Tuesday, January 22, 2019

DAL Midweek, January 23rd.

By Asuka Shinozaki, Nuuanu Valley
In Japan, the new century has brought in it's dance fever -- Asian style. Young and old are polishing their tangos and waltzes and doing it the old-fashioned way, the old is making a comeback. They have had several decades of International Style of Dance along with their own versions of the different dances. Now they are following the English in England into the American style and find it closer to their own style and a comfortable fusion is occurring.

“Social dancers can imagine life to be a dance with different kinds of rhythms
depending on what music is playing in the background."

Not surprising as the Americans have been there for almost eight decades. The dance has been developing in their culture over the years and like most dances, they are to enjoy the music by moving the body in the same timing and rhythm. The International has developed into a series of poses as an entertainment commodity, beautiful but quite a different product.The internationals think that theirs is real Ballroom dancing because they dance in ballrooms and of course, it is an Art. Both for show and for competitions it is a "must" be seen and judged.

 "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page 


And inadvertently a third type of group has been created, the viewers, the spectators. With the dance shows that have developed on Television, they have "intentionally" promoted and evolved a big group of viewers, not much in the dancing department but they want to see the shows and of course judge it with their meager capabilities. This group will not continue to grow. But now in Japan they are discovering a most welcome invention, the American Style of Dance, now they can go back to dancing for fun only. Amazing!

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up."


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