These MUVE Principles remind you of the most important ideas of MUVE.
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Each MUVE dance is spontaneous without pre-planning or rehearsal. The dancer harmonizes with the music by stepping in rhythm and moving freely and creatively. While some like to create their own dance, others prefer to follow along.
People learn to MUVE by dancing along to the lead dancer called the Muse. Leading by example, the Muse presents movement ideas and repeats motions long enough for others to recognize the basic concepts and catch on.
The Muse creates movements based on a system of 3 Basic MUVES, the elementary building blocks of MUVE dancing. MUVE dance videos use graphic icons to continually display the Basic MUVES. This shows which MUVE is being danced and signals when the Muse changes the Basic MUVE.
The Basic MUVES are so easy, anyone can do them, even people who think they can't dance. Practice of the Basic MUVES improves dancing skills and confidence. They are the springboards for creative exploration, and have unlimited variations.
Because a MUVE dance is always created spontaneously, MUVE dancers follow “loosely.” Students are provided with ideas and concepts, with no need to be exact or perfect. They are also encouraged to follow their own creative spirit at any time.
Anyone can be a Muse. As more people step up to lead as a Muse, the dance becomes more exciting and entertaining.
You can do a Basic MUVE in many variations. Basic movement patterns stay constant but other aspects change.
Variations are created by shifts in: Balance • Direction • Speed • Size • Intensity • Origin of Motion • Accentuation
Combine MUVES either one after the other (in sequence) or at the same time (synchronous)
Sequence Example: “Grapevine” (combo-Icon below, left, top): Two beats of WALK (step, step), and two beats of TAP (step, tap).
Synchronous Example: “Shimmy” (combo-Icon below, left, bottom): Stand with both legs rooted and shift your weight left and right (walk in place).
Most traditional dances are heavily choreographed. MUVE dances are created in the moment. Any and all MUVES are okay as long as they feel good. MUVE dancing is easy and you can't do it wrong.
Because MUVE dancing is spontaneous, anyone can join in immediately. You don't need to find a partner or worry about keeping in step with the group. You can follow the MUSE or make up your own dance. It doesn't matter how it looks, only how it feels.
You make the rules as you listen to your body and adjust your movements to feel good. You can do a mellow dance or create a high velocity aerobic workout at any given moment. Take bigger steps to challenge yourself, and slow down any time you want.
People of different generations and fitness levels can MUVE together. Because you follow loosely or even create your own dance, your movements are always new and never boring.
So you can fully enjoy the music, all instructions are given with the help of colorful animations.
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