Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Coming Around

It is a sad truth that people cannot like you for just you. And in out present dance environment they can be easily persuaded to believe anything, and some may enjoy participating in the story line of a good bit of gossip. So how are we to cope? In gossip no one seems to know where the "truth" originated. In Social Blogging we know where it is coming from. How are we to respond without becoming a part of it?

Watch the sunrise during a cool and refreshing morning walk on the beach. - Enjoy a romantic evening with moonlight reflections off the ocean. - Take a catnap under shady coconut trees in the late afternoon. - 
Listen to the soothing sounds of ocean waves while you drift into sleep.

The hits on all our blogs have hit the "plateau" which means we are not going much higher for the moment on blogs with only me. And of course, it doesn't help that Blogger was messing up the works in the blogs. So this is as far as I am going with Blogger though the scam spam robot hits seem to be disappearing,


"It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the Truth and expose lies."

I am beginning to understand all this specially since I have the stats on most of our dance blogosphere. It is not enough with just one blog, I must have several so that I can make comparisons and for most there are valid reasons for the changes that occur. I am in process of putting the counters back in view on the blogs. Perhaps I can be getting some of our blogs on the top blogs in Hawaii list.


I do wish to state that our blogsites seem to be the only ones with counters. I do not have any way to measure statistically without those numbers. And I only use one variable, the total hits but utilizing the usual statistical methods, it gives me the total hit increases for the month, the percentage increases, the average hits per day, the market share of each blog or website per day, predictions, ad nauseum.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And I know for certain, that the future lies in the Two Centers and the Guest Authors, so that I can withdraw and leave the blogs on their own, one by one. With those new people the hits will go through the ceiling.

Monday, April 28, 2014

And Time Marches On

Throughout the world, we often teach early civilizations without taking time to discuss with our students what a civilization really is. The History-Social Science Framework does not ask us directly to analyze or define what a civilization is; rather it asks students "to analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Kush." And completely ignoring Meso-America.

 "The Truth Shall Set You Free" John 8:32


On Oahu it will eventually evolve into the Latin NightClub.

We find out more every day and can link it to modern day changes which have occurred and continue to evolve. One of the Classics has been the Rumba, generally accepted in the entire world. There are several different presentations and there should be some understanding and keep the animosity down to a minimum.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

With it comes the acceptance of it being of Latin origin even if colored by outside influences and resulting in the different presentations. The fundamental basic step of a rock step and a slow step is accepted for most of the movements. And Latins will break on the accented count, though most can dance it on any count just for the hellavit.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Coming Up Strong.

The entire structure of our dance blogosphere, as far as I am concerned with, is just about complete. Just needs the polish and small additions, which is quite natural. The Two Centers remain crucial. The ones that will contribute the information and/or photos to share with their fellow dancers, the readers of these blogs.They will establish whether this blog can handle independence. If it cannot, then the next in line is Oahu West. Whatever, I must get rid of the best blogs and the junk blogs will remain mine.

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature
cannot do without." ~Confucius

From there I am finally getting contact with a few people in the Micros, to convince them of the value of being a Guest Author. The Guest Authors will have their own blog within a blog. They can write what they want and whenever they want, and it is their blog. The blog structure merely provides the platform and ready made readers. And when there are enough Guest Authors and enough hits, the blog will become independent from me. They will be on their own.


Town Dancer is at such elevated heights that is not something to worry about. But they have such good Guest Authors that no one wants to "compete." So that Blogging Hawaii, now in second place would make a big difference with a couple of Two Centers. It they can get 34 average hits per day it means 1000 hits per month.

 "Born To Run" by Bruce Springsteen

So whatever you want to publish, email it in and it will appear in the blog of your choice and you will make a difference. Keeping in mind that we are very current and any of your friends can send in what they wish including photos. We will all be sharing, our aim is "Social Media," and that will take some time to understand.

Some of our readers are developing into very good social dancers. And a very few may want to go farther and become International dancers. Then they can compete in the most prestigious dance competitions in the world of dance. You still have the choice to include or exclude yourself from our blogosphere.

Pub's Side Note: There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Chassé

Getting fancy and feeling their oats, comfortable in their two count measures, the professionals in the Mexican civilizations had to stick something else in. In doing the rock step, left foot forward, they could bring the right step up behind it and then step forward again with the left foot. And the Chassé was born and developed dozens of terminologies all over the world in hundreds of dances.

"Dream Big and Dare to Fail"

In the 1800's the French named the movement in ballet, Chassé (means chase in French) and it remains to this day and used in perhaps 5 or 6 thousand dances. Hey, you, over there, you are dancing it incorrectly! Yeah, man! Like it may still have different terminology too.


