Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ballroom Dancing?

The Mexican Civilizations had about 2500 different dances of record. These were professionals but there could have been in existence at least five thousand throughout the earth at the arrival of the first illegals in the Western Hemisphere. So someone comes to me and tells me about a new dance. I just think, "Yeah, Man." We can see that all about us, there are new dance fads everyday. And there are plenty of teachers willing to teach, for money anyway.

"I think women are foolish to think they are equal to men.
They are superior and always have been."


The Animal Dance craze in the early part of the 20th century in the US was directly correlated with the popularity of ragtime music which was morphing into swing. There were an endless varieties of animal dance fads, such as: Horse Trot, Kangaroo Hop, Duck Waddle, Squirrel Rag, Chicken Scratch Hop, Turkey Trot, and Grizzly Bear Shag. There were no new steps invented and the young were the designated targets. Both music and dance reflected the vibrancy of modern, urban influences. The music is typified by Scott Joplin’s rags and made popular to the middle class by "Alexander's Ragtime Band,” in 1911.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

We still see it and we should all take note of the Disciplines. Let's face it, they know something. American Style has two divisions roughly dividing the European (Smooth) and the Latin (Rhythm.) The Smooth Division has Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz. The Rhythm Division has the Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Bolero, Mambo.


International Style has the Standard Division with Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quick Step. The Latin Division has Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive. These people without a doubt have had something for almost a century. Good dancers? Of course.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

So that "Socially" we have readily acceptable dances that we can dance in partner fashion most comfortably to enjoy the movement to music. You can see it without the use of divisions. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing. These seem to be the requirements, The rest is gingerbread, when was the last time you dropped into a Night Club for a little Paso Doble?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

News

Since International style is so well entrenched in town, then the Waianae Coast is a natural to extend itself into the American Style of dance. There will be a natural spin off into Universal, Street, Cultural, Social or whatever, and the terminology is still in process. We do need standardization so that we can dance with each other. But down town is still solid.

"I  am just about on par with a horse stuck in a muddy swamp, but I dance and I enjoy myself."


They had a big competition a few years back between American and International styles of dance. The American style won. and since then the International people have not been interested in further competitions of that kind. I don't know why. But many people in the American Style of Dance have made their own conclusion.


"The ABC's Of Love" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

Whatever, the West is really moving in the direction of dance and the young will always have their thing. Although most people still are not sure what is happening. Some of the get togethers in the West have been astounding. So many people dancing and having fun and having a ball. The Night Club contingent has been very clear on their kind of dancing to their music and it does make sense. This has been on the other side of the planet, so to speak, so it has been really mind blowing and it will go island wide.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Enchilada Looking Good.

Nanakuli: Every Tuesday afternoon a bunch of nice young poeple come from Makaha and offer the homeless a little food and drink. Nice people and finally got them to find someone for 22" LCD monitor which I had extra. (I have a nice 26 inch one now.) I cannot help the homeless but I can help these people and none of them have computers. I introduced them to Dance Waianae, perhaps one of them will win one of the computers and they can start learning. Very few computer literate.

"Happiness is not something one postpones for the future,
it is something one designs for the present."


Kapolei: is getting more interested in doing things in Kapolei and forget about Honolulu. Visit Honolulu every six months? Why not? But the Rail Disaster has put all these people on notice. And it is for the betterment of the people and we are getting confident that we are making progress. No one has any intentions of riding the Rail Calamity. And no one in the Ivory Towers even suspects.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream." by the Crew Cuts

Caught up with my old friend Ruth Morgan, who was president of Aloha Dance Club some time ago. She cannot drive at night anymore so she skips the dances. The bus situation continues to get worse. She lives in Pacific Palisades, but we all try to find ways and she is no different. Now getting together with some friends and see if they can find the right place to have a daytime dance, near Pearl City. Would be perfect for those that live in the West.


She knows she and her friends can use the Oahu West blog for whatever. And she is thinking the Two Center route first and then maybe as an Invited Writer. She is very good and wrote some articles in my old dance zine. I am certainly glad of that news.

"The Creative Researchers And Producers hate the truth.
Fortunately, the truth doesn't give a damn."

In town, I am glad that Town Dancer (Calvin) is making contact with HBDA and there can be an exchange of social media. Any way, these terrific people are all going in the same direction if by different methods. The landscape looks rosy.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Anonymous?

By Anonymous: not usual for this blog (I make the exception because it applies to so many.)

With everything going on in this world. All the people with hate in their hearts, and minds, and still the focal point is the lies about me. You've made a mistake by messing with someone, who doesn't give a crap what you say.

