Saturday, November 22, 2014


Latest update on Town Dancer. It will plateau at about 70 - 80 average hits per day. I really made the effort to get additional input from others but it just wasn't there for whatever the reason. The results are what I go by. So now that Richard is nicely into Dancing Nights I have to do something there. Otherwise it is Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor coming up strong. It will be fun and I am not going to decide it. The readers will.

"The richest person in the world is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Meanwhile the dancing interest throughout the island of Oahu seems to changing. And I am not going to say, for the better. The reader/dancers are very knowledgeable and they will make their own decisions. We just need some of their independent opinions in our blogs which are definitely not gossip. You are all aware of what that is. The prime example, the Creative Researchers And Producers.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

So far all the blogs in my Blogosphere are viable to the end of this month. I do not know about after that. Most are already entrenched in the search engines. With the help from the Micros, they all have a chance of getting to the magic, 34 average hits per day. They will not catch up until next year, but we shall see some progress.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

Somebody has mentioned that we are reporters, but the real reporters will be the Two Centers. They will get the information most easily accessible for posting and it can come from many places. Specially now with my physical disablities, I cannot get around like I use to. I may be spread much too thin but I will be patient for the valuable Two Centers.

"Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Belmonts

Meanwhile we offer the platform. You want to say something, dis da place, whenever you want, completely up to you. The learning process most characteristic of humans is imitation; one's personal repetition of an observed behavior, such as a dancing or blogging. Through copying these types of information, most people will tune into their surrounding culture very nicely.

Blogger's Law #48B: The secret to blogging success is sincerity, once you can fake that you got it made.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Waltz

By Jeremy Matsushita, Kalihi Valley.

The Waltz really had its heyday in the 19th century, everybody wanted to dance it, from the highest, classiest to lowest, street dancers. Then during the first World War I, the Waltz almost died.

"Go into the world and do well - but more importantly, go into the world and do good."

After the war, came a new generation of dancers who knew little of it. Somewhat the same situation that exists for us at the beginning of this century. Waltzes were seldom played and those that were played in 3/4 time had a somewhat Mazurka or Polka rhythm. New bands in Night Clubs arose that seem to take their cue of the Waltz from the slow tempo that still survived at the popular dances.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

A natural turn (right turn) is a dance step in which the partners turn around each other clockwise. Its near-mirror counterpart is the reverse turn, which is turning to the (left) counterclockwise. However, there was a considerable amount of reversing and the Natural turn was conspicuous by its absence.

The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Unfortunately, in the 21st century, the music business like many others can be bought. And the ones buying are the younger generations, with their very crude and basic preferences. Rock and Roll, Rap etc. The class music has been somewhat relegated to the backgound. We are lucky that our present dance teachers still recognize Waltz music and dance as one of the best ever created by man. Hopefully it will gravitate down to the younger (up to date) rock and rollers out there.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Micros or regular blogs?

Microblogging, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr is a broadcast medium that exists as a form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size and each person handles the entire post from getting in, publishing and getting out.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain
of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

In our regular dance blogs in Hawaii, we have a few Information Contributors which email the information including photos and posters to be blogged by a Guest Author. They have no commitments and contribute only when they want to. That sharing with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers is key. We need more of these (Two Centers) because we can see it plainly in the hits recorded. The hits go through the ceiling and all they have to do is email it.

"Penny Lane" by the Beatles

Microblogs allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links, micro to micro. These small messages are sometimes referred to as microposts. As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as "what I'm doing right now," to the thematic, such as "sports cars or dancing."

Commercial microblogs also exist to promote websites, services and products, and to promote collaboration within an organization. Some microblogging services offer features - alternative ways of publishing entries besides the web-based interface. These may include text messaging, instant messaging, E-mail, digital audio or digital video.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream." by the Four Aces

Several studies, most notably by the Harvard Business School have tried to analyze the user behaviour on microblogging services. Several of these studies show that for services such as Twitter and Facebook, there is a small group of active users contributing to most of the activity. Surveys based on millions of users, shows that 10% of Twitter and Facebook users account for 86% of all activity. That is commercial activity, "to whom it may concern."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Our evolving dance

Exhibition ballroom dance has remained popular in Britain and continental Europe throughout the 20th century, particularly in semi-invitational settings, such as resorts and hotels. In the 1960s, ballroom dance gained a strong following in Asia, mostly in the International Style. Popular interest and scholarly research, moreover, brought new appreciation to both ballroom and social dance as valuable reflections and embodiments of a community’s social values.

"We should be thankful of all those people in our lives that have shown us exactly
what we do not want to be"

Palolo Valley or Manoa. Either place would be nice to avoid the traffic.

Meanwhile, the regulations governing competitive ballroom dance became more exact as dance teachers switched their focus from inventing new dances to codifying existing ones. This was specially true in the competitions. There had to be a fair way to judge. Those “official” versions of fox-trots, waltzes, and tangos—all with specified steps, postures, and head positions—have been maintained in European televised competitions.

