Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The West Is Moving

This blog is still leading the way and Platinum Horseshoe blog is doing it's best to help get reader/dancers. All the blogs are getting more solid in hits daily but the law of diminishing returns is there. Our type of blogs need feedback from the reader/dancers, stronger feedback in the comments at the end of every blog is first. Then of course, the real meat and potatoes are the Two Centers. We are getting some good ones from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and from Dance Appeal Studio. And nice that  lately we have run across some discussions on Tango. Wha' Dat?

"Social dancers find that in moving to their favorite music, it is in the performance
of a dedicated set of acts, from which comes the shape of achievement,
a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit, that is social."


The ancient Indian Milonga was, is and could remain as a constant beat without any accent at all. And it was from several ancient Cat dances in the Southern part of South America. Nowadays if it has a syncopation either at the beginning or at the end of a measure, it should be quite permissible. However, the quick, quick, slow and the more often syncopation during the song is definitely Tango. And some very beautiful music has evolved throughout the years. Not many people in our dancing world understand this because in Tango on Oahu, it is the steps and moves and not the music that much. The lyrics? Wow!

"La Comparsita" by Carlos Gardel


The dance that the real Tango dancers are interested in has a much, much different view point.We have of course, the American Tango which was modified quite a bit by the dance teachers in the US from the Argentine Tango. What the hell do those savages in Argentina know about dancing? Then along came the British and they established the International style of dance and they invented what they considered to be da reel teeng. It was not really that bad at all. The Finnish developed their own, also based on the Argentine but more closely allied to music. It is spreading now throughout Europe as the Nordic Tango, in this century and considered closer to da reel teeng.


“Sometimes social dancers just want to stop and dance and celebrate
mortality. Stop and dance to feed your spirit.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yes, We Dance

By Larry Sawaguchi, Liliha:
Most of the reader/dancers of these blogs are becoming aware that there are quite a few different dances being danced on Oahu. Many of which meld and merge into each other. The only one that has a distinct dividing line is the International Style of Dance. They are "strictly ballroom" and they have "adjudicators" that are trained to judge very exactly. They sincerely believe that they dance "correctly" and anyone that is not dancing their way is dancing - well just dancing. All dances have about 100 movements that partake in moving to music.

"It is not a tragedy to have only one talent. The tragedy is not using it."


Does anyone pretend to know them all? Of course not. After all, if you have a different dance it must be danced differently. But we should know that standing a woman on her head is not dancing. Flipping the lady over your shoulder is not dancing. Those are tricks, and there are a million of them out there. For exhibitions they are very nice and let us clap in appreciation. But after that, let us dance our way ("as if no one is watching") for the pure enjoyment of moving to music.  Most of us will try to learn as many of the one hundred basic moves as we can, those that can be led easily and followed easily.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" ... Theresa Brewer


Then we go for the music, be it live or canned. But the music is first, then we will move to the music in the basic movements and enjoy it to the fullest in that fashion. We are the real social dancers. The others are whatever they wish to call themselves, no hu hu. Most can already see that in blogs, there is direct and more current communication. It leaves an opening for comments in each blog and is receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself.  This learning process for all of us has been slow. We are just not accustomed to it. Social dance is more than just the dance for dance. The music, the people and the atmosphere, all lend themselves.

"For the Social Dancer, the dance maybe a prayer for the future, a remembrance
of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Swing

The Lindy Hop (funny name) where did it come from. - One evening in 1927, following Lindbergh's flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named "Shorty George" Snowden was watching some of the dancing couples. A newspaper reporter asked him what dance they were doing, and it just so happened that there was a newspaper with an article about Lindbergh's flight sitting on the bench next to them. The title of the article read, "Lindy Hops The Atlantic," and George just sort of read that and said, "Lindy Hop" and the name stuck.

"Many dancers learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same."


In the mid 1930's, a bouncy six beat variant was named the Jitterbug by Cab Calloway, who was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer and he introduced a tune in 1934 entitled "Jitterbug". There have been many new names and many new variations to swing but that name stuck for a long time.

"Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman,
Gene Krupa on drums, Harry James on Trumpet.


The Spanish after some years realized that there are no swear words in the Indian languages of the Americas. Of course the Spanish were always curious about these heathens and they would always ask. "What if you are hammering on a nail and you accidentally hit your thumb?" The answer is always the same. "Now we use your language."

"Social Dancers believe that they express themselves through the dance
 and they create music through their feet."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Waltz

Excerpted from the Dance Magazine:
There were several partner dances in the three count measure three hundred years ago, the most famous was the polka. Right about the time of the American Revolution, "waltz" primarily indicated that the dance was a turning one; one would "waltz" in the polka to indicate rotating rather than going straight forward without turning. The Viennese custom was to slightly anticipate the second beat of each bar, making it sound as if the third is late and creating a certain buoyancy.

