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
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students