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Can somone give me some advice: different dance styles
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Author:  wannadance1 [ Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:31 pm ]
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I'm starting dance, wich is better tap, jazz, or ballet/ can oyu help me??

Author:  Alex R [ Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:36 pm ]
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Hello wannadance1 and welcome. You're question is a hard one to answer, because it all depends on whether you're speaking about enjoyment levels, difficulty, or some other factor.

for enjoyment, only really you can decide that one (though for me it would be tap and jazz); for difficulty, I'm not really sure as i'm not a dancer but i'd guess ballet would be the hardest, although someone with more knowledge of this will no doubt help you.

whichever you choose, enjoy it!

Author:  Gina Ness [ Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:20 pm ]
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Hi, wannadance1. If you are interested in musical theater, perhaps taking some jazz classes would be a good idea. Ballet is also beneficial because it is a good, solid base for many other dance forms you might wish to study. Try some different classes and see which ones you enjoy, and take it from there...Good luck! :)

Author:  wannadance1 [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:15 am ]
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thank you both, although wich one would help me perfect my lifts and jumps and bring me to the best of my ability?? I took hip hop for 3 years if this helps~

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:32 am ]
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Hi Wannadance! Can you tell us what are your goals in dance in addition to "...perfect my lifts and jumps and bring me to the best of my ability??." That might help people to advise you further.

Author:  wannadance1 [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:00 am ]
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Like what?? to be number 1 in the class, like that???
If not I want to perfect my torsita (sorry never had to spell that befor!)

Author:  salzberg [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:30 am ]
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I think we're asking, are you dancing just for recreation? For exercise? In the hopes of being a professional dancer?

As a carefully-thought-out plan to be "discovered" by a TV producer who's picking her daughter up from class and then put by her on a nationally-broadcast television show which will be seen by the leaders of a major political party who will decide to run you for political office, culminating in your election as leader of the free world?

Any of the above is a perfectly admirable goal, except maybe the last one.

Author:  wannadance1 [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:35 am ]
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salzberg That's funny, and yes most of thoes and not the last one "culminating in your election as leader of the free world?"

I just want to go somwere dancing!!! I want to be " a great!"

not to b modist of course!!!

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:04 am ]
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Picking up two phrases of yours, wannadance: "which is better" and "want to be a "great". It does depend how you define these terms.

So if money and fame are the key elements, then starting with the top style, I would say:

musical theatre, ballet with modern dance a poor third

whereas if creativity is the main driver, then modern dance would be top of my list. Two examples:

1. Madonna was a talented modern dancer and was on a path to a pro career with all the creative excitement and poor pay and conditions that are part of life performing this dance style. She gave it up as she knew she would never be famous and rich in this art form.

2. A UK dancer I know had achieved quite a lot in ballet, had a name among ballet lovers and a regular income. She gave it up for the financial uncertainty of modern dance as she was excited by the opportunity to have work created on her regularly and to dance in a different way.

There is no one path and yours will depend on your priorities and how you define the terms at the top of this post.

Author:  wannadance1 [ Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:04 pm ]
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Sweeney, that's cool how you put it, and I though of a better goal

I wnat the best one that would help my muical theater and my musical theater would help it!

If that helps!!!

Author:  Alex R [ Sat Dec 10, 2005 6:50 am ]
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I think tap would be very helpful for musical theatre, and jazz could be useful too. that's based upon all the musicals i've seen!

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Dec 10, 2005 6:57 am ]
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I'll bow to the judgement of the teachers here, but Alex's comments look sound and for general dance technique that can be applied in a variety of circumstances, ballet is hard to beat.

Most pro dancers in any style have done at least some ballet and I remember a previous generation of Merce Cunningham dancers saying that they attended ballet class before their Cunningham, to help cope with the rigours of the Master's choreography.

Author:  wannadance1 [ Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:15 am ]
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So how would I do that, just take ballet for mabe a summer or 2?

Author:  beat_bandit [ Sat Dec 10, 2005 6:11 pm ]
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This is starting to look like a troll.

Just try different classes and different teachers. Do what you like, mingle with dancers, ask to the better ones what they do and ask the teachers.

Once you get going, most of your questions will have an obvious answer.


Author:  wannadance1 [ Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:32 pm ]
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thank you bandit! I'l post more tommrrow!

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