This is the developmental page for our online program. I’d value your suggestions to improve the effectiveness of these dance training videos. You can do so in the youtube comments of each video or contact me directly. Thank you and enjoy! – Michael

A Progressive dance Lesson Series Online

  • Michael’s dance training videos are for everyone: Couples, singles, and groups
  • Each lesson is progressive to develop your personal and partnership movement.
  • Each lesson has a Spotify playlist for you to practice with.
  • Each video demonstrates a dance exercise with students Mike and Diana learning in real time.
  • Each video concludes with a student discussion about their experience.
  • Michael’s voiceover highlights insights and guidance throughout the video.

  • Take the time to learn and play with each exercise. Allow your body to develop your natural physical language and feel good!

Introducing Flow 

Getting Started

Getting Started

Michael defines the principles of Flow Fluently dance philosophy. Meet the dancers leading the progressive dance training video series.

Lesson 1 | Intro Course

Lesson 1 | Intro Course

8 exercises to establish your relationship with each of the 5 players of dance, learning to dance freely, independently and in partnership.

The Four Elements

What Are The Elements?

What Are The Elements?

All movement is simplified into four elements, the most basic building blocks. The Four Elements are Horizontal, Vertical, Tilt, and Left or Right Rotation. 

Lesson 3 | Vertical & Tilt

Lesson 3 | Vertical & Tilt

Vertical is the 2nd element, moving up or down through space. Tilt is the 3rd element, rotating in space like a teeter-totter, your lower half goes in the opposite direction of your upper half.

Lesson 5 | Fluid Movement

Lesson 5 | Fluid Movement

To achieve fluidity, synergize all four elements into each move. Fluid movement feels best and is the most articulated. It is the pinnacle of movement.

Fundamentals To Flow

Lesson 7 | Side Moves

Lesson 7 | Side Moves

The third root move, Side Moves, is moving sideways, as many moves as you'd like.  

Lesson 8 | Spin

Lesson 8 | Spin

Spins, the fourth root move, are the biggest trick in the book.  You quickly rotate your 360 degrees to feel the spin. Let's explore Spin City.

Lesson 9 | Breathe

Lesson 9 | Breathe

To let your movement breathe is to slow time down, connect, play, and feel on a deeper level.  Breathing is the fifth root move and your first introduction in timing change.  Let’s take a deep breath and dive on in.

Lesson 10 | Dip

Lesson 10 | Dip

The dip is the sixth root move. It is the showboat move that is so loved by the masses. It can feel like a rollercoaster or as if you are floating on butterflies. Learning the dip changes elevates your dancing, big time.  Lets dip.

Lesson 11 | Flexible Frame

Lesson 11 | Flexible Frame

From your spine, you can open and close, stretch and contract, both halves of your body, as if you have wings.  This fluid structure creates a much deeper connection with your partner for more creative interactions. It is a game-changer.

Lesson 12 | Partner Positions

Lesson 12 | Partner Positions

A partner position is the physical positioning between you and your partner.  There are four defined positions, the first one being Facing.  Let's learn two more, Promenade and Outside Partner, and how to freely transition between them as you dance.

Tricks

Lesson 13 | Handshake Holds

Lesson 13 | Handshake Holds

A hold is synonymous with how you connect with your partner.  Generally, we do the same sided connection when we dance. The handshake holds are the introduction to cross-handed connection, presenting all-new, and entertaining, opportunities to play with.  

Lesson 14 | Backstop

Lesson 14 | Backstop

When you spin your partner, instead of naturally letting them finish their spin, you catch them in the back to slow them down.  This is called a backstop but technically it's more of a back catch as your movement's inertia is never really stopped, instead, it is...

Lesson 15 | Cuddle

Lesson 15 | Cuddle

Roll your partner in, hip to hip, find their eyes, and you are a cuddling. Start by building your natural partnership movement, then roll your partner into your arms in the cuddle promenade position.  From there you can groovy on down or rewind them back out to facing...

