Thursday, August 31, 2017

Photos

I am finally getting to the point of knowing what I can do and what I cannot do in taking photos. I use two inexpensive point and shoot cameras, one for me to take pictures of the dance floor where no one is posing. The second camera to pass it around and whoever gets it can take pictures of their friends. I can usually make a nine photo collage and sometimes two. Makes for a nice social blog.

"The time has come the Walrus said, to talk of many things, of shoes and ships,
of sealing wax, of cabbages and kings." Where that come from?


So I will have to be patient and gradually get a few regular people that can operate the camera and they can trade off using it. I have been fortunate to get some photos emailed to me and those can go into the blog. That's very nice and there have been times when I can make a separate blog just for the photos emailed. There are many Web sites and online photo libraries where you can send your pictures and many do. There are literally billions and billions of photos out there available, ours are special.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


So we can make that clear, that our blogs are not online photo libraries. We are in dance blogging for fun and I think the law states that the penalties are death from hanging. Or perhaps they have something more humane, like taking hemlock. (Socrates) At the moment our star contributors of photos have been Marie, Maile and Deanie. And the readers just eat that stuff right up. Mahalo to all.

"Social Dancers know that no matter the size of the gesture that brightens someone else's day, we can all take active part in making a difference in our dance world."


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Mambo

By Juan Garcia, Kahului

A long time ago in Cuba, the Son Montuno came along and the old ways of dancing didn’t change, even though the music was beginning to evolve, with the Tumbao drum, into having more of  an overlapping feeling than the Son did. The accented 4 in the Son was done with only one golpe (TUM) on the Bongo drum. There were no Congas nor Timbales in the old Son. In any event, when the Mambo arrived in Manhattan the first people to dance it were those young Latinos dancing to other music.

"Social Dancers know that it may be a physical and mental workout. Once you get your body moving to your favorite music, you feel the difference."


By the simplistic definition of the dance studios, the first group would today be called "Two Dancers", and the second "Three Dancers". In any case, in the late forties the Mambo caught on with new music and this "new" dance had to be taught to a new public. Who was going to teach non-Latinos and even second generation Latinos how to do the Mambo? By all counts, at that time there were no Latino Dance teachers in NYC. So Westerners teaching Ballroom dances were called to service and not many people know what they did.

"Maria Elena" por Placido Domingo


Since everything Cuban was "in", or perhaps for practical reasons, they took the "Cuban" step sequence to teach the newcomers.To them it was, and still is, inconceivable that a dance could have a step sequence beginning in one frame and ending in the next, such as the step sequence for the Son. Much more inconceivable for them to have the accent of the music to be on the 4. For the western dance teacher, at least in those days the 3 step dance sequence had to fit into the 1234 "box". And the accent went into the one count.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey


It went well into the nineties and in Hawaii, the Mambo could be heard in just about anyplace where you had music. It also went into the realm of the more experienced older dancers. But in the eighties the Salsa began to invade the territory, And now in this century it is in process of heavy competition from Bachata. There are other fad dances waiting in the wings. For the more experienced social dancers the tried and true with very basic moves are still the best to really enjoy moving to the Oldies but Goodies.

"Good things come to those that wait. Good deeds are rewarded
by the Universe, no waiting necessary."

Friday, August 25, 2017

What's Doin'"

I would say at this point that any site that conveys information in a chronological style format pretty much qualifies as a blog. Some have stated things like comments, information contributors and Guest Bloggers and they would fall into this definition. I have tried to be less strict than many. And any contributor of information to us is not required to attend any meetings, pay any dues, and can contribute items only when they damn well please. In effect, Guest Bloggers will have their own blog within a blog.

"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations,
our possibilities become endless."
 

Our blogosphere is still in a nice process of alignment. I am trying to make the blogs different from each other and finding the audience for each one. Town Dancer has evolved into a blog for Honolulu Dancers. Fortunately we are meeting some terrific reader/dancers that may be interested in the other blogs. 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 whatever of our blogs they would prefer. We must be patient.

"Dancing In The Streets" by Nohelani Cypriano


The "Comment" is the item most urgently needed because it has rarely been seen on the Island of Oahu. And right there is the beginning of sharing dance information with our fellow dancers and do some blogging. You introduce yourself to the dance scene when you leave a comment. It gets you seen and you have a perfect right to your opinion - people will be interested, You also stay sharp in the dance scene, reading and commenting on other blogs and it is a good daily discipline to help you keep abreast of what is happening on Oahu.  Best recommended vitamin for the good social dancer? B1

"Our dance teachers on Oahu help their students find the song in their hearts,
the beat in their feet and a passion for life."

