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Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by hesitation
6/4/2013  11:43:00 AM
While you're at it, could you also collect or flag the songs with harder-to-identify beats? Often, a beat is a distinct percussion or emphasis. However, some songs seem to have a hidden or implied beat, making them harder to count than usual.

This would be useful for preparing competition when you don't know what songs are going to be played.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by Jim Sterner
8/14/2013  10:01:00 AM
I have taught dancing for years. So many students just learn to dance a certain dance to a certain song.
Start listening to the beat of the song. The song will always tell you what dance to do to it.
My theory: People hear a song but we don't listen to a song. We are so use to having music all around us that we quit listening to it.
The Look of Love- Rhumba
Dream. Dream, Dream- Rhumba or a Cha Cha

The music will tell you if you listen.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by quickstep7
8/15/2013  2:09:00 AM
I completely agree. When I teach my students I make a point of saying the music will tell you what to do. I think it is hugely important.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by rgswoohoo
3/11/2014  5:42:00 PM
FYI - I have trouble getting the site to load using IE9.
Firefox also seems to have some trouble.

Chrome works on it.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by Star_dancer_poet
5/28/2014  11:13:00 AM
I found another interest site for at least listening to music. It is Bob's Ballroom Broadcast. He introduces the music with what he considers as the music should be. You do search online or if you have the tunein app it is found there.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by jocelyne
5/16/2016  12:01:00 PM
Thank you for this. I am in the process of trying to match songs with dances.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by jocelyne
5/30/2016  10:22:00 AM
Sorry to be a pest with this but I want to make sure that I'm on the right track. I could be doing a Rumba routine in the near future and was wondering if "Apologize" by One Republic would work best for Rumba. I thought so at first but when I listened to it again, I started thinking it would suit Tango better.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by Leah hewitt
1/13/2017  7:44:00 PM
Good afternoon
I was wondering if you could send me through a list of modern songs that can be use for ballroom dance. We are holding a ball in our local town, we have a band and need to get them a list as they are a young band and not sure on what music.

Leah hewitt
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by nloftofan1
1/15/2017  10:10:00 AM
The band will need more than just a list of songs. Tempo is also important--very important. If they play a wonderful song too fast or too slow, dancers will have a hard time. You can find information on dance tempos on the internet; years ago a band leader who is also a dancer wrote a short "book" for other band leaders explaining this point.
Re: Modern Ballroom Music Source
Posted by nloftofan1
1/16/2017  9:58:00 AM
Singers often sing ahead of or behind the beat. This is perfectly acceptable musically, and may be very effective. But it can be confusing to dancers, who are trying to find the beat.

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