What you crave: Musicality and ExpressionYour Pet Peeve: Dancing the same way, regardless of music.Want to be known for: Musicality and interpretationWorst nightmare: Songs where they can't find the rhythmExpression-based dancers just want to interpret the music. Within that, there are two main subtypes: Emotive and Technical. Both types usually prize being "on time" very highly. After all, how can you express the music if you aren't dancing to it?Expressives often mistype as Deep Connection, Creative, or Playful dancers. But, the critical difference is that their explorations are tied to music first; the others are secondary to how well what they are doing matches the music. For example, they're playful to a playful song - but don't necessarily treat a sad or serious song that way. Technical Expression dancers love intricate musicality. They study how to best "hit" the music, different ways to create musical accents, and enjoy using a mastery of technique to display the full range of patterns in a song. They may understand and appreciate the emotions behind a particular song - but the expression for them is how their technicality illustrates the song rather than their body feeling the emotion. They're more likely to use counts and structure to analyze the song than to simply let the feeling wash over them. Emotive Expression dancers want emotion, texture, and contrast in the feeling of their dance. They may be less married to particular technical expressions of music, but they want their body and the feeling of the dance to shape itself to the dominant themes of. For example: where are the tense moments of the song; when it is relaxed? Is it romantic? Sad? Powerful? This does not mean they don't care about the rhythm or timing - but they're more likely to intuitively feel timing than cerebrally analyze it.Most of the time, someone's preferred language also matches what they put out into the community - but not always. These answers are written with the assumption that you are communicating in the same way you like to receive in dance - but it's a good idea to read some of the other results and see if others apply to you as well. Expression Dancer Thoughts:"I love this song! There are so many great opportunities for musicality!""The worst thing is a bad DJ or an undanceable song.""I'm just not feeling this music.""I wish I could get my body to do all the cool things I think about doing to this song.""I love to listen and think about what I can do to different songs at home."Common Trends:Being on time is very important (After all, how can you interpret a song if you aren't on time?)Likely to be very attached to what music is played, and follow specific DJs or musical tastes. Might use "bad" music or DJs as their break time.More likely than average to decline a dance because they don't like the song. Often can visualize or think about what they want to do to a specific song - even if they're not able to physically do it (yet)Strengths and WeaknessesExpressives are some of the most versatile dancers. Almost all dancers enjoy musicality to extent, and competitions or shows frequently reward good musical expression. Expressives can run the risk of putting the music above their partner, and forgetting to bring them along for the ride. For Technical Expressives, this can manifest in an on-and-off connection or a sense of aloofness. Music makes or breaks an Expressive. You likely have terrible dances when you don't like the music, and amazing dances when you love it - sometimes regardless of your partner!Synergies with Other TypesDeep ConnectionEmotive Expressive dancers often work well with Deep Connection dancers, and often recognize it as their second or third preferred language. Technical Expressives can often appreciate the reliability and commitment to the partnership a deep connection dancer may bring, but Deep Connection dancers may find that the music takes priority over their connection needs. To connect better with Deep Connectors, work on using your connection to share your interpretation of the music with them. Encourage them to give you what you need by providing them with a stable base, so that they follow you into the interpretation. CreativityExpressives and Creatives often work well together - and again, many may have the other as a second or third language. However, Technical Expressives may struggle with some Creatives if they're too married to specific, learned patterns. To connect better with Creatives, practise improvising new ways of doing things to songs you love. Encourage them to give you what you need by embracing novel approaches to musicality.PlayfulnessExpressives and Playful dancers frequently have fun, fulfilling connections - as long as the Expressive knows how to put on a smile and joke around! Emotive Expressives can be too "serious" for some Playful dancers - and some Playful dancers may seem to be too "out there" for more conservative Expressive types. To connect better with Playful dancers, work on your humour and lightness in your musical interpretation. Encourage them to give you what you need by catering your musicality to their love of play - they'll follow you right into it!EnergyTechnical Expressives often do well with Energy dancers, as they tend to do a lot of rhythm interpretation and be really "into" the dance. Emotive Expressives can be a little too "chill" or "dramatic" to scratch an Energetic's cravings for the passion and energy of the dance. To connect better with Energetics, work