Jofflyn Valencia repeated something in a class that I’d forgotten about his “dance like you walk” story.
I recently read Mary Freitag’s post on The Secret to Swinging your Follower Stylings where she advocates adding triple-steps to stylings to really make them swing.
Really cool idea. I like it on multiple levels. First off, it emphasizes to the advanced dancer that good stylings work so much better when they’re musically inspired. You can explore using a triple in any two beats (either a triple-step or triple-stamp). You probably already know it, but it’s always eye opening to see someone apply that in a way that I haven’t thought of before.
To the novice:
Do your triples. Seriously. Do them. It’s so much easier to tap-step or kick-step in every place where you should be tripling. And it’s not that you shouldn’t ever do those variations. But if you can’t triple-step, then your styling variation has become your basic. And my philosophical position is, “It’s bad to let what should be a styling become one’s basic.”
And believe me, I’ve been there. Here’s some teeth-grinding video of me on the Atomic Swing Team, not doing triples.
Do your triples.