Where is the Magic in our minds? The words bored, tired, disappointed as mentioned in your research coming from judges, competitors and audience may tell us something about dancing as it is experienced nowadays....
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).
Len Goodman is surely is one of the great minds we have in our business. The combination of a wonderful sense of humor, fantasy and a holistic view on dancing, combined with the ability to put his views into words in a very understandable and vivid way makes him one of the greatest lecturers in the world.
Animals do dance. No question about that. If you ever watched animal behaviour you certainly will agree. Especially in the mating-season they show wonderful and complex patterns of formalized and stylised steps and movements, interacting with a possible partner. A distinct choreography that must be followed in order to be “successful” (whatever that may be).
A good friend of mine did primary school and decided that was enough. He was seen as “not one of the brightest” at school. At this moment he is a tycoon in Holland, advising companies and ministers alike, giving lectures everywhere and running some 20 companies of his own.
To limit the judging of any performance to the objective and (by definition) rigid elements only would be an insult to the performer and disallow development in dancing. Apart from the pure fact that judging is done by means of our senses, in itself very subjective instruments to measure anything at all.
WDC EducationMaster: Fred Bijster april 2011 Trapped in time Very often we can hear people say “in my days………” or words of the same meaning. Also in dancing these terms are used quite often. And...