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Music

Whilst we're having to social distance ourselves and I'm sharing dance videos so you can practice at home, I wanted to provide you with some music suggestions too. This way you can find choices which are appropriate for specific dance styles (see below).

 

You might be using your own music collection, iTunes, Alexa or Spotify. If you don't have any of these you might want to consider downloading the FREE Spotify app to your device(s) - it allows you to play music for free. The download process is pretty straightforward and it gives you step by step instructions on how to do this. You'll need to sign-in with an email address and then you're set. I've created some playlists in Spotify and the good news is that these can be shared with you! It will be part of the new online package, which is now available (see the section under Coronavirus Update). Essentially, anyone who pays for the videos (or already has paid) will continue to receive not only the links to the videos on my YouTube channel but also will be sent the links to the playlists in Spotify, to make life a lot easier for you!

Calculating the beats per minute (bpm)

If you want to work it out, it's quite straight forward. Count the number of beats in 15s (time your count) and then multiply by 4. This will give you a good idea of the speed of any piece of music that you like and help you identify if it's suitable for the warm up, for instance, or a particular dance style. There is software out there that will automatically calculate the bpm of the music in your iTunes folder, but I've not done this in a long time, so I don't have specific recommendations.

Warm Up Tracks

These tend to be in the range of about 124-132 bpm. Most of the tracks I've used previously in class are 128 bpm. The one posted on the video in YouTube is 132 bpm. Here are some other suggestions:

 

Born This Way - 128 (Lady Gaga)

Forget You - 128 (Cee Lo Green)

One Last Time - 128 (Ariana Grande)

You Should Be Dancing - 124 (Bee Gees)

Working My Way Back To You - 124 (Detroit Spinners)

Bollywood Tracks

These tend to be in the range of about 124-140 bpm. J'ai Ho is 136 and the following is a list of other similar speed tracks you could try accessing online plus a slower one:-

 

Aaj Ki Raat - 140 (Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack)

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - 136 bpm (Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Soundtrack)

Munni Badnaam Hui - 128 (Saavn Presents Bollywood Hits 2010)

Charleston Tracks

These cover a wide range of speeds from about 84-128 bpm. Liquid Lunch is about 112 bpm and the following is a list of other similar speed tracks you could try accessing online plus a few slower ones:-

 

Rock It For Me - 112 (Carvan Palace)

Quicksand - 128 (Caro Emerald)

Bang Bang - 128 (will.i.am - Now That's What I Call Music 86)

Dr Wanna Do - 100 (Caro Emerald)

Let's Misbehave - 96 (Trevor Ashley & The Easy Virtue Orchestra - Easy Virtue Soundtrack)

Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue - 84 (Craig Douglas)

Cha Cha Tracks

These tend to be in a range between 112-132 bpm Here are some suggested tracks to try:

 

Do You Know (Ping Pong Song) - 116 (Enrique Iglesias)

Now I Can Dance - 116 (Tina Arena)

Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Mix) - 124 (Calum Scott)

Ceiga, Sordomuda - 124 (Shakira)

Shut Up and Dane - 128 (Walk The Moon)

American Smooth Tracks

These tend to be in a range between 116-148 bpm Here are some suggested tracks to try:

 

Under The Boardwalk - 124 (The Drifters)

Haven't Met You Yet - 124 (Michael Bublé)

How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning - 136 (Dean Martin)

A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square - 136 (Brian Setzer Orchestra)

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - 132 (Stevie Wonder)