Friday, July 22, 2016

the Top

Town Dancer has now been unanimously selected to be the first independent blog in our blog sphere, simply on the recorded hits. Just one Guest Author and a couple of good steady information contributors would pave the way for their independence and they can make their own rules. It seems that the decline in dancers on Oahu has stopped and more people have discovered the fun and enjoyment of just moving to the music of their choice with a compatible partner in smaller "Palladiums."

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true;
the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

There is a whole new section of dancers building up on Oahu. Social dancing is now being rediscovered by a new generation who is redefining it as a fun dance. Movies and TV entice with the lure of new steps, - no go. And with each new exposure there is a rush to studios to learn them. But for naught, unless they teach the basics, of rhythm, timing and the music, there should be little of this rote business.

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed

Every dance in the Ballroom Dance world has over 500 documented steps in each. If you learn the rhythm very good first and you learn 30 steps of the most basic steps in each dance, and you love the music, you will have more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Then we have all the new Television shows of Competition, which means, this is serious business, not just dancing for fun. That is competition dancing. The only kind? Now all we need is the feedback from whoever has an honest opinion of what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.

"Hell has no fury like a woman scorned."

Monday, July 18, 2016


This blog with only me and SOS, is still at the top of the heap of our blogs. Loyal readers I guess. Now if we could get a little feedback from these loyal readers to publish in the blog, Wow! The hits would go through the roof. Patience, sooner or later we will get someone that will perk this blog all the way up to independence.

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate."

Meanwhile most of the dance organizations are pretty well covered with Web sites, however none of them have counters. So no one knows if they have any readership. I have a free counter from Blogger that is not the best but the entire enchilada is well defined for me.

"Just One Of Those Things" by Jimmy Borges

I have been somewhat surprised that some of the clubs have been having workshops involving dances not usually in the syllabi of the International or American Styles. And there may be another couple dozen dances waiting in the wings. Most of us know that we can enjoy an evening of good social dancing with five or six different dances in the evening. And the most important part is when any of them is one of our favorite songs.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

"As Time Goes By" was a beautiful song seventy years ago and I loved dancing to it. I heard it sixty years ago and loved dancing to it. I heard again, fifty years ago in Central America and Wow, it was beautiful dancing to it. And it keeps going on and on. It should probably run its course in another century or so. I have not heard in ten years so I am just about due to a beautiful experience dancing it. Has anyone every said anything about the "Oldies But Goodies?"

Blogger Law #21C: If a series of events can go wrong,
it will do so in the worst possible sequence.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Movies

Perhaps only us oldsters can remember the musicals of the 30s and 40s. And probably Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers will remain forever as the best example of dancing in that period. But it did arouse interest in many, where most became what has been called "street dancers." They learned from each other and most were good natural moves, not anything fancy for an exhibition but they learned to have fun dancing.

"Oh, would that my mind could let fall its dead ideas,
as the tree does its withered leaves!" ~Andre Gide

With the advent of Rock & Roll in the fifties, it became a different kind of partnership. Almost a no touch dance and from which disco dancing evolved. For the Ballroom Dancer it was just not "Da Reel Teeng." Then Dirty Dancing was released in 1987 and it was really squeaky clean. But it started the ball rolling and here in Hawaii, the social dancers had been on the increase for a couple of decades and more dance clubs were established.

"Bye Bye Blues" By Andy Williams.

Then in 1993 came the blockbuster from Australia, Strictly Ballroom and it introduced the average ballroom dancer to competitive dancing in a different atmosphere.  Where the dance partners try to change the old Paso Doble into a more authentic, ethnic interpretation. That is the approximate date when the ballroom dancing world of Oahu began its decline. When it wasn't just for fun anymore. This had to be done "CORRECTLY."

"Si Vuelves Tu" By Eydie Gorme

In 1996, the Japanese movie, Shall We Dance? brought a slight increase in ballroom dancers in Hawaii, but mostly in the International style of dance specializing in competition dancing. And of course everyone tried to learn to dance correctly. In 1997, the Tango Lesson by Sally Potter along  with the terrific reviews of the shows, Tango Argentino, Tango x 2 and Tango Forever, brought an increase in Tango dancers not only of Argentine tango but American and Filipino Tango especially here on the Island of Oahu.

"La Comparsita" por Placido Domingo

"Wine is something that we could just enjoy. We can get sick and tired
of people who pick it apart and talk about its - saucy nuances."

Sunday, July 10, 2016


The Dance Club Oligarchies in Hawaii
They have evolved very nicely from the beginning in the late fifties in Hawaii. Fortunately we have so many good dance people that it is a wonder that we don’t have many more people joining us in one of life’s greatest pleasures. Lucky that there so many willing to help and do good for others. Even the beginner students that try to teach an even worst beginner “Quick Step.’ Auwe. But this has always existed and the intentions are to do good.

"Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find
perfect composure.  But unfortunately, although it is true, it is
difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the
truth of transience, we suffer."