In the early 21st century, an alternative form of competitive ballroom dance thrived in Europe, North America, and South America in television shows such as Dancing with the Stars. This was with judges in the public fields generally. "I know what I like." These elimination series focused largely on the personalities of the contestants, with individualization earning more points than strict adherence to the rules.

"Release Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

Once an expression of elite society, ballroom dance has continued to expand its appeal and has adapted its approach in response to the ever-changing aesthetics of contemporary culture. There are more dances coming in and most are in the fad section catering to the young. The older more seasoned dancer will rely on the oldies but goodies in the music and the dance. We must recognize the differences and merely accept them. No hu hu.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2014 HBDA Telemark Ball

This past Saturday, November 1, 2014, we attended the annual HBDA Telemark Ball.  Although we're not Chapter members of HBDA, Ben Agbayani was kind enough to have some tickets waiting at the door for us.  Thank you Ben.  (Debra's a big fan of Ben's postings on Facebook)

It was a Saturday so we were able to get the the Palladium a bit early.  The music was already playing and although we were given great looking bentos, we couldn't resist the music and lots of space on the floor.  We got in a lot of good dancing and when it started to get a bit crowded, we took a break and enjoyed our bentos.  Just when we were finishing our bentos, the formal program began.  We got back into the ballroom just when the Telemark performances started. We didn't have our camera with us because we lost the battery charger.  But, Calvin took some pictures with his Samsung smart phone.  The pictures may be a bit blurry but we think they captured the essence of the event.

In true HBDA style, the HBDA Dance Instructors, along with the Dance Directors, kicked off the event with the Instructors' Group Line Dance with Faith Agbayani at the head of the pack.  It was a fun choreography and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

HBDA Instructors' Group Line Dance
The first solo dance performance of the evening was an Exit Waltz by the Telemark Queen 2013 - 2014.  Exiting Queen, Miriam Quemado, looked Regal in her stunning white gown.  She performed a beautiful Waltz with her husband & Escort: Assistant Dance Director Romeo Quemado.

Exiting Telemark Queen, Miriam Quemado dancing a Waltz with Assistant Dance Director Romeo Quemado

The exit of the reigning Queen opened the way for the new 2014 Telemark Queen, HBDA Rotating Instructor, Diana Behic.  Diana has an impressive history with HBDA with her partner, Theogenes Behic.  Theo and Diana have been instructors for HBDA since at least 2002 when they served as Junior Instructors.  They rapidly became Senior Instructors and, now, Rotating Instructors.

Diana & Theo Behic performing an American Viennese Waltz
Not to be outdone by the preceding Queen, the New Telemark Queen stepped onto the floor with an equally dazzling white gown, fit for a Queen.  Diana and Theo pleased the crowd with a graceful and energetic American Viennese Waltz.  Their dance was followed by a formal Presentation of the New Telemark Queen.

The program continued with a series of Impromptu Solos performed by HBDA Instructors and Assistant Dance Directors.

Cha-Cha performed by Rotating Instructors Romeo & Elsa Navares
Bolero performed by Assistant Dance Director Esmenio & Rotating Instructor Roselily Andres
An International Tango performed by Dance Director June Kadamoto and Rotating Instructor Ed Yuen
The Paso Doble by Dance Director Mel Camat & Rotating Instructor Susan Masumoto
The Impromptu Solos (When we look at the costuming and the choreography, we're not so sure that these performances were "impromptu".  They were performed without glitches and sure looked rehearsed.  They all did a great job).  Anyway, the "impromptu" solos were followed by several Formal Solo Routines performed by HBDA instructors and dance directors, starting with a Waltz performed by Mark & Patty Dela Cruz.

Waltz by Rotating Instructors Mark & Patty Dela Cruz.  Check out Patti's gown !!
Rotating Instructors Jose Daniel and Gregoria Carreon performed the West Coast Swing.
Assistant Dance Director, John Kotake and Rotating Instructor, Karen Kotake performed the Argentine Tango.
The formal program came to an end with the Telemark Queen and Escort's dance with the Directors and Rotating Instructors of HBDA.  The evening continued with lots more general dancing and, of course, some line dancing.

We had a fun evening at the HBDA Telemark Ball.  We couldn't help but be impressed with how well structured HBDA is.  And, we were also impressed by all the performances.  We've had some coaching from some of the best coaches in the world, including International Champions.  Most of them stress the importance of being able to display the character of the dance being performed.  They say that when you watch a good dancer dancing, even without hearing the music, you can immediately recognize the dance they are dancing.  Each dance has a special character to it.

Go back up and look at the performance pictures.  I'm sure you can see that the HBDA Instructors and Directors were able to capture the character of their dances.  If they were on Dancing with the Stars, Lenny,Bruno and Carrie Ann would give them a standing ovation !  Thank you for a wonderful evening.  It was fun.

With Aloha,
Calvin & Debra

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hit another bump.

Google robot advertising hits are screwing this blog up royally. Completely obliterating the legit hits. So I will wait for the hits to come down and then shut it down for a week or so. We have plenty of other blogs available, and then there are Frank's blogs which covers action that is not available to us.

"Most of our dance teachers help their students find the song in their hearts,
the beat in their feet and a passion for life."

