Jan 30, 2003

she swayed her hips in front of him
Happiness is about equilibrium and every so often you have to shift your weight to keep from falling. Contrapposto. Relax one side as you put tension on the other. Then counterbalance and change sides. Different parts of you take turns to help support Your Central Axis.
In the modeling and posing of human figures we can use examples from sculpture. Early sculptures of human figures, while anatomically correct, appeared stiff and unnatural. The classical Greeks progressed to where they were able to model the human form in a nonsymmetrical, relaxed stance that appeared much more realistic. This is described by the Italian word Contrapposto (counterpoise)--contrapposto--About Contrapposto--the human form in an asymmetrical pose--contrapposto. Literally means "set against" in Italian. Method developed by the ancient Greeks in sculpture to create balance, harmony and the illusion of movement in the figure. One part of the body is turned in opposition to another. For example, if the hips and legs are shifted in one direction, the shoulders and chest are in another. Distribution of weight is emphasized as the body is counter-positioned around a central axis.

And weight shift is important if you want to dance the Merengue!--There is no intentional hip movement in any of the Latin dances. The hip motion is a natural consequence of changing weight from one foot to the other. Sub-consciously we do this when walking backwards.


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