They also developed the six position basic. Example in the Rock Step: 1. Left foot forward, and rock back on the right foot. 2. Right foot forward and rock back on the left foot. 3. Left foot to the side and rock back to the right foot. 4. Right foot to the side and rock back on the left foot. 5. Left foot backward and rock back forwards on the right foot. 6. Right foot backwards and rock forwards on the left foot. Easy as pie.


Can this be done with the Chassé ? You'd better believe it. Then they discovered something else. The Chassé could be danced to a three count measure. Can? Hey, Hey. In Dancing we have always had two options. We can progress or we can give excuses. And no dance can claim a patent on a movement.

"Ven, Devorame Otra Vez" por Alejandro Moniz

Somewhere in the Caribbean, in the 1950s, somebody "invented" new steps to some of the best rhythms and music ever heard to this day, evolving from the slow Mambo. The Rock Step followed by a Chassé. Everyone should know what it is by now. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gotta Dance

By Pat Horne, Tri-Cities, Washington. several years back.

Swango Party Recap. (and our dancing keeps going.)

We had a packed house for our recent Swango Workshop featuring Seattle instructors Patti Conley and Tony Azar. This well attended new two-hour workshop was held on Saturday, October 15th at the Pasco Eagles Lodge. You should know that Swango is a "fusion" of West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. Everyone at the event has happy to learn something new. So were we.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is
always to try just one more time."

Following the workshop we had dinner at the Lodge then we scooted off to the Pasco Red Lion Hotel for a "Gotta Dance" party. Sure was a fun day and entertaining as well. Tony and Patti will be back soon. We always have excellent teachers at our Gotta Dance Events. In case you did not know, Bob and I have put on over 60 Dance Events, Workshops, Competitions and more right here in Tri-Cities. I think we have been busy and it has been an experience for many dancers who have participated along with "Gotta Dance."


Until next month, when I will share with you more information on the real difference of varieties in the Latin World of Dance. Hope to see you in the November Holiday four week series. (Swing and Latin.)

Pub's Side Note: 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. And tune into Calvin's blog in Town Dancer. Dat's Da good Kine.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Rock Step

Crucial in changing direction for all dancers, mainly solo but recognized early on. Just jumping up and down left, right, left, right was not enough. Specially in the early Mexican civilizations, they evolved different styling. No clones, just move to the rhythms like your body wants to.

“You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself.”

In stepping with the left foot, they could feel the music a little better by just pushing the body in that direction a little. In stepping with the right foot you could do the same in that direction. And the Rock Step evolved. The Rock Step was taught by their professional dance teachers to achieve folk dances.


This evolved into the side walking step (the Merengue) and the rock step is evident there too. The two count measure developed with a marked accent beat. And it has been used in perhaps 20 thousand different dances since. The movement remains basic for most dancing.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

That led to direction, first going forward in a series and backwards in a series, then going sideways. But dancers cannot stop there. They must turn, to the left and they must turn to the right. And in the Mexican civilizations that brought in the beginnings of choreography.


So if you can do the walking step to music and stick a little rock step you will be doing very nicely and enjoying the movement to music. Then you must add the "Chassé" to your repertoire;

Pub's Side Note: I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

What's Doin' on the Big Island?

Nothing if we go by the information we get. Of course, our type of dancing may be illegal, and they must keep it quiet. Let us respect. We have had contact with a few places that have music but they are forbidden to say anything about dancing. Kona may be our best bet, Hilo seems to want it private. We will respect and help only those that are willing.

"If you ask enough people, you can usually find somebody who'll advise you
to do what you were going to do anyway."

We may get some contributors of information and photos from the other neighbor islands. We already have some that are willing to write something "once" and get it off their chests. But, that's it. They do not want to make any commitments and we cannot blame them. They have been very good and we will continue to hope for another whim of theirs in the near future.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner.

But some are going to contribute regularly some choice bits that are not readily available in our dancing circles and they will be posted to the great satisfaction of the readers. If it happens on several occasions. we have a potential Guest Author.

Even then that person will have no real commitments. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues, The Guest Authors may write whenever and whatever they damn will please. All we provide is the platform and they will have a blog within a blog with ready made reader/dancers. All this takes time to know.

"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band

Our blogs are still in their elementary forms, but evolving very nicely, though none of us are experts, least of all me, but we are sure learning from one another. Frank and Calvin are leading us into more use of photos. And Calvin has gone further than this with videos. This continual process will be going on long after I am gone. I foresee, some of the best blogs in the Pacific Basin, right in our blogosphere.


