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Friday, November 15, 2019

The Season

Aloha Dancers!

Just a few quick reminders:
Help us make the WBDC Thanksgiving Dance even more fun than ever!
Happening tonight!

Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm

Potluck or a small monetary donation is appreciated.
Come and join the fun of music by DJ Leland,
Dance till closing, and NICE people!

The theme is "Thanksgiving", a time to be THANKFUL and APPRECIATE.


Multitudes in our nation have become specialists in the "science of misery." They are experts -- moral accountants who can, in a moment, tally all the wrongs society has ever done to them or their group. We have never talked with one of these people who was happy, blessed or content about anything. They expect an imperfect world to treat them perfectly.

"Jingle Bells"



The spirit of giving, expressing love and gratitude and a celebration of life help to make Christmas a very special time for all of us. Even if you are not a Christian, we can all enjoy the spirit of giving which is truly what this season is all about. “Tis the season to be jolly,”

Monday, November 11, 2019

La Milonga, 150 years ago.

La Orilla, a slum area on the edge of Buenos Aires, near the waterfront, the Indian Milonga was changing almost two hundred years ago, These drunken men loved to dance. Men would go to a bar to see a fight and a dance would break out. And the common sailor still carried most of the low class culture from one country to another. In Milonga territory it was mainly between the slums in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Initially, "partner" Milonga might be best described as stopping the walking step to rub together the male and female genitalia areas by the pimps and the prostitutes. It was soon omitted and from these crude beginnings, it developed into something slightly more acceptable to the poor society around them, and soon became popular in the "barrios" (slum areas).

"The Tango is a sad thought that you can dance."


The idea that the development of the Milonga was by the prostitutes in the brothels dancing with the pimps or the patrons may be an appealing one but also a myth. The point was that the men were waiting because the women were otherwise occupied. If anything they would dance with each other. Obviously the brothel's income would be maximized by keeping the girls busy at their primary occupation, so certainly at peak periods where the brothel was busiest there would not be women available for dancing. In La Orilla, there may have been up to 40 men for every woman. And the Milonga musicians were forced to mold a Milonga music to entertain the men while they waited.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel


With the influence of the big influx of Europeans in the 60s, and their bandoneon, It would not be until the 1890s that the music and dance began to invade the middle classes, forcing the top people to get rid of the Milonga name. They came up with the name of the old obsolete Andalusian Tango and called it Tango. However the Milonga name could not be deleted that easily and it took 20 years to really change into Tango. And only because by that time it was introduced to Europe. In the rest of the world today the name Tango is used. In Argentina it is still intermixed with the name Milonga. Now there are at least 50 different Tangos around the world. Ten of them in Argentina. How many we got on Oahu?

"Social dancers feel that their time is limited, so they
do not want to waste it living someone else’s life."

Friday, November 8, 2019

New Dancers Coming In.

And they are getting some good advice from the different sectors. The night club sector comes first because so many newcomers get interest in dancing from new people that they meet at a night club. If they learn any dancing there it is as close to street dancing as you will ever get in Hawaii in this century. Your next best bet is the Dance Clubs which abound more in downtown Honolulu, And from there you may make the choice of a good Dance Studio. We can welcome them all as dancers.

Who said, "A dance critic is a person who leaves no turn unstoned.”


If you are thinking of taking up dancing, suggestions include, - see your doctor for a check-up if you have a medical condition, are overweight, are over 40 years of age or are unfit. Do some warm-up stretches or activities before you begin a dance session. A simple walk is a good start. Drink plenty of water before, during and after dancing. Make sure you rest between dance sessions. Don’t push yourself too far or too fast, especially if you are a beginner.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


Wear comfortable shoes that may be more appropriate to your style of dance. Check with your dance instructor that you are holding the correct form. Take the opportunity to watch dance moves on your computers. Learning new moves may increase your risk of injury, especially if you are already tired. Perform regular leg-strengthening exercises. Move as fluidly and gracefully as you can. Cool down after a dance session, including stretching. You will feel comfortable among a very nice group of people.

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dancing in Wahiawa

AN INVITATION ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019
7:30-9:50 PM

WAHIAWA RECREATION CENTER, HALE HOOKIPA ROOM

FALL COLORS ATTIRE (Optional)
POTLUCK or small donations appreciated.

Join us for an evening of enjoyment
and dancing! DJ Leland! Lots of Dancing!
Lots of Nice People! Yummy Foods!

LET US CELEBRATE HOW THANKFUL
WE ARE TO HAVE YOU BE A PART OF
ALL THE WONDERFUL TIMES WE HAD
AND CONTINUE TO HAVE❣️

Submitted by Maile Yagi, Mahalo

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


As a large social dance community on Oahu, there are plenty of monthly dances where you can catch up with your fellow dancers, practice and show off your newly-learned skills. You can be inspired to learn more throughly watching others dance. Unfortunately they do not cover the entire island just yet.These theme dances are usually only three to fours long and may include a Dine & Dance feature. You can usually find more information about our monthly dances including any coming soon on most web and blog sites.

"Social dancers often feel like they are dancing to their music on a beaten path, everything that happens feels like it was meant to be."

