Monday, December 31, 2012

Debby Blogging

Happy New Year Dancers!
 
For me it has been thirty three years of teaching dance, twenty one of those years as Dream To Dance and fourteen of those years have been at the studio's present location.  I have known many of you for most of those years.  The words that come to mind are "pure joy".  Thank you for being my students, thank you for being my friends.
 
Success and Happiness,
Debby
P.S. As you make your way through the busy new year...
 
 
Choose your path wisely.
 

Look for the beauty.
 
 
Remember where we are truly fortunate to live.
 
 
And pick your personalized license plates carefully.

 
 
Pub's Side Note: For the New Year I have come to another reorganization of the blogs. This seems to be the way it wants to go and I will use what little influence I can but it is not much. The reader/dancers make the decision in the hit counters. At the end of January one of the blogs will be deleted. Dancing in Dark will remain my personal blog.
 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

This blog truly amazes me. I am beginning to think that the readers are mainly Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club members with a sprinkling of Dot's In Wahiawa fans. One good connection with a line dance group plus anything in Mililani and it will get going. Of course the most crucial is, if and when we get a Guest Author. One that can open, post and close all by themselves. That will make it permanent.
 
"Perhaps, our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits."
 
From Aunty Maile of the
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club:
Happy New Year Everybody!
 
Here's wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season with a bright and joyful new year, making lots of precious and happy memories!
 
Our first monthly dance of the year is coming up very soon! I hope you will come and bring your friends too.

Pub's Side Note: Now if we could get a couple of photos of the occasion. Wow!

"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears,
we dance for madness, we dance for fears,
we dance for hopes, we dance for screams,
we are the dancers, we create the dreams."
 
Also forwarded to me by Aunty Maile was part of an email from Deanie Bates, president of Aiea Ballroom Dance Club with their information of the coming years festivities. They have their own Web site and the information may not be for blog distribution.
 
"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"
by Tex Williams
 
Photos:

To top it all off, it would be photos but not Flicker, Picasa or Photobucket. Those contain millions and millions of photos. Those contain photo albums. Big, Big Difference. This is a blog. You got four, three, two or one special, That's it !

For a blog those are the ones, of the happy dance occasion, they are your opinion. Not mine, or his, or hers, they are yours and that is what makes blogging so unique. Intersperse and balanced with text, makes a perfect blog. This is going to take a while for our readers to understand but it is coming, meanwhile, so is a little sharing with your fellow dancers. And the hits will go through the roooof !


 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

We are going to make it.

Change yourself - you are in control - Forgive and let go,
Take care of this moment - Without action you aren't going anywhere,
 Everyone is human - see the good in people and help them,
Persist and be congruent - be authentic and be your true self.
Continue to grow and to evolve. Happy New Year.
 

"The secret of success in life is for a person to be ready for their
opportunity when it comes. We all wish you success in
all the opportunities that may come your way."
 
 

Let'er Rip!

A New Year may be a significant event for many. But the absurdities of the celebration cannot escape a skeptic. What better way to start a New Year than with a hearty laugh?

 "New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions."
 



"New Year's Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good year
resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."

Friday, December 28, 2012

Social Media Strategy

In the coming year the dance environment on Oahu is going to get strategic about social media. Some Dance Clubs are becoming aware of counters and will get serious about social media. They will be looking at ways to move it out of the closed in newsletter and web site modes into ways throughout the dance environment that engage a far larger number of dancers.

"Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good,
enjoy it because it will not last forever."

 

The existing blog sites are probably the easiest to use for most dance organizations. The complete page set up is already there, together with existing hits. It would just be a matter of getting one of their members in as a guest author and learn the ropes.
 
And with two of their people as guest authors, they could double the hits of whatever blog they choose. But that means much more contact with the rest of the dance scene on this island and very likely beyond. The only problem is for the guest authors to avoid being a rubber stamp of the club, for then they lose their effectiveness.

