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Saturday, April 9, 2016


Our blog sphere is getting pretty steady and we have too much SOS. (same old shit.) We need new and fresh viewpoints. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We are sorely in need of music orientation from different viewpoints. Which may in turn get other opinions. That's social media!

"The more informed our island dance group is, the more empowered
they will be to think for themselves and our organizations will be
more representative of democracy."

Blogging Hawaii was displaced by Dancing Nights in the top three but now may be getting back in. A few more days will tell. Town Dancer remains in front but not by much. Where are the hits coming from? Since I was able to get rid of a lot of scam spam robot hits, most are legit hits. At any rate, a couple of information contributors and a couple of Guest Authors will settle which one will be selected for independence.

"Lloraras" por Oscar D'Leon

The night clubs and the dance studios are doing just fine and there seems to be a growing interest in taking classes at a dance studio. Specially with all the different dances available for the learning. There are over fifty on Oahu alone, mostly with the young (under 30 crowd.) This is being gradually established and accepted by almost every one.

"Aguanile" por Marc Anthony

Divino Ritmo Dance Studio seems to be leading the parade for dance studios and using blogs to spread the word. They know that the blogs are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to." They use Richie Fun and the Dancing Nights blog. I, in turn, share it with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. So they get some good public relations.

"Suenan Mis Timbales"
por Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Hawaii seems to be leading the way in Live music and with a larger than normal band. But he plays some good Bachata and Salsa music. I am just connecting with him and he may see the value in blogging. Whatevah, that is good enough for me. I am not stopping for anyone, I have to be on my way. I have made my decisions and I will have to take the heat for it.

"El Cumbanchero" pot Ismael Rivera

The older I get, the more I realize. I don’t know everything. And that makes me spiritually sensitive to others. I’m less dogmatic. More open to other people’s experience of Life. As we age, we experience things that aren’t easily explained - tragedies - failing health - and we become more reflective. There is so much more to learn about the mystery that is life and death and I’ve just got this thimbleful of knowledge.

From Waianae, "It is impossible to pass another boat without waving." True?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We Got Da Stats

I am having fun with my stats of the hit counters on my blogs. Of course, I no longer believe the counters because they count everything. So if I let the robot scam spat robots in, they just run up the hits and that is not too bad just so all our readers understand. Same thing applies to the Search Engines. My advantage is that my stats record average hits per day. At the beginning of the month they are pretty erratic, because of all these outsiders.

"On Oahu where there is love and dance, there is life."

Fortunately, by the tenth, because of the averages, they pretty well establish the relative differences in our blogosphere. That usually gives me Town Dancer in first place. Then it has been Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights for second and third. All my stat indicators do not point to Dancing Nights but they have Richie Fun as Guest Author and he has a couple of information contributors. The only other blog that has Guest Authors is Town Dancer.

"Crazy" by Linda Rondstat

I consider those blogs as the top links and good candidates for possible independence. They are all building up readership and my intent is to get rid of my best blogs. The junk blogs will remain mine. So the readers know by now that they can begin as information contributors in any blog and become Guest Authors whenever they decide it;

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Every Guest Author is worth between 10 to 20 average hits per day. So that Dancing Nights with another Guest Author could possibly pass Town Danccr and we can groom them for independence. I can make the final set up with at least two administrators for backup - and resign. I will still have my hands full with six blogs.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile, Oahu- West is beginning to make its move. There are dancers all up and down the Waianae Coast and up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. So as soon as Platinum Horseshoe gets the Guest Author they may be the ones. The decision will not be mine.

Dance Law #23B:
To err is human - to blame it on someone else is even more human.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dancing Along

From Frank Miyashita, Enchanted Lake

Took awhile for me to get it. "Smooth" is the American version of Standard in International Style of Dance. American includes every dance except the Quickstep. And there have been various attempts to include the Peabody with no success. In competition, the main difference between Smooth and Standard is that in Smooth, you may make use of the various open positions present in Latin dancing, or even break apart altogether and do side-by-side or interactive stuff. It is similar to International show dancing, but without the lifts.

"As we grow older, we realize that it is less important to have
lots of friends and more important to have real ones."

