All the couples dances can basicaly be performed from 4 different perspectives:
1. Social dancing.
2. Competitive dancing.
3. Show dancing.
4. Artisitic dancing.
Each one of these forms has their own area in which they should be used:
1. Social dancing – on a social dancing floor
2. Competitive dancing – at a competition
3. Show dancing – On a stage or as a performance
4. Artisitic dancing.- This is the odd one out. It can be used with any of the above. ( I will come back to this in a later entry.)
In the perfect world each of these approaches would be equal with each other.
Unfortunately in the couples dancing world there is a heirarchy of snobbery which seems to always place social dancing on the bottom level.
Competitors come on to the social dancing floor with their predetermined steps and figures.
Ones that they have rehearsed for long periods of time. They fly around the floor in their ballroom dances. Oblivious to the social dancers on the floor.
When will someone tell them they look completely out of place !
When will they stop telling the social dancers that they are dancing incorrectly !
When will they understand that yes ! You can dance your choreographed figures, but thats not good social dancing. Thats your competition routine. Idiot! And yes! “Darling” you look great. But keep it on the competition floor.
One of my closest colleagues coined a term: K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple Stupid.
Its a good place to start. And actually having seen your competition choreography you might want to implement it there as well.
You’ve got everything in there apart from the kitchen sink!