Permission to Re-Publish at Dancer Hangout by Joe DeMers,
Overstreet Dance Gallery, Littleton, Colorado
Frame matching: a framework for teaching Swing and Blues dance partner connection
Joseph Daniel DeMers
Science and Educational Psychology, Overstreet Dance Gallery, Denver, CO, USA
Frame Matching is a codified theory of partner-dance connection. It establishes a framework for breaking down and teaching Swing and Blues dance connection. It is the act of creating, maintaining, or changing tension between partners with posture and tone, in order to lead and follow energy and direction. Frame Matching is explained in terms of changes in posture, tone, tension, energy, and the direction of energy (ΔPTED).
Currently accepted as social dance forms with occasional competitions and performances, Swing and Blues dance styles are learned and appreciated for their culture and histories, as well as execution. Technique and instruction of the dances are continually being redefined with regard to body movement, improvisation, trends in music and style, and partner