"Jukebox Saturday Night" by Glenn Miller (Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke & the Modernaires)

A larger club of over 800 or 900 members could develop their own blog with the possibility of 100 average hits per day, but they would not be able to do it with only one person. It’s about involving potentially most of your friends and fellow dancers, asking them to rise to the opportunity of becoming advocates of your club. For some leaders, this is an exciting, game-changing opportunity. But for most clubs, it’s absolutely terrifying.

That kind of scale doesn’t happen overnight – it takes some serious planning, technology, and training. The first and most important step for you to take is to see the opportunity for greater engagement. The second, and probably harder one, is to see your members workforce in a different light – not as potential social media time bombs that could go off without warning, but as engaged, proactive club ambassadors.

"I'm looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover" by Alvino Rey

So get cracking, line up your Officers and Board Members, and get started planning how your club can be strategic with social media when your members are out there and engaged with each other and your fellow dancers. You may just decide the easiest is to get one of your own into any of the other existing blogs and adding on to their existing hits, which benefits everyone. Could be a starter.

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and made my first "circle," it is a little complicated but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. You don't need an invite you can just ask to be let in. It seems to be better than Facebook or Twitter. I dropped those a year back. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

End Of The Year

"There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is part of living."

 
Some people think of skeptics as cynical, negative people with closed minds. Nothing could be further from the truth. Skepticism is really nothing more than a fancy name for trying to think clearly and thoroughly before making a decision about believing, buying or joining something. It's about sorting our reality from lies and misperceptions. The Creative Researchers And Producers in town know nothing of this. They believe anything their prophets tell them. No proof necessary. Fortunately, they are becoming less and all the blogs are doing just fine with the truth. We can be sure that the awareness of the blogs by the reader/dancers is becoming more evident.


Meanwhile some of the clubs in town are gaining members. Is it possible? Why not, treat the dancers the way you would like to be treated (the Golden Rule?) and you will get members. Easier if they don't have any from the Creative Researchers And Producers.  "Everyone has the right their opinion. Nobody has the right to be wrong in their facts." So we all learn. A new club in Waikele - Waipio?


The increase in good public relations through blogging is becoming more apparent with time as more people learn more about the internet. It is somewhat like advertising but in a blog it becomes communication to the reader/dancers and that makes it social media. Now I have included the used Acer Laptop Computer in the side bar to include the readers of this blog. Big, Big difference in what we have had for hundreds of years. The increase in readership, slowly but surely, shows this. With just one Guest Author in any one of the blogs, the hits, Wow !

"Sleepy Lagoon" by Harry James

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and made my first "circle," it is a little complicated but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. You don't need an invite you can just ask to be let in. It seems to be better than Facebook or Twitter. I dropped those a year back. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.





 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

One Extra


 
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,
because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
If you don't share this with anyone....Who cares?
George Carlin

 

Happy Holidays

Sorry Folks, but that's all for today.


Sincerely, Joseph Martel

Merry Christmas

Sorry folks, but this is all for today.


 
Sincerely, Joseph Martel

Monday, December 24, 2012

Line Dancing in the West

A review of the blogs reveals that all the blogs are falling behind predictions, (the Law of Diminishing Returns.) A lot of it is my fault, I will have to get to work next year.

"There are two kinds of people, those who do the work, and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there."
 
The big ones in town are the ones closer to predictions than small ones in the West. Much of the reason is the dilution of the readership by the amount of blogs. The hits should go up when I beat the bushes a little more. And also the Mickey Mouse run around we went through to get rid of the followers and redesign the territories.

"There may not be much to see in a small town, but what you hear makes up for it."

Free Orkut and My Space dance Graphics Glitters But we are not through yet. The blogs seem to be settling down with the Cultural dancing information. So the first group we must try to help is the Line Dancers. They were first brought into the Dancing in the Dark by Frank Sierra and I picked up from there. When I lived in town I would make regular contact with Parents Without Partners dancing at Ward Centerstage on Tuesday evening. The bus "cattle cars" make it very difficult now.

