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 exercise includes a video of Michael teaching you and a video of students, Mike and Diana, learning and sharing their exercise experience.
Take the time to learn and play with these exercises, allowing your body to develop your natural flow.

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 8 | Spins

Lesson 8 | Spins

Spins, the fourth root move, are the biggest trick in the book.  You quickly rotate your 360 degrees to feel the spin. Playing in Spin City is always a good time.

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.

Mike & Diana Graduate

Mike & Diana Graduate

Mike and Diana completed their FUNdamentals Course and now have the skills to freely dance to all music for the rest of their lives. They share their journey.

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 slowed down into a redirection.

Lesson 15 | Cuddle

Lesson 15 | Cuddle

Roll your partner in, hip to hip, find their eyes, and you are cuddling.

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.

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 axis.

Structure to Flow

Lesson 21 | Dance Timing

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.

Lesson 22 | 1-2-Whoosh

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.

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

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 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.  It is the first move where you start to feel like you are flying.

Structured Tricks

Lesson 33 | Handshake Hold (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 discover your flow.