Friday, July 31, 2020

Projecting

People are still seeing people dancing but it is all on Screens. We have been losing some people but at the same time we are getting new people that are interested. Spectators for now, but this type of movement must be learned by all who desire to participate. In much the same ways that learning to play baseball and the baking of a delicious apple pie are developed, by much trial and error. The degree to which you perfect any "learned skill" rests on your motivations, the quality of your learning experience and most importantly the level of your physical gifts or athleticism.

"Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day,
you get to start over in the morning."


We are going to have fun just down the road a piece. We know full well that students and dancers have the foundations to dance at a social level. What? Yes, simply stated, if you have the ability to travel up or down a staircase without using the handrail, if you can ride a bicycle or if you can swim, then you have already demonstrated that you possess more than enough physical talent to dance the social dances very well at the social level.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom


We enjoy the social atmosphere with friends, relatives and newcomers but we also know that there will be some who will wish to go further. To the extent of wanting to excel in exhibition or competitive dancing, As with any athlete, it will require the ingredients of qualitative athleticism, good training, and tons of practice. Again, learning to dance socially and learning to dance more advanced, is directly proportionate to your physical gifts and desires.

"Social dancers believe that you cannot do everything with faith,
but you can do nothing without it."

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Trump Plague

Trump cannot anything do about it so there are many "emergency teleconference" meetings all over the US to discuss the ongoing dance calendar issues caused by the worsening of the COVID-19 virus. This month has been a disaster in all states and especially the Republican states that have been lax on tests, masks and respect for social distance. Over the past weeks, as the national response to the growing pandemic has risen, many dance events have been canceled. Others have moved their dates further into the year. In the hope that the situation would resolve quickly, the dance organizations are trying to manage the dance calendar under difficult circumstances.

“Social dancers believe that if you don't give up your hopes and dreams,
then, there just may be a good ending,”


During this time with the situation changing almost daily, many events have been postponed and a great many have cancelled. As we have all seen, the problems for our country and our businesses are growing exponentially with the spread of the virus, and there is no end in sight. They had limits of 100 people and a week later it went down to 10 people. Now, as the thought that many thousands of people will die before the virus has run its course in the USA, we must do all we can to stay home. The circumstances change by the moment; we cannot know when we will be able to operate again.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


We do not know when the emergency regulations will be lifted, and we must take the situation very seriously. We are also entering a very serious situation in allowing the schools to open too soon. The Dance Organizations will assess the situation as it develops and when the way forward is clearer, will consider its recommendations. Meanwhile, we hope that you and your loved ones will remain safe through the dangerous period that follows, and that we will all come out on the other side healthy and ready to get back to dance again.

“Social dancers believe that winning doesn’t always mean being first.
Winning means we are doing better than we were doing before.”
 
 





Sunday, July 26, 2020

Changing Times

By Reginald Chang, Waipio:
Many of us believe that there have been changes in our dance world. And we realize that change has always been with us.The term "ballroom dancing" originates from the dancing in a ballroom, which was a large room specially designed for such dances. And ballrooms continued their existence until well past WWII. Then something slowly shrunk and most of us are well aware of this. In times past, ballroom dancing had dancing for the privileged, leaving folk dancing for the lower classes. And there have always been the "lower classes." These boundaries in the last half of the 20th century have since become blurred,

“Social dancers never lose hope. Storms may make us
stronger and never last forever.”


The higher levels have always regarded the others as the "hoi polloi." This has been normal social behavior. Even though it should be noted that in times long gone, many ballroom dances were really elevated folk dances. Toward the latter half of the 17th century, Louis XIV founded his 'Académie Royale de Musique et de Danse. "Correct" rules for the execution of every dance and the "five positions" of the feet were formulated for the first time by members of the Académie. I believe they are still taught as part of International style of dance.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

 
The Academie would continue to dominate ballroom from that time until the close of the 18th century. Eventually, the first definite cleavage between ballet and ballroom came when professional dancers appeared in the ballets, and the ballets left the Court. They went to the stage and developed a large "spectator" division. Ballet technique such as the turned out positions of the feet, however, lingered for over two centuries and past the end of the Victorian era. And they developed their own rules of the "correct" way to dance ballet which in turn inspired the spin off of the Modern Dance style.

