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  Paso Doble

Sometimes referred to as the Spanish One-step, the "Paso" as it is affectionately known is a dance of the Bullfight which portrays the Toreador (Bullfighter) and his partner is the Cape (Cappa or Capa). The Paso Doble dance became quite popular during the 1920s and later became the rage in Paris with the upper classes around the 1930's (which explains the many French terms used in the dance).

The dance is a very masculine Theatrical Ballroom type couples dance in nature with many dramatic poses, Leaps, Stomps and much attitude. The dance was created to mimic the movements of the Toreador and the Bullfight.

    Foxtrot

Foxtrot:  Key characteristics of the dance are smooth, gliding steps with a heel lead, controlled movement and an easygoing look. The Foxtrot is an all-purpose dance that can be performed to many different styles of music. The music is in 4/4 time, and about 32 bars per minute.

                                            01/16/2009

Are Dance Judges Always Right?

Are the Judges correct? (Referring to ABC-TV Dancing with the stars show on 6/29/05)

I'm sure many of you dancers have been watching the weekly live series on ABC called "Dancing with the Stars" As in any competition we all have our favorites but what about the judges. Were you like Judy and I and mostly agree with the Judges comments or do you feel they were wrong?  (Note:  Dance Judges are ALWAYS RIGHT, If you feel that the Judges are wrong, please re-read the previous statement.)

The dance tip of the week is for everyone who dances. Watch the show and look for what you need to look for if you were judging. We aren't judges but we do have our opinions and have listed below is what we would look for. Does anyone agree or disagree?

1. Does the dance look recognizable? Or, are there too much theatrics?  Remember one of the "Foxtrot's" was wonderful to watch, but the Judge chastised them - They were doing what would have probably won them a  medal, if the dance event was called "Cabaret," but their dance was NOT Foxtrot!

2. Was the Posture appropriate for the dance style?  Each dance has an appropriate mood and style, and, in particular, the "smooth" dances (Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, and Paso-Doble) all have distinct requirements for appropriate posture.  Watch your favorite dancers, no matter what they are dancing -- now notice their posture.  Do you see something distinctive?

3. Timing, is it crisp or sloppy?  One of the easiest distinctions between "just dancing" and "gee-whiz" dancing is crisp moves by the dancers, in perfect time with the music and it's proper phrasing.

4. Selection of music? Is it good for the dance style or not?  If you watched the Paso-Doble's only one of the dancers selected an appropriate Paso-Doble music piece.  It's very hard to LOOK CHARACTERISTIC for the dance, when the music isn't characteristic.

5. Costume? Is the dancewear appropriate for the dance style. (except for one couple mostly not on this show) 6. Flexibility and smoothness of movement. Do the dancers flow across the floor and move cleanly together?  If you watched this show, most of the costumes would have been far more appropriate for "Latin" dances (Rumba, Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo) than for the smooth dances that were being judged.

If you can recognized the above traits in the dancers performing you already know far more about dancing than you think. If you don't, try to practice next Wednesday. (Tape the show while you are attending our classes)


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