For now all I can do is keep trying to get the hits up, that means people are reading. Tough when you start and you are just beating your gums. We will continue to review the entire dance scene and make use of promoting the functions of the entire dance scene for this coming year.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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.

“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.”

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. 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.

"Mambo Number 5" by Perez Prado

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.


These are dancers and they can make a lot of different moves.
"You've come a long ways, baby."

You can do the same in a Waltz, left, right, left, in one measure and then left, right, left in the next measure, but you are still using the walking step. And you will let your body lead you according to the music and your fellow dancers. Waltz and Foxtrot have different stylings. 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.


"Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" by Perez Prado

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 three dances to start with that you just walk to the music. And you usually start with you left foot. Hell, its a start.

Next: The Rock Step 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Everybody up to date

Printed matter may still be OK:
When I successfully eliminated Let's Dance the monthly publication that I had carried for 13 years under various names, I gained a lot of time. Now I am point of diminishing returns on my blogs and it is quite evident that I have spread myself too thin. However the blogs are in sound condition according to my hit counters even though many are scam, spam robot hits.

"Music is what life should sound like." ~Eric Ellison

The analysis of my blog counters, show total average hits of over 335 per day. That is over 10000 hits per month. Do I expect more? Yes! And all it takes is a few volunteer "Two Centers" willing  get their 2 cents in with a little info and perhaps a photo of their dance gang. With time one or two would be willing to take over as Guest Authors. They will make all the difference in the world because then I can make the first and best blog into an independent. If it isn't Town Dancer it may be this one.


Most of the new people that I have been in contact with on my Micros, have been publishing online anyway, so the phase of getting them will be slow, but not too difficult. And I think that Social Media is going to be realized faster and easier with time.. The reader/dancers will eventually find that they can feed back easily and have it printed in the blog. 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.

"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees


All advertising will change in tone, it is much different in Social Media communication and most of us will learn in time. Announcements for marking your calendars for next year are out. We have our hands full with a dozen places to go this weekend and those will be our priorities. Our blogs are "current" publications, very current. Even then there will eventually be "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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Palladium

From the famous book by Walter Darian.
Dairy of a Street Dancer

In the Fifties, Manhattan's three ballrooms Roseland, Arcadia and Palladium, were all located on the east side of Broadway (within walking distance of each other.) between 51st and 54th Streets. Back in the 50s, the in-place was The Palladium - the "Home of the Mambo."

"The only people that would be mad at you for speaking the truth
are those that are living a lie."

The crowd was completely integrated and was very popular with the segment of New York's Jewish population. There were a group of "hep" Jewish guys who were Wednesday Night regulars. Later the term hep became "hip." They were part of the scene and probably responsible for the term "Mambonik."

"Que Rico Es El Mambo" por Perez Prado.

You didn't have to be Jewish to be a Mambonik, just a Mambo nut! Wherever the top bands were playing, they were there: doctors, lawyers, school teachers, students, hard hats, housewives and "tough guys" - Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance" not withstanding. A cross section of people with one thing in common: their love of the Mambo.

 
Although I loved the Mambo, there is more to being a Mambonik than dancing it superbly (as I - ahem - do!) I failed to qualify simply because I preferred the all-around dancing at Roseland. But, mainly because I was too square.


At the Palladium, one would not hear, rumba, tango, samba. It was strictly Mambo and its few related dances, such as Merengue. The style was spawned from the streets. Undisciplined and untrained, the kids would teach each other to dance to music that was already there. Anyone with as a sense of rhythm and little confidence can learn basic street dancing.

Later on the Dance Professionals polished it, accepting the basic rock step and slow, then applying most of the moves and patterns from the American Style of Rumba. Still a beautiful joyful dance.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Contact

We are getting there slowly but surely. Dance Studios and the first one has been the new Dream To Dance Studio in Kalihi. They are very busy putting the finishing touches on it. But Debby promises to keep the reader/dancers up to date.


"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by the Crew Cuts

Then we made contact with Ballroom Made Simple and the last blog covered the beginning. We hope Pam will send us a little information and a couple photos now and then. Would be an interesting addition to our dance blogosphere.


Wellness Center East Entrance – Salisbury Wicomico Senior Center, Maryland –
location for Ballroom Made Simple classes and workshops.

