In recent years (by recent I mean anything from the sixties on) much ado regarding the difference between the Rhumba walks in American Style contrasted to that of what is now known as International Style has been a hot topic to which continuous emphasis is lent with the emergence of each new generation of dancers.
The world of children is one of magical moments. And then we send them to school... First we kill the magic by making them understand, giving logical explanations for all we can see. Then we kill the fun, because once you understand, you can’t do everything you would like to do (knowing the consequences).
Anthony Hurley discusses the process of adjudicating to give insight to how it should be done. Adjudicating is without doubt a very responsible, highly qualified and often daunting position. To be engaged as an adjudicator one has the confidence that the organiser of the event is also confident that your expertise, experience and honesty will give the competitors a fair crack of the whip and a result that records the dance performances seen on the day.
As it happens to all teachers and coaches, sometimes I am asked to help a couple achieve what another teacher or coach had asked of them. If the couple is a competitive couple, I am often asked to explain how to create more volume, and I always end-up with the same feelings and questions: Why would volume be so important? How can I help and satisfy this couple?
From Leonid Pletnev I made up my mind to write this series dictated by time, according to my own convictions of the necessity to express my opinion and at numerous desires of my friends...
By Leonid Pletnev “Dear friend! This time I’m writing to you from Blackpool — the dance Mecca, the sacred place for every dancer…” That was the beginning of my German friend’s letter which...
In all (good) dancing, the character of the music will influence the performance of the dancers significantly. The “true” character of each of the ten dances is given by definition of our technique books and the tradition of teaching and performing. Therefore the use of music displaying the characteristic values of the dance concerned is essential.
By Michael Herdlitzka Quality of movement can be evaluated by the factors “contents” and “form”. Form describes how a movement looks like. Often in arts and also some sports there are rules or...
How we can express sensuality during our performance? A famous Latin American Dancer Teacher said “Dancers’ sexiness is similar to high class prostitutes.” Was he right? An examination of the differences between sensuality and sexuality in dancing.
The aim of this study was to analyze the role and importance of touch, visual contact, and weight bearing/giving (TWV), within dance partnerships. The dance styles observed consisted of ballet, ballroom, Argentine Tango, contemporary and contact improvisation.