Thursday, June 29, 2017

Street Dancing in Hilo

By Fred Kahananui, Hilo

Yes, it was long time ago, right after the Big War and I was still a young kid. The entire gang of high school kids, boys and girls liked the music and liked jumping around to the music with very basic moves. Then someone would show a special move to somebody and that person would learn it. But I and others would learn it too and we could teach it to somebody else and that’s the way the steps got spread around.

"Sometimes we are not sure if the happier we are, the more we dance, or the more
we dance, the happier we are. Either way, we gonna dance."

So everybody would learn it. One person would show another person, I don’t say teach, they would show them and that was the way we all learned how to dance... by watching what other people did. I became very good at it because I loved it. And when I first started teaching, I enjoyed that very much. It was kind of ... it was gratifying for me, plus it was comical and humorous because I was used to showing somebody a step and they would get it almost immediately.

"Take The A Train" by Duke Ellington

When I started teaching, some would ask, "What count is that?" And I would think, "I don’t know what count that is!" I could dance pretty good, but I would tell them, "I don’t know what count it is. I’ll tell you what, I’ll do the step and you count!" So I would do the step and they would count and they’d say, "Oh it’s on a four count...." I’d say, "Yeh, okay, that’s what it is!" So I could keep on learning too. Along about that time the "Double Blues" came in and I fell, hook, line and sinker, I think it is Hawaiian, Lasted about 40 years. Don't hear anything about it any more.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

I can see the entire enchilada much better now and I can see that Town Dancer or Platinum Horseshoe will be one of the first to go independent, without me permanently. A few people seem interested but since they don't really know, they are afraid of the commitment but actually not much to it. People are still in the process of learning how the music moves them. If there is another method being taught, it is a different thing, not necessarily wrong, just different.

"Dance Karma: What goes around, comes around. Keep your circle positive,
say good words, think good thoughts, do good deeds."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hawaii Gardenia Circle Dance Club

Saturday morning, not feeling so good but gradually came out of it. for I had planning to do. I had some blogging to do at Hawaii Gardenia Circle at the Palladium that evening. The cameras are a must since I still do not know much about them and even less with my ability to handle them. If I am careful I can take one picture and then it is not guaranteed. Then paper and pen to get some personal quotations to make this social.

"Enjoy, Dancing is good for your health. ~David Mayman

Prepared myself to be ready before 5 pm for the scheduled arrival of my Handi Van and don't forget my medications. I was there ten minutes before as they ask and the Van arrived promptly at 5 pm. Wow, I got to the Golf Course about 6:35 and the Shorba dancers were in rehearsal. Nice desk personnel, and I spoke with Gayle about what I wish to do. Went in and found a place near to Bert and Deanie. Conferred with Deanie on two cameras and I gave her one camera.

"Let's keep on dancing!" ~Helene Tombelaine

Not many people at the beginning but then I was early.  But many took advantage of the terrific music being laid down by Bert and were dancing up a storm. The dancers really started coming after seven which is about the right time, and there were people coming in after eight. At any rate there was plenty of room to dance since they had the entire Palladium. I had trouble with both cameras and fortunately Deanie is knowing something about them and I also got a little help from others. I felt good enough to dance a couple of dances with a couple of good understanding ladies. I am fortunate that way.

"Love - Hard, Laugh - More, Keep Dancing. ~Tess and George Amantiad

Many good dancers on the floor and enjoying the music. I found a couple people to help me take pictures but unfortunately they and I would run into problems. With time I will be able to get people that can really handle the photos that we need. And just pass the camera around. Most know that two people in a photos are better than one. Three people are better than two. However,  15 is not better than 14. And in the end each photographer will make their own decisions. The results will be nicely diverse.

"This grey haired grammy is so happy to be still dancing ballroom
every weekend." ~Miriam Harada

Many good dancers on the floor and enjoying the music. I found a couple people to help me take pictures but unfortunately they and I would run into problems. With time I will be able to get people that can really handle the photos that we need. And just pass the camera around.

