Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and us old timers recognize that another year has almost gone by. We have lost so many of our dear friends, which we accept as another old age defect. But some of us are not doing too bad in still wanting to help people and do right. As this Holiday Season's blogs get under way, our thoughts turn gratefully to the many who have made our progress possible, our reader/dancers and our Information Contributors. We thank you and may you have the best of Holidays.

"Silence is just as loud and can ratify the original assumption."


The entire dance enchilada on this island is looking forward this coming weekend to Thanksgiving and the transition to the Christmas spirit. Starting the Christmas season off is Divino Ritmo Dance with two dance functions, one on the 2nd and this one on the 3rd.

"Jingle Bells"

 


Fortunately, most of the reader/dancers of this blog are rich. So for the rest of us who are not rolling in money - I am thankful that;

"I have a "bank" full of Faith and Trust - - I own a "mine" of Golden Memories - -
I have many "shares" of Love, Hope and Charity - - And I still have a million
dreams for Tomorrow - - have a nice holiday season, everyone."


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Feedback

The entire blogosphere is getting to the point of diminishing returns. Simple - the readers are not catching up to the readings. It is not their fault. Since I am not famous, I cannot do it by myself. What I write is considered SOS. What anyone else writes in here is Gospel. This is feedback and no one on Oahu is aware of what it is. No one has ever done it before. But it will happen. Patience.

"The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard."


Our best communication is for those that do not have a Web site. If they can see an improvement in membership then they can make further plans. Would connections with a Blog site help or hinder? We do not really know, nor do you. But you could decide to experiment and in blogging there is usually no cost. At the moment we are having good results on our connection with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. We posted the latest on their Wild Wild West social in two blogs, Platinum Horseshoe and Blogging Hawaii. I believe they will be stand outs for the Social Dancers in the entire Central Valley.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Central Valley is doing quite well without much organized dancing to hold them down. Must be some dancers in that territory reading and many are dancing in other places, like in Honolulu. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani have Web sites and we have offered the help of our blog sites but have been ignored.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

So be it, no hu hu, we will not bother them anymore and when they are ready we will help. Right now Honolulu is doing very well and there are signs of another ballroom dance club forming. I don't believe they need it. However, the Waianae Coast looks very promising for a dance club. Maili or Nanakuli.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

We get these posters occasionally from Huggos on the big island. Fortunately this came with plenty of time. They still do not know what we are doing but they are going along with us which is just fine. We are not going to hurt anyone if we can help it.

“Social dancers think that sometimes we focus on the lyrics too much
and forget to dance to the music.”


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paso Doble, Anyone?

Paso Doble is a lively style of dance to the duple meter march-like paso doble music. It is modeled after the sound, drama, and movement of the Spanish and Portuguese bullfight. The traditional version as couple's dance originated in France and was then adopted in Spain and Portugal.

The Moment of Truth

In Haro, a small city in Spain. Eighteen year old Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli) inches slowly, carefully towards the bull, unmindful of his chest covered with blood from letting the bull get too close as it goes by. The boy matador’s face is filled with tenderness as though approaching a child who has hidden under a table in tears: gentle, coaxing, head tilted to one side.


El Juli, in all his glory.

The bull is heaving for breath and drops its head in a gesture that appears to say: I understand, I am ready, proceed. El Juli draws back his sword and calls one last time, “VENGA, TORO!” The bull charges, and the young matador strikes faster than a cobra — there is a flash of gold, and then he spins away graceful as a ballet dancer and opens his arms to his fans. His sword is buried in the back of the bull’s neck down into its heart. The young matador’s face is respectful as the bull buckles to the sand, folding gracefully into death.

"Matador" por Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

There is an awed silence. Then cheers, the waving of handkerchiefs (symbolizing the audience’s respect,) the cascade of flowers (expressions of their love), the awarding of the bull’s ears to the smiling matador (to honor the boy’s excellence.) Finally El Juli is carried in triumph from the bullring on the shoulders of the very strongest men of Haro, lifted like a true hero.

At age 15, he had become the youngest professional bullfighter in the history of the sport. By the age of 17, Julián had become the highest-paid bullfighter in history. Not only did his good looks and affluent background add to his popularity, but his skills in the ring were unmatched. He was finally gored in 2010 and retired from the arena.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veteran's Day

"There was a time when the world asked ordinary men
to do extraordinary things."

