I have been reading some of the latest blogs and dancing news and now that I am pushing 70, I figure I may have been a street dancer, a cultural dancer and perhaps now a Universal dancer.
"We have put more effort into helping people reach old age, than in helping them enjoy it"
We all know what the kids go through. This week it may be the "Mashed Potato" and next week the "Watermelon" and many of the "avant garde" have their eyes on the coming "Scruw" or whatever. We have all witness the Mambo craze which is still considered by some. Then Salsa for the younger Latin folk, then the additional Reggeaton and now being superseded by Bachata and Zouk is on the way. What about Zumbia? Well, anyway you know what I mean.
The Universal dancer seems to have more permanent preferences, all based on the older Ballroom dances. And these dances that have been here one hundred years, will be here one hundred more.
"Til I Waltz Again With You." ... Theresa Brewer
The Waltz (of European descent) is the most basic. I have danced many a waltz in Latin America. There is waltz in the Orient and even in Africa. The music is usually beautiful, even if for hearing only, accented on the wrong beat. And the ones for dancing are special and will never be beat.
The Fox Trot (of American descent) is another very basic Caucasian dance with beautiful music to go with it. It has had a very heavy influence on the Latin bolero. When kept with a maximum of two basic step patterns it can really be a fun dance. Unfortunately the dance teachers many years ago goofed that one up, too many basics in one dance.
The Rumba (of Latin descent) is of course the most romantic of the dances. But only because of its slow movements and it does not require any physical love making on the floor. The music cannot be beat from any stand point. The only part of the music that is bad is when it becomes too Fox Troty and loses its bang, bing, slam, slum, boom, beam, click, clack etc.
Then we have the faster dances:
The Cha Cha Cha (of Latin descent) was the best invention of the 20th century and still danced throughout the world. The kids are dragging it down, but it will survive for it does not depend on them. It may be the most fun dance of all with its own delightful Latin sounding music.
The Swing (of American descent) with it's two basic step patterns is a must at most dances. As in Rumba to Cha Cha Cha, the slow is replaced with a chasse. So that the single in Swing is danced to faster music than the triple.
All the rest of the possible dances are dessert for the Universal dancer, Hustle, Night Club Two Step, Tango, Samba, Salsa. A Night Club in West Oahu with this format would be neat and unique. But they would have to charge a bigger cover to take care of the non-drinkers and make the drinks less expensive. But almost guaranteed success, the people are already here. * * * *
Pub's Side Note: He shoulda put in, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."