Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The New Wave

I am hoping more of our readers will look into other social dance sites in Hawaii and perhaps we can use some of their ideas in our blogs. Whatever our readers will like. "That's Dancing," one of Frank's Blogs has had some nice humor and probably appreciated by all his readers. We should have a little more humor in our blogging. For now the simplest solution to getting more hits, is the addition of a Guest Author in whatever blog they choose and blogging whatever they like. The important thing is their honest opinion. That is the value in our kind of blogging.

 “Some social dancers say that they do not have to talk about dance.
Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


I do not get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities. But I do see an occasional dancer. In Kapolei is seems to be well known that there have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We're talking competition here are we not? That is the name of "your" game. I wouldn't know from Shinola.

"Joyride" by Roxette (1991)

Also, please prepare for this fun dance coming up on Friday, August 3, 2018!
Here are the wonderful details! SEE YOU THERE!!! Maile for WBDC 


Salsa seems to be still going strong in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The Philippines seems to be pretty solid too. We don't hear much about Salsa on the neighbor islands. We will, but then they like to keep things pretty much to themselves. We must be patient.

“Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”
~Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday, July 23, 2018

Granada en Alhambra

A Dance Studio, Restaurant and Night Club.  It is actually in Alhambra, California. Whatta combo! Someday, we will have one and it will be built on Oahu, away from the Rail Tragedy, probably, in the Central Valley.


Great floors (yes, more than one floor) - great instructions with world class teachers - great prices (pay each time, buy punch card, or buy monthly cards w discount) - good variety of dance (check their website for schedule; minor changes monthly) - nicely designed lessons that include both technique and dance patterns - GREAT FELLOW STUDENTS.... the clientele here is really great; everyone is here for the dance! - Free party entry for students! - free parking.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias


I could go on. but you get the drift. Salsa had been their main stay, but now shading off to the cha cha, bachata, tango, swing, ballroom, samba, rumba, Latin waltz, pilates, hip hop. And kids classes are available in group setting and are all worth trying - quinceneras and other dances, you may have to book private lessons.

"Social dancers believe that they are not in this world to live up to your expectations
and you’re not in this world to live up to theirs.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The movies have arrived.

The average hits per day on all the blogs have come to a stand still. There are many people taking movies and they are very nice and most are going into Facebook. So the readers, with good reason would rather see a movie in Facebook than see a write up of a social function with ordinary photos. I have always said, that I want to help, but I will not interfere. So we keep on looking for those that can appreciate an old fashioned blog, Kapolei all the way up to Makaha.

“To the social dancer, the body says what words cannot.
We believe that dance was the first art.”


Many changes have occurred in our best dance clubs on Oahu in the this century. Not many dancers have been aware but with the new blogs many eyes have being opened. And the oligarchies have realized that they cannot continue that way. We can only feel sorry for the Rootzi Tootzis. On the other hand I am seeing some "rootzi tootzi" attitudes developing in the club circuit too. It is a human failing and no hu hu, it just should be recognized and the appropriate acceptance made.

1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston
 

Rome was not built in a day. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. Feedback is essential and the hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before. We will learn to handle it. For now movies have a place in Facebook. Let us not interfere.

"When a dance becomes universal because it is so real and so honest, it transcends
every difference that we have and reminds us we are one human family."

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Blogging Scene

I am making some connections but my physical disabilities prevent me from doing much. This blog is truly amazing, not much there because it is mostly me, yet it keeps up ahead of the others. That is about as far as I can go by myself. One more good independent and unique opinion would see wonders in this blog. Each Guest Blogger should be worth over 20 to 30 average hits per day. Not to even mention the good photos that the reader/dancers would be glad to see.  So email them in, along with whatever else you want in. This blog is for the reader/dancers of Oahu. We may see less of the "To Whom It May Concern" kind and perhaps half of every blog in Feedback from our fellow dancers.

“Social dancers become dancers because they loved moving to music but
they also got to be active participants in the conversation about dance.”


Waikiki is jumping all over with plenty of hot places to enjoy. But there is something doing in town too and some is spreading over into Kalihi. The Rail Tragedy has slow things in the corridor up to Waipahu. But Kapolei all the way up to Makaha is wide open. The Central Valley proceeding nicely. And then there is North Shore and what slowed them down was the veto of a new housing development because it would also attract a Business Park. The Fat Cats in Honolulu want everyone to deal with them. The Trump mottos. "It's the bread, Fred. - It's the dough, Moe."

1990  "I Don't Have the Heart"  by James Ingram


Social Dance on Oahu is proceeding along the same lines except that in this century, there is a much bigger acceptance that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms is over. Most Community Centers have rooms that are nice but they could be a little larger. The right size I would not know but the teachers of dancing on Oahu would certainly have an idea. Probably about one third the size of the famous Palladium. Rome was not built in a day.

"If nobody ever said anything unless they knew what they were talking about,
a ghostly hush would descend upon the earth."

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Social Dancing?

Basic Movements for Dance.
By Fred Lumaban, Ewa Beach.


Syllabi in the disciplines, Bronze, Silver and Gold are the usual but some groups have extra gold, double gold or even diamond gold, whatevah. Each division has about 12 to 14 movements in each category, which has you way ahead of everybody by the time you reach advance. It is both the students and the instructors fault that they go too fast. The Students in Beginner (Bronze) level are looking longingly at the Intermediate (Silver) level, they can see it close by.

“Social dancers know, that the sweet melody that travels to their ears,
can remind them that the heart can dance when the feet can't.”


The Intermediates just starting out are looking longingly at the Gold level which is also close by, and ready for attainment. By the time most are in their Gold levels, it is a different story, in International they may have had a few exhibitions and are thinking of competitions. And some may be seriously thinking of going back to basics and really learning it right. As Social street dancers we are not constrained by any of these rules. We just take our time and enjoy the learning process to the music as we go along and don't try to get too fancy.


"The Stars and Stripes Forever"
-follows the standard American military march form and is a standard in all military bands.
It was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia, on May 14, 1897,
and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm. Following an Act of Congress in 1987,
it was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America.


Many fortunate dancers will have fun dancing that evening, guaranteed.

Most of us consider ourselves pretty much beginners and perhaps a little bit intermediates. And what is more important is, we are having more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Consequently, most of our basic or Bronze equivalents are limited to about 30 good solid basic movements in any dance. And these movements can be led and followed by most anyone. And there is where the fun of our type of dancing resides. The readership in agreement is reinforced by the hits on the blogs and Web sites.

"In the beginning there is no failure - only feedback."

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th. of July

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.


In spite of the lies coming from the Trump Fake News Agency. Things are in very bad shape for the ordinary citizens of this country. And it is our country not theirs. They are still tearing down everything that made America great for 250 years. What the hell happened? We must get rid of all the lying republican crooks and get our country back again.


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
~ George Santayana