Can Musicality be Acquired? Some Dance Pros Weigh In

Hmm – something to examine with my students for sure… Thanks for this piece!

Reflections in Sequins and Satin

There is an essential interconnectedness between music and dance. the poet Ezra Pound wrote, “Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance.” It’s easy to take music for granted, or to treat it merely as a means of keeping time. Music inspires, it motivates, and it actually helps you to dance better.

Being “on the music” means that you reach the correct position on the appropriate count. Being “late” or “behind the music” means that you’re not getting where you must be on time. Musicality, however, is more than just being on the music. It’s the ability to hear subtle qualities and structures within the music and then communicate them through your dancing. It’s how a dancer expresses music in his or her body. “Musicality is understanding music on a technical level, and then dropping all of that knowledge so you can sit deep inside the…

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