Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

The New Year brings us new hopes, new promises and new reasons to dance. The New Year is a time for celebration of love, music, dance and of life. It's the time to thank God for our wonderful friends, and to bring to their lives as much music as they bring to ours. Life is a banquet and too many people are starving to death. Perhaps on this Island the dancers will be a little happier.

"Social dancers know that dance music will always be around. People around
the world love to dance and it is much, much better with dance music."


This coming year will mark the beginning of a year of dancing pleasure and discovery for us all. We have accepted most changes in our dance scene very gracefully. Each day will hold something special that is wonderful and new. This new year will adorn our lives with many beautiful things and sweet memories of dancing to cherish forever. And the care of those whom the heart holds close.

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters


Perhaps it will be a better than any New Year has been, better than any joy known or to be known, Better than any wish realized or to be realized - that's how this New Year should be for us. We will have no time for those that talk stink about others. And we can hope that every one of you has a great new year dancing.

"Social dancers find that music and dance helps to make sense of the world.
It pushes them to think of things bigger than life's daily routines."

Thursday, December 28, 2017

What am I dancing?

By Ron Misaki, Manoa.

I am a very independent dancer, running around all over and getting into the many clubs by mistake. So I am still learning and many of my friends do enlighten the rest of us. Many of the young seem to have some sort of the old disco dancing apart style. They may call it partner dancing but it sure ain't. Each one does their own thing and it seems as if they do some prescribed tricks. However, it does look to me like a likely good first step if they enjoy the movement to music and would like to be dancers in social dance environment.

"Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why
it is a comfort to go hand in hand."


The second most logical step would be to get into line dancing. They can learn short routines, with the natural music of most of the ballroom and perimeter dances. They do not have to have a partner and they can learn most of the beginning line dances in a very short time. Beside learning the rhythm of the different dances, they can develop their own styling too, no matter who they try to mimick. And line dancing seems to know no age differences. From there it is only a hop, skip and jump to real Social Dancing and it is recommended to the over thirty. This is where men learn to lead and women to follow and understanding the "equality," in the differences.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley


I think most women can out dance men simply because they must learn to follow, at least when they get past the beginner's stage. There are over 500 documented step patterns in every dance. The syllabi of the American, Country and International have each about 50 in their Bronze, Silver and Gold Divisions. So there are literally hundreds of simpler, more basic movements that can be learned easily. You can also lead and follow much easier and will be moving to music in a manner which is more like Da Reel Teeng. Once you get past that stage you can be ready to decide if you wish to go into competition dancing. It is wide open for those that can develop the discipline. It is just not the same fun anymore and you will have a different goal.

"Social Dancers can just look into a mirror and know, that's their competition."

Sunday, December 24, 2017

One More Day

I just took the notes from an old friend. He said, "Last night I danced a Rumba with a nice lady that I had never danced with before. When we were leaving the dance floor, she thanked me, asked me where I got the ball bearings installed on my shoes. She said that she had the best connection she had felt in a really long time and that it was the best dance she had had in years. I thanked her for being so kind, and for such a great dance. The good feeling will last me the rest of the year."

"You always pass failure on your way to success."


Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness
because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for
others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.
~ Thomas S. Monson 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Club Dancer?

If it is your wish or desire to become a better dancer than you are now, it seems to be the opinion of many on Oahu that one of the most important factors is to be trainable. Not the same as street dancing. To be "trainable" you must be willing to receive information and apply it. You must check your ego at the class door and pick up your stiff upper lip. You must be willing to allow your teacher to critique your dancing, expose your weaknesses and make suggestions.

"Social dancers learned to embrace the dance and to accept the mistakes
they would probably make. And have fun doing it."


After all, that is what you are there for, - to become a better dancer. Their experience and their knowledge may be very extensive. Sometimes there may be very simple suggestions that are easily applied to your dancing. Other times it may take days, and even weeks to break old habits and retrain muscle memory that you have already established. Worth it? If you can have fun while learning then it is certainly worth it.

"Jingle Bells"


To prevent becoming stagnant, or at your current level of dance, you should continue to dance at your regular shindigs for fun somewhere. You know and understand that there will be many things that you wish to improve. Your turn technique, foot positions, connection, timing or even just the way you hold hands with your partner, Our type of dancing is always a work in progress. And we will have a ball every time.

"Social dancers like to dance because life is not a race, but it can keep us
on our toes. We would rather count dance steps than calories and
with each step we may leave our worries behind."

Saturday, December 16, 2017

From Essay On Man

 

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

 

By Alexander Pope almost 300 years ago.

 

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,

He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;

Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confused;
Still by himself, abused or disabused;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great Lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world.

We could accept the fact that we may have in our dance world
some people that are perfect. Hah!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Waltz

I seem to hear more Waltz at Christmas time than any other time of the year. Even many of the Christmas Carols are in a Waltz tempo and there seems to be plenty of dancers on the dance floors. We all understand the young and the old have different preferences. And no one complains. Nice. So if the young cannot dance the Waltz. Tough! But the seasoned social dancers will continue to enjoy themselves as they have for decades.

"You've come a long ways baby. Some of the most beautiful
music ever created on this earth is the Waltz."


The Viennese Waltz is a dance that is becoming extinct from our Social and Cultural World of Dance. However the Latin Indian version is coming on strong in Latin America in the last century. It has the old three count basic, but danced with a Rock Step and/or a chassé. It is slower and much more varied than either American or International Viennese Waltz and since it does not cover so much ground, for many Latins it is much more enjoyable when danced in a night club.

