Re: re: Are Americans Ruining Smooth? Posted by terence2 1/29/2014 3:59:00 AM
First.... the comments are over TEN years old .. I wonder if any past posters, have re-evaluated the purpose of Amer. smooths existence ?.. It is, as someone stated, a "social " animal only in the lower divisions,( altho it did creep into the Comp. arena ) and, this is where the problems lie.
Sadly, the technique for dance at these levels, is often commonly overlooked, for expediency .
When one does apply standarised technique to a genre, it needs to fit the purpose . The majority of social students, are more interested in variety than accuracy. And, this has been perpetuated by the " chains" in many cases ( NOT all ).
Many small studios, are woefully lacking in training. So.. the style does meet a need, and to para-phrase Alex Moore " I realised after teaching for one year that, not everyone wanted to be a world champion ". read into that what you will.
I am not sanctioning poor technique, at any level or genre, just pointing out the facts of dance " life " .