Last night, our swing team- which has instructors come and teach more advanced, generally technique heavy lessons than the club- had a west coast instructor come. This westie instructor covered musicality and helped us incorporate it into our dancing. Now, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t able to directly apply anything he said during the trial and error period- it was a west coast only lesson and I’m not comfortable enough with west coast to really do anything more than attempt to follow it okay. However, many of the things he said were very helpful and I figured I could apply them to lindy hop.
Things he discussed”
-is the song smooth? is it bouncier? Adjust your movements to the feel of the music.
-don’t necessarily worry about adding something musical on everything. Go for adding something when something interesting happens in the music so it creates contrast.
-an exercise to help is listening to a song and then snapping whenever something interesting happens in the music- whether it be obvious or more subtle
-think about the hits or breaks in the music that stand out- are they drawn out? are they sharp? are they smooth?
-what kind of movement might you associate with these breaks in the music?
I have to say the pointers the instructor gave are really great- regardless of what kind of dancing you do- totally worth thinking about music in that manner when you dance.