Tips for Experienced Dancers dancing with new dancers

By Jonathan Sivier

Dancing well with beginners is a skill separate from being able to dance well with other experienced dancers. Revealing the joy of contra dance to a new person is, for me, one of the rewards of being an experienced dancer. The only way to learn, of course, is to practice, so try to dance with at least one new person at each dance. Many of these tips are also good advice when dancing with experienced dancers, but they are particularily important when dancing with beginners. These were written with contra dance in mind, but many apply to other dance forms as well.