A lot of it is about dancing with a partner. The great thing about this form of dancing is that you can practice all the movements and still be successful at the finals. Your partner knows what you are going to do or where you need to be.
When did people first dance? Or do you think that it’s a modern form?
The forms that have been around for a long time have been around for a very, very long time. When we start out, we are just dancing like a robot, trying to fit the patterns that the teacher gives us. We get bored, we start to break the patterns, then we get bored. We start to ask ourselves, “What if we were going to start the program differently?” For a long time, there has been this tradition of taking the programs that were taught to us from our teachers and trying new things. When we get back to the old ways, we start to wonder if we should take our programs from the instructors who have taught them. At first we go along with how the instructor teaches us, but eventually we stop and we do it ourselves. We become our own teachers.
What have the dancers in your circle taught about how this dance should be done? We sometimes have to re-educate our group members about this.
When I teach, I try to find my group and find people that like it. We try to teach them how to dance differently, to be different. We try to find their comfort zones.
Do you think that people are always dancing with the same people? Is that common?
I haven’t found anyone to find a dance that they do with that particular person just because of their dance. The more I learn about Dance, the more common they seem to be. I have found that dancing with people I would not otherwise be dancing with just makes dancing more fun and more beautiful to me.
What type of dance do you feel like you would be happiest dancing.
I would be happiest doing any kind of dance. But I also think that dance has always taken me where I wanted to go. I think dancing has taught me how to see things I wouldn’t normally see or how to experience things that I wouldn’t normally experience. I am happy for every dance and I believe that dancing makes people different, as does living. I think the beauty of life is the same every day.
Tell me about your current group and their dance routine.
The most recent group
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