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Sunday, August 30, 2015

What Is Basic?

Rudolf von Laban was a dance artist and theorist. He is notable as one of the pioneers of modern dance movement in Europe. His work laid the foundations for Laban Movement Analysis and  other more specific developments in dance notation and the evolution of many varieties of Laban Movement Study.

"The only people who are mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie."

He is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of dance. Laban Movement Analysis is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting all varieties of human movement. It is one type of Laban Movement Study, originating from the work of Rudolf Laban and developed and extended by many others

Here are his first five basic movement for dance. In addition many derived practices
have developed with great emphasis on methods.

"Dancing is a poem, in which each movement is a word."

1.Gesture: Any movement not connected to supporting the body weight. Same as Posturing.

2. Stepping: The transfer of weight from one support to another.

3, Locomotor Movements:That move the dancers from one location to another. They consist of the Walk, Leap, Jump, Hop, Gallop, Slide and Skip.

4, Jumping: Which consists of movement without a point of support.

5. Turning: The basic dance movement of changing the position of the front.

Labans later increased the different amount of movements, But we can start from here and dance to our favorite music in sheer joy, over and over again - forever.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leeds 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dancing in Hawaii

by John Hayashi, Kalihi:

Dancing throughout these islands has reflected our social needs same as anywhere else. These needs were displayed on these islands long before the arrival of the "strangers." And most primitive dances were performed by members of the same sex with little body contact, (line dancing?)  At times they may have been a little too rowdy for the newcomers.

"We must become the change we wish to see in the world."

Ballroom dancing referred to partner dances done in a ballroom to traditional ballroom music. The earliest 19th and 20th century forms of dance began with the subsequent interest of partner dancing. It became fashionable in Hawaii, even prior to WWI, for ladies and gentlemen of the high classes to dress well, dance and have polished manners. Additional partner dances done for pleasure and recreation for all classes were introduced early after the first  world war throughout all the islands.

Much of it became fads and went into history, the same as on the Mainland. The Swing Era had begun in the 1930s, when Americans were trying to forget the Great Depression. Dancing to upbeat music seemed to help. There was quite a bit of swing developed on all the islands and it became more popular as the decade went on, and after the repeal of prohibition, crowds began to outgrow the speakeasies where the dancing had started.

The Mainland led as the band performances moved into bigger halls to accommodate more and more dancers. The bands had to get bigger, too, to fill those halls with more sound. The result was the big band, a sizable orchestra built around saxophones, strident brass, and drums. And with the arrival of large military in Hawaii, there evolved a huge group of people dancing in a social ballroom style. It was a long time coming as it was essentially touch dancing and included all forms of partner dancing done primarily for recreation or pleasure to a variety of musical styles.

The entire syllabus may have had less than one hundred steps and most everyone could dance with anyone somewhat easily. But our dance world rapidly became more diverse and today, we may have over 600 documented steps in Salsa alone. The days of the Big Bands are over and the Big Ballrooms are obsolete. So we will make the effort to standardize a little and fuse more to make Social Dancing more effective to the lead and follow and probably more enjoyable.

"Til I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

How about as dance floor of about 4000 square feet? Oh Boy, one third the size of the Palladium. But what a terrific crowd of dancers we could get.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Anybody there?

Anyway we already got some of the best dancers in the Pacific right here on this Island.  Many still training and getting better everyday. So, you think you can dance? Do you need to dust off your dancing shoes or mend the soles? Either way, you need more Dance in your life.

 “Most dancers occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” 

A blog can evolve into Social Media if it is guided because not very many people know what a blog is. I have been in it for almost 20 years and what do I know? There are many different kinds of blogs and many are run by great people who write what they want to and have many readers interested in what they have to say. That is one extreme and for many it works very well. Some have hits in the tens of thousands per day.

However we don't have any great ones here to do that. Our best bet is to develop Social Media from all of us. Comments and the Two Centers, most needed at the moment. Just to get the information in these blogs.;What information? Our own local doings that's what. We are getting a few and we need more. People are realizing what SOS means.

