Sunday, November 4, 2018

Slowing Down

This blog is sticking around without Guest Bloggers and any activity is difficult without support and cooperation. With more friendly exchanges on this island and between islands many obstacles can be surmounted and the success can be shared by everyone. We can and are developing our own tropical paradise by day and a terrific dance rendezvous by night. Of course the Rail Disaster and the Fat Cats of Honolulu will be of no help but we can still hope. Not necessarily from the doers. We must communicate to anyone that can volunteer information.

"Social dancers think that on Oahu, you're not allowed
to have legs and not use them. Dance.”


This year finds many building scenarios for the development of what most of us call Latin Hip movement We all know the seemingly unobtainable usage of hips that produces what the general public sees as an alluring seductive hip and body gyrations, pulsations, isolations  and even wiggles or thrusts - the kind used by experienced Latin dancers. It is of some hope that by describing what it is and also what it isn't, your interest in Latin American dancing will broaden. And quite possibly the expense and arduous time in "trying to get it" will be reduced dramatically.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Contributed by Maile Yagi
This has been lost somewhat in modern Latin dancing such as Salsa, Bachata and those dances for the younger groups. Controlled and well timed Cuban motion is an acquired skill rather than the automatic product of ethnicity or culture. It has no barriers, no boundaries, no genetics and no gender. Latin hip and body movement does have great social acceptance in the areas of its origin and therefore is encouraged and developed with great enthusiasm and even social responsibility.

“Social dancers may quote others only in order to express themselves better.”