Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Competitive Ballroom Dancing

By Ralph Richardson, Lahiana
As a Social Phenomenon:

This merely develops a critique of Competitive Ballroom Dancing as a social phenomenon from an anthropological perspective and that of a non-dancer. In order to do it, this theme is concerned with interrelating dance with anthropology. The concepts of how people express themselves and communicate in society provides the study with the scope to explore certain issues. The first aspect shows how a person would prepare to be a dancer in competition, this involves, among other things, learning to dance, finding a suitable partner and the overall appearance of the dancer.
 
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they
are great because of their passion. ” ― Martha Graham


Secondly looking at competition, which involves sport and dance, judgement and perception of how the dancers and spectators view it. The embodied content of the competitive dancer is seen as an important issue, since it can affect how the dancers dance and how the dance is perceived, despite the fact that competitive ballroom dancing is such a highly formal, structured and rule-governed form of dance. And there are many that can enjoy the game of dancing according to some one's rules. Ritual and performance theories integrating different tendencies are juxtaposed with what appears to happen in this form of dance.

"The Last Waltz" by Englebert Humperdinck


In addition various types of altered state of mind are examined, in view of comments made by dancers about how they feel when dancing even though most participants enjoy it. Furthermore this thesis explores an understanding of how important this form of dancing is to its participants and how the activity can be a life-long pursuit whether as a dancer or subsequently as a spectator. It also illustrates the extent to which younger people enjoy an activity where there is great emphasis on being fit and how they have come to link it with sport. For me, I will continue to prefer the social dance which we do now and I am able to dance at social dance functions equally well as in the night club circuit. In the Hawaii we just need more places where we can dance and we will have more dancers.

"If you are not a thinking person, to what purpose are you a person at all?