Monday, December 27, 2010

Preparing for the New Year

Dancing in the Dark seems to be defining itself pretty well, but then it has been the oldest independent printed dance matter on this island. And almost the oldest independent online communication, and at one time the biggest group of reader/dancers on this or any other island. The contributors of information to our blog have not been newcomers. DnD has had its ups and downs but is still in there clicking.

Town Dancer is definitely leaning towards the "upper crust" International, Competition and Exhibition Styles. The two Administrators are both International Stylists. Many of the contributors are very much into the competition and exhibition sectors too and the pageview hits are there. I do not think I should interfere and I should let it roll the way it wants to.

"(They Long to Be) Close to You" by the Carpenters

Town Dancer, being number one in total page views and average daily page views, will become the first independent as soon as we get a couple more steady Information Contributors. With the probability of getting additional Information Contributors and Guest Authors also interested in the "upper crust" of dancing, they will do very well. I personally guarantee it.

They will join the other blogs that have been independent from the beginning. That's Dancing and The Dance Connection, run by Frank Sierra. And Dancing News of the Pacific by Geoffrey Fells.

Dancing in the Dark will be leaning towards, the American and Social style of dance which is becoming a great fusion of eclectic figures and patterns. The Rootzi Tootzis regard it as "confusion" but we hope to roll with the punches. With the right Information Contributors and Guest Authors, Social Dance may eventually be the thing on this Island.

"Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens

The Western blogs, Moanalua Corridor and the Platinum Horseshoe are all new and perhaps willing to accept the Universal style of dance much easier. Specially that most are into the American style of dance and fortunately they have the best American Style teachers on this island.

The best case of fusion is using the Mambo or Salsa basic and many patterns in a Rumba dance. Looks and feels natural as hell. And what is more it will not be a fad, it is too basic and was danced maybe two or three hundred years back, maybe not exactly but somewhat.

Probably be dancing two or three hundred years in the future too, in sheer joy of moving to the most beautiful Latin music in existence. Then there is the fusion of the Filipino Tango into the American Tango. It will be beautiful. You ain't seen nuttin' yet.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

Someone said and we quote, “There is no sure way to success but a sure way to failure is to try to please everyone.” When we can no longer please a club or group that we felt we were helping, we must just quietly drop them and continue looking for those we can help and please. It is working quite well because we have spread ourselves too thin.

The year ahead is looking good for "dancers."

"I used to be indecisive now I don't know."

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Received from Frank and Lani a beautiful Christmas Card by email. It is just wonderful what we can do with computers. I am still flabbergasted, dumbfounded, daily with what I do.

Frank has his two blogs covering an awful lot of ground that we cannot. So tune in now and then to see what is cooking.

Of course we can also wish all the reader/dancers of our Hawaii Blogosphere the best of Holidays. This includes Frank's blogs, That's Dancing and The Dance Connection. And we mustn't forget Dance Fever Oahu, which most of us find very useful daily. A very Merry Christmas to Ki.

"Peace On Earth, Goodwill To All"

"To most people, Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world." 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Join Us for New Year's Eve Fun!

Great Bang for your Bucks on New Year's Eve
HBDA New Year's Eve Ball

Monday, December 20, 2010

Preparing for Christmas

However we have a few things coming up shortly after of interest to our reader/dancers. The first coming up is the New Year's Ball by HBDA at the Prince Kuhio Hotel, and at 50 bucks you can't beat that anywhere. The show is always the berries being that the performers are your fellow dancers. We can predict that everyone will be having a ball.

You can welcome the New Year among your many friends from many chapters with good food and cheer and have enough left over for a few drinks. I will certainly try to make it right after the dinner to get the goodies for the blog.

"Peace - Joy - Love - Noel"

Then in January first thing we have Dance Hawaii, Charity Ball on Saturday, January 15th. Terrific for only 65 bucks.
I would to be there right after to dinner to get my blog info. Unless they have someone "instead of."

 "Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer

Then we have Al Franz Showcase coming up in on Sunday, January 16, 2011. And I can take all the photos I want here.

At Al Franz Showcase, you got another bargain extravadanza to attend. Good food, good friends, neighbors and fellow reader/dancers. And the show never fails to please. I hope to make it right after the dinner and get five or six pictures and get a few quotes from some of the photees.

"Peace On Earth, Goodwill to Men."

This should be about the same with the other clients. Also anyone can email me any of your favorite photos for publication in the blog for the benefit of your fellow reader/dancers. If I get enough of them, it might do for another blog. Any comments from anyone will also be welcome and I will note them in the blog. It will be for your friends, neighbors and fellow reader/dancers of the blog.

 "All Hearts Come Home For Christmas"

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Finnish Tango

By Jonathan Sugimoto, Kaneohe

In Finland, since the seventies, tangos have no longer appeared in the sales charts, but the popular tango singers of the 70s and 80s are still much in demand in personal appearances. The tango has become an accepted form of Finnish culture. Even those Finns who personally have other musical preferences feel that the tango has Finnish Citizenship just as much as skiing and the sauna.

"Sex in a dance is in the eye of the beholder." ~ Gwen Verdon

What else explains the continuing popularity of the tango in Finland? A simple explanation is the fact that the tango has become the most popular form of ballroom dancing in Finland. And in the surrounding territories outside of Finland. At almost any dance in Finland you can see how the floor is empty while the band is playing its opening numbers. Then the first tango sounds, and the dance floor is crowded.

Yet this is only a partial explanation. It is the lyrics which are the key to the continuing success of the genre. They have translated the original sad lyrics in Spanish from Argentina very well. In her forthcoming book Tango Nostalgia: The Language of Love and Longing, Dr. Pirjo Kukkonen suggests that tango lyrics reflect “the personality, mentality and identity of the Finnish people in the same way as folk poetry does”.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" by Carlos Gardel

The central themes of Finnish tango lyrics are love, sorrow, nature and the countryside. Many tangos express a longing for the old homestead, or a distant land of happiness. The changing seasons of Finnish nature are frequently used  metaphors: the spring breaks the hold of the winter, and flowers appear, creating new expectations. Autumn rains and dark evenings are symbols of crushed hopes.

Many critics see (Fairy Tale Land) “Satumaa” as a prototype of the Finnish tango. Satumaa is about a distant land across the wide ocean, where beautiful flowers bloom forever. But only birds can fly to the land of happiness; the wingless man must remain chained to the soil and that is life.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body."
~ Martha Graham

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Year's Coming Attractions

In January we will be lucky enough to witness the Annual Al Franz Showcase. Plenty of buzz around for that and Debra and I came up with a nice poster. Good editing by Debra. I am just the mechanic.

I hope to take some photos and make my usual short write ups for the Dancing in the Dark blog. And I expect Calvin will make one of his usual "great" blogs for the occasion. And of course we invite any of the possible Information Contributors to get their two cents in too.

"The undertaking of a new action brings new strength."

We also received a beautiful poster from Angel Arcangel for the coming 5th Annual Hawaii Salsa Festival. She wanted an Ad in our publication which has now been supplanted with blogs.

We will post it every month on or about the 5th to remind all our reader/dancers that are Salsa fans. We have never had additional help with the publicity, maybe this year we will.

 "Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It's the
rhythm of your life. It's the expression in time and movement,
in happiness, joy, sadness and envy."
~Jaques D'ambroise