"The Tennessee Waltz" ... Patti Page


The dance popularly known as the waltz in the US is actually the English slow waltz or American  waltz, consistently with a three count, even step, slow, slow, slow. As the Waltz evolved, some of the versions that were done at about the original fast tempo came to be called specifically "Viennese Waltz" to distinguish them from the slower waltzes which are the most danced throughout the world. Waltz music is not a come-lately thing. It has been polished and refined for a three hundred years into some of the most beautiful music in the World for both listening and dancing.

"The Social dancer was loosened and she didn’t know who she danced with or what
they looked like, only that she had become the music and the fire and the night,
and there was nothing that could slow her down. She was having a ball."

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The evolving studio - night club

Most people think they know what a studio nightclub is but no one has ever seen one on Oahu. The nearest things we have are Dance Appeal Studio, Dream to Dance Studio and Divino Ritmo Dance. They are very enjoyable to the ordinary everyday social dancers. In building up this type of unit, the Studio comes first and all you really have to do is get it looking pretty and comfy. Tables are small and heavy on the bottom and much appreciated by the dancers. And that costs, But it will be the basics of every thing that takes place there.

"Social Dancers may be thankful for their mistakes.
They are able to learn many valuable lessons."

On the mainland most studio - nightclubs are at least 1000 square feet, although the granddaddy of them all is the Granada in Alhambra, California which is a three story deluxe deal. But you must have enough room for the big dance parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. A cover charge is a must and most beverages should be very reasonably priced. Alcohol is sold in bottles only; Beer in 12 oz bottles, Wine in quart or liter, and hard liquor in pint bottles. Easy to inventory.

"That's My Desire" ... Frankie Laine


Everybody can mix their own poison. There are no bartenders or waitresses, it is all do it yourself. There are usually machines for the pop and canned juices. Free ice, plastic glasses and napkins provided. Some places have an attended Juice Bar selling snacks too. On Oahu they could have some type of snacks that can be used with chopsticks. No DJ, the music is computer operated and runs for about two hours but a full 30 seconds between each song, about 3 minutes long. There is usually a playlist and the approximate time the song will appear.

"Social dancers believe in the dance's pattern and they will dance while they can.
Dance for the figures are easy and the tune is catching and will not stop."

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Right Way To Dance.

By Emmanuel Fischer, Manoa Valley

There are many small dance clubs on the Mainland that specialize in peripherals. Latin dance clubs with just single Latin dances, such as Rumba, Cha  Cha Cha, Samba, Latin Waltz, Tango, Swing and there are others such as Line, Salsa, Swing, Tango Peripherals. They will concentrate on their main specialty dances. Then there are the Country style dances, with their own ramifications such as square and round dances and including the line dances too.

"Social dancers believe that we can't always choose the music that
life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it."


Their type of music is crucial to their dancing which is as it should be. The biggest kind of course is the social dance music that we have on Oahu, that has been concentrating on American Style and including the line dances verging into the Night Club circuit. Just look around at what has happened in the last ten years. And there will be more spin offs as the people in charge become more intolerant of the common dancer. The Commandment theory, "Thou Shalt Not ..."

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


It is there for any sociologist to see. A few of those concentrating on the International Style may find it more difficult to exist. For sure the International will no longer be the "dance" style on Oahu. They became too rootzi tootzi for the rest of us. They have a perfect right to dance their way. Just don't give me any of your commandments. When they got to the "junk dancer" term many years ago, that was their peak. Too many real honest social dancers resented it. This is specially true when we have so many good dancers on this Island that do not dance that way.

Q. Why did the Indians live here first? A. Because they had reservations.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blog or Web site

There's no right or wrong answer to this. On Oahu, for most dance groups, the one they want to go with depends simply on them. Due to the way people read internet content, Websites are an announcement and tend to have more evergreen information and there isn't much pressure to keep writing new content all the time. The information on a website is more static and often contains reference information that people would want to bookmark and return to from time to time. And more, Web sites have another social attraction, if you have a "Web site," you have "arrived."

"Social dancers think dance may be a poetic journey with emotions
and experience packed up in moving to music." 


It's best to use a a blog if you have a lot of "newsy" and fresh information to share about on a topic. Blogs have counters and the average hits per day are double the Web sites. Ever changing dance schedules, announcements of socials and sharing the happy times at the socials will do it. You should be able to share new content on a consistent basis, and the more viewpoints the better. Whatever you do, if you have a group with a plan and start with Web site. please remember that the use of a blog site may be an "addition to" not an "instead of."

"Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" by Amy Hanaialii


You can see the tremendous amount of hits in our dance blogosphere of social dancers. Just overwhelming. Our highest is Town Dancer with more than 50 average hits per day and that adds up to 1500 hits per month. That is communication, most Web sites are in single digit average per day hits. Of course at the moment, the readers is still learning what they can get for free from the blog of their choice. We will get enough Guest Bloggers to make a blog with over 100 average hits per day. Yes, this is a WAG. (Wild Ass Guess.)

“Social dancers, revive their souls daily by moving to soothing music.”

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Season

Thanksgiving is over and the end the year is near. Plans all over Oahu to enjoy Christmas and the New Year. For centuries people have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer and carries over into the New Year. Hopefully a few will be thinking of becoming a Guest Blogger in any one of our blogs. With an idea of making that blog independent and that means several Guest Bloggers. The hits will go through the roof.

"T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."


For us old timers, December can be a great time to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. Being and staying well is a resolution many people make for the New Year, but those resolutions can lead to frustration when we find we have set unrealistic goals. Then too, hopefully I can interest some of you to become Guest Bloggers and you can pick the blog.

Fortunately I have been invited to one of the best Christmas Parties on these Islands.


And when is the Christmas Season? Officially there is no such thing and there some customs that are different throughout the world. In the Americas, South, Central and North America it begins on the Sunday immediately preceding the first of December. And it ends on the 12th day of Christmas, which includes the 25th of  December and ends on January. 5th.

 "The First Noel"

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!