Josef Mohr 1816 "Silent Night" is the story of the birth of the Jesus. The song was first
written in German and called Stille Nacht by Josef Mohr, it has now been translated
into over 44 different languages.

For some reason we have a difficult time getting information from separate entities of Line Dancing. Occasionally they give but not much. So the blogs this coming year are definitely going to have to include the Line Dancers. Just getting the information is tough. Of course the "Golden Photos" would be an extra prize. Fortunately our best bet at present are the line dancers at Kapolei Chapter HBDA, probably the best group around. Plenty of good men dancers too. They are going to lead the way.


Wahiawa and Waipahu do not seem interested, so we must go wherever we can. At the moment, Waianae, Kapolei and the North Shore seem most promising. Though there is some presence in the Pearl City, Pearlridge area too. We shall continue to try to help wherever we can.

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all dance websites would like to be updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action.


Christmas Parties

What happened to the Christmas Parties, there has been very little publicity on these. You remember in the old days, when we had lots of dancers and when there was a Christmas Party almost every day in December? Perhaps now they are only private parties for members only. Many clubs have that kind of viewpoint. To each his own.

I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it
the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to
take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into
the holidays - let them overtake me unexpectedly - waking up some fine morning
and suddenly saying to myself: "Why, this is Christmas Day!" ~David Grayson

There should be more in the West because that is where our type of dancing seems to be moving. The big obstacle remains the location. The Community Centers are the most indicated but they are the most reluctant to allow it. Some one is going to make contact there one of these days.

Some tell me that the diminishing of American Style dancing in town had a slowing down effect on the total dance environment. It use to be a more fun crowd. In the last two decades, they are in a more serious business, they must dance in a more exact way for they will be judged. It isn't just for fun anymore. It is practice, practice and more practice.

Can you dance with someone else besides your partner? You must be careful, you just paid thousands of dollars for lessons and you are going to dance with some "Social" dancer? Ha ! Why do they let these low class "social" people in? They contaminate our dance atmosphere. And the night clubs are getting bigger crowds.

Placide Cappeau, 1847 - "O Holy Night" started as a Christmas poem called Minuit Chatiens. It was written by Placide Cappeau in 1847 after a parish priest asked the simple wine
merchant who moonlighted as a poet to write the song for him. "

You're not dancing for fun, you have a set of dance figures you have to learn to do, exactly as your instructor tells you to do them. You must do the outmost to clone with the best. Hey, you have work to do. And then you must think of the competitions ahead of you, perhaps Blackpool?

But if you are an International Dancer then you probably dance correctly. By default all others must dance "incorrectly." Stands to reason and we are going in the right direction for the coming year to establish the credentials of the Cultural Dancer, which is our kind of social dancing.

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and it is a little complicated (too much available for me) but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. It has just about everything as social media to supplement our blogs. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.



Friday, December 21, 2012

The Plot Thickens

The year is ending and the bus situation is worsening, packed to the gills, talk about discomfort. Wow! So I just have to play it cool. I made a spot check on the Blog Data Hits. I really thought we were not due for the Law of Diminishing Returns so soon. But from the looks of the numbers for December, it is pretty definite that we have arrived at a plateau. Perhaps much of it because of me.

Charles Wesley 1739 - The history of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" may come as a
surprise to some. The upbeat, lively version that we know today is not what the
author or composer meant the song to be.
 
My numbers from a couple of months back pointed to somewhere next year but it may be here now. All my love of numbers, experience and confidence for numbers have left me ill equipped to understand that some human motivations cannot be quantified or predicted.

Specially where I have so many friends and acquaintances that exist and make their own decisions. Of course, the net result is that it makes for a more interesting readership and this maybe only a plateau for now.

"Music Of My Heart" By 'N Sync & Gloria Estefan

I have been too lax at getting more information on dancing, in particular from other dancers, They in turn have been reluctant to share whatever they have. So we are there and have our work cut out for all of us. We need at least one Line dance source and perhaps another ballroom dance source from the East.

