Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dance News

From the Dance News, New York:

The last century was the information age of dancing, America was unusual in that it had its own active dance "documenters" who did more or less the same thing in the U.S. that the English did in England. However the U.S. was much less influential in the dance world, so their style didn't spread as fast or as far.. The English had the British Empire where the sun never set. and the English simply enforced their standards more broadly. Later on, they mostly decided who won the "International" competitions.

"The creative dancer is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Many years ago, "ballroom dancing" was  very different. Dancing was developed in different environments, and for different reasons. But in this century, the dances in the two disciplines  grow a little closer, until now, the distinctions are mostly technical. At the same time there are new dances introduced weekly simply to avoid the technicalities that have evolved in the disciplines.  It has caused many of us recently to start questioning the American style, asking, "Why are we doing this? What is it about American style that makes it unique and worthwhile?"

"PS, I Love You" by the Hilltoppers


The revolution in ballroom dancing is at hand and fusion is coming in from all sides. The world of "social dance" recognizes that Foxtrot and Jive are American not English. Waltz is not English either. And everyone knows that Paso Doble is Spanish. The Latin dances are increasing and becoming more solid in our social dance environment. Rumba and Cha Cha Cha remaining as the most solid of the Latin social dances in Hawaii and throughout the world.

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak." ~old Hopi Indian Saying

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Leading Blog

Town Dancer blog has been the surprise of this year. It is still up ahead of all the rest of our blogs and only with SOS (my blogging.) This may not be the greatest blog in the world but  on Oahu but it is certainly beyond the accepted expectations. And when you think what it could do with a few more information contributors. Wow!

"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves."


Whatevah, Town Dancer blog is doing very well. And many of the readers aspire to the dance competition style of dance and doing very well in the exhibitions too. They have every right to it. The social dance clubs in town seem to be well saturated and the long standing top five are no longer the top five. There have been some changes there. And the Creative Researchers And Producers are losing their old punch.

"You, You, You" by the Ames Brothers

Only one of the dance studios who could have some information for us, get it into Dancing Nights blog via Richie Fun. The others do not know anything about us or don't care. Meanwhile, I will do everything I can to promote whatever information they give me. I get routine flyers too late for posting and direct talk to our readers is what makes social media, not advertising. In blogging it is much more effective.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The neighbor islands are waking up slowly. I am getting more routine flyers but nothing concrete that would be for the reader/dancers of this blog. I do get some beautiful posters now and then but too late for posting. Beautiful colors and a good example of what can be done for our fellow dancers on all the neighbor islands.

Live music seems to be increasing and the interest in dancing to the "oldies but goodies." It has always been there but the young are always for the new. Latin Music in being "introduced" more and Oahu already has the reputation of having the best Rumba dancers in the Pacific. This seem to be developing more in West Oahu with the rise of Kapolei as Second City.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

I am recovering my health a little and I must find out what kind it is developing in the West and perhaps it is danceable. My ability to hear is getting worse. Kapolei has some Live Music occasionally. When they get a couple bars with dance floors, that will establish a little late night stuff in the West. This can, in turn, only lead to a Night Club open until at least 2 AM. I used to pass by there on the bus sometimes at 10 pm and everything was closed tighter than a drum.

"We are dancers and we believe that we learn to dance better by dancing. Whether it means
to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living"


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Computors and the Internet

Computers and the internet are becoming almost a necessity for our dance community in every day life on Oahu. There is a wealth of free information on the Internet today. We email and chat with friends and family far away. We watch our favorite shows or how to videos to troubleshoot a problem. A lot of us even bank or shop online. But we still must be very careful.

“Perhaps we should not believe things because they make our lives better,
we could believe them because they are true.” 


"Do You Hear What I Hear" by Willie K.

