Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween Social in Wahiawa

I did what I could do for my part in the fabulous affair in Wahiawa on Saturday the 27th. And every one there was doing their best too and enjoying it. People were there with only a partial costume for the occasion. But everyone understands, it is not the expensive costume but the spirit of the occasion that does it for us. And they do give prizes for those that were more into the costumes - and no hu hu. They deserved it. And we understand that we socialize very nicely with our friends and neighbors on Oahu when we dance.


"Wahiawa is a wonderful ballroom dance club filled
with love and the joy of dance." ~ Pauline


"Our first time to attend Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so enjoyable and friendly
people. We love all of them and we got to meet the President. Thank u all."
~ Vicky Visoria.

When I was not getting enough photos, I changed from nine picture collages to six picture collages. It would make the members look better. However now that I am getting enough photos, I can go back and get 8 or 9 picture collages and we can have more dancers to showcase. And two people in a photo are better than one. Social?

"So much fun with ballroom dance friends. We enjoy ourselves every time."
~ Paulette


"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

"Trick or Treat: I know someone who has the witch stick - be safe."
~Jess and Georgie

The evening was fabulous from beginning to end. Everyone loved the gorgeous venue, the dancing, the camaraderie and the food. We had it all. The officers were the consummate teachers & hosts in the perfect setting. Every one of the attendees felt the same way and are all still talking about it! Our dance backgrounds are what you’d expect: we have all found a passion for dance, But that’s nothing special. Why aren’t we out saving the world? We are real people who just so happen to like social dancing.

"We are having a wonderful time at WBDC Halloween dance.
Lots of good food, dancing and great music by Leland."
~ Stephanie, for Aiea Ballroom Dance Association


“Some people see some things and say, 'Why?' But some of us can
dream of things that never were and we may say 'Why not?”

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Halloween in Wahiawa

Started preparing for the day about 1 PM, and there was plenty for me with my physical difficulties. But I was ready for the Handi Van by six, and it was only 20 minutes late. I don't complain, they are doing much for me. Got there before seven and things were already looking good. Said hello to all my friends and I was lucky and found a young lady to get some photos. She did very well indeed.


"Wahiawa is a wonderful ballroom dance club filled
with love and the joy of dance." ~ Pauline

Dressing to find the best Halloween decoration costume for a dance is rising. But in a social dance club it is just lending the Holiday spirit to the dance and finding the perfect outfit doesn't have to be stressful, expensive nor left to the pre-made costumes at your local party store. There's still plenty of time to make use of your creativity and get a mask, a cape or a special hat whipped up as a part of your costume. The main thing is socializing at a dance.

"Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran (1982)

"Our first time to attend Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so enjoyable and friendly people. We love all of them and we got to meet the President. Thank u all."
~ Vicky Visoria.


"Trick or Treat: I know someone who has the witch stick - be safe."
~Jess and Georgie

Even not dancing I can enjoy myself working on the blog like finding someone new to take pictures of their people. Then the quotes from some of the attendees are well received. The reader can better understand the enjoyment of life these people are having. Some could not attend and in a social club you have no obligation or commitment. You wanna come to dance, have fun with your fellow dancers? Fine. You cannot for whatever the reason? That is your business. No hu hu.

 "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen  (1984)

"So much fun with ballroom dance friends. We enjoy ourselves every time." ~ Paulette


A fun loving crowd, a real "social" with dancers dancing whatevah. Some nice line dances to mix up the music and dance and only one set back. Gotta get more men in there, they can enjoy that fun dancing too. The microphone was on with President or others making announcements now and then. The Ring of Prayer was very nice and I found myself standing pretty steady holding hands with my fellow dancers. And everyone got ready for the Kau Kau.

"We are having a wonderful time at WBDC Halloween dance.
Lots of good food, dancing and great music by Leland."
~ Stephanie, for Aiea Ballroom Dance Association


Everybody lined up to what looked like some Ono Grindz and some were even dancing in line. It looked to me like the members were enjoying the eats. I have a tooth problem and the Prez was gracious enough to got me a little to take home. They went through the process of judging for Costume Prizes. I figure more people will join the costume department just to help everyone get in the spirit of the holidays. And I got ready for my Handi Van at nine and it was a little late, but I got home before ten and first thing was eat up the goodies. I hope everyone had a good  time.

“Social dancers cannot give you a sure-fire formula for success, but they can
give you a formula for failure: - try to please everybody all the time.”


