Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ballroom Dancing

What ever happened to Ballroom Dancing? We are all accepting other dances which is just fine. Other people should have the same right that we do and dance whatever they wish. On the Leeward Coast we are slowly getting into all the dances and this Christmas seasons offer many dance parties in various places including some Cocktail Lounges with a small space to dance in. Line dancing and Salsa Bachata coming in strong.

"Merry Everything and Happy Always"

I just found out that line dance consists of a number of walls. A "wall" is the direction the dancers face. During a sequence that commonly lasts for 32, 48 or 64 beats of the music, dancers may change direction several times. In a "one-wall" line dance, the dancers face the same direction from the beginning to the end of a sequence.

"The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva

In a "two-wall" line dance, the dancers rotate 180 degrees to face a new wall in a set. In a "four-wall" dance, they end up facing the wall that is 90 degrees to the left or to the right of the direction in which they faced at the start and have faced each of the four walls. The basic line dance has focused mainly on the movements of the legs and feet, but now they are gradually adding movements of the arms and hands.

"Hanalei Moon" by Melveen Leed

Line dancing was danced mostly to country-western music giving it a cowboy image. However, this has been evolving since the 1970's with the popularity of the hustle line dance. In the 1990's, this type of dance became more popular with a wider range of music. Today, line dances are being performed to accompany many popular music styles including pop, swing, rock and roll and other musical genre with a regular beat. Famous songs that are performed with line dances are Macarena and the Chicken Dance.

"More Today Than Yesterday" by the Spiral Staircase

More Twitters and Facebook too, coming out about the poor people that will have no choice but to ride the Rail Catastrophe to Honolulu daily. Auwe.

"To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind
to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,"