...Mr. Mentos & Miss. Cream.
We all need a little laugh these days, right?
Above is a picture from a Mentos commercial I did years ago. They were launching a new Mentos product with cream in the middle. So I was being introduced as a new character called "Miss Cream". It was so cheesy but soooooo fun!!!!
It was one of the many dance jobs I've done that involve partnering.
As Gustavo said on The L.A.X. LiVE Saturday morning, dancers need to know how to partner. And he was quite honest in saying there are too few professional dancers in L.A. who are familiar enough with it.
How great would it be to step into your professional dance career with some kind of knowledge of partner work?
I was lucky and grew up in a studio where we had lots of boys. In fact I did a couple competition dances where it was just me and 6 guys. We didn't do any formal ballroom training, just some simple partnering and some not so simple lifts. I was familiar but would not have called myself a master or anything.
Having that familiarity definitely helped me book and continue to book jobs that involved partnering.
But here's the problem....
If there are no boys or very few boys at your studio how can you get familiar with partnering?
Gustavo suggested two things...
Go to a local ballroom studio in your area.
Learn footwork with another girl and learn the lead and the followers part.
There is just one problem with this. Gustavo said if the girl has never partnered with a guy it's a different feeling. It's not the same.
I think I have a solution!!
Now, I couldn't write todays blog without recognizing that it is Father Day's.
So here's what I'm proposing if you're a female dancer...
Teach your Dad (Brother, Husband or Boyfriend) how to dance...if they don't know how already of course.
I understand they may resist. Lol. But they don't even have to go to a class! Look on YouTube for tutorials and learn in the comforts of your own home.
This is the perfect solution. Think about it. It doesn't have to be complicated, it just needs a little dedication and motivation!
Just learn 3 or 4 series of dance steps. You'll be gaining skills as a dancer, you'll have some quality time together and you'll be able to ROCK the dance floor at weddings and other engagements!
It's really a win win.
Where there's a will there's a way.
Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dance dads out there!!! Now get to dancing!