Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Chassé, Anyone?

By Patrick Wong, Barber's Point.

This has been done by humans from as far back as fifty thousand years? Only forty thousand? I am not going to quibble over it. Humans can say, “been there, done that.” The point is that the people in the Western dance world did not begin to recognize it as such until the beginning of modern partner dancing. The word came from ballet terminology and from the French meaning “to chase."

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others,
what am I? And if not now, when?"

Nothing difficult about that. What was it and what is it. Chassé is any three-step pattern, going basically in the same direction with the leading foot always leading.

In complimentary style, the man going forward and the woman back in the first chassé, and with the man going back and the woman going forward is the “natural step.” Side steps too in mirror fashion, And there are many other movements which are considered “unnatural patterns” but quite acceptable in some disciplines.

"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) by  the Crew Cuts.

It works the same as the rock step, as a complementary step or a mirror step and even as a promenade step. Next, what happens when you dance a rock step and a chassé? You got a perfect Cha Cha Cha! Did somebody in the last hundred years invent that? Ha! - Africa? You gotta be kidding.

Then how about a Rock Step and two chassés. You have a perfect Jive! The Mayan Indians used to dance something like that to a six count measure. And they surely didn't invent it. It was there long before their time. I keep looking for all these present day folks that invented these steps and patterns. They just don't know any better. ****

"In My Life" by The Beatles

There must be some dancers there to get this blog going
and a new place to dance.

Rudolf Laban brought dancing down to five basic movements and he recognized that these movements had been in existence at least from the time man stopped walking on his knuckles. But there are, on records, as recently as the last thirty years when someone has claimed to  have invented a dance move. That is why all the forbidden cameras, trying to protect their material. "What fools these mortals be." Ha!

Pub's Side Note: Yes I work with your Social Security number. The prizes are usually the last two digits of your Social Security number. If the same as the posted number you da winnah.