Friday, June 29, 2007


Swing dances - a product American " epoch of entertainments " 30х-40х years XX of a century. Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, West - coast and East - coast swing, Two step, Charleston, Shag, Balboa - white and black Americans under the most popular at that time a jazz here is how came off. Night clubs, дансинги, show, street representations and a cabaret - here was born SWING. Having deep African roots, both in music, and in movement of a body, this dance absorbed in itself everything, that is possible from dancing cultures of different times and people (America represented then " melting pot " - " a boiling boiler " from emigrants of all colours). A swing - the general name for whole "family" of dances of styles of an Afro-American origin. A range of kinds and opportunities-from slow lyrical blues up to a mad rhythm classical Savoy Style.

In school of dances "CasaLatina" in priority position is "root" Lindy Hop. We try to allow to feel to people taste black american dancing and jazz moving. (How much it goes right to us - already other question :))

That it is important to know to learn to dance swing dance:

It, first of all, pair dance, therefore its major aspect - feeling of the partner, sensitive conducting (Leading, Following).
During training dances from the category social dances during a lesson can vary partners. This world practice pursues the simple purpose - you can dance a swing with any partner which has invited you in any point of globe.
The base size of music of a swing - four quarters. But one of important skills in dances - syncopated, game with a rhythm, interpretation of music. It is connected with distribution of steps to the musical account.
The basic movement of a swing, its "card" - bouncing. Irrespective of style, bouncing it should be kept.

The purpose - to learn to move in pair under jazz swings music. For development of authentic style, plastics and coordination sometimes forget so-called line dances - dances not with the partner, and one by one. The special attention is given warm-up. Unlike other dancing schools of our city, we try to develop stylishness of movement, let and on " a simple material ". Our motto - quality, instead of quantity. Such you will not find anywhere.
The general recommendations:

Clothes not constraining movements and footwear.
Readiness slightly to change the sight at own body.
Regular visiting of employment (only in that case we can guarantee progress as which you will really feel).
At our school there is a differentiation of levels of preparation. Please, do not try to be entered in the "senior" group without the special bases on that, consult to the teacher.
Try to combine group and individual employment is optimizes and will accelerate process of your dancing development.
Do not hesitate to ask questions, to ask, be interested.

Performance of these recommendations will allow you in a month - the one and a half to become the habitue of parties, dancings. All in your forces. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Irish dances

About the Irish dance usually speak so: heels which have shaken the world.

The Irish culture has joined already more than 6,5 million person which has visited about two thousand of representations of the Irish show. Time having got on performance, people come again and again, and here already more than 6 years the Irish show "Riverdance" walks on a planet under Celtic music in beat step.

Interest to the Irish dance is connected, first of all, with a unusual pose of the dancer. Dance is executed on short toe, the top part of a trunk is motionless, hands are always lowered. The basic accent is done for fast work of legs. Training to this kind танца-not less grasping, than its contemplation.

The first data on the Irish dances are dated XI century From now on at us there are first data on dancing parties of the Irish peasants which refer to feis, however the description of dances for the first time has appeared in the middle of XVI century and was vast enough and not clear.

Today the Irish dances have won all world. Dancing schools involve set of pupils not only in the Ireland, but also in many other things the countries. The Irish dances became popular everywhere.

Four large competitions - the National championship of America, All-Irish the championship, Championship Great Britain and the World championship are on a regular basis spent. On traditions, the World championship passes in Ireland, and on it there arrive thousand dancers for which the worthy result in the championship can become the beginning of star career. For example, in 1998 the World championship which is passed in Ennis (Ennis), has collected three thousand participants and seven more thousand trainers, teachers and fans.

Now there are three main kinds of the Irish dance: solo, kaily and set.

Solo dance basically acts as a show prepared by masters, or as a competitive kind. It demands professionalism and many years of experience.

Kaily, merit Gels of League, is group of dances of folklore Irish layers (long dances in a line and dances in a circle) and the dances, created is artificial. Kaily (the sequence and a set of figures) have rigidly fixed structure: now it was not so quick rural entertainment, and dance by the regulated rules, uniform for all places and people. For kaily jumps and hands densely pressed to the case - " hands on seams " are characteristic.

Set-dances have appeared a little later after the Irish soldiers who have come back from wars of Napoleon, have brought with themselves a quadrille - four pairs the friend opposite to the friend, forming a square. The quadrille with the increased rate and actually Irish movements also began to refer to сет. Sets consist of figures - the movements executed in certain sequence. The number of figures can be a miscellaneous - from two six, and everyone with the size - an irish jig (6/8), reel (4/4) or hornpipes (4/4). In сете there are no jumps, characteristic for step-dances, but because of set of versions of steps dance looks rather variously.

Dance the Irish dances in different orders. It can be as the suits made on the basis of clothes of peasants of the eighteenth century (for example, with a greater scarf on a shoulder - for women and in kilt - for men), and other imitations: a waistcoat with a lot of buttons and bridges as a man's variant and a skirt up to anklebones and black corsets as female.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Accessories for dance

One the most exciting questions for performers of belly dance - " How to diversify the dance? ". In fact the attributes in dance define character of the dancer: be it feathers, fire, the weapon or a cane. The subject, dance - nakes to its shower. It not only special effects, is a huge force, the passion which is pulled out outside!

