Do you like to dance? I am not a huge dancer, but I do find I like to move and dance when no one else is watching or I am with my kids. Did you know that you can relieve stress with dance and movement? This is a great way to feel better.
I recently learned about the origins of Vogue dance moves and it was inspiring. I wanted to share with you, so that the next time you feel overwhelmed or down, you can shut your door and Vogue to feel better.
What is a dance break?
A dance break is simply pausing what you are doing, cranking up the music, or simply moving to no music at all.
My kids and I used to call it a dance party. We would turn on some fun dance music and simply move around the room however we were inspired to.
The power of a dance break to relieve stress
Dance, like other forms of movement, has great physical and mental benefits. Dance is a form of physical movement and physical movement can release the neurotransmitter, endorphins, which serve to reduce stress and cause our bodies to feel calm, happy, and optimistic. Some people playfully call endorphins “happy hormones” because they do literally make you feel happier.
You cannot feel anxious or sad and feel happy at the same time. So, when you are feeling anxious or down one way to fight it is to dance, causing your body to emit endorphins which make you chemically feel happy again!
What is the Vogue?
Vogue originated in the 1960s in the Harlem Ballroom Scene. It began in homes that housed black and Latino youth.
The name did originate from Vogue Magazine, but it means more than that.
Vogue is all about empowerment, art, survival, and self-expression!
I love that!
When you need an infusion of power and strength, then shut your door or find somewhere with space. Crank up the volume on Madonna’s Vogue using Siri or Alexa to find it, and Vogue, Vogue, Vogue.
How do you dance the Vogue to relieve stress?
According to Wikipedia, these are some moves common to Voguing.
Vogue Fem (“Fem” is derived from the French word femme, meaning “woman”) is fluidity at its most extreme with exaggerated feminine movements influenced by ballet, jazz and modern dance. Styles of Vogue Fem performances range from Dramatics (which emphasizes stunts, tricks, and speed) to Soft (which emphasizes a graceful, beautiful, and easy flow continuations between the five elements). There are currently five elements of Vogue Fem:
- Duckwalk: The duck walk receives its name from the appearance the name references (a duck walking) that involves squatting on your heels and kicking your feet out as you move forward on the beat.
- Catwalk: Catwalking is an exaggerated feminine walk where the legs are crossed over each other, the hips are thrust from side to side, and the hands are thrown forward in opposition to the legs.
- Hands: In performance, the hands of the performer often told a story (demonstrated in the category Hand Performance/Arms Control) This is the component of performing used to throw shade. For example, miming an expression of horror at the way the opponents face looks.
- Floorwork: This component demonstrates the competitors’ sensuality as they roll, twist, and otherwise move on the ground in such a way as to capture the attention of the judges.
- Spins and Dips: The most recognizable feat in Vogue Fem. Dips can be described as a ground-level stunt. This can be executed by spiraling down to the floor and tucking one leg, while the other is extended and creating the illusion that one’s head has touched the floor. This is to be executed on what is called the HA! a loud metallic crash in the music or verbal “HA!” heard throughout music to accent this specific movement. The dip originated from Pop, Dip, and Spin which is the foundation and base of Old Way.
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