So, we’ve been working on the Big Apple. It’s a “group” jazz routine for those of you that don’t know.
The beginning of the dance is fairly easy. We breezed through the steps pretty quickly and have been practicing them and I almost even have them up to speed. (the music is really cooking’) The first flying Charleston step proved to be a little bit of a challenge, but with practice it’s gotten to be really easy. I am thinking of making up some “Zumba” like routines to some great electro-swing music mostly for the purpose of practicing steps like these in a more interesting and fun way, and also to give myself an alternative to running on the treadmill.
So, tonight- review the knee slaps, fall off the log, run around, and the London Bridge. This is the most recent step we learned, and it’s hard to practice without a partner! The next step is the clap sequence and break step into the line-up. That doesn’t sound like it will be too hard. Though, we will see if that holds true when we get there. My goal is to be able to do the big apple from the beginning through the line-up. I probably won’t even be close to the right speed, but as long as we get the steps, we will eventually get there.
Now… Topic Two- Phrasing
This is a totally new concept for me- in dancing. Being a follow, I don’t generally get to decide what steps I do. But, I am really excited about stumbling upon this not so new idea. Just like in any music there are varying levels of phrasing in dancing. James and I are going to work on developing the ability to phrase our dancing to match the music. Clearly we are going to have to start off simple.
I want my goal for tonight to be working on simple phrasing. For instance, taking a “phrase” in this case, 4- 8 counts and doing something simple in the first three, then ending the fourth one with a “trick”. I would like to practice this a bit tonight and feel comfortable with that. I am hoping to get practice in with a few different songs with a few different tempos. I will update on how that goes. I will leave you with a nice swingin’ sailor lindy 🙂