We had some beautiful exhibition dances by Shorba and gang, (gotta get more info from him), then some of that good kind social dancing, and the people were enjoying themselves. I had to leave shortly after eight, I wish everyone the best and until next time. Aloha.

"All that social dancers ever seek from good deeds
is a measure of respect."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Salsa 102

by Roger Martinez, Pupukea

I know, she knows, he knows - Just conjugation.  Most of us know from nodding. Salsa Music? Yes  I know, you had the groups that played mainly Son Montunos. The main group several decades back, was that of Arsenio Rodriguez in Cuba. I will stay with this one, for here you will find what many Cubans say today Salsa is;  I disagree with them. To believe that today's Salsa is Son, or Son Montuno, or Mambo will be to deny that the Music evolves.

"We must be ready to let go of the life we had planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."

To deny the evolution of Latin music, one has to do a lot of over simplifications, it is equal to killing a living thing, and Salsa is a living organism. In many of the contributions of Arsenio Rodriguez to the evolution of Latin Music, he took the small Son format and expanded it. He expanded the rhythm section to include "Congas", and Pailas (similar to the Timbales) and he started to write music which was more urban in nature.

"La Rebelion" por Joe Arroyo

Today's Conjuntos are an inheritance of his creativity; en fin, he was setting the standards for Latin popular dance music and made it available for all to copy. All you have to do is buy some of his music, or records others have made in tribute to his work; listen to them. After you have done that go and buy some Mambo records; listen to them. After that, compare them to your collection of today's Salsa and decide for yourself what sounds more like today's Salsa.

"La Vida Es Un Carnaval" por Celia Cruz

I can't resist the temptation to tell you that, as far as I know, you won't find a single Mambo in Arsenio's repertoire, so tell me more about Mambo. How many know that in Cuba Tumbadoras, and outside of Cuba Congas? The drums of the Tumbadora family (there are 3, the Tumbadora, Tres Golpes, and Quinto) and are truly an Afro-Cuban evolution in Cuba, not in Africa. The root of their name is to be found not in the African language of their forefathers, but in the Spanish language. Look around, "Con Los Ojos Abrietos."

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements
will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire

Monday, June 19, 2017


Town Dancer as per usual way is leading the way on Oahu and I really do not know why, Most of the blogs are alike in that they have the content SOS. The reader/dancers may still believe that in Town is where it is at. With some comments and a couple of good steady Two Centers, the hits will go into the stratosphere. I can get a couple of Guest Bloggers and phased myself out of it. Just the bloggers viewpoint is all that is needed to make these blogs into real social media. It will differ from all the others and the presentation will be different. Ah, but that is the secret. No clones needed in our blogs.

"Blogging may be difficult because of the grind required
to stay interesting and relevant." 

Platinum Horseshoe blog with very good piece of the action has lost a lot of scam spam robots but has kept a lot of the legit hits. It should be moving ahead very nicely now with the help of Aiea Ballroom Dance Assoc. The readership is getting a nice wake up call on the music realizing that they have two great DJs, Leland Yagi and Burt Burgess. They will be the leading factors into the kind of music we will be dancing to. The line dancers have had Playlists for years. They have been way ahead of us, but they dance to what they want to dance to.

I am making preliminary settings on the blogs. When I get these two independent, Town Dancer will have the Honolulu Social Dance Scene and get a little neighbor island happenings now and then. Platinum Horseshoe will have West Oahu and include the North Shore. But the Guest Bloggers will make all the new decisions and in another year, they could have their hands full. Meanwhile I will be busy enough trying to get the other blogs going. I still operate the same, I offer the platform. It is entirely up to you if you want to use it. You make the final decision.

"How did Chris Brown's girl friend find out he was cheating on her?
She found someone else's lipstick on his knuckles."

