Friday, November 30, 2018

The Outskirts of Oahu

The beach communities are developing nice social dance interest. Along the Rail Disaster it has been slowing down and no one has heard that terrible noise yet. Ewa Beach and Kapolei are beginning to arouse interest. The Waianae Coast has more music but little dancing. Ko-olina leading the way with Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Band. And the North Shore is trying. Ups and down and some Salsa has been as Cholo's Homestyle. I am now looking for something in the Northern part of the Windward Shore.

“Social dancers think inspiration is strongest when they find a balance
between observation and participation. They cannot write about
what it means to dance by watching from the seats."

I have been told that there is plenty of interest on the Windward side. The main thing is that the Rail Tragedy is screwing up the works in the West with the Rail, not only in the city government. More people are getting into social dancing on the Windward side. Arthur Murray already has set up a branch studio in Kailua and they know what they are doing. So it looks very good for the American Style especially if they get a few bands playing out there in some nice cozy clubs. Some of the best American Style dancers have been taught on Oahu by very capable teachers.

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police (1983)


The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. ate social clubs, hopefully sometime this year.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


In the book Animal Farm, the animals had taken over control of the farm, and they made a sign that said, "We are all equal." At the end of the story, when the pigs had gotten control, someone had attached an addition to the sign, "But some of us are more equal than others."

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Evolution

We are still waiting for photos. That is the easiest of the dance items of our dance environment to be shared with our fellow dancers. They do pretty good in town with good photographers but how about the outskirts? Farrington Highway or Kamehameha Highway along the Southwest shore. How about the Waianae Coast or the North Shore. The amateur photographers in our groups are very good and photos of our fellow dancers look very nice in our blogs. The readers would appreciate, the Photees would like it and it would not do any harm to the clubs.

“Social dancers sometimes find themselves enjoying the lyrics too much
and forget to move and dance to the music.”

With the addition of contributing an occasional item of interest the Two Centers could develop into a Guest Blogger. Then they could have a blog of their own within the blog with ready-made readers. They could get in, post photos,write a paragraph, save it, publish it and get out without saying boo to anyone. It would be theirs. Our reader/dancers are more dancers than readers and have short attention spans. Words could be short, and fortunately some that have been contributed have been have been about dancing and though a little long, turned up very interesting.There are no hard and fast rules and the entire enchilada is coming into focus.

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper  (1984)

Latin on the Southwest is looking good. There is some new action in Kapolei, Kalealoa, Ewa Beach. Some nightclubbing action which means a nice social dance club in Kalealoa. Maili on the Waianae Coast has line dance classes now and then. Most places in town are doing very well. Those that are not doing well could look into moving to the outskirts of town. Rome was not built in a day so we must be patient, we should accept that it will evolve according to the wishes of the dancers.

"Social dancers know that true beauty is about who you are as
a human being, your principles, your moral compass.”

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Dare To Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going. When times are tough, dare to be tougher. When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal. When another is lost, dare to help them find the way. When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile. When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too. When the day has ended, dare to feel
that you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can – At all times, Dare to be! ― Steve Maraboli,

Social dancers like to dance, that we know, but why? And we know that dance is "important" to the Social Dancer. Dance is more than exploring the different ways to move the body to music. It is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication and the dancers can "feel" it. Through social dance, dancers learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills. Cultural Social Dance is also important, for it is our way to tell other people the things that they need to know about our culture. It is also the way that other people could have respect, knowledge and give importance to our traditions and norms.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Let's Dance
“When you and your partner step away from your table onto the dance floor you go
from a blur to a special clearness, you take the first move and there is
that moment when you know you are there.”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Central Valley Marches On.

Before my move to Mililani, Town Dancer was moving slowly into the Intermediate and advance dancer categories. This may include the rootzi tootzis, which are different from the Club dancers. The rootzi tootsis know the LAGS (the latest and greatest syndrome) better than most dancers. They wish to differentiate themselves from the rest of us and they have no idea that we are very willing. That very special guest blogger in this blog is needed to solidify their credentials.

"Social dancers believe that if we danced and shared music,
we'd be too busy enjoying life to start a war.”

