In the lecture, Luca talked about the need to maintain vertical balance and, re-watching the demos, I could see them maintaining that in their torsos. Clearly, their fluidity is the result of the technique they use, not an abandonment of technique.
thanks so much for posting the link. I am not at the point where I can take apart the technique, however I knew that the waltz was just amazing, and watched the clip over and over again.
Non related, but I then watched a waltz from 1994. Funny but I was just so distracted by the poof dress with feathers that I could not really enjoy the dancing as in the first waltz. I am so glad the costumes have taken a turn for the better.
I gathered from listening to Luca that an understanding of how to achieve the beauty of that fluidity lies in understanding the nuances of how to subtley articulate the spheres of movement around each joint. Not something I understand. But I look forward to getting to the point where I can start to absorb that information.
I'm not sure about the 'spheres of movement' idea, but a clear challenge is to learn where each part of the body should be to enable a given action. Often times the places where an untrained body wants to be fluid or stretched are the places where it really should be toned and aligned, wheras the places where it tends to be stiff are the places where it should be soft and accomodating. For a trained dancer of course this is all natural, and it's probably even true that students get in their own way at times by worrying too much - but still, there needs to be some specific guidance to learn where the strength goes and where the softness goes. You have to train your instincts before you can just go with the flow.
And I don't see that level of detail to do that being covered in lectures, though the basic elements would not be too complex to address in that setting.
Often times the places where an untrained body wants to be fluid or stretched are the places where it really should be toned and aligned, wheras the places where it tends to be stiff are the places where it should be soft and accomodating.
Yes, that's definitely my experience. I never received dance training before studying ballroom, and most of my effort revolves around developing strength & control in some areas and looseness & extension in others. Getting that into my body is my primary focus every day. Trying to add another dimension would be so confusing to me right now.
But the desire to be able to dance like that is the inspiration that keeps me plugging away!
thanks DSG... appreciated these clips. i do plan on getting the rest of their videos soon... interesting that these are still on youtube considering they are copyrighted, but it's sure nice to see them
Thank you for posting those. I am having such trouble getting the topline I want from myself. Videos like these certainly help. I need to watch like 50 times all the while practicing along with them! lol!