The Knoxville Swing Dance Association.
Usually every major metro area in the US has some sort of group or association that lists all the various ballroom dancing activities going on in the area. Dances, lessons, competitions, etc., and I thankfully had found Knoxville's swing dancing chapter. But before I could get excited enough to pull out and iron my crumpled dress shirt from my saddle bags, something caught my eye:
Their "Code of Conduct."
I had never seen a "code of conduct" before listed on any swing, salsa, or tango site. Usually it was just a calendar, some photos, and some links to some social media. But when I read through their "code of conduct" I put away my crumpled shirt and looked for other plans because it was plainly obvious the Knoxville swing dance scene had been infected with people who were not first and foremost swing dancers, but social justice warriors.
This is a development that I should have seen coming, as I was already familiar with the boom and bust cycle of ballroom dance scenes. This cycle consists of:
1. A new and unique scene truly independent minded individuals explore and pioneer, which
2. Attracts popular kids, SPECIFICALLY attractive women, to the scene as their primary goal in life is to be popular/scene/be validated.
3. Which in turn attracts men whose numbers (and money) now make the scene "hot."
4. Rumor spreads to commoners, regulars, and the not so pretty people, and soon you have a fad on your hands.
5. Rumor further spreads and because of the nature of ballroom dance, nerds, rejects, creepers, feelers, stalkers, green-card seekers, Single Christian Men, basement dwellers, and other less-than-Cary-Grantish-men flood the scene because it's a (presumably) easy way to meet women.
6. These not-so-hot, awkward, creepy, and otherwise, less-desirable men drive away the hot women.
7. Without the hot women, the fuel which fed the fad dies.
8. The hot/cool/rich/normal men leave
9. Leaving MOST ballroom dance scenes at their pre-fad levels as refuges for nerds, dweebs, 50 something divorcees, and other forms of social outcasts.
It is at this point nobody pays attention to the formerly hot ballroom scene because why would you? There's nothing in it for anybody and it's not until the scene goes ghost and is discovered decades later by those pioneering individualists again does the cycle repeat itself. The cycle is complete. There is no new stage to be added.
And the reason I say "except now" is because unlike history past we have the millennial generation. And the millennial generation is the first generation to be fully brainwashed into thinking they can't just
"Be a lawyer"
"Be a doctor"
"Run a company"
"Be a housewife."
No, they have been fully convinced they they need to
"Be a lawyer" +advocate a social crusade
"Be a doctor" +have a political cause
"Run a Company" +champion Corporate Social Responsibility
"Be a housewife" +volunteer for a cause
They simply can't have a profession and that in it of itself is enough to be of service to society. No, they need the ego fix to right some non-existent, fabricated, perceived wrong. They need to go beyond what their career, job, or education is. They need to be heroes, even if they have to make up a problem out of whole cloth, ruining everything good in the process.
And the Knoxville Swing Dance Association has become precisely that.
Why, precisely, is there a disclaimer about "race, gender identities, political opinions, and life choices?" What does ANY of that have to do with swing dancing? Not once in my now 20 years of dancing have I ever struck up a conversation on the dance floor about gender, politics, and a person's opinion about abortion.
Additionally, while I'm fully and ACUTELY aware of "creepers," "stalkers," and "feelers" that plague every dance community, these were largely handled naturally and in house. We didn't need to resort to nominating
Finally, who died and made these self-ordained shitlords King of the Knoxville swing dance community? I'm aware that events hosted and paid for by the Knoxville Swing Dance Association are under their domain. They can organize an entire SS division and to manage their club however they see fit. But if the first hit you get when searching "Knoxville swing dance" is their site, I wonder if their politics doesn't deter people who just want to....ummmm...swing dance and not suffer a political sermon.
If you operate from the erroneous premise that this club is about swing dancing, then their insistence on bringing politics into dancing is confusing. But if you realize swing dancing is merely a ruse, and they use it to put their egos first, running their little imaginary fiefdoms, then it makes complete sense. Sadly, it is dancing that suffers.
The problem ballroom dancing's SJW infestation presents to normal people who just want to dance (or learn) is two-fold.
One, the politics will drive any normal people away. Not because they're creepers or stalkers, or are necessarily afraid of creepers or stalkers, but who wants to be hawked over by dancing Nazi's or be subjected to a political sermon? I know leftist millennials in charge of this are brainwashed to make politics a mandatory component of everything they do, but normal people (of all generations) don't want politics in EVERYTHING they do. Alas one of the greatest passions a person can have is corrupted.
Two, when the anti-male spin on this Stasi "code of conduct" policy is combined with:
the increasing trend of false rape accusations among the millennial girls
the loosening standards as to what constitutes sexual harassment
the outright threat to involve law enforcement (though I've NEVER seen ANY dance scene come to that!)
it not only puts men in a very grey area, it's enough to send most running for the hills! And the reason is very simple -
No matter WHAT people say, no matter what dancers claim, men learn ballroom dancing to meet, date, get with, court, kiss, hug, fuck, marry (or any combination thereof) women.
Men can act all platonic, holier-than-thou, and eunuch-y they want. In then end ballroom dancing has been, currently is, and always will be primarily a means to meet the opposite sex. But if you're going to lay land mines around for men, making an already challenging challenge more challenging, don't be surprised if men with options don't show up and there's a dearth of leads.
Alas, I believe the introduction of social justice warriors to ballroom dancing will not only break the ballroom dance scene life cycle, but permanently leave it at where it stands today (I'll leave it to my readers to see what I spy with my little eye). The swing dance scene will never recoup its former 1990's greatness. The salsa scene will never see again it's '00's sizzle. Like a supernova being the last stage of a star's life cycle, the social justice warriors swarming around the jettisoned carcass of a once-vibrant ballroom dance scene is its last and PERMANENT stage in life.
Ergo, I suggest no man look for love, romance, sex, or courtship in today's dance scene (unless it's COMPLETELY void of any politics and social justice warrioring). Instead, I strongly recommend you use it to learn how to dance in anticipation of meeting a non-leftst, non-SJW marriage-material woman outside the dance scene who will actually deserve your dancing skills and talents....but if your skills happen to get you laid at a wedding where you're the only ballroom dancer...so be it.