Creating Magic - Doing It With Your Whole Body

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Dancing With Your Whole Body

Artist Name:
Ruth Roshan
Song Title:
Last Drive In Marseilles
Album Title:
Tango Noir
Artist Website:
http://www.ruthroshan.com

From website: In Tango Noir's second all original album, "Darling ... Keep it to Yourself", Ruth uses the rhythms of the cabaret, the Tango, the Habanera, the Waltz, Ruth successfully infuses the album with an atmosphere of 1930s Berlin to create music which is new and nostalgic at the same time. It is a very listenable and beautiful album.

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So, I think it's fitting to start with a foot shot
00:23
In a video that's going to talk about doing things with your whole body.
00:28
So, we say this often, because it's really important. And it is, definitely, a metaphor for life: when you do something - mean it.
00:35
When you want to do something in dance, dance with your whole self.
00:40
And so, I'm going to just throw a lot of different things out there.
00:43
D: I tell people, "I want you to walk". And sometimes, people walk like this. I'm going to exaggerate.
N: There'll be so many people walking things.
00:50
No, this is not that bad. This is a good... a "good" walk. Not a great walk, but a good walk.
01:00
D: Yeah, maybe good is to strong. But it's not bad.
N: I think good is too strong.
D: But it's not bad.
01:08
And so, instead of that, I want you to say...
01:13
N: See how he engaged his whole body to move?
D: So that the beginning of this walk is not flat, "Oh, I'm walking".
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It's... "Oh, I'm walking".
01:25
And, for what he's really doing, he's exaggerating a little bit, in order for you to be able to see it.
01:29
And do it... Do it like you'd really do it. He's got a beautiful regular walk.
01:35
K, see? That moment of engagement with his body?
01:41
Or, for example, there's the wrap. And, if I'm the leader, and I'm asking her to wrap around me, so there's that hook,
01:47
I say... We go, I stop her, and I say... And, we hook.
01:53
And I don't want you to pay attention to the hook in the foot, which is the instinct.
01:56
I want you to pay attention to the way the upper body is engaged. The way the upper body goes...
02:00
D: And, we hook.
N: So, see, right here.
D: So, there's this.
02:05
D: There's, actually... There's all of this. There's everything. There's this.
N: And that was our point.
02:11
D: If... So, once in a while, I'm silly in class.
N: Nah.
D: Almost never.
02:16
D: And...
N: David's never silly.
D: And, I'll say...
02:24
You don't want to have your default kiss be like this. Where it's only your lips.
02:30
I mean, can you imagine kissing someone, and this is what they did?
02:33
I mean, it's something. But, I mean, let's imagine you're deeply, romantically, passionately involved.
02:37
And that's all you do. That's no fun.
02:39
Almost, I'd say, that the kiss should be... And this is not true, but I'm going to say it, anyway.
02:45
D: Almost I'd say the kiss should be the least important part. That, before that, you've got...
N: Oh, the build-up.
02:53
Right? And there's all of that. It's not, "muah", you're done.
02:56
And that build-up, where does that come from? Well, if you watch, in my whole body, I'm going, "Ah!".
03:06
And so, all of this is happening. And it's not about the lips. It's about everything.
03:11
Everything is always about everything.