on making sure the "flavour" of the dance is present in all the musical interpretations you make. Encourage them to give you what you need by matching your energy level to theirs. ChallengeTechnical Expressives and Challenge dancers often work well together, with the Challenge dancer enjoying the complex patterning and musicality, and the Technical Expressive providing a safe and stable space for pushing the envelope. But, Emotive Expressives may find Challenge dancers a bit bored if they don't provide enough technical complexity to push the dance. To connect better with Challengers, practise matching some interesting tricks or challenging combos to phrases or types of music. This can satisfy your itch for musicality and their need to be pushed further.Social Dancing Strategies for Expressives 1) If the expression isn't working, see if your partner is on the same musical wavelength. As an Expressive, it's likely you're stronger at finding cool ways to interpret the music than your partner. Learn the skill of adjusting what you interpret to the skill level and abilities of your partner. This may mean staying in a "safer" emotional interpretation, or simplifying your technical patterns. Follows particularly can benefit from finding ways to interpret musicality in their own body without disrupting their partner's ideas. 2) Listen to your partner as much as the music. The music might be your ruler, but it might not be your partner's. Make sure your connection to your partner shares the spotlight with your connection to the music. You'll be in a better position to suggest your musical ideas if you are in it together.3) Give yourself permission to sit out a song. You're at your best when you are feeling the music. If the music isn't speaking to you, find a go-to polite decline. Otherwise, it might just feel to your partner like a pity dance - and no one enjoys that!Enjoyed learning about your dance love languages? Share this with friends!
What you crave: Perfect SynchronicityYour Pet Peeve: Not prioritizing a good partner connectionWant to be known for: Feeling good to dance withWorst nightmare: Being rough or uncomfortable to dance withDeep Connectors want to shut out the world and be one with their partner. What they see means little; what they feel means everything. Most would rather go slow and simple to preserve a perfect connection, as opposed to fast or complex movements that break it. To them, the 'perfect dance' is perfectly in sync with their partner. Other elements of the dance are great, too - musicality, complexity, and creativity - but they're not as important as the magical feeling of connection. Often, Deep Connectors are most likely to misidentify as an Expression dancer - but critically, an Expression dancer's joy comes from the music first, rather than the physical touch of their partner. Most of the time, someone's preferred language also matches what they put out into the community - but not always. These answers are written with the assumption that you are communicating in the same way you like to receive in dance - but it's a good idea to read some of the other results and see if others apply to you as well. Deep Connection Dancer Thoughts:"I love partners that make me feel safe and taken care of.""I don't care what I look like as much; I just want to feel good.""The worst thing is a rough or inconsiderate partner.""I have trouble trusting a partner that I've had a bad dance with in the past.""I find it easier to learn through feeling and closing my eyes than thinking about what to do right."Common Trends:Most likely to have their eyes closed.More sensitive to "rough" dancersTake connection errors more seriously; can be prone to beating themselves up about not following or leading 'well enough'Prize feel over look.Not usually competitive, and often care little for shows.May prefer dancing with safe, known partners than managing the unknown of a possibly rough new connection.Strengths and WeaknessesDeep Connection dancers often do best in close-hold dances or with slower music that gives time for them to sync up with their partner. Immediately fast or energetic dances like Salsa or Lindy Hop can present more barriers to entry than Kizomba, Brazilian Zouk, or Tango. Deep Connection dancers are often more comfortable with physical touch than their peers, often possessing an uncanny ability to "tune in" to or relax their partners - but are also more sensitive to disturbances in connection. They can be easier to shake out of "the zone", or feel depressed or upset after a bad or disconnected dance. Many also are introverted or shy, with a smaller, tighter circle of friends within the scene. In many ways, dance can be an internal experience shared with another person - which may prevent them from finding and enjoying new connections when their social safety net is available. Synergies with Other TypesExpressionDeep Connection dancers often work well with Emotive Expressive dancers, and often recognize it as their second or third preferred language. Technical Expressives can often appreciate the reliability and commitment to the partnership a deep connection dancer may bring, but Deep Connection dancers may find that the music takes priority over their connection needs with this type. To connect better with Expressives, leverage your connection sensitivity to figure out what they are hearing in the music. Even if they have gaps in their connection, you might be able to pre-empt and avoid them if you are able to find