De'ja' Vu, In the 1950's, Swing in New York City died in the womb where it was born, nourished and finally abandoned for the new more virile Mambo. Today Swing is going down the same drain pipe, because it is being abandoned for the new more virile Salsa. Just compare the Salsa dance population with the Swing dance population in Southern California today in 2003. I lived through this same 'Devolution of Swing' in New York City in the 1950's that is taking place here in Southern California in the 2010's. I wrote a commentary on this subject some six months ago and the Swing population was diminishibg significantly then. The problem is worsening, and one Venue host answered my question, "Why is the Swing population thinning out?" The answer was significant, "I don't know, but I'm not hanging around to find out!" So one of the most popular Venues closes down this month with another one hosting only twenty couples on a Friday night is hanging on by the teeth. So what's my point? Am I just another 'Doomsday' reporter? Swing dancing along with other Ballroom Dances have saved my sanity, given me an improved physical health, cured my shyness, opened up an outrageous social life, and even after 80 years dancing continues to give me benefits that no medicine, doctors or money could give me. So when I have some erudite suggestions to help this ailing American Cultural Art form that has benefited the World at large, I want to share them with the hope my suggestions take root and help bring back Swing to the front burner of social life. First let us explore some of the problems, and I do not feel that Salsa' ever growing popularity in Southern California (S.C.), as some commentator wrote a few months back that "Salsa was killing Swing". In the 1950's both Mambo and Swing were equally popular in Hollywood. I was there operating the most successful dance studio in that town, so I speak as a primary source. But what are some of the reasons for the continual 'thinning out' of the dance population here in S.C.? And what steps and strategy can we take to adrenalize this anemic art/sport? DANCE TEACHERS: There is a serious lack of qualified teachers who are on a daily basis discouraging students rather then inspiring them. When a student pays $5.00 or $50'00 for a lesson, they should at least be able to lead and follow a few dance moves 'ON BEAT, RHYTHMICALLY'. If a person can walk rhythmical, which we a;all do, than they are capable of dancing within one hours lesson be it private or class. If you as a teacher are unable to get them on a dance floor with a variety of dancers, then you do not qualify as a dance teacher. Swing is that easy to learn! VENUE HOSTS: YOUR BUSINESS DEPENDS ON LARGE NUMBERS PATRONIZING YOUR DANCE HALLS. Free dance lessons are a must if you want the Swing/Lindy population to grow. I strongly suggest that the teachers you hire, DO NOT teach complicated, flashy movements or give intimidating demonstrations that discourage beginners. Your Venue teachers should focus on simple basics so the students can enjoy dancing that same night. And hire a half dozen volunteer monitors to continue dancing with 'BEGINNERS' from the class. Forget about the good dancers, You free classes are for bringing in new patrons into your Venue to fill your coffers. It's good business for you that will pay off as the Swing populations grows. I feel that old experienced teachers are not always the best. Teachers in all fields are subject to 'BURN OUT'. Enthusiasm of new teachers is often more affective in keeping a student focused and interested than fancy smancy moves that experienced teachers present, and then are forgotten when the exit door hits the student in the knat!. Lastly, I have published my 'SIMPLIFIED SWING' TEACHING METHOD' in two books, but for whatever reasons, my 'Revolutionary System' has not been adapted. THE PROBLEM WITH TEACHERS AND VENUE HOSTS IS SIMPLY, 'YOU LIKE TO MILK THE COW, BUT YOU DON'T LIKE TO BUY THE HEY'. Black Sheep email@example.com PS Don't forget to vote for the Simplified Swing Magic Pill: YES, for me to describe the 'Teaching Method' on the Internet! NO, do not make the Simplified Teaching Method public!