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April 12th, 2010


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07:05 am - Time for a poll ...
This poll is all about what it takes to get you dancing. I'm thinking mainly of the typical convention disco/Maskobalo/etc, but it probably applies to other similar social occasions.
(I have a strange feeling that my answers will be quite different to the majority ...)

Poll #1550006 Get up and dance

What does it take for you to get up and dance ?

Hearing a favourite song from your past
0(0.0%)
Hearing a favourite song from recent times
0(0.0%)
Hearing new and interesting music
0(0.0%)
Dancing with a group of friends
0(0.0%)
Dancing in a large crowd
0(0.0%)
Desire to show off your moves
0(0.0%)
DJ doing beat-matching / seamless mixing
0(0.0%)
Normal tempos (up to 120-130bpm)
0(0.0%)
Medium tempos (up to 140-150bpm)
0(0.0%)
High tempos (140bpm +)
0(0.0%)
Goth / Industrial music
0(0.0%)
Pop music
0(0.0%)
Rock music
0(0.0%)
Techno / dance music
0(0.0%)
Something else (see comments)
3(10.7%)


Bonus questions that wouldn't fit in the check-boxes - how long would you like to dance for ?
e.g. do you prefer to dance for 5-10 minutes, then rest a while, then get up again, or would you like to dance for hours on end ?
Also, do you prefer structured dancing (ceilidh, square dance, ballroom, etc) or general disco-style ?
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From:ephant
Date:April 11th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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My dancing depends only on the occasion. I dance at weddings and enjoy dancing as much as I can at weddings. Even if none of my friends are dancing (which is usually the case).
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From:hnpcc
Date:April 11th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)

the short answer

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What does it take for you to get up and dance ?

alcohol. :-)

how long would you like to dance for ?

I tend to dance for a couple of songs, then usually I don't like one or I need to take a breather and have a drink.

Also, do you prefer structured dancing (ceilidh, square dance, ballroom, etc) or general disco-style ?

Disco-style is easier to do - ballroom requires finding a partner who knows what they're doing!
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From:servalan
Date:April 11th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm the person who will start a dance floor, so I'm not the one to ask.

I'll dance all night without pause (though that might be a bit changed now that I've got new health issues), whether disco or structured.
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From:meaningrequired
Date:April 11th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
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It takes a LOT to get me to dance in public, which is becoming more and more difficult, but possible with alcohol. However, in the house alone, very happy to dance :)
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From:seawasp
Date:April 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
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"Dex does not dance" -- Dexter's Lab

Very rarely do I dance and circumstances are restricted.

People playing "Caremelldansen" would do it, probably.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:April 12th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
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I prefer to dance in an empty room, or a very sparsely populated one. It's very difficult to dance properly when I'm having to worry about bumping into people! One of the best dances I ever had was at a college ball, when I noticed that there was no one in the dance hall apart from the sound crew who had just set up, so I was able to hurl myself around the room for several minutes.
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From:strangedave
Date:April 12th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
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Personally, I like modern dance music, industrial, etc - but for con dances (and I've DJed a few) you want mostly stuff that most people are going to know, and that means a lot of retro. So the beat-matching/mixing stuff just doesn't really apply, because the DJ should be mostly playing pop (though people do like a good mashup if they recognise the original songs).

I prefer to keep people dancing for ages, but you never want an empty dance floor if you can manage it. But you can change the tone around a bit so the people dancing will change - it is sometimes good to do a little dance music bracket and get different people on the floor for a while, then change to rock, etc.
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From:sols_light
Date:April 12th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
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Yes, this.

I find good DJing is about being able to manage the rhythm and mood of the crowd and build slowly at the start of the night, get everyone out there and then keep a wave of emotions running where it slows down every so often to build up again.

You're also right about a good DJ having something for everyone.
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From:freyaw
Date:April 12th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
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What does it take for me to get up and dance?

Yes.

