Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by DanceMentor, Oct 19, 2003.
Right. I stretch and move my head A LOT in viennese. I never look to the right on naturals though.
The practice/training one does is much more for developing the
neurological/muscular/joint/etc. controls of the body to
maintain (sense of, and physical reality of) balance throughout
the maneuvers than for ignoring distress. The dancer in control
simply has less or no distress to ignore. That's why good
dancers are "relaxed" rather than "uptight."
I would even say that at some point, for the "same" movements,
the body gets rewired enough to not only stop generating
distress (chemical/electrical) signals, but to generate exhilaration/
pleasure signals. One can get a "high" from movement/spins, and
hence the expression "joy of movement."
Just ask a gymnast practicing tumbles on a balance beam to
start training with the head tilted to one side, ear touching
shoulder. Does anyone really believe head position doesn't
Note that this statement by no means states that head position
is the _only_ reason for dizziness/exhaustion. A much bigger and
more general reason for dizziness/exhaustion is simply that many
dancers don't devote enough time and effort (and money) to
figuring out what needs to be done.
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