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Enchanting the post-COVID city
If COVID-19 has proven anything, it’s that cities need to adapt and change. This past year across the world, they moved quickly to prototype new ways of experiencing and exploring the city during a global health crisis. They’ve become more pedestrian and bike friendly, embraced the use and creation of outdoor public spaces, and offered safe moments of fun and delight.
Created for and during the pandemic, Walk Walk Dance is a series of music-making lines that explore how participation and interaction can create new spaces for play in cities. Let’s play with physical distancing rules, one, two, three steps at a time.
Place des Arts - Montréal
How it works
It’s simple: step, jump, roll or dance on the lines to trigger music. This project was designed to be accessible to everyone, whether they are on foot or on wheels: all the technology is enclosed in a chain of boxes and planters, weighted down with local plants. Lines are simply drawn, painted or taped.
This is the best time ever to think of a walkable city.
Wouter Vanstiphout, Quoted from The Guardian "Smart lifts, lonely workers, no towers or tourists: architecture after coronavirus" April 13, 2020
Making cities dance
Walk Walk Dance is a roving project — designed for struggling cities that need to quickly revive their public spaces in the wake of COVID-19. Created for temporary displays, the installation adapts to all pathways and streets, making it easy to deploy in diverse urban settings.
Because every city needs a dancing strategy.
Photo ©Jack Landau
- 6 feet between play sections
- Design adapts easily to slope variations
- All tech components are in a protective case / flower bed
- Lines are made with paint, chalk, a carpet or adhesive
Photo ©Jack Landau
Prototype of Walk Walk Dance @ Montréal
- Hub Montreal International Outreach Grand Prize
- Core77 Design Awards 2021
- Design Vanguard Covid-19 Directory
- This project is an original artwork by Daily tous les jours
- This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada
- With the support of the SODEC
- Creative Direction
- Mouna Andraos
- Melissa Mongiat
- Stu Wershof
- Narrative Experience
- Anne Ouellette
- Sound Direction
- Michael Baker
- Object Design Direction
- Rebecca Taylor
- Interactive Direction
- Pierre Thirion
- Technological Direction
- Eva Schindling
- Technical Direction
- Éric Villeneuve
- Cécile Chandran
- Victorine Yok-Thot Sentilhes
- Thank you
- Daily’s team: Hugo Dufour-Bouchard, Justine Jacob-Roy & Noémie Rivière. Antoine, Léon, Leyl, Sama.
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Author: Pavel Gather
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa and Tango
Author: Pavel Pavel
Psychologist, Lecturer Salsa
on At the start, you always want to get a quick result. When it doesn't happen, the hypothesis arises that everything takes time. After a conditionally acceptable time, humility comes to mastering pair dances, which, perhaps, is not given, and I will just do what I learned somehow. nine0003
This is the most common story of those who believe that the mere act of attending a pair dance class is enough to learn how to dance.
Absolutely not. If you want to really dance well, you have to make an effort outside of the dance class. A good teacher will definitely be needed, but the initiative should be on your side.
1. Listen to music
The most common and accessible advice that is given already in the first lessons. And it definitely works. Music creates a certain atmosphere of the dance and intuitively you want to move to it. It doesn't matter where you listen to music - in the car, on headphones while walking or doing household chores. nine0003
An addition that will help you dance better is your active participation in the music. Sing along, dance or simply beat musical accents with any free parts of the body. In the subway, for example, it is enough to tap out bright moments with your fingers, in the car to sing along with sounds, and at home you can jump for pleasure.
2. Watch videos of good dancers
It's complicated, but also obvious. It’s more difficult, because without recommendations from more experienced dancers, unfortunately, it’s not so easy to find a good quality video on the net (I mean not the resolution quality, but the content itself). nine0003
Meaningful video viewing is about building an understanding of HOW dancers make a particular impression on a partner or viewer. Technology is at the heart of everything. Understanding how the pros do it is a big step forward.
It is important to distinguish a show from a disco dance, a staged performance from an improvisation, a stylized dance from an authentic one, etc. Ask for recommendations and dance teachers will always throw off a couple of videos of worthy landmarks. nine0007
Tango Z. Showreel.
Online modern tango courses
Tango nuevo is the most advanced version of tango. We can quickly learn to dance from zero to a steep level.
3. Dance in salsatecas/milongas/discotheques
A very delicate moment when it is worth coming to the first party. From a technical point of view, most students in 1-3 months have a sufficient set of figures and techniques to come and dance calmly. Psychologically, the same moment can be stretched out for an indefinite time. After all, it is imperative to “not lose face”, “learn more figures” and be sure what to do in case “there is an unfamiliar movement”. nine0003
In fact, the partygoers don't really care (except for a small layer of non-professional teachers who want to help inexperienced dancers by treating them as customers in the future). It is important to come and try dancing after a month of classes. You can only with friends or guys from your group. This will be enough to feel the adrenaline and inspiration from the dance.
