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Sunday Dance Information Email 09-04-03

  (03/21/2013 wh)                                                                          

Odds and Ends for this week's dance action in Tidewater

Hello Dancers... From our Weekly Newsletter

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Hello Dancers,
What a busy time we had last Sunday. Two months of Two-Step moves reviewed
in one hour. As usual, all our dancers came through fine. Anyone who
wonders if the dancers are really learning Two-Step just had to wait until
we played the first Two-Step song later in the night. The floor was filled
with dancers.

This week we start on Cha-Cha for the entire month of September. Basic will
be covered each week at 6:30 then one cool move after another all during
the month.
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The song of the week is what else but a Cha-Cha as in Della Reese "Cha-Cha
Cha" album. The song "Whatever Lola Wants" is a moderate tempo Cha-Cha at
112 bpm and like all her songs on this album it has a fabulous beat. I
bought this album several years ago and was one of my best dance CD
investments. At the time it was very hard to find but happily it still is
in print and available at where else but Amazon.com. Every one of the
tracks is a Cha-Cha. You can go out and purchase this CD or come on out
Sunday night and dance to this and many more great Cha-Cha songs.
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The web site of the week is located at http://www.ilovemusic.com

I was searching for information on the Night Club Two-Step and ran across
this web site and it's reference to Buddy Schwimmer. There are several
references on the internet to Buddy as the "inventor" of this dance. From
the looks of things I don't think he invented what is being danced in UCWDC
competitions. Anyway, that is another subject altogether and part of a one
sided discussion as to why I dislike the dance.
The web site is run by Phil Seyer. The site has lots of information about
music and dancing and a little animated clip on NC2. I also liked the
tutorial on listening to music on Amazon. Nice web site work. Also see the
tips section below.
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Tip of the week:
Like many other dancers I refer the Cha-Cha and Swing as syncopated dances.
While looking at some information on the above site I read a piece written
by Phillip Seyer on this subject. We exchanged some correspondence and as a
result I am no longer referring to these dances as syncopated dances
strictly on the basis of how we utilize stepping on both "on" and
"in-between" the beats. Below is most of the content of the email from
Phillip on this subject. It's a little long for this letter but very
interesting.
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"In music, splitting the beat is definitely not syncopation, although many
dance teachers use the term this way. To me this is just flat out wrong and
seems to come from a lack of understanding of music. Some try to justify it
saying that this is dance terminology. But so many also say, *in music*,
splitting the beat is syncopation. Not true!

In music there are 3 types of syncopation.

1. Accenting a beat that would not normally be accented.
2. Resting on a beat that is normally accented.
3. Play a note slightly before or after where it would normally occur on an
accented beat.

A good example of #1 in dance is the stomp on beat 6 in St. Louis Shag. A
stomp is where your foot hits the floor quickly but you keep the weight on
the opposite foot. I've done this in West Coast Swing in the past, but
can't remember the exact step, now. It was taught by Kelly Buckwalter, one
of those Open WCS champs.

An example of #2 is when you do a kick-ball-change, kicking on one, but not
stepping. This is illustrates type #3, because you step on the & of count
1, thereby accenting an off beat.

An interesting WCS rhythm is:

1&2&3&4&5 6 (used by both partners on a under arm pass.)

Kick ball change on 1& -- then go into a grapevine. On 5 the feet are
crossed, on 6 they suddenly uncross. Lots of syncopation here, I think. On
5 there is kind of a pause or rest where the feet cross. There is an accent
on beat 6 when the feet suddenly uncross.

Normally, odd beats are accented. So any accent on an even beat is a
syncopation.

WCS has a lot of syncopation and syncopation is a characteristic of this
music.

Often the syncopations we do in dance don't match the music. That's OK.
It's like one thing superimposed on the other. Just like the follower's
syncopations don't have to match the leaders. However, if we can match the
syncopations in the music with corresponding dance syncopations, I think we
are dancing on a higher level.

*Love for Sale* by Dr. John is a good WCS piece. The bass part has a nice
syncopation repeated over and over at 3&. There is no accent at all on 4.
The & of 3 is held over into 4. This tune has some very good breaks --
where the beat stops for a while. When the music returns after the beat, I
notice a type #3 syncopation as the note come is slightly before the beat.

Kelly Buckwalter teaches leaders to do syncopation when leading a whip.
Just *before* beat 3 she has them do a touch step with the left foot before
pivoting around to land on the left foot on beat 4.

