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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is this dance for me?:
We hold dances in a friendly relaxed environment, catering for beginners as well as experienced dancers. Our CD music is played through an excellent sound system, enhanced by mood lighting.

What music do you play?:
We offer well known Ballroom favourites plus some fresh new music.  You will enjoy dancing to familiar artists such as from Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Manhattan Transfer, Rod Stewart, and Dean Martin; the classic dance music from Gunter Noris and Brian Smith etc. plus great tunes from the 50's through to the present day.

How about your dance program?:
Our program includes:

Is your music sequenced?:
Sequence dancing is following a learnt sequence of Ballroom movements and then repeating that sequence perhaps four or five times before the dance ends. Each sequence corresponds normally to 16 bars of music which also repeats exactly where the dance sequence repeats. The music has an obvious change at the end of each sequence allowing the dancer to check that they are dancing synchronised to the music. Other sequence lengths are 24 and 32 bars per sequence.

All of the music we play at sequence dances is strictly sequenced ie. the dance and the music both sequence at the same point together.
If we cannot rearrange/sequence a piece of music then we don't use it.

Does your sequence music end exactly when the dance ends?:

Mostly but not always. Because we use original tunes, the tune endings occasionally are not distinct and may eg. fade away. Curiously nine out of every ten sequence dancers erroneously think that this means the tune is not sequenced and cannot be danced to, however it has little to do with sequencing. Sequenced music simply means both the music and the dance sequence repeat together.

Does your music have introductions?:
Every one of our rearranged tunes has a distinct four bar introduction. In addition a visual pattern is projected during the introduction to allow everyone to start together. This is important in sequence dancing and where dancers may not have heard of that piece of music before.

How easy is it for the dancer to extract the dance information from the music?:
This depends on the dancer and their music ability. For people that have never sung, never played a musical instrument or have not been dancing very long may have difficulty with a few of the songs. Reasonably competent dancers have seen it all before and have no trouble.

It becomes a matter of personal taste and ability. With our music you sometimes need to concentrate to extract the dance information but the reward is a dance and music experience combined.