Waiter! There’s a Compulsory in my Dance…

31 Jan

Thoughts on the Short Dance…

There are certain classic sandwiches.  Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Mozzarella, pesto, and tomatoes.  Ice Cream.

The Short Dance is not one of them.

The Short Dance places a compulsory in the middle of what would otherwise be called a dance (that rant is to come too) like a bad riff in jazz.  Can I appreciate the technique?  Sure.  Did it bring me closer to the big O-vation?  Not a chance.

Now, I get the functionality.  It’s an added metric.  But wait:  Is that not why they added all those required elements?  What happened to creativity?

Dance by numbers:  *Now with added repetitive sequences!*

Still, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate compulsories.  Very much.  There is something very meditative to the repetitive flow of a compulsory dance.  The formality and ‘proper’ air should not be lost to flexibility and creative plagiarism.  They are an essential training tool and they are a damn fun romantic ride.  Plus, there is an (too often unstated) economic reality to continuation of them that cannot be ignored.

I wonder though, at the senior level:  What function does a compulsory have within the expression of ‘creative’ dance?  Are we so unsure of our virtuosos’ technique that we need to run them through their paces?  Do we need to add yet another codification to a pleasure that we used to liken to art?

Either it is dance or it is sport.

Or, perhaps, it is mathematics…

I miss the time for drama and art.


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