Does each exercise have to start at the beginning of a 32 count phrase ie grapevine on count one and ending on count thirty two or could I start grapevine at count sixteen of the first phrase and end it at say count sixteen of the next phrase? What I am really asking is can I overlap 32 count phrases with the same exercise and do I have to start and end the class on count one and thirty two?
It really depends on what classes you are teaching. For example, if you are teaching a step class, then it becomes more important to teach on the 32 count starting a block at the top of the phrase. If you are teaching a class where you are just going to the beat, then although it is very helpful, it’s not as necessary. Timed interval classes is a place where it doesn’t matter what beat you start on…
Once you learn to teach at the top of the phrase, it becomes second nature and difficult to stay off it. 🙂
What are you teaching? Self-choreographed dance? And is it to pre-mixed 32-count music or are you using songs from the radio, which may or may not correspond to 32-beat phrasing?
The better I understand what you’re trying to accomplish, the more help I can be.
I’ve been teaching dance fitness for 25 years, both with pre-mixed 32-beat music and with radio hits.
Personally, I start my choreography and moves on count 1 of 32.
That said, although I can hear, and feel, and teach to the 32-count phrase, there are lots of people who can’t hear it. Many won’t notice or care if you’re not on the phrase. A few will notice that something feels strange, but they won’t know what it is. A few will notice and know what’s off, but won’t care. And a few (me!) will notice its’ off, know why, and it will drive them nuts.
If you’re going to start a move in the middle of a phrase, you’d actually start at count 17, though. Count 16 is the end of the previous half of the phrase. At the very least, I’d encourage you to be with the 8-count. For example, you would teach movements in groups of 8 counts and you would start on counts 1, 9, 17 or 25.