their "wavelength". CreativityDeep Connectors and Creatives often work well together - and again, many may have the other as a second or third language. However, Creatives can sometimes sacrifice connection if they see a new opportunity for movement, or not give the Connector enough time to adjust to accommodate a new movement.To connect better with Creatives, encourage them to give you the time and support you need by managing the pressure and hold in your connection. This is a non-verbal way to ask for a specific response - though verbal cues can also be very helpful. PlayfulnessDeep Connection and Playful dancers can connect really well - if the "joke" is kept more internal than external. If the dance begins to feel too performative, the Connector may withdraw and stop engaging with their partner. However, if the fun is kept more focused on the connection, Playful dancers can bring some much-needed levity to the sometimes-serious nature of Deep Connection dancers.To connect better with Playful dancers, work on being willing to "share the fun" - they're much more likely to give you the connection you want if you make it clear that this is what makes you smile and laugh. Eye contact or subtle play can also work to draw them back to you, rather than running away on their more flamboyant musical "jokes". Just remember: you might have to lighten your expectations for a super deep, intense dance in favour of the lighter side of connection.EnergyDeep Connection and Energetics often struggle as a combination. After all, you need a very good grasp of the dance to bring the energy and preserve that magical feeling. To connect better with Energetics, lean into the energy and body movement of your partner. They're more likely to focus on you instead of their own body if you match their energy and make yourself known! If they're going too intense for you, managing them through contact pressure or verbal communication can help them realize that you may need something a bit different from what they're providing. ChallengeChallenge dancers are almost the polar opposite of Deep Connection dancers. One wants to be pushed; one wants to be comfortable. One tends towards complex, intense movements; the other just wants to hang in the moment with their partner. Both can appreciate what the other does - but unless both are well-rounded, their preferences and peeves are usually at odds. Connecting with this opposite is best accomplished through verbal communication and non-verbal body language. While this may not necessarily lead to the "Best" dance, it can help the Deep Connection dancer feel safe, and prevent the Challenge dancer from realizing that they've really stepped on their partner's needs. Social Dancing Strategies for Deep Connectors 1) Set the expectation early. As a Deep Connector, you're likely better at helping to draw out the good, comfy feelings than other styles. Even entering a dance, try to bring your partner into your yummy, marshmallow world before they run down a different path.2) Learn how to communicate your needs. Most Deep Connectors are really good at feeling their partner out, but many struggle with making their own needs known. Figure out how to use body language to ask for what you need - and work on using rehearsed and kind verbal prompts before you start resenting your partner's inattention to the connection. Especially with beginner dancers, this may involve multiple reminders for the same issues.3) Meet them halfway. Not everyone is great at matching a partner's connection - but it's probably one of your strengths. Finding their wavelength can help resolve some of those less-than-perfect moments - without your partner even being aware! This is often easier to do with your eyes open, as it lets you spot visual cues to better inform their physical body language.Enjoyed learning about your dance love languages? Share this with friends!
What you crave: Pushing the EnvelopeYour Pet Peeve: Not trying new things for fear of failureWant to be known for: Being a great dancerWorst nightmare: Being written off as unable to do somethingThe dancers who want to be constantly pushed towards greater things are Challenge dancers. They often love tricks, dips, and challenging movements. Leads may enjoy seeing if they can ‘get the most’ out of their partners, while the follows may enjoy leads that ‘push the envelope’ with things they’ve never seen before.Of course, these dancers still love connected dances and dislike dangerous partners. But, for them, a dance that doesn’t keep them on their toes leaves them wanting more. They want to see how many one-footed turns they can hold – and don’t mind trying several times in one song. Their perfect dance makes them feel like they have accomplished more than they thought they could.Challenge dancers are one of the less likely types to identify as something else, but most often have Playful, Creative, or Energy tendencies.Most of the time, someone's preferred language also matches what they put out into the community - but not always. These answers are written with the assumption that you are communicating in the same way you like to receive in dance - but it's a good idea to read some of the other results and see if others apply to you as well. Challenge Dancer Thoughts:"I see so many cool things I want to learn!""I hate it when I see a dancer doing cool stuff with other partners, and then they don't do any of it with me!""I want to try that again; this time I'll get it!""I have a list of