Sorry for missing the last update. I have been working every day for a few weeks now, and simply lacked the time.
Because we are back in lock down, I am going to focus more on concepts for you to think about as opposed to talking about upcoming classes and such. This will hopefully help your mind make the most of this down time so when you come back to dance, you have many things to try out.
In this update I am going to talk about manly dancing. This might seem like it is only for those interested in how to dance in such a way. But if you want to avoid manly dancing, then this is also good to use – don’t do what Donny Don’t does!
And to work out what manly dance is, we will defer to Gene Kelly. First off watch this video.
You will probably note that there is something about the way Gene Kelly moves. He has done other scenes that show that same quality. I recall as a child being transfixed by the dance scene he did with the animated mouse Jerry (of Tom and Jerry). But the scene above seems to showcase what I am talking about most. Not to mention the way they sync the 2 versions of him dancing together is pretty impressive – especially for the time and technology.
So what is it that creates this sense of more manly dancing?
Gene Kelly has also been described as an athletic dancer. And when he offered his opinion on his dance style, he linked it to his early days involved in athletics. He also made the following other points:
So if we are to (not) have a more manly dance, then (don’t):
But of course, all rules can be broken so don’t view the above as an absolute – use to as a guide to explore how you dance.
Talk more next time
I am sure that you have heard the news. We are back in lock down for a 6 week period. That means no dancing for a while yet.
But, as the subject says, spring is a nice time to dance. I look forward to seeing you then.
I know that this has been a shock to many. So I will keep the update short this week. Next week, I will share some stuff you can use to help augment your dance when you return. It will be on manly dance - which is actually good for everyone because you then know what to try or avoid depending upon what you wish to achieve.
I hope you have a great week
While we had a setback with a delay in when we can open (and a few postcodes have regressed - possibly thanks to a super-spreader), there has been no change in advice on contact physical activities. That means we are still a go for starting on the week of the 13th.
You have probably been contacted by your teacher about this, but drop them a line if you want to confirm.
This also means that the group lessons were delayed, but they will be recommencing on the 14th.
Make sure you're there, for "shame on you if you can't dance too"
Next week I will give another run down on the hygiene methods we will be using to make the return as safe as possible.
I have been checking the schedule for winding back restrictions for lock down.
The latest currently says that contact sports (the guide I am using for partner dance) is allowed after 13th July. I am checking with the sports club to see if we can have a half month to allow us to start on the 13th.
That means any bookings we had made for prior to the 13th will be cancelled. I am sorry for stuffing you around like this. It is possible that the 13th was always the date and I missed that earlier.
On other topics:
So despite the delay, I am still feeling upbeat about the return
I hope you feel the same sense of progression that I do once we get passed the winter solstice.
In this update I wanted to say that I am really looking forward to seeing you when we return.
I went into the studio on Saturday to talk to Palle about starting up again and to charge up the computer. I also spoke with Palle about storing a mirror on wheels so we can increase the teaching efficacy at the studio. We can so I am now looking to order one in. So the return should correspond with an improved studio. And that's not to mention the upgrade Palle has worked on while we have been away. So I am feeling good about the return, and that's another reason why I am looking forward to seeing you - it should be even better than it was before!
You might have also noted that there has been a recent increase in restrictions thanks to an increase in COVID cases in Victoria. This has not yet affected the planned restriction levels for gyms (which we use to guide what we do at the studio). However, I will let you know if things change and it is good to note that they might.
Assuming all goes as hoped, I will see you see you on the dance floor next month.
If you have liked the facebook page, then you would have seen the new events going up. You can see them here - https://www.facebook.com/pg/DestineDance/events
In summary, we have kept the absolute beginner lesson and we are running a beginner and intermediate advanced class concurrently right after the absolute beginner lesson. These are run on Tuesdays.
Thus, Wednesdays and Thursdays are only for private lessons. As we increase operations, we will hopefully have demand for more group classes on other nights. We will shuffle around privates then as needed.
You should now be in contact with your teacher about your lessons. Drop them (or me) a line if you have not yet heard from them.
Thanks in advance
I hope you are enjoying the day off.
Thanks to the feedback I got from everyone on survey, we are ready to start organising our return to Destine Dance
Of course one would always like more people to respond, but the response did show that we still have a group of people keen to get back into dance.
Based on the results of the survey, the following is the plan:
Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor
How has the week been? I hope you enjoyed the very apt introduction to winter.
A pretty simple focus this week.
I want your input to help me bring Destine Dance back in a way that will be ideal for as many people as happy. So I want to know what you want.
Please take the time to fill out this survey - https://forms.gle/91PLao9ELBpgF3SE9
With this information, I can best plan the triumphant return of Destine Dance.
Please note some of the new ideas we are floating. I really want your input on that.
Thanks in advance
You have probably seen the news that lockdown is being lifted - gradually.
And while many businesses can start to operate, gyms, which I have been using as the best proxy for dance studios, must be outdoors. Therefore, it is still not quite certain when Destine Dance can return. Or indeed what form it will return in.
That's why this week I thought I would first share an interesting dance experience I had some time ago and then tell you more about the formulating plans for when Destine Dance does come back.
TANGO IN PRISON
If you watch the TV series Wentworth, then you might have seen this scene
I can give you some interesting background on this. I did the choreography for it and trained the actors.
First thing that I think is of interest is that it was not possible to show just how well they could really dance. One of the actors had injured their back, and a body double was needed. That meant it was hard to have a close up of them dancing many of the more advanced figures they had learned.
And that's a shame because they had all learned to dance really well. There were two reasons I noticed for this:
THE NEW DESTINE DANCE
A few weeks back I asked for some ideas on what you would like to see when Destine Dance returns. A number of people got back to me with some ideas - thanks you were one who did. Based on those ideas, I am going to create a survey to bounce some ideas off you and other students. I will use the results of the survey to see which ideas are worth trying first to see what gets traction. The survey will be sent out in next week's update.
Have a great week
As you likely know, restrictions are easing. So you do know, I plan on opening up when gyms and sports clubs are allowed to open. That is unless dance studios get special mention.
Hopefully we will see each other soon.
Also, apologies for any delays in responses or if the updates come at odd times. I have been engaged by Planet Innovation as a manufacturing engineer to set up a manufacturing facility for the production of 2000 ventilators. You might have seen a mention of the plan in the news. The process is not as smooth as one would like so my hours can fluctuate.
Until next update, I hope all your experiences are good ones
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students