"Contigo A La Distancia" by Christina Aguilera

Restarting, relocating, training, and technical development are great excuses to dance more, No matter at what level you are now, you can always get better. So go! Go on and Dance!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Latin Pop

All of it based on the music and dance cultures that were here in the Americas, four or five centuries ago before the arrival of the first illegal aliens.

“The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it,
is the root of all evil in the world”

Most of the Latin music and dance elements interact in different ways and very often a combination of only two or three of these elements is enough to place a given production into the Latin music genre. A Japanese band singing Salsa in Japanese language would be missing most of the elements needed except for the most important one: The music style, which would be enough to place their music into the Latin music genre.

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias

Latin music encompasses hundreds of styles and rhythms including mainstream genres such as Salsa, Tango, Merengue and Brazilian music, as well as traditional rhythms like Andean music, Puerto Rican Bomba, Cuban Son and Musica Llanera.

"Abrazame" por Alejandro Fernandez

Latin Pop is one of the most popular Latin music genres today. However, before the arrival of artists like Shakira and Ricky Martin, Latin Pop first reached a global audience through the work of bandleader Sergio Mendes in the mid-1960s; In later decades, was defined by the romantic ballads that legendary artists such as Julio Iglesias or Roberto Carlos produced back in the 1970s. Latin Pop became the most popular form of Latin music in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s, even achieving massive crossover success among non-Latino listeners during the late 1990s.

:Contigo A La Distancia por Christina Aguilar

Cuban songwriter, Cesar Portillo de la Cruz, whose Contigo en la Distancia (In the Distance, With You) became a huge success in the entire Latin Section of the Americas. He was the king of the Latin romantic song style called "filin" (derived from "feeling" and the ballad.

While not restricted to America by any means, Latin pop was profoundly affected by production techniques and other styles of music—both Latin and otherwise—that originated primarily in the United States. Tejano music, centered in Texas and the U.S./Mexico border region, had begun to introduce synthesizers, slicker production, and a more urban sensibility to formerly rootsy styles like norteño and conjunto.

"Frenesi" por Linda Ronstadt

Moreover, New York with Puerto Ricans and Miami with Cubans were home to athriving Latin club scenes, This music and dance, which during the 1980s,  led to the rise of Latin freestyle, a club-oriented dance music that was rooted in Latin rhythms but relied on synthesizers and drum machines for most of its arrangements. Both of these sounds influenced the rise of Latin pop, which retained Latin rhythms in its uptempo numbers but relied more on mainstream pop for its melodic sense.

Latin pop's first major crossover star was Gloria Estefan, who scored a succession of non-club-oriented dance-pop hits during the mid- to late 1980s, but who eventually became known more as an adult contemporary diva with an affinity for sweeping ballads.

This blend of Latinized dance-pop and adult contemporary balladeering dominated Latin pop through the 1990s; most of its artists sang in Spanish for Latino audiences, although Latin pop's similarity to the mainstream helped several performers score crossover hits when they chose to record in English. Jon Secada landed several pop hits during the mid-1990s, and Tejano pop star Selena's album Dreaming of You actually debuted posthumously at number one on the album charts upon its 1995 release.

 "Contigo A La Distancia por Luis Miguel

In 1946 a housepainter and amateur songwriter named César Portillo de la Luz, who passed away recently. with the romantic song Contigo en la Distancia. Heartfelt and passionate, the lyrics ("There can't be a beautiful melody, unless you're in it/ and I don't want to hear it, unless you're listening too") poured out rapidly like all the young man's compositions. Still being performed all over the world as a classic.

"Detalles" por Roberto Carlos

Within a few years the song would be recognized as the first great hit of a new genre of Latin romantic song and the composer became one of the style's greatest stars. The son of a cigar-roller, Portillo taught himself the guitar in his teens while devouring North American jazz on the radio and coveting the Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller records brought over by the crews on American ships stopping at Havana docks.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Second Place

Well it has been pretty well established by now, Blogging Hawaii has taken over first place. Unfortunately, there is only me. The comments and the Two Centers will be the deciding factors. Of course, a regular Guest Author would clinch it.

