REGOLAMENTO OD 2014 "MEMORIES OF A GRAND BALL"

                                                    ORIGINAL DANCE FOR 2014
                                                    “Memories of a Grand Ball”

Choice of rhythms: Waltz, Polka, March, Galop


The current rules apply – The Original Dance will consist of two (2) rhythms of the skaters choice as
listed above. NOTE: a couple can repeat the first rhythm they have chosen, as the third change, but it
must be the same melody and tune as the first.

WALTZ
Tempo – ¾ time not set – can be fast or slower
Music – musical count 123/123 – skating count 123456
Accent depends on type of Waltz, but a true Viennese has accent on 1st with slight anticipation on 2nd
beat of measure – expect variety.
Instruments – Orchestral, strings frequently play the melody while middle instruments play rhythm.
General Interpretation – The Waltz is the most universally popular of all dances. The Waltz started
with slow music but with the 19th century Viennese composers, a faster tempo became popular. It
should be skated with rise and fall of the knee and is essential to portray a Waltz Rhythm with
elegance, back arched, smooth rhythmic lifting of the couple with rotational movements, change of
lean and swaying. Neat feet are of importance.
Waltz positions and varied, romantic man/woman relationship to give unison is important.

POLKA
Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of Bohemian origin in duple time; it was a basic pattern of
hop-step-close-step.
Tempo – 2/4 – usually fast, lively and playful.
Music – An insistent after-beat rhythm represented by an “and” after beat 1 “and” 2/1 “and” 2
(sometimes danced with preliminary hop before the first beat. The name is Czech for “half-step”,
referring to the rapid shift from one foot to the other.
Instruments – Folk variety uses clarinets, horns and accordians, but orchestral will reflect the dance
better.
General Interpretation – The Polka is a more relaxed style of dance with some wide stepping, and small
hops. It is a boisterous, rollicking dance and should be skates with exuberance and fun but remember
it is under the heading “Memories of a Grand Ball” so should be considered as suitable for the
ballroom, and not for a country western style dance. Waltz position can also be used with variations
such as holding at the elbows, or linking arms – making it more playful and joyful.

MARCH
Tempo – 2/4 or 4/4 and 6/8 – not set.
Music – should be lively with a “military” feel.
Instruments – Often features brass, drums and woodwinds but orchestral will reflect the flavour better.
General Interpretation – Carriage should be very upright and can include additions of military and
marching actions, with precise footwork.
Unison should be varied and may use various forms of Kilian or Waltz positions.

GALOP
Tempo – 2/4 – not set.
Music – very fast a lively – the word “Galop” has the usual significance of the most rapid pace of a horse
and first apperead in Vienna and Berlin in 1822 at Balls and Carnivals.
The popularity of the Polka led to the introduction of the Galop (or Galoppade as it was known).
Instruments – usually orchestral.
General Interpretation – Less stylised due to tempo. Characterized by change of step or hop at the end
of each musical phrase. The basic Galop has the lead moving forward and following backward, no turning in counter-counter-clockwise fashion around the floor. Basically the steps were “Slide, change,
slide – Slide, change, slide etc. It is considered that there was no dance more exciting or easy to learn,
but it required a good ear to mark the time of the music.
The Galop was often used in classic ballets. It is the forerunner of the Polka with Minuet usually
following a Galop.
The original position was Waltz with couples doing a series of chasses around the room with
occasional turns, and was particularly popular as the final dance of the event.

If the couples understand the “Origin” of a rhythm it gives an understanding of the dance and
should help in the construction and choice of music for a particular Rhythm.

REMEMBER – WE ARE AN ARTISTIC SPORT AND THE OD SHOULD BE SKATED TO THE MUSIC
WITH STEPS, EDGES, FLOW, RHYTHM AND TOGETHER, NO MATTER WHAT MUSIC IS SELECTED.