The True Value of Partnering

Connection and partnering are some of the main reasons why people fall in love with dancesport. Partnering is also one of the most important criteria that adjudicators look at on the competition floor.

In this article, I’ll dive into the subject of partnering by sharing with you some of Espen Salberg’s key pieces of advice on this subject. After all, for “the professor” as he is known in the industry, partnering is one of the core principles of dancesport. 

We also have a little surprise for you! If you read the article, you will get a 40% discount on Espen’s lecture from Dance Amore camp. The subject of the lecture is “Partnering skills in Rumba”. All you got to do is put the discount code hidden somewhere in the article, at the checkout, in the coupon section.

What Is Partnering?

Partnering is the set of abilities that helps you create togetherness in your dancing. 

“It takes two people to manage to create magic through movement together”
- Espen Salberg -

What happens when you do not master the art of partnering? First of all, you and your partner will look disconnected, as if she is dancing on a different timing than you. When a couple is disconnected, it makes the “lead & follow” action very tiring.

And when the dancing gets tiring, then the quarrels between partners begin. 

In essence, partnering represents the communication between the two partners. And we all know that communication is the key to every successful relationship. Without communication, you cannot expect the person at the end of your arm to know what you want from them.

Lead & Follow

Now, the means of communication in dancing is “lead and follow”. The man (the leader) is in charge of inviting and indicating to the lady (the follower) where he wants her to go and how he wants her to go into that certain step.

You can see here how Espen reinforces this principle: 

DISCOUNT40 – is the coupon code for the 40% discount on Espen’s lecture on “Partnering skills in Rumba”. In the lecture, you’ll find a combination of basic steps offered by Espen so that you can easily apply all the theoretical concepts he explains. 

The reason that the principle of lead and follow is so important is not only for the sake of a harmonious dance performance or relationship. It’s also very important if you wish your lady to look beautiful when she’s doing the body actions. When the leading is not done properly, the lady does not get the chance to breathe into the movement, to finish her actions. 

Espen showcases in his lecture, assisted by Oxana Lebedew and Laura Zmajkovicova, two ways in which you can improve your leading actions:

     1. By knowing the order in which you need to communicate with your partner.

      2. By knowing the amount of energy/physicality you need to put into your leading actions.

If you want to get closer to a better communication within your partnership, a very good start for that is Espen’s lecture on this topic. Remember, you have a 40% discount at the checkout, by using this code: DISCOUNT40. Click here for the lecture.

Also, if Espen’s vision is something that you look up to, you can also check Slavik’s lectures. Slavik was one of Espen’s great students!


I've started dancing when I was 9 years old and it has been a part of me ever since. I love to surround myself with everything dancesport related. Now I get to experience the world of dancing through a writer's lens.


Tags: communication connection Dance Amore Espen Salberg Laura Zmajkovicova lead and follow Oxana Lebedew Rumba

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