Here's my message, hear me out. I'm only saying this once. I don't give a shit about your insecurities. Your attempts to get my attention doesn't bother me, but when you crossed that line and dragged my name through the dirt, believe me, you will eventually feel all my hurt. I work hard for the things that are in my hands.

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective,
not the truth."

You seem to think that the scene you've created will somehow, some way cause me so much pain. I don't think you understand all your lies and shenanigans won't make me give a damn. It's all just a freaking scam and in the process, you messed up a lot of other people that believe the lies. So I'll keep on living, keep on giving and keep on helping. We got one life to live, I'm not going to be stopped with a lot of your manufactured shit!


 From  Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Cassius speaking:
 "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,  But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wicks And Wacks

Richie Fun getting his licks in now and then but of course we need others. Calvin, Debra and Jackson doing a terrific job. Just two more Invited Writers and they are on their way to independence. Meanwhile I am working on getting Blogging Hawaii going with Two Centers or Invited Writers. Just may beat Town Dancer which for now is almost impossible.

"He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter
separates close friends" (Proverbs 17:9)


It is becoming more definite that Town Dancers blog is evolving for the Rootzi-Tootzis, which may not always be used in a derogatory sense. Many of these are people that dance in the "disciplines" and there is a reason why they are referred to as "disciplines." They should be respected. If this blog is going to be independent then they have the right to choose their own objectives and I think they will.

"You learn something every day if you pay attention."

Can't you humans just be friends?
A far different species is the Recreational dancer, the Social, Cultural, Street, whatevah. And there are studios that still teach dancing for fun, really. They do not try to convince you to go for contests, like Blackpool. The people that do the "real" dancing on Oahu, do so for a diametrically opposite reason, just to move to the music of their choice.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And they accept that both groups have a "raison d'etre." I do not have any figures yet but I believe in the last few years we are getting more of the Recreational dancers in the West and there is where it going to be if we can find the places to dance. (in the streets?) In spite of the mess and negative upheaval that is being caused by the Rail Catastrophe.


The thing is that for too long we have been "democratically" inclined to include everyone, with the result of looking down at whoever is not in "our" category. And the key word with the Rootzi-Tootzis is "Correct." When they say it to include all dancing that's it and it requires the rest of us to have a little understanding of these people. We can still try to dance for our pleasure and our way.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

Most of our other blogs are slowly becoming the blogs for the "ordinary" dancer. The ones that do not aspire to be seen. And there's a helluvah lot more of us than them. We will have competitions but mostly for fun and very local. Since the Dance Emporium has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Crisis, it is sure to be in Kapolei with the new clubs coming into existence and the hits are going through the roof.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

We are not the same.

By Jason Hiyamoto, Manoa

Most of us try to be the same, as we have been instructed but we also understand that we are not the same. Every person is their own distinct entity. And hooray for that. There are many ways to look at social structures and one of the best is the Pyramid, comparisons in education, dance ability, social position, salary and whatevah. For our dance community the ability to dance can be easily correlated to the Pyramid, the top half is about one quarter of the bottom half.

"No amount of guilt can solve our past problems and
no amount of anxiety will change the future."

The top half of the pyramid has a much different outlook than the rest of us. And we are all well aware that they make up quite a few commandments of their own. In our dancing environment they are the "de facto" rulers, the officers, boards etc. The "de jure" rulers are the well known Creative Researchers And Producers. The Newletters, Web and Blog sites are very evidently diluting the power of the "Producers."


"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz.

The net results are that most of the readers/dancers in our blogs, are mainly in the bottom half of the pyramid. Most of the recommendations in our blogs are for beginners with a touch of intermediate here and there. The top half can get along pretty good with what they have easily available now all over this island. And let's face it, when it comes to dancing, most of them are pretty damn good.


Line dancing may be starting at the bottom but it is a lot of fun and it seems to benefit men dancers most. However women are the overwhelming line dancers because they want to move to their favorite music and there are not enough men dancers around to partner dance. Simple. The realignment of the entire dance structure on this island, in this century has been astounding.

Republican Attack Dogs:
To err is human -- to blame it on someone else, may be even more human.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Looking Around.

And I found this in the studies of dancing being done. These are for the disciplines, I guess.

The core audio track was not presented to raters. Immediately after each presentation of a dancer, participants made a judgement of dance quality on a seven-point Likert-type scale, extremely bad dancer to extremely good dancer). After each rating, the participant was prompted to move on to the next rating segment. Subsequent analyses were based on mean ratings (external rotation) and for the elbow in one dimension (flexion extension).

