Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What is Solo Dancing?

The real solo dance is just dancing by yourself. And yes, it is very different and usually done as an exhibition. A solo dance is danced by an individual dancing alone. It is nice because if anything goes wrong in a solo, they can make it up as they go along without anyone knowing and it will look just fine.


That is different from  groups of individuals dancing simultaneously in a coordinated manner. Line Dancing is the most popular of the collective solo dances on the Island of Oahu at the moment and it seems to have attained its point of diminishing returns. However if they can get more men -- they will just naturally get more women.


However we have a new one coming in strong, Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements with movements to Latin music of their choice. it is beginning to be used in some social dances.

"La Bamba" by Richie Valens.

Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. Squats and lunges are also included. Zumba Fitness, an organization that sells Zumba videos and products, does not charge licensing fees to gyms or fitness centers. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 185 countries.


In these types of individual dancing, all the movements are basically the same. And each individual develops their own style of movement. One person can look graceful and sure as a ballet dancer, while another may look like a horse stuck in muddy swamp. They will both be having fun.

"Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness
and to make a difference.

This is opposed to couples dancing together independently of others dancing at the same time, if any. In partner dancing you can tell if you go wrong and your partner has to know what you are doing. The fun is in each doing a different half of the dance. The lead decides on the patterns and the follower interprets it the best she can and the ladies usually do an excellent job of it. It can be exhilarating for both parties.