Last night we had a very enjoyable class focussing on using simple steps to mark out musical structure. What?
We learnt about phrasing, finding the beat, and finding 1 or 8 in the music. And we used a simple vocabulary of steps to explore these ideas with our bodies. Musical structure: we pwn you.
Best of all, though, we used partner work. Most important thing: dance each step with confidence, as though you are showing your partner a step, and simple is perfect. Don’t try to trick your partner with difficult or confusing movements.
…wait, were we lindy hopping or solo dancing?
For phrasing practice, here is ‘Bearcat Shuffle’ by Andy Kirk and his Twelve Cloud of Joy, featuring Mary Lou Williams on piano.