K.I.S.S. – Keep it simple stupid: Authenticity in Blues Dance

I ran across this quote from “Jazz in America” – “It is axiomatic that refinement and elaboration in any art are accompanied by a corresponding decline in vitality, ruggedness, spirited abandon, ingeniousness and intensity of expression.

How true do you think that is for Blues? I know from my own experiences the more people intellectualize Blues in the learning process the more they seem unable to relax and sink into the movement. They take on body shapes and movements that they associate with dancing (or associate with Blues dancing) rather than letting their bodies move. I’ve seen this on the social dance floor as well.

My question then is do you think that attempts to “push the boundaries” or “practice and polish moves” takes away something integral to the Blues in the manner that JiA was reffering?

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