Whenever you’ve connected to the internet, you are opening up your private information to the world. Once online, the crooks and their computer viruses and malware find ways to infect your computer without your knowledge. Antivirus software provides the best virus protection and will remove most of these but we we must still be very careful. Many of the anti virus hucksters actually are guilty of installing malware on your computer. Then they offer to remove it for price. This should be illegal but we know the republican congress. Crooks all of them. It's the money, Sonny.


"The Lights Of Home" by Don Ho

Viruses, spyware, and adware are all malware with distinct differences. All of them do damage to legitimate computer users but they fall into different categories depending on the intent of their attack. Viruses are a bit of malicious code that is secretly included in an application you decide to download. It replicates itself to infect other computers. Eventually, the virus is activated for its purpose: deleting important files, corrupting information, or randomly shutting off your computer. And Microsoft programmers do not have the capability of stopping them,

   
"First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Jimmy Borges

Spyware is malicious software that gets installed without the user even knowing about it. This is usually the most dangerous form of attack. It invades your Internet security to find sensitive information from your computer and sell it for a price on the black market. The programmers at Microsoft are helpless against these people. The complicaters at Microsoft have taken over from the simplifiers.


Adware, on the other hand, is a unique form of software specifically written to produce popup ads. The popups can start as the user uses a certain application, when they visit a particular website online, or simply as soon as they boot up their computer. The most deceptive form of adware shows a popup telling the user their computer is infected and that they need to install antivirus software.Theirs of course.

“In our dance: there is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action,  and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dancing in the Outskirts

Downtown is far away for a lot of dancers and the traffic is due to get worse. Saturday nights in Waikiki is something awful. But District Park and Community Centers seem to be reluctant to allow social dancing. But we still know we must find other places to dance.

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
~Mother Teresa

On the left, the Kilauea Recreation Center, the most indicated for those living in the East. Getting the wheels of the clubs together is a problem. There is a photo of the adjacent Gym at Kilauea Recreation Center, with a floor much better for dancing than the ballroom with tile floors. About the same size and ideal for a dance place even if only on Friday and Saturday nights. Perfect for the many Social Dance Clubs in existence.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

There are many community centers in the outskirts of Oahu that are big enough but for some reason or another Community Centers on Oahu are not pro dancing. The planned one at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center in Waipio was too big and had to be scrapped because the money is needed for the Rail Mess. There have been at least ten new millionaires created in Honolulu and all connected to the Rail Disaster. The original 5 billion dollar Rail is now at 7 billion and will go much higher because of "Cost Overruns."


"Perfidia' by Glenn Miller

In Hawaii, markedly in this century there has been an increase in interest by listeners and dancers to the oldies but goodies. The music from the 30s, 40s and dwindling out in the 70s. Admittedly, this has been some of the best music ever written on this planet both for hearing and for moving to it.


"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

However, this new wave cannot last by itself. For the dancers in Hawaii were changing with the introduction to Ballroom dancing in the late 50s. With it came the Latin music and the dances that go with it. Rumba and Cha Cha Cha have become a staple in dancing in Hawaii and it has become part of Social Dance. So the acceptance of the music is still changing for the better.


"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Unfortunately, many DJs, because they know so much about music will use much non Latin music for their dancing presentations. They know their rhythm and "You can dance Rumba to it" and we can all agree to that. However it is not the same thing when the DJ plays a real Latin sound and "You gotta dance Rumba to it." Many dancers on Oahu are beginning to know the difference. It's not only in the rhythm, Dude, its in the music.

 “We must dance for ourselves. If someone understands, good. If not, no matter.
 We go right on doing what interests us, and do it until it stops interesting us.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I'll be seeing you

Songs and memories for most of us old timers are regular occurrences and I just came across a dilly. This song has never attained "classic" but nevertheless for a lot of us it will be forever. In the Internet I also found a short love story to go with it, written by somebody from Georgia and I could understand.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Rosemary Clooney

A young 18 year old paratrooper meets a beautiful young Parachute WAC at the Parachute Patio in Fort Benning, Georgia. The year was 1944 and he was just back from his first furlough home and finishing up his training. She impressed him when she explained that all of the Parachute WACs were extra careful in packing the chutes, "because your life depends on it."


