Archive for February, 2009

I Have Two Left Feet

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

If you really have two left feet then I recommend you see prosthetician. He may need to amputate the extra left foot and replace it with the right foot. But please check with your medical doctor.

In dance people often use this phrase to refer to pedis confusio. Literally this means “feet confusion”. This disease is the result of an underdeveloped coordination of the mind and feet. Don’t worry, Dr. Swing can help with this problem. The problem manifests itself as an in ability to step with the desired foot, especially while the dance instructor is shouting “right, now left”. This can cause marital difficulties, too, if your partner is also your spouse. As such, you can imagine that this is a very important disease to treat.

Treatment usually consists of the patient spending time alone practicing stepping with their right foot then their left foot… over and over. Do this for 10-15 minutes at a time, a couple times a day. After a week or so, practice this exercise to music. Try to step with the music… if you have problems stepping with the music you may have another related disease: nullus audio rhythmos (can’t hear the rhythm), which is the subject for another day.

After mastery of this simple exercise the patient must practice stepping in different directions, preferably in time with the music. Try stepping across the front of your body (e.g., with your right foot step to the left of your body, crossing over your left foot). Step to the right, left, backwards, forwards, etc.. Step in as many directions as possible, be creative.

Through these exercises and persistance, you will develope the ability to step with the desired foot and the disease will be cured.

Good luck! Don’t hesitate to call if you need professional assistance. The Doctor is always available. In case of emergency, dial 911.

What’s in a Move? A bunch of Phonemes!

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Ella Fitzgerald scats Smooth Sailing with a few words but mostly meaningless sounds. Put those meaningless sounds together in one way and you have words. Put them together in another way and you have scat… with no meaning, and still no words. But! impressive and fun to listen to… perhaps even more so than words could ever say.

Dance a move. There’s a bunch of meaningless motions that make the move… put them together in one way, and you have an outside turn. Put them together in another way, and you have an inside turn. Or a belt turn. Or a tuck turn, or a bridge…

Can you scat your dances? Can you put together a bunch of meaningless motion… little bits of motion… in such a way that it is impressive and fun. These little bits of motion are the raw material for dancing.

Ella Fitzgerald transforms from a singer to a musician in her scat. The person who dances transforms to a dancer in their danscat.