Musically, syncopation is defined as a disturbance or interruption of the regular or expected rhythm, or the placement of accents where they wouldn’t normally occur. I suppose that this definition would also be generally appropriate for dances that have basic patterns which include only the basic timing of quicks and slows in their basic patterns: waltz, foxtrot, rumba, and country 2-step would all be examples. But what about cha-cha and polka? Their basic patterns include a triple step or 3 steps stuffed into 2 beats of music. Hustle? It includes 2 steps stuffed into 1 beat of music. All are examples of syncopations in dance: more steps than ‘normal’ danced in a beat or two beats of music.
But what is my favorite definition of syncopation? The extra steps or fancy footwork that a more advanced dancer uses to correct (or cover up) a mistake! What? Who me? Oh no…that wasn’t a mistake….that was a syncopation! Why yes….I thought it was pretty interesting too. Thank you! (smirk!)
Dance of the Day: Salsa
Mix together:6 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 seeded and minced jalapenos
½ onion, chopped fine
1 TBS olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
Salt, pepper, chopped fresh scallions, chopped cilantro, chopped parsley, to taste
Serve with tortilla chips.
Consume on breaks between dances while dancing Mambo “on the 1” to really fast 4-count Latin music!