Well, since I've opted 'out' of the Daegu Casino Rueda scene for the time being, I've got every other Saturday evening free now. And I've decided it's finally time for me to do something I've been wanting to do for a long time.....check out the Busan (AKA: Pusan) salsa scene.
I can't say for sure yet but based on my very preliminary research, it looks like it's a healthy community.....salsa-wise, I mean.
I'll be leaving school here in just a few minutes, then going home to get my overnight bag, then heading to the nearest train station (Waegon) to catch the train south to Busan. I think I'll not take the KTX this time since I've got plenty of time.
On a completely unrelated subject, I think I've discerned an important difference between Kizomba and Zouk:
The people who seem to be really pushing Zouk now seem, based on the YouTube videos I've seen so far and just now, to be doing the same shit that so many salsa 'pro's' do......i.e. doing stuff that that 99% of social dancers are never going to be able to do and probably even want to do.
I'm referring specifically to that styling stuff where the girl bends her head back and lets her hair sweep around like an actor in a shampoo commercial.....only more extreme. I think it looks stupid.
That kind of stuff is also totally unfair to the majority of dancers because it sets a goal for them that they're never going to be able to attain and serves only to insure the student's continuation of (paid) classes.
Yeah.......I know some people like it. I know that. I even heard that Zouk was all the rage on a salsa cruise a friend of mine went to. But I'm firm in my opinion. Hardly anybody but me, it seems, stands up for the simple 'social dancer' who just wants something they can to to 'get into' the music and meet some people. A large segment of the 'teachers' won't just let dancers be happy and do simple stuff.
I don't think the issue has been decided yet as to which dance, Kizomba or Zouk, is going to be the most popular in the US market. I'll put my money of Kizomba. For the simple reason that it's easier to do right and still look pretty.
And I can tell you for a fact that all of the handful of dancers I've taught Kizomba to over these last few weeks have ALL told me how easy Kizomba was to learn and how un-strenuous it was.
Anyway......I'm off to Busan.