The entire blogosphere is moving along too good, and I am beginning to look into Word Press. Blogger has done such a terrific job for us for so long, I hate this but I am afraid it is going to get worse, and Google advertising robots are going to infiltrate the other blogs and then all is lost. Google owns Blogger so there is nothing Blogger can do.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Just got to get my head on straight and see what happens this week. They are starting to goof up another of our blogs so that means I may have hurry up and set up my first Word Press blog by next week. I will play it by ear and probably move the lowest ones first.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

The biggest surprise for the first day stats is Moanalua Corridor and all hits are legit, unbelievable. Perhaps we can get a photo and some dancing news from that sector to publish for the reader/dancers. This area is the second most populated area on Oahu, and should have a good potential in spite of the horrible Rail Catastrophe and the Noise.

"Nostalgia" por Placido Domingo

"Nobody really taught me tango. I learned by watching. But today I believe young people should find a good teacher to have a base and then do their street dancing. Do the best they can do by dancing and dancing. Step on someone’s feet, and have your feet stepped on. Dance with everybody and not simply with one partner."
Maria Nieves, famous Tango dancer.

“I did have a few drinks Saturday night in Waikiki. They told me I did a
real sexy tango. I'm told I could’ve done even better with a partner.”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Aloha Ball in Kona

Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort
The first ever Aloha Ball was held in Kona this past weekend on October 25, 2014.  The ballroom competition and workshop were presented by Ron Montez and Tony Meredith, both accomplished ballroom professionals.  They are both former professional champions and Tony has been choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance.

The event was held at the newly renovated Kona Sheraton Hotel at Keahou Bay on the Big Island.  Having just competed at the Hawaii Star Ball last month, we had not planned on entering the Aloha Ball.  But, at the last minute, some of us from USA Dance, Team Hawaii (Glenn & Anne, Miguel & Rieko, Edwin and Charlotte, Mike & Lorrie, and Calvin & Debra), decided to enter - especially after Ron Montez told us that he would waive the late entry fees for us Hawaii competitors.  It was a one-day competition, held on Saturday, with workshops held on Sunday.  The other competitors from Hawaii included students from Divino Ritmo.

Thank You Keith !!
We had never been to the Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort since its renovation.  We were pleasantly surprised.  It's quite a nice hotel, right on the water.  The ocean was calm that weekend and the water in front of the hotel was crystal clear and you could see the fish swimming among the rocks.  Wished we had brought our snorkels and fins.  When we got to our room, we were surprised with a bottle of champagne generously provided by the Food and Beverage Manager, Keith Malini.  Keith remembered us from the days we used to frequent the Hanohano Room at the Sheraton Waikiki.  That was many years ago.  It was a very pleasant surprise.  Calvin was under the weather, trying to fight off a cold so he didn't drink, and the Bugarins don't drink alcohol.  But the bottle was enjoyed by Debra, Mike & Lorrie.  :-)

The Judging Panel
We arrived in Kona the day before the competition, on Friday.  We had hoped to be able to practice some on the competition floor the day before the comp.  Unfortunately, when we checked in the ballroom around 7:30 in the evening, the floor had not been set up.  We went back at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to sneak in a little practice before the competition started at 8:00.  What ??  The floor was still not set up ??   We saw Tony Meredith busily talking on his cell phone.  The Kona Sheraton did not have the requisite number of dance floor sections.  In other words, they didn't have a floor large enough to hold a ballroom competition.  They eventually found enough floor sections by calling other nearby hotels and the competition started around 10:00 a.m., - 2 hours behind schedule.

With the Aloha Ball being a one-day competition with lots of entries, the organizers tried to make up the lost time by cutting the heat times from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.  Cutting 30 seconds off of each heat did not make up the two hours over the course of the day, but it helped.  They then decided not to have a dinner break, as previously scheduled.  With the dinner break omitted, they were almost back to schedule for the evening rounds.

We danced the Ten International dances in both Open Amateur and Senior divisions, dancing two rounds of Latin first.  As soon as we were done with the Latin rounds, we had to run to our room and change into our Standard costumes.  While we were changing, we got a call from Mike saying we were "on-deck" !!.  We barely got our buttons and clasps fastened and ran back down to the ballroom.  Calvin had beads of perspiration on his forehead.  But, we made it. we got into the ballroom and a few moments later, we were on the dance floor for our Standard heats.

Calvin & Debra with George & Vickie Dao, and good 'ol Bob Bosley  :-)
It sounded and felt a bit crazy, but all-in-all, we enjoyed the competition.  It was their first run at it and, understandably, had some glitches.   "Some glitches" ??  No floor ??  But, honestly, we all had fun and we all did well.  We saw Divino Ritmo students collecting many awards. Most of the USA Dance Team Hawaii took 1st in Category. Some of us won some prize money we accepted as scholarships.  It was a fun event.  Next year should be better.

Photo op with Donnie Burns

The competition hair.

The Ballroom

USA Dance Team Hawaii members

With Aloha,
Calvin & Debra

p.s,  Check out this video.  Pros having fun doing cha-cha.  You'll like it.

The Pros doing Cha-Cha at Aloha Ball (click on the link):