Happy New Year everyone! I hope you were all good little bootscooters who got what you wanted from Santa. If not, then here’s my belated Christmas present to you – the first review of 2014! (Side note: I’ve also tidied up the “My dances” page a little, and will hopefully be adding some new dances there soon too.)
Dance: Fools to Kings
Choreographer: Amanda Bowden
Music: “Love Changes (Everything)” by Musikk featuring John Rock
Description: 72 count, 2 wall intermediate line dance with 2 tags and 1 restart
You know what? It’s too hot to think and too close to Christmas to be critical, so instead of a review today let’s have something a bit more fun. As line dancers, most of us are familiar with a broad range of terms like kick-ball-change, sailor steps, bridges, tags and restarts. But there are some words and phrases that don’t appear on the kind of sheets teachers sometimes hand out, that are also worth knowing. Here are a few, both of my own creation and overheard at various events:
In some classes, a phrase yelled in unison at the end of any dance set to a slow, sweet song.
Hip sways, especially as a tag. So named because when you want to add some vegetables to dinner and don’t know what to use, you just use carrots; when you want to add a tag and don’t know what to use, just use hip sways.
Do you need a walkthrough?
Question used by teachers to check who’s paying attention. Typically, the people most likely to answer yes are the ones least likely to be listening, so that 10 seconds into playing the music the need for a walkthrough is made obvious.
No tags or restarts
A cause for celebration. See also parsimonious phrasing.
Putting the bare minimum of tags and restarts in a dance while still remaining faithful to the music. While it may not be the best thing to do all the time, it’s worth trying your dance with a parsimonious phrasing to help work out if you really do need a phrasing section double the length of the main dance.
A platypus, as the saying goes, is a duck designed by committee. Similarly, when a large group of choreographers collaborate on a dance, you often end up with something where each part looks reasonable on its own, but which lacks a certain coherency as a whole.
Are there any words or phrases you hear used often in class that you think should be better known? Let me know in the comments.