Sunday, September 28, 2014

SOS

SOS (same old shit) in dance social media is a sin. Well, not that bad but our Two Centers and Guest Authors should recognize it and not over tax it. It phases over from something that is needed and very presentable, into repetition that turns it into SOS.

"You have to have been through it to understand it."

If I write something on Waltz, it may be interesting. The next one the next day does not prove that interesting and if done too often, it gradually phases over into SOS. Anyone who comes in with FoxTrot, Rumba or whatever is very welcomed, but that person, with too much repetition, can also be susceptible to SOS.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

This applies to everything including photos. Pictures of my brother in every photo is SOS and can become boring. And of course, the one sure solution is the Two Centers or Guest Authors. If each one posts their own personal honest opinion and their own choice of photos, they are not likely to have SOS. And the hits will go through the roof.

"Tell Me Why" by the Four Aces

I do not have to explain anything, just take a look-see at Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe blogs and the write ups on the parties. You will see the reason for the hits going through the roof on both blogs. Anyone of you can do the same.


Dance organizations throughout the Islands are already coming to terms with the need to integrate their social media efforts with their content strategy. They are seeing the impact of social media in terms of lead generation, referral traffic and an increase in dance interest. They are also clearly seeing that any dance information may get stale. So we all learn as we go along.

Runba Basic

The great controversy remains, the basic Rumba step. It is quite different throughout the world. But of course, if you have "da reel teeng" in the rumba music you can move your body anyway you damn well feel like it.

"Let's not try to figure everything at once."

Three or four centuries back, the basic movement was more less the same as applied to all the Caribbean dances. Whether Spanish, English or French territories the Indians danced more or less the same way. They had not learned it from Africans or Europeans, it was their own dance.

The basic movement began on the dominant beat (the 2) of a dance resembling the Mambo. It used the Rock Step and the slow step for a Quick, Quick, Slow and they broke with the rock step on the 2 count, and the slow step became the 4, 1. The English got that right - and it was a rather fast dance.

"Ojos Verdes" por Placido Domingo

When the Spanish arrived and introduced the bolero which was slow, it fused with the old "Rumba." The dance became slower and the name changed to "bolero-son" Later on when it was exported an error occurred and the name appeared in the US and Europe as Rumba.

Now the fun begins as you get the professionals into it. And Arthur Murray thought that the Rock Step, Slow was not quite the right way. So his interpretation of the Rumba, as he thought it would be best for his fans, was to introduce the square box step in a Slow, Quick, Quick timing. And it went over like hot cakes, the dancers went for it.

"Begin The Beguine" by Julio Iglesias

Soon after, Fred Astaire decided to go into the professional dance business and he too used the same box step and much to everyone's surprise, Arthur Murray took him to court for stealing his step  - and he won. What did the judges know about basic dance steps? It was proven that no one else used the box step as basic in the Rumba.


So Fred Astaire, who was a dancer, used the same box but changed the timing to Quick, Quick, Slow and he got away with it. The basic in both schools has remained the same to this day. However some people have introduced the "alternate" and surprised, it is the original rock step, slow, combination. And it may eventually become the one in all American Rumba.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Salsa No Ka Oi

Since Richard got taken on his last two copyrighted deals in the Town Dancer blog, I have to be careful. I copied this to the Plain File and then cut it back to this blog clean. Then since Charlie and Amy are good friends I thought I would include a custom made graphic for them. (my hobby)


From Debbie:
We have missed seeing our dance friends at the Saturday socials and dancers have missed their Saturday fix of music and movement. So, finally, once a month at Dream To Dance, the salsa night will be revived with the support of Charlie and Amy's Salsa No Ka Oi.

SalSaturday No Ka Oi
Saturday, September 27
8-9 pm lesson with Charlie & Amy
9 pm-12 am dance to Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha
Water & refreshments available
$10.
Free parking in lot, security attendant on property
Street parking also available

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno

Dream To Dance #202-204
on the 2nd floor of Palama Supermarket
1070 North King St., Honolulu, HI. 96817

Looking forward to seeing your joy on the dance floor again!
For more information call
Charlie @ 808-779-7970
Debby @ 808-372-5574

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Can Do

This blog still having a tough time rolling. Of course we have too many blogs - at least for one person to handle. So it becomes more obvious every day, the need for the Two Center and/or the Guest Author.

