Choose a dance that reflects your sun sign
There are many people who love to know about what’s next for them in life and what future holds for them in personal as well as professional life. When we are in stress or many a times just for fun, we do visit or have often been advised to visit an astrologer. I have seen people going to meet jyotishis, tarot card readers or simple looking at the horoscope in the newspapers and magazines.
Sun sign astrology is the form of astrology most commonly found in many newspaper and magazine columns. It is a simplified system of astrology which considers only the position of the stars at birth which is said to be placed within one of the 12 zodiac signs. This sign is called the sun sign or star sign of the person born in that 12th part of the year.
Sun sign astrologers take this basic 12-fold division and relate all the current movements of all the planets to each other using traditional rules to divine meanings for each sign separately. Because the moon has the fastest apparent movement of all the heavenly bodies, it is often used as the main indicator of daily trends for sun sign astrology forecasts.
This science attracted me a lot so I took up the task of understanding the nature of the person belonging to each of the particular star sign and then relating their traits, manners and behaviours that reflects in the best possible manner to a Latin and ballroom dance.
My almost six month survey, which I did with the help of many of my astrologer friends, gave me the following result. I feel privileged to share this with all of you.
Aries – Merengue
This dance comes from the Dominican Republic and its neighbouring island, Haiti. This quick tempo dance is great for people who are very aggressive, self-confident and full of life. This dance has bouncy, vigorous and brisk moves which are typical traits of an Arian (being assertive and energetic).
Taurus – Viennese Waltz
This dance comes from Austria and South of Germany. While performing this fast dance, one has to be very watchful and alert all the time as that others do not bang into you while in the movement of dance. It is a very compassionate, poised, royal and very loving dance. Its movements are all in fast circular motion. Viennese Waltz is specially for Taureans as they are known to be very careful and caring people.
Gemini – Cha Cha Cha
This dance is an off-shoot of a famous Latin folk dance called the Mambo…. Cha Cha Cha has very inviting music. Its flirty, naughty and a very spicy dance, filled with lots of hip actions. This mischievous, dynamic and bubbly dance is best for Gemini as they are known to be very lively and flirtatious by nature.
Cancer – English Waltz
Like its name suggests this dance comes from Great Britain. It is considered to be the most tender, mild, graceful and elegant dances of the world. Its dance direction, movements and a few times, even the speed keeps changing, making it a very unpredictable and unstable dance just like the sign, cancer. They are known to be very moody yet gentle as people.
Leo – Paso Doble
This dance is associated with Spain as it is a story of a ‘bull fight’ on to the dance floor. This dance is extremely flashy, flamboyant and extravagant dance. The mood of this glitzy dance is a ‘fight’. In this dance, the man represents the matador and the women his cape in the drama of the Spanish bullfight. This hot and flaming dance truly represents the ever so flamboyant and fiery Leo.
Virgo – Jive
This dance form comes from the US. Jive is similar to Boogie, Jitterbug, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and most of all, Rock’n’Roll. It is a fun-filled, carefree, practical and a relaxed dance. While performing this dance, one needs to me extremely watchful and careful as it is a high-speed dance. This crazy dance is best for Virgos as they are known to be very practical, cautious yet fun-loving people.
Libra –Rumba & Bolero
Rumba is the national dance of Cuba and Bolero comes from Bahamas. They both have fascinating rhythms and body expressions. Extended long legs and hemlines enhance the romantic mood of these dances. Rumba and Bolero are said to be the spirit and soul of all the dance forms. When we think of these ‘dances of love’, we think of passion, obsession, infatuation, togetherness and lust. And that’s what Librans are said to be, romantic at heart, always in love with ‘love’ and extremely charming as individuals.
Scorpio – Tango
This dance comes from the backstreet bars of Argentina. It is the dance of ‘mixed feeling’. Tango means many things to many people, just like the mysterious Scorpio. Its’ sexy and passionate attitude resemble the characteristic of the adoring yet inexplicable and enigmatic Scorpion.
Sagittarius – Samba
This dance is from Brazil. The feel of Samba is just like a Sagittarian. It’s rhythmic, animalistic, exotic and adventurous. Samba is said to be an ‘out of the ordinary’ dance as it is very musical, striking, unusual and has loads of bold and daring moves just like a Sagittarian who is said to be very courageous and gutsy by nature.
Capricorn – Bossa Nova
This dance form comes from Bahai. It is meant for the typical Capricorns as they are cool, go-getter individuals who are always determined to do the best. Similarly, this dance style too is like a live wire, very splendid, impressive, grand and firm and is danced with an attitude that is fresh, calm and breezy, very similar to a Capricorn person.
Aquarius – Dance Salsa
This dance style is the most erratic and unpredictable of all the dances yet it is orderly in its form, having a structured movement, only a whimsical and wise Aquarian will understand the method in the madness. This saucy dance is the craze of this decade. Salsa moods can change at any time from being sexy to spicy or loving to gloomy or from being passionate to heartbreaking.
Pisces – Quickstep
This is a very imaginative and an artistic dance, danced in a very pensive and wistful mood, just like the dreamy and very creative Piscean. Fast tempo yet in complete harmony, quickstep with its syncopated hops and swings is filled with loads of creative yet original impressive moves which are the typical traits of a Piscean.
At my dance classes, I have often met disappointed students who tell me, “Sir, I tried but I can’t Dance”, “Oh! it was not meant for me” or many such excuses. All I can tell them today is that may be it is possible that you had taken up a dance that was not suiting your star sign or your character. So don’t ever think what you could not do. Instead go ahead and try what is for you and fits your star sign.
photos Taher Basrai
Sandip Soparrkar is a well known Ballroom dancer and a Bollywood choreographer who has been honoured with National Achievement Award and National Excellence Award by the Govt of India. He can be contacted on [email protected]