by steelband @ 2012-10-01 – 17:57:40
Steelasophical uses Limbo-by Design
The Limbo (Lim-Bow) is a unique Afro-Caribbean dance, one thats a hot favourite at Caribbean and Tropical themed parties.
Also known as “Under de Stick Dance” this has become a most popular form of audience participation at Tropical party events the world over. The limbos dates back to the mid to late 1800s in Trinidad. It achieved mainstream popularity during the 1950s
It has its origins from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, where British and American forces took the form back to their home countries as a party dance piece.
Limbo is a movement that is traditionally done at funerals or wakes and derives from the African legba or legua dance. If the Limboist makes it under the bar
(usually a bar of fire) with ease, it means that the spirit has transitioned to the other side with ease.
Today limbo refers to a dancer moving to a very up beat rhythm and dances under a horizontal bar or held by two people or (as we like to supported on stands. The dancer negotiates under the bar without touching or knocking it off the stand. If the dancer is successful, they must repeat this again and again with the bar being lowered another notch each time.
Each dancer does this until there is only one left standing who has not touched the bar, fallen down, laid on the floor or used his/her hands to keep balance. On-lookers as well as other dancers would clap, cheer, egg on and sing while the dancer tries to go under the bar
Limbo dancing is relatively simple, and involves a dancer attempting to bend low enough to stay below a bar held by two people or supported on two poles. The technique for a successful limbo dance is easy, but requires practice and concentration throughout the duration of the dance.
Begin the limbo with your feet spread and lined up with your shoulders. During the limbo dance, you need to have a strong base in your lower body so that your upper body can bend properly.
Keep your arms spread out from your body as you begin your approach to the limbo stick. This technique allows you to maintain balance as your back bends, and helps you avoid instinctively grabbing the stick if you feel off balance.
Approach the stick slowly with deliberate, exaggerated steps. A common mistake for limbo dancers is to bend backwards too quickly and throw themselves off balance. Focus on each step, bending your legs and your back gradually as you see the stick ahead of you.
Flatten your stomach as much as possible when your legs begin to cross under the limbo stick. Your abdominal area may become the biggest obstacle to a successful limbo dance because your bent back accentuates your stomach as you complete the dance.
Maintain limbo posture until your head has passed completely under the stick. As soon as you see the limbo stick pass your eyes, count to three and begin to gradually lift your body to an upright position.
Wear comfortable clothing when you know you will performing a limbo dance. You need to focus on proper limbo technique, rather than your discomfort from clothes that are constricting. Look for shirts, trousers and other clothing items that are loose enough for you to dance, but maintain the festive nature of the limbo.
Find traditional limbo music when performing the limbo dance. The limbo’s origins in Latin America mean that music with a strong beat and a good use of percussion instruments will get your party started.
Tips & Warnings
• Consult your family doctor before you perform a limbo dance. Excessive limbo dancing without proper stretching or health precautions can lead to injured back and leg muscles. Ask your doctor what you can do to properly warm up your body to avoid injuries related to limbo dancing.
Steelasophical Limbo set of chpoice is the LIMO BY DESIGN created by Entertainment by Design
Contrary to popular belief, the limbo did not originate in Hawaii.
Popularity in Music
In the 1950s, Jamaicans helped to popularize the limbo.
Songs such as “Limbo” by Lord Tickler and the Calypsonians
“Limbo” by Denzil Laing and the Wrigglers were ready-made for limbo dancing. In 1962, Chubby Checker released the song “Limbo Rock.”
Today the limbo remains a popular dance, particularly at Caribbean resorts and hotels, as well as on cruise ships, where a prize is commonly awarded to the last dancer to successfully cross under the stick.
According to the Universal Record Database, Sabrina Ansari set the world record for limbo dancing when she limbo-ed under a 34-inch pole in 2005.