LA JOTA MONCADENA
|Chodzony (or) polonaise | |Dance style originated Country: | |Italy | |About Chodzony (or) polonaise Style: | |The Chodzony or polonaise known colloquially as the Bismarck, is a slow dance of Polish origin, in 3/4 time.The polonaise had a rhythm quite| |close to that of the Swedish semiquaver or sixteenth-note polska, and the two dances have a common origin. |
The Rigodon---also called Rigodon de Honor---is a traditional dance from the Philippines that evolved from dances brought to the Pacific islands by Spanish settlers in the sixteenth century (the Rigodon dance was also said to be popular in French and Spanish courts). Historically, the dance is meant to represent a certain sense of elevated status among those who take part in it, and is often performed at galas, balls and other formal occasions celebrated by the rich and powerful, especially those in government.
First Basic Rigodon Steps
• The steps of the Rigodon are meant to be performed gracefully and elegantly; participants should have excellent posture and complete their steps crisply and almost rigidly.
In the Rigodon de Honor, couples usually stand in a square and each couple starts by facing the couple across from them. The couples move to the center of the square to bow and curtsy to the dancer of the opposite gender standing across from them intermittently throughout the dance.
The couples elevate and join their hands, keeping their hands like this throughout the dance, with the exception of the times they are bowing or curtsying to the opposite couple. They then perform a series of quick jumps in place before couples on two opposite sides of the square formation come to the center of the square to meet each other, bowing and curtsying as described above.
Additional Rigodon Steps
• Keeping in time with the music of the Rigodon (a quick-timed beat called a quadrille), dancers complete a series of turns, jumps, and "parade" gestures, in which the male shows off his female partner. The dance can last as long as ten minutes, with the steps described repeating over and over.
Rigaudon and rigadoon are common alternative spellings for the dance named after a dance master from Marseille named Rigaud.
This dance has a format, it is not merely a dance but a story as well, and containing about four to six parts (depending on the choreographer). The dance itself has a romantic nature. Where, like most dances, the male or rather gentleman leads, while the lady follows. Breathing is important it is what one uses to count. The dance is very rigid in the way steps are performed, as well as the proper timing as to when a step is to be performed. The dance when performed must be perfect. The posture of the dancers is very important, one must always stand straight. The posture is almost the same as centering. In order to stand upright, one must find one’s center of gravty. When meeting at the center of the square during the dance, men must give a slight bow to the woman opposite them, while the women curtsy. All participants are required to smile....
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