Awful Music

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by hereKittyKitty, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Jananananana

    Jananananana Active Member

  2. Aura

    Aura Active Member

    That Cha-cha reminded me of elevator music...
  3. kckc

    kckc Active Member

    This past weekend, they played "Every Breath You Take" at a comp. As a Foxtrot. I was trying to replay it in my head but can't even fathom how you get there.
  4. dlliba10

    dlliba10 Well-Known Member

    I ... they ... but ... WHAT?!
  5. kckc

    kckc Active Member


    Precisely :)
  6. no_name901

    no_name901 Member

    Almost anything played by the dj Ava Kay, I'm sorry I just don't feel their music choices. Especially some of the elevator sounding cha chas and sambas. And my least favorite, the swing to Freak the freak out by victorious. -_-
  7. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Member

    I'm a big fan of using the original music by the original artists for their original purpose.
    Want to dance Viennese Waltz? What's wrong with Strauss?
    Foxtrot or Quickstep? Look no further than ye olde Fred & Ginger movie soundtracks.
    Swing? How 'bout Benny Goodman?
    Tango? Why not use original Tango music from Argentina?
    Samba? Brazilian street party CD oughta do the trick, dontcha think?
  8. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    As far as Strauss goes, ballroom Viennese is nothing like the dances he composed for, just for starters. Not remotely.
  9. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Some of the Argentine music wouldn't just work for Standard Tango. I swear I'd be forced to lead a gancho before I realised what I was doing. Too many accents - I'd want to interpret them all.
  10. smidra86

    smidra86 Active Member

    I do love Freak the freak out as a song but I don't want to imagine it as a swing. I hate when they play Jonas brothers for swing and stuff in early rounds because then you have to hear it at least 3 times and it gets on your nerves...... Ugh.
  11. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Member

    Doesn't get any more 'ballroom' than the Vienna Opera Ball........
    Or the Austro-Hungarian Imperial functions he did compose for.
    Complete with marble halls, gilded everything, dozens of chandeliers, dress uniforms and gowns that would make Cinderella blush.
    Makes everything else look like the back of a hot dog stand.
  12. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Maybe, maybe not. But (aside from the tempo changes), nothing says Viennese Waltz to me like Strauss.
  13. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    There's no maybe about it. Competitive ballroom is not nineteenth-century social ballroom and knowing the former was actually detrimental to trying to be taught the latter. (Not saying one is better than the other, but they're not the same animal. And really in full period-appropriate clothing I can't do modern dance anyway. If the cut of the bodice weren't in the way the design of the skirts would be. Though it IS easier on my neck and upper back.)
  14. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Somehow, for some reason, people seem to be intent on playing an arrangement of 'Show Me How You Burlesque' as a quickstep. Whatever happened to dance character?
  15. hereKittyKitty

    hereKittyKitty Administrator Staff Member

    Hey, that doesnt seem as bad as Sex Bomb as a foxtrot :rolleyes:
  16. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Member

    There is a small indy studio that sort of specializes in AT, and their musical selections for lessons, practicas and milongas are....interesting.......
    Nothing as bad as The theme from Star Wars, though.
  17. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Found this video, and decided to revive this thread.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG1jzl8FOrE

    I know the producers (and whoever's in charge of choosing music) of DWTS get a lot of negative attention here, for the music. But this, by SCD, was just the height. It's not this bad on DWTS. I couldn't believe it when I saw it.
  18. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member


    Absolutely! It was the music of Strauss which inspired me to dance. The first time I ever danced International Viennese Waltz to Strauss, it was a dream come true. :)
  19. Leon Theou

    Leon Theou Active Member

    Sooo, about how that is a FOXTROT... but yeah, both sides of the Pond have had their musical choices that make people who know the dances *doh*. Both have given couples songs in 4/4 time for waltz, DWtS picked "Boom Boom Pow" for foxtrot.
  20. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Yes. As if the situation wasn't bad enough (yes, pun intended). But they haven't picked "New York, New York" or "Call Me Irresponsible" for tango.

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