the topic of connecting and moving from your center with a partner to talk a bit about posture, one of the most important aspects in dance.This video gives you the information you need to start to … Read more about Finding an Easy, Upright Posture…Part 1

Partner Connection Starts with You!…Part 2

Part 2: How to Find and Connect with Your Center In month’s video, I lead you in finding and connecting with your center before you connect with your dance partner. Dancing from your center not only makes your movement smoother and easier, it also makes your lead and follow more … Read more about Partner Connection Starts with You!…Part 2

Partner Connection Starts with You!…Part 1

Part 1: How to Connect with Yourself & the Ground I’m pleased to present my first-ever dance video!As dancers, you know how important good partner connection is. But if you’re not connected with yourself, how can you connect with a partner?In this video, I lead you in an experiential … Read more about Partner Connection Starts with You!…Part 1

Putting Yourself and Others at Ease on the Dance Floor

Putting Yourself and Others at Ease on the Dance FloorA few years ago, I spent a lot of time working with my dog, Naboo, who has separation anxiety. Two dog trainers suggested I take a tough love approach: give him corrections then leave him alone to “cry it out”. After several weeks, there … Read more about Putting Yourself and Others at Ease on the Dance Floor

Get More of What You Want On (and Off) the Dance Floor

Get More of What You Want On (and Off) the Dance Floor When you start partner dancing, you get much more than dancing. The skills you build in dancing can improve many other aspects of your life. But first I’d like to dispel a couple ballroom dance myths: Myth #1: Leader's are 100% Responsible for … Read more about Get More of What You Want On (and Off) the Dance Floor

Dare to Be a Dance Class Rebel

Dare to Be a Dance Class RebelHistorically I was a “good student,” diligently following my teachers’ instructions. In dance classes, I mustered my very best posture, tried to put all the teacher’s tips into practice, and kept going even when figures required more flexibility or balance than I … Read more about Dare to Be a Dance Class Rebel

Learn to Dance Faster by Going Slower

Learn to Dance Faster by Going SlowerI originally wrote this post for my Feldenkrais blog. But it completely applies to learning dance, so I'm re-posting it here. Enjoy!Some people relish the opportunity to slow down and pay attention to themselves, such as doing a Feldenkrais or yoga … Read more about Learn to Dance Faster by Going Slower

A Dancer’s Guide to Knowing What Dance to Do to a Song

A Dancer's Guide to Knowing What Dance to Do What Dance Do I Do to This Song?Dancers, have you ever found yourself standing on the sidelines for the first half of each song trying to figure out what dance is supposed to be done to the music? Like my students you might be wondering: How do I … Read more about A Dancer’s Guide to Knowing What Dance to Do to a Song