From the book, "Paratrooper's Odyssey"

It was a sight that had rarely been seen before and which may never be seen again, the last large-scale night parachute jump of World War II. An hour after midnight on the 15th of August 1944, scattered over 150 miles at ten airfields in West Central Italy, 396 C-47 airplanes began turning over their engines.


At ten-second intervals planes taxied down dirt runways, lifted off and circled into formation. The dust compounded by darkness was so thick that many pilots had to use compass bearings to find their way down the runways. Take off times were from 0136 to 0151 for the first ten serials, depending on the first check point at the Isle of Elba. Each serial required over an hour to get into formation, a column of "V of Vs" nine planes wide.


The entire formation, from the head of the first serial to the tail of the last, was over one hundred miles long. This was the Albatross Mission, to drop five thousand thirty paratroopers in Southern France. These men were scheduled to be on the ground several hours before the invasion started. By 0400, the first men were "hitting the silk," out into a darkness that was almost pitch black.

The Beginning


THE RULE OF LGOPs: Little Groups of Paratroopers
written by an Army man who did not like Paratroopers.

After the end of the best Airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs behind the lines on the battlefield. This effect is known as the rule of the LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off 19-year-old American Paratroopers. They are well-trained, armed-to-the-teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the Commander's intent as "March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you" ... or something like that. Happily they go about the day's work.

 "I have known war as few other men now living know it and
nothing to me is more revolting."  ~ General MacArthur

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Blogging On Oahu

This blog continues to seek dancers who are interested in sharing their thoughts on our social dance scene. Whether you’re a dance student, formal or social, a dance teacher or just someone who loves to dance, our dance community would dearly want to hear from you! We are also looking for studio owners and dance club officers who want to share news about their dance clubs and their studios with the community in blogs. If we do it right, the hits go through the roof and this blog will be the best and it can go independent.

“Social dancers know that this life is what they make it. No matter what, they
are going to mess up somewhere, it's a universal truth and they live with it." 


Most dance groups have Web sites and do their promoting that way. But take a peek into our blogging, it is much different. Our qualified Guest Bloggers can post photos, event information and coverage, fundraiser information and even just their opinions on situations, events and dances in general. Our contributors have inside information on what goes on in our dancing circles. All they have to do is email this information and share it with their fellow dancers on the blog of their choice.

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


As dancers, they’ll have the ear of local dancers and residents, so they can keep the community posted on all of their recitals, fundraisers, news, events and more.They can contribute photos too according to the Guest Blogger's requirements, many don't have any requirements. So if writing isn’t their thing we are looking for dancers that can polish their skills as dance photographers to send us images of the events, recitals and other dance functions in and around town.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


If you’ve got a big announcement or an exciting post, we’re happy to feature it on any blog of your choosing and help you promote it. When you get a little experience in contributing information, you can become a Guest Blogger yourself. But you make that decision, whenever you wish and you can pick your blog. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues and you post whenever you damn well please. Yes, we are very strict.

"So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling,
because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the
smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Saturday


West Oahu will be rolling tonight. Leading the band all the way to Kauai if necessary is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. Some of the nicest people on this island will be attending. Costume Contest, Door Prizes, Music by DJ Leland. You can't lose.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Yes, we have too many new gadgets available in the West:
If she is hungry, Feeder - If you think she is picking your pocket, Detector
If she wants a date, Meter - If she is slow on comprehension, Accelerator -
If her hands are cold, Heater - If she is narrow in her views, Amplifier.
If she wants an escort, Conductor - If she goes up in the air, Condenser


Then too, we have Dance Appeal Studio at the Waipahu Medical Center. A festive Halloween dance party sponsored by Paul and Marie Laderta, so we can expect a good crowd of people, many coming from Honolulu.

Pub's Side Note: A little known fact in our dance circles - Half of the people in our dance world are below average. This is the most amazing and unbelievable revelation we have come across in years!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween

The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 50 years before American independence and is of Christian origin.The word "Hallowe'en" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve and over time evolved into Hallowe'en. Today's Halloween customs have been mostly influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries with pagan roots. There was throughout Ireland an uneasy truce existing between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived.

"Those who reject change are the architects of decay. The only
human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."


