Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indians, follow up

In two centuries, 1500 to 1700, the introduction of the guitar and the violin assisted to make major changes in the indigenous music and dance. The term "Latino" began to be applied to this new music and the dance. In the Caribbean basin, the 3000 dances were reduced to perhaps 4 or 5 hundred and larger groups standardized the movements. This is still a lot of dances to consider.

"In music the passions enjoy themselves." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

There was a great growth of population on the mainland surrounding the Caribbean. In the US from Florida to Texas. In Mexico, Central America and the great territories in the northern part of the South America. Most were Spanish and French territories.

Naturally this also increased commerce throughout the Caribbean and there were pirates galore. Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum was a common saying. As it has been for ages, there was great transfer of information among the lower levels in the Caribbean basin by the ordinary sailors that visited wherever.
"Ropa Vieja" por Roberto Robles

And it was very clear that this music and dance was in the lower levels both socially and economically. The recreational Latin Dancer understands to this day, that they dance the dance of the masses not the classes. In Hawaii we understand that some groups have been Rootzi-Tootzied up to unbelievable levels and shall remain as Peripherals. We are the main body simply because we are so many.

Latin dance includes a variety of dances originating in Latin America. Examples include the Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Danza, Merengue, Tumba, Bachata, Cumbia, Bolero and more. Some also include the other tangos & Argentine Tango in this list, although they differ from the rest in their style. It will evolve more with the coming Latin Night Club and Latin Dance Studio.

Ballroom dancing has throughout the years standardized their own dances appropriate for their own style. Ballroom, International and American, and Country. There is  new terminology for recreational dancers in developmental stages. There has been some discussion on the standardization of the "Latin" dances. What are they? You got a couple of hours and I will try to name them.

"It is not death that people should fear, but they should
fear never having begun to live."