Usually, we talk a lot about technique, steps, history, exercises, practical advice, etc., but dwell quite little on issues of emotional content or emotional dynamics of the dance.
Modern music and in particular beat scene and hip-hop have a wide emotional palette from sleepy-depressive emo sound to face-melting post-apocalyptic compositions and, of course, there is a mass of musical shades and mixtures between these boundaries. This, in turn, dictates the need to master a different arsenal of techniques and use them correctly in the context. This means, if the track is positive, then your image, at least, should not be in dissonance and not express what the vibration of the music definitely does not carry. If the track or composition is brutal and has, for example, a futuristic dark character, then show joy, a wide smile, etc. in your dance will be completely out of topic.
The context is important. When you understand it you can express and boost its emotions through your moves. I know that sometimes, it is difficult to do it for various reasons. That’s why I made a list of the things that could stand in your way.
1. Obviously, a lack of technical solutions, foundations, developments is a problem. If you master different techniques, then you understand that if the Harlem Shake is appropriate at the moment, probably old-school isolation or waving is absolutely out of turn and vice versa.
2. Stuck on one emotional pattern (“curtain” as dancers call it). Unfortunately, many dancers today are completely emotionless. They often state it as a style or as an image, which is a substitution of concepts. Quite simply, if you do not feel the different palette of music, there are gaps and this is not an image at all. By the way, the following point often leads to this result.
If you do not feel the different palette of music, there are gaps and this is not an image at all.
3. Training for the same sound and for the same subgenre. Obviously, if you practice to boom bap or wonk for a long time, you will understand this music more. But what about other sound palettes or sub-genres? There will be gaps. Therefore, the variety of music and the expansion of the zone of musical comfort rules!!!
4. The desire to repeat someone’s vivid vision. The desire to be similar, original, or to do like that super champion, in itself, is quite positive, at the first levels of a dancer’s growth. But then it can lead to the fact that you stop thinking about the main thing “how to dance your dance and understand your state of being, and not the state of someone”. In the end, the meaning of all the basics is to give you the maximum opportunity to express your dance, and not dance as your idol or his friends half of your life… Seek, recognize, express!
The meaning of all the basics is to give you the maximum opportunity to express your dance
5. Desire to “decompose” the music before you felt it. If you haven’t caught the groove and the nature of the music, you should not try to decompose it into molecules. Internal rhythms, as well as accents and effects, become important and interesting against the background of the main picture, but if you kill the main message with your attempts to show effects and sub rhythms, then what is the point? Of course, fear and lack of experience also play a role, but eventually, they won’t impede you as at the beginning. Over the years, they are perceived as just an easy experience, which actually does not take a lot of you anymore.
The listed mistakes can follow you for years, stepping on the toes, disguising themselves as “true” ones, so you should pay special attention to them.
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