Finding Groove in the Body

“Jazz musicians have dance in them, and jazz dancers have music in them, or jazz doesn’t happen.” – Sidney Bechet A groove makes listeners want to move, but in order to create this effect the musicians themselves must be moved, and they describe this as a bodily experience rather than something that comes from head […] Read more…

Groovology 201: The Life Force of Music and Dance

Groove is widely used among musicians to talk about the personal, social, artistic, and even spiritual qualities of music: the way people feel the music in their bodies, the way musicians play in unison, the way music transcends notes and comes to life, and the way music brings people into modified states of being. Although […] Read more…

Groovology 101: Groove in Music and Dance

The word groove is widely entrenched in our culture. Although we may not be able to come up with a precise definition, we tend to intuitively sense what it is. When things are going well, almost as if happening on their own, we say we’re “in a groove.” When we hear a song that makes […] Read more…

What Learning Choreography Taught Me About Improvisation and Individuality

Quite often I hear comments equating the lack of an improvisational quality in someone’s dancing with “doing choreography.” When someone says this, they don’t mean that the dancer has planned the entire dance movement by movement in advance. What they usually mean is that the figures they’ve learned are being repeated without connecting them to, […] Read more…

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