4. Dance with partners or partners not of your level
The conventional wisdom that you need to practice in groups of your level does not withstand the test of experience. Perhaps now your eyes widened in surprise, and you want to meaningfully read the phrase again. Yes, you saw everything correctly: when you dance with a partner of your level, you don’t grow anywhere. nine0003
It's important to understand that not only does it work one way and you have to dance with cooler dancers, but it works even more effectively the other way. It is no coincidence that teaching pair dances dramatically raises the level of the teacher himself. You have an endless stream of very beginner dancers.
How it works. A more experienced partner needs to be "stretched". It's easy and obvious. With beginners, you need to take more initiative on yourself, see the general pattern of the dance more widely, turn on and insure more, try to be an example and be more careful. The quality of interaction begins to grow significantly. And wonderful partners too. nine0003
Dancing with partners of your level doesn't make you grow. Dance with both beginners and more advanced dancers
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5. Learn to dance for a partner and for a partner
Turks and Argentines are one of the best partners in the world. In Russia, partners are highly valued. Why? The answer is simple. In Argentina and Turkey, it is not questionable for men to ask another man to lead in one piece or another and give feedback on the quality of the lead. For them, it will be a great shame to hear moralizing from a partner, or even more so to be known in the community as an insecure partner. nine0003
In Russia, due to the constant, often far-fetched, opinion that there are more women in pair dances, partners calmly get up and study their partner's part. Such partners then grow into very cool dancers and teachers. In no case do this at parties, only in class. Here we are talking only about the learning strategy. At parties, be yourself.
6. Do not memorize the links
Always try to look deeper and understand the through principle and idea of movement. Understanding what and how is done will make it possible to independently generate any sequences and chips. nine0003
Human memory is limited and there will always be a moment when something will escape and your repertoire will be limited by the size of RAM.
In Argentine tango, for example, there are seven levels of movement construction that, when mastered, will allow you to make millions of combinations. And how many dance sequences can you really remember? In rueda, more than 150 figures dance in a rare circle. It's hard to keep more in mind.
7. Develop your body
Many years of experience in teaching couple dance shows that as soon as everyone pairs up in a class, any progress in individual style ends. But it is the individual style that distinguishes everyone at the disco: partners change, and style is always with you. nine0003
The body as the main instrument of dance must be very plastic, responsive and emotional. Surprisingly, not all pair dance schools have a general physical warm-up. It is vital to tune the body and understand how it works.
You can always train extra and concentrate more on the basic steps, as their true value is as body work. The sequence of steps is, in fact, the simplest thing that can be in pair dancing. The quality of individual performance determines the craftsmanship. nine0003
8. Try on the images of inspiring dancers
A psychological life hack for those who have already mastered the steps, but still feel that there is not enough brightness and drive. Most are terribly afraid of being someone else's "clone". Here the action is the same as under the influence of hypnosis - the more you resist, the more you plunge into an altered state of consciousness.
With a high degree of probability, you are already dancing like someone else's "clone". A meaningful fitting of someone else's image is that you mentally take the image of the one who inspires you (inspiration is critical in this case) and "put on" yourself. Then you start dancing and trying to feel in general how it is to be able, for example, to be the best partner or the sexiest partner in a disco. This is much more difficult than it seems. But it works extremely efficiently. nine0003
9. Dance to offbeat music
Habitual rhythms keep you tight. Tango salon or speedy timba leave little room for experimentation and fantasy. Pattern dancing is always noticeable and is reserved for beginners.
The truly new is born outside of the usual. Look for places to experiment. If there is no place, organize self-training. The main thing is not to get carried away, because music determines the style. We bring something new to pair dances, rather than trying to change them. nine0007
Search, improvise, don’t be afraid to go beyond, develop in different directions, be inspired by music atypical for the style
10. Try your hand at basic dance directions
dances exist according to their own non-choreographic laws.
This is the deepest delusion, which has turned into a ceiling for the qualitative development of partner dances. After all, all professional dancers, for example, in salsa or bachata, build their ideas on the basic choreographic principles. nine0003
Do not think that choreography is only applicable on stage. Any meaningful movement of the body can be choreographic. In general, try classical or modern choreography. Basically, hip-hop can work too.
11. Look for battle sensations
Pair dances return us to an active position of manifestation of our body. As in the days of our ancient ancestors, we impress the members of the opposite sex by how dexterous, hardy, sexy, etc. we are. Modern laws of the jungle in the entourage of large cities. nine0003
If you look around the dance floor, it becomes clear that the majority are clearly herbivores (not in the sense of vegetarians, but in relation to those around them). I am sure that predators are always more interesting in terms of the attractiveness of the image - try to find a counterbalance among herbivores, for example, a cat woman or a lion man.
