This just goes to show, and certainly not in a negative way, that nothing in this world is new; it’s all an evolution of something else that came before, and that’s true in all aspects of life, not just dance. Thinking about it like this, it’s still a shock to find out that some of the great dancers of the previous generation, who claimed to the originators of some of the most famous styles or dance moves, were not actually quite telling the truth. For example; Michael Jackson is thought to have invented the Moonwalk, when in fact the move came much earlier and was originally called the Backslide.
I found learning the House steps much harder than the Hip Hop steps of yesterday’s workshops. Having said that, I managed to master the Cross Step, which involves a quick tangling of legs and feet that I thought I’d never get! House seems to be even less me than the original Hip Hop style, but there’s certainly some moves that I’ll take with me, to influence my own choreography. And man, did we sweat! I could hardly see in the mirrors at one point, we’d steamed them up so much!
Something else that has come out of the conference, which I’d certainly like to try in the future, is the idea of connecting with other performers as well as the audience. All forms of Street Dance have come from social dance steps and it’s important not to ignore that. Connect with those who share your stage; you’ll find that you’ll have more fun, and in turn your audience will too.
Huge thanks go to conference tutors Kashmir Leese and Corina Best for changing my entire outlook on Street Dance, in a very positive way.