Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All kine dance

Many people in the West are slowly coming to the conclusion that there may be different styles of dance. There are those that are meant to be seen, competition or exhibition for theatrical purposes.  They may be quite different from those that learn to dance for the pleasure of moving to music. And even that can differ according to the music.

Who said, "A dance critic is a person who leaves no turn unstoned.”

Country Dancing is a fine style, with its different ramifications, Waltz, line, two step etc and to their own preferred kind of music. They set up the correct ways of dancing their style to facilitate dancing with each other.

Sounds all right to me. Standardizing the steps for instance has for decades been done in all kinds of social dance. Facilitates the lead and follow for everyone. However you are not likely to find Salsa, Tango or Viennese Waltz danced here, it is accepted and no one complains.

"Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder

Salsa Dancing is also a fine style with its ramifications, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha and Reggaeton. They also set up the accepted ways of dancing their styles to facilitate dancing with each other. And with dance teachers being what they have always been, the steps get fancier and more difficult and are definitely getting more into the Gold level and beyond.

This contributes to the obsolescence of the style and is eventually supplanted by another dance. But these are the under thirty dancers as a rule. Sorry, no Waltz, Polka or Tango here either, it is accepted and no one complains.

Then we have the International clubs, that have as their agenda the promotion of the International style of dance. They profess to dance it "correctly," and it is reasserted quite frequently. I have never heard anyone say that they dance it "correctly" according to their style. The implication is that by default, anyone not dancing their way is dancing "incorrectly." The height of arrogance.

They can look you straight in the face and tell you that the Argentines do not know anything about dancing Tango and they can look you straight in the face and tell you the Brazilians don't know about dancing Samba. However they can tell you how to do it "correctly." You believe in the tooth fairy too.

I for one, do not accept their authority on what is "correct." There are just too many beautiful variations out there where people are really dancing not just some prescribed movements that may have been "incorrect" from the very beginning.

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