Ballroom Dance > Paso

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Kitty, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    Yesterday I learned Paso Doble.

    We've been begging our teacher to teach us Paso, and finally, she gave in, and...

    After she taught us steps, before turning on the music, she said "Paso is my absolutely favorite dance, I think it is so great, everyone should learn paso doble" Everyone made round eyes like this: :shock: She said: "just kidding:), I think syllabus paso really really boring!"

    Do you like Paso Doble?
  2. etchuck

    etchuck New Member

    I hope I echo what other people's experience is, but for all intents and purposes, PD gets really cool once you hit silver syllabus. (Our "advanced" dancers are learning it for five weeks this summer. And this is my second time learning PD.)

    I will also admit that PD is probably as close to "interpretive dance" as I'd like to get. :)
  3. ACtenDance

    ACtenDance Active Member

    I spent a summer studying in France a couple of years ago. They played Paso Dobles at their social dances just as often as other dances. It was great!! A lot of people have a hard time believing me when I say that Paso can be a social dance.
  4. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    I noticed that when I visited Barcelona in 1997. It was VERY interesting and fun.

    On a side note, if we never did syllabus Paso, we could never get to open Paso, lol! Must learn to walk before we dance... I mean run... 8)

    And I CAN'T WAIT to get a decent Latin instructor/coach. Paso is HIGH on my list of dances to bust out.
  5. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    in this dance, is it considered neccessary and expected to move around the room a lot (for competition purposes at least if not for social)? I know there are lots of stationary steps that are cool but don't move much...
  6. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    On the last social I went to they played paso like 5 times :shock: - lots of people had too much fun with it, so the DJ kept putting it on... :)
    I had a lot of fun watching them :)
  7. dancin_feet

    dancin_feet New Member

    I have never learnt Paso, but it is one of the dances that I love to watch. :)
  8. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    I think paso doble is a cool dance.
  9. mamboqueen

    mamboqueen Well-Known Member

    I have always loved the attitude and character of paso. I only started learning it about a month ago myself, and yes, the bronze syllabus is *yawn* kinda boring, but like Dancing Mommy said, you gotta learn to walk before you run. I have never heard a paso played at a social event. Which makes it kind of hard to practice outside of class. But, I think it just looks incredibly COOL at gold+ level.
  10. Angelo

    Angelo Member

    I don't really care for paso doble. I do it because its required for International latin competition. With very few exceptions, I don't really care for watching paso doble either, even at the professional level.
  11. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    We play it at socials... Usually get a few couples dancing it with everyone else having fun watching. Some of the regulars are quite enteraining - there used to be a couple where part way through she'd put up her hand and signal him to stop, then make him follow for the rest. Anyway, if the first one looks enjoyed, we'll play a second later in the evening.

    A month ago, we put one on and instead of an open couple or two doing an imprompute show, we had at least a half dozen syllabus couples! But this past weekend there didn't seem to be many takersl. Still I think it's worth playing one - at worst it's a brief rest for everyone, and you can cut it early if no one at all dances.
  12. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    Someone's mention of Paso in another thread reminded me...

    When I (finally!) watched Strinctly Come Dancing last Saturday, a number of contestants danced Paso Doble.
    My conclusion: when done badly, Paso Doble looks very pantomime*.

    * In case DFers outside the UK are unfamiliar with this British institution, pantomime is a theatrical entertainment put on for kids around Christmas time, is usually based on well-known fairy tales and involves lots of singing and dancing, drag acts, overacting by celebrities, bad jokes, audience participation and tons of fun.

    When I think of Paso Doble, the dance that comes to my mind is actually of Torvill and Dean... :oops:
  13. bjp22tango

    bjp22tango Active Member

    Who are the exceptions that you care to watch?

    I once took all my tapes of Ohio Star Ball and copied all waltzes together, all Samba's together, etc. so that I could compare all the dancers from different years.

    It was interesting to see how few of even the championship level dancers really had a feel for the Paso. In one particular instance I could see Jive movements in the Paso! It was also interesting to see how the same dancers would improve from year to year.

    Paso is one of my favorite dances to dance and to watch, although I don't get to dance it much. Our USABDA dances will play one or two on request, but they don't get that many requests.

    I like it because you DO have to put in the acting along with the steps.
  14. mamboqueen

    mamboqueen Well-Known Member

    I love it. When I first saw the bronze level routines at a comp, I asked my teacher to skip it and wait till I got to silver, but he actually has a decent bronze routine. I like the dramatic element of it. And I think the character of it is easier to bring out in myself than, say, rumba, which will befuddle me forever, I'm afraid!
  15. Angelo

    Angelo Member

    Jean Marc-Generaux and France Mousseau
    Corky and Shirley Ballas
    Gary and Diana McDonald
    Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova

    That's about it
  16. delamusica

    delamusica Active Member

    I love paso! But I've only ever done open routines, as we never learned it until it was required of us in competition. I've since gone back and learned some of the bronze syllabus stuff (most of which I've forgotten for lack of using it . . .) and I have to agree with you all - way boring. Silver is better, though, you guys seem to think? In any case, I really enjoy dancing it in open routines - the character is just so much fun! :)
  17. dTas

    dTas New Member

    i find it hard to get excited about Paso when i don't hear much Paso on the radio. can anyone point out a modern Pasodoble?
  18. mamboqueen

    mamboqueen Well-Known Member

    You have a point. There's really only ONE paso played over and over at my studio. I love it, but you gotta wonder if people will get screwed up at a comp when they hear something entirely different!
  19. G809

    G809 Member

    Actually, I have this one really bad "modern paso" which is Celine Dion's titanic song (I've forgotten the name) put to a Paso beat. It's absolutely revolting, and because of this I would suspect that Paso is not fit to be "modern" which is why you don't hear it on the radio and rarely find modern-ish songs on Paso mixes.

    I do love the dance, though, since you can be very expressive--pretending to be queen of the world is pretty fun :D. Also, the technique is unique so practicing paso is a good way to give the rumba walks a rest.
  20. dTas

    dTas New Member

    hey, i'd be happy to just hear some new traditional Paso. doesn't have to be modern but at least different.

    how about some of that "back porch" paso that they used in "Strctly Ballroom".

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