What are Shines and WHY do I need to learn them?

Shines are a series of steps danced by one person (solo) typically to practice the basic steps, show off during a break in a song or when partners lose connection and wish to remain on time. They make use of the basic steps and fundamentals to aid in the development of timing, body movement and weight transfer in relation to the rhythm of the music. They are practical in the studio and on the dance floor. As you learn and expose yourself to the social scene of Latin dancing you will realize the prestige and excitement associated with great shines among experienced dancers. Most importantly, the better your shines are the more confidence you will have, your technique will improve exponentially in comparison to those who only take partner work classes.