Friday, June 16, 2017

Makua Alii

Nice sunny day, and the only clog in the day was my bed bug problem and the office downstairs has made the request but no knows when they will come in and spray. But I got ready with most of my things to blog Makua Alii, Thursday night. The #53 was a little late but I got to town a little after six pm. Stopped in at Walmart and still got to Makua Alii before seven.

People starting to come in about that time. I took my new camera and quickly found a nice lady to help me set it up. Tad and Kathy started the free International Style Tango dance lessons and they just need a few more good men. After that they went into the first dance, a line dance. the Electric Slide, perfect. Not too complicated and everyone can get into it and enjoy moving to the familiar music.

Got some terrific help with my new camera. A couple agreed to take some pictures and I took some. Some did not come out because the camera was on hold. No pics can be taken. I even got one in movie mode. They press the wrong button, somehow. Some times they move when taking the photo and it comes out blurry. But we are not professionals so we will eventually do good enough. I got two collages of six each. Perhaps next time I can get two collages of nine each.

I left with an hour to get back to Ala Moana, the #53 would be leaving at 9:20 pm. It was late and I got home ten thirty or so.

"Social Dancers know that if the music is good, you dance." 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Swing Dance Club Hawaii

I had a nice leisurely Sunday, even taking a walk all the way to Walmart and back, about a mile. Got already for the trip by 4:30 and the Handi Van was there promptly by five. And couple of deliveries and I was at the famous Palladium by six. Rusty and Bobbi at the front desk.

"Great way to move your soul and Aloha Spirit. Dancing is the way to go."
~Bobbi Maniscalco

Said hello to Burt and Deanie and I found a nice place to set my walker, next to Burt, I can get his viewpoint of the action. I took the first picture to make sure the camera was working and then gave it to Deanie. She sure is getting to be a good photographer. We need more willing to share their preferred people with our fellow dancers.

"Sunday Night, 6/11/17, Swing Dance Club of Hawaii. Greg Underwood
taught Night Club 2 and West Coast Swing lessons. Lots of fun dancing,
refreshments. What a great way to start the week." ~Dino

Nice bunch of people there, and so very many good dancers, I was introduced to Greg Underwood, considered one of the best in West Coast Swing and certainly showing good results with these dancers. I never got around to it, and it is too late for me now. All of you out there, don't wait.

"Keep Dancing - Don't stop. We're in our 90s and we still 'swing' - keeps you young. What a way to meet like minded folks." ~ Bill and Lile Hansen

Class was over after seven then the rest of the crowd started to come in. Good, nice friendly people and I was pleasantly surprised to meet so many of my old acquaintances. Makes the trip even more worthwhile.

"Social dancers believe that the dance community is one big ohana
and they can help each other."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Looking Around

From the Coach’s corner: "The one thing I tell people is when you’re dancing just try to listen to the music and picture yourself, or assume that you’re part of that band, that you’re one of the instruments in that band, and you want to make your body do what that instrument is doing. And above all, enjoy yourself!"

From the days when they did not have music 24/7

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.
You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body.
 ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Making resolutions?: Involve friends and family. They can support your efforts, and can motivate you to keep going. Setting a personal goal is not a "promise" which can never be broken. Don’t paint yourself into a corner by overstating what can be a realistic change you plan to make.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono

Electric vehicles on the road have rocketed to over 2 million this year after being virtually non-existent just five years ago, according to the International Energy Agency. Registered plug-in and battery-powered vehicles on roads worldwide rose 60 percent from the year before, according to the Global EV Outlook 2017 report from the Paris-based IEA.

Robot Taxi Test
Despite the rapid growth, electric vehicles still represent just 0.2 percent of total light-duty vehicles. China is by far the largest electric car market, accounting for more than 40 percent of the electric cars sold in the world. This is also more than double the amount sold in the United States. But they are gaining much ground in the rest of the world. In a freeway traffic jam and everyone stops, all the other cars are running and wasting gas, yours is not running.

