Useful Tips

The base of modern dance


Thrash bits can be successfully executed in odd and complex sizes. Understanding this fact will give you powerful tools for working with groups that use complex sizes in their music. I explain - usually when playing music in complex and odd sizes, the drummer begins to repeat the pattern of the guitar and plays a broken rhythm. In these cases, few people are aware of using a scan to make the composition more “mobile”.

Consider all the examples in the interpretation of the eighth notes, which is most convenient.

The main sizes in which it is convenient to play thrash bits are as follows: 3/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8.

Before playing thrash in odd sizes, you should learn to count these sizes, or feel. The following exercises will help you do this.

Each of the sizes is very easy to divide into groups of notes:

5/8 = 3 + 2/8 or 2 + 3/8

7/8 = 3 + 4/8 or 3 + 2 + 2/8 or 4 + 3/8

9/8 = 2 + 2 + 2 + 3/8 and so on

Weak shares can be ignored. Those. in the case of size 5/8, we conduct as follows: “ONCE - two - three - four - five - ONE - two - three - four - five. ".

We write the word "TIME" with a capital letter - a small emphasis should be placed on "TIME" (either mentally or really emphasize).

Here's how to learn how to count 5/8:

"ONE - two - three - ONE - two":

"ONE - two - ONE - two - three":

Add a kick to the bass barrel for these accents (we think in the same way):

The scheme obtained from this group of notes should be imagined in the form of sounds and chanted. You can even visualize the ripple of notes, this will help to play smoothly. Many musicians resort to this technique - from African drummers - percussionists to great masters like Marco Minnemann.

Now we play thrash in the size of 5/8. If we just apply a thrash beat, we get a “broken" rhythm. In principle, it’s also an option, especially in broken compositions:

And here is how to get a “continuous” scan: you need to continue the scan in the next measure, ignoring the bar. Here's what it looks like:

When listening to this fragment, you can ask a reasonable question: what is the meaning of this approach, because the size of the composition will still not be felt due to the flow of notes? How to correctly beat such a fragment?

The first thing you can do is to allocate every new beat with a hit on the crash. This will sound very cool, because in this case the listener will inevitably feel that the size of the composition and rhythm is unusual:

Now let's add a break - it turned out a brutal and damn beautiful picture!

With other groups of notes - similarly. Here is a terrific example of a progressive approach to the game:

The last example is amazing. But in fact, there is nothing complicated in it - it's pure mathematics and a little ingenuity. Be persistent.

This lesson is one of the chapters of the book "Progressive Percussion in the Thrash Metal Style" published by the Prostobuk publishing house in Russian. The author of the book on the forum is known as Metis.

Dance styles

Striptease is the art of seduction ... It is interesting in that it is able to reveal femininity, sensuality and sexuality in a dancer. Becoming on a par with a man, a woman of our time increasingly forgets to be a woman. Classes strip refresh instincts, break the shackles of constraint, learn to express feelings and emotions. Classes on the pylon, in turn, provide amazing physical fitness.

Difficulties: requires rhythmic gymnastics skills, good stretching and a beautiful figure.

The dancers of these genres are real "magicians of dance", originating from the art of pantomime. What they do is amazing! Not for nothing, today there is no one cooler than breakers in modern dance. In their speeches, we see the highest level of control over the body, the most complex elements, so unimaginable that sometimes it is even painful to watch. Delight bordering on horror!

Difficulties: in order to really achieve something in break dance, you need to devote yourself to him. And you need to be extremely careful, it can not do without injuries.

What you need for fashionistas craving for the scene! The highest degree of posturing and acting. They play on the grace of forms and lines, which advantageously reveal the beauty of a half-naked body. Vogue and Waaking are “pathos for whites”. Vogue style is characterized by model poses; it imitates podium walking. In the style of Waaking, which took a lot from Vogue, hand movements predominate (the name itself translates as “wave hands”), they borrowed many movements from locking. Go-Go is a freer style, in which the two previous ones were mixed and elements of other styles, such as a strip, were added. This is the most popular style of dancing night clubs.

Difficulties: excellent physical data and moral readiness are required for the protrusion on the stage in almost underwear.

A modern interpretation of ballet that preserves aesthetic traditions, but gives freedom and flexibility of technique, abolishing the strict standards of classics. These styles are based on choreography. Most higher education institutions present contemporary dance. But the paradox is that this genre is completely unsuitable for dancing to modern dance music. This is a purely stage dance technique.

Difficulties: to succeed in this style, you need to deal with since childhood.

The highest "theatrical" form of choreographic art, the embodiment of the highest aesthetic ideals. This is an exclusively stage-oriented dance. It has inherent stringent standards and high requirements for performance techniques, many of which are carried out to the limit of human capabilities. In terms of complexity, the elements of ballet can only be compared with the elements of break-dance.

Difficulties: professional ballet classes do not pass without a trace. Extremely high requirements leave their mark on the formation of the body, especially because ballet must be practiced from childhood, while the body is still supple. Damage to ligaments, tendons, joints, overdeveloped individual muscle groups and much more are possible.