"The future belongs to those of us who believe
in the beauty of our dreams."
 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel super-stardom began in the late 1980s, but in 1991, his career went to even greater heights and earned him the respect of a wider audience with the release of Romance, an album of romantic boleros, most of them oldies from the 1940s and 1950s.

"Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport."

Despite singing boleros from years past, Luis Miguel has also been recognized for reinventing the bolero into pop mode for modern audiences.The album Romance, which became his most successful material ever, eventually sold 15 million units worldwide.

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel has performed successfully pop music, bolero, mariachi and romantic ballads.. Best known for his technically skilled and smooth crooning vocals. He has won four Latin Grammy Awards, five Grammy Awards, and has sold an estimated 100 million albums.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel

His most famous event was his tour of the US in the 90s, where he took all his good friends. They made millions of dollars in salaries from the Corporate Income, all expenses paid, and a one year vacation for all. "El Concierto" was made into a composite DVD of all the shows and made millions in sales there too.

He is known in Latin America and Spain as "El Sol de México" (The Sun of Mexico) For decades he has been linked to various women in the US and Latin America but he has never married. He has several children and the latest two with the famous singer Aracely Arambulo. Rumors are that he is still playing the field. On the right from the cover of the magazine, Hola.

“Social dancers believe that there is nothing like a dream to create the future.”

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Dance 2020

The standard dances are the ones that will be playing on Oahu in the near future. And what are the standard dances? We, the social dancers, will determine that and develop our own syllabi. A few of the dances in the American and International are being phased out now. When was the last time you dropped into a night club for a little Paso Doble? Beautiful dance? Of course. The group of dances will involve into the recreational, cultural dance. The Pau Hana dance is coming, because of the increased traffic, instead of a Happy Hour. The Pau Hana Dance will have less drink, more dancing and more talk story with friends and relaxation in the middle of the week than any other form of entertainment.

“Social dancers believe that the future is uncertain,
but that just may be a good thing.”


The music will not be played, incessantly non stop as it has been done in many places for so long. Music inherently depends on silence in some form or another to distinguish other periods of sound and allow dynamics, melodies and rhythms to have greater impact. The is one of the reasons Live Music is so pleasant, between songs and the Intermission. Very nicely accepted by the most experienced dancers. Most music scores feature rests denoting periods of silence. Accomplished composers don't take all their best ideas and muddy the listener's experience by rattling on and on.

"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


These artists know how to communicate their ideas clearly. Listen to the space between the phrases. Listen to how silence is used as a color, and not simply as the lifeless backdrop of compositions. Silence, when used effectively, is a color.There will gradually be the acceptance of silence of 30 second intervals or more, which will be a welcomed respite for all. The same as the old days when the band had a little time between tunes and we had a time for a little relaxation. The non-stop can be nice for the kids, let them enjoy theirs.

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.
And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Age Makes A Difference

Dances can be classified into three categories that not very many people go into. There are not many that can define their particular dance into one of these categories, - the Fad, Novelty and the Standard dances. And these dances generally adhere to an age level. The Fads are usually with the younger (under thirty), the Novelty with the slightly older and the Standard with the over forty, Fad dances are usually picked up by the younger folk who can get interested very easily, into anything never done before. These were also called "dance crazes."

“Social dancers believe they should be faithful in the small things
they do because it is in them that their strength lies.”


At one time some fad dances lasted a full decade. In the early part of the last century, you could have a new one every month. Dancing style fads have for some centuries been a part of social dancing. Sometimes gliding smoothly into tradition after their "newness" has faded, and sometimes simply fading away into oblivion, as other new fads would appear. This has happened even before the evolving partner dances set in and will continue in the future. The Novelty dances would usually last a little longer but also eventually died down as other dances would appear.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


However, many novelty dances have remained even after they have become obsolete. How about the Polka? Just good fun. How about the Twist? Still around now and then. I expect the "Macarena" to surface one of these days. Our Dance world! Then the very good ones remain on much more solid ground. The decisions are made by older people with some decades of dancing experience. These "Standards" have also been helped along by the disciplines, though some still carry dances that are now clearly obsolete in recreational dancing. Viennese Waltz, terrific, beautiful back in the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms. This is the 21st century.

