Musicality Series Syllabus

Week 1

  • Characteristics of Music
  • Patterns in the Music
  • Counts for the different styles of music in West Coast Swing
  • Phrasing
  • What is the Tonic
  • The Down Beat

 

Week 2

  • Review of Week 1
  • Understanding Connection through Extension and Compression
  • The Stretchy Lead and Follow

 

Week 3

  • Review of Week 2
  • Follow the Leader
    • In this scenario the leader can also be the follower – you’ll get it J
    • Syncopations for the followers (Sorry leaders, yours come next week)

 

Week 4

  • Review of Week 3
  • Hit the breaks
    • Understanding Breaks on 1 , 3, 5, and 7
    • Patterns to help hit the breaks

 

Week 5

  • Review of Week 3
  • Speed UP, SLOW down
    • Understanding to dance to the melody as well as the beat
  • Movements within your patterns to control the music

 

Week 6

  • Review of Week 5
  • Safety Nets for both lead and follow
  • More variations for the now musical dancer

 

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