Posted by: wagrobanite | 05/16/2010

What to look for

This week Evan will again be dancing two dances, the Paso Doble or “Paso” and The Foxtrot.

Paso Doble

The name translates to Double Step and is the music that usually accompanies it, is a march type song. The reason I say usually is that in DWTS, they rarely use traditional Pasodoble (the real word) music. This dance however has a specific character: A bullfight. Look for lots of strong Flamenco sounds and steps, Spanish arms, tight lines, staccato movements, and aggression.

Evan kind of has an advantage in this dance, as he’s already danced to one of the most popular Paso Doble songs used: Espana Cani:
Just a note, this is one of my favorite Evan programs

Again using Espanan Cani

Competition Paso (Also note, probably the only Latin dance not to be danced socially):

One of my favorite show dances: Maxim Kozhevnikov and Yulia Zagoryuchenko Show Dance Paso Doble:

Pavlo Barsuk and Anna Trebunskaya from 2009:

And because I love watching them dance together: Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya:

Like Quickstep, the foxtrot came into being power as a dance in the roaring 1920s. One of the rumored fathers of the dance is legendary vaudeville actor, Harry Fox but as there isn’t a whole lot of proof, it’s just that a rumor. Originally danced to ragtime music (think Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”) it’s now done to swing/Big band in most social ballroom dance places, though it can be danced other songs. The holds for foxtrot were brought about by legendary dance master Arthur Murray. In Dancesport, there are two types of Foxtrot, International (which at times is called “Slow Foxtrot” and American. In the American, version, the hold is and can be broken more. Look for feather steps, reverse turns, and subtle rise and fall (not a lot like in Waltz). The basic, basic step for Foxtrot is “slow, quick-quick, slow” Which, incidentally is the same step sequence for the rumba!

Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya (this is from Season one!):

US Dance Nationals


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