Dancing with the 5 Elements
In my upcoming Online Jedi Dance Academy (Launching in 5 more days!!!) I teach you ways to bend and move with the 5 elements of Nature. We begin with this:
The Dancer is the Mover of Energy.
Through this knowing, we can understand that Energy is manifested in 5 spectrums known as the Elemental Forces which guide, direct, and create life as we know it.
The Dancer can then choose which element to play with and infuse their movement these forces, that being: Fire, Earth, Water, Wind, and Lightning (depending on the system of thought used).
In the Tao-Pop Dance system, the 5 elemental forces of nature are manifested through the 5 Mother Styles that comprise all of Popping & Animation dance styles. They are:
Water-Waving: an illusional dance that creates continuous waves traversing through the body. It utilizes liquid like isolations and undulations to create a very flowy and watery effect through the body.
Wind-Tutting: A geometric dance that utilizes the body to create patterns of straight lines, 90 degree angles, geometries, and many other shapes. Tutting moves along the Grid, a geometric plane consisting of the x, y, and z axis which naturally sounds everything in creation. The Tutter is the artist of the Grid.
Fire-Popping/Boogaloo: the original & traditional dance-form of popping that utilizes the continuous “hitting” technique. Hitting is what creates the Pop like effect in the body by utilizing the quick contraction and release of various muscles in the body, thus generating a high amount of internal heat. The boogaloo style is the funkiest of the dance styles and generates the most "soulful" feeling in the dancer.
Earth-Footwork: a lower body dance style that is not specific but in reference to the world of footwork and ground dancing. Footwork in popping ranges from stepping patterns, marches, slides, balancing, spins, glides, moving along the ground on knee, or lying completely on the ground.
and Lightning-Animation: Animation styles are considered to be the most "unreal" and "animated" looking of the styles. Its foundational style is the Robot, which is a highly technical dance that mimicks the movements of robotics, mechanical engineering, and other forms of technology. It utilizes various isolations, high body control, and gimmickry to capture the look and feel of a robot.
These styles are not limited to the associated elements, but are simply the archetypal manifestations of these Natural Forces. In higher advanced training we learn to fuse multiple elements together to create more advanced movements.
If you are interested in learning more about these 5 elemental mother styles, I will be releasing an online course that will cover the basics and fundamentals for each style on August 19th, 2018.
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Until next time,
May the Dance of the Dao be with you All,
Adrian Lobo ~
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