Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dancing on Oahu

By Wendy Sheller, Waipahu
Until this century, dance has been on the margins of the modern Western intellectual tradition. Dance appears as an object of study in two particular domains of modern Western thought: aesthetic criticism and anthropology. Aesthetic criticism, emerging in eighteenth-century dictionary projects and then taking root in nineteenth-century philosophy parallel with the development of the romantic ballet, and considers dance to be an artistic practice.

"Social dancers know that when you start moving towards the music,
with the right dream, your feet will acquire the quality of dance.” 

Exhibition dances were early on distinguished from folk, social, or ceremonial dancing (though they may represent them) and it does usually require formal training. The idea of dance as a formalized performance tradition is usually associated with industrial economies, urban societies, and a culture's economically secure or educated classes. Appreciation of technical mastery and performance conventions is considered evidence of cultural sophistication or artistic sensibility. And meaning is communicated primarily in the visual realm of symbolic representation and technique.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Social dancing on Oahu is defining itself into a better category that includes most of the social dancers on Oahu which may number 40 thousand dancers from beginners to advanced. Most of the dances are based on the American Style of dance and Oahu has been very fortunate in having some of the best instructors in the Pacific. It also includes many "Street Dancers" that have phased over partially into the American Style and are mainly in the Night Club scene. This seems to be the wider audience for our dance blogs, even in their own different kuleanas.

“Social dancers know that dance is the delicacy of life radiating
every particle of our existence with happiness.”