Monday, August 21, 2017

Dancing on Oahu

By Lee Wakefield, Hauula
Recreational Dancing was from the very beginning, the man being dominant, simply because he led. He creates the opportunities that the lady completes and enhances. But he has to help and give her the chance to fill the space. Then she produces the final result which for most is beautiful. In the end, it is a partnership. This could be an art and a sport that teaches you respect and to get along with a person of the opposite sex.

"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations,
our possibilities become endless."


That is why it has evolved into an important social activity. If a man is too possessive or pushy or protective, the lady won’t be able to do her part. The man can smother the woman or she can end up having to do too much in the relationship. He can also get too fancy and not really know how to lead in that fancy step. That’s why the benefits of dancing are so wonderful. Even if you don’t win a medal dancing, you can learn to how to live your life.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


It is a well known fact that in the International Style of Dancing there is no sex, none, nada, zip, zero, never has and never will. This in spite of all the sexy Latin costumes. As long as we all are aware of it, we will be all right. It comes from different people and they have the right if different reasons, (show and competition) and a different place in time. Theirs is an Art all its own and we can appreciate their beautiful presentations. It just ain't Da Reel Teeng!

"Social Dancers accept that we are all born to dance socially. However
the top dancers learn to dance their way, and we can appreciate it."

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Politics

Looks like the country is in worse shape that ever with the Nazis taking over so much. Trump, Ryan and McConnell have conspired to steal the money and establish a Nazi type state. In Germany many years ago, both the Nazi Party and the Nazi-led state were organized under the Führer "leader principle", a pyramidal structure with the Führer—Donald Trump—at the top, who appointed subordinate leaders for all branches of the party and the state. Puppets like Ryan and McConnell, whose orders had the force of law. They are working on it.

"Naziism is a totalitarian keptocracy, and we are being forced to deal with it."


Did anyone ever dream that in the US, Trump would have complete control of the FBI, no more independence for them. Look at what Sessions is getting away with. In Germany there was no defense once the Nazis took over. Six million Jews were exterminated in Germany. In the US, we are only going to exterminate the Blacks and the Wetbacks and he is thinking about the Orientals too. That is what he said, We don't care who dies or why. Let God sort them out. The next step is "President For Life."


And we used to think that everyone had the right to vote. But the Great Trump has decided that things are going to be different. He wants to make it very difficult for anyone to vote. Extra identification perhaps signed by all nine members of the Supreme Court in your state and perhaps a small fee of 100 dollars might be better. Keeps the poor out of it and makes it easier for Trump goons to buy the votes. It's the money, Honey.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


For the rest of the remaining humans in the US, our only salvation is getting rid of all lying republicans crooks in congress. We have almost done it in Hawaii. A Conservative Party like the original Lincoln Republicans? Why not? Could be some nice guys in there. Once the US lives again, we could have a two party system. And perhaps even others, everyone should have the right in a free country the way it used to be at one time, when America was great a year ago.

"Karma: What goes around comes around. Keep your circle positive.
Speak good words. Think good thoughts. Do Good Deeds."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tango on Oahu

By Bernard Miyashita, Turtle Bay.

There are several Tangos on Oahu and most of us are aware of them. The main one being the American Tango which has been taught here for about 75 years. Second in social dancing is the Filipino Tango with the International quite prominent in the large ballrooms and big festive occasions. The Argentine Tango has its own territory on Oahu in being a specialty dance. The Tango that was inherited in the world, more than a century ago has changed too. In Europe, in addition to the American and International, there is the Finnish Tango and now called the Nordic Tango as it spread through Scandinavia and the Baltic States. In the Orient, the Chinese Tango is still there, and there are a Japanese and Korean versions even though, the Tango dancers in the Orient are very conservative dancers.

"Some people think that happiness is a mat that sits on their doorway." 


The last half of the century in Argentina have seen many changes in the music and the dance and it has developed into nine different Tangos. Show tango, also known in Spanish as Fantasia, is a more theatrical and exaggerated form of Argentine tango developed to suit the stage. It includes many embellishments, acrobatics, and solo moves. Unlike other forms of tango, stage tango is not improvised and is rather choreographed and practiced to a predetermined piece of music and often with moves that cannot be led.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

Tango Street Dance in Europe.
The Tango belongs to the world now, and each group will make the changes they think are necessary to please themselves. But there will also be many that will decide they can combine several different styles into one that is even more of an acceptable, dance-able and enjoyable as a social dance. The Filipino tango on Oahu will merge with the American. Pulsing, immediate, graceful, intimate, two people flowing as one with the music. This is Tango, everywhere.

