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What makes a good dancer?

Posted by Passionata Dance on February 17, 2012

What makes a good dancer?
Dance as much as you love, and Love as much as you should dance.

How can you tell a good dancing from a bad dancing? This is one of those questions that places things into a paradigm of competition/scarcity or factions within a certain style. Focusing on the differences, comparision and envy. Essentially dancing is a living thing and evolves as much as the people involved do and is a reflection on the psyche or human nature of society at the time. So the original question becomes a difficult question to answer.
In this article I will first try to get the reader to comprehend the differing opinions and mediate them to come around to ultimately their own decision of what makes a good dance or a not so great one. There are universally accepted principles:
- A dance must be enjoyable.- A true expression of the self experiencing the unadulterated movement.- It must naturally capture and audience.- It must be congruent to the music.- An aspect of expression and emotion must be evolved.- A great dance is analogue in nature and may be digitally developed into great analogue or vice versa, analogally developed into a digital creation, which approaches the metaphysical and philosophical purposes of dance.-etc. (possibly more rules to help define, break and change the styles)
Traditionalists vs Progressionist
Within the dancing world we must consider there are those who choose to stick to the same teachings and repeat until perfection of thier emulated craft and in the other camp those who are progressives and experiment to find new ways of movement to understanding their potentials. Usually this will manifest in factional and fractional groups within these factions. While this is happening there are those who help hybridise and collaborate the two schools of thought and those who compete and create breakaway styles. This...

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    • Vida Latina Dance Co
    • Posted by Vida Latina Dance Co on February 20, 2012
    • If a dancer makes a fool of himself while loving the moment given that he is fully aware of his partner in doing so and keeps him or her in the loop of the moment without giving up the essentials of dance such as connectivity with their partner, keeping in time with the music (beat) and floor craft to allow others their enjoyment then I would entirely agree that they ARE dancers irregardless of anyone else 's thought on the person way of dancing.

    • Passionata Dance
    • Posted by Passionata Dance on February 20, 2012
    • I totally agree with you. I think i couldn't have put it better myself. I decided to write this article to provoke a bit of thought about the subject of dance. Thank you for reading Vida Latina. It's the 100-1000's of mistakes and their subsequent natural solutions that refine us all.

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TOP 10 reasons why everyone should learn how to Dance!!!

Posted by Passionata Dance on May 11, 2011

TOP 10 reasons why everyone should learn how to Dance!!!
Tango Dancers

Here are Ten Reasons Why should we ALL Learn how to Dance?
Author: Derek Vuong, Published: 11th of May 2011Source: www.passionatadance.com
Dancing invokes our emotions and good feelings. It is human nature that we usually associate our experiences of life to any form of movement. The benefits that one can gain from dancing are all flow on effects to other parts of your life. Everyone has come across someone who has cheered up their day just by the mere action of moving around and feeling the music. Are you ready to find out why you should Dance?
Here are the 10 reasons why dancing is good for you:
1. Healthy lifestyle - Dancing promotes weight loss and the releases of chemicals in the brain that protect against depression and sadness. Being in a better state of mind has numerous flow on benefits to other areas of life. But be warned, you only get out as much as you put in. Another added benefit is that physical activity keeps the mind active so you become a better performer and sleep better during the night.
2. Make new friends - The dance community provides an easy context to make new friends. With a greater pool of friends in the surrounding community, You will be able to refine your social skills and improve your life. Dancing is a very sociable hobby, Making it is hard to stay a recluse. There are regular outings and many places to meet potential partners or networking possibilities every night of the week....

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Answering "Why DJAZZEX is the place for Dance and Pilates in Brookvale?"

Posted by DJAZZEX on May 17, 2011

Answering
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Whilst working as a professional dancer in Europe, Lisa was enthralled and captivated by the modern contemporary dance company called DJAZZEX, based in Holland. This company was co-founded by Glenn van der Hoff.  He was also the artistic director  of the company from 1982 - 1997.  The company was based in the Hague in the Nederlands, and won national and international acclaim. Their works were dynamic, athletic and fresh, and used music that had a strong beat, similar to a lot of the popular music of the time and with a distinct jazz flavour.  Through the centuries, dance has gone from strength to strength and evolved through countless changes, because of the inspiration that is passed on from one generation to another. In honour and memory of the inspiration gained from the brilliant performances of DJAZZEX under the artistic direction of Glenn van der Hoff, Lisa decided to call the school DJAZZEX, the dance school, in the hope that the same inspiration can be passed on to the students of the school.
And Your Tutors Are...
 
