Thursday, July 19, 2012

Street Dancing in the West

By Richard Sing, Honokai Hale

Yes we have street dancing in the West but mostly promoted by the few Dance Studios in this section. There doesn't seem to be any studio that teach "Ballroom" dancing. Of course,
 "Ballroom" has been inherited as unacceptable in the West.

"I write for those people who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were taught to respect the opinions of the "experts." We've been taught that silence would save us, but it never has and it won't."

But adaptions to street dances for the young are today practiced at both dance studios and other spaces. Zumba is up and down the Waianae Coast. Dance studios often dub the commercial adaptions as street dance, regardless of the fact they aren't 'absolutely' by true definition.

Some dance schools use street dance as a form of physical education. While line dances may be considered street, vernacular, or folk dances, they may require some professional instruction (or choreography) and integrate moves derived from studio dance styles. We shall see more when we get some night clubs in the West.
"Dream Lover" .... Bobby Darin

Street dances are dances that evolve between people in a social environment, although it cannot be always determined as to how they actually do evolve between people. In theory, as one person comes up with a move that apparently looks good to another person, that other person tries to copy that move.

For example, when breakdancing evolved out of early hip-hop culture, people came up with their own moves, and other people improved them. Street dances constantly evolve for as long as they are intermittently practiced and regarded as the same dance. All the moves danced to breaks in hip-hop culture was regarded as breakdancing.
"Unchained Melody" .... Righteous Bros.

Sometimes it is possible to trace back street dance styles that were mostly pioneered by specific persons. One example is Locking, which is often regarded as being started by Don Campbell, who was a 1970s pioneer of American street dance. Most of the time it is impossible to credit specific people for street dances.

Many street dances evolve outside of professional dance environments and there is no social and/or legal record. Street/vernacular dance pioneers also rarely have professional degrees in dance, thus distinguishing street dance from other modern dance forms. Fortunately, when they get over thirty they become interested in social cultural dancing. This has been a new territory too long in coming.

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