There’s a common misconception in the dance communities that “march” is a popular term for other dances. It is not. “March” is a popular dance word. It’s also how we have always known them – mumblecore, kite, waltz. “March” is a popular term but it’s a relatively new term.
We use many different terminology to describe many dances, from the modern dance of marching in front of a drumline to the French dance of marching, the dance of the band, the ballet of the lute and so forth. The point is that we don’t use a single term to describe everything (and that’s also why you haven’t seen my dance reviews so far!).
Why aren’t “marsettes” also called “dancers”?
As the term “marks dance” was a little more common, it’s now dropped. The term is not used in the dance community any more.
The other important difference between “raps” and “marsettes” is that a “raps” is a high kick, while a “marsette” is a low kick. A marthosette is a “marsette”. The kick that happens around the knee has to happen as a “rasp”. If you’re not aware of what this means, feel free to ask.
Why do people call dance-inspired dances “marsettes” instead of dance-inspired dances like “jive” or “mambo”?
The reason is a bit of a complicated one (as explained later in the post) but here’s a brief explanation.
Most people outside of dance schools know that the term “marsette” refers to an art form known as “jive”. Jive is a dance that originated from Trinidad and Tobago. It originated from the Spanish language “jigua” which means the dance of the “brave mares” (as they were traditionally known). Because of this, jive was thought of as one of the more popular dance forms in the Caribbean. So, “marsette” is thought to refer to an art form in the Caribbean and not an art form in the US, which is one of the main attractions of the dance.
When I was in the US in college, I didn’t realize there was a difference between “marsette” for dance and dance-inspired dances. I thought everyone used the term “m
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