Sunday, March 20, 2016

Second City

Dancing in the West
by John Swanson,  Kapolei

Dancing throughout history has reflected our social needs. These needs were first displayed in courtship and tribal dances and most primitive dances were performed by members of the same sex with little body contact, (line dancing?) Social dancing is essentially touch dancing and includes all forms of partner dancing done primarily for recreation or pleasure to a variety of musical styles. This evolved in the last 200 or 300 years, with increasing influence from the Western Hemisphere.

“The things we do for ourselves are gone when we are gone,
but the things we do for others remain as our legacy.”


Ballroom Dance has traditionally referred to partner dances done in a ballroom to traditional ballroom dance music. The earliest 18th and 19th century forms of dance began the subsequent interest of partner dancing. It became fashionable during the Renaissance for ladies and gentlemen of the court to dress well and have polished manners. Competition to outdo others led to elaborate balls and the hiring of dance masters to teach their versions of the peasant dances to the aristocracy. And ballroom dancing acquired a reputation for eliteness.

"All Or Nothing At All" by Frank Sinatra


Additional partner dances done for pleasure and recreation were introduced early in the 20th century. And many became fads and went into history After World War II, traditional ballroom dancing and music went into decline even on Oahu. Partner dancing continued in popularity with rock and roll, the Twist and even into the disco era.  On Oahu it rose from the late fifties to the early nineties before going into a gradual decline, Anyone know why? Coming back up? Definitely and specially with a new enlarged social dance group which is including the night club dancers.

"Hanohano, Molokai" by Melveen Leed

"Good dancing does not come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do."

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