"Social Dancers can get tired after running for two minutes,
but at a dance social, they can dance for hours."


The younger Strauss (Johann Strauss II) would sometimes break up the one-two-three of the melody with a one-two pattern in the accompaniment along with other rhythms, maintaining the 3/4 time while causing the dancers to dance a two-step waltz. Eventually evolved into the Viennese Waltz. The metronome speed for a full bar varies between 60 and 70, with the waltzes of the first Strauss often played faster than those of his sons. In Latin America it is danced with a Rock step and also a Chassé.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer


Shocking many when it was first introduced, the waltz became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances. The music and the dance are still much appreciated on Oahu by the more experienced dancers and also throughout the world.

"Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy years old because
he felt that an essential part of him had been neglected."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oahu Looking Nice

By Daniel Kaaihue, Kalihi
Dance music seems to come in many different forms, from disco to hip-hop to our famed ballroom kind. Though there have been various dance crazes throughout the history of popular music, Dance music became its own genre in the mid-'70s, as soul mutated into disco and whole clubs were devoted to special dancing. On Oahu, in the late '70s, dance clubs played disco, but by the end of the decade, disco, specially for the young was mutating into a number of different genres. All of the genres were collected under the catch-all term "dance," though there were distinct differences among other subgenres.

"24 hours in a day … 24 beers in a case … coincidence?"


The Latin evolved into the Caribbean sound led by Cubans and Puerto Ricans in the US. The Mexican sound has quite a diversity too, but it has remained pretty much in its ethnic group. What tied them all together was their emphasis on rhythm -- in each dance subgenre, from Disco to House to Salsa, the beat is king. In addition to the contemporary dance forms, there is a long and varied tradition of dance throughout the world, through virtually all cultures and in all countries.

"Fly Me To The Moon" ... Matt Monroe

Recreational/social dancing for the more experienced dancers on Oahu now strives to present all of the major contemporary, traditional dance forms. Preferences have been based on the disciplines, American Social Dance, International Style of Dance and Country Styles of Dance because many Universal dancers have been taught so much in the discipline world. However quite a few in dance clubs or night clubs are not dancing strictly disciplines. Theirs has not been street dancing but "club" dancing, learned in night clubs.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

We have learned that there are quite a few standard basic moves to music that are done in most dances throughout the world. Dance teachers do make special ones which are referred to as LAGS. And even good teachers of American eventually eventually teach their own versions. However if you are not dancing any of the discipline styles exactly and the lady is following you easily, then you are converting into a recreational, social dancer. What's the problem?

"Some people's budgets are in such a mess, you'd think
they were getting advice from the city council."
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Slowly

Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. Yours is as important as anyone else's. How about sharing it with your fellow dancers? And the Information Contributors will be small, medium and large, but everyone still important. The entire island of Oahu dancers. Comments? Why not?

"Many social dancers restrict their reading habits to a small window
of what is happening in our blogosphere."


Typical flyer of the dozens we get, addressed to "undisclosed recipients." The way it has been done in printed matter for 60 years. It must do somebody some good, but not me personally and definitely not social media for blogging. But then our blogs are somewhat similar, we just publish on the Internet except the choice of tuning in, is yours So we all learn, it will take some time, we must be patient. With good social media. the hits on these blogs will go through the ceiling.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


I know I am losing my physical abilities but not doing too bad with the help I get. I can get a better looking party blog when I get help in getting photos to make two collages of nine photos each. Together with few lines from a couple people it fleshes out very nicely. The advertisement for the coming party is nice. But the results of the party are much more interesting to the readers. The hits go through the roof.

That's what he said, “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.”
 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Photos

We need photos, - however if you take a good look at the photos in our social dance blogs you can see some that are more pleasing to the eye of the dancers than others. Your friends at the dance party, and with possibly a few comments. Wow! That would really send the hits up through the roof. Most of us are just ordinary people and do not yet realize that this is going to be social media. We are still in the process of defining it for ourselves. We should be patient.

"If we could all stop trying to be so happy
we could have a pretty good time."


You will be able to see that three people are better than two in a photo. Four are better than three, but 15 are not better than 14. Taking all this in, the photographer makes the decision. The photographer can choose the ones he wants to post in the party dance blog and email them. Yes, I know about 100 million photos available daily in Picasa, Photobucket, Instagram, Flicker and Facebook, so we can consider that taken care of for others. We missed all those possible in Pakistan? Tough.

"Have I Told You Lately" by Amy Hanaialii


Our blogosphere is also still in the process of alignment. Our social dance blogs must be different from each other. Fortunately we are getting some terrific reader/dancers. Getting feedback is crucial. We are slowly making contact with the neighbor islands and hope to get some feedback soon. They are pretty well tied up organization wise, but individually they can also choose whichever blog they would prefer. We must be patient. I do intend to continue the process of making my best blog independent (of me, anyway.)

"Social Dancers may not be classically trained, but many can rip up a dance floor."