As always in Honolulu, first thing on the Agenda of the holiday season in October is the Halloween dances. And they are all over town. It will be fortunate for the dancers in the groups to take advantage of all the hype for their members. Towards the end of the month is usually the most appropriate time with of course, the final weekend of the month for costume wearers. There will be a lot of cameras and we should have many more fun days like this.


"Let's Dance" by David Bowie


I usually make a nine photo collage for a social dance function, but I am
sure to make two collages for this one with all the costumes.

Thanksgiving dances are always a must, however they must never occur on Thanksgiving Day which always falls on Thursday. That is very convenient. The dance groups can do all the hype before and after Thanksgiving. Then almost immediately after Thanksgiving begins the hype from everyone interested in making a buck for Christmas. There will be Christmas dances from all the clubs and dance groups throughout December. After that it's get ready to party for the New Year's dances and there will be plenty of those. The most popular of course will be in Waikiki if the price is right. This social dance community is beginning to roll on Oahu.

Halloween:
Q. What did the skeleton say to the vampire?
A. You suck.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The West Is Moving

This blog is still leading the way and Platinum Horseshoe blog is doing it's best to help get reader/dancers. All the blogs are getting more solid in hits daily but the law of diminishing returns is there. Our type of blogs need feedback from the reader/dancers, stronger feedback in the comments at the end of every blog is first. Then of course, the real meat and potatoes are the Two Centers. We are getting some good ones from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and from Dance Appeal Studio. And nice that  lately we have run across some discussions on Tango. Wha' Dat?

"Social dancers find that in moving to their favorite music, it is in the performance
of a dedicated set of acts, from which comes the shape of achievement,
a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit, that is social."


The ancient Indian Milonga was, is and could remain as a constant beat without any accent at all. And it was from several ancient Cat dances in the Southern part of South America. Nowadays if it has a syncopation either at the beginning or at the end of a measure, it should be quite permissible. However, the quick, quick, slow and the more often syncopation during the song is definitely Tango. And some very beautiful music has evolved throughout the years. Not many people in our dancing world understand this because in Tango on Oahu, it is the steps and moves and not the music that much. The lyrics? Wow!

"La Comparsita" by Carlos Gardel


The dance that the real Tango dancers are interested in has a much, much different view point.We have of course, the American Tango which was modified quite a bit by the dance teachers in the US from the Argentine Tango. What the hell do those savages in Argentina know about dancing? Then along came the British and they established the International style of dance and they invented what they considered to be da reel teeng. It was not really that bad at all. The Finnish developed their own, also based on the Argentine but more closely allied to music. It is spreading now throughout Europe as the Nordic Tango, in this century and considered closer to da reel teeng.


“Sometimes social dancers just want to stop and dance and celebrate
mortality. Stop and dance to feed your spirit.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yes, We Dance

By Larry Sawaguchi, Liliha:
Most of the reader/dancers of these blogs are becoming aware that there are quite a few different dances being danced on Oahu. Many of which meld and merge into each other. The only one that has a distinct dividing line is the International Style of Dance. They are "strictly ballroom" and they have "adjudicators" that are trained to judge very exactly. They sincerely believe that they dance "correctly" and anyone that is not dancing their way is dancing - well just dancing. All dances have about 100 movements that partake in moving to music.

"It is not a tragedy to have only one talent. The tragedy is not using it."


Does anyone pretend to know them all? Of course not. After all, if you have a different dance it must be danced differently. But we should know that standing a woman on her head is not dancing. Flipping the lady over your shoulder is not dancing. Those are tricks, and there are a million of them out there. For exhibitions they are very nice and let us clap in appreciation. But after that, let us dance our way ("as if no one is watching") for the pure enjoyment of moving to music.  Most of us will try to learn as many of the one hundred basic moves as we can, those that can be led easily and followed easily.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" ... Theresa Brewer


Then we go for the music, be it live or canned. But the music is first, then we will move to the music in the basic movements and enjoy it to the fullest in that fashion. We are the real social dancers. The others are whatever they wish to call themselves, no hu hu. Most can already see that in blogs, there is direct and more current communication. It leaves an opening for comments in each blog and is receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself.  This learning process for all of us has been slow. We are just not accustomed to it. Social dance is more than just the dance for dance. The music, the people and the atmosphere, all lend themselves.

