Tuesday, March 19, 2013
It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It
Dancing With The Stars
Begins A New Season Tonight
I don't know why I watch this show. I've seen enough bad dancing to last me the rest of my life. Well, yes I do know why. I love to guess the scores and see if they match with the judges scores. I especially like to match scores with Judge Len Goodman, the old guy in the center. He's a purist and from the old school of Ballroom Dance, the same as I am.
Ballroom dance doesn't leave room for much creativity. There are standard figures and you dance them. DWTS allows more creativity within the dance as long as the steps are done in the rhythm of the dance. The professional dancer teaches the STAR ( the Celebrity) their dance in a week. If the star has had previous training, the dance can go fairly well, as figure skater Dorothy Hamil's went tonight. If they haven't had dance training (like Wynona Judd, who just sings), well, that is the type of dancing I said I've seen enough to last the rest of my life.
Ballroom dance is difficult, difficult and ditto. I'm referring to competitive Ballroom Dance and the high standard that is expected on DWTS. Social dancing is a way to have fun but even the social dancers begin to look at dancing differently after they indulge in a few private lessons.
After competing 25 years in Ballroom Dance, belonging to a Flamenco Troupe (and keeping up a family and marriage), I couldn't begin to count the hours spent in practice. As the old song says,
"It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it."