Friday, October 26, 2018

Ballroom Dancing, the disciplines

Ballroom dancing originated in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in which dances, such as the waltz, were performed by the upper and elite classes of society in balls and parties. They distinguish themselves very nicely from the folk dances. The traditional ballroom partner dances of today include: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha cha, Swing, Jive, Samba, Mambo, Bolero, and Paso Doble. Most of it is in the International Style of Dance. Some of the dances may be obsolete except for exhibition or competition dancing.

“Many social dancers were afraid of the dance once, too. But they learned to love the music
and embrace the dance and accept the mistakes they would make."


Non-traditional dances also include: Country 2-Step, Night Club 2-Step, Argentine Tango, Merengue, Polka, West Coast Swing, Lindy, Salsa, and many more! Peripherals, that specialize in only one dance are very popular in Hawaii. The five most popular Ballroom dances in the world today are Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Tango and Swing. Dancers skilled in these dances can dance with partners from any part of the world. And these are the music and dances preferred by the social dancers, much of the music dating back.

"Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi  (1986)


The dances covered in the Ten Dance are the five (Standard) dances: waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, tango and Viennese waltz, along with the five International Latin Dances: rumba, samba, paso doble, cha-cha-cha and jive, as defined in International ballroom dancing terms. The most important difference in style is between the modern or standard dances and the Latin dances. American Smooth refers to a category of dances in American Style Ballroom competitions in the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango and Viennese waltz. The Latin dances are the cha-cha-cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive. Social Dancers are something else.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  ~ Oscar Wilde




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

It is Rolling

The love of your life isn’t perfect and you aren’t either - and the two of you will never be perfect.  But if you can make each other laugh once in awhile, cause each other to think twice about the sweetness of life, and both admit to being human and making mistakes, your relationship is something special.  No, you two may not always choose the most poetic words, and there will likely be inconsiderate slip-ups on occasion, but that’s what makes your bond real.  Smile when they make you happy, speak up when they make you mad, and miss them when they’re gone.  Love hard when there is love to be had.  Perfect love doesn’t exist, but true love does, and it’s worth the effort.

"Social dancers think that we should be joyful, dance,
and bring pleasure into our lives deliberately.”


The Legacy Ballroom in Waipahu is a fully air-conditioned, multi-functional auditorium/theater. It is has a banquet hall, featuring a 40 foot wide theater stage, a professional lighting and sound system and a large projection screen that drops from above the stage. It is a smaller Palladium with a good sized dance floor. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 800 guests for a sit-down banquet or up to 1,200 guests for a stand-up reception or in a theater style sitting configuration. We have no record of it ever having any ballroom dancing.

"Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar (1983) 


Music on Oahu is taken much more into consideration in this century. In the past we were lucky to get what we got. Now, many are preferring live music and the goodies but oldies kind where they recognize and re enjoy their favorites. The DJs are doing fine in acquiring the latest hits, world wide. We are accepting more easily those that wish to be separate and we are amalgamating an awful lot of people into "our" social dance environment. So Rome was not built in a day.

Some have said that "a mistake is the first step of success." - But the truth of the
matter is that "the correction of a mistake is the first step of success."

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tumblr

Tumblr, the micro blog is probably the most basic out of the blogging platforms available on Oahu, It is also perfect for the less tech-savvy, which most of us are. It's intuitive and easy-to-use. The Tumblr model is based off of sharing, so if someone likes your post, it's easy for them to “re-blog” your post or like it. Other Tumblr users can easily follow you if they choose. The Tumblr apps are built for seamless Tumblr-to-Tumblr interaction.

“Social dancers are aware of the wonder. They want to live a balanced life -
learn some, think some, draw and paint some. And sing and
dance some, play and work every day some.”



Tumblr is best for anything visual, especially photos, graphics, artwork, or video. You can also use it to publish text-based posts, but most Tumblr users like it for how it handles media. Tumblr blogs can be customized with CSS or by installing pre-designed templates like the many available. A Tumblr blog isn't very flexible. Sure, just about any blogging platform can be hacked, but as soon as you start forcing something to do what it wasn't meant to do, things can get messy.

 "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield  (1981)


You won't be able to easily install a membership platform Also an important note: you still cannot easily batch-export your blog posts if you want to change platforms. Cost: Tumblr is free. If you want to attach a domain to it, you only have to pay for the cost of domain registration.

