Ballroom Dance > Need to know if these songs work for my upcoming recital

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by VronskyWasSoVain, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. I like to pick my own songs to dance to for recitals at my school. Being a music fiend, I'm not a fan of the top 40 or mainstream stuff. I like to pick songs I like to listen to which also fit the type of dance I'm gonna be doing. I'm a fan of alternative music and a lot of my tastes are in that area.

    That being said, I will be doing waltz and cha cha for my recital. I was wondering if these songs work.


    Bjork - All Is Full of Love

    Portishead - Glory Box

    Cha cha:

    No Doubt - Detective

    Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You

    If the above songs don't fit the dances, feel free to recommend songs that do. Thanks a bunch!
  2. snapdancer

    snapdancer Well-Known Member

    Since you're going to be leading, you need to have command of the rhythm. Are you able to count out the rhythm of the dance in time to the music? And is it the proper tempo for the dance?

    Maybe your instructor has a suggestion. If not, I'd stick to a song you can count out, even if it's one of those boring old songs. As you gain experience, you might be able to select something else for your second showcase.
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  3. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    I agree with @snapdancer. You could go through threads here suggesting songs for various dances, but TBH, like the rest of the internet, just because something is posted here doesn't mean it's true, or a good idea. :eek: (I find the song suggestions to sometimes be a bit off base, but YMMV.)
  4. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Edwin Collins song is cha. Need to slow down to american tempo. About 8 percent reduction should do it. No doubt song is west coast swing don’t use that
  5. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Waltz has to be 3/4 time. The other songs are 4/4. Portishead song is nightclub two step Bjork song is not waltz either
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  6. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Waltz needs to be powerful and moving music to feel the rise and fall. You should want to die or kill yourself or cry at the end of a good waltz

    Horchata hai caliptus by Alabinia

    Siuil a run by Lisa kelly
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  7. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Bjork song is a night club 2 also but Bjork is singing between the beats ( in bolero timing nonetheless)on purpose which will drive you mad if you try to dance it

    Trust me I’ve tried too many of this type of song
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  8. Yanou

    Yanou Member

    Good point! I myself is looking for a Waltz song, so I'm going to listen to the song I chose to see it fits your criteria.
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  9. MaggieMoves

    MaggieMoves Well-Known Member

    Slow down the Edwyn Collins song by 10 percent and it's perfect. It definitely will work for a sexy than usual cha cha. Be confident.

    Not sure if you like the Goo Goo Dolls... but I don't hear many people Waltzing to it (but it's Viennese...)

  10. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    8 percent. Just sayin
  11. MaggieMoves

    MaggieMoves Well-Known Member

    Pot-ay-toes, Pot-ah-toes :bookworm:
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  12. IndyLady

    IndyLady Well-Known Member

    Pretty much agree with all that has been stated so far. Though the No Doubt song sounds like salsa or possibly samba (if slowed down) to me.

    Yeah that Bjork song was making me want to stab something.
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  13. Xelebes

    Xelebes Member

    For the Bjork and Portishead songs, you're going to need to be doing Alsatian waltz (8:4 time) and I don't know if the teacher is teaching that kind of Waltz. Probably not.

    And by Alsation Walts, you'll be counting against a 1-2-1-2-1-2 rhythm when the dance is asking you 1-2-3-1-2-1-2-3.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2017
  14. Sania

    Sania Well-Known Member

    Hella good by no doubt is a killer cha cha
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  15. Sania

    Sania Well-Known Member

    Waltzes - dark waltz - Victoria Tocca version - you will need to slow it down

    Una furtiva lagrima by Izzy

    Il Gladiatore- Russell Watson - ultimate ballroom album 13 (I think)

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