Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dance Clubs

On Oahu Dance Clubs have a fairly good reputation. They are loosely organized as a Democratic organization but they eventually become an Oligarchy. Granted, a "benevolent" Oligarchy but the structure remains and it does benefit the members. It becomes a natural evolution because of the three classes of members.

  How do you make a tissue dance?  Put a little boogie in it.

The top, - the class, - the valuable are the members that may help in everything they can make the club a better place to enjoy. No one is on the payroll. The officers and board members are picked from this group and they can resign at a moments notice. The quality of this group differs and it is what makes the Club.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Second class are the good members, who regularly attend classes to better their dancing and attend all socials that are for the social benefit of all the members.This includes all paid functions of dinner and dance. Third class and still nice people that are just interested in a little dancing and a little socializing but they have other things to do. So for them it is just now and then and this is accepted very nicely.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

I still keep hearing about a new dance club in the North Shore area. Stands to reason, that area is wide open.  Except for the fact there are not enough residents in the immediate area. If anyone knows of anything please let me know. I may be able to help. Of course, the main thing that is holding anything like this back is the lack of a good Community Center in which to dance. Cholos Homestyle has Son Caribe playing there, now and then. I don't know about a dance floor.

"Social dancers believe that what you do speaks so loudly
that they cannot hear what you say.”

Friday, January 17, 2020

Yvonne, my niece

Received a nice email from my niece in California.  Nice to know the relatives are fine. She sent some nice pictures and posters and I thought I would blog'em.

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot."

"And never brought to mind."

"Jalisco No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

And a very Happy New Year to all my relatives wherever they are.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Roaring 20s Blast in Wahiawa

The plans for the important Friday were turning out pretty good. The Handi Van picked me up rather early but Rod and Rosalie were just arriving. A few were soon trickling in and by seven Leland and Maile were there. The nice music began and the set up was pleasant. And soon there were enough people dancing which is the name of the game.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, where you can laugh, dance and meet beautiful friends, Welcome everyone, hope to see you all on our monthly Dances. Aloha everyone. Sincerely,
Rod, WBDC president.

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is so much fun. This is one place
to meet new and old friends. We dance and have fun, lots
of good food, good music for everybody to enjoy.
Come and join us and share the fun.
Lisa Apilado.

"Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind." from an old song.

Roaring into 2020s with goodwill and fellowship
at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club,
where aloha is what it is all about.
Back to the beginning with good friend, Pepe.
Marie Laderta

Hopefully, one of these days we can get Marie to join us in as Guest Blogger. It amounts to having her own blog within any of our blogs. She can get in, write, insert photos or whatever, publish and get out without having to say boo to anyone.

Roaring Twenties really rock, wonderful gathering and exciting dances.

Good and Lovin', Happy and fun, Love and be loved, Grace and Bless.
Rosalie Sabug 

Social Dancing is essentially "Open" and in competitive dance terms essentially means "without restrictions." It means that DJs and dancers at a social dance such as this one, have the option to use material outside of any syllabus and/or level of any discipline. In addition line dancing is being welcomed and evolving very nicely in Wahiawa. They are even getting more men, and line dance is a nice break in the regular fun dance activities of the evening. Many say the entire enchilada could go three hours easily. This dance was a smashing success.

Great food and as always, wonderful music. Bestest friends.
Happy New Year ~ Deanie

Great Dance. ~ Bert Burgess

Really enjoyed the vibes and style of the social.

A very happy new year to those who know us (the bloggers and the readers) and those who don't, those who hate us and those who don't and for those who love us and those who don't. We wish you to forget all your worst past memories as your last and have a new beginning with a little hope that we will all have a happy journey until we reach our dreamed destinations.
More photos. Saturday, Oahu Dancers blog, Monday, Social Dance Oahu blog.

Paul Canne, wonderful Roaring Twenties Dance.
Good food and good dancing.
Lea Twigg

The Handvan picked me up a few minutes after nine and I was home before ten. A very nice evening for me and I thank everyone. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

Well finally got the good info from Aunty Maile:
Happy New Year WBDC Members and Friends!
Just a few updates to let you know that the
first dance of 2020 for WBDC is happening

"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Social Dance Parties on Oahu. A “Dance”, also known as a “social” or “party”, is a social event consisting of DJ’d and open dancing. It can be held in a variety of venues: studios, clubs, district parks, community centers, hotels and just have fun socializing in a pleasant scene. This year is looking good already. If you have not seen Richard's music video of the Christmas Party. URL:


Social dancers at random, do what they can, with what they have,
where they are. If they cannot do great things,
they do small things in a great way.

