March 12th, 2007

menorah dance

Blind Dance #2

Today was my second blindfolded dance, again at the Dance Complex, which is really amazingly great. Only two people turned up, which was smaller than I'd hoped, but more than I thought might make it, and, really, if it had been only one (or, for that matter, only me!) it would have been fine, since, hey, a big empty room and music? Yeah, I can come up with something to do there.

I feel like I did a better job about being clear about what dancers could expect (in part because I was clearer about it!) and what my role was. I also had a clearer image of how the two hours would be spent: 10 minutes of hanging out and chatting, 50 minutes of dancing, then a 5-10 minut break and another 40 minutes of dancing, then 10 of wrap-up. This worked well, and I think I'll aim for that again in the future.

I spotted the first half and danced the second half. It was really nice to get a chance to do both. I'm a little surprised how much I enjoy spotting; it's neat to see how people use the space when they can't see, how they interact, and to dance a little bit in that context.

Since I didn't get a chance to dance last time, this is the first time I've danced blindfolded since last fall at Twilight Covening, and this was both similar and different. I liked it. More on that later, perhaps.

Last time, I promised myself that I would have the music for this one all selected and arranged well before the dance. This gave me the opportunity to laugh at myself as I sat down at noon to figure out the arrangement. But it, like the rest, was better than last time, too!

So, yeah, overall, I feel like it was a big success, and I learned things from last time, and I have a better idea about it all for myself and as an organizer.

Future dates: I'm thinking about aiming for April 8 or 15 (both Sundays) for the next one. Folks who hope to make it should let me know if one of those is better than the other.
menorah dance

blind dance music

This is a question for people who have been to one of my blind dances or another blind dance or who have opinions about music or who just have opinions that apply to the question:

One of my biggest challenges for the blind dances is coming up with the music, especially because, as rule30 commented to me the other day, it's not that I'm not used to shaping people's experiences of an event, but that I'm not used to doing so through music. So this is an interesting element for me.

I have been avoiding music with lyrics, and I wonder if people agree that that's the way to go? I've also been trying to have pieces that are on the longer side, though yesterday one of the pieces in the set I danced was just over 3 minutes, and that didn't seem excessively short, so that's a useful data point. I also started out with kind of "new agey" feeling stuff, but yesterday I mixed in a bit of (slightly) thumpier, jazzier, more modern sounding songs, and those seemed to work well, too.

So, thoughts on music? In particular: lyrics or no lyrics? What about lyrics in a foreign language or non-lyric-y vocals? Tempo: should it be fast, slow, varied? Length of songs: longer? shorter? mixed? Style? Other opinions?

Also, thanks to spike, redjo and fennel for providing me with a bunch of tracks to play with -- I owe each of you a run-down on my reactions at some point soon. Other folks: if you have music you think might be good for this, I'm all ears!

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Does anyone out there in lj-land (preferably boston-local lj-land) have one of those yoga mats that it seemed like a good idea to buy but now you pretty much don't use it and it's just collecting dust in the corner somewhere and wouldn't it be nice to find someone who could make use of this thing?

If so, let me know, 'cause I think I could.