These destinations are extremely popular today. This is not only dancing, it is leisure, communication, discos. These styles bring people together: energetic, passionate movements, exciting swaying hips ... Although for the most part they are pair dances, but they are organized so that you can easily change partners, make new acquaintances. And they do not require special training, are quite simple to learn.

Difficulties: at the initial stage, there are few difficulties for lovers, the main thing is to find a suitable partner.

The lower break is a masterpiece of our time, bordering on the impossible, going beyond human capabilities. It incorporates the elements and style of the Hip-Hop culture, performed by DubStep or Hip-Hop music. The technical essence of the style is the control of “torque” in all possible positions, i.e. continue to rotate when the position changes at any support points, even on the head. This is the most complicated acrobatics superimposed on the rhythms of music. Suitable for short, stocky dancers.

Difficulties: extremely difficult to prevent injuries

Spanish folk dance with obligatory traditional costumes. Flamenco is particularly dramatic and attracts quite an adult audience. This is a spectacular and expressive genre filled with passion. He is characterized by specific choreography of his hands, active beating of taped trills and gorgeous pa in the frill of chic skirts in a gypsy manner.

Difficulty: a keen sense of rhythm is needed

The art of seduction, erotic dance of the east (ancient striptease). Performed in specific costumes with clinking scales, which enhances the musicality of the dance, synchronization with music. Oriental dance is rich in all kinds of techniques in plastic, rhythm, replete with small details and decorations. Truly professional dancers are mesmerized by the beauty of the curves of a half-naked body and clear, finely drawn movements. Unlike other styles, “oriental dancers” delight in expressiveness of magnificent forms, the ability to reveal the features of a female figure to the advantage.

Difficulties: small shaking, vibration, harmful to an unformed female body.

Base of Modern Dance - dance format for the dance floor, suitable for music of different genres. This is a universal dance technique that combines any style, type and manner. It is not required to memorize the dance links and performances, the dance is built according to the principle of the designer: there are basic elements and rules of how they are combined with each other. Having studied several movements and having learned to combine them with each other, you can improvise to different music, for this several months of training are enough. The whole dance is based on rhythm, plastic and coordination of movements.

Difficulties: to achieve beauty and ease in improvisation, it takes time to restore atrophied muscle groups.

Active styles for expressive youth: techniques with swings and jumps to music with a direct rhythm. Extremely energy consuming, attract a lot of attention and require a lot of space. You will not be lucky if you find yourself next to such a dancer on a clogged dance floor, since this is not often found, but at street festivals these styles became a hit! These techniques start, - and I want to join in and dance. But the dancers are not enough for a long time, because the set of movements is not very large and diverse, and all are quite energetic.

Difficulties: finding a place to fulfill them

Initially, R’n’B is a culture of funk, jazz and soul. She also contributed to the emergence of rock and roll. In the future, R’n’B and Hip-Hop began to mix actively, as they are both part of an African American culture. Today, R’n’B as a dance includes all possible techniques, but all of them are performed in a particularly pathos manner, in a mandatory ultra-fashionable outfit. Classes R’n’B - a great solution for those who want to "show themselves." This style gives self-confidence, a sense of one's own coolness and sexuality, it is a cure for complexes and insecurity that is so lacking for young people, which is why it is a purely youthful trend.

Hip-hop, however, is a serious direction, where the dance is justified by the really cool training of dancers who do not neglect break-dance.

Difficulties: constantly psychological pressure inside the team, where the spirit of struggle and competition reigns.

Pair dance with strict choreographic standards. Dancers are completely attached to their partner, which is extremely difficult to replace.
Disadvantages: traumatism, occupational diseases. Given that this is a professional dance for participating in competitions, leaving a partner almost always entails the collapse of a dancer's professional career.
Advantages: fully discloses the topic of interaction with a partner. The highest form of possible pair dance art.

This is the oldest, and at the same time, the most modern style of dance. He is constantly changing how the standards of femininity and masculinity are changing. You can dance it in different ways, but the meaning does not change from this. This dance is exciting sexual interest, allowing you to enjoy your image, the effect that you produce. This is the most emotional style of dance, in which the features of male and female movements are most expressed. Here, the line separating the most beautiful and the disgusting passes very subtly. Therefore, the high qualification of the choreographer is simply necessary.

The broad concept of "club dance" includes many movements of various styles. They can be performed synchronously or solo. Club dance today is divided into 2 directions: to music with a direct rhythm and to music with a broken rhythm. The direct rhythm is classical electronic music like Disco House, Techno, Progressive. Broken rhythm is break beat, break, R’n’B, Hip-Hop.

Originated in the time of the relevance of ballroom dancing, modern jazz is a combination of classical techniques, street dance styles, jazz improvisation.

The combination of all the styles of “old school”, such as plastic, slides, king-tat, robot. Break Dancing is exciting, vibrant, and colorful. For this reason, he has become very popular. Break dancing first appeared in the South Bronx (Big Up’s to da Bronx!) In the 70s. At first he danced on cardboard boxes laid out on the street, which turned the sidewalk into a stage. Street dancers mixed aerobatics dance with martial arts and disco dance, and each performer crafted his own style. Music poured from portable stereo tape recorders. Now this is a personal way to get in shape and have fun!

