Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Round Dancing, part II

By Frank Huntley, Kaneohe

It is not to say that Round Dancing is better than conventional ballroom. Rather, the two complement each other and now even with Line dancing. Round Dancing helps you strengthen your basic repertoire of ballroom figures and permits you to do some figures that you would not dare to try at a conventional ballroom dance. Most of us find that each type of dancing reinforces the other, and leads to greater enjoyment of dancing in general.

"Those who dance may be considered insane by those who can’t hear the music."

There are 6 levels of round dancing called phases. Phases 1 & 2 are the "easy level" and include the  2-step (similar to a type of country western dancing) and waltz (bronze figures - enough to dance at your daughter's wedding & elsewhere, the basics).

Phase 3 & 4 are the intermediate levels (bronze & silver figures) and include additional waltz figures in addition to introductions to other rhythms in the International & American styles. The fancy stuff.

"Peg O' My Heart" - Harmonicats

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Rhythms include: foxtrot, (similar to Arthur Murray foxtrot), American tango, Argentine tango, cha cha, rumba, bolero, mambo, jive, swing, west coast swing, samba, slow two step (also called night-club two step), & others. Phase 5 & 6 (gold, star, & above figures) take dancers into the upper levels of dancing, including most of the figures you see at ballroom competitions and used mostly as exhibition dances, includes International styles.

At the upper levels many of the Round Dance instructors are trained by some of the best American ballroom teachers/competitors in the world. Several technique books & videotapes have been created by Round Dance organizations and individuals around the world

"Amapola" - Jimmy Dorsey

Round dancing. as other dances. provides good exercise and provides a relatively inexpensive evenings entertainment: In addition, the social camaraderie should not be overlooked. Round Dancers tend to be extremely friendly, sociable, and very helpful people. Just like most of our other social dance clubs, easy to accommodate into.

Pub's Side Note: The Rail disaster has become a confused confusion on the buses compounded by the dirty crooks just to make money. It's the loot,  Klute.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Round Dancing

By Frank Huntley, Kaneohe

What is Round Dancing?
Round Dancing is basically choreographed ballroom dancing with all couples dancing the same figures around the floor at the same time, similar to a formation dance team or to sequence dancing. Over the last 60+ years thousands of routines have been choreographed to match specific music in almost every dance style imaginable.

"Our most advanced civilizations are based on dancing. It is the dance that socialized man."

A routine done to a specific piece of music in Colorado USA is almost always the same routine you would do to that music in Japan or any other place worldwide at the same level of difficulty. This formation team type of dancing eliminates the traffic jam feeling that you sometimes get while free form ballroom dancing.

Dancers are able to concentrate more on how they are executing figures and dancing as one coherent unit as opposed to trying to think about which figure or pattern to do next. Dancers rely on an instructor to guide them through the figures in each routine, thereby eliminating the need to memorize. In an average evening session a couple typically dances 20 - 60 different routines.

"(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo" - Glenn Miller (Marion Hutton & the Modernaires)

Another distinguishing characteristic of Round Dancing is the use of a "cuer". Since there are far too many routines to memorize, a cuer calls out the name of each figure in the routine just before it is to be executed. If you have a memory lapse or are unfamiliar with a particular routine or figure, you can continue progressing with the dance flow until you get to a spot or a figure that you recognize.


Round Dancers learn from the very beginning, to associate each foot pattern with the figure name. This makes it easier to teach future routines since the dancer has a repertoire of figures at their fingertips (okay "foottips"). The average dancer has a repertoire of hundreds of routines and will typically dance 20 - 60 of these routines during the average evening. Clubs and classes in addition to putting on known routines will also typically teach part or all of a new routine or work on figures each evening.
(to be continued)

Friday, February 15, 2013

The President of Mexico

Wow, now and then, I realize how old I am getting. I clearly remember in my younger days when all the presidents of Mexico were old men. But I don't remember when they started having kids for president.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
 
Enrique Peña Nieto (born 1966) is the new President of Mexico and he became the President on 2012 December 1, and will serve until 2018 November 30. The President of Mexico serves a single 6-year term and is not eligible for re-election. Peña is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Peña Nieto (with wife Angelica) on right photo, is still somewhat of a mystery in the US, so his position on the long running drug war and economic cooperation will be important for the continuity of a strong bilateral partnership between Mexico and the US. As top trading partners, the economies of the two countries are closely integrated, with more than $1 billion in goods crossing the border daily.

 
Photo with the family, Mexicans cannot have just one kid. It may be illegal.

He was brought up as a fan of the old time railroads and remains so to this day. However people are afraid he may go for the other kind of rail instead of the highly recommended articulated buses. Fortunately, they can both dance a Rumba like there is no tomorrow.

"In blogging, it is more important who they are as people and
only then is it important who they are as dancers."


