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Going by the feel

Posted in Uncategorized by erdaron on June 11, 2010

In a recent conversation with a friend of mine, I realized that dancing is largely a tactile experience. I have a habit of sometimes closing my eyes when I swing, and I no longer count the beats (I did when I first started). I listen to the music and I’m simply aware of the beat. Though partner dancing is often broken down by lead and follow, it is actually much more interdependent than that, and that is especially true in swing and blues. You can’t even assume the proper stance in swing without a partner – the flexible, rubberlike connection allows the two people to sort of hang off each other.

The dance movement is more of the same, it’s a bouncing, bounding action. There is a sweet continuity in it. An end of one move is just the beginning of the next. The momentum is never lost, just stored in stretching or compressing the connection the two partners have.

In all, there are hardly any words spoken. Slight changes in balance, a subtle, guiding push of a hand is all the communication needed.

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  1. The Wandering Scientist said, on January 4, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    […] friends terribly. There is something to be said about the luxury of almost always having dancer friends around. You don’t appreciate it until a good song comes on, and they’re thousands of miles […]


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