Monday, July 1, 2013

My Social Dance

By Francis Park Ki, Ewa Beach:

This is my view of self instruction in social dancing (and country-western dancing ). You can teach yourself dancing with DVD American Style dance lessons. The material presented is suitable for country club dances, formal balls, night clubs, and honky-tonks.
 
"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while
we are here, we may as well dance."

Mostly it is about slow social dancing, the kind that older people prefer, not the swing and latin dancing that is sometimes erroneously called ballroom dancing. But it is about dancing to any kind of music with constant rhythm and tempo: ballroom, swing, Latin, not just ballroom dancing music.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

There are many different figures, or maneuvers, that could be taught as an introductory course in ballroom dancing. The student only has time to learn a few and by rote. My view presents the figures that are most popular with social dancers, not the figures that are most popular with professional dance teachers. No matter what they may say to pacify the customer, most of these teachers are primarily rooted in the culture of competition dancing and show dancing, not social dancing. This is true of the deluxe Nightclubbers too.

"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life."

Competition and show dancing require music with specific combinations of rhythm and tempo for the wide variety of elaborate and complicated competition figures associated with each dance to work. Social dancing requires figures that will work when the combinations of rhythm and tempo do not match any of the competition dances. Only a small, simple assortment of figures have the universal applicability required.

Social dancing requires an assortment of dances that can work with any rhythm and tempo, because there is no telling what the disk jockey will play next in many social dancing environments. In particular, the only music available for dancing may not be dance music at all, it may be any of the kinds of music recorded for listening: pop, rock, rap, hip hop or country. In contrast, a so-called social dance in a typical dance school that teaches ballroom and latin dance will have music precisely suited to each of the dances taught in the school. ****

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