DANCE TALK

INTRO TO DANCE TALK:

Hi, Rish here . . . I chose this background because it shows that even nature dances!!  Jelly Fish as they swim around are like the ballet experts of the sea; so smooth and flowing and easy going. And, besides . . . this website builder didn't have very many choices from which to choose for a dancing background.

 

DANCE TALK is going to be a page where (1) I write some personal views and observations about the art of dance; (2) copy and paste some of my favorite articles about the topic; (3) Post some of your comments and thoughts about dance; and, (4)  Post some of the best pics I may see of dancers.

 

SAMENESS

Have you ever wondered why it is that we humans seem to like getting in lines? Or, in-other-words, people so easily follow after others, and are so easily influenced . . . in dress, speech, hair style, drug use, alcohol, language, music and, yes, even in dance. As a dance instructor I've taken advantage of the option of choice in my lessons. I use to tell my children while they were growing up to "Believe none of what you hear . . . and only half of what you see!" Of course this term isn't meant to be literal, but cautionary. It is a quote from the great Benjamin Franklin, who, himself was an astonishing man in intecllect and accomplishments. It's funny how it is that we can hear some things and never REALLY hear them . . . yet when we hear some things we wonder why we did?  I heard this quote from who-knows-who many years ago and it just STUCK in my witto-bitty head. I would imagine that I have said this hundreds of times; and, for me, it has proven to be true and helpful. I truly believe very little of what I may hear from someone. I have to do the research and discover my own truths for myself.

 

So, now let's discuss "DANCE FRAME" for a moment; dance frame---simplified---is the positioning of the man and woman's bodies together as they dance . . . including body, legs and feet. England is said to be the beginning of todays ballroom dance frame. Small clubs around London began to hold dance competitions in the single dance form; and then the first English ballroom dance competition in combined forms was held in March of 1922. To the right is an action picture (not posed) of the first British Professional Ballroom Champions, Maxwell Stewart and Pat Sykes.

 

Notice how Maxwell is looking at his partner?  By today's
standards of frame, this would be a HUGE no-no; as in today's modern frame, it is important to keep the heads apart and often looking in the opposite direction. I am not a fan of the modern frame of dance, hence, Miki and I teach after the frame of this pictured couple . . . to look at each other and be romantic.  There are many aspects of the modern dance frame that are illogical and, to me, quite dysfunctional and silly; hence, we ignore any that are more after etiquette than function. As in all things, some aspects make logical sense for reason and purpose; others are done just because someone . . . somewhere . . . said that it was best . . . not my pursuit in dance instruction.

 

Speaking more about FRAME here in writing wouldn't serve a logical purpose. Seeing is the best way to learn a physical activity like dance. So, come to our lessons or have a look at our videos when they appear.

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