Thursday, April 26, 2018

Readers - Dancers

Our reader/dancers are more dancers than readers and have shorter attention spans. I try to limit the size of my paragraphs to five or six lines. I have gone over but they have been about dancing and can be interesting. The photos are continually hard to find. Many people send them to Photobucket, Flicker, Picasa or Facebook and they don't have a clue that those people get over 100 million photos "daily." Somebody in Angola missed one of yours? Our readers are Oahu, those are the ones we are interested in.

"Social dancers believe that you can’t write about what it
means to dance by watching from the bleachers.”

For your written pearls of dance wisdom, we very simply just ask for your point of view. POVs are just like noses, every has got one and many will differ. Ah - but that is the value of it all, none of this mass production stuff. The person from Makaha will surely have a different point of view from someone from the North Shore, simply because of where they live. In one club, many will think alike which is fine, but new and different views could be welcomed.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

A favorite photo of you and your friends at any one of our dance occasions is of great benefit. For the photees, the blog, the reader/dancers, the club, everyone. It is a win-win situation. this is social media. In this year there will be an increasing amount of benefit dances, some times for the benefit of the dancers, sometime for the benefit of the organization that is having the dance and sometime to benefit of other worthwhile causes. You may have a preference of submitting your information to share with our fellow dancers.

Q: What do you call the two doctors at the table?
A: A paradox, (pairadocs.)

Sunday, April 22, 2018


This blog is pretty steady, in second place but right up close to Platinum Horseshoe. Any feedback, a good steady information contributor or a Guest Blogger would put them back up on top. Meanwhile, the "social dancers" are readily admitting it nowadays, and with a little pride. This year they are really going to take their place in our dancing world on Oahu. Most of the town social dance clubs are accepting too.

"Social dancers believe that they must dance for themselves. If someone
understands, good. If not, no matter. They will go right on doing
their dancing,  and do it until it stops interesting them.” 

But let us not take anything away from International. Their discipline is more exact and standardized because it will be judged according to their standards. Let them be. They may call it Latin and it may not be correct according to our beliefs but it is the British style, and all of us should accept it as their style. If a couple has just spent five thousand dollars in lessons, they are not interested in social dancing. They cannot lose precious time with "junk dancers." They must work and practice their newly learned dance patterns which is the only way for them to get ahead. We must have an understanding of their position. We should not bug them. To each their own and these blogs insist that everyone has a right to their own honest opinions.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

Meanwhile, we will have a new social dance club in West Oahu. I keep running into rumors, but it could be in the Central Valley, Mililani or Waipio. Kapolei is out because of the Rail Disaster, But there is the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Yes, there is something about getting home in 20 minutes.Which was the original idea of Kapolei as second city.

"Social dancers may believe that dance exists first on a primordial level, not on an
intellectual plane. Its inmost substance cannot be reasoned, only experienced.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

What's Doin'

My blogosphere is slowly beginning to move again. So I build anew and modify. I am adjusting the blogs all around and perhaps they may settle into six blogs. Any blog remains open to Information and Photo contributors, with the possibility of eventually being a Guest Blogger. With enough guest bloggers, "we" can plan on independence and I can resign. The counters on all blogs seem to be working again Yes, I know, this may be just advertising but we need feedback.

“Social dancers believe that every dance belongs to them. It is part of their collection
and they will want to make their next dance the best they have ever danced.”

It's gonna take time, that is all, I just have to keep working on at it. And all of us have an obligation to communicate to our fellow dancers of "what's doin'" And they can decide where to go and what they should do. I got my emails messed up and I want at least three to be available for whatever and part of this is the school of hard knocks. The International Dancers out there are also doing just fine. Now, that I have been to Palladium after all these years, I can see that most of International dancers look twenty years younger on the dance floor because of their competition and exhibition style.

"Holoholo Ka'a" by Willie K

This is not an ordinary '"social or cultural" dance. These people are, and with good reason, interested in their discipline, for it will be "judged." Check into the Town Dancer blog. Any of our blogs invites everyone even if you do not live in Honolulu as long as you know what the subjects are. This is meant to be social media, so whatever you put in here will be read by the reader/dancers. And that is the idea for if we get no hits we are just beating our gums. Hopefully the readers will increase and I must continue to try, I will not give up so easily.

"Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aiea Anniversary

Nice day and I got ready early. I have fumble itis and took my camera hoping I could get someone to get some photos for the blog. Also paper to get a few opinions and make it social media. I had made arrangements with the Handi Van on Friday and they got me there a little after six. The program said 6:30 but the dancers were there already jumping to that terrific music of Dj Bert Burgess.

The welcoming people were courteous but had me a little confused with the lottery ticket. Turned out nice. And I went around saying hello to my friends, many of which I have not seen in a long time. Paid my respects to Bert and Deanie and asked for help in getting some photos for the blog. Deanie recommended Vickie Hiramoto and she turned out to be one of the best photographers we have ever had. I thank her and I am sure that everyone else thanks her too. I have enough photos to make another blog in Platinum Horseshoe  

"Aiea family, good fun, let's dance." ~ Glen Hiramoto

The evening evolves into our type of social which must have dancing but it also has something else. "us." We are not clones and we all have our individual opinions. No hu hu, we can have some understanding, on and off the dance floor. It is so evident in the crowd tonight. Exhibition type dancers? Nothing wrong with that. Social type dancing? Why not? And these people are all friends. That is Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and we are fortunate to dance in this environment.

