Maybe it was when you had to rise to your toes or something else that was slightly awkward. Chances are that you have. But, sometimes you might have felt that you had trouble performing the step even though your balance seemed fine. Or maybe you thought your balance was not brilliant, but still it should have been good enough to do the step that seemed to be causing issues.
Does that sound familiar?
I have been down this path numerous times. At the start I worked on improving my balance. I looked up numerous exercises to improve balance. I found some really good ones, and experienced some great improvements. However, I still had some troubles with some steps.
So what’s going one when you have good balance, but still seem to be losing it?
Well once I had realised that my balance was good enough, I started to do the logical thing and start thinking of other possible causes. I looked at my posture, how close I was to my partner and the angle of my head. They all needed a little work, but they were not the real cause. You should still consider these if you do seem to have balance issues though.
The major issue was foot placement.
I noticed that I just had an incorrect understanding of the step, and I was trying to put my feet in the wrong location. The end effect was that I was in a position that no sense of balance could help with. I was not longer sure footed.
If you’re having issues with balance while performing a dance step, then consider revising your understanding of foot placement so that you can be more surefooted. It is remarkable how wrong you can get this sometimes and the effect it can have on your ability to remain gracefully upright.