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« on: May 09, 2013, 03:17:02 PM »

Thanks to ee for this topic idea.

I've had a couple of teachers who would periodically recommend that I take a lesson or part of a lesson while blindfolded.  Even though I found this extremely uncomfortable at first, I went along with it because what the heck.  I was paying them to give me dancing advice, so why not try it?  Eventually, though, I came to respect and value this as a teaching method because it really helped me to feel the follow, if that makes sense.  If I didn't see what the teacher was doing, I couldn't anticipate or backlead.  I was forced to wait.

Does anyone (follows, I suppose) ever take lessons blindfolded?  If so, do you think it's a good idea or bad idea?  Any personal experiences or anecdotes you'd like to share?

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2013, 04:23:52 PM »

No need for a blindfold here - I LOVE to dance with my eyes closed.  Far as I'm concerened that the whole point of following - dancing from the man, not from the room.  Trouble is it looks awful for judges so I have to refrain and keep my eyes open.

However, when I reallyt want to learn something I just get my pro to dance it with me and I keep my eyes closed, that way I can concentrate deeply...

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