Took me a while but I realized that my passion for ballroom dance was a major factor that permitted me to pick up the violin after several decades and play for hours.
So here's me dancing this past weekend at "The Classique du Quebec":
So the magic factor? The top of our 'frame'. The frame is basically the shape you make and maintain as a couple while you dance. For the violin specifically its the circle of our arms. Creating a dance frame and keeping it while you dance uses virtually the same muscle methods as for playing the violin without getting tired - that is minimal effort (which means relaxing every muscle that is not essential).
Of course there is a musical connection too but the woman doesn't really listen to the music too much - she has to follow the man so an adage is 'that the man is her music'. Its actually the secret to making the whole thing look coordinated and 'dancing as a couple'.
Any other dancers out there BTW? And what do others do?
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