There are so many others that volunteer for everything without ever stopping to think. “What’s in it for me?” Good People. Most dance clubs start with all volunteers and gradually change over into a benevolent Oligarchy. An Oligarchy is the rule by the few in their own interests. And most of the time their own interests have been for the good of the dance club.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by  Patti Page

They may mention democracy, election of officers and other extraneous terminologies that may resemble a real democratic organization but it never is. Hopefully, in the West their clubs will be set up as Oligarchies and then move gradually toward a more democratic form of organization that includes participation for most of the members and equal rights. On the Mainland some clubs allow the members to choose the category of membership they wish. And it does not have anything to do with money.

"My Coloring Book" By Andy Williams 

Apparently many of our readers have realized that we do not have advertising. What we do is help, in the only way we can, and that is with our way of communication. Blogging is our way and you may call it advertising but for us, blogging is communication to our fellow dancers. I expect more recognition of this in West Oahu first. But it looks like fun just to look at it. Meanwhile, we invite all our readers to contribute whatever dance information you would like to share for our blogs and you can take your pick of the blogs.

"Together we can tame the wind and smooth the waters."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Up And Down

The dance action seems to be going up, specially in Hawaii. The hits are staying in place because I have not been able to get around and we do not have enough information contributors for our blogs. I can wear my shoes now and I can use the Handi Van now and then so I will be planning on visiting some dance functions. My fingers do not work so good, but I can take a camera and with the help of a couple dancers I can get some photos to post.

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson
afterward. But properly learned, the lesson forever changes a person."

Meanwhile we have something big going in October on the Big Island. Tony Meredith, born in San Diego, California, US, discovered ballroom dancing quite young. His cousin taught him how to Hustle in the garage which ignited his love of dancing. Meredith currently serves as the Dance Director at Danceville, U.S.A. in Columbus, Ohio. He is the co-organizer of Chicago Crystal Ball, Aloha Ball, and founded ICON DanceSport, a one-day industry awards event in Columbus, Ohio making its debut in October of 2015.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Meredith met Melanie LaPatin in 1981. They formed a professional partnership, traveling the world representing the United States twelve times in the Professional World Latin-American Dance Championships, and eventually moved to New York to train and open a studio. They had married in 1989, but divorced amicably following the opening of their studio. And the Big Island is going have a very nice dancing time.

"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy."

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Good Dancing

By Franklin Wong, Kahala
A good dancer is a definite plus to social occasions - especially the men. If a man, as the lead, takes the time to become skilled and confident, but not overly forceful, every lady in the room will appreciate his presence. A good dancer does not need to be handsome to be popular. Similarly, a lady who is a good dancer radiates grace and charm, regardless of whether she is a physical beauty.

"Dance blogs are enabling dozens of dancers to express their opinions
with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of
like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices,
the old clique machine starts to crumble."

Good dancing and good dancers can heighten the atmosphere of an event. The whole affair goes more smoothly when there is competent dancing. In business and professional life, a person can lead to their acceptance and belonging by the ability to dance. On many social occasions it is almost essential to be able to dance well. And I am referring to social partner dancing using the old KISS method. "Keep it simple, stupid."

"Young At Heart" by Jimmy Borges

As we become ballroom dancers we make many new friends and we find that other ballroom dancers are wonderful people. Social Ballroom dancing will add a new and very beneficial dimension to your life. It is a lifetime social skill that will provide much joy during your entire life. Now can we also dance in a Night Club? We can dance with each other very nicely.

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether."   

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Getting More Interesting

I am learning more every day. I am getting the regular flyer kind of advertising and some with Capital Letters and all that. It goes to everyone that may even be remotely interested. I get these all the time from hundreds of places. And straight advertising is alright in its place but in our blogs I usually want it as communication to our fellow dancers.

What about the flyer that says, "If I wanted your opinion
I would have sent you a form." 

The neighbor islands are doing the same thing. Web style, flyer kine, so I have to translate these high level "pronunciamientos" into friendly blogger like social media. It then becomes communication to our reader/dancers, and we gotta have that.

You Are Here   X

If you are not here, please ignore this notice.

Calvin and Hobbes doing the Kalihi Shag.

In fact there are several blogs that I am in contact with, mostly on the mainland, that definitely prohibit Capital Letters. Some have two day penalties in which you cannot post to the blog. You will notice our blogs have the absolute minimum of Capital Letters. We are long way to perfection but we are going in the right direction.

 "Blind Man In The Bleachers" by Loyal Garner

LAGS: The Latest And Greatest Syndrome. This is a normal occupational hazard of the beginning instructor. The teaching of some of his favorite variations and Mickey Mouse (unleadable) dance patterns to beginners. The intention is to give the student the impression of the g-r-e-a-t teacher the student is so fortunate to get. It soon wears off and they get serious about getting the student to learn the basics first. And we have got some of the best dance instructors in the world, right here on Oahu.

"There is nothing certain, except the unforeseen."