Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Changing Dance Scene

From Diary of a Street Dancer, 1968
By Walter Darian,


We called them "classics" ... Since the turn of the century (the 20th) there are, arguably, only thirteen. To be in this select group, a dance must have lasting appeal. A dance's Basic step determines whether it will be accepted by the "trendy" public as well as the experienced social dancer.

"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they
never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it."


The moving appeal of the Mambo was, and is, its Basic step, the dancers  constantly moving from, and returning to the Basic. A sure "kiss of death" for a new dance is one with an uninspiring Basic step or too many basic steps. Not since the Mambo has a dance been so embraced by the dancing public and it has taken its deserved place with the other classics.

"Papa Loves Mambo" by Perry Como


There are five "major" dances popular with the in crowd of today,
 topping the list:

Mambo: Mambonicks are simply driven wild by its pulsating. exciting rhythms.

Tango: danced in your preferred style, Roseland, International, Cafe or Argentine,  is perhaps, the most beautiful of all dances, it's music intoxicating. If there are violins, guaranteed, her eyes will be closed.

Foxtrot: Slow and easy, your arms around your partner, cheek to cheek or to the faster tempos of music, is pure delight.

Lindy: I've said so much about my favorite, that there is no need to further elaborate ... and there is one more that rounds out the Big Five.

Peabody: It's exciting, breath takingly fast and a real crowd pleaser! It's also the most difficult of all American Social dances. When you are moving at "figure-skating" speed ... suddenly stopping short ... turning-on-a-dime ... reversing your direction (against the LOD), the girl responding with a big smile, following perfectly and rewarding you with words like "Oh, you're wonderful" I tell you, that's pleasure.

"The Tennessee Waltz" By Patti Page


Pub's Note: Most of us can see that social ballroom dancing has changed in the last forty years. Would you believe it will change more so? This is a new century, and it will be phasing over into more Latin type dancing. Mexico City Style is spreading all over Latin America. They are even reintroducing Latin Waltz in the Caribbean.

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