Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Update

Town Dancer has been in front from the very beginning and no blog has been able to threaten their number one position until now. Blogging Hawaii is catching up with the help of the search engine hits and because Town Dancer has been slowing down. The Two Center is crucial for Blogging Hawaii. One good Two Center with regular dance information and a photo or two will put this up to Numbah One. And we can begin planning the independence.

"Our mission in life should not be merely to survive, but it could be to thrive;
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
 

The social dance clubs in town are doing just fine. There have been regular adjustments and the long standing top five are no longer the same. This happened in the last year and some people have a different top five than others. HBDA, IBDI, and Pan Pacific are still there. It is the other two that are questionable, none have counters so that doesn't help.


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Salsa and Bachata are doing quite well in Night Clubs and even in some of the Dance Studios which is good for the Studios and the dancers. In Honolulu the dance studios are very slowly phasing into the Night Club business on weekends. It's a natural and the rest of the week can be very comfortable with dance lessons. And some people are now inquiring about Fred Astaire studios.


 "Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

The outskirts of Honolulu are still slow, but the interest is increasing due to the horrible traffic situation in Honolulu. On Saturday night it can be bumper to bumper in Waikiki and it can take 20 minutes just to get out of the parking area. There will be places to have a ball closer to home and you can be home in 20 minutes.


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

One of the Fat Cats from the Present Rail Party passed away and arrived at the Pearly Gates sweating and struggling with a large suitcase. Saint Peter says "Set it down and come on in." - "No way," barks the Fat Cat, "I have to bring it in with me."

Saint Peter is a nice guy and asks, "What could be in there that is so important?" The Fat Cat looks up, smiles and opens the suitcase to reveal 50 gold bricks. Peter's jaw drops, "You brought pavement?"

Friday, May 22, 2015

They Dance in the Philippines?

In the Philippine Ballroom Dance Boom, Women Lead
By Seth Mydans, from an old Internet article.

What was former Senator Rene Saguisag doing on the dance floor at the Inter-Continental Hotel, twirling a woman who is not his wife through the rapid paces of a tango?

"Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing."

''It's exquisite!'' exclaimed the former Senator, once the chief spokesman for Corazon C. Aquino in her improbable rise to the presidency. ''It's good, clean fun and we have lost a lot of weight.''

His wife, Dulce, like him in her 50's, was not far away, gliding across the floor with a man half her age -- another addict of a craze for ballroom dancing that is sweeping through Asia. ''My wife loves me a million more times when I take her out dancing,'' Mr. Saguisag said. ''But we rarely dance with each other; we both have excellent dance instructors. My wife was born to dance. Wow!''

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

No one seems sure just how the current ballroom dancing fad got started, but in this century it has adapted itself around the region, taking on the colorations of different national cultures and including everything from the tango to the swing, though they seem to go more for the Latin dances.

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage
to change the ones that I can, and the wisdom to know it's me."


With the interchange of dancers in the years to come there will be of a mixing in the types of dances preferred for Social Dances in the Pacific. And everyone seems to be going toward the Latin Dances. Paso Doble? fougetaboudit! That's strictly showbiz.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1st Anniversary Divino Ritmo DanceSport Center Celebration June 6th!

Via Marie.

DIVINO RITMO CELEBRATES Aloha DanceSport Center's FIRST ANNIVERSARY June 6, 2015.

Hello Friends & Dancers:
Saturday, June 6th marks the FIRST year Anniversary of Divino Ritmo's new studio, the Aloha Dancesport Center (ADC).

We would LOVE for you to join the party and help us celebrate our studio's FIRST birthday.

DATE:  Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Time:   6:30p - 10:30p

PLACE: 350 Ward Ave., 2nd floor (across from Sports Authority.)

Cost:    $35 Pre-Sale / $40 at the Door - Includes Buffet Dinner, Champaign Toast, General Dancing & Entertainment.