“Social dancers know that letting go means to come to the realization that some
people are a part of your history, but not necessarily a part of your destiny.” 
 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bachata

A couple of decades ago the Dominican group Aventura was probably the best known bachata group worldwide with its single "Obsesion" having dominated for a long time radio play both in Latin America, US Latino markets, and countries as distant as Italy and Sweden. While Antony was superseded in the international audience by Aventura, for the Dominican audience, the most popular of the modern bachateros was undeniably Antony Santos. And there have been many other artists of note too.

“Social dancers believe that silence may be the language of God, but so is music.
This is why we dance, we become loud in our silence.”


The basic footwork of plain vanilla bachata is a series of simple steps that produce a back and forth or sideways motion. A schematic footwork would be as follows: starting with the right foot make a chassé to the right on counts 1,2,3. On 4, touch the left toe beside your right foot (alternatively, tapping the left toe in place, i.e., apart from the right foot, make an upwards jerk with the left hip). Then do the opposite from your left foot. The character of the dance is achieved through sensual hip and body movements.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno


For Bachata Tango you basically incorporate the bachata footwork to the Tango music.  We don't know yet what will develop with this. But regular Bachata started out like it could be just be another flash in the pan. They have done very well in town, and West Oahu is picking up. It has become much more than just accepted in the Salsa venue in town. And it seems to be accepted in our social dances as well because of our up to date DJs playing the music.

"Social dancers think that the ones who are crazy enough to
think they can change the world, are the ones that do."

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Latest Adjustment

The feedback on all the blogs has slowed to a crawl and the hits show it. My lost time at Tripler and the deletion of the Platinum Horseshoe blog was partly to blame. This blog, Social Dance Oahu will be taking over with West Oahu dance news and it may be permanent. We can wait and see. I am hoping that one of the studios, one of these days will see the light. and give us some feedback. Then there is the possibility of a new dance club on the Waianae Coast or the North Shore. The noise on the Rail Tragedy will not do much good for Kam Highway.

"Social dancers hear much talk about dance! They think dance
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


With Social Dance Oahu getting in the news with write ups and photos, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club giving us feedback and having their doings posted, it will start to move. By Christmas they may catch up with Town Dancer (dream on.) Hits mean readers and that is the name of our game. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself.

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson  (1982)


The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything any of us have come across before. I have been doing this for 20 years and I am still learning because I favor the social dancer. Personally, I would interpret social dancing as being distinct from dancing that is strictly for performance, such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, belly-dancing, or even dancing strictly by the disciplines methods. So under social I would include freestyle club dancing, square dancing, line dancing and the partner dancing that we dance.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to
entertain a thought without accepting it."

Development

So now we are down to five blogs, in a plateau of average per day hits, that is moving very slowly up. All I can do for now is a little promoting in Word Press, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google + and Facebook. The readers can help with a few Information and Photo contributions along the way. This is turning out to be more fun. Won't somebody out there join in? No registration or registration fees, no annual or monthly meeting or dues and you contribute (not money) but whatever info or fotos you want, whenever you damn well please. All for your clubs, groups and fellow reader/dancers. A win-win situation.

“Social dancers like to dance from the heart, smile
and let their passion shine through”


Never did find out why they closed Rumors, but of course, some clubs are doing good and some not so good and we don't know why. We need more feedback with ideas and suggestions. Perhaps it might help. Dancers have had a reputation for long time of not being drunks. Some clubs will go for all the possible customers. Some will have a select group, such as the Bachata Salsa crowd or the Country music scene. Some recognize the natural divisions of the young and the older more experience night club attendees.

"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses   (1987)


The famous Palladium is still going strong, the last of the Big Ballrooms. In the last century, the top five clubs at the Palladium were well known. Now the number five has dropped to sixth and six has moved up to fifth. There will be another club for town in 2019 and perhaps one in either Waianae or the North Shore. We are getting more "social" dancers on Oahu. And perhaps the dancers will pick some other terminology for our type of dance.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dancing

West Oahu is at present about 60-70 percent American Style of Dance, much higher than Honolulu. However many still have the idea that International is a much more advance dance culture than the American. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is just a different style and lends itself very easily into high class exhibition and competition dancing. If you are interested in competitions this very well could be your cup of tea and no one should hold you back.

