WCS Gone Latin
Oct 3rd 2012
In Today's Note
Quote of the Day
Silence implies consent.

"Qui tacet consentit"
Common Law Term
Silence Implies Consent
Oct 2012 Note: 
I might add that the "silence implies consent" law is also, I believe, the root of the violence against my home and family. 
Politicians email and say they "can't believe anyone would do that," or "I can't believe this is in our community." 
But then, they've seen incredible ugliness from these same pros online and in person and said nothing. Did nothing.
People are banned from events. Silence. No action.
"Silence implies consent." 
Let me be clear:
No pro or all-star on the planet would EVER come after me physically if they thought they didn't have the full support of our 'points, pro and political system.' 
I think calling the police was rather a shock for them. Heck, even Facebook banned some of them for two weeks for their attacks. Facebook! The most uncontrolled free for all on the planet said NO to their behavior. 

But everyone on the roster this weekend? Said yes. Please. Go right ahead. She deserves it. She should never have spoken her mind. And for that, she should pay. 

"Silence implies consent."
But not everyone was shocked. Just as I expected, it was the social dancers and newcomers to the dance who wrote in and said, "oh, yeah, I can really see them doing that." Most of them guessed the majority of the names without even asking me.
I think you're really going to enjoy our "new flag" and the freedom and the safety  it will hold for those who want nothing more than to "triple."

Dear Reader,  

While writing my book I came across two "lost" notes. This one was supposed to go out in May, but it never did. I'm so glad I found it! I think you will find it quite fascinating. The other is so good that I'm going to save it for the book. It'll be worth the wait!


Enjoy! -K

West Coast Latin?
I love today's quote. "Qui tacet consent it." Silence implies consent. It kind of sums up our entire 'points, pros and political system' perfectly, doesn't it? I still remember how many "politicians" emailed me after The Time Has Come and literally said that the way to change things was to have conversations in the back channels and back rooms and keep things at a whisper.

I saved all of those emails because... they crack me up! I did that for five years, and many others have been doing that for ten! Back room whispers and side hall mashups between conspiring supposed "swing" lovers over the last ten years has gotten us... a completely different dance. Oh yes, I definitely should have just stuck to that method. Please.

But that's just what our 'points, pros and political system' wants because, after all, "silence implies consent." And they certainly aren't talking. Oh, you'll hear grumblings and murmers of dissent... about walking, about technique, etc, etc, but you'll NEVER hear any of them say there's another dance out there. 

But you, the people, do. Oh, and so does the world, by the way.

The world definitely believes we've spawned a different dance... a Latin one. And I don't blame them.

In case our "Peter Pan" political system has worn you down into thinking that that you're nuts for seeing two dances out there, don't worry. These should make you feel better. You're not so crazy after all. Here is what they say about West Coast Swing:

"Tropical Soul is very proud to be the first and only dance school to offer WCS classes near Sydney CBD."
Tropical Soul Studio
Tropical Soul Dance Studio Website
"Learning Latin dances is fairly easy, as most of the dances are made up of the same basic foot steps. Here at Tropical Soul we specialize in: 
      • Salsa
      • Brazilian Samba
      • Konga
      • Reggaeton
      • Kizomba
      • West Coast Swing
      • Cuban Salsa
Our WCS instructor is the very Clint Glasgow who is known for his infectious personality, his enthusiasm and love of both dancing and teaching West Coast Swing."
Did you notice that? "Most of the dances are made up of the same basic foot steps." As a reader just wrote in, "if you took the 'quick-quick, slow-slow' out of a Two Step, is it still a Two Step? NO. West Coast Swing without triples is ANOTHER DANCE. Abstract Improv is almost all Single and Double Rhythms... just like... oh, right! LATIN dances!

Let's move on to another, shall we?


(Dance VIDA)

"Bachata, Salsa and West Coast Swing!"

Dance VIDA
Dance VIDA Website
"Salsa, Bachata and West Coast Swing are few of the popular dances with roots in latin, african, american and tropical dances that quickly spreads all over the world. Now you have the opportunity to be part of that dance development...
Attension Bachata lovers!... We will make a small bachata competition... like a "Jack and Jill" so do not miss out on this bachata weekend at Falken! We will have two floors. The big one with 50/50 Salsa and Bachata, and the small one we will mix WCS, Kizomba and Zouk."
Did you catch that? WCS has its roots in "latin, african, american and tropical dances"? And a room with WCS, Kizomba and Zouk playing at the same time?!!!? I don't care if you want to switch the name from Abstract Improvisation to Club Improv, but it's a gigantic misuse of the word "swing." And good heavens, I wonder how many people are being hurt around the world because their partner is doing a Latin dance with Latin rhythms and the other partner is trying to do anchors and triples? OUCH!
Apparently this Swedish company flies in people like Paul and Catriona, and hey, look, Paul and Catriona are flying in to BBB this weekend too. 
Salsa Site
SalsaSite Website
Hey look! During their workshop weekend this October, they're featuring workshops in Salsa, Samba, Bachata, Merengue, Zouk, Cha Cha and... yup, West Coast Swing!


Don't forget, I've won every Salsa Club competition I've ever entered, and that's quite a few, so I KNOW the difference between these dances... and I can guarantee you, what they are dancing has NO RELATION to any of our basics.




 "With dance studios in Hong Kong and Singpaore offering Salsa, Bachata, West Coast Swing, Rueda and Zouk Partner Dancing."
Dance Blaze
The DanceBlaze Website
There it is again... 
WCS surrounded by Salsa, Bachata, and Zouk... 
sensing a theme here?
If the rest of the world has "recategorized" and "renamed" our dance as a Latin one... 
Why haven't we? 


About Katherine
A Champion dancer who fell in love with West Coast Swing long ago, 
Katherine currently writes for the global dance community and serves as a Director for the CA Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She has owned her highly successful ballroom and swing studio, is a decorated competitor at the US Open, has written articles for numerous magazines in the community, including 'In the Swing' and "5-6-7-8,' has choreographed top 5 routines, served on the board for Boogie by the Bay and has traveled to over 42 states. 

She is not afraid. She loves beauty. She loves truth. And she believes it's knowledge that can bring a dancer more joy than they can imagine on the floor. 

She writes "for the people" and has, and will always, listen. Drop her a line with your own story anytime!

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