Everyone has that song (or ten) that comes on and you think, “That’s my jam.” And, just a guess, there’s a good chance that song isn’t Sting’s Ocean Waltz. Fortunately, in a practice space, you have the power of choice; you are your own D.J. As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. The music that you choose for practice affects how you dance or there would be no point in dancing to music. Following are a few suggestions on how to use music to enhance your practice.
The characteristics of ballroom music are closely tied to the characteristics of the ballroom dance. It wouldn’t fit to dance a romantic rumba to a heavy metal song or a classy foxtrot to a country tune. Following are some general musical characteristics that go with particular competitive dances.
We’ve all heard that song on the radio that makes us tap our feet and think, “I could dance to this.” And, generally, that’s true. However, competitive ballroom dancers are tied to the tempo of the music. Dance organizations such as the NDCA, USA Dance, WDSF, and others use music within particular tempo ranges for competition. Below is a list of the common dances and their general tempos. Note that tempos change from organization to organization as well as from year to year. As a dancer advances, it is common for tempos to slow to further showcase movement details.
Do you love DaVinci’s garlic knots and sparkling cider? Want to learn how to dance Rumba? Or love meeting new people?
Well grab a date, your commons crush, or even your best friend and join us this Thursday, May 21st from 8-11 PM for DATE NIGHT at the Skelton Lounge in Chase Hall!
From 8-9pm, we will be teaching the basics of Rumba, ending the rest of the night with fun social dancing. Also, DaVinci’s garlic knots and sparkling cider will be served throughout the night.
There is absolutely no experience required
Hosted by the Bates Ballroom Team
No one wants to exit the dance floor after a hearty VW or energetic swing huffing and puffing in a seemingly mad attempt to reenact childhood fairytales and blow the walls down. Nor is it particularly desirable as the day goes on for your frame to wane with the sun. This is where cross training comes in. Cross training is simply a series of non-ballroom exercises meant to enhance your performance and stamina on the dance floor.
Congratulations to our newly elected Bates Ballroom team officers for 2015-2016. Results are as follows:
Check out the Bates Ballroom Team’s performance at Bates College’s annual Gala on March 28, 2015.
Choreography by Regan Radulski
Video from Kathleen Morrill
Whether I am choreographing for a group performance, an individual couple, or a solo, one of the first things I consider is what looks good on the dancers. It may seem obvious but certain figures look better on particular people than other figures. A choreographed routine should highlight your strengths, not draw attention to your flaws. Continue reading
Congratulations all who attended WPI’s 2nd ballroom competition this past weekend. The Bates team had a great showing with all couples placing in multiple final rounds. A special thanks to the Hersh family for their photography and hospitality. For further details on recalls and placement, see o2cm.com. Results are as follows. Continue reading