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« Reply #210 on: April 22, 2010, 08:04:37 AM »

well consistent will let the judge notice you more, they look for people that are calm  and consistent in their shaping.... Shocked
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« Reply #211 on: April 22, 2010, 11:37:31 AM »

to be consistent Undecided

"Consistence is Futile. You will be assimilated."

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and once assimilated??? <<insert head scratching emoticon>>
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« Reply #212 on: April 22, 2010, 11:58:54 AM »

to be consistent Undecided

"Consistence is Futile. You will be assimilated."

the Borg
and once assimilated??? <<insert head scratching emoticon>>

you will be part of the hive collective and subject to the whiim of the Borg Queen.....
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« Reply #213 on: April 22, 2010, 02:56:58 PM »

I have a new dancing goal.  I didn't realize it until yesterday.  Shocked  I have for a while had a song in mind that I would like to do a showcase dance to.  I finally got the CD from Amazon last week and I played it for my instructor for the first time last night, and we walked though some choreo ideas.  But more important: I explained the song and its back-story to her, and she totally gets it and gets what I want to do with it.  The song, although it fits the tempo and beat requirements for the dances we'll be doing to it, is far away from typical ballroom dance music emotionally and stylistically. 

This led to a "philosophy of dance" discussion, which is something we do every now and then during a lesson.  But this one went into areas that we really have not discussed previously.  I won't get into it in detail because some of it was rather personal, but basically we both talked about what it feels like to us to dance and to do particular dances, and with particular partners.  I'm entering a new world of artistic expression here.  Up to now, my approach to learning dance has been rather mechanistic, because that's my basic personality. But it's time to spread my wings a bit.

I feel like I've got my neck out a bit on this.  For the first time, it will be necessary for me to really portray a character in dance.  Am I up to it?  I'm not sure yet.  It will require a level of emotional expression in dance that I have not yet achieved.  And then there's the choreo, with its all-important intersection between the emotional and the technical.  My instructor and I are choreographing this ourselves because I don't know that I can explain to a coach what I want to do, and why I want to do it.  But my choreo experience thus far has been limited to making tweaks to existing routines.  And none of those routines was danced to music as stylistically demanding as what I'm doing now. 

I'm also not sure how the showcase audience is going to react to this.  The routine will (if we do it properly) challenge some audience expectations about what ballroom is, or should be.  It's going to be a long routine with more than a few theatrical elements.  There will be a lot of what musicians call "dynamics".  There will be some quite slow and soft moments, and at least one brutally physical moment.  Can we avoid boring the audience to tears?  Will they be willing to suspend disbelief and watch a routine that's going to be north of six minutes long, containing several different styles?

Follow along with me as I go on this new journey for the next few months.  It's going to be a rather sharp contrast to the competition discussion threads.  We don't seem to talk about exhibition/performance dancing much here anyway, and this one isn't going to be the typical showcase.  Should be interesting.
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« Reply #214 on: April 22, 2010, 03:47:28 PM »

C: that sounds both fantastic and delightful - please keep us updated on progress - I'm in awe, not sure I could do it...
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« Reply #215 on: April 22, 2010, 04:02:45 PM »

I feel like I've got my neck out a bit on this.  For the first time, it will be necessary for me to really portray a character in dance.  Am I up to it?  I'm not sure yet.

You're up to it.  Wink Kiss

Follow along with me as I go on this new journey for the next few months.  It's going to be a rather sharp contrast to the competition discussion threads.  We don't seem to talk about exhibition/performance dancing much here anyway, and this one isn't going to be the typical showcase.  Should be interesting.


We don't talk about it because apparently nobody else does it and therefore won't participate in a discussion about it. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #216 on: April 22, 2010, 08:58:17 PM »


We don't talk about it because apparently nobody else does it and therefore won't participate in a discussion about it. Roll Eyes

Well, let's make it our business to fix that.  I'm going to start a new exhibition-dancing thread in the general dance area.
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« Reply #217 on: April 22, 2010, 09:29:56 PM »

go for it... Smiley
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« Reply #218 on: May 12, 2010, 08:49:24 AM »

yes we dont do showcase dancing here either. I think the Arther Murray schools do, only if you do medals then you have your time on the floor but it is not really a floor show.
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« Reply #219 on: May 12, 2010, 11:57:25 AM »

Wouldn't back to back National Champion be nice.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #220 on: May 12, 2010, 01:25:22 PM »

Wouldn't back to back National Champion be nice.  Roll Eyes
I'd take it.

Heck, I'd take back-to-back Mississauga champions Undecided
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« Reply #221 on: May 13, 2010, 09:14:06 AM »

to get snappier in tango Cool
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« Reply #222 on: May 28, 2010, 04:03:51 AM »

Wouldn't back to back National Champion be nice.  Roll Eyes

I hope that we could do that in our level at the Aussies Shocked
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« Reply #223 on: May 28, 2010, 04:37:22 AM »

To dance my best at practise - at a competition!
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« Reply #224 on: May 28, 2010, 12:06:09 PM »

I just want to be a better dancer.  Roll Eyes
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