Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I Am Not A Ballroom Dancer

By Everett Pak, Waikele

This is easy to come by - and first there are the Internationals that would be the most qualified to judge. And they would be most sincere about it, officially, - ballroom dancing is what they do. They considered it an art, they study long and hard and no apologies need be made for that. If I join a line dance group, they would not considered me a ballroom dancer, that's easy. And if I joined a swing dance group they would not considered me a ballroom dancer.

"Anything in life worth having is worth working for it."


The same applies to Salsa and Tango, and Country dancing too? And these specialty groups are very definite in not wanting to be "ballroom." And there have been dance clubs on the mainland that have been formed with the proposition of "not" being a ballroom dance club. For a reason? Yes! And many have chosen to ignore the reason. Ballroom in this century belongs to somebody else. How about a Night Club dancer? You have read enough already in these blogs that they definitely do not want to consider themselves ballroom dancers.

"Pulelehua, My Precious Butterfly" by Nohelani Cypriano


The reasoning has been slowly arriving to every dancer on Oahu. In the latter part of the last century, a far bigger group of dancers has emerged and has been very conveniently overlooked from anyone's reasoning. And for want of a better word they have classified themselves as "social" dancers. This is to distinguish themselves from those who are in the "to be seen" categories and considered art. Now, only 17 years into this new century, it is becoming quite clear that this, bigger group than all of the others put together, definitely do not consider themselves ballroom dancers.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr


The dancers on Oahu are still in the process of acquiring the most appropriate terminology for this very important group, - social, recreational, cultural, universal. It will not be decided from those up on top, but by the dancers in this group themselves. They are just beginning to feel very cohesive and therein lies the secret of what is coming. We are overdue for some Happy Dancing on Oahu, in our places of dance and together with our people. Everyone welcome? Of course, just don't go looking down your nose at me.

Received from my sister Eleanor in California, biblical quotes.
Revelation 21:4
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no
more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away.”


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