"No relationship is a waste of time. If it didn't bring you what you wanted,
it taught you what you don't want."

Each joint angle was filtered using a second-order Butterworth low-pass filter with a cut-off frequency of 10 Hz. Simple visual inspection of the angles showed that they fluctuated in magnitude in a series of unidirectional movements.

Anybody know what these people are talking about? Auwe, that ain't fo' us.


The Viennese Waltz dates back from the 1700s when dirt farmers and country folk from Austria created a semi-scandalous new dance to the two and half count waltz music. It required partners in tight embrace to move at high speeds. However, the thrills of flight and close proximity shortly dissolved most puritanical concerns and the popularity of the dance blanketed the continent with the contagious force of the bubonic plague.


In the 1860's, the Mexican Empire was established by Napoleon and he chose Archduke Maximilian of Austria to be the first Emperor of Mexico. Naturally Max brought as many of his pals as possible and they were not dancing Salsa. The long establishing Spanish High Society took to the Viennese Waltz like a drug. And they constructed beautiful Ballrooms.

"Cuando Escuches Este Vals" by Vicente Fernandez

The Indians and the lower class had had that type of beat for centuries but now it was as partner dancing. The current Latin Waltzes include both, the type danced in the American Waltz and the type danced Viennese using a basic Samba step. Try it it works.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Feliz Cinco De Mayo

Tomorrow, the celebration continues throughout the world. The fight  against those kinds of  people that have existed for Ages. And there are growing indications that decay of the ancient civilizations in Mexico came about when the "great" (the Koch Bros?) wanted more and the poor would not do it. Fortunately, they could pick up their belongings and go down the road fifty miles or so. And keep moving. They would eventually join an up with a coming civilization.


And it has taken some time to translate things from those obcure languages. It came about late in the last century, the realization that their professionals in music and dance were very advanced. They even had a little fancier version of Rudolf Labans Analysis of the Five Basic Movements (1928.) Anything else is gingerbread.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno

Rudolf Labans, five basic dance movements
First, Gesture is any movement to music not connected with supporting the body's weight. Same as Posturing.
Second, Stepping: which is simply transferring the weight from one support to another.
Third, Locomotor: Movements from one location to another. May consist of Walk, Leap, Jump, Hop, Gallop, Slide and Skip.
Fourth, Jumping is simply a movement without a point of support.
Fifth. Turning which is changing the position of the front.


Not many interested in joining Town Dancer. Fine, I am now working on Blogging Hawaii and with the help of the Micros, it is firmly in second place. The Two Centers and/or the Guest Authors will put it within striking distance of Town Dancer and ready for independence.

From an old French Quote: "J'ai beaucoup mieux a faire que m'inquieter de l'avenir: J'ai รก le preparer."

"I have much better things to do than worry about the future. I am preparing it."

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Bedroom Communities

April ended very nicely and the center of everything in the Hawaiian Islands still remains as always the big city "Honolulu." And everyone grows up with the idea that Honolulu makes the rules for their "lil chillun" living around them. You may live outside of Honolulu, but they attempt to dictate your life. That's where the government is and they will continue to make the wrong decisions. The perfect example is the Rail Catastrophe.

"In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled." 


But living in town has always been expensive. And housing costs has always been very high on Oahu. So the building of bedroom communities of the last century have been planned rather well by the building industry, Good homes with a central Shopping area. But of course, it has lacked three important factors that were deliberately overlooked. Too many homes in the higher prices, little entertainment centers and the industrial parks, so you would have to deal with Honolulu.


Second City is just a gimmick for many. A population center like Kapolei could too easily become an independent second city with some good industrial parks and good entertainment areas. And a third city, The Waianae Coast? What a dream for many, living in a real Paradise. Get to spend sometime with the family.

"What'd I Say?" by Ray Charles

The results have kept the automobile and the oil companies very happy. You may have to spend 14 hour daily work days and countless hours in traffic jams. But never no mind, the oil companies are making billion$. Now the rail builders are going to make billion$ more and we don't have to worry about the users of Public Transportation, they don't count.


Throughout the world millions of people are trying to find ways of getting people off their cars and use public transportation. But not the Present Rail Party in Honolulu. They have HART, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit and costing millions of dollars. A misnomer or a deliberate lie. Knowing the Present Rail Party we can guess. They intend to make it uncomfortable and it is going to be the biggest humbug for the users of public transportation that has ever been devised.

Not recommended Reading:  The Art of Construction by Bill Ding