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Postby Sephira » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:17 pm

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At it’s core dancing is a method of physical communication that is used to convey meaning to others. By moving one's body in a coordinated effort in combination with a suitable piece of music, a dance is born.

The meaning of a dance can contain symbolic or simply aesthetic value. Dancing can be easily categorized as either Social or Performance based. Social dancing has it’s roots in the very early days of civilization; existing as a fluid and esteemed form of communication. Over time as civilization developed, performance dancing came to the forefront of art and expression. The emphasis in performance dancing was to delight audiences and humble onlookers alike. Performance dancing leaves it to the viewer to interpret the meaning of the dance for themselves. Between these two forms of dance lie a vast world of art and communication that transcends ethnic barriers and enriches all of Idalos.



Types of Dance
Dancing can typically be sorted into two broad categories: Performance Dancing and Social Dancing.

Performance Dancing: The act of performance dancing is a large category of dances where the act of dancing is considered a work of art or form of entertainment. Typically, this type of dancing is performed in theaters, auditoriums, or during competitions. However, there are other forms of more exotic performance dance that are performed in seedier locations, such as bars or brothels.

Examples of Performance Dancing
Ballet
Interpretive
Folk\Tribal
Competitive Ballroom
Exotic


Social Dancing: The practice of social dancing is tradition that is observed in almost every culture. Social dancing is a communal activity that is typically done in pairs or groups although on occasion solo dances are also performed. This type of dancing has various social applications; examples of this include the romancing of a potential partner, the building of a close friendship, or for use as a rite of passage. Social dancing can be observed in many venues, from the humble town square to the glittering ballroom.

Examples of Social Dancing
Ballroom
Folk
Tribal



Complimentary Skills*These are suggested skills that would pair well with Dancing

Strength: Strength will greatly impact the dancer's ability to achieve certain moves.

Endurance: Endurance allows a dancer to dance for longer lengths of time before tiring.

Acrobatics: Acrobatics can greatly enhance and embellish the movements in a dance.

Acting: Acting is especially useful in the context of Performance Dancing. The ability to act will give more meaning to the performance.

Discipline: Discipline aids the dancer in remaining focused on the dance, regardless of what is going on around them.

Logistics: Logistics is especially valuable as it helps in the creation of complicated choreography, especially in the case of group dances.




Techniques


Rhythm: *Available at Novice
Rhythm is the repeated pulse found in music that all dancers use to time their movements properly. Be aware that being capable of identifying the rhythm in a piece of music varies in difficulty between each individual. Some individuals are naturally gifted and easily pick up the beat, whereas others must work much harder to discover it. Rhythm is the very foundation of dancing. Without it the dance will be disjointed and make little sense to the audience or participants.

Footwork:*Available at Novice
Once the dancer has become familiar with the components of identifying rhythm can begin learning footwork to accompany it. Footwork will include the basic leg and foot movements associated with the core of a dance. These techniques must be practiced for a fair amount of time before the dancer becomes proficient at using them correctly in a dance.

Choreography: *Available at Competent
Choreography is the sublime art of designing a dance. Using the dancer's awareness of the music's rhythm along with their competency with footwork, they can begin composing a series of footwork and movements that will suit the music. This can be done with artistic flair or in relation to sacred symbolism that the dancer is hoping to reflect in their choreography. Typically the number of moves in the dance's choreography is related to the skill of the dancer.

Personal Style:*Available at Competent
Once the dancer has mastered the three previous techniques their dances will begin to gain a touch of their own personal flair. Types of personal styles can include additions such as graceful fluttery hand movements or sharp edgy legwork that is unique to the individual. Be aware that personal style can both add to the composition of a dance or detract from it.

Physical Awareness:*Available at Competent
A good dancer requires a certain amount of physical and mental awareness in order to engage in more difficult dances. A certain amount of bodily coordination is required to employ precise moves and avoid becoming dizzy from rapid movement. A dancer's physical awareness allows them to become more aware of their body so they are granted better control over their moments.

Innovation:*Available at Expert
Innovation involves coming up with novel new dance moves or full dances that have never been seen before. Innovation tends to affect everything from choreography to personal style as it involves developing new techniques that are paradigm shattering. It takes a true artist to push the practice of dancing forward.


Stunt Work:
*Available at Master
Stunt work is the most dangerous element of dancing and should never be attempted by anyone except a master. Often it is advised that anyone performing stunts in dances is at least competent or higher in acrobatics and strength in order to ensure their body has the strength and agility to make it through the maneuvers. Stunt work can include anything from perilous one-armed lifts in the case of couples dances, to flips and tumbling in solo dances.
Prerequisites for Stunt Work
Acrobatics - Competent
Strength - Competent




Novice: 0-25
At novice the individual is just beginning their journey into the world of dance. Their sense of rhythm will be tenuous at best. Often their movements will be somewhat clumsy but no one can deny that they are indeed dancing. Footwork should be heavily focused upon, as learning the basic steps of a dance will help when the dancer begins creating their own choreography at higher skill levels. Simplicity is key for the novice, and more often than not they are better suited to learning dances that already exist rather than creating new choreography themselves..

