Lindy Hop and “the feel”


CAN you really get the right “feel” while dancing the Lindy Hop if you always dance to non swing music (that works with the steps, like Boogie and 50´s Rock, but still)?

For some reason my instructor insists on playing music i dont even associate with the right era or attitude (Lindy was “gone” around 1945 before being resurected in the 80´s.).

He also teaches Ballroom and should be aware of the importance of character in a dance.

I LOVE Rockabilly and the 50´s but see it as another thing, an extension to Lindy.

The steps might have similarities in different Swing Dances and music might have similar syncopations or blue notes but THEY ARE different.

I should make him dance a Charleston to Ragtime to prove a point or Viennese Waltz to Scottish Jigg.

I have danced Lindy to Punk and it works (Jig Kicks) but Jazz will always go with Charleston and Swing with Lindy to me. Benny Goodman makes me think Lindy, Elvis Presley makes me think Boogie Woogie (the dance) and i´m pretty sure most would agree with me.

It MUST affect the dance to play a music unassociated to it.

Airsteps


Two days of this, the second one hungover took its toll. And here we go again.

I like the feeling of being in secong gear that i have missed for some time.

Guess how your arms and legs feels after hours of this after an untrained winter?

“It dont mean a thing if it aint got that swing” holds true in Lindy. Without that “oumph”

or attitude it becomes more like Swedish Bugg or Leroc

(witch is fine…but other dances with characters of their own)

Above couple shows swing / Charleston attitude. I sometimes wonder if instructors shouldnt start with letting the pupils snap their fingers and walk around with an attitude instead of beginning with basic steps.

Imagine Paso Doble or Tango without any character. The same is true for Lindy.

Without it, dancing is just walking funny to music.

Ballroom Dancing – Elitified to death???


Death by hip motion!!!

I love ballroom dancing! But as i watched the European Championships a few nights ago i had to ask myself if it´s not going the same way as so many sports.

If it becomes so elite that the whole essence of dancing gets thrown out in favor of semi silly staccato twitches (not talking about Tango here), poses and extremly exagerated hip movements it wont attract  new dancers.

The whole “Man / woman” interaction just dies and the feeling for me is that the judges and the audience has gotten more important than the partner (a mortal sin).

 

I DO want to dance the Samba, but i want to look like a guy in Brazil dancing in the warm evening with a beautiful girl (dont tell me Ballroom Samba is not Brazilian, i AM aware of it).

If i do the Cha Cha i want an electricity between me and the partner.

If all i have to say is “Look at me,look at me” there is facebook for that.

To me dancing (even social dancing) is an art form.

Where did the characters of the dances go?

My instructor says that acting is 50% of the dance.

Maybe it is the fact that i like acting that ruins it for me.

Having said all this i realize that i´m a smurf roaring at giants.

I also know that there ARE men that can dance the Cha Cha so that women dont know what to do with themselves.

For some reason i didnt see that a few nights ago.