Learning to Dance & Making Mac ‘n Cheese: What Do They Have in Common?

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

When I’m not dancing, I’m usually in the kitchen cooking – yes, I’m a Foodie. I am a big fan of the Food Network and have given myself an honorary TV culinary degree 🙂 I’m always looking for ways to change up a simple recipe to give it a new flavor or twist. As I watched the early episodes of Rachael Ray’s 30-minute meal program, she would demonstrate the “method” of cooking a recipe, like Macaroni and Cheese.Then, she would change up 1-2 ingredients to make a brand new dish. Once you master the foundation of making a cheese sauce from scratch you can substitute or add a different cheese, protein or veggie with the noodles and sauce to create a Mac ‘n Ham, Mac ‘n Chicken, or Mac ‘n Broccoli.
In dancing, when teaching beginner dancers the basics of Rumba, Cha Cha or Salsa, I’ll demonstrate the similarities of the 3 styles. Even though the tempo and timing may be different, each dance has similar patterns such as a Crossover Break, Parallel Break, or a Cross Body Lead. Once a new dancer learns a Crossover Break in Rumba, learning how to execute it in Cha Cha or Salsa will hopefully be a little easier. The concept of  getting from point A to point B is quite similar – but the number of physical steps needed to get there may be different. I like to share with my students it’s like making different kinds of Macaroni and Cheese. Learn the fundamentals, add a new twist, and you have a different look ~ and then I give them a wink 😉
So, what’s on your dance menu this week? What new step will you add to your basic pattern? E-mail me your suggestions at pam@ballroommadesimple.com and let’s compare dance recipes!

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