Friday, January 5, 2018

Cultural Dancer

By Jimmy Chun, Aiea

Our cultural dancing is beginning to define itself. Most "Ballroom" dancing taught in studios and dance clubs in Hawauu have about the same syllabus length. These are beginners, intermediates and advanced divisions and each level comprising of about 15 moves, steps or patterns. This is whether it is American, Country or International styles. Most may be somewhat difficult to understand and should be taught by Professional Dance Instructors which is the original intent. However, the "street dancer" does not learn that way.

“Social dancers know that they have music embedded deep within them
to which they dance, even when they can't name the tune.” 

These dancers do not learn to dance a true unique dance. They move only to the music of their choice and the music is first. They remain for a long time a true beginner, because most of their moves are basic and they may develop 20 to 30 basic moves that can be led, followed and enjoyed in any dance. They may polish by learning some of the standard moves in the American Style of dance. And all this time they will be having a ball.The ordinary walking move to any kind of music is the most basic and is a dance move to music done from thousands of years back.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

The rock step and the chasse are two very good additional moves, in which they may add the quick, quick, slow and the slow, quick, quick. The walks, promenade or open, are common in street dancing because all you want to do is enjoy the music, waltz, foxtrot, rumba by moving to that particular music. The under arm turns come in six different varieties. And all may be applied to hundreds of dances. This is much, much different than learning the moves to a dance so that you can "dance correctly" for you will be judged and let us face it, you have a good reason.

"Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms
of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give
outward form to an inner experience."