I bet that technique sure took lots of DANCE skill (SARCASM!!) :evil: :shock: . The types of instructors as described above sure help propagate the sleaze balls coming into the scene.
This may stir things up, but one reason I tend to be reluctant to pass absolute judgment about these things is that I am well aware that, historically, in many cases anyway (and I'm thinking of the Americas particuarly), there have been class differences in what is acceptable, with the middle and upper classes tending to downplay the more overtly sexual aspects of dance. Again and again, I read about this sort of class stratification. The upper classes in Colombia tended to look down on salsa dancing as being too animalistic, at one point.
There is also the obvious fact that things change from generation to generation. Look: when my mother married my father she stopped dancing because he was a Methodist minister and some people in the church at that time frowned on dancing, because it was too closely linked to sexuality basically, and it could tend to lead to vice, as they would maybe have said. I accept a degree of wiggling around which would my ancestors at some point in the past would probably have found unacceptable.
I personally am not comfortable dancing, especially with relative strangers, while sexually explicit hip-hop lyrics are playing in the background (or for any really sexually explicit lyrics, that I can understand, for that matter--it's just that the most extreme cases I've experienced have been with hip-hop). I don't understand how people can relax in that situation. Even if I were trying to pick someone up (which I'm certainly not opposed to), it would make me that much more uncomfortable about it if I had to do it while those type of lyrics are going. But at any rate, is it really a matter of society falling apart, or is it another step in being more blunt about sex, one that I am too old (or maybe just too shy) to take?
It's turned me off somewhat towards the dance. I'd be crazy (as a single female) to dare go into a club solo.