How Did “Technique” Get To Be A Dirty Word?

by Gerald Cosby

For some dancers, the word technique seems to have sunk to the status of a four-letter word – that is, not something to be mentioned in polite company. I’ve had dancers tell me they weren’t interested in the technique part of lessons because “all we want is to learn to dance.” I’ve seen eyes glaze over in classes when I’ve attempted to bring up technique. Sometimes I’m reminded of the movie “Strictly Ballroom,” and the stuffed shirts who insist that the hero stick to their strict limits on his steps. THOSE are the people who would insist on technique; ordinary people who want to have fun and enjoy their dancing would never consider such a thing. Right? Continue reading “How Did “Technique” Get To Be A Dirty Word?”