Martin Sheffield wrote:
I am constantly amazed and saddened by the lack of physical coordination
and sense of rhythm of many members of the public. Is it the same in
other countries? or is it something lacking in French education?
There's a fair amount of that here in the US too. When I attended grade
school, standard first few grades' "physical education" included rhythmic
training: we walked, hopped, galloped, skipped, etc. in a circle to piano
rhythms supplied by the teacher. After the first time, we were expected
to shift our steps to match changes in the music. We also did traditional
American "play-party" games, done to sung verses (e.g. "Go in and out the
By the time my children attended public school that had all been
In my teens, social dancing (parties and dances) included a wide variety
of dances: fox-trot, lindy-hop, two-step, rhumba, samba, and for a few
who knew it, the tango. The band would play mostly the first two, but
after two or three dances of one rhythm it would then shift, and most of
us (teenagers) stayed on the floor for everything. I've often wondered if
learning to move to music at 6 - 8 years made possible such a wide
variety of social dancing.
The result was far more varied than what I have see on current dance
floors via TV.