"For the Social Dancer, the dance maybe a prayer for the future, a remembrance
of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Swing

The Lindy Hop (funny name) where did it come from. - One evening in 1927, following Lindbergh's flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named "Shorty George" Snowden was watching some of the dancing couples. A newspaper reporter asked him what dance they were doing, and it just so happened that there was a newspaper with an article about Lindbergh's flight sitting on the bench next to them. The title of the article read, "Lindy Hops The Atlantic," and George just sort of read that and said, "Lindy Hop" and the name stuck.

"Many dancers learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same."


In the mid 1930's, a bouncy six beat variant was named the Jitterbug by Cab Calloway, who was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer and he introduced a tune in 1934 entitled "Jitterbug". There have been many new names and many new variations to swing but that name stuck for a long time.

"Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman,
Gene Krupa on drums, Harry James on Trumpet.


The Spanish after some years realized that there are no swear words in the Indian languages of the Americas. Of course the Spanish were always curious about these heathens and they would always ask. "What if you are hammering on a nail and you accidentally hit your thumb?" The answer is always the same. "Now we use your language."

"Social Dancers believe that they express themselves through the dance
 and they create music through their feet."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Waltz

Excerpted from the Dance Magazine:
There were several partner dances in the three count measure three hundred years ago, the most famous was the polka. Right about the time of the American Revolution, "waltz" primarily indicated that the dance was a turning one; one would "waltz" in the polka to indicate rotating rather than going straight forward without turning. The Viennese custom was to slightly anticipate the second beat of each bar, making it sound as if the third is late and creating a certain buoyancy.

"Social Dancers can get tired after running for two minutes,
but at a dance social, they can dance for hours."


The younger Strauss (Johann Strauss II) would sometimes break up the one-two-three of the melody with a one-two pattern in the accompaniment along with other rhythms, maintaining the 3/4 time while causing the dancers to dance a two-step waltz. Eventually evolved into the Viennese Waltz. The metronome speed for a full bar varies between 60 and 70, with the waltzes of the first Strauss often played faster than those of his sons. In Latin America it is danced with a Rock step and also a Chassé.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer


Shocking many when it was first introduced, the waltz became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances. The music and the dance are still much appreciated on Oahu by the more experienced dancers and also throughout the world.

"Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy years old because
he felt that an essential part of him had been neglected."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oahu Looking Nice

By Daniel Kaaihue, Kalihi
Dance music seems to come in many different forms, from disco to hip-hop to our famed ballroom kind. Though there have been various dance crazes throughout the history of popular music, Dance music became its own genre in the mid-'70s, as soul mutated into disco and whole clubs were devoted to special dancing. On Oahu, in the late '70s, dance clubs played disco, but by the end of the decade, disco, specially for the young was mutating into a number of different genres. All of the genres were collected under the catch-all term "dance," though there were distinct differences among other subgenres.

"24 hours in a day … 24 beers in a case … coincidence?"


The Latin evolved into the Caribbean sound led by Cubans and Puerto Ricans in the US. The Mexican sound has quite a diversity too, but it has remained pretty much in its ethnic group. What tied them all together was their emphasis on rhythm -- in each dance subgenre, from Disco to House to Salsa, the beat is king. In addition to the contemporary dance forms, there is a long and varied tradition of dance throughout the world, through virtually all cultures and in all countries.

"Fly Me To The Moon" ... Matt Monroe

Recreational/social dancing for the more experienced dancers on Oahu now strives to present all of the major contemporary, traditional dance forms. Preferences have been based on the disciplines, American Social Dance, International Style of Dance and Country Styles of Dance because many Universal dancers have been taught so much in the discipline world. However quite a few in dance clubs or night clubs are not dancing strictly disciplines. Theirs has not been street dancing but "club" dancing, learned in night clubs.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

We have learned that there are quite a few standard basic moves to music that are done in most dances throughout the world. Dance teachers do make special ones which are referred to as LAGS. And even good teachers of American eventually eventually teach their own versions. However if you are not dancing any of the discipline styles exactly and the lady is following you easily, then you are converting into a recreational, social dancer. What's the problem?

"Some people's budgets are in such a mess, you'd think
they were getting advice from the city council."
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Slowly

Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. Yours is as important as anyone else's. How about sharing it with your fellow dancers? And the Information Contributors will be small, medium and large, but everyone still important. The entire island of Oahu dancers. Comments? Why not?

"Many social dancers restrict their reading habits to a small window
of what is happening in our blogosphere."