Lesson 16 | Sweetheart

Lesson 16 | Sweetheart

Handshake your partner, then roll them in for a little sweetheart action. Start by building your natural partnership movement and with a single or double handshake hold, swing your partner into your elbow pocket.  From there you can move and groove, or rewind back...

Lesson 17 | Hammerlock

Lesson 17 | Hammerlock

The hammerlock is just as it sounds, your arm twisted behind your back, straight out of a wrestling scene.  Though when we hammerlock in dance we hammerlock with love love love. Hammerlock is a vulnerable position, so more important than ever we use movement to invite...

Lesson 18 | See-You-Later

Lesson 18 | See-You-Later

You put your partner in a nice cuddle or sweetheart position, and then whoosh!  See. Them. Later. First, get started with movement and lead your partner into a cuddle or sweetheart positions, then tilt and dip them right under your arms.  As a lead, use your sight,...

Lesson 19 | Tilt Dip

Lesson 19 | Tilt Dip

The tilt dip is slightly acrobatic as you wrap your partner in your arms and tilt them off their access. Start by rolling your partner into your elbow pocket using a cuddle, sweetheart, or roll-in.  Next, connect your leg to your partner's like you are in a...

Lesson 20 | Around-The-World

Lesson 20 | Around-The-World

The Around The World, aka Rag Doll, is the king of dips and the presenter to all.  To start, organize yourselves into the classic dip position.  Then naturally dip on one side and swing your dip around to the other side, presenting yourselves to all that are watching....

Structure to Flow

Lesson 21 | Dance Timing

Invite the music into your soul.  Let it claim ownership of your body and dictate how you feel, how you move, and how you flow.  You are a vessel to express the music.   To naturally express the music you must train your body to naturally move to the different timings...

Lesson 22 | 1-2-Whoosh

1-2-Whoosh timing is a fan favorite; it synergizes well with much music and is overall a feel-good timing to move to.  95% of all music has every 4 beats repeat itself, with a small minority of music repeating every 3 beats (waltz timing).  1-2-Whoosh is 3 moves over...

Lesson 23 | Side Moves (1-2-Whoosh)

Side Moves within the 1-2-Whoosh Timing is an outstanding groove step.  You will find it as a wonderful default move, a move that works with much music and is easily led to dance with anyone.  This is a move worth investing in.  1-2-Whoosh.  

Lesson 24 | Forward/Backward Moves (1-2-Whoosh)

Forward and Backward Moves make it possible for you to groove anywhere, 1-2-Whoosh style.  You can move back and forth or keep moving in the same direction as long as you keep your timing, and keep on grooving.  

Lesson 26 | Dip (1-2-Whoosh)

Can you dip within your 1-2-Whoosh timing?  Why yes you can.  Let's explore. There are two ways to dip with 1-2-Whoosh.  The first way is to dip after the whoosh, taking four full beats to dip down and up.  Prepare your partner on the previous whoosh to slow down into...

Lesson 27 | Flexible Frame (1-2-Whoosh)

A fluid, yet predictable, structure is the pinnacle for frame.  Partnership interactions become more fluid and it feels really good. As a beginner, your structure (frame) is more concrete, like Frankenstein, as you learn to communicate your movement.  Now you are...

Lesson 28 | Partner Positions (1-2-Whoosh)

You have learned 3 of 4 partner positions, those being Facing, Promenade, and Outside Partner.  Currently, you have been 1-2-Whoosh dancing in Facing.  Now let's introduce both Promenade and Outside Partner into your 1-2-Whoosh language.  

Lesson 29 | Box (1-2-Whoosh)

The Box is a brand new root move.  It empowers you to really sweep the floor, move fluidly, and take up space.  The Box is the first move where you start to feel like you are flying. Think Waltz. The Box can be danced in all timings but it is best to introduce the Box...

