Musicality is one of the best aspects of Modern Jive - we can dance to the widest range of music from slow to fast, latest chart hits to retro, rock to acoustic, and even 6/8 (Waltz) time signature music!

Musicality is sometimes known as dancing outside the moves and allows us to interact/play with various aspects and properties of a song such as:

  • Basic Timing
  • Genre, Mood, Melody, Lyrics
  • Phrasing, Breaks and highlights
  • Bridges / middle 8's

We can group all these aspects into one and simply say "The music made me do it" to explain why we might dance to a particular song in a particular way.

In fact there's so much to Musicality that we need two workshops to cover it:

The Music Made Me Do It - Part 1. Essential Musicality

Okay, so you know plenty of moves but you can't seem to put them into my freestyle or they don't fit in with the music. Sound familiar? This workshop addresses more challenging aspects of freestyle and blending moves to make the whole dance more exciting.

This workshop really gets to the essence of dancing. Yes leaders, musicality is what the follows really want when they dance with you!! We'll cover tips and tricks to help you and your partner get the most out of every song.

This is one of our Four Foundation Workshops. We recommend all dancers attend these workshops at least once during their time with us. In fact we think the content of each workshop is so important that dancers who have already attended one of these workshops can attend the same workshop again at a discounted rate (regardless of whether previously they led or followed).

A Small Difference Has a BIG Effect

Dancing is defined as moving to music, if you're not in time with the music you may as well turn the music off.

If you're out of time even by a small amount it can feel pretty bad and for some sensitive people it's like being sea sick because you ear hears one tempo but your body is being lead at a different tempo (sea sickness arises from the contradiction of the eyes telling the brain that the body is stationary but the inner ear is sensing movement).

Listen to the two recordings:

While the sound quality may not be perfect, hopefully you can tell there's a difference: the first sample is Moves Like Jagger played normally; the second one comprises two clips of Moves Like Jagger being played at the same time except that one of them has been speeded up by 5%. It sounds awful and dancing out of time is the dance equivalent of nails being dragged down a blackboard!

In this workshop we'll help you get in time with the music and save you and your partner from being sick.

See Modern Jive Timing for more information.

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