Is It Harder To Lead Or To Follow
Anyone can be a Lead or a Follow! Whichever category you fall in, I’m sure you’ve wondered whether your role is more difficult than your counterpart’s. Is it more challenging to guide your Follow through intricate patterns or to constantly interpret your Leader’s (sometimes subtle!), intentions? To answer this question, it’s important that we understand the roles.
The Job Of A Lead
There’s no denying that a successful Lead is an excellent multi-tasker. Not only do they have to know their footwork, it’s important that they know their partner’s footwork as well. A good Lead will always be able to maneuver their partner without running into any pesky support beams, walls, or off the dance floor. The Lead’s job becomes difficult in that, while they’re controlling the movement, they’re doing so with all of the necessary technique and styling that the dance requires.
The Job Of A Follow
If the Lead is the engine the dance, the Follow is the design. An excellent Follow knows how to make a piece look beautiful while being technically correct. The job of the Follow is made harder due to the fact that they cannot assume what their Lead wants, they have to react. A good Follow someone who understands the spontaneous nature of partner dancing and can adapt accordingly.
The Tough Answer
The truth is, there is no definitive answer to the question of who’s job is harder. It is widely regarded as a subjective topic, but perhaps the answer closest to the truth is that both jobs have vastly different challenges to overcome. No matter which role a dancer finds themselves in, one of their greatest tasks is having respect for the strength’s and weakness their partner will face in their role. A dancer is not successful without harmony with their partner.
To sum everything up, the most harmonious partnership is one grounded in mutual respect. Remembering that you’re not the most important person on the dance floor and doing everything in your power to take care of your other half is the key to a successful performance.