Legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw described dance as the vertical expression of horizontal desire. This is particularly evident in ballroom dancing, sometimes referred to as pair dancing, which has recently taken the Big Island by storm. From the Kona Ballroom Dance Club and Blue Dragon Restaurant to the brand new venue, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, locals fill out their dance cards and lace up their ballroom shoes.
Legendary playwright George Bernard Shaw described dance as the vertical expression of horizontal desire. This is especially evident in ballroom dancing, sometimes referred to as pair dancing, which has recently taken the Big Island by storm. From the Kona Ballroom Dance Club and the Blue Dragon Restaurant to the brand new venue, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, locals fill out their dance cards and lace up their ballroom shoes.
Ballroom dance teacher Lance Oliver started dancing in his early 20s and hasn’t stopped since. He now teaches various styles of pair dance to all levels of students, from beginners to more advanced dancers looking to hone their skills.
“Most people start ballroom dancing by learning about private lessons because they want to get a head start on going out and dancing in society with people they know, and they want to feel comfortable. to do it, âOliver said. “Or, they can get involved in group classes right away, depending on their comfort level.”
Ballroom dancing is growing in popularity, not only on the Big Island, but across the country as well. Supporters of pair dancing are quick to point out that dancing is one of the best ways to stay fit, both physically and mentally. It’s not only a great way to keep the mind and body active, it also improves social life by encouraging participants to go out and meet new, interesting people.
âHere in Hawaii there is a lot to do during the day,â said Oliver. âYou can go swimming or hiking, but at night people tend to get stuck in a rut where they’re watching TV, or they’re stuck on the internet. To improve your life and improve your health, dancing is the perfect opportunity to improve your life and improve your health. You could fill your whole life – not just during the day, but also at night – doing productive things for your mind and body.
You don’t have to be on “Dancing with the Stars” to experience the health benefits of ballroom dancing. All levels of ballroom dancing burn a significant number of calories, which helps you stay in shape and expand your social circle at the same time. From dance parties every third Sunday at Kona Elk’s Club to social dance nights every Tuesday and Thursday at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, there are now more places to practice new dance moves.
âThe most popular ballroom dances on the Big Island are salsa, swing and Argentine tango,â said Oliver. âAnd the ballroom dance scene is growing in Kona, especially since Gertrude’s Jazz Bar opened and provided a place for people to go and dance, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Then there are also other places to go on weekends.
Oliver believes that one of the main things people get from ballroom dancing is self-confidence.
âStudents acquire a very valuable skill which is not very common because it takes a while to learn,â he said. âThey feel confident in themselves and they feel confident in social situations. The feeling that they can go anywhere and fit in. If you go out where there is music, people dancing usually have more fun than others.
To learn more about ballroom dancing, visit the Kona Ballroom Dance Club Facebook page or email Lance Oliver for information on dance classes at [email protected] â