Monday, March 20, 2017


Yearly Competition Event for Hawaii
by Francis Kamiya, Maili

Let us explore competition dancing, just to demonstrate some interesting points. At most competitions, the circumstances in which you dance are very controlled so as to be fair. You know the dance you’re doing, who you’re dancing with (your partner), the level at which the others are dancing (your class or difficulty level), the time you’re on the floor (a single heat is usually only a few minutes long), the steps to do (the syllabus), and the music is a certain tempo (set by the rules).

"Most dancers will follow the rules - do the right thing, do the best
they can and always show people they care."

Most of the spectators in Hawaii are usually other dancers, who appreciate the hard work involved, and judges, who are looking for specific, pre-defined things to put into your score. So you’re doing a controlled thing (dancing) in a controlled environment (at a competition) for pre-defined reasons (where do you rate on the scoring sheet?) for an audience who knows something about what you’re doing.

"The Last Waltz With You" by Englebert Humperdinck

If you are a regular and like competition dancing, you’ll know there are two "flavors" — amateur and pro-am. Amateur only means the participants don’t make living by teaching dancing. An amateur dancing with a professional teacher is pro-am. Amateur couples are scored by their performance and, in a pro-am competition, the amateur is supposed to be the one being judged. In Hawaii, we could do very nicely with just the Amateurs.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream) by the Chordettes.

Many competitions result in only one winner, and a second and third place. At other, less "serious" competitions they may award everyone a first place, because you’re judged alone (and not against the field of other dancers in your category. Still there are other types and it can get a little complicated and there are literally thousands of rules. For us in Hawaii it seems that First, Second and Third is easier to understand.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

But let's face it. It may not be da reel teeng but we should not hold it against anyone who wants to be a competition or exhibition dancer. That should be their privilege. And we could enjoy the exhibitions and clap for our favorites. Then there is the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

"Excellence is not a destination, it is a journey that never ends."