LISA PERESAN - School Principal/Director
Certificate IV in Dance Tuition (Classical & Jazz)Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates PracticeCertificate IV Assessment and Workplace TrainingFirst Aid Certificate
Lisa has had a life long involvement and passion for movement. She was originally trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus and started her career as a professional dancer in the commercial genre at the age of 18, working in a musical in Spain. Her work as a dancer kept her travelling for 7 years in Europe and Asia and included work on television, musicals, product launches, fashion parades, Chesse Rijst Contemporary Dance Company and at the Lido in Paris. She first became involved with Pilates in the early 90’s when she returned to Australia and became an instructor working in a Pilates studio, and instructed Pilates to people like Paul Mercurio and John Mullins (Senior Lecturer and Program Co-ordinator of the BA/Bed at UNSW). She also taught dance at Sydney’s major dance centres, including Sydney Dance Company studios, Aboriginal Dance Theatre, Sydney University, various high schools, at State Dance Camps and Bodenweisers, and was involved in writing the jazz syllabus for the Australian Dance Assessment Program. She opened the dance school on the Northern Beaches in 1994. In 2005 she applied for and won a scholarship, to become a Certificate IV Pilates Instructor with Pilates International. She completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2008 and her Advance Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2010.  Lisa is passionate about the benefits of movement for the body and spirit. She believes...

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Category: Dance

Tags: dance, pilates, bollywood dance

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Passionata’s Bridal Dance Guide

Posted by Passionata Dance on August 14, 2012

  Passionata’s Bridal Dance Guide
Bridal dance

Guide to Bridal dance
By Dance Instructor Derek Vuong
reposted from http://www.passionatadance.com
Most bridal couples can find it quite daunting, especially if they are not dancers or performers and expected to provide the nights entertainment for their family and guests. As part of the traditional bridal evening celebrations, the bridal dance couple is expected to mark the occasion with their first dance as a married couple on their wedding night.
When do I start looking for a teacher and lessons?
It is recommended that the bridal couple start sourcing a teacher or bridal dance studio about 3-4 months before the wedding. This will allow for the core of the minimal 6 lessons and additional needed lessons subsequently. Once initial contact is made the teacher will begin to gather information about prior dancing experience, wedding date, chosen songs, floor size and commitment to lessons.
It is usually recommended that one lesson is taken per week with at least two practice sessions within the bridal couples own time. With the practice sessions, this will make the teacher’s job easier to progress to more advanced concepts or choreography and save money for subsequent lessons. Some bridal couples who have busy schedules are recommended to take lessons earlier and span the lessons over two weeks to save money and increase flexibility of finding time to practice until the wedding date gets closer.
Bridal dance lessons are always going to be private lessons. However it may help for the bridal couple to take group lessons far in advance to develop basic dance abilities to make it easier during the teaching phases.
Choosing the Bridal song and Dance Style
Traditional vs Modern Wedding
The bridal couple must choose if they want an elegant wedding or an entertaining party feel. The traditional wedding dance is classy and danced to classical phrased music with a slow rhythm. The modern weddings may incorporate a lot more mixed styles and breaks in style. Traditionally the dance should be to one song from start to end. Some couples start off with a slow rhythm as a trick and then play it into a modern with a record skip.
Tempo and Beats
For non experienced dancers it is best to choose a song with a slow and noticeable constant beat with not too many tempo changes. The mode changes act as...

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Are wedding dancing lessons a waste of time and money?

Posted by Wedding Dance Lessons Sydney on July 28, 2013

Are wedding dancing lessons a waste of time and money?
Are Wedding Dance Lessons A Waste of Time & Money

The First Dance is often not included in the early stages of wedding planning and often by the time you get to think about the dance your credit card has collected a few skid marks and the reality of the cost of the wedding can be a bit worrisome.
 
