What dance is it? It’s a mystery, isn’t it? Seems like a lot of people who are new to this have asked that question at one time or another. And the answer is, most of the time, it doesn’t much matter which one you do.
I must admit, however, that it’s different when you’re dancing in any type of ballroom competition. In that case, it very much matters what you do. Of course, you’ll know in advance and the name of the dance will be announced.
In reality, you can do a number of different things to the same song.
Crazy, right? Just make sure you’re expressing the music. Isn’t it true that 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 moving to popular music. In many cases, pop music is not designed with a particular dance rhythm. Coordinate your moves with the feeling of the music and you’re dancing – plain & simple.
Here are some examples of ballroom dance expressions.
- Happy – Carefree – Cool – Mellow
- Sad – Melancholy – Introspective
- Romantic – Sexy – Hot
- Playful – Party Animal – Loud
- Passionate – Strong – Aggressive
These are probably the most common 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
To illustrate, see if you agree with this assessment of the character of the music. You can find each of these songs on YouTube.
Foxtrot, 1: “Fly Me to the Moon” … Frank Sinatra
Waltz, 2 & 3: “Come Away with Me” … Norah Jones
Tango, 5 & 3: “El Tango de Roxanne” … Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
Rumba, 3: “Falling Into You” … Celine Dion
Cha Cha, 3 & 4: “Uptown Funk” … Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Swing, 1 & 4: “When I Get Low, I Get High” … The Speakeasy Three
Hustle, 4: “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. See how it really doesn’t matter? Feel like you need some help finding the beat? Please check out this Dance Safari post called, “Rhythmically Challenged? It’s All in Your Head“.
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