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."