Friday, September 4, 2015

The Rock Step

Amazing how well most dancers in West Oahu are doing the rock step. Though there are a few that are trying to "ballroom dance" with a jerky staccato motion. And it is just a rock step in which you rock suavely, slowly forward with one foot and rock back, suavely, slowly with the other foot. You can rock small, medium or large, depending on how you feel when you are dancing. It just evolved from the even step rhythm.

“Dancers occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick
themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

The standard is the lead rocking forward on his left foot and rocking back on his right. Of course, that is only half the pattern. The lead can make as many even steps as he wishes and then rocks back on his right and then rocks forward with his left. The side rock is just as easy and the lead rocks to his left and then rocks back to his right foot. The other half is rocking to his right with his right foot and then rocking back with his left. Most dancers can enjoy their music very well.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

In the Carribean, Spanish, English, French and Dutch territories all have similar dances but with different names. The four count favorite of the Europeans led to the development of the rock step and the slow step. The Rumba combined with the Spanish Bolero became the Son and exported to the rest of the world as Rumba.

"Green Eyes" by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell

Then Arthur Murray decide to use his box step for basic and the Rumba has been screwed up ever since. Fred Astaire used the same box step and Arthur Murray sued him and won. The original was relegated back to the sticks and then reemerged in the forties as the Mambo, but it still maintained the Rock Step for two counts and the slow for two counts.