"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" - Dinah Shore

In the US, most marriages are in the month of June. In Las Vegas it is February because of Valentine's Day. However, marriages do occur in Honolulu in the month of February too. A side fact is that January is the month with the most  divorces.

News about the nice couple, in photo on the right, that got married in February. In this one, the husband did not like to dance and she had a little trouble persuading him, just this one time. But he finally agreed.

Blogger's Law #41: All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day

Gradually we are getting to know what is happening and sometimes why. For sure all of our blogs will specialize in the Beginner group (Bronze) and shade off into the Intermediate. There is plenty  of happening there and this guarantees that they will remain strictly social.

"After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."

Town Dancer is the only one that may start with the intermediates and shade into the advance stages with exhibition and competition dancers. The night club dancers also have plenty of professional exhibition dancers and teachers. With a good International dancer as Guest Author they will establish their blog agenda and they have every right to do so. The advance groups may even develop their own publications.

Meanwhile we can have a ball moving to the music of our choice and even having a few drinks but only because we want to, not because we have to support anyone. We have too many commitments.  And whereas most disciplines have a Bronze in the dozen range, we will develop the Cultural Dance Bronze with at least twice as many movements.


"The Breeze And I" - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly)

Many movements can be learned in five minutes, so are not conducive to being taught professionally. Those are the ones learned in the school of "hard knocks." Most of this has been happening in our dance world for years but never documented. I did not know, and many out there do not know either. I have the advantage, I am trying to find out and I am sure learning a lot everyday.


She has been married for fifty years:

If you are ever going to love me, Love me now, when I can know.
All the sweet and tender feelings which from real affection flow.

Love me now while I am living
do not wait until I am gone.
And then chisel it in marble,
warm love words on ice cold stone.

I won't need your kind caresses
when the grass grows over my face.
I won't crave your love or your
kisses in my low resting place.

So then, if you love me any,
if a little bit, let me know.
Now while I am still living,
I can treasure it and glow.

"I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) - Harry James (Dick Haymes)

Pub's Side Note: Most of us will be allied with the local social dance clubs and many will want to go dancing in a Night Club. But the regular fans of live music and night club dancing have definitely created a "rootzi tootzi" crowd, so we just have to find the places where we do not encounter too much prejudice against our kind of dancing. Then we can all have a ball.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Slow Down is Picking Up

I don't know what happened but the hits are picking up again, but very slowly. Anyway, up is preferable to down. It is still in the hands of the possible steady information and photo contributors willing to share with their fellow dancers.

"In dancing, there is no such thing as a straight line."

The blogs are beginning to settle in their respective niches and perhaps they will adjust to the new contributors as we get more people involved in their favorite blog. Our blogs are still too much alike because of only one blogger. Town Dancer is the only one developing nicely in the difference department because of  Calvin and Richard but we desperately need another Guest Author someplace to really establish a difference in the blogs, and show everyone what happens.

Clones we don't need so we can forget about Cookie Cutter blogs. We just need your particular viewpoint. Honolulu Dance Guide, leading the pack in hits, has really shown that there is a big group of dancers out there in their niche. Night Clubs, live music and American Style of Dance with the peripherals too. And they are shading into the high class fancy dancers with ultra intricate movements.

There is another very prominent Dance Blog on Oahu. Rock And Jazz Hawaii. Beautifully designed and interesting, and they cover the Night Club scene very nicely. They have a slightly different format than Honolulu Dance Guide but both are roughly in a Web site format. Not like our blogs. They also do not have a counter but if they did, they could be right up there with the top blogs and the best reader/dancers on this Island. They just got their blog into my Google+ account but I don't know what happened. If they wish to exchange links with anyone of our blogs, we are willing.

"Green Eyes" - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell)

Town Dancer is right behind in hits and Oahu And Beyond is way back. And the other blogs are still farther back, trying to get to the magic first goal of 34 average hits per day. (1000 per month.) The whole enchilada will develop very well by June. These groups are also establishing a big difference in regular Caucasian music and dance, and the "Latin" music and dance. And the rail is not having same catastrophic effect in town as it is in the West. The bus system now is the most terrible ever seen on Oahu.


Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Kwik Picks

Think You have Nothing to Say, Think Again.
by Ben Spark, Manoa


I’ve been blogging for seven years. Over that time I have talked with many people about blogging. When I talk to people who are even slightly interested in blogging for themselves I inevitably run into the same argument. “But, I have nothing to write about.” I personally think that is a terrible argument. Everyone has something that they are truly passionate about and could talk for days about that subject, try it.

"Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism;
the way you play it is free will."

Latin Music
The music at the party was beautiful, for the most part, the only thing lacking was Latin music for Latin dancing. But of course, most DJs are not fully aware of this. Fortunately the live bands are beginning to know the difference. Latin is NOT the same as your Anglo Saxon favorites. "You can dance Rumba to it," is not the same as "must" dance a Rumba to it.