concrete dance goals I want to achieve, including one-footed turns, splits, and a really cool dip I saw this one time.""I get frustrated if I just can't seem to make something work."Common Trends:Most likely to be in a Lifts and Tricks classLove complex patterns, and spend a lot of time breaking them downMore likely to work on body conditioning to 'unlock' more potentialOften drawn to competitions, shows, and liftsGoal-oriented and driven ("I want to do that!")Sometimes prone to taking mistakes too seriously, but willing to work to overcome themMost likely to be bored by a limited repertoireStrengths and WeaknessesChallenge dancers frequently do well in competitions and performance - as long as they've mastered the basics of connection and musicality as well. Many are often driven towards great technical proficiency and are hard workers. After all, strong technique and a capable body open up far more possibilities to do more. They're also most likely to try new things, and to be less timid about errors. In short: they're the daredevils of the dance world, and are often responsible for creating inspiring, visually-appealing lifts, tricks, and shows. They can also be very driven and goal-oriented, as they see things they want to do and commit fully to learning it.Most of the risks for Challenge dancers come in the early stages - before they understand the basics of connection and technique. They are more prone to self-dipping, rough leading, and forceful movements than most other types, and usually need some mentorship to move through their early dance journey without developing a bad name for themselves. These types are often the most easily-bored type of dancer, as they have an ever-increasing appetite for higher-level content. This is why high-level Challenge dancers are frequently less visible on a social floor than spending long hours in the practice studio or rehearsing for the big show. Synergies with Other TypesExpressionChallenge and Technical Expressive dancers often work well together, with the Challenge dancer enjoying the complex patterning and musicality, and the Technical Expressive providing a safe and stable space for pushing the envelope. But, Emotive Expressives may bore Challenge dancers if they don't provide enough complexity to push the dance. To connect better with Expressives, practise matching some of your tricks or challenging combos to phrases or types of music. Giving an Expressive that musical connection can make them more engaged in your intense dance.CreativityChallengers and Creatives are a hit-or-miss combo. A Creative dancer with a love of creating complex movements may mesh well with a Challenge dancer - but a Creative who trends more towards connection may find that their energy has a very different tone. To connect better with Creatives, Challenge dancers can work with their natural tendency towards new things by adding a challenging or complex spin to it. For example, finding ways to use their body strength, control, or flexibility to scratch their need for pushing the envelope while working with the Creative's need to do something original. PlayfulnessChallenge and Playful dancers can have a fun and dynamic connection. The Playful dancer's focus on having fun often leads them to want to please a partner through engagement, and they'll likely be encouraged by a positive reception when they try something more challenging. Neither type is afraid of making mistakes and laughing about it, which can lead to a surprisingly low-pressure high-energy combination. However, issues can emerge if the Challenge dancer is more focused on executing moves than checking in to see if their partner is having fun, or if they expect too much complexity from a more novice Playful dancer. To connect better with Playful dancers, Challenge dancers can focus on connecting to the partner as well as the dance. As long as the Playful dancer feels like they're "in it together" and not ignored and treated like a jungle gym, this can be a winning combo. EnergyChallenge and Energy dancers often do well. Both generally tend to a higher degree of energy, and both like to really push - whether it's feeling the dance in their own body, or through the level or complexity of their movements. Neither is likely to worry about working up a sweat. To connect better with Energetics, Challenge dancers can take advantage of their own energy and daring to match the tone and feel of their partner. Deep ConnectionChallenge and Deep Connection dancers are almost complete opposites. One wants to be pushed; one wants to be comfortable. One tends towards complex, intense movements; the other just wants to hang in the moment with their partner. Both can appreciate what the other does - but unless both are well-rounded, their preferences and peeves are usually at odds. Connecting with this opposite means that Challenge dancers need to be willing to focus on the often non-verbal comfort cues of their partner, slow down, and find "the zone". If a Challenge dancer is willing to take the time to do this, they may find the Deep Connection dancer more willing to experiment with pushing the envelope. Social Dancing Strategies for Challengers1) Check in with your partner. You are probably more risk-tolerant and ambitious in your repertoire than many other dancers, which means that you need to be conscious that not everyone may be up for what you have to offer. Verbal check-ins ("is this OK for you?") can be very useful for Challenge dancers who struggle with