The event is only days away so please take a moment to review the ARE YOU REGISTERED page. And please don’t be upset if I don’t have everything correct for you as listed – just let me know and I’ll check it out for you. (Hey, I’m human.)
I was reading last month in the newsletter from some angry dancers who just were fed up with certain people constantly hyping and marketing their own dances. Of course, given the typical mob mentality of some of the newsletter posters, when one starts, a number of others join in the bashing because we all know what these people are doing is just awful and they are ruining everyone’s day with their silly dances that no one cares about. And I also noted that someone said that if your dance is good, many will discover it. But facts with my experience have proven to the contrary. In my mind, the definition of what ultimately is a “good” dance is one that has lasting power. The tried and tested that at least can last 5 or 6 months. (And over a year means the dance is fantastic!) Yes, some others might be good and people just got sick of doing them due to overexposure or being overplayed, but I can’t really think of a better barometer. If you have a better way to define it, let me know. But most of these highly touted dances are gone within a month or two in favor of the next flavor of the day.
If you look at my list of dances taught that last for awhile, many were not the ones that you heard about from the usual posters. And we definitely do a combination of well known dances and ones we discover without the benefit of the dance survey. Just good old fashion word of mouth or checking out the web site videos. Usually, what makes a dance become a national hit aka “popular” is the combination of the typical “posters” and their followers. And unfortunately, too many followers are more interested in teaching dances because they think they will be “popular” instead of because they think they will be good. The problem is that popular doesn’t equal good in so many cases. In that respect, I think that line dancing has become more of a “who you listen to” rather than “what you listen to”.
I admit that there are a lot of dances thrown my way, that I just hit the delete key on. (Whether it be because the music is not my style or the dances I’ve seen before from the individual are not to my liking.) And yes, history plays a role in evaluating who you might check out, but geez, let them do what they can to get their dances in front of you people, because if you actually wait for the typical “posters” to even look at these dances, you will miss a lot of great dances that were overlooked. So I am begging all of you. Encourage instead of discourage the up and coming choreographers out there. Don’t wait for the posters to tell you what to teach and don’t just teach a dance because you think it will be “popular” instead of “good”. I know my pleas are going on deaf ears in many cases, but at least I can say I tried.
I myself am happy to take a back seat on my own creations in order to encourage others. Trust me, it is much more rewarding to encourage a newcomer with talent than to try and convince others of your own. It is actually what has continued my passion for this “hobby” which too easily turns into burnout of so many others. And for those of you out there as long as I have, just think of all of the once line dance household names that have come and gone. And if I waited around for looking for recognition from others to keep me going, I would have quit years ago. That and that I know that I have probably one of the best classes that a person could ask for and very much enjoy teaching them the good dances.