The conversation is about an internal position, not about aggressiveness. Lability and lack of control are inherent in adolescents, and not in adult self-sufficient people.
Accordingly, even a training or friendly battle gives, on the one hand, practical skills - to make a bright sequence of movements, bring an idea to a climax, show a spectacular feature, on the other hand, develops the psychological basis of the dance - self-confidence, resistance to extraneous attention, self-control and self-control in complex elements. nine0007
12. Communicate with professionals
The environment shapes the internal position. Basically, real passionaries of the dance community are ready to openly talk, discuss and support the development of dance in every possible way. Universal principles and the ideas they articulate have a much longer and more practical perspective than meets the eye.
Accept that, for example, behind the words "listen to your partner" is not only a beautiful metaphor, but also a practical skill to literally listen to your partner. At the same time, always treat every thought, even the most respected teacher, as a private opinion. nine0003
Your skill will lie in finding the scope of the idea even in conflicting opinions. Most often, the contradiction is speculative and the truth lies in the angle of perception or situationality.
Your dancing growth will stop sooner or later. This can happen at the level of three basic steps or years of experience in teaching and show performances. Regardless of your level, the suggested 12 life hacks can get you off the ground and greatly accelerate your dance growth. There is no way here without your motivation and activity. Take your dance development into your own hands. nineOl000 Dangerous sexuality
Salsa: destroyers of stereotypes
Couple dancing as a source of strength.
Self-destruction of the couple dance community
The Salsa series as a mirror of the community
Mamita Fridays: salsa, bachata
Destroying the myths about leading pair dances
Does dancing make us better?
The seven deadly sins of teachers
Why we will never dance bachata like the Dominicans
Dispute over musicality
Selection of dances according to alcohol preferences
Where to find inspiration for dancing? nine0003
Terrible tango nuevo
Distribution of roles in a salsa party
Argentinean tango through the eyes of a salsa dancer
Is there a predisposition to dancing?
Which is more effective: individual or group lessons?
Sexual overtones in pair dances
I want to dance, but my parents are against it! How to be?
We have come across such a situation so many times: a talented child wants to dance, is eager to train, but the parents are against it! The reasons are different, we came across three main ones:
- the child does not do well in school and should be punished
- dancing is, according to parents, a hopeless and unnecessary activity
- the child dances badly
Dance school is not a hindrance
Many parents forbid their children from attending classes if they do poorly at school. The system of "carrot and stick" has been known for a long time. But why use as a "whip" such an important process for the development of the child as "hobby"? Passion for something, doing what you love - this is what the soul lies in, what happens, what you want to learn - this develops the child, makes him work and overcome difficulties. Punishing the child with a ban on going to dances, parents put the school on the scales opposite to their favorite business - the school subconsciously becomes an "unloved business" - this is time. And two - parents become in the mind of the child those people who do not allow something to be loved. It is worth considering whether the correct value system is built in the mind of the child. nine0003
We affirm that dancing should help the child to study at school. Firstly, regular dance training (at least 2-3 times a week) predetermines the child’s employment: he does not sit at the computer for no reason, does not mess with “bad company”, does not mess around lying on the couch. You know for sure that during training your child receives physical activity that is useful for the development of a young organism, communicates with peers, interacts with a coach - learns and develops. Secondly, the more things a person has to do, the more collected he is. When a child knows that he has 2 hours after school to prepare his homework for the next day, he does not waste time on the Internet and telephone conversations, he learns to allocate his time in such a way as to be in time at school and in the sections. If a child has problems at school, this does not mean that dancing interferes with his studies, taking up all his time. It just means that he thinks he doesn't need school, but that's a completely different problem. It is impossible to cure a sore back by bandaging a hand, even though they are parts of the same organism. nine0003
Dancing is not for my child
Many parents know what their children want. Or rather, they think they know. Sometimes children themselves do not know what they are interested in - then they either follow the recommendations of their parents, or try all the sections and circles in a row. But now we are talking about a different situation, when parents do not allow the child to do what he wants, but insist on what they consider necessary. Of course, in this situation, too, many variants of events can be distinguished: when the child just “repeats” after someone he knows, when he insists on doing some activity “in spite of” the opinion of his parents, when parents fear for the child’s health, etc. We we want to warn those parents who think they know what their child is capable of and inclined to - give him the opportunity to start thinking for himself. Give him the challenge of making a thoughtful decision. Describe all the pros and cons, tell us about the costs that you expect, tell us about your experience. He will be grateful to you for believing in him, he will be doubly responsible for his choice, because he made it on his own, he will be diligent, because hopes were placed on him. Let it be his choice and his experience. nine0003
Dancing must be learned
Of course, each person has certain inclinations and talents.