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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dance Styles

Latin Dancing has its fans, the ones that love the dance and socialize as people with the common interest. Unfortunately we are too slow in picking up on the idea. I consider myself a fan so I certainly approve of it. However we seek a more stable definition for our use in Hawaii. Out of the original 3000 or so dances in the Americas and the off shoots of another 3000, we can have a hard time choosing.

Ambivalent? Well ... yes and no."

American Style has its fans, the ones that love the dance and socialize as people with the common interest. Many of us in the other styles use their current steps and patterns. I certainly approve of it. I believe those that wish to dance it have the perfect right to it and should do as they please.

Universal Style, (in process) also has its fans, the ones that love the dance and socialize as people with the common interest. This is happening in the smaller social clubs and the night clubs. I am a fan and I certainly approve of it. Those that wish to dance for the pure joy of moving to music have the right to do as they please.

"Speak Up Mambo" By Manhattan Transfer

In 1492 there were at least at least 3000 different dances throughout the Americas. And these evolved to over 6000 different dances in 400 years. This was due to the increased facility of communication between sections chiefly by sailors working in the shipping trade.

Though considered strictly low class dances, there was some influence with time from the lower class Europeans and the Negro slaves as they got their freedom.

"Mambo #5" By Lou Bega

This was basically the same as American Blacks only better documented in the US. The Blacks developed rag time and what followed after the emancipation of their own. They borrowed from the Indian dances together with the European marches of the day.

With a little syncopation they were on their way to Jazz and Swing. And all of these people were third and more generation Americans of African descent.