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Let's Dance!

For centuries, people have expressed feelings and ideas through music and body language. This must be how dancing originated. Dance has since evolved to assume an - integral role in social, religious, ceremonial, and spiritual functions across cultures. Different types of dance demand different techniques.

Generally speaking, tap, folk, cha-cha, tango, salsa, ballroom, waltz, hip-hop, rumba, foxtrot and traditional-ethnic dance all engage the entire torso to a certain extent. More specifically, each dance format requires a unique combination of body movements that serve to accentuate the respective styles.

Ballet, for instance, provides along-standing foundation for - a great variety of dance steps. It requires adherence to a rigid set of positions, postures and footwork. On the other hand, modern dance, a form of subculture resistance to ballet moves, tends to place greater prominence on the flexibility of the trunk.

This fluidity (or, some say, the lack of it) is a stark contrast to classical Kit principles of precision, consistency and continuity. Meanwhile, Jazz seems to best combine qualities of both - schools because it fuses the strengths of ballet with the non-traditional grooves of modern dance. If you are thinking of trying out various dance forms, consider taking trial lessons from professionals so that you can ascertain what suits you. Think you've got two left feet? Fret not. Pick up these dance do's and don'ts and waltz your blues away!

  • Good dance posture is an absolute necessity. Maintain your stance at all times. Although technique applications and energy levels vary across dance styles, you must find your balance. If your weight is not evenly distributed over your feet, you will have difficulty transferring your weight from one foot to the other while moving in time to the music. Picture your body as three blocks, consisting of head, ribs and pelvic area. Attempt to balance them perfectly, and move each block with the others in a synchronised way. Keeping good balance permits flexibility and ease of movement. With this knowledge, you can strive to maximise movement with minimal effort at all times.
  • Drop your self-consciousness and build confidence by practising consistently. Only then can you move naturally and with agility, without having to think about your steps. Train your feet to respond readily to the beat of the music so you can skirt away, without apparent effort.
  • If your timing is off, no amount of nifty footwork or fancy embellishments can save you. When in doubt, listen for the drum or bass in the music because that's the rhythm you are supposed to jive on the beat to. Don't sing along with the melody, as lyrics rarely match the dance tempo. Save your stellar vocals for a KTV session.
  • After a dance class, be sure to take notes on what you've learnt. Draw out actions or use common terms to help you in your revision as visuals and generalisations can help you recall steps and sequences faster and more easily.
 

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