Friday, September 23, 2016

Music And Dance

After all the research I have had to do in the last 20 years, some things have clearly emerged as far as I am concerned. Going back far enough we do know that there was some kind of rhythm with sticks or stones and there was some wild movements usually made by the young when they were feeling frisky.

"Never judge us by the opinion of someone that doesn't really know us."

We also are pretty well in accord that the Rhythm, Music and Dance developed all over the world, at the beginnings of Agriculture some 10000 years ago. There developed three different aficionados of this section and we have them still today.


Listeners: All of us have this to some degree but some are more in favor of listening to good music comfortably seated and perhaps indulging in their favorite alcoholic beverage. And of course recently, (4 to 5 centuries ago,) music evolved into orchestras with over one hundred musicians and huge concerts were established to satisfy the listeners in this class. Some concerts have been held in Coliseums with over 100 thousand fans. And we all know of the Blaisdell Center here on Oahu, it is always well attended. Then we cannot avoid the millions who go around with ear plugs listening to music all day long.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The Movers to Music: This faction has developed into a well know quality among modern dancers and that is the increased good feeling of "moving to music." To this day in Africa, they still dance to music just jumping up and down to the count. Nothing abnormal about that and most of us recognize it. We can also see a young man with a wire in his ear begin to move in a dance fashion and then stop when he realizes people may think he is crazy. Most of us social dancers appreciate the movements to the music and we know that we really do not need too many different movements to enjoy a good piece of music.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


Exhibition and Competition Dancing: It soon became known and accepted as to which were the better dancers and had the most tricks. These dancers could then demonstrate their tricks before a big crowd of their peers. This became evident millenniums ago and they exist to this day to the delight of everyone. And once we had decided who were the better ones we evolved the dance contests to be judged by their peers and these may be considered the "disciplines." Social Dancers can live very happily in the first two groups but only a chosen few can qualify for this select group. Stands to reason, they work for it.

"Wine can make every meal an occasion - every table more elegant -
every day more civilized."

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Big Two

Shaping up so far: For what we have available, Town Dancer is just doing terrific and still in front of all the others. Went through thick and thin when I deleted the first four blogs. That left (The Magnificent Seven) to inform the dancers of our growing dance community and perhaps a better guide to make choices. Now the Platinum Horseshoe emerges as the leading contender.

Every person filters incoming messages through the prism
of their own prejudices."


No one has ever written anything on dance blogging so we are learning as we go along. We shall add and we shall prune as we go along. We are getting more quotes along with the photos and it is everyone's chance to say something. We just may have a social media blog someday. The best example to date is the Platinum Horseshoe blog on the Octoberfest Dance in Wahiawa.

"Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum


We have been trying to inform as many dancers as possible. If we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know. Suggestions are still welcomed and it looks like we will have the name of some club, mention of line dancing and classes specified, teachers and perhaps a name and a phone number for info. If they give us the information, Terrific - if not then ? We should give those that kokua with us the best information.

"I drank so much wine last night that when I went across the floor to get another glass, I won the dance competition."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Not That Bad

I am slowly recovering from my depression and my physical disabilities and I plan to be getting around more. I will start with the area covered by the #53 bus as the easiest way to get me to the clubs and the info to blog'em. And I now have set up two computers at home with Win 7 - that new stuff is not for me - and I will alternate to keep both of them up to date. I hope my friend will teach me how to transfer the data from one computer to the other.

“Life isn’t about finding ourselves. Life’s about creating ourselves.”


Fortunately I have a helper from Medicaid, comes every Thursday about a half day and helps to clean up my apartment, Terrific. He knows plenty about computers and he can also drive me to Walmart, Best Buy or wherever to make those essential purchases. I don't know who thought of it but it is the best thing I have come across in my old age. That coupled with the use of the Handi Van has made not only my day but my year.

"Living Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano


So my future agenda is limited by my physical ability to travel, I am on a walker. My eyesight is limited and so is my hearing. My hands fumble and have difficulty taking photos. But I have gotten some terrific blogs just by letting other people that know where to push the button, take the picture. Then I have some blank paper and get a few comments. We are not there yet, but we are getting closer to Social Media.

"Every Time We Say Goodbye" by Jimmy Borges


We have a good thing going in the Platinum Corridor blog too. Good group of dancers. and we are getting more men into line dancing at break time. Sounds pretty good from here.. It is solidly in second place and with just one steady information contributor it will put it into first place and a possible independence for the blog. Check it out and you will know what it means. The information from the Clubs from the Stadium west will make it Social Media to da max.

"Everyone - keep on dancing and enjoy.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Update September

As most of our reader/dancers know by now, our mantra has been for all the blogs "Of the dancers, for the dancers and by the dancers." But of course this has not included all the dancers. But we all know, that they have made the decision not us. So if we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know.

 "Most dancers realize that we should be careful who to choose
to open to. Only a few people actually care, the rest
just have something to gossip about."


