Posted: 12/12/2017 at 01:18
Well, I spent my teen years (60s) dancing round a handbag because I loved the music (lots of Tamla and Soul) and cos the chaps all leaned on the bar and I wouldn't have been caught dead dancing ballroom or anything else in hold with any of them!
OH and I have been taking dance classes for 17 years with professional teachers tho in a club run by committee rather than a school run by teachers so no competitions. The teachers we had over the Belgian years insisted on "maintien" or posture and correct hold as these lead to balance and better technique. We also took separate salsa classes and line dancing which includes all the ballroom rhythms and not just C&W so have a wide spread of dance experience and knowledge. I also ran the Hip Hop and belly dancing sections tho didn't do them myself. This weekends pros and guests dance was brilliant - one of the best of the series.
All this to explain that I know what to look for and I know about the rhythms for each dance and I know about how the dances began and how they've evolved. Ballroom tango and English or slow waltz and Slowfox are all danced at about 28 to 33 beats per measure but can seem faster as the steps become more intricate as experience and ability improve and the need to impress is paramount. Quickstep is 48 to 55 and Viennese waltz 56 to 62. It helps if you can count to 8 and hear the 1 which is what is meant by musicality or natural rhythm.
Argentine Tango, Charleston and Salsa on SCD bear no relation to what you'll see on any Saturday night at a normal dance. Like the American Smooth they are for show and showing off lifts.
You don't need to be a competitive dancer to appreciate - or not - what's going on on the SCD dance floor and nor do you have to be a dancer yourself. If that were the case nobody would go to football or rugby or spend hours watching endless golf and snooker or any other armchair sport.
I get fed up with all the hoohah but OH won't let me FF thru it. I get fed up with the poor camera work and the gaudy lighting that hides what the feet are doing but still find it worth watching because every now and again they come up with something glorious that I can watch over and over again and even stuff I can do!
I believe the right 4 are in the final and I hope they all dance well on Saturday with no mishaps so the choreography and the dance shine thru.