Monday, February 26, 2018

The Social Dancer

By James Yamashita, Waipio

Looking at the dance scene on Oahu since the Palladium was completed we know how the Rootzi Tootzis evolved on Oahu. They "chose" to separate themselves from us common folk, the "junk dancers" and I think we should respect their wishes. I sincerely hope that there will not be dancing places where they specifically exclude these people. Why? simple, because we should respect their wishes and if they think they are too good for us, no hu hu, we can accept. Now quitcherbellyaching. Meanwhile there is an increasing amount of terrific teachers in the West that can teach our people to dance.

“Social dancers believe we are designed to dance. To use our bodies as
weapons of grace, beauty and intrigue, simply in moving to the music."

The Rootzi Tootzis are entertainment or competition types and they do a beautiful job of it. In social dancing we are talking about teaching rhythm and timing and feeling free on the dance floor and delight in the movement to music. Some are even teaching Filipino Tango. What? That's blasphemy! Some people still disco and they want to move to music with out being an entertainer. Entertainment has a place in the dancing world of course, but let us face it. They have a  different perspective from ours. They are dancing to be seen, they are performers and that is a world of difference and of course, they will tell you the same thing.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces

The Common dancer will prevail, we had lost more than one half of our common social dancers at the end of the last century. Now, in this century we are beginning to see much advance of good old social dancing. People are having fun dancing again just for the pure sport. It is been enjoyed more in West Oahu. Then too, "dance blogs" are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble.

"Don't worry about what people say behind your back, they are the people who
are finding faults in your life instead of fixing the faults in their lives."