The stylistic mixing of Smooth & Standard -- current trend

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by samina, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    For me, too much emotion when dancing Smooth in a more formal/controlled Standard style looks out of place. Makes me uncomfortable to watch it because it seems divorced from what the dancer is actually experiencing/embodying. Tends to look a bit...pained, or garish.

    Whereas for me, good Smooth seems to enable the dancer to naturally embody over-the-top emotion...one of the things I love so much about it.
     
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  2. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    They are my favorite smooth couple. I love their dynamic.
     
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  3. dlliba10

    dlliba10 Well-Known Member

    Definitely extremely high on my list. Smidra knows how tongue-tied I was when we went to go congratulate them at BBC&C a few months ago. They're just so wonderful to watch.
     
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  4. jjs914

    jjs914 Active Member

    It may not be worth trying to clarify, but here I go anyway!

    dbk, to be clear, in my first post I was trying to say that I Slawek and Marzena never seemed to catch my attention as much as some others BECAUSE, for me, I always felt there was a lot of standard in what they were doing. Then I felt the need to clarify that I still think they're amazing dancers, just not my favorite based on how I've always seen their dancing and the impact it has or doesn't have on me.

    Having said all that, I agree with whoever said that what I think is fantastic is the liberty the top smooth pros have to interpret smooth as they feel it...and I really enjoy seeing how different everyone's style is.
     

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