Musicality is a very important aspect of being a dancer. It can be a vague concept, yet when understanding it and applying it, your dancing is bound to get better and better.
Musicality in Dance
What Is Musicality?
Sensitivity to, knowledge of, or talent for music. A musical person has the ability to perceive differences in aspects of music including pitch, rhythm and harmonies.
Basically, musicality is the ability to relate to a piece of music and be receptive to it and all its elements, while being able to connect to the music and interpret it through dance.
Developing a good sense of musicality definitely helps you become a more aware dancer. It takes you from being a good dancer to being someone people enjoy watching. Having that well-developed musical ability separates the amateurs from the pros.
So, how do you sharpen your ear to better develop your sense of musicality and start creating more inspired movement choices? Here’s how.
Fathom Music And What It’s Made Out Of
Music is the key to developing good musicality. You should be able to recognize all of the parts of a song. Listen carefully for these elements:
Pace: Is the pace constant? Is it fast, slow, or medium?
Rhythm: How is the rhythm structured?
Instruments: You don’t need to be a musician to be a musical dancer, but it helps you to understand more about musicality when you can distinguish the instruments. Listen to recognise the main instruments in the song (various drums, guitar, bass, piano, flute…). How does the use of the instruments vary?
Melody: How does the melody fluctuate in the song? What patterns in the melody might you find at different parts of the song?
Volume: Does the volume build or drop at any point?
Breaks: When do you hear breaks or pauses? Are there any discernable patterns or melody changes that lead up to or follow the break?
Mood: Is there a particular mood in the song and does this change?
Lyrics: Can you pick up the lyrics? If you don’t understand them, can you find out what they mean?
Try listening to a song and determine which are the key elements to you. Then, listen to the song again, but this time, pay attention to one element at a time and try to block out everything else.
Follow An 8-Count
An 8-count is the most basic way to break down the structure of music for choreographed dances, except for the waltz. If you’re new this, first learn how to identify where the count is by counting the beats that give rhythm to a song.
Freestyle dancing allows you to move however you want. Just be spontaneous. When you improvise, you have to grab on to certain elements of a song, at random, and interpret them. This exercise will help you feel free and follow your instinct when approaching music.
Dance classes can certainly help you discover your musicality. Different styles of dance will help you bring out different qualities of movement. At Bella Diva Dance in Denver, we offer a great variety of dance classes that can definitely help you unlock that potential. Come join us!