"Charity, good behavior, amiable speech, unselfishness — these have been accepted by all and declared the elements of popularity."
"Nostalgias" by Placido Domingo
In the American style they divided but only as a convenience to others. They regarded Latin only as part of their ballroom dancing. The Rumba and the Cha Cha Cha have a square basic invented in the US and use the rock step only as an alternative basic. Consequently they have established the Smooth Division and the Rhythm Division for Latin but also to include any fast movement such as Swing. The music also seems to increasingly veer off the original Latin music and it becomes, "You can dance Rumba to it." This is not the same as "You gotta dance Rumba to it." This will become more evident in the new Latin Nightclub.
With the new Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Kailua, their Latin
dancing is going to get rolling and this blog may get hits.
We, the social dancers in the popular Latin dance world, must include the staples that were set up for us. Of course, because we are our own people, we are constantly making changes. At the moment we seem to require, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Latin Waltz. This will be on the musical agenda of the first Latin Nightclub established in the Central Valley of Oahu.
"Moliendo Café" by Azucar Moreno
Are there going to be other opinions out there. Of course, we don't carve anything on stone and the dancers will eventually make their own changes. I can imagine a slow, a medium and a fast Samba as three different dance modes and using only the simple chassé as the basic. Wow, whatta dance!