Pam Wood is a local Ballroom dance instructor and social dancer. She is a charter member and past president of the local USA Dance Chapter of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has been ballroom dancing in Salisbury, MD since 2005. In 2007, to share her passion for Ballroom, Pam began training to teach beginner ballroom dance lessons with local pro instructor Amanda Showell Cook.  In April 2008 she launched Ballroom Made Simple and has been teaching ever since! She currently teaches newcomer and “beyond the basics” classes in American Smooth & Rhythm dance styles.

"Member satisfaction does not have to be a goal.
It's the by product of a well run dance club."

A possible New One, Eugenea Couture, And the hits are going through the ceiling.
My dream is to educate and Council youth. I am an avid reader, my interest is art, psychology, dance, music, singing and comedy, design and fashion. I am fascinated with astrology and I am a Leo sign. I love Katy Perry's new song The Eye of the Tiger but my favorite singer is Pink and Kenny McNeil is fantastic with love songs.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ballroom Made Simple

From Pamela Wood:
Hello,
Here are a couple of group class photos from Ballroom Made Simple (a swing dance mixer; and a group lesson at my 2013 anniversary) . . if they match the tone of your blog you may feel free to use them. . .



Til Next Time, Keep the Beat!


Pam
www.ballroommadesimple.com
Like Me On Facebook
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Either these people are doing what we are doing or we are doing what they are doing. No Hu Hu, we are all having fun and the reader/dancers on this Island, out here in the Middle of the Pacific, will love this. Thanks, Pam.

Photo, Studio still in the works.

Hi Joe
I'll ask Doug Kesler and a student to submit a comment.
Thank you!
Debby



Pub's Side Note: Shaping up to be not only the biggest but the best Dance Studio in Hawaii. We can look forward to some bang up weekends and everyone is going to be having a ball. People from the entire Pacifice Rim will be anxiously waiting for news. People will be coming from the North Shore.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Latin American Music Styles 2

By Henrik Klemetz, New York

This all explains why local Hispanic broadcasters in the US rarely cater to immigrant minorities. Where there is a majority of Mexicans, there is little reason to play Argentinian chacareras or Ecuadorian danzantes which the majority of their listeners would not like anyway.

"The truth is like a lion. You don't have to defend it.
Let it loose, it can defend itself."

In Latin America, there is usually some local musical flavor to be noticed on most stations. Sometimes the inherent cultural and ethnic factors of a region or a group are felt as more important than political frameworks and boundaries.


That is why broadcasters in Northern Peru, during the war against Ecuador a couple of years ago, did not curtail their usual programs of Ecuadorian pasillos. The war was president Fujimori´s idea but this could not instantly erase common cultural heritage. A large chunk of present-day Peru had in fact been under Ecuadorian rule for more than one hundred years until the area was declared Peruvian soil in 1941.
"Mariposa" by Pedro Gomez

Similarly, people in Northern Argentina tend to like the same kind of music as many Bolivians. Too, they share a common ethnic and cultural heritage, a blend of Quechua and Hispanic traditions.


And so, while Mexican rancheras are felt as part and parcel of the local mestizo culture in Central America, people of African descent, wherever they may be, feel that Cuban son and other polyrhythmic dance music is theirs.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno

For these reasons, and many others, trying to distinguish between the musical styles of the region and learning their whereabouts will give an added bonus to Latin American DXing. We have many samples that are meant to serve as an appetizer for DXers and wannabe Latin dancers, wishing to taste the richly assorted and good-tasting Latin American musical "smörgåsbord."


Fortunately in Hawaii the Latin is going to be based on the American Style of Music and Dance, Just skip the Bolero, which is an American dance and not much to do with Latin dancing. When was the last time you dropped into a Night Club with the intention of dancing a little Bolero?

With a few variations the Latin in Hawaii would gradually optimize to a social Hawaiian Latin music and dance for all dance functions including Night Clubs. Latin Waltz (both versions), Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, and Tango. Everything else would be gingerbread and the dancers are the ones to make the decisions for any permanent additions.

Photos

In our blogosphere, with experience and thoughtful study, some facts have emerged and many are still in process of developing. Everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words, but of course it is not that easy. Our blogs have few conditions but the amount of photos can be too much. What good they do in Facebook, Flicker etc is not known. Also the amount of people in the photo can be too much and even too little. We are getting there.


Fred Astaire Dance Studio in California. You can tell they are nice people.

The point seems to be when our blogs give reader/dancers a "behind-the-scenes" look at what is going on, they give 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 attending dancers laughing or dancing, the food tables, or the people snacking at the tables, people around the DJ. 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.


