This is a continuation from a previous post. If you did not have a chance to read part 1, you can find it here. So here are 4 more dance moves that you can perform when Soca music is playing.
#2 Chipping (or walk and wine)
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While the walk and wine concept is similar to #1 (i.e. wining), this dance is in a category of its own. During this move, the dancer can travel anywhere from a few steps to dozens of miles following the beat of the music. During this movement, the dancer usually shifts his/her waist from side to side while also taking steps either forward or backward. Unlike #1, chipping is all about steady movement and is almost always done in a large group. Many dances of this type can incorporate external elements to make the journey more enjoyable. This includes a Tassa drum, bottle & spoon, and of course, a whistle. This type of dance is probably the most popular type of move that is done during any Carnival celebration as it is meant to allow revelers to enjoy the music while progressing to their next stop without depleting stamina. As you can tell, this dance has quite a few perks and is the second easiest dance to learn.
#3 Jump and wave
By far, the easiest dance when it comes to Soca music is this one. As the name suggests, this type of dance is all about jumping and waving (usually a bandanna, rag, or flag). It is a high energy move where the dancer expresses celebratory jumps in the rhythm of the music. The type of Soca that accompanies this type of dance usually has some form of instruction embedded in the lyrics (such as Jump by Rupee or Dust Them (Stampede) by Kurt Allen). Please keep in mind that this type of dance also includes moves outside of simply jumping and waving, it also includes stamping, mashing, moving to the left and right, and of course palancing. This form of dance is all about releasing inhibitions and letting the music move you. This is why this type of dance is usually done with Power Soca but it can also be done with other forms as well.
This is less of a formal dance move but more of a state of relaxation. The jib, or the vibesing, is done when the listener of the music does not feel the need to expel a ton of energy and simply wants to enjoy the music. You can find persons jibbing inside or outside of the club and is a form of musical “liming”. If you are unsure what the term liming means, here you go:
“The concept of liming encompasses any leisure activity entailing the sharing of food and drink, the exchange of tall stories, jokes and anecdotes etc., provided the activity has no explicit purpose beyond itself. “
So as you can imagine, there are an infinite number of ways to jib. For example, head-nodding in a corner while sipping on a beastly cold Stag beer is a form of jibbing. Additionally, a group of guys can sway in the music and not say anything to each other and this can be a form of jibbing. There is no wrong or right way to be jibbing, simply relax and let the music do its thing.
This is not a dance but the lack of dancing. This is what my adolescent self would fight tooth and nail to prevent. To “salt” or “sucking salt” means to be unsuccessful in finding a partner or mate. Many a guy/girl have fallen victim to this confidence-crusher. A salter-man, is by definition, one who is perpetually in a state of salting. Even though there may be cases of people intentionally wanting to be in this state, I cannot think of a single one to share. With the advent of new technologies such as smartphones, Instagram, Twitter, etc, one may use these devices to give the impression that he/she is salting by choice, but at the end of the day/dance… he/she is still salting in the dance. The combination of salting and staring (aka gaping) at other dancers/winers is one of the most destructive things to happen to a person. So if you know of anyone who has suffered from this ailment for longer than a year, please help them out — even a social wine would help.
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