non-verbal cues.2) Learn how to dance safely, early. Challenge dancers, as the most ambitious type, are also most likely to find themselves with dangerous habits. Learning and workshopping those issues is critical, particularly whenever dealing with a new concept or trick. For example, follows should take care to manage their weight in dips and drops; leads need to make sure their partner is capable and willing to execute what they ask. In addition, Challenge dancers are one of the types that will benefit most from making sure their connection and technical principles are well-established to support all the crazy stuff they really want to do. 3) Challenge yourself. In many ways, Challenge dancers are likely to have the most difficulty finding partners who can safely deliver what they're craving. Challenge dancers can benefit from taking a page from the Energetic handbook: find ways of putting the energy in your own body to challenge and push the envelope in a way that doesn't rely on your partner. Enjoyed learning about your dance love languages? Share this with friends!
What you crave: Fun!Your Pet Peeve: Partners who won't smile with you.Want to be known for: Being the "Fun, Comfortable Partner"Worst nightmare: Making their partner uncomfortableThe dancers who prize Playfulness just want to have fun. They don’t care as much about the sensuality or challenge, but they do want a partner who engages them in play. Whether it’s quirky patterns of movement with a twist or a particularly fun interpretation of a lyric, they want a partner who will come into the sandbox of creation with them.They love the sense of teamwork that comes from experimentation or creation. This is different from Creatives, who get their joy from the act of creating itself, rather than the partner's reaction and engagement. Their perfect dance is one where partners are OK at laughing at a weird moment or misstep, and where the ‘perfection’ of the dance takes a backseat to the exploration of fun. Playful dancers come in several flavours; most are at least a little silly-ish. Some like to act out lyrics; others like to do unexpected, silly things in the middle of the dance. Some just like to share funny looks, or "break the seriousness" of a partner; others have a "flirty" play style. All of them are looking for the payoff in their partner's reaction. The key differentiator between a Playful and an Expressive is that the Playful dancer is more concerned with their partner's fun than the music's interpretation.Most of the time, someone's preferred language also matches what they put out into the community - but not always. These answers are written with the assumption that you are communicating in the same way you like to receive in dance - but it's a good idea to read some of the other results and see if others apply to you as well. Playful Dancer Thoughts:"Every dance party is an opportunity to meet fun, new people.""The worst dancers are the ones that make you feel like you are a bad partner.""My favourite dancers are the ones that make their partners smile.""The biggest compliment I've received is that I turned someone's night around.""I will only keep dancing as long as it is fun for me."Common Trends:Most likely to get a laugh from their audience or partnerOne of the most beginner-friendly typesOften more silly, goofy, or light-hearted than other typesA smile and open body language draws them instantlyOften a more social type of social dancerMistakes are easy to laugh off as long as it isn't making their partner uncomfortable; an unhappy-seeming partner is far more seriousDrawn to fun or interesting moments when watching others danceStrengths and WeaknessesPlayful dancers are typically the person who ends up with a long line of beginners referred to them by friends, or the one known for taking the stress off some of the more serious, perfectionistic dancers. Many find these people low-stress to dance with, where they can just "be themselves" and let loose. They're often the safe, friendly presence that puts everyone at ease. In a sense, they're the "class clowns" of the social dance world. Playful dancers may struggle with more serious dancer types, who might find their charming antics more embarrassing than fun. Others may struggle with predicting what's coming next, which may throw them off their groove. Synergies with Other TypesExpressionPlayful dancers frequently have fun, fulfilling connections with Expressive dancers - as long as the Expressive knows how to put on a smile and joke around! Many Playful dancers have Expression as their second or third language. Emotive Expressives can find Playful dancers too silly for the very serious business of song interpretation. To connect better with Expressive dancers, try finding fun moments that build on the energy of the song. Remember that for an Expressive, music is key. As long as your fun is to the music, you'll see their smile in no time. CreativityPlayful dancers and Creatives have the advantage of being able to not take mistakes too seriously. Both are fine with a sandbox approach to dancing, and can usually find a middle ground - as long as the Creative is not prone to a too-serious approach for the Playful partner. In fact, these types frequently find themselves fluent in the other's language with relatively little effort - as long as the Playful partner isn't too attached to dancing "properly" (which they usually aren't).To connect better with Creatives, Playful dancers can hone in on one of their