Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I Am A Social Dancer

By Jerry Adachi, Niu Valley

Apparently in the city, 18 years into the 21st century, there are already plenty of Social dancers on Oahu. Of course, there may be many that would not be happy to regard themselves as such. At about the time of the first years of famous Palladium, many used to say, "I am a social dancer" somewhat defensively but no longer. In Social Dancing, the music and our interest in expressing it binds us together as a cohesive community. It has been there all the time across a large part of the world and we have developed a little pride in our type of dancing on Oahu.

"Social Dancers don't wish for more than they are willing to work for."


If there is ever a Bronze or beginner division in Social Dancing it would consist of at least 30 basic moves for each dance. Since you cannot cover all in one dance there is enough to go around for the next dance. This seems to be sufficient when a man wants to dance with a relative stranger, he can lead and she can follow easily with the music. They can have the possibility of having fun in a strictly social situation. The Silver or intermediate level dancer could have at least 40 moves at that level for each dance. Easy enough when you consider that there are over 600 documented step patterns in almost all of the regular dances.

"It's A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


These could be used for steady or regular dance partners. At this point they may realize they really are dancers. They may see each other often and both of them are aware of each one's dance capabilities. While stylistic differences abound in Social Dancing, the music and love for it is consistent. The realization and acceptance of the social dancers with time will lessen the impact of the use of the "correct" method in some of the disciplines. Their authorities may not be mine or yours.

"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."