"The Impossible Dream" by Jim Nabors

Since the American smooth has only four dances, one would think that it is slightly simpler, but there is a reason that they left out the Peabody. Of all the styles of Ballroom, the Peabody (similar to the quickstep) is by far the most risky. Not only do dancers fly around the floor at lightning speed like the standard dancers, but they also dance apart with limbs flying in all places, like the Latin dancers. On Oahu, no one dances the Peabody.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

With these open positions, the couple doesn't have the maneuverability that a standard dancer has, and so floorcraft is a much bigger challenge. They both require large ballrooms, which puts them in almost the same category as Internationals. Our group the Cultural dancers are much different and we have a more social reason for dancing.

It seems pretty evident that a glass of wine is good for us.
Wow, think of what a whole bottle would do!

Monday, March 28, 2016


Here on the Island of Oahu, there are more beer drinkers and hard liquor drinkers than there are wine drinkers. And yet throughout history, wine has been the most mentioned alcoholic beverage. And according to my limited knowledge, the dancers have many good connoisseurs of drinking wines. (plural.)

Here, the news—very good news, indeed—from the latest studies. 

There are health benefits that come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day. The Evidence: These Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers.

 "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain
"You know she was a dancer, She moved better on wine."

Wine drinking reduces Heart-Attack Risk and the evidence is that moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

 "Red, Red, Wine" by Neil Diamond
"Red, red wine, Go to my head. Make me forget that I, Still need her so"

Wine drinking lowers Risk of Heart Disease. Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

Wine drinking reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005

"The Way" by Fastball
"They drank up the wine, and they got to talking

they now had more important things to say."

Wine drinking lowers Risk of Stroke. The possibility of suffering a blood clot –related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
The entire song is about Champagne

Wine drinking cuts Risk of Cataracts. Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003

 And now that wine can be produced so inexpensive in Latin America, you can imagine the increase in wine drinking with Latin Music and Dance. Like peaches and cream already in most of the capitals. In the outskirts they still tend to go for the local rot gut which is pleasant enough.

"Never miss a chance to dance - and dance your heart out."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Juice Bar

By Anthony Hanaoka, Liliha:

Actually not many people know what a Juice Bar is. Yes they sell juices. Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Pineapple Juice, Berry Juices etc. But is that all? Not on the mainland. And a good fruit juice is not only deliciously appetizing but good for your health. Fortunately we also know that dancers are not drunks. Money cannot be made easily in an ordinary alcohol bar for dancers. And no one on Oahu has ever "pushed" the fruit juice bar.

‘If we would be a real seeker after truth, it would be necessary that at
least once in our life we doubt, as far as possible, all things.’

Nowadays, They also sell Slush Drinks. And very simply put, they are a little more liquid than shaved ice and using the same type of syrups for flavoring. Very thirst quenching because of the ice and the syrup is familiar and nice tasting. There are also other variations.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

They also sell Smoothies. And what is a smoothie? Basically, a smoothie is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie) In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients. They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than slush drinks.

"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii

Interestingly, the difference between a fruit smoothie and a fruit juice is that smoothies use the fruit in its entirety, whereas a juice simply extracts the liquids from a fruit. For this reason smoothies are said to contain pulps and fibers, as well as in some instance the nutrients from skins (for example apples) and therefore can be marketed as being a more healthy and nutritious drink than a fruit juice.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

A Juice Bar on Oahu can have start up costs ranging from $10,000 - $20,000 and there are franchises available. However an established Night Club on Oahu can install a special Juice Bar for from $2000 to $4000 depending on the location. And with the proper inducements to the "dancers," can make more profits than the alcohol bar. May come with the new Pau Hana Dances. (Tea Dance.)


"An Optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.
 An Pessimist fears this is true."

Monday, March 21, 2016

Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor, ten years ago, but not to this editor..
from Patricia C. McGinnis, Hilo Hawaii.

I am writing this letter just to vent my frustration and perhaps to the attention of any ballroom dance members that might read your magazine. Why, for the life of ballroom dancing, can't " Big Bands" play a genuine Waltz? My husband and I have attended numerous ballroom dances in Hawaii over the ten years that we have been dancing. We recently went to a place in Honolulu and found the same situation. Do these musicians not know a Waltz from a Viennese type tempo?

