Man's head position in Viennese Waltz

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by DanceMentor, Oct 19, 2003.

  1. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    Right. I stretch and move my head A LOT in viennese. I never look to the right on naturals though.
  2. Partner Dancer

    Partner Dancer Active Member

    The practice/training one does is much more for developing the
    neurological/muscular/joint/etc. controls of the body to
    maintain (sense of, and physical reality of) balance throughout
    the maneuvers than for ignoring distress. The dancer in control
    simply has less or no distress to ignore. That's why good
    dancers are "relaxed" rather than "uptight."

    I would even say that at some point, for the "same" movements,
    the body gets rewired enough to not only stop generating
    distress (chemical/electrical) signals, but to generate exhilaration/
    pleasure signals. One can get a "high" from movement/spins, and
    hence the expression "joy of movement."

    Just ask a gymnast practicing tumbles on a balance beam to
    start training with the head tilted to one side, ear touching
    shoulder. Does anyone really believe head position doesn't
    matter?
  3. Partner Dancer

    Partner Dancer Active Member

    Note that this statement by no means states that head position
    is the _only_ reason for dizziness/exhaustion. A much bigger and
    more general reason for dizziness/exhaustion is simply that many
    dancers don't devote enough time and effort (and money) to
    figuring out what needs to be done.

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