For those that want to make sure they look their best for their First Dance as well as the rest of their wedding day the lessons and the time to do them are automatically included in their budget as they consider dancing lessons are essential to achieve what they want.
 
But often couples don’t consider the First Dance a particularly special moment of their wedding day and also feel that the cost of lessons and making the time to do them is a waste of time and money for just the one day.
 
I do admit that I don’t really understand that viewpoint, yes of course I also readily admit that I am biased too!, but I see the First Dance as something the couple does together and a very personal and lovely moment of a wedding day.
 
To justify not having lessons because it is only for the one day doesn’t really make much sense to me when most of the items for a wedding day are also only for the one day.
 
To say that it’s not worth the time or effort because you will only dance the...

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Hip Hop Teachers

Posted by Joondalup Entertainers Theatre School on September 17, 2010

Lauren
has been dancing for 21yrs and has 8 yrs teaching exp.  She teaches dance fulltime and we are very fortunate to have Lauren on the...

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ESSENDON ACADEMY OF BALLET USA DANCE TRIP

Posted by Essendon Academy of Ballet on October 13, 2010

In the 2010 September school holidays 6 students/teachers from Essendon Academy of Ballet, ventured to the USA for 16 days to do classes in LA and New York as well as sightseeing.  First stop was Los Angeles where we spent 5 days taking in the sights such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood Boulevard.  We went to The Edge Dance studio where students did ballet, hip hop, burlesque and Jazz classes .
In New York, classes were taken at Broadway Dance centre, Steps on Broadway, and Alvin Ailey Dance Centre. The reknowned Zena  Rommetts Floor Barre with the...

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Dance Secrets - Leads and Follows

Posted by Diane Smedley on May 04, 2011

The Secrets to Leading and Following.
Every time you partner dance the art of Leading and Following is a critical element in the enjoyment for both dancers!  
We need to connect with our partner to be able to Lead or Follow.  This connection must have tone, be active and equal.  We need muscle tone, flexibility and to have both partners responsive.
The dance position you are in determines the type of tone etc that we need.  For example a Closed Hold requires different elements to an Open Hold or Single Handed and Double Hand Holds.
However there are constant elements that are always needed.  For the Follower the keys are:
WAIT 
FEEL
TRUST
MOVE
As Followers we need to Wait for the Leader to prepare the move, if we "Jump the Gun" then we lose that all important...

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A COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WHEN TO HAVE DANCE LESSONS

Posted by Wedding Dance Lessons Sydney on April 14, 2013

 
It’s always a bit of a concern when couples are discussing their wedding dance lessons with me and want to hold off booking their lessons until ‘close to the wedding day’. The reason is always because they are concerned about ‘forgetting’ what they learn in the lessons.
 
Saying those words to me is almost like waving a red flag in front of a bull because there’s nothing worse than watching in a couple dance their Bridal Waltz with serious looks of concentration on their faces as they focus on doing the dance steps. It looks so uncomfortable and unnatural and to my mind almost defeats the purpose of having dance lessons.
 
You see, the main reason the average couple comes to me for wedding dance lessons is not to become accomplished dancers through the lessons but to be able to look natural and confident as they dance their First Dance as husband and wife and to look like a couple.
 
Consequently the...

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About The Bridal Waltz And How It All Started

Posted by Wedding Dance Lessons Sydney on May 20, 2013

Music and dancing have been a major part of our western culture’s festivities, celebrations and special occasions for centuries and this tradition continues to present day.Historically,  the dancing at a society ball would be kicked off by the person’s the function honoured or the highest ranking personages in attendance (often royalty or peerage) and this tradition continues today at weddings in the form of the First Dance for the bride and groom; they being the ‘royalty’ of the event.
Also known as the Bridal Waltz, Wedding Dance or Bridal Dance, the First Dance is a first for two reasons, one is that it is the traditional first dance of the newlywed couple as husband and wife and the other that it was traditionally the first dance of the dancing segment of the evening.
It is often called the Bridal ‘Waltz’ because of the influence of Queen Victoria and her wedding to Prince Albert, she was a keen ballroom dancer and the Waltz was the latest trendy dance at that time.  As a result, the first dance for the bridal couple at a wedding then became known...

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