Thursday, August 4, 2016

Line Dancing

From what we hear, Line Dancing is doing pretty good in West Oahu. A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows and not in contact with each other. But many of the groups in the West like to keep it a little secret. Just fine with us and the lack of men has also kept it in the background in the past.

"A person can be as miserable as they think they are."

But now in the West we are seeing an increase in amount of men in line dancing. Ah, there's the rub. Men can learn to dance easier if they don't have to lead a lady. They have a very good reason and all men are invited.

"In The Midnight Hour"
By Wilson Pickett

In line dancing, everyone is facing in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dances have now accompanied many popular music styles since the early 1980s including pop, swing, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and jazz

"Mister Sandman" by the Chordettes


Beginners usually start quite simple, the Waltz and/or the Rumba. Once they have knowledge of the steps required they begin to enjoy the movement to the music. They learn to accentuate whatever moves them and give any particular part of it that extra feel or push. Soon they develop their own style of each dance. and they become accustomed to dancing and moving to different music. The Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha etc. With a little time of enjoying the pleasure of line dancing, they will feel like learning to partner dance.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


And they will learn far easier than other beginners. It will not be that difficult if they just let it roll when it asks. On Oahu, line dancing is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social dance clubs, night clubs and ballrooms. It is sometimes combined on dance programs with other forms of dance, such as two-step, western promenade dances, and as well as western-style variants of the waltz, polka and swing. Line Dancing, anyone?

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