Inquiries: Yanna (732) 499-0407  yannajs@gmail.com 
               Lucas (917) 568-3173   divinoritmo@aol.com
               Aloha Dancesport Center  ((808) 200-5540
               www.alohadancesportcenter.com

I've been waiting to learn details of Divino Ritmos DSC 1st anniversary fete. Love the amazing floor and the buffet will be to die for (as usual) plus Yanna and Lucas will be performing so it's officially a party!

Sarah and I have June 6th blocked off. Usually we're hunting and pecking for a tasty dance morsel so it's sweet to have one offered up early.

Dance your pants off when you get the chance,

R

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Blog Remains.

Whatever is holding this blog from getting Two Centers and Guest Authors, we must accept and respect their status. Their average hits per day are going down, slowly but steadily. So it is imperative that we work on the next tier and see how we can get a couple of Two Centers for them. Dancing on Oahu is still growing.

"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."


Generally a successful blog for us is all about driving traffic to our blog site, and giving our readers easy to access content they can interact with at the click of a button. In our case the definite need is for the differences of opinion and viewpoint from each Two Center and even more so by that of the Guest Authors.

"Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack


Our best blog site builders will include all the inbuilt content management tools and great sharing options for social media. We can add or deduct functionality so that our readers can comment on what really speaks to them. Each blog will gradually mold itself to what the particular Two Centers, Guest Authors and readers want and it will be social dancing in Hawaii.

 "Band Of Gold" by Freda Payne


Everyone will become a judge, the hits will tell the tale and each blog will end up unique. We are still at the beginning. The Two Centers have emerged as the most crucial part of the equation for now, simply because I cannot get around, physically, as easily as I could before. And one of the blogs should become independent before the end of the year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hi Pops Nightclub Series should be on your bucket list!

Dancing to the Hi Pops had been a game changer. I heard from Cher about the Hi Pops after the end of the 2013-2014 season so decided I had to investigate/experience dancing to a symphony orchestra. Ordered season tickets for the 2014-2015 season. The Nightclub Series was advertised as music from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Waiting anticipating something special like a child @ Xmas was titillating. Matt Catingub did not disappoint. His 1st offering this season was the Beatles Abby Road/White Album concert. OMG, mind, sensory, physical heaven! As a Beatles fan revisiting the albums was like time travel. While dancing I sang along with lyrics and melodies enshrined in my youth. Can't remember what I did yesterday but I remembered those songs. LOL

The 2nd concert was Steely Dan, Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears. Need I say more?

 The Hawaii Ballroom @ the Sheraton housed this event. Word is next year the Hilton Hawaiian Village will host all the Hi Pops concerts making it much easier for everyone rather the different venues previously used.

Saturday was the last of this season's Hi Pops nightclub concert series. Taylor Dane was the featured vocalist for the music of the 80's. Also featured were two young local Divas (can't remember their names) they were wonderful.

Attendance was very good. I was guessing over 500 but didn't really pay attention 'cause as soon as the music started Sarah and I were on the floor joined by Cher/Rich and others.

The music covered the 80's. There was also a medley of instrumentals which included "Axle F and Chariots of Fire" it was a hoot doing different dances to that medley.

The young Divas performed a few songs during the first set and then to close the 2nd set Taylor Dane wowed the crowd w/her hits which included "I'll always love you." Well, that got the lovers up for an intimate belly bump. At the end of her set she did uptempo hits and people charged the floor and even danced around their tables! It was very cool feeling all that positive energy permeating the room.

If you put anything on your bucket list dancing to the Hi Pops should be there somewhere. Thanks to Matt and Dona Bebber you now can experience dancing to a world class symphony orchestra. 
Donna told me that both the concert and Nightclub series for the upcoming season will be mix and match. You can pick and choose the events you wish to attend w /discounts offered.

Can't wait to see what Matt will offer for the 2015-2016 season.

Info for next season will soon be available.

