It’s a mystery, isn’t it?
Every dancer has asked that question at one time or another. And the answer is, most of the time, it doesn’t matter what dance you do.
Before we get into that, there is a difference between social dancing and competitive dancing. If you’re dancing in a ballroom competition, it very much matters what dance you do. You will know in advance and the name of the dance will be announced.
But, when you’re social dancing, you can do a number of dances to the same song. Crazy, right? It’s true. Just make sure you’re expressing the music. When the song and your moves are in sync you’re pretty much one with the music and you can’t beat that!
The idea of matching the mood of the music to the character of the dance is the way to go when you’re dancing to popular music. Pop music is not designed with a particular dance rhythm. Coordinate your moves to the mood of the music and you’re dancing – plain & simple.
How do you feel about these dance moods?
- Happy – Carefree – Cool – Mellow
- Sad – Melancholy – Introspective
- Romantic – Sexy – Hot
- Playful – Party Animal – Loud
- Passionate – Strong – Aggressive
Here are some useful social dances. Let’s see how they match up with the moods.
Foxtrot – 1 Waltz – 2, 3 Tango – 5, 3 Rumba – 3
Cha Cha – 3, 4 Swing – 1, 4 Hustle – 4
That’s my opinion, anyway. Let’s see if we can find a few examples. You can find each of these songs on YouTube.
Foxtrot … “Fly Me to the Moon” … Frank Sinatra
Waltz … “Come Away with Me” … Norah Jones
Tango … “El Tango de Roxanne” … Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
Rumba … “Falling Into You” … Celine Dion
Cha Cha … “Uptown Funk” … Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Swing … “When I Get Low, I Get High” … The Speakeasy Three
Hustle … “Rock with You” … Michael Jackson
So, mess around with the music and see how it makes you feel. Then match it up with some of the moves you’re learning and you’ll be dancing. Feel like you need some help finding the beat? Please check out my post called, “Rhythmically Challenged? It’s All in Your Head“.
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