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Musicality (dance)

Musicality means making the dance fit the music. The goal is relating the dance to the music.

In general, dancers should step when musicians play notes and hold then musicians hold (play rests). In general, dancers should move more exaggerately when the music is loud, and more simply when the music is quiet. In a song with many instruments, dancers may chose to respond to any one of them, or any group of them.

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Improvization is easy in open position, because each dancer can do his or her own thing. Improvization is tricky in closed position. This is like jazz improvization. In the moment.


Choreographers have time to plan their dance, but the issues remain the same. They strive to make the dance fit the music, even if there is no improvization.


Tempo: Slower music gives dancers more time to play, more time for style and variations. Faster music forces dancers to be more focussed and use less style and simpler variations.

Follow: Follow may mirror the lead with her arm, feet, and head styling, or she may do the opposite of the lead, or she can do something independent of the lead.

Footwork: For advanced dancers, foot work is largely independent of body work. Except for needing to move, which foot moves is unimportant. Advanced dancers can do any kind of footwork. The foot work is open to any interpretation.

See Also

Dance - Swing - Lindy hop

Dance move - Basic - Sugar push - Side pass - Swing out - Circle - Groucho - Skip up - Aerial - Jazz - Charleston

Lead and follow - Connection - Musicality

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