Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois on March 24, 1977 · Page 22
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Thursday, March 24, 1977
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Page G Section 11 CSH Economist Newspapers, Wednesday, March 23,1977 You can't be a Disco dancer till you relax »By SUZANNE ERFURTH "I want to fly like an eagle to the sea,/ Want to fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me,/I want to fly like an eagle till I'm free." This lyric accompanies the most regimented piece of music imaginable. There is no noticeable vanation in rhythm, pacing or tune. Within the airtight structure of the song, a few special effects may be heard trying 'to contrive a suggestion of flight. · A dissonant harmonica is played up the scale, and some percussion instrument whooshes at intervals to suggest wind. ;"Ply Like an Eagle" is one of the more popular si ngs in the current disco cr ze, an honor it shares with the memorably titled , "Disco Duck " Twenty-five ; Latin Hustle Denise Miller demonstrates a step in the Latin Hustle at her Wednesday evening disco dance course. people gathered on a stage at Denise Miller's Wednesday evening dance class last week to learn the dances that go with it. Ms. Miller moves with the unthinking physical self- confidence and grace that make gym teachers the envy of their gawky adolescent pupils. She has been teaching this course since sometime in the middle of 1975, when Daley college first sensed a demand for this kind of thing. Her background is in ballet and modern dance, which she teaches in the college. The students standing on the auditorium stage at St. Paul High school, 6435 W. 59th st., are casually dressed and seem comfortable and unselfconscious. They are mostly female, and range in age from about 17 to 40. Though they laugh among themselves about how hard it is to get the steps in sequence, they obviously gam confidence and accuracy as the lesson progresses. Specific movements turn out to be very important. "The reason I teach the cross in front," Ms. Miller explains as she takes the class through the first part of the enigmatically titled Bus Stop, "is that too many people overcross in back, catch their feet and end up tripping." The steps are straight out of a European folk dance- pivots, small kicks, turns and back crosses--but the effect is utterly different. Polk dance music is more melodic than disco, the rhythm section is less overwhelming, and the dance develops a certain flow as the dancer responds to it In disco, the music is so staccato that there can be no flow of motion. Disco music seems to defy interaction, and movements seem fragmentary no matter how smoothly they are executed. After a few minutes of this, Ms Miller suggests a warm-up The class says it's plenty warm already, but obediently forms a circle Modern dance exercises- shoulder rotations, toe touching, head rolls--are performed to contemplative, growly music with a jazzy feel. The class resumes with the Latin Hustle, which is a lot more graceful than the Bus Stop. This is partly because, as Ms. Miller tells the class, "Latin dances have a lot of upper body movement. "Move your head and shoulders as you turn," she coaches. "And find something to look at besides your feet Focus on a space on the wall if yon have to " One reason these dances lack anything like the wild abandon of their 1960s counterparts is is that everything happens so fast - "If you Mck your foot up like you were in a chorus line, you won't get it back the dances would look like if you did them to a song with a real, live chord pro- gression. But it's an interesting possibility. Auto mechanic course offered Disco 'class runs through Bus Stop Students ,at Denise Miller's Wednesday evening disco dance class try to stay together in a run-through of the down in time for the turn," Ms. Miller says it's possi- Ms MiUer,.;wahis_ "Four or ble to adapt disco dances to five inches 9 Is. as high as it should go 'I She contends that the most important thing in disco dancing : is: to move freely. "The dances of the sixties, especially the early ones like the Monkey and the Jerk, called for all those stiff movements," she says. "Disco involves your whole body, and it won't work unless you relnx " But no matter how freely the dancer's body may move, it is still caged by the numbing predictability of the music There are small variations you can interject into each dance, but the total effect is the same. Bus Stop. The class is taught through Daley college at St. Paul High school, C435 W. 59th st. non-disco music. The disco pervasive these days that music phenomenon is so it's hard to imagine what Minor auto repair and tune-ups will be the subject of a series of adult education courses to be offered "Fridays and Saturdays starting April 15 at Richard J. Daley college, 7500 S Pulaski rd. Four sections of the adult education course, basic mechanics, will meet. One will be held from 6:30 to 9:10 p m Fridays, start ing April 15, and three sections will meet Saturdays from 9 to 11:40 a.m. starting April 16. Classes will meet for five consecutive weeks. Adults 18 years of age and older, regardless of educational background, may register for adult education courses. One course is $10 for Chicago residents. Senior citizens may register free of charge if space is available. Registration may be completed between 2 and 8 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the auditorium, building 700, on campus. A schedule of all adult education courses slated to begin the week of April 12 is available by calling 7353000, extension 222. Sale to aid school teams A storefront rummage sale to benefit the Morgan Park High school volleyball, football, swim and hockey teams will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2301 W. 95th st. Contributions (anything clean and in good condition) are tax deductible, and may be taken to the 95th st. address between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. omorrow and Friday They will also be picked up free of charge by Bill or Kay Burchett, 779-4520 Pucinski is endorsed ·Referring to Roman Pu- cinski as "a friend of Hungarians,'? 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