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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Age Makes Difference

Back a half century ago, it was common for the young folk to say, "Never trust anyone over thirty." Perhaps it has gone to 35 now but the division has been set by the young, not the old timers. The physical differences in social dancing are minor. So we can just take into consideration the favorite music in either the young or the old categories. And in Hawaii, the older more experienced dancers are definitely not interested in gymnastic type music or dance.

"Dancers enjoy every moment, the good music, the bad and the
beautiful partners, the inspiring, the not so glamorous
moments, and thank god for the good life." 


On Oahu, many of the young are street dancers, though there are many studios with Hip Hop teaching. Along with the many others that teach exhibition dancing of all types. "Show business." And then there are the dances like Swing, Tango, Salsa, Line that may group into clubs to specialize in their own type - of dancing the night away. Social Dancing consists of at least six different type dances. The most common, Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango. Line dancing has been being introduced in this century with success. Other types may be introduced depending on the dance crowd.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The music favored by the young is LAGS, (the latest and greatest syndrome.) The more experience dancers favor the oldies but goodies. And in any period that we are in, the playlist of the, oldies but goodies, changes. In 1976, it was not the same as today, 40 years later. The dancers in the 40 to 70 year old bracket will have their own favorites and dancers get older every year. Just came across "I'll Be Seeing You" which I will never forget. I danced it in WWII - the young never heard of it.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante


The DJs go more for the newer hits. They pride themselves on being up to date and the recordings are fairly easy to get. I can get just about anything I want on the Internet, 99.99% of which I do not want. The live bands find a good classic and they can use it for ten to fifteen years. Within a year they do not have to practice. They know that every time they play it, they do better, with more heart, more feeling and it transfers to the listener/dancers.

This blog was made for the fans of Live Music on Oahu.