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Dance Assignment

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Tanveer Randhawa

on 29 April 2013

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By: Tanveer, Simran, and Nikita
7G Mr.Kathapurmal Dance Assignment Introduction: Hello everyone! My name is Tanveer, I am Simran and I'm Nikita :) As you all know we got a dance assignment where we had to research dances from the era we got. The era given to us was the 1930's and the 1940's (thanks to Tanveer). The dance style we choose to do is Ballroom. Hope you enjoy our presentation!!! :) The History of Ballroom: Ballroom dancing has many different dances, and each dance has it’s own steps, however one thing remains the same, each dance is performed by a man and woman. The Dances and Styles: There are two main styles of ballroom dancing -- American and International. While American style isn't danced very much outside of the US, international style is danced all over the world (including the US). Both styles can be danced either socially or competitively, and in the US it can be helpful to know some of both. The Elements of Ballroom Dancing: Whether dancing competitively or just "for fun"; ballroom dancers should remember a few basic dance elements in order to dance successfully. http://ballroomdanceronline.com/history-of-ballroom-dancing.html As for the dances themselves, they are grouped into two categories for each style. In American style, the categories are called Smooth and Rhythm. In International style, they are called Standard and Latin. For the most part, the Standard and Smooth categories contain the same dances and the Latin and Rhythm categories contain basically the same dances. Here's the breakdown of the dances (at least the ones used in competitions) by style and category followed by the usual abbreviations used for each. There are placed in the order that they are danced in competitions. American Style;
Smooth -- Waltz (W), Tango (T), Foxtrot (F), Viennese Waltz (VW)
Rhythm -- Cha Cha (C), Rumba (R), East Coast Swing (Sw), Bolero (B), Mambo (Ma)
International Style;
Standard -- Waltz (W), Tango (T), Viennese Waltz (VW), Foxtrot (F), Quickstep (Q)
Latin -- Cha Cha (C), Samba (S), Rumba (R), Paso Doble (PD), Jive (J) The Waltz Tango Foxtrot Foxtrot Viennese Waltz Cha Cha Rumba The East Coast Swing Bolero Mambo Quick Step Samba Samba Paso Doble Jive Ballroom dancing has evolved from a social activity to a competitive form of dance today. It has gained widespread popularity in America, Britain, Europe and even in Asia. The globally renowned ballroom dances are the Viennese waltz, the slow foxtrot, the quickstep and tango. Any form of a ballroom dance is always performed by a couple (a man and a woman) in an elegant position called the 'closed hold'. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ballroom-dancing-history.html Dance Frame: This is probably one of the most important elements of ballroom dance. Dance frame refers to the body positions of the partners and well as the "hold" that they adopt as they move around the floor. Posture: Closely related to dance frame and almost equally important is posture. Good posture is another critical factor in the subtle communication that must take place between leader and follower in order to dance well. Body Alignment: Body alignment is important for both maneuverability and safety. Most ballroom-style dances require a slightly offset body alignment. This arrangement affords the leader the space needed to initiate the execution of most dance moves and reduces the probability of stepping on his partner's toes. Timing: Like the leader and the follower, dancing and music are designed to work together in a peaceful and productive partnership. Most dances require that the dancers maintain the beat in order to execute the dance moves correctly. Both partners will need to pay attention to the tempo of the music and avoid rushing or lagging behind. Presentation is simply the entire package. Do the dancers look good together? Are they confident and in sync or do they appear to be wrestling with each other for control? Are they confident and self- assured in their movements or timid and hesitant? The power or energy behind the dance is highly dependent upon the music and the style of dancing. While a waltz or foxtrot may trend toward more relaxed rhythms and tempos than Swing or some of the Latin dances; no one wants to see low energy partners schlepping around the dancing floor. And while dances like Salsa, Swing or the Lindy Hop are definitely higher energy dances, the power behind the moves must be somewhat controlled in order to avoid the appearance of the dancers being caught in a totally unrestrained frenzy. The website credit's: It is believed that this style of dancing originated in Western Europe during the 16th century. The dances then were thought to be held in villages in respect for men who are going off to war in far distant lands and was thus to bid them farewell as well as making them happy.
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