"When dancers come to believe in the voices that call us worthless
and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are
easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap,
however, is self-rejection, don't fall for it."

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

If I hear "Laura's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago played one more time as a "Waltz," I fear I will throw my dancing shoes at the conductor. That song is fine for a Viennese Waltz, but please, can't we have some Waltz music - the slow, romantic tempo? In all fairness, perhaps these musicians are not dancers, and therefore, they do not really recognize the difference. Thanks for the opportunity for sounding off.  Is anybody out there listening.? 


Pubs Note: Through these blogs read the most informed dancers
in the Pacific.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Nothing Much

Of course, Platinum Horseshoe is way out West but moving nicely and I am not in any hurry. I have hopes for it because that has to remain mine to the end. That's where I live. All their reader/dancer's opinions are valuable and I will slowly convince them so. Dancing Nights, the dance blog, is looking very promising because of Richie Fun and his Two  Centers.

"Unfortunately many of our fellow dancers will believe anything,
so long as it is not founded on truth."

So for all the blogs we need commentators at the end of the blogs or Information Contributors. Wot's Happening? Yes, the reader/dancers want to know. And most dance clubs in town are doing very well keeping their members happy. Unfortunately, some wheels think we are taking something from them and don't realize we are contributing some Good Publicity for them. For us, we may get Guest Authors and build up the readership on our blogs even more which will benefit the entire Island.of Oahu..

"Dear Hearts And Gentle People" By Bing Crosby

I have pulled back my levers of influence and will let the blogs go as they wish. They cannot continue as my own personal "fiefdom." The total is at a plateau of about 150 average hits per day. I have gotten rid of many scam spam robot hits. They do not seem to be moving any higher, so we are at the point of diminishing returns.This month will be very revealing. It will be in the counters.

"You Are So Beautiful" by Nohelani Cypriano

The International dancer: "For me dancing is an art."

The Club Dancer: For me dancing is a sport.

The Social Ballroom Dancer: For me it's a struggle

Sunday, March 13, 2016

What do we dance?

Ballroom dance is a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. It has a huge spectator audience throughout the world. Are those people different from us? You'd bettah believe it.

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

"Adoro" by Graziela Susana
Filter down to Latin music and dance, that is, our Latin music and dance. On the Internet and mainly in the US and Mexico in the big cities, the most accepted social types being danced in the 21st century are very apparent. And  Rumba, Latin Waltz and Cha Cha Cha are at the very top. They are number one in popularity with the more experienced dancers. Terrific basic steps in each.

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" by Carol Kai

In the second level we have some very good dances.  Many have been made too complicated by the dance teaching community of yesteryear. They are Samba (too many basics), Merengue, Tango (Argentine is nicely specialized) and Mambo which was overtaken by Salsa.

"Down by the Shack, Down by the Sea" by Don Ho

In the third level, we have Bachata and Salsa which have been fads for a very long time. Reggaeton came and went - Zouk and Zumba we can forget about but there are other fun dances that could be included depending on the dancers. They must have one good basic and most dance groups need at least a half dozen different dances with distinct rhythms for the variety.

The new Latin night club on Oahu will do some good establishing. Samba is beautiful distinct music so how about a Brazilian Samba with only one basic, the Chassé?

How do you get a tissue to dance? - Just put a little bogie on it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Developing Again

Town Dancer, the blog has been a wonder from the very beginning. Did very well when we had several Guest Authors. Then began the downward slide. I have deliberately over promoted the newer blogs to give them a fighting chance and not done much for this blog and it is still holding up.Amazing.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Now, I am putting all of them on an even keel, more or less. And let them roll as they may. I think they will end up pretty close to each other in average hits per day.  Then Dancing Nights is showing much better in the stats than any of the other blogs on Oahu. And mainly because of Richie Fun, the Guest Author and his Information Contributors that make for readers.