"Social dancers believe that no great dancer ever complained
of want of opportunities."

Monday, July 20, 2020

New Dance World

All men are not created equal and it should be obvious to all that we are creatures of hierarchies. In the Western World, we usually assign everything a place, a pigeon hole, a niche. It makes us feel better, secure in our place. We may learn when growing up that we should be equal, but soon realize that in different skills, we do not stay that way for long. Some are born poor and move up. Some are born rich and may go down.

"It may be quite simple, for social dancers, hope is what keep them alive.”


In some cultures this is all done and recognized but it is not mentioned publicly. In the US, you can read much of it in our dance Web and Blog sites. Social dancing may not be so different. Presumably we all start as beginners, but shortly thereafter we begin to differentiate. Dancing for the gifted few may becomes an art. And fortunately, social dancing is also a craft and a game. It is one that can be learned, sometimes by hard work and practice which depends largely on interest and commitment. Are we having any fun?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It should be fun along the way There several way to promote a dance organization's services and products. There has always been advertising, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Then some groups had Newsletters which were good public relations and usually had the input of several people. Then about 30 years ago arrived the Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. It may be the least expensive and productive PR.

"Those who venture to criticize us may perform a remarkable act of friendship,
if not undertaken to wound or offend”

Friday, July 17, 2020

Review

This has been also a good time to review the differences that have existed in our dance sphere. When I first got here it was American Style dancing and I went for it hook, line and sinker. I quickly found out that we had a terrific bunch of "amateur" teachers that were just as good any other kind. I learned it very nicely and was able to lead in a reasonable if not a terrific manner. Later on when the International became more established I moved into that. The general attitude of the teachers was to learn your American first and then aspire to International.

“Social dancers may believe that while the heart beats,
hope lingers and we shall dance again.”


This attitude put International automatically on a higher plane than American. International was taught for competition and that naturally brought out their "best dancers." At the same time they developed some beautiful exhibition dances. And the movements they taught were "correct" according to their style, Stands to reason. After the Palladium was built, the bulk of the clubs aspired to dance at the "Ala Wai Palladium" and there was an increase of the "lower classes" attending these dances including the "street" or "social" dancers.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii Gideon


The Internationals with "real" ballroom dancers emerged on top. Their "correct" no longer had any qualifications. After all they danced in ballrooms.The American style was nice and they could progress to a higher plane. American style was danced in Malls, School Cafeterias, Community Centers and District Parks. Then to help matters, two new terms evolved. The "Ala Wai dancer" and the "Junk Dancer." Mainly applied to the social and night club dancers but it could overlap to the American Style dancers. And the preferred location of the higher classes became the dinner/dance socials in the Waikiki Hotel Ballrooms.

"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well."
~ Henry W. Longfellow

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Just Around The Corner

Info from their Website: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HBDA classes and events are suspended through September 30, 2020. HBDA accepts registration online; however the registration website is temporarily suspended until they reopen for classes. Stay Tuned. Their mission “To provide a ballroom dance experience for the people of Hawaii that is fun, affordable, and promotes healthy minds and bodies.” You can tell they are thinking in favor of the good of their students, members and teachers.

“Many social dancers believe that they got more yesterday than
most anybody. What they need is a nice kind of tomorrow.” 


