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  (01/16/2009 wh)

Phrasing your dance to the music

Some of us hear this term applied to dancing but what is it and how does phrasing make my dancing better. To understand how phrasing applies to dancing we want to look at the music. A phrase of music is a complete musical paragraph or thought. An example is Waltz music that has an eight bar phrasing. If each beat equals one step in 3/4 Waltz time then we will complete one bar or measure of music with three steps.

Listen to a good Waltz song and find a complete musical paragraph. If you start at the first beat of the paragraph and count bars or measures you will most likely come up with 4 or 8 measures. This is your musical phrase. Listen to the Song "Funny Familiar Forgotten Feeling" sung by Tom Jones. Start counting on the first beat of music. There are 8 measures before Tom starts singing. Keep counting and you will begin to see the pattern.

The matching of the dance to the musical phrasing doesn't mean too much to the social dancer but it can make you more aware of your dancing. If you have ever accidentally "Hit a Line" in your dancing just as a musical phrase ended you get a little jolt like you just did something cool. If you are dancing in Showcases or Competitions phrasing is all important.

Make your dancing more synchronized to the musical phrasing and look cool all the time. If you dance West Coast Swing or Tango this will really make it sizzle.

Check out this link for more information as related to West Coast Swing and phrasing - http://www.eijkhout.net/lead_follow/hit_the_breaks.html

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