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    01/16/2009

Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto. Does it Start on the 1-beat or the 2-beat?

You like potato and I like potahto
You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto.
Let's call the whole thing off

Remember the song?

It brings to mind the discussions on dancing. Is Hustle &123 or 12&3? I watch "&1" Hustle instructors demonstrate moves by stopping after the "&1"
and starting the pattern on the "2". Although I can't reconcile myself to do that, and feel the music and dance starts on the "one", once we get moving it all works out until we stop. I enjoy dancing one way and others prefer something different.

In Salsa do you can break on the "1" or on the "2" or on the "5" or "6"? I dance Salsa/Mambo on the "Two" and use my body to accent the "Four-One".

Most Salsa dancers use their feet to accent the music. I don't but I watch, admire and listen to them and even switch when the need arises.

I spent several hours researching the Mambo/Salsa/Hustle comments and discussions on the internet tonight and have only concluded that good dancers should dance the way they and their partner feel comfortable. That doesn't make some "right" and others "wrong". Dancers feel and interpret the music differently and the music varies from song to song and style to style. We also dance the way we were taught. We also stopped telling "Left Handed" students they were wrong years ago. The social dancer is only "wrong" when making their partner uncomfortable or causing chaos on the dance floor.

The dance tip part is this. When taking a class listen to the instructor and try it the way it's being taught. That doesn't mean you have to dance that way later but is does mean you can add another viewpoint to you knowledge base. More knowledge means you know more about a particular subject.

I think flexible dancers are better than rigid ones.


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