Champion ballroom dancer and So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy shows us how to get a leg up.

path to a perfect dip

First Turn

Dips are easiest coming out of a turn: Stand facing your partner with one hand in his and the other firmly resting on his shoulder. Let him twirl you by tucking you underneath his arm, then corralling you in.

Then Dip

As the turn finishes, your partner steps to the side and bends into a lunge. Then, with one of his hands wrapped firmly around your waist and the other cradling the base of your neck, let him gently lower you in the direction of his knee. Support yourself by hugging his shoulders.

Finally, Point

Once you've dipped toward his knee, transfer your weight onto the foot closest to him. Pushing your hips forward, point your other leg and foot in the air.