Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Social Dancers

Social dancers are slowly getting properly defined on Oahu in this century. The definition from "On High" is different from the opinion of a good street dancer. The International style of dance on Oahu came in like a storm in the 60s and reached its peak when the Palladium opened it's doors. And many people assumed they were Ballroom Dancers because they were dancing in a "Ballroom." And many became well aware that "junk dancers" were dancing in Gas Stations, Parks, Malls, School Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers.

"Social dancers seem to know that no one can write about what it means
to dance by just sitting and watching the dance floor.”  


By the end of the century many understood that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms were over. The social dancers have come into their own in this century and have realized that most of their moves are very close the American style and perhaps even borrowed from them. The dance parties by the many dance clubs usually have less than 100 people at what is commonly called a "social" because most everyone knows everyone - it is social.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey.


Social dancing is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. The music is very good and favors the tried and true. In the American style it is Waltz and Foxtrot and Swing. Most of the rest is Latin music and dance. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango seem to be solids. Then they must have little Mambo, Merengue, Bachata and Salsa. Lambada came and went a long time ago. Viennese Waltz is slowly losing it, you cannot dance it in a Night Club. Of course, Paso Doble is Spanish, it has never been in either class.

“Social dancers believe that dancing is the only art of which we ourselves 
are the stuff of which it is made, therefore we can enjoy it better.”