"Sometimes when things seem to be falling apart,
they are actually falling into place."

These days, instead of captive audiences reading newspapers, or newletters, we must attract online browsers for our blogs who can click away from our reporting any second. Each item these days must stand on its own, or probably never get read. One person with no claim to fame can only do so much and it becomes SOS.

That’s a challenge to be a better reporter or a stater of facts. And to use all these new tools to give audiences compelling coverage. But it also should be a reminder that some items need to be told, whether or not they’ll ever make the day’s most-popular list. And the good part is that it can come from a wider variety of places with the Two Centers.

"Maria Elena" por Placido Domingo

Latin music and dance is at a crossroads. Waltz and Rumba were being danced to some beautiful music two centuries ago. And they are being danced to some beautiful music today. The young are going for the new stuff and it is gradually losing its Latin touch. Not necessarily wrong, but it should be understood.


Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many and it is the least expensive PR. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Times, they are achanging

By Roy Morikubo, Niu Valley

As Oahu dancers become more knowledgeable about dancing, they will be less dictated to by the "cognocenti," They will dance their own way. Probably the ones that know this better than anyone else are our long standing regular teachers that have not adhered too closely to the International Style of dance. They have taught their way for years with the resulting good dancers. And that is the name of our game.

"Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing
the nerves and spirit of the worker."

They not only know how to dance but they also know how to teach. Many respect the music first and the dance second which is the way it should be. Many respect the rhythm more the dance patterns which is the way it should be. I have been fortunate enough to have danced with some good ladies where they have learned to follow very nicely. These are dancers in the most fundamental of definitions.


Some women in the highly respected disciplines cannot do that. Some may complain that the man does not have his hand on her back in the "correct" place and she feels uncomfortable. That is quite understandable however she cannot have the dancing respect that another lady gets when the other lady can dance with whomever and have a ball doing so.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by the Four Aces

Go through a dozen night clubs in town on a Saturday night and you will see plenty of dancing. Mostly the young, but they are dancing. International Style? Heaven Forbid. Any Ballroom? Not that much. But they are enjoying the movement to music. And someone is going to come along and tell them they are wrong? Very amusing.


Please understand, competition dancing has a "raison d'etre." We should have no quarrel with that and we should accept the distinction which they have insisted upon. But we can make our own dancing world the way we want it and we have the right to insist on this too. We can certainly enjoy our kind of dancing among our kind of dancers without them.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

We must find ways of getting more Country Dancers to attend our functions. Together with the American style dancers, the Universal style will evolve. The fusion will just be natural. It will happen and American Waltz will be the first one. American Rumba will be numbah two.


Two dozen or so basic step patterns can be established as Bronze common to all. Then any Silver and Gold patterns can evolve into specializing into any of the others. The main thing is that on the ordinary dance floor they can all dance with each other very comfortably and enjoy the dance. That is our primary purpose, to enjoy moving to the music in a compatible atmosphere.
Roy

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Little Bit Of Salsa

By Raul Aristides Garcia AKA El Intruso:

Did people in Latin America, or to be more specific, from the Afro/Spanish Caribbean, dance anything similar to Salsa? Man, the list is so long that I really don’t know where to start. There was of course the Son, the Danzon, the Guaracha, the Son Montuño, the ChaChaCha, the Guarapachanga, the Charanga, the Bolero, the Cumbia.

 "Nothing is unrealistic if you believe you can do it."

There was also an array of 6/8 rhythms and dances such as the Mangulina, the Colombian Merengue, the Joropo. I mention these 6/8 dances because they were executed much the same way as Salsa.

