By Fred Lumaban, Ewa Beach.
Syllabi in the disciplines, Bronze, Silver and Gold are the usual but some groups have extra gold, double gold or even diamond gold, whatevah. Each division has about 12 to 14 movements in each category, which has you way ahead of everybody by the time you reach advance. It is both the students and the instructors fault that they go too fast. The Students in Beginner (Bronze) level are looking longingly at the Intermediate (Silver) level, they can see it close by.
“Social dancers know, that the sweet melody that travels to their ears,
can remind them that the heart can dance when the feet can't.”
The Intermediates just starting out are looking longingly at the Gold level which is also close by, and ready for attainment. By the time most are in their Gold levels, it is a different story, in International they may have had a few exhibitions and are thinking of competitions. And some may be seriously thinking of going back to basics and really learning it right. As Social street dancers we are not constrained by any of these rules. We just take our time and enjoy the learning process to the music as we go along and don't try to get too fancy.
"The Stars and Stripes Forever"
-follows the standard American military march form and is a standard in all military bands.
It was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia, on May 14, 1897,
and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm. Following an Act of Congress in 1987,
it was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America.
Many fortunate dancers will have fun dancing that evening, guaranteed.
Most of us consider ourselves pretty much beginners and perhaps a little bit intermediates. And what is more important is, we are having more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Consequently, most of our basic or Bronze equivalents are limited to about 30 good solid basic movements in any dance. And these movements can be led and followed by most anyone. And there is where the fun of our type of dancing resides. The readership in agreement is reinforced by the hits on the blogs and Web sites.
"In the beginning there is no failure - only feedback."