Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Had a snowy and cold past few days, so we are sticking close to home.
This gave me ample time to spend lots of time dancing. Youtube is a great resource for travelling through the world of dance! I watched latin ballroom lessons, soul line dances,
Cajun/zydeco dancing, and discovered a line dancer in Malaysia (under "senipadu")
that is the best line dancer that I have ever seen! "Senipadu" has over 700 Youtube entries!
She is my dance hero. And yet..... I have to find my own artistic identity.
It is interesting to observe the different dance styles. I have quite a variety of step sheets and music already, but I got additional ones off the internet. It was lots of fun to try to imitate the different styles. I lost track of how long I was dancing, but I'd say several hours.
I did reaffirm that my main focus is line dancing. Current line dances uses all types of music. I love the variety of music, culture, imagery, beats, and movement patterns.
I would not want to give that up to something that has lots of rules (like ballroom and especially ballet.....not a big fan of ballet.....although I very much like graceful movement).
I would say that the styling of a particular line dance is more of a suggestion of a genre, showing the influence, rather than a strict adherence to that form of dance.
So, I am going to communicate this thought to my dance teacher and then see what she'd suggest. I do feel I need some feedback of some sort. Her studio does have a wall of mirrors and, of course, she has seen a lot of dancing. So, between the mirror and her comments, I will get responses that I otherwise would not. I feel that I do have enough background to recognize and appreciate quality dancing when I see it, but need to work on imitating that movement myself. I have to really notice a lot of details about the way someone dances to try to get the same feel.
This has been quite a flurry of new ideas, images, and activity. Now I need to chose and focus!