Competent: 26-50
At competency the dancer begins gaining a greater awareness of their body and it's movements. As such they can begin creating choreography with roughly four to six moves in a dance. Dancers begin to gain true precision and grace as they start displaying their own personal style, allowing them to enhance their dancing in ways they could not before. Their physical awareness of their bodies has improved allowing the dancer to avoid getting dizzy due to intense movements. Also as a result of their improving physical awareness the competent dancer is more cognizant of the need to keep good posture and maintain a level of poise and polish in their dances. Improvisation is still beyond this dancer but they can be very successful in creating choreography beforehand that they can practice at length before a performance or cultural gathering.

Expert: 51-75
Once the dancer has begun to gain some real expertise in their discipline they are finally able to begin experimenting with improvisation. Improvised, spur of the moment dances will not hold the level of polish that a rehearsed dance will assuredly have. However this ability allows the dancer to begin experimenting with novel movements that will amaze any onlookers. Choreography created by this dancer will be more complex than before, allowing for eight to ten moves in a dance. Physical awareness has also improved allowing the dancer further refinement in their movements.

Master: 76-100
At mastery the dancer has become a true artist, using their body to enact beautiful performances at the drop of a hat that enthrall everyone around them. Stunt work can now be used in dances but only if the the prerequisites have been met. This type of work is dangerous and can lead to injury if the master dancer is not thoroughly prepared. Choreography can now be as complex or simplistic as the master desires, there is no limit to the number of moves they can recall and perform in a dance. Their dances are far more inventive and full of personal flourishes than any other dancer; as such they tend to develop a style that is all their own. Innovation is natural for this dancer, as they are always trying to create moves and dances that will allow them to push their art ever onward.

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Postby Sephira » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:12 pm

Alright, I'm ready for some feedback. This was strangely difficult to write compared to my gardening and surgery write-ups even though I took dance lessons for ten years. I think it was due to the fact that the majority of my personal dancing experience was with ballet/point dancing vs other types.

I tried to write this as broadly as I could so it will include all forms of dance.

Please feel free to let me know if you guys have more ideas or feedback for this. I was a little iffy on the Technique: Dancer's Focus but I know from experience that when ballet dancing you need a bodily awareness and set of basic skills to keep yourself from getting dizzy and and losing your balance. I wanted the term to be rather ambiguous so it would suit all the little skills dancers use to eliminate errors.

Anyway, feedback please! 8-)
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Postby Juniper » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:37 pm

Thoughts from Juniper

So, there are a few things that I'd like to touch on based on what I'm reading here.

Before I do, I want to commend the immense amount of work put into this! Everything is easy to understand and very well worded!

Now, I do want to touch on a few things that I think might be better flipped around. Seeing as most anyone can dance, even without knowing choreography, I actually believe that the skill levels needed for Choreography and Improvisation need to be switched. You even support this with your claim in your explanation of novice level, saying that choreography can be hard to learn, and too much can complicate things. With this the way it is, it makes it seem like just anyone can pick up choreography and footwork easily.

Think on other dance styles that we have today, such at Salsa, or the Waltz. Yes they have set counts and beats to follow, but there is basic footwork that needs to be taught first before even thinking of doing more difficult things such as alternate steps and different speeds. Then think back on school dances and dances at clubs. You think people there really have any real training? Most don't, and yet it's still undeniable that it is dancing. They aren't following any particular steps, they are making things up as they go! But with Choreography, that takes some intense trial and error and thought, to piece together. It's why people get paid so much to actually Choreograph plays, music videos, and the like!

Now I also see why you put them in the order you did though. Most people nowadays (In real life) Know dances like, The Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, and many more! And in competitions, improvisation might be used when someone is out of step or about to fall, and some cool things can come of this which comes from years of experience and trial and error!

Another thing you might add to your list would be Footwork! It is definitely a legitimate skill to be able to grasp footwork. Think, for ballet, you had to learn first through fifth position, to point your toe, to pirouette, even to sashe. For waltz, it's stepping to a rhythm of quick quick slow. For Cha Cha It's Slow Slow Quick quick quick! And Tango it's Slow slow Quick quick slow! You must first master these things before you can think about working on choreography.

One more thing! Developing a style of dance! This skill would deal with that! At novice level, what might one be able to develop versus at Master level!

Instead of dancer's focus, maybe.. Spotting might be a better word for it? I'm not sure on this one.

So with that flip around I think that would make things feel like they make a lot more sense! Skill wise I mean! Overall it was a really great write up and you did well to try and encompass everything you did! Keep up the good work!
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Postby Sephira » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:12 pm

Thanks so much for the comprehensive feedback. Ok, I will admit that I thought about almost everything you mentioned while writing this, and it was a constant debate as to what to introduce as basic skills and what to introduce later as more advanced skills. I do agree that I should add Footwork as a new Technique. I'll probably slap it at the novice level. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll add it shortly.

I'll consider your thoughts on choreography carefully. Choreography can span a wide range of difficulty from very easy two step dances to very difficult ballets. So I want it available from the start. Additionally, I was iffy on the improvisation skill from the beginning, perhaps I can change the name to something like "Personal Flair. or something similar since it was meant to facilitate both improvised dance and the personal style that many dancers incorporate into their movements. I'll think hard to changing it or breaking it out into multiple techniques.

Thanks again for the feedback, it was greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Moving Choreography up to the Competent level for now. The novice can only follow along with previously created dances to the best of their ability.


*Breaking Improv into Personal Style and Innovation. Skills will be filled out tomorrow.
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Postby Sephira » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:16 am

Footwork, Personal Style, and Innovation have been added and noted in skill progression. Let me know if these changes are an improvement or not.

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Postby Sephira » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:08 am

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