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Dance glossary - M


Measures per minute
Measures per minute, or MPM, refers to the tempo of the music according to the number of measures or bars occurring in one minute of music. This can vary from as low as 25-27 MPM for international style rumba to as fast as 58-60 MPM for international style Viennese waltz.

The Milonga is a Spanish dance first originated in Andalusia. As the fascinating music traveled the world it assumed various aspects. In Buenos Aires the Gauchos danced it in what is called a closed position, in the lower class cafes. Here their interpretation of it emerged into what today is our Tango. The Milonga enjoyed a popular resurgence some years ago through the Juan Carlos Copes group who performed it the world over.

It was a carefree and lively dance until presented by the French court in 1650. There it developed into a slow, graceful and stately dance, elegant in its simplicity. It consists of a salute to the partner, a high step and a balance, and is characterized by symmetrical figures, courtly gestures, elaborate bows and curtsies.

Modern Dance
A form of dance as developed by Martha Graham, Haya Holm, Doris Humphyre, Charles Weidman and others. It expresses complex emotions and abstract ideas.

A description of the direction toward which the body is traveling, specifically when it is different from the body's facing alignment and/or pointing alignment.

Moving foot    
The foot that does not have the majority of body weight, being free enough to move.

The ability to hear and interpret music in a way that is both mechanically correct and artistically expressive.