Lesson 30 | Progressives (1-2-Whoosh)

Progressives are root move #8, they are made of half boxes continually traveling in the same direction, either forwards or backwards. Progressives demand great control of your body and your partnership's movement.  Easily mix them together with boxes to effortlessly...

Lesson 31 | Rotating Box (1-2-Whoosh)

Rotating the box is what gives it that natural flow, that giddy feeling.  You already want to rotate the box because your energy is headed in that direction.  So rotate and flow with it.  You are going to like this upgrade.

Lesson 32 | Rotating Progressives (1-2-Whoosh)

Rotating progressives gives them a more natural flow and that swoosh feeling.  You already want to rotate progressives because your energy is headed in that direction.  So rotate and flow with it.  Have fun with this upgrade.

Structured Tricks

Lesson 33 | Handshake Holds (1-2-Whoosh)

Handshake holds in your 1-2-Whoosh dancing are a playful addition.  First, feel it out with a single handshake hold, then evolve into a double handshake hold. Play with spins from these holds, prepping them on your previous whoosh.  Remember, the more you generally...

Lesson 34 | Backstop (1-2-Whoosh)

Backstop in 1-2-Whoosh timing can be a nice ping-pong back and forth game with your partner. Remember with backstop you lead your partner into a spin and catch them on the back before they can complete it. To lead a backstop, start by prepping your partner on the...

Lesson 35 | Cuddle (1-2-Whoosh)

Remember cuddle is a variation of the Promenade position.  You can either spin your partner into your arms or spin yourself into your partner's arms. Start prepping the spin on the previous whoosh, then spin into cuddle and complete it on the whoosh.  When in cuddle,...

Lesson 36 | Sweetheart (1-2-Whoosh)

Sweetheart is essentially Cuddle but from a single or double handshake hold.  You can either spin your partner into your arms or spin yourself into your partner's arms. Start prepping the spin on the previous whoosh, then spin into Sweetheart, finishing it on the...

Lesson 37 | Tilt Dip (1-2-Whoosh)

Can you Tilt Dip within your 1-2-Whoosh timing?  Yes, yes you can. There are two ways to Tilt Dip with 1-2-Whoosh.  The first way is to roll into the dip during the 1-2-whoosh, then taking four full beats to tilt down and up.  Prepare yourselves to slow down during...

Lesson 38 | See-You-Later (1-2-Whoosh)

Whoosh, See-You-Later.  Time to explore how to see your partner later within your 1-2-Whoosh timing. With See-You-Later you can execute during the 1-2, or during the whoosh, both are options.  Rolling into the Cuddle or Sweetheart, as the set up for See-You-Later is...

Lesson 39 | Hammerlock (1-2-Whoosh)

Here we go, time to hammerlock each other all while keeping your 1-2-Whoosh timing.  Awww yeah. The more natural rotation you have the more naturally you'll spin into Hammerlock.  Start prepping it on the previous whoosh, then spin into Hammerlock as you lightly...

Lesson 40 | Around-The-World Dip (1-2-Whoosh)

The ultimate showoff move, ATW, Around-The-World dip.  Take a break from your 1-2-Whoosh dancing and bust out an ATW for the audience.  And when done right, the move itself just feels glorious. Before practicing the ATW it is a good idea to practice your tilt, keeping...

Fluid Timing

Lesson 41 | Timing Change

You have mastered every beat moves and the 1-2-Whoosh timing.  Now you are taking ownership of your dance timing and changing it however you feel.  You are responsible.  You are in charge. With timing change practice fluidly changing between different timing options...

Lesson 42 | Musical Timing

Tuning your dance instrument, aka your body, to express the music exactly as you feel, in the moment, is completely liberating, and the most powerful skill you can have as a dancer. Musical timing means you change the timing of your dancing when and however you feel...

Presence, Personality, & Style

Lesson 43 | Express Yourself

Who and what are you?  Who and what can you become?  What experiences and feelings can you discover?  Use movement to answer these questions and to experience your flow. Who can you be and what feelings can you discover while creating your flow?  Each dance is a...