Robot Buses, Test
China has probably the most efficient rail system in the world and can rival airplane service up to 500 miles. They also have conclusive evidence that it must be at least one hundred miles long. Definitely no good for commuting. It is undeniable that the current electric car market uptake is largely influenced by policy environment. They are also catching up in the robot taxi service and testing robot buses.

"Social dancers know that once you replace negative thoughts
with positive ones, you'll start getting positive results."

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dis N Dat

I am still in shock, four days into the new month and Town Dancer is back up in front leading the parade. Platinum Horseshoe has been losing a lot of scam, spam robot hits so that is all to the good. They have mostly good solid legit hits now. Where as Town Dancer still has a lot of scam spam robot hits and I am desperately seeking help to get rid of them all. All the blogs need feedback and that is something almost unknown on Oahu, the comments section at the end of every blog is ready for you.

"Social dancers know that dance is a conversation
between music, body and soul."

The Blog Sites are going good in all the islands and most everyone already knows that they are very current news and that we are still seeking the elusive Information Contributor. Just like comment person except more information that can be printed as part of the blog. Items of interest plus a few photos would be very nice. My depression is coming to a minimum in my life. My feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, loss of hope and so forth are in fact related to all phenomena.

If I do not adopt the right outlook, it is possible that anything and everything could cause me frustration. I was living in paradise when I lived in Nanakuli. Here in Pearl City, other people plus my mistakes have caused me pain. But I am stuck here. Yet phenomena are part of reality and we are subject to the laws of existence. So this leaves us only one option: to change our own attitude. By bringing about a change in our outlook towards things and events, all phenomena can become friends or sources of happiness, instead of becoming enemies or sources of frustration. At my age I can still learn. 

Caldwell’s Latest Plan: Make the Handicapped Pay for Rail. For $2 per trip, The Handi-Van will provide origin-to-destination service from anywhere to anywhere else on Oahu. This rate has not changed since 2001. (But now we have a railroad bill to pay for and that bill gets bigger everyday.) The city is committed to meet the service quality standards required by the ADA, but reasonable fare increases should be considered to support and sustain our system. Trump says "make the poor pay for it not the rich." The Present Rail Party went to the same schools.

The New Trump Golden Rule: "Those who have the gold make the rules." 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Around Town

Line dancing on Oahu, remains as the best place for a person to get their "street" dancer smarts. We have on the ultra beginners side, just walking to the music, zombie like. Hell, they are trying. On the other extreme are those that are shaking their heads, shoulders, hips, legs, feet and toes. Somewhere in between is the real Social dancer coming through, who is completely enjoying the movement to music, “in the correct way?”  The natural way and they will never be stuck together with a partner at the second rib. When they get into social ballroom dancing they will have it made in the shade, they are dancers. Da Reel Teeng.

"All that Social Dancers ever seek from good deeds
is a measure of respect."

Line dancing took awhile as a separate peripheral dance and there are several groups around the island, that enjoy dancing in the Gold level and beyond. But that ain't da reel teeng. For social dancing on Oahu, parts of it are pretty well entrenched in club dancing and social recreational dance. Specially where they can keep it in the Bronze level and just enjoy the dance without going into any fancy exhibition type stuff. In fact it has evolved into almost a necessary part, as an added attraction to an evening of straight partner dancing,

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We got some good news from Deanie Burgess:
FYI. The Arthur Murray Studio in Honolulu, will be having a grand opening of their new studio. The date is this coming Saturday June 3rd, 6:30-9:00 pm, FREE entry and food. Address is 770 Kapiolani Blvd #115. Owner is Gisella West. Ph# 206-9022. The location is the old Fisher Hawaii that was on Kapiolani Blvd. It's the same building the old Sugino studio was in on the 4th floor. If you want to check it out the website is: Bert and I will be going. The owner, Gisella, is a real sweetheart and a gorgeous dancer. Like, WOW gorgeous! The studio is on the ground floor of the building. (aside to Frank Sierra, they would like to make connection with you.)

"Social Dancers often say that in making dances they can
make a world where things may be done morally,
done democratically and done honestly."