strengths: making stuff up. It's a great opportunity to try out things that might work. Just keep in mind that if your choices are more performative-silly, a serious-minded Creative might be a little overwhelmed. ChallengePlayful and Challenge dancers can have a fun and dynamic connection. The Playful dancer's focus on having fun often leads them to want to please a partner through engagement, and they'll likely be encouraged by a positive reception when they try something more challenging. Neither type is afraid of making mistakes and laughing about it, which can lead to a surprisingly low-pressure high-energy combination. However, issues can emerge if the Playful dancer is unable to supply a steady enough diet of high-complexity or trick-like movements to keep the Challenge dancer engaged. To connect better with Challenge dancers, Playful dancers should focus on developing some tricks or combos to satisfy the Challenge dancer's itch for complexity. There may even be opportunities to play by repeating or otherwise twisting the expected ending to create a "Haha!" moment or smile. EnergyPlayful and Energetic dancers can work well together - as long as the Playful dancer can keep up. Many Playful dancers are pretty laid back, which can lead to Energetic dancers feeling less fulfilled. But, if the Playful dancer has the energy to dance full-out, these are frequently fun, energetic, and low-stress dance connections. To connect better with Energetics, Playful dancers can focus on keeping the energy and intensity of the movements high. Often, this means finding ways to be creative while preserving the often rhythm-centric needs of an Energetic dancer.Deep ConnectionPlayful and Deep Connection dancers can have a great time - provided that the Playful dancer is not "too silly" and the Deep Connector "too serious". After all, Playful dancers want to give great dances that bring a smile to their partner's face; Deep Connection dancers want a partner who can draw that smile out of them. Playful dancers can maximize the odds of drawing out a Deep Connection dancer by making sure that the fun doesn't interfere with their partner's flow. Keying into the energy level and internal needs of their partner can help make sure the Deep Connection dancer feels cared for, while the Playful dancer gets that big-smile payoff. Social Dancing Strategies for Playful Dancers1) Read the room. Some people have varying degrees of enjoyment (or tolerance) for play. For example, some people are all-in for rolling on the floor and doing "weird stuff". Some won't instigate, but they'll certainly follow you into it. Others would be mortified if their partner suddenly started acting out the lyrics. You can maximize your partner's reception by paying attention to what they like, and starting with small moments. 2) Don't neglect structure. Play is fantastic, but it needs a technical framework to hang on. You'll find more partners are able to follow your playful style and be willing to contribute if they can speak a common base language with you. 3) Use your superpower, but preserve yourself. You are one of the types of dancers that is easiest to approach for new or intimidated dancers - but it's important that you set boundaries for yourself as well. Learn to say "no" when you're not up for a dance - otherwise, you might find yourself burned out from not taking time to recharge.Enjoyed learning about your dance love languages? Share this with friends!
What you crave: New, creative ways of dancingYour Pet Peeve: Only doing what you learned in classWant to be known for: Their originality and creativityWorst nightmare: Being forced to dance in a boxDancers who communicate through Creativity want to always do something new – or in a new way. They want to ‘break the rules’ and engage in co-operative creation. Regular or common movements are Ok in small doses, but they don’t satisfy the Creative.Their perfect partner is the person who approaches each dance as a blank canvas. They love when their partner adds something unexpected, or explores a new dimension of movement. They’d rather take a bumpy path less traveled, than the ‘safe’ path everyone else uses.One of the hardest things for a Creative is to be told exactly how they're supposed to do something. Many may mistype as an Expressive or a Playful dancer. However, a Creative gets fulfillment from the act of creating itself, as opposed to their partner's reaction or the music's interpretation. Most of the time, someone's preferred receiving language also matches what they put out into the community - but not always. These answers are written with the assumption that you are communicating in the same way you like to receive in dance - but it's a good idea to read some of the other results and see if others apply to you as well. Creative Dancer Thoughts:"Dance is all about exploring possibilities!""I don't want to be told I can't or shouldn't do things.""I find really structured classes difficult; I prefer feeling or creativity classes.""There's no such thing as a mistake.""Late night is the best! You can do whatever you want with no judgment."Common Trends:Most likely to be the one rolling on the floorCapable of leaving the music for the sake of exploring a possibilityVery rarely consider something a "mistake"Can be frustrated by too much structure or too many rulesUsually attracted to unconventional dancers, styling, or musicNot usually competitive in their dance; it's about their journeyStrengths and WeaknessesCreative