In this course we begin to get into specifics of styling your dance movements. There are many ways to style your movement. With consideration of your body anatomy, the clothing you’re wearing and the type of song you are dancing too; you can execute some pretty awesome style. We will look at what I call “smooth styling” in this series. The beginnings of which are based around an old New York style that was taught to me many years ago which is called “skating”. Some folks say that “skate or skating” is a step and not really a styling. While I have heard many thoughts on this, it makes no difference to me. For me there is a really cool styling that comes from this step (or style) which I think is very unique to the American House Dance approach. Many places around the world have really adopted this styling in unique ways and made their own expressions of it. I love to see movement and style evolution, it is frickin’ awesome. Let’s get into it and explore the basics.
If you recall the course where we introduced you to a few basic time steps then you will already know what this course has in store! Although this course features more "advanced" time steps; I wouldn't expect them to be incredibly difficult for every dancer out there.
In this course we start to put a bit more purpose into your time spent practicing dance. Many dancers share the philosophy that training, practicing and partying are all very different purposes of dance. To start thinking about each individually rather than all being the same will help you greatly along your journey. Time to get started and level up your brain…and you thought dance was only physical 😉
Dimensions are what I would consider your first “tool” in your tool box. Think of “tools” in the same way a painter or sculpture has tools. These aren’t tools for fixing or solving issues, but rather creating and building art. Dimensions are something that I was introduced to at a young age when learning other dancer’s choreography. It never crossed my mind to use these elements as tools in my freestyle/improvisation within my house dance. It wasn’t until I found my self speeding through my movements while dancing that I realized I had no sort of dance patience. Dimensions were the tools needed to add patience, directions and basic dynamics in my dance. In this course we explore a few fundamental dimensions I think are good to start with.
In this course we visit two very important time steps which forever changed my ability to keep time and groove simultaneously. Being able to do cool steps is always a lot of fun, and there is nothing stopping someone from learning cool steps but putting dedicated focus into keeping time while having a solid groove is what makes high level high dance.