Dancing!...(feet as instrument)

Foggers
@foggers
9 months ago
74 posts

Aw I just don't get to go dancing anymore! We were taught country dancing at the very old fashioned girls grammar school I attended in the 70s. The music certainly wasn't as funky as that!! I learned a mix of English and Scottish dances and they were useful for going to ceilidhs when I was a bit older. 

I also had a stint of doing circle dance in the 90s: a generic term for a collection of European folk dances that don't require partnering up and are done in circles, lines or chains. The sessions with live musicians were great; Turkish, Breton, Bulgarian, Jewish, all kinds of tunes.

 

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
9 months ago
491 posts

All this brings back memories of spending one day week from 2nd grade through high school square dancing. It was a real blast. Took a gym class in college called Folk and International Dancing. Those were the days! Thanks for sharing all your dancing experience. I always enjoyed watching John Hartford play his banjo and dance at the same time.

Ken

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Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
9 months ago
208 posts

Strumelia,  I Googled English Country Dancing, for clubs.  The nearest is in Griffin,  Ga., 3 hours from me.

No problem. I still plan to study much on this subject.

When I was a teen, my dad owned a roller skate rink.  Every Sat. Night he would close it for skating, and host a square dance 

  Loads of fun for sure.


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Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
1,700 posts

It's easy to learn to contra dance Terry!  I'm no expert for sure.  Every single dance gets taught slowly before the music begins, so you never really have to remember a dance from one evening to the next.  There are various common moves that get used in different combinations.  We all laugh when we make mistakes.  Lots of people of all ages, and physically challenged folks too.  Contra dancing is fairly popular, so there's one within a reasonable drive maybe once or twice a month, at least here in the Northeast.  The live music is so fun to dance to!   I especially love it in Contra dancing when all the dancers stomp a foot or two and you can feel it through the entire room, just like when the video starts out, and also at 1:10.   :)




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Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
9 months ago
208 posts

Wow, Strumelia.   That is so cool.  It was easy to find you,  being the great fluid dancer that you are.  Seriously, you appeared very much in your eliment. 

Loving the good life.

Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
1,700 posts

Terry, here's a video of a Contra dance in Massachusetts where you can actually see me dancing..

As the video starts, I'm somewhat in the middle of the screen, but on the right side of the aisle, dancing with the fellow in the orange shirt.  At 0:36, I go to a new partner, the fellow in the plaid shirt.  Then later, after the camera pans to the left and then back to the right again, you can see me on the right side again at around 1:10 in the video, and through to the end.  gangnam1




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Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
1,700 posts

Terry, that was just an example of English Country Dance. Nobody filmed the one I went to.

If you do a youtube search of both Contra dance and English Country dancing, you'll see the difference between the two.  Contra is more high energy movement, while ECD is more flowing and stately.  I like them both now!  bananadance




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Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
9 months ago
208 posts

Strumelia,  I couldn't pick you out.  Are you filming?

Anyway, that's way way too cool.  I've got to look into this dance.   My wife and I were discussing taking up some kind of dance, recently.

Time to do some googling.

Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
1,700 posts

I went to my first English Country Dance last weekend.  I've been a Contra dancer for seven years now (!) so 'some' of the dance moves are similar, but i was surprised at how I had to get into a whole different approach.  I goofed up many many times, but everyone was very supportive and helpful.  The drive is a PITA...  75 minutes each way, with annoying detours due to two different closed bridges along the way...and driving back at 11pm in the dark on back road detours...ugh!  I did enjoy myself though and hope to go again. The music is particularly beautiful to listen to while dancing. 

I'd say English Country Dance uses about 1/3 of the energy of a lively contra-  it's serene and flowing compared to higher energy Contra dancing.  I had to remind myself to drink some water now and then.  In a contra dance, there's no way you would 'forget' to drink some water...lol!

This is an example of English Country dancing:




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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
6 years ago
840 posts

That looks like so much fun! (I've only watched the first video and will watch the second one some other time-- line speed tonight's not all that great.) It was impressive that so many people knew what they were doing-- and if they didn't they made it look good.Smile.gif

It'd be neat to learn to dance. I was raised in a church where dancing was a no-no.33.gifI learned lots of great hymns, though.113.gifAnd I wish I could dance. Maybe someday!36.gif




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Sam
@sam
6 years ago
228 posts
... tried it though, d'in ya ? ? Grin.gif


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Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
1,700 posts
Just what I need Sam, a cheap high (hey those days are over for me!)...like I didn't get dizzy enough out there on the dance floor!


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Sam
@sam
6 years ago
228 posts

heheh heh ... wanna cheap high??? Click 'play' on the first video ... wait 20 seconds and click 'play' on the second video ..... MUWAAAAAAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHHHH . ! ! !

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Sam
@sam
6 years ago
228 posts

I once saw Mr. Doug Kershaw perform "Lousiana Man" on the Ed Sullivan show. His unique style with his 'fiddle', his mellow voice (capable of reaching wonderful AAYYYYYY - EEEEEEEEEEEE's when called upon) and the rhythmic time kept by his feet were memorable. I have looked for that video particulary to revisit the accompanying beat he kept with his feet. I cannot emphasize enough how much it enhanced that performance.

Instruments? Yes in this case, I think so.

Wonderful perspective Lisa.




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Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
1,700 posts

Here is what I was doing all this past Saturday, at the Dance Flurry in Saratoga NY, 2011.

(I actually was amongst the dancers in both these two videos, but I'm not really visible.)

I had a heck of a good time, but as expected, I was sore for 3 days after arriving there at 10am and leaving after midnight, dancing most of that time. I must have danced for about 10-12 hours Saturday. I took classes in Norwegian, Swedish, and Italian village dances, but mostly did contra dancing in between, like the two contra dances shown here. The second clip shows a really cool two-person band with digiridoo, the first band is more typical.

talk about your major exercise! My poor feet the next day...
















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Strumelia
@strumelia
6 years ago
1,700 posts

Well I guess dancing falls within percussion instruments in this 'other instruments' forum.




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updated by @strumelia: 02/05/16 02:50:45PM