The music was just perfect and they quickly found that they could dance Swing and Fox Trot with each other easily. And their favorite song became "I'll be seeing you," which of course, they would dance cheek to cheek. They were from different backgrounds and they were both homesick. At the appropriate time, they could sing along with the song, softly into each others ears, a short peck on the lips would follow hoping no one saw them.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante

Soon enough they both got the same weekend pass, from Friday night after retreat to Monday morning reveille. They went to Atlanta, had a wonderful time dancing every evening. When they got back, he could figure that even if he was killed where he was going, in his short but happy life this had all been worth it.


A few days later she faced him and said this was their last day. She knew before him that he was leaving in 24 hours. She told him she was not going to wait for him. "You are a Paratrooper and you are not likely to come back and I am not going to go through that. But let me tell you, I will remember you to my dying day." She kissed him on the cheek, made a half turn and left him. He was in shock but he never saw her again. She may have been a month older than him but in maturity she was a year older.

A week later he was on a troopship on the Atlantic headed for Naples, Italy to a War that was going on full blast. But he would never forget the words they sang into each others ears, "I'll find you in the morning sun, and when the night is new, I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you."

Happy Dancing everyone!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Social Dancing

By Jonathan Kim, Kaiihi

Dancing is one of the most valuable assets you can acquire in life. Social dancing permits you to step forth into a colorful, glamorous setting and dance your way to fun, friends and happiness. Say, how about a Tea Dance on every Wednesday evening? Anywhere on Oahu is just fine.

 “In our dance world, much of what has been said has not mattered,
and much of what has mattered has not be said.”


Rhythm, we all have it. Our hearts beat to rhythm, and we walk in rhythm and there are many other things we do in rhythm. Many doctors recommend social dancing as perfect exercise for keeping the lungs and heart strong and healthy. It is also a healthy way to release pent-up tensions and forget worries.

"I May Be Wrong" by Music Unlimited


No special equipment is required to participate, and there is almost no risk of injury. Trying to comform to the disciplines may be difficult but most social dancing is easy.  Best of all, dancing teaches the important social graces necessary to relate comfortably to a person of the opposite sex.

"I've Got You Under My Skin/Night and Day" by Jimmy Borges


And in Honolulu there are numerous places where you can dance in an exclusive dance environment. And of course, there are plenty of Night Clubs with many different kinds of music, dances and age groups. You can pick the ones you are more comfortable in.

“This world may be running out of water, but it isn’t running low on music. So let the dancing flow!”

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Grateful Dead

"You need music, I don't know why. It's probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it."
Jerry Garcia
"Casey Jones" by the Grateful Dead.

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was a musician, songwriter, artist, and lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. Though he vehemently disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. One of the original founders of the Grateful Dead, Garcia performed with the Dead for its entire three-decade career; and also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, and Legion of Mary.

"Eyes of the World" by the Grateful Dead

Garcia co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage with John Dawson and David Nelson. He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known by many for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story. He passed twenty years ago, may he rest in peace.

"Friend of the Devil" by the Grateful Dead

With beautiful Articulated Buses we coulda been a contendah.

Everybody that takes public transportation says the same thing. And I definitely do not mean the ones planning "Da Rail Disaster." Everyone is going to want to ride it one time just to see what it is like. After that there will be other ways to get to and from Honolulu, the car being one of them. Let the others ride the rail. If we had had comfortable seating in the present buses, it would be relatively painless to ride from Makaha to downtown Honolulu.


Of course, with the development of Kapolei into a real Second City, we will all learn. To live, work and play in our own kuleana will be real paradise. But there are many organizations funded by the Present Rail Party that have stopped most business and industrial parks in the area. The Waianae Coast and the North Shore remain in a third country status.

“We dance for ourselves. If someone understands, that's nice. If not, no matter, we go
right on doing what interests us, and we will do it until it stops interesting us.”