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Online Lindy Hop Dance Lesson Pack: Idance To The Music (4 lessons)

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Title: iDance to the Music

Description: Duke Ellington said in his autobiography Music Is My Mistress that the thing he looked for most in a musician was his ability to listen. As social dancers, listening is the most important thing we can do as well, whether we are speaking metaphorically about listening to your partner or literally about listening to the music. But what does it really mean to listen? The definition I like the best is "to make an effort to hear" something. Many people passively listen, simply letting the music wash over them; they are in turn following the music instead of participating with it. Listening is an active process that yearns to be backed by education and intention. Without intention, there is no improvisation. Being able to identify rhythmic structure and melody is an important part of developing your listening and dancing skills. Once you start to recognize the form you can more actively make your dancing fit not only the pulse and feel of the song but the structure. This will give your dancing the look and feel of choreography while maintaining the spontaneity of improvisation.

Terms you need to know:
Bar = four beats. (In order to get eight counts from bars, divide the bars by two.)
Chorus = part of the song that repeats

Dance genre: Lindy Hop

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Lessons in this pack

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Lesson , Style Instructors Level Price
Lindy Hop - 32 Bar Forms :: Lindy Hop
The first musical form we're going to look at is the ever-popular 32 bar song (sixteen 8-counts in each chorus). Many, many songs are written in this form. I Ain't Got Nobody, My Blue Heaven, I Ain't Gonna Give You No...
Chance Bushman, Giselle Anguizola

3

$1.99
Lindy Hop - 12 Bar Forms :: Lindy Hop
The 12 bar blues song is a common form in Traditional Jazz and Swing (six 8-counts in each chorus). It is important to note that just because a song is a 12 bar blues, does not mean it is a "blues" song. There is more...
Chance Bushman, Giselle Anguizola

3

$1.99
Lindy Hop - 16 Bar Forms :: Lindy Hop
In this iDance lesson we explore the 16 bar song (eight 8-counts in each chorus). While less common than its 32 bar brother, there are many recognizable songs in the form. Careless Love, Milenburg Joys, I Love Pie I L...
Chance Bushman, Giselle Anguizola

3

$1.99
Lindy Hop - Irregular Forms :: Lindy Hop
Not all songs have one of the above-mentioned forms: 12 bars, 16 bars, or 32 bars. Some songs have forms unique to their melody. For example: Sugar Blues, Darktown Strutter's Ball, and A Good Man Is Hard To Find. Thes...
Chance Bushman, Giselle Anguizola

3

$1.99
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