Discofox


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Discofox (Three Count Hustle)
Basic step of the Discofox;  left the men's, right the women's steps
Basic step of the Discofox; left the men's, right the women's steps
Technology: unclassified
Type: Ballroom dancing , ballroom dancing
Music: pop music
Time signature : 44 or 24 cycles
Tempo: any
- fast: 30–36 TPM
- slow: 20–30 TPM
Creation time: 1967
List of dances

Discofox is a company dance , which is danced in pairs.

Emergence

The Discofox (known as "Beat-Fox" in the 1960s) emerged from the Foxtrot when free improvising disco dancers returned to the dance posture in the mid-1970s and enriched the classic Foxtrot with elements of swing , boogie-woogie and two-step . The Hustle was born in the USA and the Discofox in Europe , which was included in the world dance program in 1979 . The first tournaments were held in Switzerland at the end of the 1980s ; This is where the nationwide name Disco Swing came into being, as more and more elements from other dances such as rock 'n' roll , boogie woogie , swing , mambo , salsa and cha-cha-cha were integrated into the discofox. In 1992 the first Discofox World Championship took place in Basel , organized by the International Dance Organization . The second world championship followed in Miami eight years later, and European and world championships have been held annually since then. While the expansive classical dances require a larger hall, the Discofox can be danced almost on the spot due to the history of its origins and can therefore also be danced in the mostly limited space available in a discotheque .

The IDO also offers the Discofox as Disco Hustle , Swing Fox or Disco Swing .

technology

The Discofox is a fusion of many different elements from other dances, which is why it has not developed its own technical elements, but consists of those of other dances. He combines the step pattern derived from the Foxtrot with the classical dance posture, the freedom of improvisation of swing, the turning techniques of Latin American dances, the wrapped figures of salsa and the acrobatic figures of rock 'n' roll and boogie woogie.

Rhythm and music

The Discofox is based on 44 time , although the time is not counted as a whole, but rather the beats are counted individually. In Discofox and the closely related American Three Count Hustle , a basic step comprises three strokes, in other styles such as B. the American Hustle six strokes. There are two different basic steps in the Discofox as well as in the Hustle: a 3 step , i.e. H. on three strokes there are two steps and a tap, as well as a step of four , i.e. H. four steps fall on three strokes:

Takt:                  1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .
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3er-Schritt:          |X   X   t  |X   X   t  |X  ...
4er-Schritt (1 2&3):  |X   X x X  |X   X x X  |X  ...
4er-Schritt (1 2a3):  |X   X  xX  |X   X  xX  |X  ...
4er-Schritt (1 2 3&): |X   X   X x|X   X   X x|X  ...
Legende: X = Schritt (belastet), x = Stützschritt, t = Tap (unbelastet),
        | ... | = ein Grundschritt.

The American Hustle combines both basic steps, usually starting with a tap .

As music is any form of dance music with regular suitable in principle 4 / 4 rhythm of a speed of around 30 TPM and 120  BPM . In particular, current dance music of the discos, i. H. Euro Disco and Eurodance , but also varieties of Techno , are used.

Styles

The Discofox is divided into several styles:

  • The classic style in which figures are only danced in the basic step (four-step technique and / or "one-two-tap")
  • This style has been extended since around 1991 with multiple turns over several beats or over & 1 & 2 & 3 ...
  • With the drift of the Discofox from the discotheques into the club / association area as a tournament dance, more extensive acrobatics and semi-acrobatic figures were introduced.
  • Styles in Discofox are partly dependent on the region and dance teacher, names such as Rockfox, Carree, Rockswing, Discoswing, Swingfox sometimes indicate slight styling variations.

The Hustle has split since its inception in the following styles:

  • New York Hustle
  • Three Count Hustle
  • Latin hustle
  • Rope hustle
  • Street Hustle
  • Double hustle
  • Line Hustle (group dance)

The styles differ mainly in the ways of counting. Some styles are characterized by a special use of fun elements, such as: B. the Rope Hustle , in which the dance partners are connected by a rope. The most common are New York and Three Count Hustle ; both are strongly based on the original style of the hustle , as it became known in 1977 through the film Saturday Night Fever .

distribution

Today the Discofox is next to Salsa the most popular couple dance in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and South Tyrol (Northern Italy), which u. a. is due to its technical simplicity and its versatility. It can be danced to a wide range of styles and tempos of music. It is less common in Australia ( Ceroc ), France, Russia ( Disco Hustle ) and Sweden.

From the late 1990s to around 2005, Switzerland was the world's most successful Discofox nation. Almost all the European and world championship titles of these years went to Switzerland.

Discofox as a tournament dance

The Discofox is performed internationally as a tournament dance in the IDO . The national Discofox associations in German-speaking countries are the ÖTF (Austrian Dance Federation) in Austria and the TAF (The Actiondance Federation) in Germany .

Basic step execution

posture

For the basic step, both dance partners stand close to each other. The feet are parallel to the partner, the body is upright. To keep the explanation simple, the dance partners are called "Mr" and "Lady", with the Lord leading.

Hand position

The hand position of the Discofox is similar to that of the standard dances ; the left hand of the gentleman holds the right hand of the lady (leading hands) in a comfortable position about shoulder height. The gentleman places his right hand flat between the lady's shoulder blade and hip while her left hand rests on the gentleman's upper arm.

steps

In the common 3 step, both dance partners move as follows:

  1. The gentleman takes a small step forward with his left foot while the lady takes a step backwards with her right foot.
  2. The gentleman takes a small step forward with his right foot while the lady takes a step backwards with her left foot.
  3. The gentleman taps the toe of his left foot parallel to the left of the toe of his right foot, while the lady taps the toe of her right foot parallel to the right of the toe of her left foot. The knee of the moving leg remains bent, as this step is taken back with the next movement step.
  4. The gentleman takes a step back with his left foot while the lady takes a step forward with her right foot.
  5. The gentleman takes a step back with his right foot while the lady takes a step forward with her left foot.
  6. The gentleman taps the toe of his left foot parallel to the left of the toe of his right foot, while the lady taps the toe of her right foot parallel to the right of the toe of her left foot. The knee of the moving leg remains bent, as this step is taken back with the next movement step.

The next step then starts again at step 1 without a break, creating a seamless dance sequence.

Web links

Wikibooks: Discofox  - learning and teaching materials
Wiktionary: Discofox  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Markus Straub: Let's dance now: dance reference work . Edition: 1st edition (June 3, 2008). P. 20.
  2. Rulebook of the International Dance Organization p. 88
  3. Competition Rules , on ido-dance.com
  4. Discofox Basic Step - Get the Dance (getthedance.com) , on youtube.com