Skippy Blair's DANCE BLOG

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Counting "sets of 8" in the music (video: 1 min. 15 sec.)

In this clip we count the “sets of 8” in the music. A “set of 8” defines the beat of the music and the ability to count the “sets of 8” is the only way to confirm that you're on the beat. In particular, pay attention to the hand motion we use as we count as it's a good exercise to bring the beat into your body.

Music credit: "Alva's Baby Blues" by Ray Sharpe

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

When do you stop counting? (video: 2 min.)

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Dancers at every level can benefit from counting. This clip answers the question: When do you stop counting? Note that there are different levels of counting, which are described in my dance dictionary under the entry, 'count - levels of counting' (you have to scroll down to it).