To our readers, I would like to remind them of the Web Site, Dance Fever Oahu, they may not have much up to date information for now but they will have soon. And they are very likely to have much dance information not available to us. By the same token we will also have Frank's blogs which will come alive soon too. Same reason to tune in, he has many connections and will have much information not available to us. Tune in. Most dance blogs are still personal accounts of one person’s dance experience. And our reader/dancers on Oahu will be the best informed dancers in the Pacific.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


I intend to make our blogs, the personal views and experience of as many of our reader/dancers as possible. If you use a browser, you will find many dance blogs and it can give you a good idea of what we can do in our blogs. Practically everyone is a blog reader today and, if you are breathing, you will have a web presence on at least one social network such as Twitter or Facebook. But, maybe you are thinking about expanding and improving the value of that presence in a blog. Think it over, the ultimate in Feedback.

"A blog is merely a tool that will let us do anything from 
changing our dance world to just sharing our bits
of dance information and a photo or two."

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Street Dancing 101

The Walking Step is the most basic of all and which has at least a dozen different names depending the level of teaching. And the higher the level, the more complicated the instructions. As one should suspect it is just left, right, left, right and so on. These were the first steps that were done to drum rhythms and music in every culture when agriculture set in 10 thousand years ago. The best example of primitive walking steps are the videos of present day African dancers, in which they are just jumping up and down and enjoying their music, left, right, left, right and so on,

“If the past is made out of facts ... Social dancers can guess that the future is just hope.” 


Anyone can learn fast and enjoy a Foxtrot, left, right, left right to the four count and then do the same in the next measure. The only differences are in the styling which simply means the different moves of the feet, knees, hips, shoulders, head and maybe even the nose. You don't want to move any of it? It's up to you. Nobody gonna tell you what to dance. You move to the music like you feel it, just let it. You can do the same in a Waltz, left, right, left, in one measure and then right, left. right, in the next measure, but you are still using the walking step.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


And you will let your body lead you according to the music and your fellow dancers. Waltz and Foxtrot have different stylings and Waltz has a three count. And of course you can get fancy. In the Merengue, you have a very definite body style, but it is still, left, right, left, right and more sideways to a 2 or a 4 count. The original Milonga was with a walking step and had a pounce at the end of eight counts because it was a "Cat" dance. So for the men who lead, there you have several dances to start with that you just walk to the music. And you usually start with you left foot. Hell, its a start.


“Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.


Sunday, July 12, 2020

The New Social

The very young may say, "I can just jump around with the music." What's the difference? It is quite natural, wanting to move to music and it has been going around the world in different forms and terminologies. The difference is – that is not social dancing, my friend. That is a “I don’t need dance lessons” vulnerability or “I know what I’m doing” - fear of failing. It was very prominent in night clubs in the last century on Oahu and morphing into "street dancing." Sure, at some moments that may be the only thing that kids want to do.

“Social dancers believe that there is nothing like a dream
to create a future and we shall dance again.”


But you cannot call "jumping around" social dancing, that is why its called "jumping around," Nowadays in night clubs it is social dancing. Trust us, at least once in your life there will be that something or someone who would love to share that special dance with you - it would be nice if you were ready! And social dancing is separating from discipline dancing. In the last century at the beginning of the "Palladium" the disciplines created the term. "Junk Dancer" for the social dancers. At the start of the century many might lower their heads a little they would "admit" that they were social dancers.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K.

The Ladertas, Mother's Day
But now in this century the Social Dancers have come into their own and take a little more pride in saying they are a "Social Dancers." Many dance clubs have formed with many different good teachers in the American style of dance. All have had slightly different interpretations of the movements to the music. And all of it has been accepted in good faith. Most socials include music that is not in the syllabi of any of the disciplines. You may go to a Social where they might play three Bachatas and one or no Paso Doble. They play Tango and there may be three different dances, Filipino, American and International styles. Sometimes even Argentine. How about that? This is Social Dancing.

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

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Pen Name

Any news and photos in our blog will be noted with your name. Anonymous is unacceptable. However you may use a Pen Name. There are many examples of famous authors using pen names. A pen name becomes a sort of shield, allowing the author to conceal his or her identity, shake off any pre-conceived notions, internal or external, and to write freely in the genre of his or her choice. As a general rule, most authors should publish under their legal, given name.

“Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision. But today
 well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”


Otherwise our reader/dancers tend to accept a pen name without question. It may make promotion a little difficult. There have been people that find choosing a pseudonym to be a creative process, and many writers find selecting a pen name more difficult that naming a character. A pen name should be unique. Research the internet and bookselling sites. Avoid any name already used by a writer, since that is likely to confuse readers. Many of us on Oahu may find it simple and easy. Most us will not find it necessary.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed.


Do not use the name of anyone famous.  If you use the name of registered trademarks, you risk getting a cease-and-desist letter. You can search for available domain names, because you want to buy a domain for your pen name.Try to avoid using the name of a real person. If you happen to use the name of a real person, you are not committing identity theft. Identity theft involves intentionally acts to impersonate someone for financial gain. My Pen Name on Facebook is Jeb Martin, just for the sport. And you think your way is the only way? Ha!

"Social dancers believe that music is what life should sound like." 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Feedback, Pubish, Post

Many of the people that I have been in contact with in my dance life, have at one time or another published something in a newsletter, website or blogsite. And many have the use of Twitter or Facebook. So the phase of getting them to share with our fellow dancers on our blogs will be slow, but is should not be too difficult. And now I think that Social Media is going to be realized faster and easier, after we open up on Oahu. The reader/dancers will eventually find that they can feed back easily and have it printed in any one of our blogs.

“Social dancers believe that it isn't as bad as we sometimes
think it is and it may all work out."


Then we shall have real Social Media even though most reader/dancers have little concept of what that means at present. We will all learn. All advertising will change in tone. Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and Television will almost be out of it for the dance scene. Websites and Blogs will be most of it. The micros such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr will also be used. This is Social Media communication and most of us will learn in time. Announcements for marking your calendars for next year will be out. We will have our hands full with a dozen places to go this weekend and those will be our priorities.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


Our blogs will be "current" publications, - very current and even then there will be some "cancellations." This is the era in which we live. Meanwhile we welcome dance news from anyone. Send it in and it will be posted under your name. Everyone becomes responsible for what they write. Naturally. I will try to avoid ventriloquists. It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.

"Life should be really simple, but many of us insist on making 
it complicated, - Let us live life to the fullest."

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tokyo

Clubs for the Young Crowd in Japan

Before the shutdown, the young people were having a ball dancing in Night Clubs. The DJ chose the music, and mixed his or her own special blend of "house music." The young crowd would drink and dance and perhaps have a few pupus. In those days, the place was not called a disco but a "club," pronounced "kurabu," with equal stress on each of the three syllables. I have read little about this phenomenon featuring the club scene and music but it is interesting.

"Most social dancers agree that we bloggers never make mistrakes."


Some say that the club atmosphere varied, depending on the event and the DJ. Some things that varied were the music (techno, hip-hop or whatever), the average age of the dancers, the clothes and the type of dancing. Dance steps were different too; some dancers were wildly energetic, while others swayed gently back and forth. One exception was the popular para-para dance seen in some clubs. Everyone on the floor followed the same choreography - most of the movements were slight, except for the arms, which seem to be doing all the dancing. The style, unique to Japan, drew on traditions of the Bon dance and the street phenomenon, the Takenoko-zoku.

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges


A very few of our fellow dancers were so honest, so good, so upright, they were so right and they couldn’t have been more wrong. They judged, they lied and they may have lied to destroy. That was their M.O. (modus operandi) As Ann Landers use to say, "that is the way they got their jollies." The shut down has brought all the dancers closer together. The Creative Researchers And Producers may be on the way out?

You say the Trump Liar is a duck? Well, shut the duck up.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

That Was Then

The roaring twenties is when dancing really got rolling among the under 30 in Hawaii. And many of the swing dances were carried on into the thirties. A getaway from the Great Depression, dance was a joyful activity that helped people of the 1930s get through everyday life. Dance in the 1930s for the more serious dancer included the Waltz, Foxtrot and was receptive to the Latin, Rumba, Tango and Samba. Also heavily influenced by other African American dances to jazz music.