Our blogs could each strive to create their own social media voice, while also attempting to optimize their social media efforts by avoiding the common pitfalls. The Two Centers and the Guest Authors will be crucial and make the big difference, Social media has the ability to be an effective and a cost controlled method for reaching out to potential reader/dancers, engaging with current fans and helping increase interest in dancing.

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

Just like any other marketing strategy, social media efforts should be continually monitored and updated for full effect. Fewer dictations from on high and increase in listening to the people.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Latin American Music Styles

By Henrik Klemetz, New York

"Spanish music" and "Latin rhythms" are standard labels used by DXers (people that contact each other by radio) to describe the kind of music they hear from Latin American broadcasting stations. By replacing "Spanish" and "Latin" with, say, "American" and "Anglo", the vagueness of such terms come into the open.

"A Latin musician is a juggler who uses harmonies
instead of oranges."


It is not an easy task to determine the home of a musical variety if you have to choose from more than 20 countries. Even a native Latin American senses the difficulty, except of course when he has to identify the kind of music which is unique to his home country.


A Venezuelan showbiz manager catering for Latin Americans in the Boston area said that he could count on a full Mexican crowd if "Los Tigres del Norte" were to perform. Similarly, "Los Inquietos del Vallenato" would attract all Colombians in the area, and should a punta band ever go to Massachussetts, he would easily fill the concert hall with Hondurans. (to be continued)

"Por El Amor De Una Mujer" por Julio Iglesias

Pub's Side Note: That is the main reason why a Latin Club in Hawaii will have the local Latin Music in the American Style that has played for a century as a base. - - The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers are our most valuable Two - Centers. And their tremendous value is the fact, that they each, have their own unique opinion.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Blogosphere Evolves

In spite of the bad stats from Blogger I can make choices. I have designed my own stats of all the dance blogs with counters. They are a long ways from being perfect but they will have to do until Blogger figures it out. Town Dancer is clearly at the top. There is no conflict there. With a couple more Guest Authors they could go independent.

“Never let what you cannot do, stop you from doing what you can do!”

Then it is a matter of which ones in the second tier will emerge for second place. It is between, Blogging Hawaii, Oahu West and Kapolei Social Dance. Hopefully the one that gets the Guest Author will emerge and perhaps be in line as the next independent. I intend to get rid of my deluxe blogs. The bottom junk blogs will remain mine and I will have something to do.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

The rest of dancing on this Island is morphing very nicely all by itself too. The exhibition and competitions dancers still consider themselves the elite. With very good reasons they have a discipline and realize that only a very few can be at the top. We should respect.

The huge bulk of the rest of us are social dancers and that can make a big difference in our point of view. I expect that the peripherals will continue to grow. Traditionally we have been partner dancers but were temporarily stalled when disco came in. However solo dancing persists.


Line dancers have evolve very nicely into a big faction. Unfortunately, women to men ratio not good, though improving. Zumba and Zouk are coming up too as a combination of dance and aerobics. Not a bad idea for all the solo type dancing developing out there. They just need more men. They can enjoy moving to the music and they can get their exercise too. Sounds pretty good to me. If we can dance as we wish without too many regulations, the whole business of dancing will continue to roll.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

La Rumba

The beginning movements came with the Indians from Mexico into Cuba. You thought the Caribbeans were created in the Caribbean? Only ninety miles away from Florida, many indians were already there. Also only ninety miles away from Mexico, which took a little longer.

"When you write the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen."

Rumba became a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that was further developed in Cuba as a combination of the musical traditions. There were many ramifications throughout the Caribbean. The Calypso, the Beguine, the Son and others. The Spanish could not tell one from another and in description they would use the term, "Rumbo" which means "in that direction," "in that fashion."

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Much later the people of African descent learn to use the word Rumba as a synonym for party. Over time, Rumba ceased to be simply another word for party and took on the meaning both of a defined Cuban musical genre and also of a very specific form of dance.


The actual dance imported to the US was the Son, but term Rumba spread after WWI to the 1940s to the faster popular music of Cuba (the "Peanut Vendor" was a classic), where it was used as a catch-all term, rather like Salsa today.

Also, the term is used in the international Latin-American dance syllabus, but in reference to a slower dance based on the bolero-son. Ballroom Rumba, or Rumba, is essentially Son as opposed to the older folkloric Rumba. Similarly, the African style of pop music called African Rumba or soukous is also Son-based.

"Siboney" por Rene Touzet

The present day Rumba based on the American Style of Dance will be the predominant Social Rumba for the rest of this century and also heavily based on the type of music played. It is slowly being more accepted in Mexico and even Central America. Simply because it contains so many basic movements. Just gotta be faster than a Bolero.