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.”
― Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat


But to dance for the pure joy of moving to the music of your choice is a horse of a different color. The Fox Trot box step in Rumba introduced by Arthur Murray, with a slow, quick, quick was changed by Fred Astaire to a quick, quick, slow and has always been the biggest drawback of American Rumba.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Those that are using Mambo steps to Rumba music, with Rumba styling are the berries. And on the mainland they are accepting the rock step and slow in the basic as a very good alternative. Fortunately, in the Pacific, we have some of the best teachers of American Style of Dance right here on this Island of Oahu, let us appreciate them.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Several years ago, they had a competition on the mainland between International and American and the American style won. Since then the International people have not been interested in another competition between them. The Internationals had advanced in the last century throughout the world but in this century they have shown drastic results of slowing down.

Pictured: Billy Bob, my niece, Yvonne and seated, my sister, Beatrice.

“Social dancers believe that without music and dance, life would be a mistake.”

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Polly2

Every now and then I find a good one about my favorite despot.

All the rich people gonna vote for him, that's for sure.

Meanwhile back at the ranch: You could look into what Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has coming up on Saturday, October 27th, the Halloween Dance. I expect to blog'em, take my camera and get some people to take some pictures. I usually make a collage of six people each. A two or three collages and we got a nice blog. On all our blogs, we need pictures, posters and a little more written information from anyone. Then Central Valley is getting to be very prominent on the Ballroom scene in the west. They have discovered a beautiful new place for a Dinner/Dance at Halemano Plantation. These people are leading the way to the North Shore or Waipio?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

From Maile Yagi
"Life isn’t meant to exist in a narrow color spectrum of perpetual happiness.
That’s a movie. It’s not reality. Experience all your vivid, fiery, watery emotions.
Give yourself permission to be full bodied. You’re peeling. Revealing.
It’s a messy, magnificent process."


The Plateau

We are at a plateau and not moving upward fast enough, I can see most of it very clearly in the stats furnished by Blogger from Google Analytics, I find many referrals from other countries which we don't need. Most of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living on Oahu. Those are the people we seek. Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make this blog into Social Media of cultural dancing on Oahu.  The concept and the advantages of blogging are still too new and I know they are not there for everybody just yet.

“Social dancers believe that dance is the art closest to nature.”


Facebook? They get 50 million photos daily. Did someone miss one of mine? They get 3 billion videos (with a B) daily. And some are developing into nice professional looking videos. Did someone miss one of yours? In our blogs, the submissions are from our fellow dancers on Oahu. And who are our readers. Someone in Nigeria? I am not counting on that. How about Lower Slobavia? Well, our reader/dancers will eventually realize that this is "our thing" on Oahu.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

From Maile Yagi
Most dance groups have beautiful Web Sites and good advertising - newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. They don't need blogging? Up to them, but some are going to see blogging as a valuable "addition to" and not necessarily an "instead of." There are quite a few dance blogs in Hawaii, make use of them. Most are for free and most of what you write will be read by someone on Oahu.

"A well-grounded assurance is always attended with three fair handmaids:
love, humility and holy joy."


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Social Dancing

On Oahu we have other very good dancing groups, the same as in the rest of the US. Exhibition, Acrobatic, Theatrical, Cabaret and Competition dancers who do everything so it will look pretty and the idea is to paint pretty pictures. Most of the time they succeed and they can make their own interpretations of what is "pretty." Most of us clap enthusiastically, in appreciation, at the end of every presentation. Social dancers accept the fact that we do not dance that kind of stuff.

“Social dancers may think that dance is a game of extreme emotions
and freedom of the soul, where nothing is ever the same.”


Then right about the Palladium time, the Competition Dancers decided that the term Ballroom rightfully belongs to them. Why? Because they really dance in Ballrooms and therefore they are truly Ballroom Dancers. Most of "us" have concurred, a school cafeteria is not a ballroom and we know that the era of the Big Ballrooms is over. It has left us to look for an acceptable terminology for our type dancing. Yes, it is purely social dancing and based on the American Style of Dance. But most dancers would like a different term and it is a Work In Progress.

"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper (1984)


In the last twenty or thirty years another group has been growing. The spectator or viewer group that has been created from TV shows and these new people want to see. Of course most dancers on Oahu have also liked to see. These are specified audiences that look at Television shows or are paying money to see these type of shows and whether they know little or much, they will still judge. If they don't like it for whatever the reason, they will look elsewhere.

"Social dancers think that you should not be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still or worst."


African Music And Dance

The development of Ragtime into Jive by the Blacks in the US after the Emancipation is very well documented. It has been agreed by both Blacks and Whites, it did not come from Africa. It evolved in the US from Blacks in the fifth or even sixth American born generations. The music they were most commonly exposed to was the Indian music and the street Marches of the day. And they learned to love that kind of music. Combining both in their simple ragtime with plenty of syncopation and they were on their way.

