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.”