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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Live, listen or dance?

Listen or Dance to Live Music.
It has now become pretty clear that there are two different factions in the fan division of Live Music. And many people are in both, with the clear love of music - coming direct from the artists themselves. But the days of huge stadiums are dwindling fast because not only do they want to hear the music but they want to see the performers clearly. And for most listeners, it is "I know what I like." Fair enough.

"Everything we hear may be an opinion, not a fact. Everything
we see may be just a perspective, not the truth."


For Dancers, there are many more options and you can dance in many different styles. You can dance partner dancing, line dancing and even solo. And there are many complications for those that have studied long and hard. For the average social dancer it is just fun and not many complicated moves. Then there was, right after the WW1, Rudolf Labans, 1879 - 1958.

"La Golondrina" by Placido Domingo


The Five Basic Moves in all dances: And Rudolf Labans' advice for social dancers was to use the KISS method. (keep it simple, stupid.)

1. Gesture: Any movement not connected with supporting the body's weight. (same as Posturing.)

2. Stepping: Transferring the weight from one support to another.

3. Loco motor Movements: Any movements that move the dancer from one location to another.

4. Jumping: Any movement without a point of support.

5. Turning: Any movement that changes the position of the front.

The Mayan Indian Civilizations in Mexico had ten different basic moves,
but then, what the hell did they know?


A prime example of the evolution of dancing terminology:
Social turning in waltz, rumba, foxtrot or whatevah, may have the lead turning to his left (the Left Turn) and is one of the most basic moves in any dance. He will lead to his right (the Right Turn) at times but not as often. In the upper echelons of dance, the right turn for the lead is called the Natural Turn. And the left turn is called the Reverse Turn. So how do you like them potatoes? If we think about it, we may find an even more difficult way of doing this. Remember the KISS method.