Monday, November 26, 2007

7th International Penang Dance Sport Championship

Yesterday evening. Was there with mom and sis + 2 good friends, lay peng & yee haw


I particularly love the Viennese Waltz in the Standard category, watching this dance gives me a certain feeling of *falling in love* ahhhhhh. Its such a beauty. In the Latin category, j'adore Paso Doble. So much passion & energy!
Paso Doble or pasodoble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like pasodoble music. It actually originated in southern France, but is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish bullfight. Paso doble means "two step" in Spanish.


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International Standard
Slow Waltz - Tango - Viennese Waltz - Foxtrot - Quickstep
International Latin
Cha Cha - Samba - Rumba - Paso Doble - Jive
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Some background:
The term "ballroom dancing" is derived from the word ball, which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means "to dance". In times past, ballroom dancing was "social dancing" for the privileged, leaving "folk dancing" for the lower classes. These boundaries have since become blurred, and it should be noted even in times long gone, many "ballroom" dances were really elevated folk dances.

The definition of ballroom dance also depends on the era. Balls have featured Minuet, Quadrille, Polonaise, Pas de Gras, Mazurka, and other popular dances of the day, which are considered to be historical dances. Today, the term applies to any one of the several dances in which two individuals, a "leader" and a "follower," dance with physical contact through their upper or lower bodies, or simply their arms depending on the particular variety of dance. Since most social dancing is unchoreographed, this contact is necessary for the leader to communicate the next dance move to the follower, and for the follower to respond to this insinuation. This stands in stark contrast with the style(s) of dance seen in clubs and other social gatherings where physical contact tends to be optional and the individuals in question can move freely without any such restraints imposed by firm physical contact or by the necessity to follow the rhythmic pattern present in the music. Some knowledge of known step patterns is essential for both the leader as well as the follower for ballroom dancing. As most ballroom style dances require some knowledge and practice, they have lessened in popularity among the public in the recent decades. Dance historians usually mark the appearance of the twist in the early 1960s as the end of social partner dancing.

In ballroom dance, unlike all other dances, there is a 'leader' and a 'follower' and both carry out their roles respectively at the same time. There must never be a crossover of roles or the dance can never happen the way it was meant to be. Trust is an essential element here
Just like us, trusting God, to lead us in dancing through life's storms. He is the leader, we are the follower

3 comments:

aronil said...

Ceh wahh not bad... and did u dance in the end too? And wahhh new look eh.

kiawin said...

wah... beli high kelas oh ;)

finally, met your mom :)

enn@j said...

aronil,
no la i tak ambil lessons pun, how to dance. I was just an audience.
yea...time for a new look

Kiawin,
and she hasnt met you...haha. I thought we should have the same parents? ;p