Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Dancing

By Brian Sawaguchi, -Waipio
Dance is broadly conceived as physical movement initiated by music and organized into patterns in time and space. Most every one has seen African dancers on TV dancing to this very day, as they have been dancing for centuries. Just up and down, constantly to the beat. This is the way it has been danced by all groups throughout the world since the beginning of music. About six thousand years ago, the Indian Civilizations in Mexico learned that walking to the music merely gives you timing.

 "Quit now, you'll never make it. - If you disregard this advice,
you'll be halfway there."


When your body moves a little extra at some beat in the music, then you are dancing. For the Indians that was the difference. Later it was picked up in other parts of the world. We all know it now that shortly after, the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico evolve a different movement from the constant, incessant step. They discovered that to enjoy the music more fully it would be by making slightly different movements of the feet or body and it just came naturally. The Rock Step evolved to allow a different movement and it is done to this very day in thousands of dances.

"Adoro" by Graciela Susana 

From there they evolved the Chassé in which the leading foot stays in the lead and could be danced to a two or three count. These are basic movements in perhaps in only ten thousand dances throughout the world but you get the drift.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Partner dancing, in the late 1800s, developed and standardized the next most important movement, the "underarm turn." Danced in the American Foxtrot, American Waltz, Bachata, Rumba, Beguine, Calypso, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, Tango and perhaps only five thousand other dances. Not in International but they have their own rules.

"Caminito" by Yoichi Sugawara

You thought you invented some thing new? Perhaps some one will cover all six of the underarm turns in a future blog. When you start to get too complicated, - it is for show. Beginning basic is good and should be learned very well and enjoyed to its fullest extent as social dancing. Intermediate begins to get flaky, advanced is something else and belongs on the exhibition floor. None of it bad as long as you know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Most of our dances have over 600 documented steps and patterns. So it would be nice to have at least 30 basic and 30 intermediate. All the rest can be regarded as advanced - and later for those, - much later.

"Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results
cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to
advance in life as we walk, step by step"

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