In class we rotate practice partners as a way to learn to dance with different people, and to give everyone a good chance to learn.
- Find a partner and form a big circle around the edges of the room.
- Extra followers or leaders without an opposite role person, partner each other for now, and choose one of you as the first follower. If you are comfortable switching roles you can dance either role or switch off. If you’d rather not rotate, practice your part of the movement separately and help each other.
- Partners who don’t want to learn with and help others, step outside the circle when rotation time comes.
- Followers, this is your home base where you return at the end of every song.
- Leaders, look to see who is ahead of you and who is behind you. Try to keep your place, but you can dance around a stopped couple if you need to. At the end of each song go back to where you started with your current partner.
- At the end of every song I will announce, “Return to your home base and rotate partners!” ** After everyone returns to their home base, then the first leaders go to the next person in the line of dance (counter-clockwise) around the circle.
For two followers or leaders together, the first leader moves on and the first follower becomes the new first leader for that home base.
** Other announcements you might hear:
- Stay where you are with your current partner for now.
- Change roles. (Stay with your current partner, where you are, but reverse roles for the purpose of the exercise.)
[Originally published as a comment to https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10152868362366289&id=406783441288 on October 26, 2014.]