I am getting more handicapped physically so I cannot get around as easily. However,  I can still handle the computer to share dance information with our fellow dancers. And everyone know that there are many good Information Contributors on Oahu. We need information on dancing music, step movements, new fad dances, dance floors, good music bands, good social dance clubs and good night clubs.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

“Much of what has been said about dancing on Oahu has not mattered, and we also know that much of what has mattered has not be said.” 

Monday, March 7, 2016

What Now?

Pan Pacific has updated their news in their web site. Check them out, they are a good dance club on Oahu. Just click their link in the side bar and their web site will appear, like magic on your screen complete with beautiful music. They have postings in other blogs too. We wish them luck.

"In our dance world, we can be standing right in front of the
truth and not necessarily see it, and most dancers only
get it when they're ready to get it."

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

We have been getting some terrific dance information  that could be posted on this blog but screwed up by advertising goop which looks like Web kine stuff. Beautiful blogs that could be enjoyed by the rest of Hawaii, but somebody had to get the monkey wrench in the machinery,

"One Night Fling" by Willie K.

We lost the first contact with Maui, several years back because of an erroneous accusation of posting "personal emails." No one ever pointed out where  or when. A year later we got one from Kauai, about posting "personal emails" and no one ever pointed out where or when. Nor an apology.

Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

For all others on the neighbor islands, we welcome you. Just, please, no Mickey Mouse stuff. These Maui blogs "coulda been a contendah." But Tough Now. And we are more than willing to post dance information from anyone for the benefit of all our reader/dancers in Hawaii.

"Dancing can be just for fun? Not according to the rules of some
organizations. Their way is the only correct way. And if you
are not dancing it their way, YOU ARE WRONG."

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Oahu Dance Setting

The study of dancing on Oahu is getting more interesting as the young clearly demonstrate their different preferences. They have all type of gyrations and mostly solo. They learn plenty of tricks and they seem to enjoy the latest music in that fashion. We should not take it a away from them. Let them enjoy it. Most of them will eventually evolve into our type of partner social dancer.

"The truth is like the sun,  you can shut it out for a time,
but it ain't goin' away."

In our neck of the field on Oahu are the top, "the rootzi tootzis." The exhibition, competition, acrobatic, cabaret and all the "to be seen'" dancing. Nothing wrong with that, most everyone appreciates the theater. However, they know they are different from us and glow in the fact. Though I have not heard the term "junk dancer" in a few years. We should agree with them, they are not the same as us.

"Hawaiian Magic" by Carol Kai

For the vast majority we have the usual, small, medium and large. The Beginner just learning to move to the music with a partner and just learning to lead.most of the basic moves in all dances. These same moves can be done in this dance, but it can also be done in that dance, or that other one.They soon find out that most women are very good at following. You just have to learn to be a better leader and have fun.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

The most important to the field are the intermediates with some experience and they are able to fully experience the movement to their favorite music in sheer joy over and over again. Any new moves are made with well accepted patterns and most partners will follow easily. Many of you out there may have a slightly different viewpoint and your viewpoint is very welcome in these blogs.

"Beware My Foolish Heart" by Jimmy Borges

 “Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos.”

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Home, Sweet, Home

I am back from Tripler after two weeks and I feel pretty good. They just advised me to keep my medications up and to rest. The swelling on my infected foot is coming down. I spend at least half a day in applying all my medications but I can avoid a care home. They will set me up with the Handy Van so that I can go to the VA or Tripler easily and more often without the hassle of the buses and the schedules. I will be just fine on the Island of Oahu.

"Perhaps the truth is not learned by us on Oahu, but rather,
the truth is re-called .. re-membered ... re-cognized ...
as that which is already inside of us."

Not many people at Tripler know what a blog is, very few read any blogs. And they all think somebody is making some money somewhere. It happens on Oahu and even on the mainland, and everyone has to have a Web site for the appearance of class. Social Media is nothing new, it has been evolving for several years now. Just that most are not that much aware of the value of Blogging especially on Oahu.

"Here In My Heart" By Al Martino

This will take some time, I know, but when we get these blogs going on this island of Oahu, they will be better than Facebook or Twitter for the specific needs of our dance scene. Town Dancer used to be way ahead in dancing communication on this Island but now slowing down. We must accept, for we cannot push anyone that shows no inclination to accept it. I have heard the statement, "You are making millions on my good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." -They simply do not know!

