Saturday, February 10, 2018

Moving Right Along

In the last ten years the big clubs on Oahu have been increasing their show business outlook which is nice. At the same time they are becoming socially aware when creating group dances that the easiest is with their American Style of Dance. They have been reflecting and discussing their dances, creating dances that were also increasing student interest. HBDA has done very well in that department. They have developed problem-solving abilities and when a dance is created a problem may be solved. Terrific.

“Social dancers don't cry because it's over, they smile because it happened.”

And their imagination has been liberated - Students have had to visualize how parts of a dance will look ahead of time. In these last few decades we have increased the amount of people that have become spectators. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has it pretty clear. It used to be about, 10% competition dancers and 90% social dancers. But now it may be closer to 10% competition dancers, 20% viewers (a new division) and social dancers are down to 70%. The viewers are becoming more evident at the big Extravadanzas at the Hotels.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

After the show, they leave, so it becomes confirmed that they are neither in the competition nor social dance class. They had their dinner and they saw the show, nice. We do have Creativity and 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 who knows, West Oahu may be leading the way in all this.

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