"There has really been no secret, - hard work and discipline is needed for success"

Our blogosphere is filling very nicely. People are getting married everyday and want to make their first dance memorable. They can awe their guests with a beautifully choreographed Waltz. Wedding dance lessons for all in the wedding party is the perfect way to prepare for the big day! And then get it in a blog like ours.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Fall in love again. Rekindle your love through the intimacy of dance. Feel the thrill of rediscovering your feelings in the arms of each other. Mesmerizing, romantic, and exciting - dance is the ultimate aphrodisiac. We are getting many more married couples that wish to have good clean fun together, maybe even compete for fun.

Use these blogs as you wish. For Social Media they cannot be beat.  Comments are easy to enter, try it. Of course, as a Two Center you can email more information, a photo or two and pick the blog of your choice. Will probably not be seen in Finland, or South Africa or Pakistan. You gotta get Facebook for that. 50 million members! But it will be seen by your freinds, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers.

I am looking forward to Blogging Hawaii being the first independent blog (from me.) Come on everyone.

Friday, August 7, 2015

More Dancers?

The long decline of Ballroom Dancing has certainly stopped now. People are meeting new people everyday and you can get out and be part of the fun. A fun way to meet new people is through the universal language of dance. Dance lessons will get you out on the dance floor with your friends or maybe you'll catch the eye of that special someone. Dancing is a very social affair and you have many choices.

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because
they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."

Health and exercise - be fit -. change your body - change your outlook, and change your life. Exercise routines can be boring, but it is much different when you are moving to your favorite music. Dance your way to a healthy body and happier lifestyle. Dancing is the answer to your sedentary days at the office. Make the change and be happy. Most of us in Hawaii are well aware of the benefits of social dance.

"Tangerine" By Jimmy Dorsey

Looking for a New Hobby? Discover your hidden talent. Dance is a wonderful hobby that is both enjoyable and challenging at the same time. It's a universal skill that can be learned at any age and at any fitness level. We're all dancers at heart! And in Hawaii we have some of the best that will want to help you too.

"Every truth may have two sides; it is as well to look at both,
before we commit ourselves to either of them."

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dancing in Town

Dancing is doing pretty good in town and there does not seem to be a new dance club in the Horizon. NIght Club dancing is on the increase and seems to be adjusting to getting income from other sources beyond the sale of booze. Night Club social dancing is increasing with a solid basis of American Style of dance.being constantly fused with other movements. But definitely getting more standardized movements. The alternative basic in Rumba is a beaut and you don't have to worry about Fred Astaire or Arthur Murray.

"A good question is never answered.  It is not a bolt to be tightened
into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward
the hope of greening the landscape of idea."

Argentine Tango is getting bigger and one of the Night Clubs is going to have a Milonga night maybe once a week. Salsa is slowing down somewhat with the arrival of Bachata. Then Zumba and Kizomab are looming too. Solo dancing is  also increasing, that is just exercising to music. There at least five or six different methods on the mainland with different names. Line dancing will remain solid because it is moving to enjoy the music and not for exercise.

That's what she said, "Of course, I wouldn't say anything about her unless it was good,
and oh, boy, is this good."

Many are also regular Ballroom and Line Dancers too. Whatevah, Square dancers, Round dancers, they are dancers and they like to dance for the sheer joy of it. There will be no triangle dancing allowed?

The Information Contributors are very important cogs in the machinery. But try to find them. First they do not want to make any commitments and they have never been asked for feedback, newsletters, advertising. We cannot blame them even if we do not ask anyone for any steady commitment.  Just contribute whenever you want to.

"It's not that some people have will power and some don't.
It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."

Then they think in terms of "instead of" whatever we have, but, it is in "addition to." The additions are what make Social Media. Even if they only contribute one line. The different points of view on the same subject (dancing) is what our kuleana is all about.