Sequence dance

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Sequence dancing is a form of dance in which a preset pattern of movements is followed, usually to music which is also predetermined. Sequence dance_sentence_0

Sequence dancing may include dances of many different styles. Sequence dance_sentence_1

The term may include ballroom dances which move round the floor as well as line, square and circle dances. Sequence dance_sentence_2

Sequence dancing in general is much older than modern ballroom dances. Sequence dance_sentence_3

With the exception of the waltz, invented around 1800, all dances in ballrooms were sequence dances until the early 20th century. Sequence dance_sentence_4

After modern ballroom dancing developed, in England, sequence dancing continued. Sequence dance_sentence_5

It included so-called 'Old Time' dances and also adapted versions of the new ballroom dances, and then versions of Latin dances. Sequence dance_sentence_6

Sequence dancing is a competitive sport as well as a social pastime. Sequence dance_sentence_7

The British Sequence Championships is the most famous annual sequence dance competition and is part of the Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival. Sequence dance_sentence_8

This is held in the Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England, since 1949. Sequence dance_sentence_9

Sequence dancing today Sequence dance_section_0

Modern sequence dancing has a repeat of the steps at every sixteenth bar, typically going on for five or six sequences in all. Sequence dance_sentence_10

Specially performed sequence dance music in strict tempo is usually needed, although some 'ordinary' music may suffice provided it is played in 16 bar sections or sequences throughout. Sequence dance_sentence_11

Ideally, sequence music will have a four bar introduction at the correct tempo and in the correct rhythm, followed by 5 or 6 sixteen bar sequences allowing all dancers to progress around the room and ending when the music finishes. Sequence dance_sentence_12

There are many different tempo types for sequence dancing, based on the classification of each dance. Sequence dance_sentence_13

Each has an accepted speed of playing so that a typical programme of sequence dancing has a wide variety of activity. Sequence dance_sentence_14

Sequence dances are split into 3 different sections; 'Old Time' – also occasionally seen as 'Old Tyme' – (now referred to as 'Classical'), 'Modern' or 'Latin' with the dividing line being somewhere in the early 20th century. Sequence dance_sentence_15

New sequences are being devised all the time and the number which have been published as scripts is currently (in 2010) standing at over four thousand. Sequence dance_sentence_16

Old-time (Classical) dances: Old-time Waltz, Country dance, Quadrille, Galop, Polka; Saunter, Gavotte, Two Step, Mazurka, Schottische, Cakewalk. Sequence dance_sentence_17

Modern dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep Sequence dance_sentence_18

Latin-American dances: Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble, Bossa Nova, Salsa, Mambo. Sequence dance_sentence_19

Regular competitions are held between dance teachers to decide which newly created sequence dances shall be 'officially' adopted and scripted for wider distribution. Sequence dance_sentence_20

Most of these are tried for a short while and then disappear into the archives. Sequence dance_sentence_21

Some, just a few, find great popularity and join the select group of dances which last for several years round the dance halls. Sequence dance_sentence_22

Such popular dances are the basis of practically every 'Tea Dance'. Sequence dance_sentence_23

Moreover, most now consider that the best dances are the older dances, and although a few clubs still teach them, interest in the new dances now seems to be rapidly diminishing. Sequence dance_sentence_24

Most people who attend these functions will recognise Saunter Together, Mayfair Quickstep, Waltz Cathrine, Rumba One and many others. Sequence dance_sentence_25

An alternative to the tea dance is the 'Dance Club'. Sequence dance_sentence_26

These are devoted to the teaching and learning of all the approved new sequence dances. Sequence dance_sentence_27

New Vogue Sequence dance_section_1

Main article: New Vogue (dance) Sequence dance_sentence_28

New Vogue is a set of sequence dances which use modern ballroom technique. Sequence dance_sentence_29

It was developed in Australia in the 1930s and is a danced socially and competitively across Australia and New Zealand. Sequence dance_sentence_30

There are fifteen competition dances which cover March, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz rhythms. Sequence dance_sentence_31

Sequence dance scripts Sequence dance_section_2

These are written in a shorthand form similar to phone texting or knitting patterns. Sequence dance_sentence_32

The jargon is easily learned and the shorthand can be understood. Sequence dance_sentence_33

Ultra keen sequence dancers subscribe to script services that distribute the scripts immediately they are issued by the competition organisers. Sequence dance_sentence_34

A short example of this dance scripting is as follows: Sequence dance_sentence_35

Sequence dance_description_list_0

  • 1. RF Fwd in CBMP (OP) comm to tn R * Side LF * Cls RF to LF to end bkng LOD. S Q Q.Sequence dance_item_0_0
  • 2. LF bk dn LOD *RF Bk, R shldr ldg * Crs LF in front of RF S Q Q.Sequence dance_item_0_1


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