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Two Center

All of our dancing blogs need "Information and Photo Contributors," that is people that are willing to share information and photos not readily accessible to the rest of us. At the moment this is the most important element in our blogging. They usually refer to it as sticking in their two cents, so we have converted the terminology to a Two-Center. One sentence, two sentences, a paragraph and even an short article when they get going. This is necessary to establish the blog as Social Media. The different opinions coming from different people are the body of a good dancing blog. And yes I realize that it may be somewhat difficult to understand.

Social Dancers believe that moving to a good beat in one of your favorite songs is about the best that can happen to you at a dance."


It does not require anyone going for the Pulitzer Prize or Professional photographers. And each photo also represents a point of view, - your friends. So two people in photo is better than one. And Partner Dancing on Oahu has been pretty well defined in this century. The biggest portion is the Social Dancers, - where and who we are. There is much overlap and we seem to see each others differences in a good light.. The peripheral dancers do not seem to realize much of this yet. They have preferred to marginalize us but that will slow down to a better understanding. All you need is a computer and email to send the information and/or photos to the dance blog of your choice.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


And it is very possible when you see the good results of your sharing, you may think about the next step, of being a Guest Author. The most valuable item for a dance blog to establish their independence from the originator. Each blog is slowly defining itself as to the niche it will cover. Much of the blogs will have overlapping agendas. But they are slowly shaping up and we must let them go as they wish. The Two-Centers may choose their preferred blog and that will certainly help to make the blogs different. Of course, I will not live forever and we must allow for this. Town Dancer the top rated blog with average hits per day should be the first one to go. If I work it right, it should be fully independent by January. Then I can begin working on the next one to go.

"The human mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions."

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

La Milonga, 1819

By Ricardo De Peńa, Waipio.
After independence in Argentina, 1816, it was the rise of the Compadres (the Godfathers,) in La Orilla, (The Edge) who really promoted the Milonga. Even though the changing Milonga ebbed and flowed over a large territory of at least one thousand miles in diameter around them because of the Guachos. These Compadres were local men of some means, sometimes shady dealings, smugglers, slightly better off than the Compadritos who tried to emulate them. And they owned most of the brothels in the Orilla. The Compadritos were street men, petty criminals and small time pimps. But here was the real basics of Argentine Tango.

"Tango is about feeling and sensitivity, otherwise you are just
doing gymnastics. You can do all the steps but it has
to have the feeling and sensitivity of Tango."


This was still mainly a local Indian dance colored by European preferences.We know the Milonga had existed among the Indians in South America for at least 500 years. And it was even danced by the very low class newcomers in the same way for a few centuries after their arrival in the 1500s. Greek style Milonga (men in a line dance with interlocked arms) became sporadic, The Guachos increased in their importance. But the real partner creation of the new dance came in the middle of the 1800s with the arrival of thousands of Europeans and the introduction of the Bandoneon.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel


The "Orilla" developed rapidly. The young Indian and Mestizo girls that were “enticed” usually started for the middle class men as “Virgins.” From there a very few would move into a higher class and even find a Godfather who married or not had the money to keep her as a mistress. Many would drop into being lower class prostitutes with even lower class Compadritos. But the new partner Milonga continue to evolve and with it the introduction of the obscenity of sex in the lyrics. This was most often in Milonga but also in the crossbreeding of all the newcomers music and dance too.

"The important thing is to know why we want to dance. We dance
a solitude that we have inside us and cannot occupy with
anything, This gap, that emptiness to which we put
movement, is the TANGO."  ~ Carlos Gavito

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Feedback

We are in need of FEEDBACK. People of Oahu willing to share their 2 cents of dance information with our fellow dancers. If I was famous it would be not be a problem the hits would be there in the thousands per day. Unfortunately Oahu has me in the blogs and that is commonly referred to as SOS. (same old shit.) I say blue, all the time. And along comes someone that says, GREEN. Readers galore and the hits go through the roof. Why? simply because it is no longer SOS.

"Social Dancers know that if you only dance with your partner, you are
not a Social Dancer, Not bad,  just not a Social Dancer."


There are many good people coming into our social dance agenda. And fortunately they have been accepted, we are a friendly people. Naturally, like anywhere else everything it is divided into three classes. Many are the A dancers that just like the social dance scene. They may attend a dance function once or twice a month and mostly for the social opportunities, you get to meet so many nice people. Generally you are just a member in good standing. The class AA dancers are a little more than that and fortunately are the biggest portion of the enchilada.  Most take classes regularly and take every opportunity to perfect their moves and have fun doing it. ANYWHERE.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Most of us accept the fact that none of us is perfect and we are not clones, So there comes a time when you wish but only if you wish to volunteer to be a Class AAA member, same price. You are just willing to do a little more. They are mainly our teachers and the "benevolent oligarchies" running whatever club is at hand. We are so lucky we got some good ones. You wanna dance? Fine, but these people want to do more, and this where they help far more than others. In the last century they use to have newsletter to share information with the readers now we have blogs. Feedback for blogs will be very pertinent.

"Social Dancers may attribute their successes to this:
They never gave or took any excuse."