"Social Dancers know they are different and they cannot do anything about it.
That is their gift."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Salsa, Mambo

From The Famous Moshe in New York City.

Between Mambo and Salsa...
First, lets clarify what some musicians say. ALL salsa is mambo but, not ALL Mambo is Salsa . It's much to do with music construction (and in many cases, time lines) The physical side of the dance is where the paradigm shift took place back in the late 70s, but mainly in New York City. The rest of the "world " did not start to change their approach until the mid 80s. And the reason for the "change " was primarily the music change to a definite Salsa.

"Indeed, people wish to be happy even when they so live
as to make happiness impossible."


The genre began to branch out into separate styles, and the main contenders.. LA, NY. Cuban (not as the cubans dance it) Rueda and what is now called C Body are the most Popular. There are countries who dance a very specific style like " Cali " in Colombia. Mambo is still taught and danced by many of the " chain " schools, and is normally danced breaking on "2 ", whereas Salsa uses 1,2, and 3, wherever the music accents.

"Señor Bolero" por José Feliciano


It is the most musically complex of all the dances taught, mainly due to its poly rhythmical structure. Incidentally, apart from Rueda and Cali, there are 5 or 6 foundational variations, that are commonly identical and are danced in the above mentioned styles. The technical and execution differences, are mainly brought about by changes in style. Aficionados developed over 600 different steps which made overly complicated dancing. In the year 2017, we are still puzzled. Bachata is coming in strong but is Salsa phasing out of New York entirely?

“Some Social Dancers occasionally stumble over the truth, but many of them
pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Moving Some

Going back at least ten years, Town Dancer has been way ahead of the rest of whatever I installed. And many blogs came and went. Now we have Platinum Horseshoe covering West Oahu and looking more solid every day. And even more so with the connections with Wahiawa  Ballroom Dance Club, Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and lately Dance Appeal Studio. These have given us much input that we can share with our fellow dancers.  This month may see the results of a solid first place Platinum Horseshoe.

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness
and just be happy."


Town Dancer has a lot of loyal readers but we are not giving them much in dance information. Town information is quite diluted by Web sites and other methods of communication. Unfortunately, we have no constructive comments and little information from contributors. The readers are the ones that make the eventual decisions and even if they choose to ignore us - they have communicated.

"Moon River" by Andy Williams


So first off is the feedback needed on all the blogs from anyone of the reader/dancers. Just a short opinion added in, at the end of the blogs. And second is the feedback from contributors of dance information to share with our reader/dancers. Larger items of interest and even photos can be email in to the blog of your choice. And it is all up to the our fellow dancers. No commitments of any kind. You get in only when and where you damn well please.

"Social Dancers know that it may be a physical and mental workout. But once
you get your body moving to music, you feel the difference."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rumba

By John Whang, Niu Valley

In Latin America, Rumba is a love story of two people, and officially christened the "dance of love." But we should distinguish between the young and the more experience dancers. Rumba was the forerunner of other Latin dances that spread throughout the world. Its origins were deeply rooted in the Cuban music and dance called the "Son." It is danced throughout the world and many sections dance it their own way which has evolved over the years. The biggest groups are the American and British styles and both quite different from the originals.

"Social Dancers believe that if we dance today, we will dance tomorrow,
and perhaps we can dance forever."


The basic in the British style is closer to the real thing than the American. But the American was first in line and Arthur Murray made the mistake of creating the box step for a basic. Later to compound a bad thing for the dancers. Fred Astaire began to use the same basic in his Rumba. And Arthur Murray took him to court and WON. That was terrible, and now Fred Astaire had to change his basic from a slow, quick, quick to a quick, quick, slow.  That was the beginning of the big screw up in American Style of dance for Rumba.

"Maria Elena" By Placido Domingo

Fortunately, social dancers are dancers and they are now using what they refer to as the Salsa or Mambo basic which is a rock step and a slow step. All the other steps and patterns remain the same. Then we, the social dancers, can dance with each other more comfortably. The Rumba has manifested many forms and variations throughout the 20th Century (Beguine, Bolero, Danzon, etc.). Bolero has a slower rhythm than Rumba and Rumba has a slower rhythm than Mambo, making Rumba a great dance for beginners. The sensual Rumba is a wonderful introduction to the tradition of Latin dances, Latin music and Latin body movement. It will remain a basic, basic Mestizo dance well into the next century. The kids will make their usual "discoveries" but the Rumba will remain -  perhaps forever.

"The very good Social Dancers believe that thinking good thoughts may
not be enough, doing good deeds may not be enough, but seeing
others follow your good examples is enough."


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