Friday, January 3, 2020

The 20s begin to unfold.

Most of the West Oahu is still floundering around at dancing loose ends and there is nothing very definite to make more permanent decisions. Kapolei has fizzled out as Second City But we all accept that Life is not a bowl of cherries. The people will eventually do something about third city. I find the social dancers very cooperative and we are getting the right Public Relations into our blogs to benefit everyone in the dance scene. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has been our main connection with the Social Dance Scene. But I am still a work in process. If I am invited to a dance, I will make every effort to be there and blog'em.

"Most social dancers believe that they should make the most of
dancing with different people and making new friends."

There are still efforts being made on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore to have some dancing location. Not only Waianae, but Makaha and Nanakuli. On the the North Shore the one most leading in music and dance has been Cholo's. In the Central Valley, Mililani is perking up. Community Centers are very particular. District Parks are a little more receptive to dancing. I may want to find out more, but of course, there are those that say, "It none of your business." So be it, they should be respected and I gotta be on my way.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck

The music in West Oahu is morphing very nicely into the most accepted playlist for the Social Dancer. There is some music that has been added to the dance music of the Discipline's Syllabi. Salsa, Night Club 2 step, Bachata.  Some music that is almost omitted from both the American and the International styles of dance. When was the last time you and your partner dropped into a Night Club for a little  "Paso Doble?"

"Social dancers believe that we are done with past and the future
 has plenty of room to change for the better."

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The new view of the social dance scene

I cannot get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities and what little information I can get from the Internet on Oahu is pretty good. Turtle Bay to Kalealoa Airport & Kapolei. How about Makaha and Waianae all the way to Makapuu Point? Christmas Time and the New Year and the entire island is jumping and I want to share it with my fellow dancers. Social, includes the Salsa, Bachata, Line, Swing and Tango as peripherals. We are so lucky to have so many social dancers on this Island. And of course we should appreciate our good music makers too, we are so fortunate.

"Social dancers have believed that people experience a blurring
of the self into their groups thanks to the synchronization
that occurs while social dancing."

For our blogs it is essential that we get some feedback of the dance scene from anyone. Everyone's point of view is important. Not only the happenings in our dances to blog up in our current events, we could also inform our fellow dancers of the coming events. We can all see what a great job Frank is doing in his blogging. Terrific photography in his blogs and he has beautiful videos too. Hey Hey,  that's it. Web sites are good, but Blog sites are much more current. The entire Blogging scene will expand in this coming year.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

At the beginning of each new year we take part in the annual tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. The most common New Year’s resolutions are. Quit Smoking, Lose Weight, Saving Money, Spend More Time with Family. Often enough these goals are broken before the end of January. And we all know that instead of wasting money on gym memberships that will most likely be lost, it will better to get into our kind of social dancing and have a lot of fun too.

"Social dancers believe that the exertion inherent to dancing releases
hormones — like any other form of physical exercise — and
these molecules are behind the bonding effect. The latest
studies suggest both views may be correct."

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christmas Week

When does Christmas season start? Fortunately we do not have to set up rules for every one to follow. It is all in the heart. Most of us on Oahu may like to keep the Thanksgiving spirit until the end of the month of November. Most commercial establishments set up Christmas decorations on the first of the month. Schools come in shortly thereafter and many private homes wait until after the tenth. Our dance groups are pretty well set a month ahead but the real deal begins right about now. Christmas Week.

"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

'"Away In A Manger"

Holiday Christmas parties are an important part of this festive season, the different groups of dancers on Oahu can gather together someplace to rejoice in the celebration. Celebrate the Season. The entire island of the various dance groups are planning a holiday party somewhere and please say you’ll be there. Let’s celebrate the season with good friends and cheer. Christmas may be a time of reflection, a time for good cheer, a time for friends and family, during this special time of the year. You and your guests are cordially invited to whatever Annual Christmas Party, Let the warmth of friendship take the chill from the air, and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear.

"Silent Night"

"Hark The Herald Angels Sing"

While it's true that this Discipline type ballroom dancing can take time and practice, it's not true for social dancing.  Most people learn social dancing as an offshoot of the American Style of dance. It is just more natural. Dancing is not like anything else, - you must like music. If you don't like music, forget it. It may be difficult at first, but after a while, your body will find pleasure in moving to music. Dancing may become more and more enjoyable. And most us will just accept where we are and not hold our noses up in uppity manner.

"We old timers may make a small difference in the concept of our
lives in this corner of the world. Our self evaluation may be
the belief that each of us is insignificant and the world
 will not significantly change when we pass."