One of the more popular groups throughout the Caribbean Basin was, without question, La Sonora Matancera. They catered mainly to the musical tastes of the people of the Caribbean Basin. Their menu was incredibly varied, and their lead singers, as well as other musicians, while coming mainly from Cuba, were also from other parts of the Caribbean

"No Es El Momento" por Patricia Gamero

As I have mentioned before, from Puerto Rico, from the Dominican Republic (Alberto Beltran), from Venezuela (Bienvenido Granda). Their style and even their concept (the name Sonora refers to a musical ensemble playing Son based music) was emulated by others in the Caribbean. The "taste" for Salsa among Latinos predates the Mambo.

Then you had the groups that played mainly Son Montuños. The main one was that of Arsenio Rodriguez. I will stay with this one for here you will find what many Cubans say today’s Salsa is; I disagree with them. To believe that today’s Salsa is Son, or Son Montuno, or Mambo will be to deny that the Music evolves. To deny the evolution of Latin music, one has to do a lot of oversimplifications; it is equal to killing a living thing, and Salsa is a living organism.

(There will be more) 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Competition

Competitive dance is a popular, widespread activity in which competitors perform dances in any of several permitted dance styles before a common group of judges.

"Let's open our eyes, there is so much around us, give this world a chance to save you."

The competitive dance industry largely consists of competition production companies—also sometimes called dance competition companies—that conduct regional competitions at stops along their annual, nationwide tours.


Many dance schools (often referred to as dance studios) arrange for their classes to compete as groups. And advanced dancers may be chosen to compete solos, duets, trios, or in a small group dance in addition to or in place of large group routines.

Most are terrific dancers and nice people. However we, in the lower echelons, resent it when they begin to tilt their heads back a little, lower their eyelids by a fraction and look down their noses at us in the tone of the voices. That is where they lose us, otherwise nice people.


I found this long lost article from someplace:

A lost soul in the Himalayas, after six months found the right guru with simple things but very true. In asking for advice, the old guru once showed him an old pot. "Can you see?" The lost soul did not understand. Then the old guru said with a smile. "Very useful but you don't have to shine."

The idea has been very helpful for a lot of people. "You don't have to shine." In our lives we have been lucky to be friends with many good people and to see that they did not have to shine either. They were just normal people with normal problems. Of course, you should try to make the biggest life possible but be realistic. If someone is perfect, they would not be in the human realm. But we can be developing our hearts.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dancing Latin On Oahu

Not only my opinion but it is generally accepted throughout the island that social dancers dance a very good Rumba to very good Rumba music. So we start with a very good assumption. However the basic remains a problem. Wendy Johnson has been at the top of dance circles for ages and she learned the basic rumba of Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire.

"In the last 3 decades, Obama has been the second best president.
The others are tied as idiots of the century,"


She wrote the following, in 2004:
This is an event I am hesitant to critique as it is difficult for me to find anyone really dancing what I think the style is about. I would love to see a couple base their American Rumba on a "box step" instead of dancing a "half baked" version of Bolero or International Rumba. Mambo has become lines and shaking ones "whatever." What happened to Swing being a fun, rhythmical dance based on a swing basic. I am not a fan of cute steps either in Jive or Swing and am constantly annoyed by couples wasting precious dancing time doing nothing but working the audience or spending time being "cool."
~Wendy

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Apparently Rumba has remained the game of the more seasoned dancer. The young are still in pursuit of new; Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata, Zouk and the rest of the dances that are waiting in the wings. We are in the process of recognizing the Latin Dances for the young and the Latin Dances for the more seasoned dancers.

Pub's Side Note: Photos are valuable in the inverse proportion to their availability. How you figure, one nice photo of the dance gang in one of our blogs, compared to the same photo in Facebook who is due to get 350 million today?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dancing the Waltz on Oahu

You can see it all over the island of Oahu and almost no one dances too sloppy. They can feel the music and the American style is punctuated with lavish open movements, underarm turns, and solo spins. Filipino style or Latin style, they can still be danced comfortably.

"Own the ground you walk on -- and let no one walk over you."


Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Most of our people do not have to get too fancy. They do just fine with the square basic and making left turns and right turns. They can use the twinkle and going into the various movements from there. Early on, they learn the secret of enjoying the movement to the music.


Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. And At 28-32 measures per minute, the tempo may be slow, but the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from the dancers. Of course, some of the Waltz music is just a little too strange to dance to but there may be thousands of beautiful Waltzes out there that are just right.

Pub's Side Note: The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers are our most valuable Two - Centers. And their tremendous value is the fact, that they have their own unique opinions.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Samba

Samba was a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in the area of Bahia, Brazil, perhaps 500 miles in diameter and with its roots in the native Indian populations of South America who were partial to the one-two beat for over a thousand years. It is now recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, Samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity.

Lord of the Dance (The Lyrics)

I danced in the morning when
the world was begun
I danced in the Moon and the stars and the Sun
I came down from Heaven

and I danced on the Earth
At Bethelehem I had my birth:

Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!
 (...lead you all in the Dance, said He!)

The Bahian Samba de Roda (dance circle), is the main root of the Samba Carioca, the Samba that is played and danced in Rio de Janeiro. It has slow, medium and fast beats per minute (BPM) according to dancers wishes. It may go 90 to 110 BPM. It has changed little in the last 200 years and is quite different than the one evolved by the Professionals in both the American and International Styles.

part two
 I danced for the scribe and the pharisee
 But they would not dance and
they wouldn't follow me
I danced for the fishermen,
for James and John
They came with me and the Dance went on:

Dance then, wherever you may be
 I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be

The Brazilian has one predominant basic step and used in one thousand different ways. The modern Samba that emerged at the beginning in the US and England of the 20th century is predominantly a 2/4 tempo and has three or four different basic steps. The BPM in American is 104, in International is 96 to 104.

"Chica, Chica, Boom, Chic" por Carmen Miranda

Traditionally, the Samba is played by strings (cavaquinho and various types of guitar) and various percussion instruments such as the tambourine. Big changes in the music occurred in American orchestras since the Second World War and the cultural impact of US music post-war, Samba began to use trombones, trumpets, saxophones, flutes, and clarinets.

And the Brazilian Samba will be coming to Hawaii. Not for the younger but for the more seasoned of the social dancers.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

This blog is in process

Sometimes things happen and the hits go way up. I checked Blogger stats and find no robot hits, so there is no obvious explanation. Nothing special in the dancing field but it feels good anyway. I am just learning how to use the links with the Microblogs.

"Never give up on the things you really want to do. The person with the big dreams
is more powerful than the one with all the facts."


This upcoming blog is going in the right direction. The Two Centers will clinch it.

I should be using white hat link building tactics like those that I read about. Many are paid tools for money making and I am not interested in that. So I try to get some helpful information from many places that are for free. And it’s the referring domains that are important. I  don’t worry about the actual number of backlinks. I just need to know how many domains are linking to the piece of content.


I did come across the fact that some blogs may have an over inflated number of links so I should only do this with authoritative blogsites, in most cases they should be fairly clean apart from a few content scrapers and we are not interested in the commercial aspects.  Nobody seems to have exactly what I am seeking for our blogs.


Whatever, the world of blogging is too commercial, and the most important thing we need are the Two Centers. With regular Two Centers we can have all the reader/dancers we need. By early next year this blog could have 3 or 4 regular Two Centers and 2 or 3 guest authors. The hits would be going over 100 average per day. And they would be ready for independence, all on their own and making their own rules.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dancing

By Jimmy Nakashima, Pupukea

Dancing is a reflection of one’s own personal life process - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And basically we are three types of people: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. All students of dance will learn from this foundation. The rules do not have to come from downtown Honolulu. The Windward Shore, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore can and will make their own decisions.

"Around the island, we are still the same people. We just view things
a little bit different than we did back then."

