Don’ts For Dancers #6

Don’t dance with bent knees. Bent knees suggest an ancient cab-horse on its last pathetic stagger or a performing chimpanzee gyrating round its keeper. The knees should be ready to bend when necessary, but most of the actual “play” should come from the ankle and the ball of the foot.

Don’ts For Dancers by Karsinova, © A&C Black 2008, originally published 1925

Don’ts For Dancers #5

Don’t dance before you know how to walk and hold yourself properly. Bear in mind that poise and balance are essential to graceful dancing.

Don’ts For Dancers by Karsinova, © A&C Black 2008, originally published 1925

Don’ts For Dancers #4

Special advice for morris mollies and sword betties everywhere…

Don’t be unhappy because you are wearing an old frock. Remember that it is not so old to other people as it is to you. You may think it shabby, but you are invariably more critical than they. And it isn’t your frock, but the way you dance that matters to your partners.

Don’ts For Dancers by Karsinova, © A&C Black 2008, originally published 1925

Don’ts for Dancers #3

Don’t say your dancing days are done. Your dancing days are never done until you are confined to a bath chair for exercise.

Don’ts For Dancers by Karsinova, © A&C Black 2008, originally published 1925

Don’ts For Dancers #2

Don’t say you are too tired to dance because you have had a tiring day. Your mind and your muscles need change of exercise, and dancing gives you this in a happy atmosphere. The exhilaration of the music and the stimulus of your fellow-dancers’ society will make you forget that you are fagged out.

Don’ts For Dancers by Karsinova, © A&C Black 2008, originally published 1925