Components of good dancing

Adam Hughes

Message 34722 · 2 Apr 2003 18:24:41 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

Previous message: "Back to dancing" (Richard Goss)
Next message: Casting (Richard Goss)
Previous in thread: "Back to dancing" (SnowshoeTS)
Next in thread: Components of good dancing (Adam Hughes)

Garth set me thinking... (since I was going to make a different
indignant reaction like Richard's ;-))

What does it take to dance well?

How does that differ from the skills needed to be a good dancer?

For the first, I can think of three:
1) A good knowledge (and the ability to exercise that knowledge) of the
dance you are doing, or at least the figures and the segues from one
figure to the next, including phrasing and moving with the music.
2) A good knowledge and practical ability with the steps, including
timing and maintaining rhythm.
3) A good relationship with the other dancers, or at least the ability
to relate to and acknowledge them on the fly.

For the second, I'm not sure.
Dancing *with* the other people is important, I think.
Dancing to the music is important too, I think.
Being able to recover when you make a mistake is important too.
But is knowledge of dances or figures or steps really important?

Previous message: "Back to dancing" (Richard Goss)
Next message: Casting (Richard Goss)
Previous in thread: "Back to dancing" (SnowshoeTS)
Next in thread: Components of good dancing (Adam Hughes)
A Django site.