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Old 08-21-2005, 02:38 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by sltate
I think that everybody dances their own style and now that we have competitions that can label a certain style, then you will get categorized as such....but I think as long as they are still dancing then they are carrying on our songs, etc. then that is the main thing.
I agree that dance competitions have been the main source in categorizing or sub-categorizing dance styles. The pros and cons of which, could probably be debated for some time. (Another thread perhaps.)

In addition, I think sltate's last comment is one of the most important things for all Straight Dancers to remember. It is the songs that make the dance. Whether a dancer considers himself in a traditional or contemporary sub-category of Straight Dancing, it is the songs that he is dancing to that should have the primary focus. A good dancer will know the songs and what the songs say and mean, so as to fully interpret the spirit and feeling of the song in dance form, either in a traditional style or a contemporary style. Of course that's just my opinion.
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