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And some dance links from around the web to get your weekend started:
– We’ll all miss Shirley Temple and remember her legacy.
– How dance benefits the circulatory system.
– With all the talk of dance at the Olympics, here’s a good read on why ballet is an art, not a sport.
– As a writer & a dancer, I love this e-course that combines the two to make you a better dancer.
As a dancer you hear your teacher correct the same mistakes over and over again. And as a teacher you say those same phrases over and over again.
“Point your toes.”
“Straighten your knees.”
“Stand up straight.”
“Don’t look down.”
These phrases become so much a part of our dance class that they start to go in one ear and out the other. They become a little cliche. Just like this music tip. “Think outside the genre.”
Gone are the days where we had to go to our list of “ballet music,” our stack of “tap records” or our old “jazz standards.” Once students are old enough to hear the music and keep their technique true to its style, there’s no reason to not shake things up enough. It’s easy to take a piece of music we would once stamp as a lovely instrumental ballet and turn it into an intricate rhythm tap number. Like this rendition of “Pumped Up Kicks” by the Vitamin String Quartet.
Or maybe turn an R&B piece into a funky ballet number. Like this remix of Janet Jackson’s “Someone to Call My Lover.”
Pair an offbeat track with classical movements. Or classical movements with an offbeat track. Either way, put your own spin on a not-so-traditional song and see what happens.
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As a kid, I’d dance to almost anything. A dripping faucet. Banging on pots and pans. My parents reprimanding me. (That last one hardly ever works out in your favor, FYI.) These days, now that I’m not a kid anymore, I’m always looking for new music to dance to. And that’s one of my focuses here on the blog. With your help, of course, I’m out to create a database of music to dance to. For class. For performance. For jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop. Heck, for dancing in your car. Why not?
So, if you’re looking for a certain type of music, let me know. I want to help you find it. Instrumental jazz with a tribal beat? Let’s find it. Soft shoe music with a modern twist. Let’s do it. And let’s choreograph it and dance until the day ends.
What do you say? Are you in? We’ve got music to dance to.