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How to Keep Time to Music and Develop your Sense of Rhythm

 How to Keep Time to Music and Develop your Sense of Rhythm at your local New Jersey Dance  Studio in Kenilworth NJ

There is a mistaken impression that learning to keep time to music is difficult.  This unfortunate belief that one has “no sense of rhythm” keeps many people from enjoying the pleasures of dancing. If you can march to band music, if your foot can beat time to ordinary dance music, you have well enough sense of rhythm to enjoy dancing. Everyone was born with a sense of rhythm. Nine out of ten good dancers do not know one note from another, but they can keep time. Knowledge of music is not necessary in order to keep time to music.

If You Can Carry a Tune

If you can sing, hum, or whistle a tune- any tune, whether it is a popular dance number, a nursery lullaby or “Yankee Doodle”- then you have already proved that you have sufficient rhythm to become good dancer.

If You Can’t Carry a Tune

If, however, you have difficulty in following a tune- remember, it is not the high notes in a piece of music that determine the dance. It is tempo-the rhythm of music.

If you are standing at the curb when a parade band passes by, you automatically feel the beat and tempo of the march being played. The “oompah-oompah” of the big brass horns and the “boom, boom, boom, boom-boom-boom” of the big bass drum arouses in you a regular, rhythmic pulse. Your muscles automatically get ready to swing you off in perfect step with the rest of the parade!

The same principle is true of dance music. When you hear a popular song played on the radio, you cannot help feeling the underlying tempo, or beat, or the music. If an orchestra is playing, this beat is usually carried by the bass drum. As you listen, shut your eyes and visualize the drummer’s foot working the pedal of the drum. At each beat his foot goes down, and soft “boom” accents the tempo.

These accented or “boom” beats are all you need for dancing. To make sure that you recognize them (if there still is any question in your mind), do these two things:

  1. Seat yourself in a chair—and either hum or whistle a tune, or turn on the radio. As the music plays, imagine you are the drummer and simply beat time with your foot on the floor, as though you were hitting the pedal of the bass drum. Tap your hand on the chair arm in time with the music’s beat too. Keep this up until you can successfully beat time with either hand or foot.
  2. After you have learned to beat time, walk around the room, taking one step to each beat. If you find this a little difficult at first, try it again. Walk in time with the beat of three or four songs. In a surprisingly short while you will find your feet” carrying the tune.”

And that’s all there is to keeping time with the music!

Reference: “How to Become a Good Dancer” by Arthur Murray

Melanie AMK

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Don’ts for Beginners

Don’ts for Beginners

  1. Don’t think the whole world is watching you when you step out on a dance floor. Realize that the others are either good dancers, who are having too good a time themselves to pay much attention to what you do- or that they’re just fair-to-middling dancers, who are too busy taking care of their own feet to keep their eyes on any other particular couple.

 

  1. Don’t be the first couple on the floor-unless you are very sure of your dancing. Wait until the floor is comfortably filled-then step out. Until you have complete confidence in your ability, there’s more safety in numbers.

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to hold your partner firmly. She won’t bite you. But don’t crush with the grip of a boa constrictor, either. The correct amount of pressure for your hand while dancing is just about the same as it would be if you were holding the Girl’s arm to escort her across a street.

 

  1. Don’t be worried about how you will get in step with the music in order to start dancing. And don’t think that you have to start with the very first note the orchestra plays. Remember that the distinctive rhythm of each type of dance music repeats itself every three or four seconds. You can start to dance in the middle of a song as readily as at the beginning. When you have raised your arms and taken hold of your partner, pause for a moment to catch the orchestra’s beat, until a slight sway in the direction of the first step shows that both of you have captured the “feel” of the music.

 

  1. Don’t forget that when a Man takes a Girl to a dance, he always has the first dance with her. And that it is customary, as well, to dance the last dance of the evening together .How many dances you share between these is up to the two of you-though it is exceedingly impolite for a Man to monopolize a Girl for the whole evening. Unless, of course, just the two are dining and dancing together at a club or hotel, with no other friends present.

 

 

 

 

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01-17-12

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Formation Class at Arthur Murray Kenilworth- January 2012

Arthur Murray Kenilworth Formation Class: January 2012

           What is the Formation Class? Learn choreographed steps to a specific dance. This January, the choreography will be for Merengue.

What are the benefits?

1.    It will provide a small routine that can be used at Practice Sessions held at the Arthur Murray Kenilworth studio. This will allow you to feel more comfortable on the floor which in turn will let you have more fun while dancing!

2.    It will help develop your brain in a way that enables you to learn steps and amalgamations much faster and with more ease.

3.    If you come in as a couple, it can be a great and fun routine to do together, but it is also a great routine to know singly so you can dance it with anyone.

4.    This routine can also be used for future events! If you are participating in a Spotlight, Showcase, or perhaps even the Winter Freestyle, you may be able to apply this choreography as an opening or a portion of your routine.

Melanie AMK

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