Typical flyer of the dozens we get, addressed to "undisclosed recipients." The way it has been done in printed matter for 60 years. It must do somebody some good, but not me personally and definitely not social media for blogging. But then our blogs are somewhat similar, we just publish on the Internet except the choice of tuning in, is yours So we all learn, it will take some time, we must be patient. With good social media. the hits on these blogs will go through the ceiling.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


I know I am losing my physical abilities but not doing too bad with the help I get. I can get a better looking party blog when I get help in getting photos to make two collages of nine photos each. Together with few lines from a couple people it fleshes out very nicely. The advertisement for the coming party is nice. But the results of the party are much more interesting to the readers. The hits go through the roof.

That's what he said, “I did have a few drinks Saturday night in Waikiki. They told me I did a real sexy tango. I’m told I could’ve done even better with a partner.”
 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Photos

We need photos, - however if you take a good look at the photos in our social dance blogs you can see some that are more pleasing to the eye of the dancers than others. Your friends at the dance party, and with possibly a few comments. Wow! That would really send the hits up through the roof. Most of us are just ordinary people and do not yet realize that this is going to be social media. We are still in the process of defining it for ourselves. We should be patient.

"If we could all stop trying to be so happy
we could have a pretty good time."


You will be able to see that three people are better than two in a photo. Four are better than three, but 15 are not better than 14. Taking all this in, the photographer makes the decision. The photographer can choose the ones he wants to post in the party dance blog and email them. Yes, I know about 100 million photos available daily in Picasa, Photobucket, Instagram, Flicker and Facebook, so we can consider that taken care of for others. We missed all those possible in Pakistan? Tough.

"Have I Told You Lately" by Amy Hanaialii


Our blogosphere is also still in the process of alignment. Our social dance blogs must be different from each other. Fortunately we are getting some terrific reader/dancers. Getting feedback is crucial. We are slowly making contact with the neighbor islands and hope to get some feedback soon. They are pretty well tied up organization wise, but individually they can also choose whichever blog they would prefer. We must be patient. I do intend to continue the process of making my best blog independent (of me, anyway.)

"Social Dancers may not be classically trained, but many can rip up a dance floor."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

American and International


As most everyone knows, the techniques used in American style and International style are not the same. American style features open work, under-arm turns, open extended lines, etc., while International style requires a close proximity of the partners at all times. Although American style smooth and international style standard are taught very differently, the styles are very similar. The most obvious difference is that international standard includes quickstep, which is not part of American smooth.

"Social dancers know that their purpose is not to get to certain place on the floor,
it's to enjoy each move to the music, along the way."


The other major difference is that int'l style permits figures in closed position only, while American style allows open positions and even solo actions. Beyond that, the main differences between the two styles are in emphasis rather than result. Compared to smooth/standard, rhythm/Latin has relatively little overlap. While each category has cha cha, rumba and a swing dance, international has samba and paso doble, while American has bolero -- another, slower rumba dance -- and mambo.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


The rumba dances are dissimilar, even in their basic counts, most importantly the hip motion differs: in American style, one steps onto a bent leg; in international style, onto a straight leg. The International uses the concept of a "common center" which allows for a three- dimensional body action in unison that does not quite work for American style. American is more for "feel" whereas International is more for "looks."  Both have their good reasons.

"Good social dancers are not good because of their technique,
they are good because of their passion."

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Adjusting

Everything flowing smoothly for this blog but I don't expect it to stay that way. I must get more information contributors. I get a few, now and then, that state, 'I will make this one, but I don't want to make any commitments." Fine, I am glad to get what I can. And I understand how they feel, but I must continue to look for steady information contributors. The information contributed is most appreciated by the readers, next to the results of shindig.

"Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but
let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is."


Photos have become very important and we understand that many do not wish to share with their fellow dancers and that should be their privilege. However photos of our fellow dancers having fun at a nice party are always interesting. Marie, Maili and Deanie have done much for the readers of these blogs. So now I must also postpone much of this because I am having camera troubles. I gave the old camera away and will be looking to buy another soon.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


I have found it easier to pass the camera around and have dancers take photos of their favorite people. But for now the action on the blogs will slow down until l get the new camera. And there is just a chance that some people may find it nice to email a few photos to post in the blog for the special occasion. Of course, we must face the fact that feedback has never been much in our social dance environment. So we must be patient.

"Social Dancers do not believe, they can't do that. If they do,
then why are they in a studio in the first place?"