dancers are frequently the innovators of a dance community. They're constantly coming up with new, cool things that others want to emulate. Creative dancers also tend to have a healthy attitude towards not taking the dance itself too seriously, with mistakes being an opportunity for trying something new as opposed to a "wrong" decision. Creative dancers can struggle with respecting the technical framework of a dance, and with partners who really need clarity. After all, a partner who is prone to thinking they did something "wrong" is unlikely to appreciate the lack of right answers that Creative dancers embrace!Synergies with Other TypesExpressionExpressives and Creatives often work well together - and many may have the other as a second or third language. However, Technical Expressives may struggle with some Creatives if they're too married to specific, learned patterns. To connect better with Expressives, pay attention to the music to inform your creative endeavors. If you're dancing with a Technical Expressive, you may also have to bend back on some of your more freeform experiments to ground them. PlayfulPlayful dancers and Creatives have the advantage of being able to not take mistakes too seriously. Both are fine with a sandbox approach to dancing, and can usually find a middle ground - as long as the Playful partner is not too silly for the Creative. In fact, these types frequently find themselves fluent in the other's language with relatively little effort .To connect better with Playful dancers, Creatives can give them the acknowledgement and positive feedback they're craving. You rarely have to worry about overwhelming a Playful dancer - as long as it's more focused on having fun together than getting lost in an experiment. ChallengeCreative and Challenge dancers are a hit-or-miss combination. If the Creative is a bit more daredevilish and pushing the limits of what is possible, the Challenge dancer is likely to respond well. Trouble can arise if the Challenge dancer is too traditionally focused, or if the Creative's type of experimentation doesn't satisfy the complexity edge the Challenger craves.To connect better with Challenge dancers, Creatives can work with their natural tendency towards new things by adding a challenging or complex spin to it. For example, give opportunities for the Challenge dancer to do something difficult, including giving them multiple attempts to make something work and give them a sense of accomplishment. EnergyCreative and Energetic dancers can be a more challenging combination. Whereas the Creative is usually comfortable abandoning rhythm to play with experiments, the Energetic dancer really wants to capture the flavour and energy of the dance. Those breaks can totally throw an Energetic off their game!To connect better with Energetics, Creatives can push themselves to experiment within the confines of a more rhythm-centric approach. This can mean smaller experiments, or experiments that respect the rhythm, Sabor, or Energia of a dance. In short: keep the Energetic in their vibe!Deep ConnectionDeep Connectors and Creatives often work well together - and many may have the other as a second or third language. However, Creatives can sometimes sacrifice connection if they see a new opportunity for movement, or not give the Connector enough time to adjust to accommodate a new movement.To connect better with Deep Connectors, make sure they're with you at all times. They'll probably be OK slowing down to experiment - but only if you don't forget to keep that magical feeling between the two of you. Social Dancing Strategies for Creative Dancers1) Keep an eye on the floor. Creatives are among the dancers most prone to not paying attention to the flow or spacing on the floor. Make sure that your experiments respect any rules or limitations of your space2) Don't neglect technique. Learning the rules is the best way to break them successfully! If you're able to learn the common base that everyone else seems to be caught up in, you're more likely to be successful in bringing others into your creative sandbox. 3) Recognize partner stress. Some partners - particularly technique-focused ones - can be prone to beating themselves up over mistakes. Your sandbox can sometimes look a lot like a pile of mistakes they're making, instead of a fun co-creation experiment. So, let them in on the fact that you're "trying something out" or "experimenting" to help them let go of their need for being correct.Enjoyed learning about your dance love languages? Share this with friends!
What you crave: Exhilaration and FlowYour Pet Peeve: Not dancing full-outWant to be known for: Embodying the spirit of the dance!Worst nightmare: Not being able to use footworkEnergetic dancers want to be invigorated by their dances. This doesn’t mean complexity, but it does mean that they want to leave the dance with that energized feeling of really having fully danced. These are the dancers who connect best when their partner is going all-out in their execution. They don’t mind sweat; it makes them feel like they really did something. They don’t mind that feeling of being out of breath. In fact, their perfect dance may leave them feeling just a little drained at the end of a particularly great song.Many Energetic dancers are also fairly rhythm-centric in musical tastes and gravitate to rhythm-centric dances that give them the opportunity to really work their body and find that energized flow. In many cases, this can be a more traditional