BLUES DANCE AESTHETICS

  1. An athletic, grounded, “Earth as Center” or “get-down” body posture and movement, characterized by the weight being held on the balls of the feet, the knees bent over the balls of the feet, the hips pushed back, and the front of the shoulders or the sternum pitched forward over the knees. In this posture a dancer should be able to step in any direction without having to shift their torso first.

  2. An asymmetry and polyphonic look/feel to the body, characterized by an equality of body parts. No limb or part is given precedence over another, but they all work together both in a simultaneous and serialized fashion. The center of “energy”, focus and even weight shifting moves through various parts of the body; polycentric.

  3. Rhythmic movement. Not just auditory but visual. Rather than a single rhythm being used in/with the body multiple meters or rhythms are used. Articulated movement in the torso (chest, rib cage, pelvis, butt) identifying and emphasizing different rhythms.

  4. Improvisation between dancers and on their own movements. All based, no… entrenched in the rhythm of the music.

  5. A drawing of the beats, dancing in the space between the beats, pushing and pulling creating a sense of tension both in the body and the body moving through space, while remaining loose and relaxed. The sense of moving through molasses or mud. A relaxed, lazy element to the interaction with the tempo and beats of a song, as if it doesn’t matter if you are late, but somehow without seeming to rush always being on time.

*Courtesy of Damon Stone. Read more about what he has to say about Blues Dance Idioms and Aesthetics here.