 "Social Dancing is not a sport, it is an attitude."

Monday, February 15, 2016

Dis Da One

I have always chosen this blog because has always it had the highest average per hits of any of blogs. Now I no can handle because of my failing health. I will reduce my entries to one every six days. The other Guest Authors can always do as they please as they have always done.

"Beware of the half truth, you may gave gotten the wrong half."

We have two administrators so a good Guest Author can certainly become an administrator and invite other Guest Authors. Otherwise it will die on the vine. And I will be very busy with other blogs. So it will be short and sweet. I know now what I am doing in blogging and it has nothing to do with Web Sites. We just don't have the same reader/dancers.

All potential bloggers, look into it, if have questions email.

"It's not that you can't, it's that you haven't yet,"

Thursday, February 11, 2016


OK, this blog remains in front of the our entire blogosphere, but losing ground ever so slowly. Mostly me, and that is not the view of the many independent minds of our friends and reader/dancers. I remind all, of SOS in blogging and it stands for the Same Old Shit. I say green on Monday and I say green on Wednesday and I say green on Friday, that is SOS. You come along on the next Monday and say blue. Wow, that is definitely not SOS. Mary calls Fred, Fred calls Sally and so on and we have readers (hits)

"Three things you cannot recover in Life: the moment after it is missed,
the word after it is said and the time after it is wasted."

I do not treat all seven blogs the same. I do more of the promoting for the newer and lower ones on the totem pole. The ones on the bottom are Latin Rhythms, Extrava Danza and Dancing in the Dark. These last three took about three months to get them out of single digit average per day hits. Which is the place most blogs in Hawaii are. The results are that they do not post any counters and hide the fact that not many are reading.

"Tangerine" by Tommy Dorsey

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Moving into possible first place in Hawaii and a good candidate for independence are Platinum Horseshoe, (Moanalua Corridor renamed) and which now covers territory in West Oahu.  Dancing Nights which covers the Night Club action anywhere in Hawaii. Dancing Nights blog is new but doing good because it has Richie Fun and that one Guest Author makes a difference. One more and we got it made for independenc, or some steady Information Contributors.

So the thing that makes any of our blogs is the consistent up to date dance information from a variety of sources. Those reader/dancers willing to share their 2 cents with their fellow dancers, will be the most valuable of all. And of course, Photos and some are more valuable than others. We will go into that later.

"Dance is not just our sport, it defines all of us."

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Too Many, part one

By Jaycee Fukumoto, Waimanalo

Fusion and more fusion in ballroom dancing. Too many mergers of dances and too many difference dances for the "social" dancer, which most of us are. Fortunately we can eliminate all of the "for show" styles. Competition, Exhibition, Cabaret and Acrobatic Styles are meant for the "Spectator," whether they are dancers or not.We are going to settle down to much fewer dances where we can first enjoy the kind of music we really like, and then enjoy the movement to that music on the dance floor. And do it over and over again in sheer joy.

"Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative
feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other."

A Dance Ballroom in Oakland, California has introduced their latest agenda of dances in their repertoire. American Tango, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Foxtantino, Hip Hop, Hustle. Jive, Merengue, Night Club Two Step, Paso Doble, Quickstep, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Viennese Waltz, American Waltz, and Latin Waltz. -  Gawd! Much too much for us in Hawaii.

I am willing to wager that only one percent of our dancers on Oahu can dance everyone of those dances. But we must understand the protest against so much structured dances for public viewing. The same thing happened many years ago when ballet made all the strict rules and it was a difficult row to hoe.

In the graphic biography of the thrilling life of Isadora Duncan it comes out very nicely.  Isadora Duncan was the pioneer of modern dance.  She disliked classical ballet, finding it "unnatural." wanted to dance her way, which was inspired by the Greek goddesses. In bare feet, dressed in a tunic, Isadora danced, "Her Way."   Part Two in Platinum Horseshoe

"Dance is not just dance. It must be something magical because it can set us free."