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!
Michael defines the principles of Flow Fluently dance philosophy. Meet the dancers leading the progressive dance training video series.
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
All movement is simplified into four elements, the most basic building blocks. The Four Elements are Horizontal, Vertical, Tilt, and Left or Right Rotation.
Horizontal is the 1st element of movement, moving intentionally through space in parallel relation to the earth.
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.
Left/Right Rotation is the 4th and last element of movement. You rotate like a swivel, left or right.
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
Boogie and Forward/Backward moves are the first two of 17 root moves. Use Boogie to connect and dance in place. Use Forwards/Backwards to travel and explore.
The third root move, Side Moves, is moving sideways, as many moves as you'd like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 because your movement's inertia is never really stopped, instead, it is...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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....