Latin is a completely different department throughout the world. Even the rootzi tootzis in International recognize the difference in the two Divisions. The Ballroom and the Latin Divisions are not the same. They usually have a big intermission and there is remarkable costume and environmental change from one to the other. They know there is a big difference. In Hawaii, for too many, its all "ballroom." Fortunately I have met so many that agreed with me and realize the differences. In some exhibitions, they even include the lyrics in Spanish to enhance the Latin mood.

"The Reflex" by Duran Duran

In our blogosphere on Oahu, Dancing in the Dark blog has now been selected as having the lowest in average hits per day. Acceptable for it is the newest and it will be my own personal blog. I must put in a little more effort to get the information from the people. I will also have to visit more places personally and try to convince people to contribute, "not money," but information and possibly photos.

Hopefully some of the blogs will be used to accept and promote the specialty dances on Oahu. The blogs are still in the development stages. They are too much alike because of me. They will establish their differences as we get the guest authors and the readership will soar. Those people that are interested in Line dancing, Salsa, Swing or Tango may contact us for help. All free of charge as long as you are part of our gang willing to share information. Oahu - West seem to leaning to the American Style of Dance and that is where we are hoping to get our information contributors.

"You'll Never Know" - Dick Haymes

If you just have a comment on a particular blog, just open the comments section at the bottom of the blog and write it in there. If you would like something to appear in one of the blogs, that can be arranged very easily by email. Then there are the photos, no singles, doubles or triples. The preferred is six to eight people. But I do not remember ever refusing to print one, perhaps if one of the persons in the photo is  "persona non grata," then maybe.


Of course there will be those that do not wish to participate in my endeavors. They should be free to do so, and I will respect their wishes. I am headquartered in Nanakuli and the phone is 668-7972. I am hard of hearing so phone calls to a minimum please. My email, you can get from my friends it will be quite all right.





Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Notice for Richard cancelled

In the process to trying get rid of my old email address. (loaded with spam), I was trying a new email address. Richard Sun is an administrator for Oahu And Beyond, so I deleted myself as Administrator and then tried to contact him using my new email address. It was not there. Somehow I  had deleted that one too. Then I found it in the Town Dance settings.

"There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success."

So now I need him to send me the invitation to my new Outlook email and I can get back in. Meanwhile, I have done the same for Town Dancer and I ask Calvin Ota to do the same. Invite me back in. Otherwise, I have lost Oahu and Beyond blog and perhaps Town Dancer too.


  "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - Glenn Miller, (Tex Beneke & the Modernaires)

Received from my niece Yvonne in California:
A thank you card for the candies I sent. Nice Quote.

Something to keep. Live simply,
Love generously, Care deeply, Speak Kindly

Be thankful when you don't know something.
For it gives us the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for each new challenge;
It will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
For they can teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you are tired and weary;
It means you may be making a difference.

Find a way to thankful for your troubles;
And they can become you blessings.
Happiness comes through the door
you didn't even know you left open.







Monday, February 4, 2013

The Internationals

I am glad to see Richie bringing some Internationals into Town Dancer blog. The only International here is Calvin Ota and he has a big readership of International people. And although I am just a social dancer, I think they should have a voice in the dance community. They have a different way of dancing and I can live with that. And Town Dancer would be a perfect avenue.
 
"The truest expression of a people is in their dance and in their music. Bodies never lie."

Mr. Sugino and wife Joanne, introduced International Style of dance to the Ballroom dance scene in the late 60's and they were instrumental in creating the Pan Pacific Dance Society. And they have been instrumental in creating other dance clubs also dedicated to the promotion of International Style of Dance. And since then, according to our connections, their studios have consistently produced the best International Style Dancers in the Pacific, bar none.


The Cultural Dancer will be the main focus in all our blogs but we can certainly include news of the peripherals. Line, Salsa, Swing and Tango too. And the Cultural Dancer DJs have a better understanding of the difference in Caucasian music and Latin music. Just because the music has a quick, quick and a chasse beat does not make it a Cha Cha Cha to a Cultural Dancer. An Information and/or Photos contributor from any of these peripherals would be welcomed. Could lead to be a Guest Author and get their opinion in for the reader/dancers.
 
"This Land Is Your Land" - Woody Guthrie


The Famous Announcer, Joe Hernandez at the Santa Anita Race Track
in California, looking through his binoculars, many years ago.

"Coming around the back stretch, it's Town Dancer in front by a length and a half. Honolulu Dance Club is second by a head, Oahu And Beyond is third by two lengths, number four - -, five - -, six - - and Dancing in the Dark. When he got to the "and" you knew that was the horse in last place."

"Through these blogs read the most informed cultural dancers in the Pacific."