Dance technique allows you to get a crowd of spectators using standard techniques of artistry, wide, amplitude movements, exciting attention, courage and play. One of the main elements of Go-Go is the expression of sexuality and the minimum amount of clothing.

In the early 70's in the United States, a huge number of groups dancing on the streets formed, subsequently reincarnating in culture. She incorporated a popular form filled with elements of various styles of dance.

Stage, power style of synchronized dance, allowing to work out quality, endurance. A large number of synchronous combinations of popular movements and courage are presented.

Powerful dance style for a scene where movements are performed at full strength and at high speed. A large number of “wide” movements, swings, rotations and turns are represented in this style.

All kinds of moonwalks in all directions. This technique is perfectly combined with plastic. At the heart of the style are moonwalks, which give an illusory effect of sliding on the floor. The style includes more than 20 types of walks. Swimming or gliding on the floor is an illusion created with your feet. This creates the feeling that you are trying to go in one direction, but you are actually moving in another. A classic example of this effect is ‘Moonlight Walk’ made by the famous Michael Jackson. The actual illusion is an old pantomime trick.

As a result of the “psychedelic revolution” of the late 60s, a culture of music, fashion, and dance was formed. The manifestation of their personality in this form is relevant to this day. Disco style has influenced many other styles that appear later.

He gained great popularity around the world, thanks to the music to which he performed. This super-trendy dance direction helps to acquire not only excellent athletic form, but also provides an opportunity to show "aerobatics" in clubs. The style descended from Hip-Hop, has become more diverse and complex. The abbreviation "R&B" stands for "Rhythm and Blues." As a rule, it is danced at the level of improvisation.

Trance as a stylization of dance technique, with a milder character of movements based on the specific features of electronic trance music, mainly absorbed movements that anyone can perform without special physical training. This is a dance of deep feelings that are not always understood by others.

This is not a dance style, but a level of proficiency in any style. The art of arbitrarily combining the movements of all the styles you know in an arbitrary order without the participation of logical memory, using motor memory.

Other areas of club dance are Hip-Hop. The music of these styles is less aggressive, the movements are more free. This is a rhythmic, jumping technique. Hip-hop can be distinguished by the spring and, as the name implies (hip-hop - jump small).

Emulation of robot movements, setting fixations and many other effects. The inspiration in the development and improvement of the Robot was pantomime. Animation and futurism live in most people. The hydraulic movements of the robot, performed to music, which is becoming more rhythmic. One of the first Robot style dancers was James Brown (“Goodfoot“, 1969), Los Angeles. The Tick - used in the style of dance Robot (Robotics). The movement gives the illusion that the parts of the body are mechanical, in character and fixation, or start with a push.

This style belongs to the “old school” break dance and consists of geometric movements with all parts of the body that are performed at right angles. The style looks like a geometric mosaic. This style imitates the scenes depicted on the walls of Egyptian pyramids and temples. Combined with The Tick style, it includes circular rotations of various parts of the body.

Soft movements of the whole body. Style allows you to master the technique of "wave", which you can perform all parts of the body, as well as learn a large number of smooth movements. These movements are used in most other dance styles as auxiliary.

Dance movements for the dance floor, which are easily combined with each other in any sequence, which allows you to develop the ability to improvise. Style is dancing to the floor, so you do not get tired. Usually includes movements from different styles and directions.

Dance movements that anyone can perform without special training, simple movements with their legs and body, are used at discotheques, and are convenient when moving from one style of dance to another.

Вошедший в классику силовой стиль танца используется при участии в батлах, перетанцовках (танцевальных соревнованиях), включает в себя простые акробатические элементы.

Согласно Ejoe Willson, который считается одним из лучших танцоров в Нью-Йорке, Хаус родился в 1988 г., как танец под хаус музыку. Хаус отличается от Хип-Хоп, как говорит Ejoe, тем что когда танцуешь хаус, ты подчиняешь своё тело мелодии, в то время как в Хип-Хопе ты подчиняешь тело музыкальному биту. Хаус танцуется практически во всех прогрессивных танцевальных клубах. It is distinguished by high speed (like all club music), sharp movements of the hands, with a certain kind of swing.

The effect of an electric wave. A mix of plasticity and Robotics style movements.

4. Break dance

Well, everyone knows about this area of ​​dance. The dance, which belongs to the hip-hop culture and inside it, is called "breaking". In our country, for a long time it was customary to divide “break-dance” into “lower” and “upper”, and such a concept as “upper break” did not exist anywhere else in the world. Actually, what we called the “upper break” is another form of breakdance, originating not on the East coast of the USA, but on the West. These dances are based on the funky culture of the West Coast and are represented by the styles of “Locking”, “Popping” and “Electric Bugalo”. Today there are a lot of varieties of breaking, but since we are not a specialized dance magazine, we won’t write about all the dance areas. Therefore, read on. Better dance.

We hope we satisfy your curiosity. Glory to you and honor on any dance floor of any city, dude!