Here is the link to Hi Pops history, founders and upcoming events:

Matt Catingub

Artistic Director, Founder

Matt Catingub, Artistic Director and founder of the Hawaii Pops wears many hats: saxophonist, woodwind artist, conductor, pianist, vocalist, performer, composer, and arranger. In addition to his role with the Hawaii Pops, Catingub is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops In Los Angeles, as well as the Macon Pops in Macon, Georgia, and has held the Pops Conductor positions of the Honolulu Symphony, The Hawaii Symphony, The New Mexico Symphony, and The New Hampshire Music Festival.

Donna Bebber

Executive Director, Founder

Donna Bebber is well known in Hawaii’s fundraising community, having been involved or directly responsible for raising more than $100 million for nonprofit organizations throughout her career. From 1996 to 2003, she served as the Vice President of Development for the Honolulu Symphony Society and was also part of the Symphony’s senior management team, where she worked closely on all activities related fundraising and worked closely with the operations and concert production teams.

Hi Pops is a worthy non profit offering world class music to Hawaii.
You can have fun and support the arts @ the same time. How can you lose?

R

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lost A Micro

I lost Facebook or better yet they lost us. Since it happened the hits are still rising so Micros are not that much help. Keeping the blog at the bottom of the totem pole is preferable to promote the other blogs. So the blogs all remain and Moanalua Corridor is back in place. Mainly because that section will be bearing most the damage that the Rail Disaster will do. The noise will be unbearable, steel wheels on steel rails. Auwe!

"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a person's innermost parts"



"Hot Rod Lincoln" by Johnny Bond

Meanwhile some people in the present center of Oahu entertainment are thinking about locations outside of downtown and Waikiki since the traffic is so bad and it is due to get much worse. Many night clubs really care about making it easier and more comfortable for their clients to attend their functions. And heavy traffic is definitely not it. Liliha and Kalihi are both looking better for those thinking West. Just keep away from the Rail Catastrophe.


And sorry to say folks but Town Dancer has done it again. First it was scam spam robots goofing up the stats and we were able to tone it down. Now we have some body sneaking advertising into the blog. Very annoying and difficult to do your work. Hard enough as it is without that crap. So we must take a vacation of a week or so and see if they can do something. If it is too contaminated we may have to just delete this blog and hopefully make another.

Blogger sneak advertising is bad, almost as bad as Adobe Flash. So we have to start listing the shitlist of the Internet. That is no way to do business. And we just had a couple of recommendations about Word Press. I may have to look into it. We have been with Blogger for a long time, I hate to leave them but they are forcing us with that crap.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Things Looking Better

Just got the good news from the VA, my application for housing in Wahiawa has been made, - nine to ten months waiting list. The good thing is I can get the #52 bus and get to the Kalihi Transit Center in 20 minutes, and the Tripler bus is 15 minutes from there. Not an all day deal like from where I live in Nanakuli and that is due to get worse when the "Rapid Transit" gets in. Terrible.

"We may have too many flaws to be perfect but we may have too many blessings to be ungrateful."

All my VHS tapes gone, all my DVDs gone and I have a dozen CDs left. I also know many dancers in the Wahiawa area, so perhaps I may persuade some to be Two Centers or Guest Authors in any of our blogs. I may have enough time just to get more readers. And with more readers you get more contributors of information too. The entire thing just grows. However now advertising in invading these blog with whose permission? Not mine, I thought this was my blog.

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

I’ve been thinking a lot to the purpose of music lately. I started reflecting on what music means to me and the difference in what it means to other people. This role changes in different moments in life, but it’s a good reminder as to how people relate to music. There are many that were taught to "listen" to music without moving to it.

What does music mean to you? Most responses are very mature with very observant answers. I think music can be so hard to describe and define, but it’s easy to describe how it affects us. It really shows the importance music plays in our lives. For some people music is the most important thing in their life. For others it’s one of the ways they express their emotions.

Some of these responses are not really good. Making music your world isn’t necessarily a good thing. I’m not questioning the moral values one places on music, but on the importance music plays on society and the individual. Perhaps we could teach how important music is to our culture. It makes it exciting to be blogging, while at the same time gives us a responsibility to show the benefits of music in our lives.

"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."