Dancing Arts

What Motivates Dancers

December 14, 2018 Dancing Arts

Just as we distinguish music from sound, we can distinguish dance from movement. What makes music and dance identifiable is the intention, the motivation behind them. No matter how elegantly someone walks down the street, it is not dancing until they intend it to be; the dancer literally wills a dance into existing, simply by wanting it to exist. Whatever they mean it to be, it is. Within the dance universe, motivation plays an even larger role. Not only doesRead More

Reasons to Take Ballroom Dancing

September 21, 2018 Dancing Arts

With the popularity of television shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, ballroom dancing is becoming more popular than it has been in years. However, there are more reasons to take up this hobby than the fact that it is on television. Perfect Social Skills through Ballroom Dancing While some of the older generations were taught how to behave politely in society—saying please and thank you, opening doors for ladies and so on—this isRead More

The Rise of the Waltz – The First Forbidden Dance

July 20, 2018 Dancing Arts

The waltz and rock and roll have a lot in common. When both dancing styles were first introduced, there was disapproval and even antagonism towards them. Throughout history, dance has played an important role in society. People in different cultures have used dance as a form of expression, to celebrate an important event or just simply a form of entertainment. The different forms of dance are too numerous to cover in a short time. The waltz was considered to beRead More

Open and Close Embrace in Tango

March 21, 2018 Dancing Arts

Argentine Tango Embraces Argentine Tango has two main kinds of positions or embraces. Those addicted to tango will tell you there are many variations, but most would agree there are two main kinds of embraces — the close embrace and the open embrace. In the close embrace, you are basically chest to chest. Inviting a Close Embrace Leaders: If you are dancing with a new partner, it may be good to start with a more open embrace — with yourRead More