In Brazilian Zouk, the leader’s body plays a great role in leading.
A lead that is done mostly with the body, as opposed to arms, is almost always far more comfortable and clear. Using the body to lead can also help the leader to dance himself, instead of just moving the follower around.
I do not lead with my arm.
He who leads with his arm has forgotten the face of his father.
I lead with my body.
– Part of the Leader’s Catechism, from Stephen King’s imaginary dance novel.
The body leads in at least three different ways: visually, through body contact, and as the source of a lead done with hand contact. Often, all of these play a role in leading the same movement.
Visual leading means the leader uses his own movement to indicate what the follower should do. This type of leading consists of intuitive