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          (01/16/2009 wh)

(Dance Tips for better Country and Western (C&W), Ballroom, Swing, West Coast Swing (WCS) and all kinds of dancing)

...Moves, Patterns and Choreography

These are terms used throughout all types of dancing. Many who are new to dancing can only guess at their meaning and how each relates to dancing. To keep things basic we will only refer to the above terms as related to couples dancing. There are probably more profound explanations for the above terms but below is my interpretations of them.

 

Moves - These are the basic building blocks in the art of giving your dancing some variety. Most moves that you first learn should be related to basic patterns of the dance. In WCS the first moves learned are the "Sugar Push", "Right Side Pass" and "Left Side Pass". Usually a basic "Eight Count Whip" is learned next. Further simple moves build off these. All dances start with basic moves. Some relate to several different dances. The "Box Step" is a basic move that is learned by all beginning dancers and can be used in several different "Smooth" and "Rhythm" dances.  When you learn a different move it's important to learn the proper technique associated with that dance. Ask any experienced dancer and they will tell you how hard it is to un-learn (is that a word) bad technique.  

 

Patterns - Some dancers interchange this term with "moves" I do also but it really refers to what happens when you link a couple of basic moves together. An example is when you dance right and left "Cross Over Breaks" in Cha-Cha and add in a Lady's Spot Turn. (I call this a Military Turn).  Another example is a "Triple Twinkle" in Waltz and Foxtrot. For you Two-Steppers, "Lariats", "Lacing" and "Sliding Doors" are popular patterns.

 

Everyone likes to start dancing patterns. Once learned they become easier to dance. When men first learn a pattern they need to watch out for their partner. Most new men dancers try to put every lady through the new pattern.  Just keep in mind that all women dance and react to leads differently. The most admired male dancers not only know enough patterns, but also how to interpret the lady's reaction to the lead. They then make adjustments in frame and footwork reacting to the lady. The most avoided men just plow on ahead virtually ignoring their partner in the quest to finish the pattern.

 

That's just plain bad dancing.

 

Choreography - When advanced couples want to challenge themselves they can learn showcase routines. These are used mostly in studio and club shows as well as competitions. A few couples can put together their own choreography. Most couples rely on professional dance teachers and coaches to supply a made to order choreographed routine. Some of the best choreography has been worked out in advance by the teacher and works well with the chosen music and dance. Choreography worked out "On the Fly" often is hard to execute and more costly in the long run. If you and your partner want to showcase your dancing ask your instructor to teach you a proven choreographed routine. You may be able to purchase such a routine on video tape. If you do, ask about private lessons to help get the right technique. Purchasing and learning a choreographed routine can be very costly. If you want to keep the cost down follow these steps. 

 

1. Get choreography suited to your dance level and physical ability. 

2. Once purchased, learn the routine completely. 

3. Set up periodic coaching lessons to help with technique. 

4. Practice until you master what you were taught. 

5. Videotape yourself repeatedly and compare each time. 

5. Don't schedule another session with the teacher until you are satisfied with what you learned and practiced.

 

One final word on choreographed routines. Don't use them during social dances unless you and your partner are alone on the floor. No matter how few,other dancers are on the floor you will conflict with each other.   Also, If you are competing this is absolutely the worst time to practice.

 

 

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