 
Clones are not needed but there is a wealth of ideas in our Guest Authors.

For us on this Island, In town it is Town Dancer and Oahu and Beyond. that needs several leads of information in our kind of dancing. In the West it is Dancing in the Dark, Oahu - West and Nanakuli Ridge. The reader/dancers seem to be getting closer to understanding "blogs."

The neighbor islands from there will need at least one good contact on each of the three Islands, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Will be a big help for Oahu And Beyond. Unfortunately too many have the "Papparazzi" outlook, and they will pay the price. It will take some time before they realize it. They coulda been a contendah!


From there we may get what may be the most important single factor for hits, the "Golden Photo." The one that we always seek from any dance function. The one worth it's weight in gold. That will do wonders for the hits. Always has. However, we have work to do in that department.

Many think in terms of Papparazzi, and we are definitely not that. We intend to help not hinder. Once we get the point across we will be all right. Meanwhile, we will go carefully and cut back on the photos. Only when we are sure that they know we are doing good for them.

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and it is a little complicated (too much available for me) but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. It has just about everything as social media to supplement our blogs. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8. Or what I do, just hack my way in. What do I know?



 

The Mayan Calendar

These ancient people (my people) measured time in cycles called "baktuns" of 394 years each, and the winter solstice this coming Friday marks the end of the 13th baktun. Some who study the calendar say the date for the end of the period is not Friday, but Sunday. Let's muddy it up a little more. The Mayan calendar is based on the position of the heavenly bodies -- the sun, the moon and the stars -- and was meant to tell the Mayan people about agricultural and economic trends.

"In a short while, we will open a new book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

The hubbub about a calamity occurring comes from a Mayan stone carving called monument 6, made in 500 A.D., which predicts a major event at the end of this baktun. Whatever it is, it's not about the end of the world. We don't have a prophecy or inscription related to the finish of the world. It just mentions a deity. The hullabaloo about the end of the world has been whipped up by online speculation.

This calendar was the most accurate calendar in the world for 1000 years, when Pope Gregory, decided it might have merit. It was analyzed in the 1500s and the only change was one less leap year in the years ending with 00. It is now known as the Gregorian Calendar.

In Merida, Mayan priest Valerio Canche carries out an ancient ritual to honor the dead in light of the upcoming end of the 13th baktun. "It is considered the closure of the great cycle of Mayan time," he said. "But, of course, the cycle (14th baktun) begins the following day. For the Mayans, it's not the end of the world."

"Time Waits For No One" by the Rolling Stones

I am writing this on Thursday, keep in mind, it's already Friday in the Philippines, and it's still on the map, I think. If it's Friday, a look out the window may be reassuring.

Pub's Side Note: Congratulations to Richie Fun and the readers/dancers of Oahu And Beyond blog. Just went over the 50000 total hits "barrier." Takes some doing.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Slow Going

From El Intruso, New York City: year 2000

So far, we know the following: Mambo was "developed" in Cuba in the 40’s, and before arriving in New York it was in Mexico. Here we have to add that by no means was Mambo ever the sweeping rage, neither in Cuba, nor in Mexico, nor in New York. Mambo always had to share the stage with other music.

"As long as the day lasts, let's give it all we've got."

If you buy the CD’s Dancemania volume 1 & 2, you will see that in those days even Mr. Puente didn’t call everything Mambo. In the old days it was customary to call a song by its name. In these two CD’s you have Son Montunos, Mambos, ChaChaCha’s, Boleros, Guajiras, Son-ChaChaCha, Bolero-Son, etc. It is important to note this, because almost all the numbers in these compilations were recorded during the heyday of the Mambo. Mr Puente has said that it was all Mambo to him. It suited him well.

"The Mambo Kings by Tito Puente

What about Cuba? What was going on there in the 50’s? By all accounts, they were not dancing Mambo. In fact they were developing what we know today as the Casino style together with its Rueda part. Were the Cubans dancing to the Ran Kan Kan or to Mambo Diablo?