Suggestions are still welcomed and it looks like we will have the name of some club, mention of line dancing, other specialties and classes specified, teachers and perhaps a name and a phone number for info. If they give us the information to share with the readers, terrific for all - and if not then ? We should give those that kokua with us the best. Remember we are not an "instead of," we are an "addition to." Big difference.
 
"Just In My Dreams" by Des O'Connell

This blog will continue to be interested in helping any dancer or dance group in Hawaii. We recognize that we have some of the best people on these Islands ready, willing and able to help too. For the present, we are more interested in the Island of Oahu. The dancing scene is changing for the better. And we are having much more respect for the different dance cultures on this Island. This means our high class social dance clubs, our regular run of the mill dance clubs, and naturally the night club action with its increasing importance with or without live music.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges
 

"Us dancers on Oahu don't just dance, we perform, we breathe, we watch the world disappear, we release our feelings, we lead and follow with our hearts, we tear down walls and stop feeling sad, we lose the pain, we let go and we smile. No, we don't just dance, we do much more."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Evolving Very NIcely

Fortunately I can now put my shoes on and I can walk with my walker. So I plan to do a little more moving around and making some personal contact with any dance group that gets in my way. I can get some written items from a few and I can take my camera but I am limited with my butter fingers, so a couple dancers can get me some pictures. I can make a blog out of that. My beginning kuleana is anywhere near the #53 bus which can pick me up a half a block from where I live in Pearl City and goes all the way to Ala Moana Center. Anything special and I can get the Handi Van.

"Many things can make you miserable for days on end;
few can bring you a whole day of happiness."


The group functions that I will be able to attend can choose the preferred blog. I have seven blogs and everybody should be able to pick the one they want. And whichever they pick the hits will go up for sure. I have a little experience now and I know we have a lot of polish ahead of us to make a good blog. The comments section should get some action, the information contributors should increase and from there will come the Guest Authors.

"Imaginary Lover" by the Atlanta Rhythm Section


As always, there will be those that are not interested in participating in our endeavors and they will be respectfully excluded. We should all understand that they will make the ultimate decision of opting out. And silence is still a great communicator but the door we close will still say "Welcome." No hu hu, because we will have a lot of ground to cover without them.

"They say a glass of wine a day is good for your health.
Hmm, a bottle is glass, isn't it?"

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Plenty Dancing

We seem to be getting more dancers on the Island of Oahu. Town is doing just fine and there many indications of dancing in the outskirts. The entire Island of dancers, is communicating to everyone by the ordinary means, but increasingly by the newer electronic means. Much of the dance scene is still a hodge podge of music and dance. The ones that really have it together are the specialties like Line, Salsa, Swing, Tango and Country.

"In our Oahu Dance World, we must watch out for the joy-stealers:
gossipers, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative,
judgmental attitude. Fortunately we are already learning."


That is the why of our different blogs and it is going take some time for the dancers to understand what is going on. But it has always been that way and they have always been told what they need to know. But now in our Social Media of blogging, the dancers are going to be able to express their opinions. My blogging of SOS will be of little consequence compared with the varied opinions of our information contributors. And we will eventually be Social Media and I can look forward to resigning from my best blog.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


For now the Waianae Coast and the North Shore are the ones that know they need the most help in developing their own dance kuleanas. There are approximately 35000 social dancers on the Island of Oahu. And each one of them has their own preferences and will make their own decisions and not be dictated to from anyone.

"As dancers grow older they can love everything that's old, -
old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine."

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

If It ain't got that swing -

The Lindy hop is an American dance that was born at the Savoy in Harlem, in 1927, and it originally evolved from the jazz music of that time. The basic step was a syncopated two-step that accented the off beat and was followed by a breakaway, the characteristic feature of the dance. Of course, the steps were not entirely new since many of the movements had been used in many other dances before them. The real contribution of the Lindy was to combine the music with these movements on the dance floor.

“For dancers, the time will come when diligent research by many
will bring to light things which are now hidden."


It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. And many swing dancers understand that the Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and the Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is considered a member of the swing dance family.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In the 30s, there was a definite chilly reception from top Teachers Organizations in the US and England, expressing that swing would not last a couple years. One good quote, "It is a degenerated form of jazz, whose devotees are the unfortunate victims of economic instability." However, in 1942 the New York Society of Teachers of Dancing made the statement that the  "jitterbug" could no longer be ignored and would be refined to suit a crowded dance floor.

"Ooh, Baby, Baby" by Linda Ronstadt


There was renewed interest in the dance in the 1980s from American and European dancers and the Lindy hop is now represented by dancers and loosely affiliated grass-roots organizations all over the world. We have a very prominent Swing Dance Club on Oahu with some of the best swing dancers in the Pacific. Lindy hop has many times been called a street dance, referring to its improvisational and social nature. It's vitality remains there, where no International organizations dictate the rules.

An E-flat walks into a bar on Hotel Street and orders a beer.
The Bartenders says, "Sorry, we don't serve minors here."