The term “Acrobatic Swing Dance Majestique” is a new term that I have come up with. If you have ever seen a Dancers Show on TV or even an episode of Dancing with the Stars, you will notice that the dancers all seem to be put together and ready to party. The problem with this is that we never really see them swing. Their routines are all set up around gymnastics or some other type of spinning act. This is where the term “Mestre” comes from.
A Mestre is a female dancer who holds the club (or sometimes the pole) in one hand while swinging with the other. Sometimes they use both hands, but only for spinning. They can perform amazing feats such as flips, turns, tumbles and acrobatic moves. If you have ever watched a Mestre do any of these amazing things on tv, you would notice that they rarely use their legs at all during the entire routine.
So why don’t they? There are several reasons that dancers stay away from performing these complicated moves. One is because they can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Another reason is that most people would rather watch a male dancer do the moves instead of a female. You can spot a female Mestre doing any of these moves on TV, but you wouldn’t see a male doing it.
Beginner Acrobatic Swings
So, what is the solution then? I believe that the next step for male and female ballroom dancers alike is to learn how to do the simple aerial moves that are common among the male and female Mestres. These aerial moves aren’t complicated, but they are functional and can be applied at any point during the routines.
To execute the basic aerial moves, begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms hanging down by your sides. Position yourself so that your center of gravity is directly above the ground. You should be balanced on your elbows and forearms. You should be positioned so that you’re not leaning forward, but rather, your body is straight. From here, you should be ready to jump into a lunge by extending your right leg out in front of you and then swing it up into the air.
From here you should extend your left leg in the opposite direction and swing it out in front of you while pivoting onto the outstretched pole in the air. Your arms should be spread widely and your entire body should be concave. The goal here is to create an ‘L’ shape with your hips and legs. Once you have done this, you should twist your body the opposite way so that you are now facing the pole. At this point, your arms should be extended straight out and your body should be fully concave.
When you reach the top of the lunge, you should have everything completely in line. This would mean that both your arms shoulders, hips, legs, and feet are in perfect balance. From here, you can start to lift your body up off of the ground with ease. By lifting your body high off of the ground, it will be easier for you to perform the difficult pole dancing steps that are part of the routine.
The whole point of these motions is to keep your entire body in constant motion. If you use a pole that is too short, it will force you to twist your torso at an unnatural angle. For example, if your pole is too short you won’t be able to get the full range of motion that you need to. The same goes for poles that are too tall. The height may cause you to get stuck in a single position instead of being able to shift around. It is important that you always use the proper height when it comes to these dancing steps.