approach. They're also likely to prize things like "Sabor", "Energia", or the "Spice" of a dance. Starting and stopping constantly, experiments, and standing-and-hugging are not likely to satisfy them fully.Most of the time, someone's preferred receiving language also matches what they put out into the community - but not always. These answers are written with the assumption that you are communicating in the same way you like to receive in dance - but it's a good idea to read some of the other results and see if others apply to you as well. Energetic Dancer Thoughts:"I love capturing the soul of the dance.""It needs more [Sabor/Energia/Spice/Soul]!""The worst thing is when people just stand on the spot and do nothing. How boring!""My favourite music has a nice, strong beat.""I don't mind sweat at all. It means you're really dancing!"Common Trends:Love rhythmic expression; frequently will mention Sabor, Energia, or Spice (if applicable to the dance)Very high energy - can go foreverThe flow and expression of using their whole body thrills themCan be frustrated by being forced to stop and chillPrefer classes where they get to move a lot, as opposed to long explanations or drillsStrengths and WeaknessesEnergetic dancers can dance forever. They're able to just go, go, go - which means you'll usually find them doing everything during the day and dancing all night long.While they may not think of dance as physical fitness, they're really getting a workout whenever they show up. They're there to throw down and sweat - which is a great approach to social dance. Sometimes, they struggle with slowing down and taking it easy - or focusing on a class' more nuanced technical elements. Energetic dancers can be some of the dancers most likely to backlead or ignore partner cues when they get swept away in the passion of the dance. Synergies with Other TypesExpressionEnergetic dancers often do well with Technical Expressives, as they tend to do a lot of rhythm interpretation and be really "into" the dance. Emotive Expressives can be a little too "chill" or "dramatic" to scratch an Energetic's cravings for the passion and energy of the dance. To connect better with Expressives, work on making sure that your energy is appropriate for the type of song that is playing. They're super keyed into music, which is something you can take advantage of to draw them into your rhythm. PlayfulPlayful and Energetic dancers can work well together - as long as the Playful dancer can keep up. Many Playful dancers are pretty laid back, which can lead to Energetic dancers feeling stifled in their rhythmic expression. But, if the Playful dancer has the energy to dance full-out, these are frequently fun, energetic, and low-stress dance connections. To connect better with Playful dancers, give them the smiling, laughing connection they crave. If you make them feel like they have a pathway to your happiness, they're quite likely to find the energy to "keep up" with your never-ending supply! But, if they feel your frustration, they're likely to get discouraged and anxious that they're holding you back. ChallengeChallenge and Energy dancers often do well. Both generally tend to a higher degree of energy, and both like to really push - whether it's feeling the dance in their own body and connecting to that rhythm, or through the level or complexity of their movements. Neither is likely to worry about working up a sweat.To connect better with Challenge dancers, learn how to incorporate some more difficult patterns or tricks to give them that needed complexity. This may not always be needed; sometimes, your energy is enough of a challenge for them to stay engaged!CreativeCreative and Energetic dancers can be a more challenging combination. Whereas the Creative is usually comfortable abandoning rhythm to play with experiments, the Energetic dancer really wants to capture the flavour and energy of the dance. Those breaks can totally throw an Energetic off their game!To connect better with Creatives, Energetics can embrace twisting their rhythms in new and interesting ways. However, a lower-energy Creative may not be able to keep up with the constant rhythm, which means that the Energetic would be best to build in "breathing room" for their partner to get a little downtime. Deep ConnectionDeep Connection and Energetics often struggle as a combination. After all, you need a very good grasp of the dance to bring the energy and preserve that magical feeling. To connect better with Deep Connectors, make sure you start slow and give them the care and comfort they need. Learning how to create a gooey, smooth energetic dance will serve you well to bridge the gap with Deep Connectors and help them feel safe enough to dance full-out with you.Social Dancing Strategies for Energetic Dancers1) Give breathing room. Not everyone can go forever, and not every song is energy from start to finish. Learn how to take it easy, and provide breaks for less energetic partners.2) Pay attention to partner limits and requests. Remember to wait just a little longer to make sure you aren't ahead of your partner, and that they're up for what you're suggesting. 3) Find energy in your own body. Energy can be a very internal experience; it does not have to be outward. There are ways to use your feet, arms, and body to channel the energy you have into your own body - making you a much more compatible partner for less-energetic dancers.Enjoyed learning about your dance love languages? Share this with friends!