"Great, great people at Aiea Ballroom Dance" ~ Joyce Sakamoto

At near eight the food run began and I waited to get my piece. My pocket watch which had seemed alright was running slow. When I checked the official time, it was 9:05. My Handi Van had come at 8:30 and left without me. Cannot blame them. Walked to the bus stop, almost a mile. Got one bus going to town and then waited an hour to get the 42 bus to Pearlridge. Got home about midnight. My fault? Yes. But I am happy that I have enough photos for another blog.- Platinum Horseshoe.

"Exciting 63rd Anniversary for Aiea Ballroom, good music and friendly people."
~ Amadeo

Got another very good opinion but no name.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Friday, April 13, 2018

Special Edition

Received from Deanie:
Aiea Ballroom is the first non-profit, organized ballroom dance club in all of Hawaii.  Founded in 1955, prior to statehood. On Saturday April 14, 2018, at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse [“The Palladium], we will celebrate our 63nd Anniversary.  Aiea Ballroom is one of the original five clubs sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu.

From the time of our inception, we have had weekly dance classes and continue to do so,  Currently are held at  Aiea Intermediate School.  Our founders are: Kazuo “Speedy” Nagamine,  Raymond Ching and Ralph Tsukada. In 1969  Mr. Ching founded our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. They will celebrate their 49th Anniversary Saturday April 21, 2018 at Helemano Camp 808.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

If you want to post anything earlier, like today or tomorrow, tickets for the dance are VERY reasonable - $6 at the door which does include the half time snack and participation in the door prize drawing. There won't be a bento.  Our "program" will be short - recognize pros, private studios, club reps and a few other folks special to Aiea Ballroom. That includes you. We'll have a snowball and about 20 door prizes. The whole program will probably take less than 30 minutes. We want to have as much time for general dancing as possible. That's what we're about - dancing. There'll be music playing from 6 pm; last dance at 9:30 pm. We're expecting close to 300 dancers.

I'm glad you'll be joining us.  See you tomorrow.  Deanie

If you think positively: Sound becomes music and movement becomes dance. Smile becomes laughter, mind becomes meditation, and life becomes a celebration."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I Am A Social Dancer

By Jerry Adachi, Niu Valley

Apparently in the city, 18 years into the 21st century, there are already plenty of Social dancers on Oahu. Of course, there may be many that would not be happy to regard themselves as such. At about the time of the first years of famous Palladium, many used to say, "I am a social dancer" somewhat defensively but no longer. In Social Dancing, the music and our interest in expressing it binds us together as a cohesive community. It has been there all the time across a large part of the world and we have developed a little pride in our type of dancing on Oahu.

"Social Dancers don't wish for more than they are willing to work for."

If there is ever a Bronze or beginner division in Social Dancing it would consist of at least 30 basic moves for each dance. Since you cannot cover all in one dance there is enough to go around for the next dance. This seems to be sufficient when a man wants to dance with a relative stranger, he can lead and she can follow easily with the music. They can have the possibility of having fun in a strictly social situation. The Silver or intermediate level dancer could have at least 40 moves at that level for each dance. Easy enough when you consider that there are over 600 documented step patterns in almost all of the regular dances.

"It's A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

These could be used for steady or regular dance partners. At this point they may realize they really are dancers. They may see each other often and both of them are aware of each one's dance capabilities. While stylistic differences abound in Social Dancing, the music and love for it is consistent. The realization and acceptance of the social dancers with time will lessen the impact of the use of the "correct" method in some of the disciplines. Their authorities may not be mine or yours.

"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


With the good solid news on my blogs my fog of depression is lifting. Disappointments have not been easy but they have been understandable. Depression is a different thing. Of course at the moment I am still dreaming. The figures on my stats are solidifying and I am satisfied that no one in the entire Pacific has access to the results that I have. I have a lot of perfecting to do, our blogs are still pretty raw. We. the blogs. need more feedback - opinions, those we can share with our fellow dancers. We may yet have Social Media on Oahu.

“Social dancers will tell you, do not be frightened friend,
we can dance our way to Heaven.”

So we must go over it again to distinguish advertising, publicity and information. And in the degrees in which we should accept them. Just contribute a little info now & then and a photo or two. (our kind) and I can plan on making the lead blog independent. And I am the most fortunate man on this earth that at one time I lived in that portion of the island that was still Paradise. But have I got high hopes? Even now, you can bet your dancing shoes on that. The people we need are out there, I just have to find them.

"Blue Monday" by New Order  1983

Central Valley was at one time, designated the dance center of this Island. The clincher was to be the Dance Pavilion in the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. But it has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster. And it was going to be too big anyway. The District Parks and Community Center would be fine with one third the dance floor of the famous Palladium. The days of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms are over in this century. The social dance scene on the island of Oahu is not doing too bad.

 "Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport."