Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Choreography: The degree and rigidity

In the earlier posts we have watched performances where all the steps were planned for the dance. In other cases the dancers have decided and trained the steps for some musical moments in the song and are improvising the spaces in between. This kind of choreo gives the dancers more and easier options to adapt to the pistas different shapes. Have you spotted your favorite couple with this strategy?

To see what the dancers can do with a rigid choreography and how to gradually increase the improvisation degree. We start with the most rigid variation for this 4-steps figure with fixed positions for the couple, fixed direction of the movement, step length as well as fixed angles and then follow the step by step loosen up process .

The base figure from the leaders point of view:
parallel sidestep left, corida left side of the follower, corida/in, parallel sidestep to right.


Some of the variations to start with
1. synchronized change of step length - change of the step length but keep the positions
2, step length/angle (pivot CW, CCW)
3. break the step line (pivot CCW)

You can also turn the whole figure to be a mirror image to the right.

If you apply these principles to your dance you can easily spice up your dance. Your enter to a creative mood which will make your more focused and the feeling of life in your steps is increasing!

These visuals were created during a weekend on the country side. The berry picking was the main thing but during all those hours we talked a lot of tango and ended up to take some pictures and videos after the dinner!