She counts it: 1 2 UH-3 4 (touching on the UH and holding into the 3)

The pulse is sometimes used to refer to the tiny "beats" that occur within
the main beat. These are also referred to as subdivisions of the beat. For
example, in Viennese Waltz in 3/4 time there are usually 3 pulses per
measure, but a musician would say there is only 1 beat per measure! Watch a
conductor conducting Viennese Waltz -- you won't see him waving his arms
frantically, but directing a gentle slow swaying beat. Sometimes Viennese
is written in 6/8 time, in which case there are 2 beats per measure:

ONE two three FOUR five six. Beats occur on counts ONE and FOUR. Here we
are counting *pulses* -- not beats.

I think we need a simple way to saying we are splitting the beat or dancing
on the pulse or on the subdivisions of the beat. Dancing on the pulse may
or may not be syncopation. Syncopation sounds so sophisticated, maybe
that's why dance teachers like say to use this word when all they are
really doing is dancing on the pulse rather than just the beat."
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I would be interested in find out your opinion on this subject. Please
email me back with your thoughts.
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From the Mailbox this week:

}} Friday 09/05/03 - "A Time to Dance" 8:30-11:30, Disco dance party.
Hustle dance, along with the usual Latin, ballroom and swing. Call 490-8999
for details

}} Friday - 09/05/03 - "Doug High Dance Studio" Hampton - Practice Party
with Roberto - 8:30pm to 11pm - $10.00/per person 1/2 price for Full time
High School or College students - http://www.dhdancestudio.com

}} Saturday 09/06/03 "A Time to Dance" 9:30 - 10:30 AM - Dance Fit with
Wanda Odango - 519-9212 for information.

}} Saturday 09/06/03 - Saturday night from 8-11:00 pm will be a regular
studio dance party. There will be a 1/2 group class starting at 8 pm -
$8.00/per person. Call 490-8999 for details

}} Sunday - 09/06/03 - "A Time to Dance" 6:30pm to 10pm - Walter & Judy's
social dance - lessons (2) included. Mix of Ballroom, Swing, Latin and
Country Western. Refreshments served $5.00/ per person

}} Wednesday 09/10/03 - "DanceSport Va"  - No Wednesday Dance or Lesson
this week only. Sam & Denise will be back for the 17th dance party.
www.samdenisemiller.com
samdenisemiller@cox.net

 

Roberto's Week: http://www.geocities.com/robertoinc/

Tidewater USABDA: http://www.twcusabda.org/

Peninsula USABDA: http://www.twosteptidewater.com/usabda-pen.htm

Atlantic Sea Shore Dance Faire: http://www.atlanticdancefaire.com/

A Time to Dance: www.atimetodanceonline.com

Amy's: http://www.geocities.com/amysdance

Country Bootleggers: http://www.countrybootleggers.com/

DanceSport VA: www.dancesportva.com

Doug High Dance Studio: http://www.dhdancestudio.com/interest.htm

Dancing by Knight: http://www.dancingbyknight.com/
Mid-Atlantic Dance Jam: http://www.atlanticdancejam.com/
Easterns Website: http://www.DanceEasterns.com

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If you know of a studio or group that hosts showcases, workshops and other special events please keep me informed by e-mail and I will try to post the events on this newsletter. Due to lack of time I cannot list all the regular group classes and studio parties on the newsletter. However, we will link to them on our web site www.TwoStepTidewater.com

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Remember, support the good dance venues! Clean, well run clubs, Studios, Competitions, USABDA and any other decent dance place need support to continue. Check our web site and our long range planning information today. We offer a listing of places for couples to dance. If you know of others,  Mail it to us:      ( Walter & Judy Schultz or Will Harper)  

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Walter & Judy Schultz

Home - 483-9410  Studio - 490-8999

www.twosteptidewater.com

Walter & Judy Schultz

Country-Western, Swing, Latin and Ballroom

Dance every Sunday night unless notified 6:30pm to 10pm

Held at "A Time to Dance" (Note:  We are NOT "A Time To Dance, we only rent space for our parties from them  Check our links for them)

Executive Cove Center - 5600 Va. Bch Blvd - Va. Bch

1/2 Block East of Newtown Rd.

Look for Executive Cove Center sign

$5.00 per person

Basic Lesson, Three Hours of Smoke Free Dancing

Drink and munchies provided

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Any other ideas???   Mail it to us:     ( Walter & Judy Schultz or Will Harper

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