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DANCE TIPS FOR THE MEN

Men. If you have not done partner dancing before, your first play roulette online for free 888 few classes can be a bit … overwhelming. Let’s review the lead and follow online roulette free play no deposit responsibilities:

Leads Must:

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  • be confident in order for your partner to enjoy the dance
  • avoid bumping into other couples on the dance floor
  • avoid bumping into furniture, speakers, plants, tables, walls, pillars
  • not step on your partner’s foot, over-extend her wrist, elbow, shoulder
  • not drip sweat on her (well, that’s not always possible, but do your best not to)
  • make you both look good, and like you know what you’re doing
  • determine the lady’s comfort level and lead accordingly

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Follows – see Dance Tips for the Ladies above.

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To your dancing success!

With many thanks to Harry H for these great play roulette online for free no download and practical modern jive dancing tips!

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