Sunday, July 15, 2018

Social Dancers, again?

The entire island scene is adjusting itself to all the other groups and that is very nice. There were differences in dances from the very beginning. So did anyone have the supreme knowledge to tell you if you are dancing correctly. If you are dancing ballet, the master can tell you if you are doing it wrong in that discipline, not all dancing. On Oahu, we seem to be able to see the difference in the social dancers, the strict American Style and the even stricter International Style. Each one has its own rules and we, the social dancers are the lucky ones with the minimum of rules. Many social dancers are also in the Night Club circuit.

“Social dancers know that that being technically perfect isn’t good enough.
We need to know why we dance."

Then we have the Fad dances, and the Dance Teachers instigate LAGS. (the Latest And Greatest Syndrome.) And of course with the collusion of the students. Completely unrestricted and deluxed up to unbelievable levels. The Lambada was not even a Latin dance but it was hyped. Lasted over ten years and made billions and billions of dollars for the dance teachers. Salsa is slowing down definitely in New York and Bachata is coming on strong. In Hawaii we have Zouk, Kizomba and Zumba waiting in the wings. I am of the old social dance school. May I have this Rumba?

Social dancers are there to move to the music and it is quite simple. Standing a woman on her head is not social dancing. Throwing her over your shoulder is not social dancing. Those that do it and (let us face it,) they do a beautiful job is exhibition dancing. But they know and we know that it not social dancing. There have been accidents in Honolulu Night Clubs by fancy dance Salsa patterns. Nuff said, we are Social Dancers.

"Social dancers know that the song and dance does not stop us from dying. It just stops the fear of death swallowing us up while we were still alive."