I AM A MAD DANCEY THING!!!
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From:reverancepavane
Date:April 12th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)

i'll dance in the evening when the world is done...

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Technically I should have checked most of the boxes above since I always want to dance, even if I am the only one out there on the dance floor. And usually I am the one creating the dance floor in the first place, and dragging people onto it (even strangers, if it is a gig where I have a sizable portion of the audience to vouch for my intentions (to get people to dance).

The exception are gigs which are vehemently anti-dance (and there tend to be a surprising lot of them), where the social pressure is against single men dancing, or if it means abandoning a friend that adamantly refuses to dance (especially if I've dragged them to the gig, as is often the case). [Or if the dance floor is so crowded I'm seriously afraid of stepping on someone (I am not a small person and take up a large volume when I dance).]

But even in these cases I'm generally moving to the rhythm. The appreciation of kinesthetics is a vital ingredient of live music for me. [I generally don't do disco.]

My preferred form is with partners, either structured (in large groups or singular) or freeform, especially with someone with whom I can get a good interplay going, feeding off each other. Although this is rare, these days, although improving as more people take up formal dance (cerroc, swing, slasa, tabgo, etc).

I have a special fondness for some of the medieval styles of formal dance, as you can guess from my name, as well as a fondness for laconic Finnish Tango, but much of that is wrapped up in memories of the one I used to dance with, so I need to break that ghost. This and general rustiness inhibit my dance style at the moment. I prefer the slower, more formal dancing as a rule. [Especially stuff that allows me to shamelessly tease my partners (usually at the fact that their life-partner refuses to dance with them – I get special joy correcting this situation and getting men who are too scared of looking silly to actually get up and dance with their partners, even if I do I lose more partners that way... <sigh>] And yes, David, I have been a ballet dancer in my youth. Has this your mind boggled yet?

I do prefer to dance with friends who know that there is nothing more to the dance than the dance itself, and, as a generally rule, won't dance with people that are expecting more (it causes to many problems if feelings aren't reciprocated). Although now I'm most definitely running into the Creepy Old Man Syndrome.

It used to be I was the first one on the dance floor and the last one off, but bad health has put paid to a lot of that and I don't dance for four hours straight any more. Although given my pathology, it's actually easier to keep dancing than to stop and start.

Dance is life!

Live. Love. Dance!

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From:reverancepavane
Date:April 12th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
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But my reccomendation for a convention gathering get-together is a called ceilidh. (If that was actually the question you wanted to ask).

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From:sugoll
Date:April 12th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
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Ceilidh/Barn Dance. And a caller.
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From:helenex
Date:April 12th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
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Apart from at a ceilidh, I usually require the equivalent of three pints!
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From:darth_tigger
Date:April 12th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
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Couple of tracks then a rest is ideal. Ceilidhs are fab, but you need a really good caller!

My fave sort of dancing is choreographed that I've spent weeks learning, but that doesn't really come under the umbrella of this poll!
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From:darth_tigger
Date:April 12th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
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PS And I quite agree about the alcohol of course!
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From:ciciaye
Date:April 12th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
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For the something else, soul/R&B stuff. But basically anything really
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From:kremmen
Date:April 13th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
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"Alcohol" really should have been in the list. And were the items in the list supposed to be "and"ed or "or"ed?
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:April 13th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Something else: not being in pain by that point in the evening and/or not having any reason to care whether I'll be in pain the following day.
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From:angharad_gam
Date:April 14th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Put me in the mad dancey thing box. I have trouble not dancing to any (any) music that has a sufficiently discernable beat (it's a serious problem when I'm sitting on the bus and a New Order song comes on my walkman). I would do (indeed have done) almost any sort of dancing and would happily join in any sort of dance at an event of some sort. And I would (and indeed have) dance all night (in fact I have been known to spend two days on my feet cooking and still dance). However I am too shy to be the first person to get up and dance in a reticent room.

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