Sunday, February 21, 2021

What we gonna do?

Social or recreational dancing has been our main focus on this island of Oahu for over a century. And it has evolved from the different ethnic types to a rather new style. Most of it had been imported from mainland styles, that came with the new arrivals during and after WWII. It was more formerly introduced in the Sixties by Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. And it took off with a new clubs formed just about every year. Eventually we got the International style of dancing and the Night Club sophisticated dancers, that took many dancers on a higher plane than us ordinary mortals.

“Many social dancers know that it is difficult to say what is 

impossible. The dream of yesterday is the hope of today

 and maybe the reality of tomorrow.”

In the last century social dancers have been somewhat elbowed aside. Dancing "correctly" was emphasized. However most people realize now, that we outnumber them (da bodadem together) two to one. And we have some very good dancers among us. Our social dancing had been meeting amicably on the dance floor with different dance partners and dancing movements that are well known by both partners. Most know each other and feel that they are among friends. Now what are going to do about that?

"Social dancers know that any kine dancin

is bettah than no dance at all."

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The American Style of Dance.

USA Dance, is the national governing body for DanceSport (the competitive version of ballroom dancing) in the United States. It is recognized as such by the World DanceSport Federation, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Amateur Sports Act of the United States Congress. In addition to promoting ballroom dancing as a recreational activity, USA Dance also promotes Dance Sport nationally and internationally. USA Dance organizes and hosts the annual USA Dance National Dance Sport Championships which awards United States National titles and the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the IDSF World Championships . The organization has over 25,000 paying members and claims a "connection and outreach" to an estimated 200,000 dancers.

"Social dancers know that once we choose HOPE,

anything is possible."

The American Style of Dance,  is most prevalent in the United States and Canada, where it's regulated by USA Dance and Canada Dancesport -- the respective national member bodies of the WDSF. It also consists of two categories analogous to the Standard and Latin categories of the International School, respectively called Smooth and Rhythm. The Smooth category consists of only four dances—American Waltz, American Tango, American Foxtrot, and American Viennese Waltz, omitting American Peabody (the American School equivalent to Quickstep)

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

The dances selected for competition in the Rhythm category are American Cha Cha Cha, American Rumba, American East Coast Swing, American Bolero, and American Mambo. A "Smooth" or "Rhythm" competition encompasses the dances in the respective category, and a "Nine Dance" competition encompassing all nine of these dances is analogous to the "Ten Dance" competition of the International School.

"Social dancers know that it will cost them nothing to dream

and everything not to."