That leaves us, the rest of the blogs, for the social dancers which are a very broad category and many will phase into the intermediate. The main thing for all of us, in this division, is to enjoy moving to our favorite music (no not all music), just our favorites. For us it is our music. Very difficult for "those other dancers" to understand this. We are talking Social Dancing. We are slowly defining the categories and then we will let each one decide for themselves without anyone dictating anything.

"Just Like Heaven" by The Cure (1987)

Everyone will do as they damn well please and enjoy the place that they pick. The more freedom we have the more we will enjoy it. In this coming 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 other worthwhile causes. If you have a preference you have the right to make inquiry. I cannot get around like before my physical disabilities so I must increasingly ask for Two Centers.

“Social dancers know that everything we hear on the dance floor is an opinion,
not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not necessarily the truth.”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meheula Vista II, Mililani

Moved in a few days ago but just got my phone line in today. Nice place and what seems to be a lot of nice people here. Making all my changes necessary, such as a change of address with the post office. I think I did it on line but at the end they tried to sell me things and just cut it. A few other things and I can now get back to work on these blogs.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.”

"With Or Without You" by U2  (1987)

This blog will continue to cover music and dance mainly on the Island of Oahu. You want to get anything in it about music and dance, email it and I will blog it. You may like your comments in print and whenever you are ready you can get in as a Guest Blogger. Your own blog within the blog. You can open post text and pictures, save and publish and close it without saying boo to anyone.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Practice Party

The Dance Studios on Oahu have been developing very pleasant parties. Many parties like these are called Practice Parties on the Mainland. It has been said that practice makes perfect. With learning to dance, it is no different. Practicing to dance shouldn’t be redundant and boring, so why not make it fun? There is no better way than having a party. A dance practice party is a party where you can practice the steps that you have been working on during your dance classes - wherever, and socialize with your fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that they 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."

The majority of the students on Oahu take dance lessons because they want to be better, dancing at social clubs or night clubs. Attending a practice party at a studio is perfect place to dance the moves you know well and to try out your new skills in a comfortable setting. At our dance practice parties on Oahu, there will be many people dancing on the floor at once. Whether you have only taken one dance lesson or have been going to dance classes for many years, attending a practice party will not be just fun but also a great learning experience for you.

"When Doves Cry" by Prince (1984)

Received from Yanna Samkova
The dancing night club crowd is gradually changing into TWO. The "Young" and the more experience dancers. This division was recognized by the young even before my time, many years ago. "Never trust anyone over 30." It seems like a good division to apply to our people. The young will stick to their ever changing fads, new dances and the latest in new music and we should let them, don't knock it. The more experienced dancers will prefer the classics in music and there are so many. And the "Rumba" is a dance that is learned constantly, and gets more enjoyable as time goes by with the "Oldies but Goodies" music.

 "From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdink (Rumba?)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Slowing Down

This blog is sticking around without Guest Bloggers and any activity is difficult without support and cooperation. With more friendly exchanges on this island and between islands many obstacles can be surmounted and the success can be shared by everyone. We can and are developing our own tropical paradise by day and a terrific dance rendezvous by night. Of course the Rail Disaster and the Fat Cats of Honolulu will be of no help but we can still hope. Not necessarily from the doers. We must communicate to anyone that can volunteer information.

"Social dancers think that on Oahu, you're not allowed
to have legs and not use them. Dance.”

This year finds many building scenarios for the development of what most of us call Latin Hip movement We all know the seemingly unobtainable usage of hips that produces what the general public sees as an alluring seductive hip and body gyrations, pulsations, isolations  and even wiggles or thrusts - the kind used by experienced Latin dancers. It is of some hope that by describing what it is and also what it isn't, your interest in Latin American dancing will broaden. And quite possibly the expense and arduous time in "trying to get it" will be reduced dramatically.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Contributed by Maile Yagi
This has been lost somewhat in modern Latin dancing such as Salsa, Bachata and those dances for the younger groups. Controlled and well timed Cuban motion is an acquired skill rather than the automatic product of ethnicity or culture. It has no barriers, no boundaries, no genetics and no gender. Latin hip and body movement does have great social acceptance in the areas of its origin and therefore is encouraged and developed with great enthusiasm and even social responsibility.

“Social dancers may quote others only in order to express themselves better.”