Saturday, January 19, 2019

Socially Dancing

One of my most important goals for these blogs is the Guest Bloggers' opinion which can be an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits will go through the roof. Come on somebody, about five or six Bloggers would be ideal and each would write only whenever they damn well pleased.

“Social dancers know that they can dance love, they can dance joy and
they can dance dreams - and their legs are made for dancing."


The basic Rumba can be a problem with diverse opinions. Arthur Murray invented the Rumba box step with a Slow. Quick, Quick. And when Fred Astaire opened his first studios, they used the same "American" style Rumba basic. And Arthur Murray did not like that and took him to court - and he won. Fred Astaire was a dancer and he merely changed the Rumba box basic to a Quick, Quick, Slow and no more problems. However in the Caribbean there is no box step.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


But another figure is used as a American basic repeatable pattern by Social Dancers in Rumba. It is known as the Alternative Basic and it can function as an alternative to the Box as a basic, The Alternative Basic is derived from the basic movement of the Mambo, Salsa and other Caribbean dances, as well as that of the International Rumba, and blends well with many of the figures in the Rumba. When Fred Astaire studios arrive in Hawaii, there will be problems.

"Social dancers believe that they should be a first-rate version of themselves -
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

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