1.Sagats, or cymbals, (they "zisls") - small metal kettle-drum, put on on big and a middle finger of each hand. Are used by professional dancers as independent accompaniment. In their complete set should be two pairs. If cymbals of high quality two have cuts for an elastic tape that does not allow cymbals to dangle and enables you to supervise your actions better.

To own sagats study long enough. Process of training is not so simple, as can seem at first sight. Very often badly trained dancer using in dance sagats, quickly tires hearing even the unsophisticated spectator.
2.Raqs Al Shamadan - dance with a candelabrum. A candelabrum - the big figured candlestick with alight the candles, attached to a head of the dancer. In Egypt Shamaidan danced on wedding, shining young road to happy home life. It is necessary to be able to possess the body so that to isolate movement hips, breasts to supervise softness of a step: in fact the candelabrum should be motionless!

Dance with a subject on a head - long work above itself. Begin with simple: try to dance with the book on a head. Naturally, pay attention to the bearing, on how hold a head. After you have seized the book, try a umbrella-cane. By the moment of purchase of a candelabrum it is necessary to learn not isolate movements, but also superb to own coordination, balance, to have the "trained" vestibular device - and it not one week of persistent trainings. But dance with a candelabrum or a tray impresses for all life.
3.Dance with a cane on-arab refers to Raqs Al Assaya. Speak, that dance has come from men-shepherds, and women have adopted it. Historians approve, that men of the Top Egypt carried with themselves of a stick as the weapon. From fighting movements man's dance with a stick was born. Women began to imitate men with easier cane - so this cheerful dance was born.

Work with a cane is complex, balancing of a cane on a head, breasts, a hip is especially difficultly given. It demands fair skill - in fact it is simultaneously necessary to dance! Juicy deduction of a cane on a hip emphasizes pretty dancers.

If you are still far from purchase of a cane (there is it cheaply, in Moscow from 10 $), and to try to dance with a cane very much it would be desirable now, the umbrella-cane will approach. Be indulged in the pleasure. Rotation in a hand, on a head you even can test balancing on a umbrella, however for execution of other complex elements already traditional cane, with a hook on the end is required. Easy, bamboo, approximately on a belt in height.
4.Dance with a scarf, or a scarf (it is traditional - only an output after which the dancer gets rid of a scarf and continues dance already without it). It is a lot of versions of an origin. Egyptians speak, that a scarf, probably, in general has come from Russia. In 1940th years the governor of Egypt Faruh has invited Russian ballerina Ivanova that that learned its daughters to art of ballet. Ivanova has learned the known Egyptian dancer by name Samia Gamal to a beautiful output with a scarf and to some movements with it - and the scarf has got accustomed in Egypt.

The scarf for dances (it a scarf or "vail") should be length 2,70 - 3 m, width 1 m and is processed on edges. It is possible to decorate a scarf an embroidery, a beads, but it is not necessary to be zealous - the scarf should be a lung, not cling to a suit. The fabric for a scarf should be chosen easy, streamy: it can be chiffon or silk. A beautiful output - the most fascinating part of dance. Therefore it is necessary to consider, as it is original to make it that the spectator at once has plunged into an atmosphere of an event.

To seize a three-meter piece of a fabric it is complex. Work with a scarf is many-sided and demands a fair share of imagination. To leave it is possible, having turned in a scarf; having covered the person; or similarly to serpent to creep out of a scarf. Is a little simple, but effective combinations with a scarf which become an indisputable ornament of any dance: the eights, emissions, "pyramids", " wings Icid ", etc.
5.Dance with a sabre, a sword, a blade.

Womanly belly dance and terrible cold steel of soldiers. Usually sabre and a sword use for beautiful balancing on a head, a stomach or a hip. People are pleasant to be trusted, as if once in the antiquities of the woman accompanied men in military campaigns, at night in tents entertained their dance with the weapon.
6.Dance with fire.

It is a lot of nuances on work with torches: not each premise can accept such dance, a torch can die out, them hard extinguishes, they smoke faintly is not sweet, a smoke not with a smell of a lavender, and you can dance all dance in a soot.

Work with torches is unsafe for the dancer with the long hair, wrapped up in synthetics. To dance it is recommended in wide trousers, and hair to collect in a bunch.

Torches burn not for long, on spirit or kerosene, but to rotate them it is possible, as a cane, more precisely, as two canes in hands. It is possible "to draw" various beautiful combinations in air.
7.Many screw up the face only at a mention of dance with the snake, but, I think, estimate such dance true gourmets can only. Except for absence of fear before this darling brutest, it is necessary to have strong hands, legs to lift the snake.

It is necessary to find the person who will learn you to understand the snake, to address with it, and it is natural, which all time beside during performances will be present. The snake is not a cane, it can react to public, smells, sounds though is a rarity.

If you have decided to find by all means the snake and to dance with it - dare. Only remember: if in you lives though a drop of fear before it you will be capable of inadequate reaction.

It is possible to dance on a floor, under slow music, and only more close by the end of dance to rise. So it will be easier to you to supervise and, and the snake.

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