“Social dancers believe that dance may be god's miracle. There are no explanations.
You have to experience it and it may be a long happy journey.”


The records mostly by Spanish, were not the same in Latin America. As far as the Spanish were concerned, the Indians had no language or culture, they were nothing. The Tango, the Samba and all the Latin music and dance comes from Africa. And you can read plenty of Spanish and Black writers with their opinion of where in Africa it came from. The truth of the matter is that the Blacks in Latin America learned the native Indian music like everyone else and were even able to make small changes along the way. The great Indian civilizations in Mexico (they had "professional" dancers and musicians) were ignored until the 19th century. .

"With Or Without You" by U2  (1987)


Most changes in the native Indian music were made by the European poor separately from the Blacks for the first three centuries, then as the Blacks gained their freedom, the amalgamation of all of the music and the movements to that music standardized in the different sectors of Latin America. For the native Indians too but only in the bigger towns and cities. No one in Africa danced the Mambo before the 1950's and where did they get it from? Heh heh heh.

"Social dancers have the simple fact that they care, that they want to do their best, that they strive to enjoy life, dance and love - this makes them so much more than enough."

Making Headway

I found this on the Internet but I don't know who was the addressee:
"All of the information known to the human race is available at your fingertips, in the phone in your pocket or on whatever device you’re reading this article, but you choose, free will and all, to ignore anything that doesn’t jive with your preconceived notions. Oh, right, you’re a stupid person… “preconceived notions” are things you think you know before learning something new. Go ahead and pop an aspirin. Feeling better? Good. Let’s continue."

 

There are an awful lot of good dancing people on Oahu. And we know that most are accustomed to dancing in town. However we know that Kapolei, Waipahu and the Central Valley are going to have some dancing. I begin to see a few people from Kalihi coming to dance in Waipahu and Wahiawa. And why not, no matter how you slice it, there is going to be even more traffic in town in the future. And perhaps the people in West Oahu are just nice? The need in West Oahu is Business Parks and the dancing places will come. The residents living in Paradise will "work and play" in their own kuleana.

"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey  (1981)


The young are doing very well and the developing night life is becoming more evident. From there some people will think of a place on the Waainae Coast and on the North Shore. An over 30 group but interested in enjoying themselves with dancing and a few drinks and closer to home. On the Waianae Coast, the saying is there, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. In Waikiki, it takes me 20 minutes to get out of the Parking Area."

"Social dancers think that it is just an opportunity to lay down some shoe leather
and enjoy the movement to their kind of good music and closer to home."


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Special Edition

Karin Wells - Twitter
October 3 at 6:40 AM

An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?"The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters - the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't...
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine."That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay."

That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem." That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue." That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."
That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!"


That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?" That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense."That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!"

That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!" That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be." That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!"


That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!" That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense." That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!" That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “well, ok then.”

That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.
Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are *less* flattering.

Dancing With The Stars

Review by Carol Smith, Los Angeles

I remember judge Len Goodman telling a winner in DWTS, once upon a time "I like to see flowers and I like to see the lawn. Your dancing was all flowers and no lawn." DWTS non-professionals have weak basic foundations simply because it takes years to develop. On that foundation, they put a rather fancy building with a heavy roof. I don't mean to be bashful, they simply don't have an option to spend a year or two on training or to dance basic steps on national TV.

"Exhibition dancers may believe that on the great canvas of time, they will
create their own masterpiece even if it lasts for only a moment."


I'm not trying to take away the fact that they really do work hard. The dancing looks so good on TV partly because half of the couple is a top notch professional, partly because the choreography is designed to work well for the partnership.So yes, a lot of that dancing is "flashy trash". Maybe 30% of the basic dance is still there. They dance advanced choreography that is normally danced in your 3rd - 6th year of competitive ballroom training.

"How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston  (1985)


Some of it is never danced, as some of the moves are not allowed in ballroom as has pointed out many times. You are more likely to learn the same exact stuff if you take "theater arts" ballroom classes. But those are usually private classes, that is, instructor is working with only one person/couple, that would be you. That's very expensive and not very effective if you don't have any training. If you go to regular ballroom classes you will have a lot of fun even if you don't learn the DWTS moves.

"I try to contain my crazy but the lid keeps popping off."