Resource for dance teachers/students - contemporary technique class music arranged by count & tempo.


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And here is a waltz, which I assume is written in 3/4. But it feels nice to count it as 1 2 3, 4 5 6 rather than 1 2 3, 1 2 3. There are certainly interesting things happening musically over 6 beats repeatedly, at least to my ear. (I've had more dance training than music training.)

In the end for a dancers, how they count in their head (if they do at all) is a matter of personal preference and what technique your teacher likes you to use. But I find the dancing certainly feels different if I pay attention to and use these short phrases (count in 8 for tango or 6 for waltz) at least some portion of the time.
Thanks for posting the videos - very helpful.

I can clearly hear the 8 beat cycle in that Tango but I was confused as my initial instinct was that the phrase was the 8-bar repeat of the chord sequence/melody not the 2-bar repeat of the rhythm.

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