Saturday, December 29, 2018

Week Ending Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Again we have every thing jumbled up and our readers already have several offerings for everyday of the week. I will have to hustle to get something for the following week. Rest assured the social dancing has been evolving very nicely in the past. The year 2019 looks very promising for the island of Oahu, and perhaps getting close to 50,000 dancers going at it full blast. And there will more live music to enjoy. In the Social Dancing World there are so many different dances that it’s hard to get an overall picture of all the different types of Ballroom dance styles that are out there. While there are many Latin and Ballroom dances, most of them can fit into at least one category or style.

“In the Social Dance world, you're not allowed to have legs and not use them.
- So Dance.”


I have included the most popular Social dances based on the American Syllabi. This is a style that is mainly danced in the United states but it is gaining popularity in other parts of the world. It’s main purpose was to make social dancing easy to lead and follow. It is danced both socially and competitively almost like the International style. The Ballroom dances that fall under this style are broken down into 2 groups: American Rhythm Dances which are favored more by the young than the American Smooth.

"Our Lips Are Sealed" by the Go-Go's (1981)


Cha Cha Cha is a must dance for the social dancer. This dance is a fun and cheeky dance emphasizing the quick, concise foot and leg actions. Rumba, another must that has a sensual feeling with lots of hip and body action, sometimes referred to as “Cuban motion.” Swing (East Coast) has a very energetic feel to it with lots of turns and spins for both partners and a favorite with most social dancers. Bolero is the slowest of the Rhythm dances and has a very graceful way of moving with rise and fall and lots of shaping however not a favorite of the social dancer. Mambo is fast with lots of body actions and ticks to accentuate the Latin music. Losing much interest in the last thirty years because of Salsa and Bachata which has come in strong in this century.

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could,"

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