"Social dancers believe that having hope, wearing their masks,
respecting social distance - they will come through."


During WWII the large movement of men in the armed forces spread the conformity of the dances and the style of each. This remained more or less in Hawaii until the mid 50s when the Aiea Ballroom Dance Club came into existence. This included a syllabi covered by the American Style of Dance and three divisions according to proficiency, Bronze, Silver and Gold. This set up Ballroom Dancing in Hawaii as deluxe and being sanctioned by the Leaders on the Mainland. As more Dance Clubs came into existence, the social dancers dropped down several levels in class.

"My Molokai" by Willie K


Within ten years, the International Style of Dance was very nicely introduced on Oahu. Besides the dress, the main difference between International Ballroom and American Ballroom is that American is typically a social style and International tends to be performed in competitions. Additionally, International style is all about the connection with your partner—dancers stick close together and lead and follow and move around one common center as they dance. The open position of American ballroom is not acceptable in the International style. They soon took first place, American second and social dancing became a distant third at the time the Palladium opened.

"Social dancers believe that how much you know is not as
important as what you do with what you do know."


Friday, July 3, 2020

Lil Update

Just like any other marketing strategy, social media efforts should be continually monitored and updated for full effect. And we are in a phase no one has ever come across before. So we need fewer dictations from on high and increase in listening to our fellow dancers. Constructive criticism is a communication technique intended to identify and find solutions to problems in a positive way. Anyone can use the strategy, although professionals can provide more thorough analysis in many cases. Anybody got a suggestion, email it in and I will  blog it.

“Social dancers believe that Someday is the best day of the week!”


The point seems to be when our blogs give reader/dancers a "behind-the-scenes" look at what is going on, we may give them an insight into the personality of the dance group. Instead of posting many photos of the stars of the shows, our blogs can use the photos of the dancers conversing off the dance floors anywhere. In addition to dancing on the dance floor, laughing at the food tables, or the people snacking at breaktime or the people around the DJ. Whatevah. The blogs can stay on message and keep a consistent digital voice describing the scene, while still allowing followers to feel personally connected, which in turn fosters more sharing and increased followers.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


I can hope you all stay safe, test, use your masks and respect social distance. Hawaii is doing pretty good and we just may make it. In the next blog, I hope to have information from some of our fellow dancers to share on the real difference of dancing on Oahu. To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.

"You only live once, but if you do it reasonably well, once is enough."

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

LAGS: Latest And Greatest Syndrome.

By Jason Shinozaki, Aiea
This is a failing that enters into most teachers at one time or another. Of course, on Oahu, the teacher is aided and abetted by the students. So it becomes a collusion of both parties and is not considered unnatural. At times the teacher will find himself with the opportunity to show his students what a "GREAT" teacher he is, a top teacher, no less. But he will never mention that of of the six hundred or so documented step patterns in the dance, he knows less than two hundred of them. The students, however, may see this as an opportunity of a lifetime.

“Social dancers believe that hoping is how the
very difficult may be possible do after all.”


To learn that step will really stake his claim to being a terrific dancer. Of course, the fact that it may take five years for students to ever do it correctly and with finesse, will never enter into the equation. You can see it every day on our dance floors. The student leader will not very easily be able to lead any follower into that step pattern unless the follower is well versed in it. So he is stuck with whomever was in the same class. And a mortifying time will be held by all when they try to teach someone else how to do it.

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz


Definitely not for Social Dancers when there are so many beautiful leadable step patterns available for the trying. How about in an exhibition dance? Now that is a horse of a far different color. The students learning the dance can apply themselves quite differently for they know they will be seen by an audience. With practice and the help of their very capable teacher they will probably be able to make a good presentation. And the audience of course will love it. They may never have seen it before and it will probably be executed almost to perfection. And the dance teacher can bask in the reflection of the terrific exhibition. Now that is LAGS in the right place and everyone comes out smelling like a rose.

Blogger's Law Number 21b: If people view their problem closely enough,
they will recognize themselves as part of the problem.