With the Rail Disaster looming in Honolulu, the rest of the Island is beginning to wake up. Honolulu is being run for the fat cats in town and they do not much bother with the rest of the residents of this Island. How about "keep the country, country?" We are aware of that. And everyone on the entire state is going to end up paying for it.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Fortunately there are many benefits of Ballroom and Nightclub Social Dancing. And we are finding them for ourselves around the island. Brain Balancing is one. Dancing balances all 6 sides of the brain: Top, bottom, front, back, left, and right. And if you have any other sides, it will balance those too.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Dancing develops many new brain synaptic connections that will naturally enhance the many body/mind/spirit connections, which will help to coordinate and balance your entire being. It will also develop long term muscle memories that your conscious brain will forget. Fortunately most of us learn this as we go along.

"Your time as a caterpillar has expired, you wings are ready."

Social Dancing not only provides a great social environment for all of us to meet and get to know new friends, but it allows us the opportunity to practice our social etiquettes as “ladies and gentlemen” in a very high quality high touch environment that is safe! Our world today needs this type of environment.


Dancing teaches us the old fashioned values of long term physical and mental discipline that we all need to remember is vital when we need to acquire new physical skills of grace and coordination. The old saying of “one step at a time” is very applicable to these old traditional values of discipline. Dancing provides one of the best aerobic exercises and toning that the body needs for long term health and balance. There are many testimonials about the benefits of dancing in one’s personal health.


Dancing helps all of us to re-connect or to keep alive the precious “Child Within” each and every one of us. It is the “Child” within all of us that dances and plays with others in this great social dance environment. Without our “Child Within” all of us would lose our ability to connect with the playfulness of life. Dancing is in every social environment in the world.

We all know the old saying, that it takes “Two to Tango!” Get out there and Tango.

Rumba

The oldsters of modern times have loved this music and dance for over a century. And it has been danced in quite a few different way for at least three hundred years under different names. Rumba is a dance term with two quite different meanings.

"Our lives may not be perfect but we can be happy with what we have,
and keep working to where we want to be." 

Rumba was originally a group of Indian dances related to the rumba genre of Cuban Music. They were developed mainly in the Negro sections of Cuba after the freeing of the slaves. It resulted in being designated as Afro-Cuban rumba, and included the Guaguanco. the Yambu and the Colombia. They were not from Africa.

Rumba can also refer to ballroom-rumba, one of the ballroom dances which occurs in social dance and in international competitions of both American and International Styles. This ballroom rumba was derived from a Cuban rhythm and dance called the bolero-son. The ballroom rumba derives its movements and music from the son, just as do the salsa and mambo. It began its entrance to the US right after WWI.

The Peanut Vendor was the first recording of Cuban music to become an international hit. Like many others, it was incorrectly described on the label as a rumba, perhaps because the word son would not be understood in English. It was the son, not the Rumba that was imported into the world.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

This kind of rumba was introduced into dance salons in America and Europe in the 30s, and was characterized by variable tempo, sometimes as fast as a Mambo or Salsa, much faster than the modern ballroom rumba. the international style was derived from studies of dance in Cuba in the pre-revolutionary period. And they carry the original rock step in the basic.

"Que Rico El Mambo" Perez Prado

Arthur Murray introduce his version of the basic step as a box step, slow, quick, quick, because he did not think the American public would like the rock step. Fred Astaire set up his studios with the same slow, quick, quick box step and Arthur Murray took him to court. What did the court know about dancing? They ruled in favor of Arthur Murray.


But Fred Astaire changed his square basic to quick, quick, slow and got away with it. And those basics remain to this day. However in each one of the factions they now have an alternate basic that can be used and it has the original rock step.

Whichever and wherever, it remains to this day, the most sensuous dance that exists in the entire world, when you dance it to the right Latin music.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Slow Going

For sure, that Two Center or guest author will make the difference in this blog. The Night Life is missing, the local dance places and most important, your friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers.

A Smile:

A smile costs nothing, but it gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give it. Sometimes it lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that they can get along without it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business and is a countersign of friendship throughout the world.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and it is nature’s antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, borrowed or stolen for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as one who has none to give.


Now without looking at your wallet, who is on the $500 bill?
Give Up? - OK go ahead and look. It's McKinley.

Most "Social" dancers do not even focus on the dance much but the music, yes. Is there a reason that the favorites are usually the oldies but goodies? They particularly like to "move around"  to certain musical pieces. The disc jockeys that get closer to that find out that they are the ones in demand.  "YMCA" is popular, the music, the words, the fun beat and the dancers are dancing to enjoying everything about the music and the dance is just a utility for enjoying it. Now let's admit, we don't want to hear it every day. But there are one million oldies but goodies out there to share.

These are the "Cultural" dancers. We seem to be getting there.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some Feedback

We are still in the process of finding out what dancers mean by Latin music and dance. It is quite varied. Popular usage defines "civilization" along these lines: "an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry and government have been reached."

"It may be a waste of words on some people that deserve your silence.
Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say to them, is nothing at all."


That level was attained by the the Mexican Civilizations of three or four millenniums ago. This definition is problematic for archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians, because it contains an overt value judgment that civilization is better, more advanced, and superior to other forms of social organization. It is obvious to the world to see what the first illegal aliens did to the civilization that existed in the Americas at the time. It is happening now in the US by the Republican Attack Dogs. Or many Muslim groups in the middle East.

"Por El Amor De Una Mujer" por Julio Iglesias

In Salt Lake - the perfect place.
We accept that some aspects of civilization are in our judgment quite negative; large-scale warfare, slavery, coerced tribute, epidemic disease, and the subordination of women may come to mind. One renowned contemporary scholar, Jared Diamond, has even called agriculture leading to civilization "the worst mistake humans made in the history of the human race."

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

But we shall come out of it even if it takes another revolution in the US involving thousand of innocents killed. But those people are asking for it. "Those that are ignorant of history are condemned to repeat it." Many of us still trying to get along and enjoy the dancing as we have done for decades.

Ordinary Communication Media is fine: To whom it may concern, one way - newsletters, email flyers, web sites, ordinary advertising. They do their job but there ain't nuttin' like a blog.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Steady As She Goes

This blog is staying about the same. The Two Centers and the Guest Authors are what will make this into a real social media blog. I have been sending signals on the Micros, specially Twitter and Facebook. Too many people out there but I get a few inquiries. Many ask, what is it you want me to do? This is hard to explain. Let's go high class, we need People,

Who possess opinions and a will;
Who are larger than their vocations;
Who do not hesitate to take chances;
Who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;

Who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
Who will make no compromise with wrong;
Whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
Who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it":

Who are true to their friends through good report and evil report,
in adversity as well as in prosperity;
Who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hardheadedness
are the best qualities for winning success;
Who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
Who say "no" with emphasis, although the rest of the world says "yes."


"Sh-Boom (life could be a dream)" by the Crew Cuts

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Latin Rhythms

Latin Dancers? Who's a Latin dancer? This can be applied without the adjective. There some people that just like to dance. Music or no, kids and young people will jump around, twirl and just feel good moving. Nothing wrong with that. Strictly a young humans expression of the joy of living. Don't knock it.

"Direction may be more important than speed.
There are so many going nowhere, fast."

 But there a different kind of dance which permeates into your dying day. And that is moving to your favorite music. And doing the same basic movement in sheer joy over and over again. That is a very different kind of dancing. It is the music, first. Rumba goes quite a bit back even farther than the discovery by the first illegal aliens. We are talking about the Rock Step and a slow step usually made at the time in a toe-heel two count.

You can tell at an instance, when any young person has their earphones on, and their bodies tend to move. Some times they become aware that other people may be looking and they stop. But the body wants to move. It is one of the most natural instincts in existence. And social dancers have a variety of dances to account for this.

"Ojos Verdes" por Placido Domingo

Those are the social dancers and they tend to be in the older groups. They will feel good moving to the music of their choice. No one has ever specified that dancers should demonstrate their understanding by analyzing the various criteria that have been used to define "civilization" and develop a need for professional teachers. This is specially true of the specialty groups, such as a Salsa group or a Tango group.