Getting carried away at a party is a holiday tradition. But if photos of you twerking wind up on Facebook, you might kick off 2015 with regret.
To ring in the new year in style, opt for time-tested ballroom dance moves, suggests Garry Gekhman, co-owner of the Chevy Chase Ballroom and an organizer of the Yuletide Ball (yuletideball.com) — a series of amateur and professional competitions and a cancer fundraiser — Jan. 8-11 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner.
The key to looking good? Confidence, says Gekhman, a world vice champion in ballroom dance known for his performance covered in silver paint on “Dancing With the Stars.”
“Everybody can dance,” Gekhman says. You just need to pick a step.
Salsa: This intimate, intense dance requires “dancing with your soul,” Gekhman says. (And some hip shaking.) Start with both feet together. Then the female dance partner steps back with her right foot, steps in place with the left and brings back the right. The guy mirrors her.
Waltz: It doesn’t get much more traditional than the box step: The female partner steps back with her right foot, then to the side with her left foot and brings her feet together. She then steps forward with her left, to the side with her right and brings her feet together again. (Guys do the reverse.) To make it fancier, try turning halfway through a box, Gekhman says.
Foxtrot: It seems particularly appropriate to foxtrot your way to the end of 2014 — the dance turned 100 this year. The female partner takes a step back with her right foot, another with her left, then steps to the right and brings her left to meet it. (Guys do the reverse.) The pace, Gekhman says, is slow, slow, quick, quick. After a few drinks, you’ll get it.
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