This is written in the spirit of “Thinking in public” for West Coast Swing
It is by no means an authoritative guide, but more of a snapshot of my (novice) current understanding of the idea. Feedback is welcome!
Be comfortable in leading or following basic patterns
Denoising the connection
This leads to one pattern influencing the next, giving a consistent flow to the dance
Reduce the amount of work/force required to lead any given pattern - as the follower is already partially prepared for the movement - only a very light lead is required.
Reduce cognitive load for both leader and followers by constraining the space of possible patterns
Give follower more time to figure out appropriate styling based on upcoming movement
If the follower knows (roughly) what pattern is coming next, it is easier for them to plan musicality and variations that are compatible with the next pattern.
When follower does the projection - it allows them to request (the characteristics of) next pattern
You create a projection by adjusting your position, pitch or rotation at the end of preceding pattern (~through last 2 counts of it)
People often talk about wcs/concept/slot as "train tracks" - you can imagine leader stepping onto one of the rails or staying in the middle as a way to indicate the direction of next pattern to the follower.
If the leader is off to a side - they are inviting the follower to pass on the other side of them
it's not necessarily something that you do deliberately
sometimes it happens that you naturally end up, say on a side of the slot as you execute a movement
default instinct is to "square up" to the follower on anchor
but you can also interpret that as "naturally occurring" projection
and remain on that side of the slot as you anchor, pick new movement appropriately
arguably can create a better "flow" in the dance
things people miss
keep hand "in the slot"
when you offset to the side a natural inclination is to stay square and keeping your frame
turns the follower to the side communicating unintended rotation
instead your connection point should stay approximately the same place as if you were anchoring normally
you turn out your body to offset
sufficient? need to turn wrist too
keep connection point neutral
presumably if you gonna lead inside roll from the left or otside on the right - this is where you want to project both side and rotation
whip also requires rotation
up & down (pitch) projection from ESS Camp
subtle - breathe in/out
projection from the follower side
request for pattern on that side
important to do it at the end bc otherwise leader will match you to get square ish