No. Some of them were swinging to the music of Benny More, some to the new Charangas, some to the music of Arsenio Rodriguez, some others to the Sonora Matancera, some were still crazy about the ChaChaCha, some were into the old Son and some to the Danzon; like I said before, region, race, economics, and (before I forget) age group, sometimes determines what or how people are going to dance. What I can guarantee you is that there was no Mambo on "2" club … never will be. Only fools and horses go for that. *  *  *  *

"Gives You Hell" By the All-American Rejects


And hopefully some of you read other dance blogs too. These may cover places that we simply do have anyone to cover. They tell you about the people dancing and they have photos that are of interest to the reader/dancers who are the important ones. And more than that they serve as a good example of the different kinds of blogging we can develop.

"Lovegame" By Lady Gaga


The Inter island blogs are in suspense. We are not sure who is responsible for holding them back. An unknown Web Master on the Big Island is as near as we can get it. Sooner or later we will get them to join the rest of the cultural dance community in the Islands. Let us not rush anyone.

In Wahiawa, Dot's has a new Web site but unfortunately, no counters. They, nor anyone else, will ever know if they get 5 hits per day or 500 hits per day. We have a counter on everyone one of our blogs and many have been deleted. Why? We do not intend to just beat our gums. Town Dancer has a counter and they run over 200 average hits per day. All of them are legit and that is way ahead of whatever is in second place. This blog is running at almost 30 average hits per day.  Just one Guest  Author will run it up to over 50. The proof is in the pudding.



Da Bus

There were many people from the Waianae Coast that six months ago were taking the "C" articulated bus to town instead of the drag of driving to town. Not anymore. What happened? The buses have been converted into "cattle cars" by the new transit administration. They think they can force the yokels into rail that way. Whereas it has only enforced the beliefs in the riders and the bus drivers, that the solution is merely in more buses and the right kind.

Their thinking has transformed the lives of many public transportation users into a very miserable existence. And it has increased the need for industrial parks in the area of the corridor all the way to Waianae. But the greed for the money has been adequately shown by John White, PRP and Caldwell. They have to take the heat that is coming, and we are going to play by the new rules.  They are crooks so it will be easier for us.


The Articulated buses are well known in South America and China, and now growing in numbers in the big cities of Europe. Not well  known in the backward areas like the Pacific. The efficiency has been  proven beyond a doubt. Honolulu coulda been a contendah. But the Big Big Bucks are more important to some and they conned a lot of people.

It is already a fact, right now, that I can get the #93 bus at the Alapai Transit Center at 3:00 pm. and get off the bus in Nanakuli before 4:00 pm. The rail ain't gonna beat that in a million years even if it costs 20 million. Of course, when they realize that, the ivory towers will put a stop to that in a hurry.
If they were to replaced with articulated buses, the freeways would become a lot emptier, and faster. They know that, but the big big bucks in profits in the rail is more important.

 
In a couple more years you may need this one, the Bi-Articulated bus (with two tandems) now proving its way in China and South America, and paving the way in Europe. Now proven to be one tenth the cost of rail. No more rail in those sections.

Some rail stations on the mainland are lowering the parking permits to less than $100 per month, because of losing riders. The price on the Honolulu rail and buses is going to be the same $5. Watch your next property tax bill, Wow! Of course we know the rest of the islands are going to help pay for the rail, but they don't know it yet. We are talking billions and billions of dollars in profits. You voted, now everybody gotta pay the piper through the nose. Caldwell is in their pocket, he has dirty taint right from the beginning. We don't really believe that once a crook, always a crook.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Group Dancing

by Jan Muffety, Waikele

From the Wikipedia:
Group dances such as line dancing are danced by groups of people simultaneously, as opposed to individuals dancing alone or individually, and as opposed to couples dancing together but independently of others dancing at the same time, if any.

"There are over 7 billion people on this earth.
You are not going to let one of them ruin your day."

