Archive for

July 2016

17

Jul

Why You Must Learn How to C-Walk

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I took up and learnt how to do the c-walk during the earliest days of my hip hop dancing journey, hugely because I was inspired by a very good friend of mine, Kiff (read his write-up about the dance persona!). Personally,  I think I was very attracted to that style of hip hop dance because […]

15

Jul

The Dance Persona (A Journey of Hip Hop Dance Perfection, Part 2)

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As the title says, this is part 2 of “The Dance Persona” series of articles on how to achieve hip hop dancing perfection. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go ahead and read part 1 of The Dance Persona. Now let’s move to the second step of discovering the dance persona:- Step 2. […]

13

Jul

The Dance Persona (A Journey of Hip Hop Dance Perfection, Part 1)

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As the title suggests, if this (the dance persona) is absent naturally, then this is probably the most difficult level (or rather, state of mind) to attain. Many ‘dancers’ have strived to, but have failed at this all enshrining niche. Have reached greatness, but could never grasp perfection. This is the elusive nature of this […]

11

Jul

The Dance of Salome and John the Baptist

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Was this an Oriental dance? The biblical story of Salome and John the Baptist, gruesome, dramatic, and sensational, is very familiar to many, if not most, in the Christian world even to those who do not actively support the religion. In the Christian bible’s New Testament, the Gospels of both Matthew and Mark provide a […]

9

Jul

Swing Dance

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The term “swing dance” is commonly used to refer either to a group of dances developing in response to swing music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, or to the lindy hop, a popular partner dance today.  Swing dancing has a strong tradition of social and competitive boogie woogie and acrobatic rock and roll.  Lindy […]

7

Jul

Salsa Dance

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Salsa dance was developed in response to salsa music.  Salsa dance has many interpretations or “styles” and can be danced accentuating different beats in the music.  Traditionally in Salsa Dance the Man is the Leader and the Woman is the Follower.  In salsa dance the dancer uses two measures of the music to complete one […]

5

Jul

Raqs Baladi and Raqs Sharqi, the Oriental dances

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From their origins in the Middle East, ‘Raqs Baladi’ and ‘Raqs Sharqi’ are the two main forms of the dance that we in the English-speaking western world refer to as the ‘Belly dance’, an unfortunate but firmly accepted label even though the dance involves so much more body and limb movement than just that of […]

3

Jul

Origins of the Arabic Belly Dance

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Along with the music of the human voice and the tapping of sticks to provide accompaniment, the dance was probably the earliest form of outward expression of the feelings and emotions felt by the earliest human beings, our forebears from the distant past. In Greek myth, the earth was born of dance. A dance in […]

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