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Beats Per Minute and Beats Per Measure - The Two Important BPMs of Every Song!

When should the male dancer begin to lead his partner into her six-count or eight-count footwork once the swing music begins? The answer is that he should begin leading her on any of the song's downbeats; that is, on the "1" count, the "3" count, the "5" count or the "7" count. These "base beats" are the backbone or pulse of a song! You don't need to be a trained musician to understand a song's tempo (or timing), just listen to music and pick out the rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar or piano). To take the pulse of the song and determine its number of beats per minute (bpm), count these downbeats for fifteen seconds and then multiply by four. Very slow swing songs have around 70 bpm and very fast ones have upwards of 200 bpm.

The Ambiguous Turn

The St. Louis Imperial Swing Dance Club periodically sponsors a teachers' seminar where they teach and certify new dance instructors for area clubs. Their mantra is: "Tell them what you're going to do; do it! Tell them what you just did; teach it! " The challenge is to teach instructor candidates how to describe a given "move" to students in a brief, understandable manner. Let's talk about the turn, for example, one of the fundamental building blocks of a dance pattern. Newly "minted" instructors have no problem demonstrating the basic turns but they perennially struggle to find the most concise way to describe to their class "what they just did" so that their students will be able to both name, and perform the different turns that will be using when they swing dance.

The History of St. Louis Imperial Swing Dancing

There are a total of eight swing dance clubs located in and around the St. Louis area (including M.U.S.I.C. in Collinsville, Illinois) that are members of the Midwest Swing Dance Federation, and all of these clubs are descended from the St. Louis Imperial Dance Club that was founded in 1973. The largest of these sister clubs, the West County Swing Dance Club, has the distinction of being one of the largest swing clubs in the United States with an active membership that totals more than a thousand dancers. Imperial Swing got its name from the Club Imperial located at Goodfellow Boulevard and West Florissant Avenue. The building, originally called Imperial Hall, was built in 1928 as a dance hall, bowling alley and restaurant/bar complex.

Using Your Surroundings Funny Monologues

When you are performing in front of a casting director or an auditor, always take note of your character surroundings. Ask yourself a few important questions about the surroundings of the piece that you have selected. What time of the day is it? Where am I? Am I outdoors, inside, in a house? How big is the house? Am I in the kitchen, are there people sleeping? These will help your actor's memory create an image of your surroundings on stage. If you are doing funny monologues or serious monologues you will have a better understanding of how to play that particular piece. The reasons behind this are as follows. For one example no matter where you are required to perform your monologue you will be able to recall your particular "where".

Short Monologues

Imagine this scenario. You are a casting director sitting in your casting director's chair. Today you are casting the leading role of a major Broadway play and you need to see 150 agent submitted actors. You are tired, irritated, and your assistant did not bring you your $5 cup of java from Starbucks this morning. It is not a good situation. Fast forward to the first actor that comes in to give you their "epic performance". They slate their name and tell you their monologue and then they begin to perform. Then they keep performing. Now you are asleep. The actor is sure they have given you the best rendition of the piece to have ever been seen, but you hardly noticed.

The Synchronous Mechanical and Quality Development In Classical Ballet

I remember a friend's story about doing a Classical Stretch workout at home, with her 4 year old daughter. They were doing warm ups with gentle arm movements. Her dad came along and joined in for a second. "No Papa" she corrected sternly. "It's like water is falling off the ends of your fingers! " Being a soccer and karate jock, he moved on quickly... .. When I look at the many classical ballet studio websites, I love to browse the photo galleries or the videos they put up. All the aspiring professional ballet schools and more recreational or amateur dance studios show high energy, colorful performances and tons of enthusiasm. It is easy to see from their navigational bars that many have parent committees, and volunteer groups for every kind of support.

Why Do People Become Actors?

In the world of acting there are hacks and there are stars. Some people take the time to study and become great and famous... while others try and be popular and end up looking like jokes. You know exactly who I'm talking about. Could you ever compare Meryl Streep to Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan? No! You can't! Because one has studied and dedicated her life to an art, while the others just want the attention and fame. I'll tell you something else. Most famous actors would be acting regardless if they made money or not. If John Malkovich wasn't as successful as he is now in Hollywood, he would be acting in his local community theatre or doing minor roles in student films.

National Center for the Performance Arts

The newly opened National Center for the Performance Arts, formerly named the Chinese National Grand Theatre, is the largest performing art center in the world. It is shaped like a massive, silvery dome in the heart of China's capital that offers Chinese and international art performances of the highest standards. It hosts opera, ballet, musicals, dance, dramas and traditional Chinese performances. Situated west of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the National Center for Performance Art occupies an area of over 149, 500 square meters. There are three gigantic halls located inside: a 2, 416-seat opera house, a 2, 017-seat concert hall and a 1, 040-seat theater.

How to Take Care of Your Voice and Improve its Quality

If you are a singer, you may have heard about things that can cause your vocal quality to deteriorate. Voice fatigue is a major problem for many professional singers. You might find your voice feeling dry or tired often. You may get sore throats on a regular basis. Vocal fatigue can be caused by several things, so it is important, if you plan to sing often, that you are very careful to take care of your voice properly. If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, you are at even more risk for reduced vocal quality. As a singer, you may be aware that your larynx is, after all, vital, and gastro-laryngeal and gastro-esophageal acid reflux can damage your esophagus, larynx and vocal chords over time.

The Fine Art of Breathing - Make Your Voice a Masterpiece!

The one thing that we all do daily is breathe. It's a necessary part of our existence and we all do it the same way. Or do we? Those of us in the performance arts have learned that proper breathing is essential to giving a great performance. Read on to learn how proper breathing technique can improve your performance. When it comes down to it, breathing control directly affects vocal control. To have full range of all the nuances your voice, you must have full use of your lungs. Like a painter uses different brushes and strokes for effect in creating his art, you need to develop that same type of control with your breathing. In order for you to create your masterpiece of vocal sound, you need to develop your breathing technique.

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