The Tremendous Difference Between BASE and BASIC

In this quick text I will distinguish two terms that are often mixed up. It sounds silly, but this conceptual confusion generates a natural depreciation of one of the most powerful resources a dancer can and should always study.

Basic

In dance, we say that something is basic when it is simple, it is generic, it is usually easy to assimilate.

They are movements normally used to start a new chain of movements. They are super important for the understanding and progression of the dance complexity. But when the dance develops, that which is basic tends to lose form giving way to variations and adaptations. At this stage it is normal for the practitioner to lose interest in the basic movements. And when he/she hears the word BASE, he/she refers to basic things and does not value it enough.

Base

The base is not what is basic. The base is the foundation, the bedrock, the core of your dance resources . The quality of your foundation is measured by the quality of your techniques, your standard of movement.

Any movement, basic or complex, can be improved through the study of the base. A solid foundation is what really defines an advanced dancer, because it is through the study of the foundations that body consciousness and CONTROL are reached.

Someone with a weak base does not make even the basic movements in the same level as someone who has an advanced base The base is the foundation, the bedrock, the core of your resources to be able to dance. The quality of your foundation is measured by the quality of your techniques, your standard of movement.

And a very interesting phenomenon happens in people who develop in dance to the point of having an excellent base. They become interested and enjoy doing the basic moves again.

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