How to Effectively Mix Dance Styles

We’ve all seen how famous dancers throughout the years visit other countries, come back to their own and blend foreign styles with their traditional ones. Samia Gamal added Latin dance to her Belly dance routines, Denishawn complemented their modern pieces with Indian & Oriental dances, and I like to mix Popping with my Oriental dance…

But how do you blend different styles with it looking like it gels together?

I discovered three main keys to mixing up different dance styles so that it doesn’t look like a dance fit on the floor.
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Match the pace~
Different styles of dance are signified by their specific timing of their movements. If you work with two styles, you will need to slow one down or speed one up and match to other. This makes a nice blend with put side by side.
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Look for coherency~
Try to match songs and dances that intermingle well. Although I don’t see Whacking and Ballet being easily done together in the same routine & tune, I wont be surprise if someone pulls it off. Instead, look for styles that can easily pivot off of one another like Hula & Belly or Tinkling & Indian Classical.

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Listen to song changes~
There are key places in the music of the rhythm that change, especially in middle eastern songs. At this transition would be a good time to switch the dance styles. It will look intentional & cohesive.
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Have you blending any dance styles lately, and if so which ones?

Christian Dancer or Dancer for Christ?

As a dancer, I’ve been considering who I am lately. To be a Christian says a lot of things, and some things I’ve discovered that I do not agree with. I will review those thing in full and in depth in another post. But one of the question I asked myself and I ask you, is, did God create us and this wonderful plan of salvation, just to give us….Religion?

Christianity is lovely. It was really birthed from a branch of the Catholic Church ( did you know that? ). But many Christians differ on what the Bible really means. And many of its traditions have not come from the Word of God. That is why it doesn’t sit well with me 100%.

Reason with me. Examine God’s Word and see if what I say be true or false.

I question things. I question things a lot. And I have a few questions now.

I am to be a dancer of religion? The christian religion? Or am I to dance for the One whose teachings now have got men so opinionated over, that they create countless factions, denominations, and kinds, within one religion?

Who employs me, Christianity or God? I cannot dance for anything but the supreme One who called me. Christianity didn’t call me. Jesus did. And He said follow Him.

I want to Dance for Christ.

I want to Dance for my King.

I want to Dance for God.

Not religion, not Christianity, and not for traditions of men. I will follow my Lord & King and nothing else.

What about you?