No announcement yet.

Dancing when the drum stops

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Dancing when the drum stops

    Just wondering if any of you out there could answer a question.

    When the song has a tail after the third pushup, and the drumming stops, but the singers continue singing, should the dancers stop and wait for the drum or continue dancing.

    I've never noticed this type of Grass Dance song at the Powwows in the SF Bay area, but it is common in honor songs, where everyone pauses until the drum starts up again.

    A friend of mine went to a powwow in the Indiana area, and the folks there kept on dancing through the vocal only tail.

    As long as the question of when to dance in up, I have heard song, on tapes, where the singers tap their sticks against the side of the drum for Grass Songs. I've always assumed that the dancers would start normally after the lead. But scratching my head, I've never seen this style of song in a contest.

    Maybe I just need to get out of the SF Bay Area, but could you folks from elsewhere care to comment. Are these regional differences?:Thinking


  • #2
    I think that you would stop, I do. Most of my footwork goes off the drum;ba boom ba boom ba boom ba BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM! then you stop then slowly start back up again thats how I usually dance to it, I've seen many others do the same but they totally stop! just freeze no jingling or nothing 'til the drums plays again. But I'm still learning a lot about the art of grass dancing and every nation has its own style it seems. :)
    "I Ahula Ula"
    Enjoying the ride.


    • #3
      Man I am sorry its boom boom boom boom BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM! I had the other beat pounding away in my mind all day!
      "I Ahula Ula"
      Enjoying the ride.


      • #4
        I've seen grass dancers at one place stop when the drum isn't beating but the singers are still singing. I think they look awkward standing out there very still while there is singing. I'm not a grass dancer but I'd always dance to the song.



        • #5
          i have always been told that you keep dancing. cause you are dancing to the song.



          • #6
            i agree
            dance to the song, not the drum
            sometimes it feels funny cause youre the only one doing so, but thats what i was taught to do
            all real men have both bustles


            • #7

              That's what I was taught too. Dance the song, not the drum.

              Build a man a fire and you warm him for a night. Set a man on fire and you warm him for the rest of his life.


              • #8
                Thanks for the replies. Its seems once again that there are many answers. :)


                Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

                Related Topics


                • ndngirl722
                  What do you ladies do when the drum stops?
                  by ndngirl722
                  What do you do when the drum stops but the singers keeps going, like here:


                  I noticed that some of the ladies keep dancing, some stop, and some slow down. Is there a proper thing to do when this happ...
                  07-16-2007, 11:13 PM
                • SpeakingOwl
                  standing for a verse in the northwest
                  by SpeakingOwl
                  In the pacific northwest there is a practice of standing for a verse during dance contests. This is usually in the traditional categories.

                  Now my thoughts on this practice:

                  I believe that this practice had it's beginning in the not so distant past when the style of drumming...
                  01-26-2009, 05:56 PM
                • osagesooner
                  rolling of the drum
                  by osagesooner
                  I'm just curious on what everybody else's views on how to dance on the ruffle/ceremonial songs when the singers roll the drum.

                  Reason I'm asking is, I've seen straight dancers act like it was sneak up and get down on one knee.

                  I've seen straight dancers try dance real...
                  03-07-2007, 01:39 PM
                • Southern_cloth_roxs
                  During a women traditional dance on honor beats
                  by Southern_cloth_roxs
                  on honor beat, how many steps do u do in place and inward and the outward. i've be taught 4 in place 7 in 7 out but i'm trying to break that and go with4 in place 9 in 5 out but ever since i've been dancing i've been told to do other wise and its really hard to break that habit to. so what is ur honor...
                  04-30-2005, 01:08 AM
                • Barb
                  Question for the Traditional Ladies???
                  by Barb
                  This might sound kind of dumb after dancing for a few years but here goes. When in competition do you start as soon as the drum starts? I find sometimes the Ladies start with the drum and sometimes they seem to be waiting for someone else to start???
                  05-05-2008, 01:34 PM



                There are no results that meet this criteria.

                Sidebar Ad