• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A First Analysis of the Lived- Work of Ballroom Dancing

Extracts from this document...


Word Count: 1830 A First Analysis of the Lived- Work of Ballroom Dancing Introduction The purpose of this final assignment is to express how the lived work of everyday activities such as learning ballroom dancing can teach us about who we are and how we go about turning these tasks in to ordinary activities. In particular this paper will concentrate on the coordination of work of it's participants in the collaborative task of the tango. Coordination of Work in the Collaborative Task of the Tango: Learning the heart of the tango is not about the rigid codes, any more than it is in the sequence of footsteps we learnt. The heart of dancing the tango is about communication and what works for the individuals. Personal disposition plays a huge impact on how we produced the look of the tango. Attitude, presence and intention are subjective factors that contribute to the development of good posture and balance. For example, the first time we attempted to learn a sequence of the tango my husband did not want to participate, he was doing it purely as an obligatory favour and has never had any intention of learning any dance. This lack of enthusiasm effected our ability as a couple to master the look of togetherness, emotional and intellectual cooperation between a man and a woman, which is essentially what the tango is all about. ...read more.


How was my husband as the leader supposed to communicate to me what his intention was?. Missed beats and stepping on toes led to frustration which led to discussions and reasoning on how we can communicate our moves more effectively. My husband suggested using subtle signals with his hands eyes and body. These were not random or spontaneous but were created as a means to communicate with coherence what was next without having to speak. For example, when we were commencing the dance he would slightly nod his head to let me know that this was the beat to start on. I knew what beat to start on, but this nod of the head gave me the reassurance that we were both on the same page. When we came in to do the basic corte he would we would need to change direction he would apply some pressure on the small of my back either on the right or left side depending on which direction we would be going. These subtle signs from the leader to the follower are imperative to the flow of the tango, but most texts concentrated on the footwork and structural aspects of the dance. The Problematic Ocho & Coordinated Balance: Being attuned to what your partner is doing is essential in learning the tango. Mead's description of taking the role of the other initially gives the impression that he is referring to role behavior. ...read more.


positions so we can invent on the spur of the moment a way to move to another position without missing a beat. These orderliness of these observable actions were produced by me & my husband, the participants in the activity while producing the look of the tango. Dancing the tango is a social activity - we may think we are in control, but how we move is determined by the pace and the direction of the situation in progress. Conclusion Dancing the tango is, in a sense, communicating to reach the goal of producing the look of the tango by the individuals participating in the activity. The tango cannot work when one partner has to broadcast his moves to the other or when one partner does not want to do the dance. Society, like the tango, requires that sense of unconscious collaborative communication. Learning to interact with courtesy and manners, like learning to lead and to follow, allows society to dance with unconscious coordination toward the betterment of all of its members. Analyzing the lived work of the tango we made a few discoveries about how we as individuals interact with each other in the production of this activity. For us as a couple learning the tango was a great experience, we achieved something together that we probably would of never attempted to do on our own. The time and effort it took to learn the dance was well worth the pleasure we later received. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Theatre Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Theatre Studies essays

  1. Stage lighting - A guide.

    However this is all really down to the personal judgment of the lighting designer. In a fast or violent scene, you may want to fade out very quickly at the end. This is called a dead blackout. Examples of this are a knife about to be plunged into a person.

  2. Discuss how historical stereotypes of Australian masculinity are confirmed or challenged in the film ...

    Mateship The unique Australian mateship - exclusively male camaderie - pervades all interactions, actively and robustly discouraging those who would be different. Mateship does not acknowledge fear or pain, even when facing death. In Two Hands true mateship is amply depicted.

  1. Temptation piece. We were asked to think about temptation, and discuss what we were ...

    see their facial expressions, it would show the audience how confusing the situation must be for her, almost like voices spinning around in her head. She decides to take the money, despite the efforts of her good conscience, and walks off stage.

  2. Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Analysis

    Lastly, when Frodo and Bilbo were hugging each other a close up was employed to signify the true feelings they had for each other.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work