How to remember dance steps?

October 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm 1 comment

I’d like to remember dance steps. I’m mainly interested in ballroom (Latin and Standard) steps. But maybe a solution could be applied to other forms of dance.

I can imagine there could be two solution, or both could be combined.

  • One could create a notation system for dance steps. Probably there already are some. But a computer readable system would be nice. In that case there could be a wiki like system that allows collaboration on the steps. This way one can build a database of a huge number of figures, steps, step sequences. If the notation would be transferable to other systems there is a better incentive to contribute to the database.
  • One could create a huge collection of dancing videos. Probably those are hosted on different platforms and embedded in the site. These videos get annotated so that you can search for a step (for example “Running Finish” (in German that’s “Endlauf”)) and than watch just those 5 seconds from the respective clips that show this figure. Furthermore the clips get annotated with a quality of the dancing, so you can watch only those clips just above your level of dance.

That’s it for this post. I’ll create to separate posts for these options. Maybe you can have further ideas. Please comment.

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