Thursday, December 28, 2017

What am I dancing?

By Ron Misaki, Manoa.

I am a very independent dancer, running around all over and getting into the many clubs by mistake. So I am still learning and many of my friends do enlighten the rest of us. Many of the young seem to have some sort of the old disco dancing apart style. They may call it partner dancing but it sure ain't. Each one does their own thing and it seems as if they do some prescribed tricks. However, it does look to me like a likely good first step if they enjoy the movement to music and would like to be dancers in social dance environment.

"Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why
it is a comfort to go hand in hand."

The second most logical step would be to get into line dancing. They can learn short routines, with the natural music of most of the ballroom and perimeter dances. They do not have to have a partner and they can learn most of the beginning line dances in a very short time. Beside learning the rhythm of the different dances, they can develop their own styling too, no matter who they try to mimick. And line dancing seems to know no age differences. From there it is only a hop, skip and jump to real Social Dancing and it is recommended to the over thirty. This is where men learn to lead and women to follow and understanding the "equality," in the differences.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley

I think most women can out dance men simply because they must learn to follow, at least when they get past the beginner's stage. There are over 500 documented step patterns in every dance. The syllabi of the American, Country and International have each about 50 in their Bronze, Silver and Gold Divisions. So there are literally hundreds of simpler, more basic movements that can be learned easily. You can also lead and follow much easier and will be moving to music in a manner which is more like Da Reel Teeng. Once you get past that stage you can be ready to decide if you wish to go into competition dancing. It is wide open for those that can develop the discipline. It is just not the same fun anymore and you will have a different goal.

"Social Dancers can just look into a mirror and know, that's their competition."