Dance review is a necessary process of the appreciation of the performer, viewer and the choreographer. This enables one to learn all about specific dances, the weaknesses of the dancer for improvement as well as their strengths. A good dance review can have great results in terms of new discoveries and inventions which modify it to enhance future performances. My paper analyses three dances which I had the pleasure to watch and my experience at the show. The dancer, Professor Peck, went through Pinky, Steps and Swinging dances.
Step dancing was the most interesting and captivating, especially the shift between slow and quick stepping moves while holding the upper body part rigid was exciting. It seems actually impossible to do that but it was well executed. I know that, traditionally, the upper body movement is not supposed to be judged but the final blend of arms and movement of the torso while tapping the feet in very quick successions was breath taking. That was very creative. I would like to understand why the dancer kept using the same rhythmic breaks of feet movement before changing the steps for a new interval of step moves display. He coud have different forms of breaking to make it flow continuously. The professor wanted to know if the movements captured the mood of the created in the theatre and if they were crisp enough. I however have a suggestion to make about this performance if it goes well. The steps were electrifying and I think that the dancer did the performance a disservice by not having it done as the traditional hard shoe performance. This would have added the much needed rhythm which would make the viewers connect more which each and every step thus focusing on the lower body part as expected.
Professor Peck’s swing dancing was enlightening and well coordinated too. I enjoyed the sharp feet steps with dance partner. The intent shown by synchronizing the arm and shoulder movements with the feet movements was very important. The timely pauses in movement footwork made me feel the music through the dance and not the other way round. It seemed as though the music was following the dancer which made the viewers glued to the performance. I would appreciate knowing why the knee jerks upwards were only done at the end of the performance. I feel like if they were combined with the forward throwing of the feet, it would have formed an interesting performance. This was supposed to be an easy dance but the costumes were a bit too tight. Free fitting garments would do fine in ensuring rhythmic movement is wavy like.
The final dance pinky was more familiar because glimpses are seen in the modern dancing. It was good when the hip movements vibrated with feet movements thus creating a bouncing effect. The use of space was evident as the professor seemed to find rhythm through gently but firmly clapping hands at instances. At first I could not get the difference between it and swing dancing but this was more aggressive and seemed to be a blend of steps and swing dancing. It was a welcome break to have the occasional crouch position movements towards the floor and back up. What was unique, is the keen presentation of shapes formed by the body like the swift full outstretch of arms joining on the top of the head and making almost slide movement of one foot outwards and back. The performer wanted to know if there was a swift transition between the low ground positions to the upright one whenever applied. The use of the upper body was much involved in rhythm with the feet. Dancing is rhythmic to the beats of music and I need to understand why some formations and pauses seemed to pose longer over two or more beats. I must say, it still came out interesting to view, but it takes more attention to enjoy the same. Costumes are still an essential part and lose clothes would do better.