The dances are generally, but not always, coordinated or standardized in such a way that all the individuals in the group are dancing the same steps at the same time. Alternatively, various groups within the larger group may be dancing different, but complementary, parts of the larger dance.

An exception to this generalization must be pointed out where groups of individuals are dancing independently of each other, but with the purpose of creating a "group" feeling or experience, such as might accompany various forms of ritual dancing. For now we have accepted the current line dancing as a necessary part of the our social and cultural dance.

"New Divide" By Linkin Park

In the last ten years the big clubs have been increasing their show business outlook. At the same time they are becoming socially aware when creating group dances. HBDA is among the very best with their American Style of Dance. They have been reflecting and discussing their dances, creating dances that were also increasing student interest.


They have developed problem-solving abilities. for when a dance is created a problem is solved. And their imagination has been liberated - Students have to visualize how parts of a dance will look ahead of time. In these last few years we have increased the amount of people that have become spectators. It used to be max, 10% competition dancers and 90% social dancers.

"Our Song" By Taylor Swift

But now it may be closer to 10% competition dancers, 20% viewers (a new division) and social dancers down to 70%. The viewers are becoming more evident at the big Extravadanzas at the Hotels. After the show, they leave, so it becomes confirmed that they are neither in the competition nor social dance class.

 

"The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and ...
speech is the beginning of thought ... then writing in a blog ..."

Creativity - When students help to create dances they learn about the creative process & become more confident with this process. There is self-esteem & satisfaction. Students gain feelings of accomplishment when they help to create a dance. We may be getting back on track and the West may be leading the way in all this.

"Eres Todo En Mi" by Ana Gabriel

But of course, too much entertainment in a dance program can be bad. And many dance venues (such as the famous Palladium in New York city) became aware only after it was too late. Why? Because social dancers don't come to see the show, they come to social dance. Simple? And something else not quite known in our dancing circles. The preliminary advertisement may contain some communication but what happened during the big party is the real meat and potatoes of interest to the reader/dancers of a blog. Only some of our people are willing to share.

Pub's Side Note: "God give me work, till my life shall end - And life, till my work is done."

Cultural Dancing?

Traditional Social Dancing
By Peter Renzland, Toronto Canada

Traditional Social Dancing is a total activity -- it involves body, mind, spirit, feeling. It is personal, intimate, communicative, social, public. It is creative / spontaneous / individual and structured / coordinated / conventional.

"Today is the oldest you have ever been, and it is the youngest you will ever be."

It has no institutional standards or rules, no corporate hierarchies. Just shared universal principles. And the dancing is always part of living, and combined with other aspects of cultural and social life, such as singing, making music, eating, drinking, visiting, courting, celebrating. It is multi-generational, though it favors the over 30 and includes dancers of various degrees of skill and experience. It is in our Culture.

Learning in Traditional Social Dancing should not require teachers, classes, or levels. Instead, new dancers are assimilated and integrated into the dance community, surrounded and supported by experienced dancers, rather than segregated and impeded by other struggling beginners.


The traditional social dance teachers are not simply instructors who teach as amateur or professionals. They are leaders, community builders, often musicians or callers. They give generously, nurturing and passing on the dance tradition, so that others may experience the joy of dancing. And those others, in turn, will later follow their example -- giving to yet others just as they themselves were given before, leadership.


Examples of Traditional Social Dancing forms or event types: Alpine, Balboa, Cajun, Ceili, Cha Cha Cha, Charleston, Circle Mixers, Contra, Irish Set, Lindy Hop, Mambo, Old-Time-Waltz, Polka, Ragtime, Rumba, Samba, Scandinavian, Scottish (Country/Folk) Dancing, Square, Tango, Vintage, Zydeco As a general rule of thumb, Traditional Social Dance forms are dance forms that evolved during the last century.

 
What about other dance traditions? The traditions discussed here are what I am familiar with, and what has been directly marginalized by the well publicized dominant dance and media-entertainment industry. I invite those who know and care about the other forms and cultures to write about them.
Peter Renzland,

 "To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success"

Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.