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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Dancing in Taipei

By Ken Lin Translated by Patricia Li

If you think ballroom dancing is no longer "in", think again. You may not catch me out on the ballroom floor (my friends say I'm too "up tight"), but there are plenty of people who enjoy ballroom dancing. Like the Cha Cha Cha and even watching is a thrill. Just ask anyone at the famous pub "Funky" where fashionable young dancers line themselves up on weekend nights to get in while the DJ pumps up the volume. They rarely miss a beat as they cha cha away, resembling marching troops in a National Day Parade. Foreign friends who witness this scene remark, "What a fascinating thing!" or "I've never seen anything like it!"

"Social dancers may sometimes remind themselves to
be the social in social dancer."


I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. Why, the Cha Cha Cha is just a thing of the past, I thought. With all the new dances coming in. That is, until I went to the ballroom dance party in London's BJ's White Swan. I felt the same rush as my foreign friends. At first glance, the party seemed like any other. The crowd appeared conservative, all dressed up in their Sunday's best. But these folks weren't coming from Church. They came to dance! As the night wore on, the club filled and some serious dancing began. Once the music started up, I realized that this hip crowd wasn't amateur.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Everyone had taken lessons with hours of practice. And, they were good. They knew all the steps to the Cha Cha Cha, tango and rumba. I was dumbfounded. Can you imagine row upon row of men and women ballroom dancing? They were smooth, intoxicated by the music. And, everyone was in sync from the toss of their head, the kick of their heels to the look in their eyes. Mesmerizing! This was the first time that I recognized ballroom dancing as something beautiful.I finally realized what my foreign friends were getting at. Ballroom dancing is amazing. Check it out - you'll be amazed, too!

"Can we dance a good old fashion Cha Cha Cha on Oahu too?

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Point Of View

By Randall Tanaguchi, Nanakuli

Why do social dancing? Fish swim, birds fly, and I think social dancing offers the nearest equivalent satisfaction for humans. Furthermore, it is easier to get people together to meet and socialize when there is something this enjoyable to do. A good reason for the existence of our many dance clubs. Human beings are psychologically constructed so as to achieve fulfillment and satisfaction from dancing. They like to socialize and have fun as a couple. Even single people are grateful for the opportunity to be a couple with one other person even if for only one dance which is very predominant in our social dancing circles.

"Social dancing means we are aware of our own limitations and
the limitations of others – without prejudice or judgement."


A really democratic dance club expects the dancers to be citizens responsible for their own choices, not subjects. However all dance clubs on Oahu are "Benevolent Oligarchies." People like it better if they can attend a social event in the role of adult citizens, not subjects.There was a large Viewer Class developing in the last century when the Internationals were at the height of their glory but it is getting smaller,. Still many dinner/dance meetings and concerts are social events where people attend as subjects and observers, not participants and citizens. Our smaller club dances can be where people can attend as citizens and participants, not subjects.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


Of course, line dancing is a very pleasant diversion. As I get older, recreational dancing seems adult and civilized and feels like real dancing. Swing and Salsa seem more juvenile and feels much more like calisthenics than dancing. Furthermore, while you may be dancing in collaboration with each other, you are no longer dancing so much together as a couple.The dances typically done to rock, hip hop etc. seem infantile and dance tricks not quite civilized. Group dances can reduce people to being subjects, not citizens; some people find them degrading and humiliating. And of course, most are finding that social dancing can be fun and folk dances have existed for centuries.

"Social Dancers believe that the person who says
they never told a lie - just told one."

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hula

Hula was danced in Hawaii for hundreds of years as a sacred ritual before the missionaries arrived to show them the missionary position. Naturally, it was relegated to being a somewhat distasteful item on any party agenda by the missionaries. During the 19th century, the hula almost vanished. King David Kalakaua is generally regarded as saving it during the late 1800's, when as King he could form his own troupe and encouraged the dancers to learn the old hula. Since that time it has progressed slowly forward because there have always been fans along the way.

"Posture itself in dancing strengthens the core of the body and
not only provides a physical benefit, but improves the
appearance and promotes a confident air."

Hula is a Polynesian dance form accompanied by chant or song, It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled there. The hula dramatizes or portrays the words of the oli or mele in a visual dance form. There are many sub-styles of hula, with the main two categories being Hula ʻAuana and Hula Kahiko. Ancient hula, as performed before Western encounters with Hawaiʻi, is called kahiko. It is accompanied by chant and traditional instruments.

"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


Hula, as it evolved under Western influence in the 19th and 20th centuries, is called ʻauana (a word that means "to wander" or "drift"). It is accompanied by song and Western-influenced musical instruments such as the guitar, the ʻukulele, and the double bass. Terminology for two main additional categories is beginning to enter the hula lexicon: "Monarchy" includes any hula which were composed and choreographed during the 19th century. During that time the influx of Western culture created significant changes in the formal Hawaiian arts, including hula. "Ai Kahiko", meaning "in the ancient style" are those hula written in the 20th and 21st centuries that follow the stylistic protocols of the ancient hula kahiko.

"Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery." ~ Martha Graham

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Dance Evolution in Hawaii

Yes, the breakdown of social dancing happened during the cultural revolution in the late 1950's when everything that had been associated with previous generations was rejected. Yes, dress and behavior standards also changed.The baby-boomers rejected the traditions of their elders, but there is more to be said about the atmosphere of a dance than the music played. The music may have been different, but that was nothing new. Social dancing had been around for centuries regardless of the kind of music played. What was different? A search on dance etiquette will readily bring up several pages which indicate anything but what we tend to practice in Hawaii in this century,

"Social dancers gain assurance as they learn new patterns and techniques
and see that they can apply them with their dance partners."


Why? That is the heart of what the baby-boomers rejected. Social dancing as it existed before World War II was compared by Emily Post to a cocktail party. It was the intent for people attending a social dance to dance with as many different partners as possible. One was discouraged from dancing with their escort more than one or two times (the first and last dances). There was, "If a husband and wife want to dance with each other, they should go somewhere else more accommodating." Many people are under the impression that the gentleman always asked the lady to dance and a "Sadie Hawkins" dance was the only exception. And yet we don't really know.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Most of of the gender in the majority always asked, though gentlemen took precedence if the two were fairly equally represented. The host or hostess was charged with trying to make the numbers as even as possible, though it was more common for gentlemen to outnumber the women. The etiquette of a social dance makes it clear that it was intended to be a social event. It wasn't an event intended for you to spend time with your loved one. This is what was rejected by the baby-boomers. They rejected the socialization of the social dance and started turning it into what it is today. Even when you play the music of the period, whether a Viennese Waltz or a Big Band Swing, the mentality of the "social" dance is not what it was 100 years ago. Where are we today?

"Social dancers know how wonderful it is that nobody need wait
a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

La Milonga

The first 300 years after the arrival of the first illegal aliens in South America was slow. The Milonga of the Incas went to Chile and over the Andes mountains to Argentina. It became the preferred music and dance among the newly arrived which were mostly men. The center of Buenos Aires in the 1800s, was of course where most families lived but mostly the upper and middle classes. As higher classes came in they gravitated to the center and pushed out the lowers farther away from the center. When it got too big it began going up to two, three and even four stories. But the poor were pushed out ever farther. So the biggest houses and the commercial districts developed in the center and the waterfront became a less desired district.

"Social dancers know that the beginning and the end of the tango is the walk."


After the independence of most of the Latin Countries in the 1820s and 30s, the entire section in the lower parts of South America became inundated with people from Europe. The people on "the edge" (La Orilla, pronounced Oh-ree-ya) were the poorest and lived among dirty industry such as the stock yards and butchering of animals for meat and the tanning of skins. And most were men and newcomers from Europe with easy to reach brothels and drinking places. The most common music and dance was the Milonga which had belonged to the Indians and Mestizos for centuries. However it was promptly picked up by the poor, uncouth and remained at the bottom of the pile.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel
Over 100 years old and still one of the worlds most beautiful classics.


This music and dance became a common language that united the lower class people from many different cultures. It was here in the surrounding neighborhoods, that other music and dance styles blended together much of it as fads that came and went. It was still an easy walking dance with an even rhythm and accepted by the poorer immigrants from the different countries and by the lower class people already in Argentina. But slowly because of the brothels, a newer partner Milonga emerged with a Quick, Quick, Slow.

"Social dancers do have problems. It takes two to Tango so they look for signs -
something to help them to find their perfect partners."


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Social

From the Social Dance Rag:
The character of the dance establishes the styling technique. Rise and Fall in Waltz has a natural and graceful rise and fall because of the pressure on the one count and relaxing on the two and three counts. Yet, in Foxtrot there is little rise and fall, and the dancers just glide across the floor.Though the two dances share many figures, those figures will be danced differently for each of the two dances. Applying the appropriate technique to capture the character of each dance, rather than the blindly trying a "one size fits all" approach, is one of the most joyful aspects of learning to dance socially.

"Being a social dancer may mean you are ready and willing
to help others enjoy the dance."


Finally, there is the technique associated with each figure -the amount of turn, sway etc. Nice if you want to be an exhibition or competition dancer. However, what is often overlooked is that these are actually descriptions of what the finish product should look like, not prescriptions for how to achieve it. Many instructors teach by the book, but most social dance instructors discourage students from referring directly to a technique book because it was never intended for social dancers. The technique described in books were developed by watching good dancers perform and describing the result.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


Without a good instructor to provide information about the actual method of achieving these results, the technique books can seem overly legalistic and extremely cryptic. It's understandable that someone whose exposure to "technique" consists of dealing directly with a book would have a bad image of technique. So, even if you are a recreational or competition dancer, dancing is about enjoying yourself. Dancing technique is not meant to take away from your enjoyment, its purpose is to enhance it! The more you understand about the categories of technique, the more enjoyable dancing will be to you, and the more enjoyable you will be to dance with.

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a person's growth
without destroying their roots."
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Belly Dancing

No one ever told me that they had belly dancing in the Philippines. Perhaps just to tell me it was illegal or something like that. Actually Belly dance is a Western-coined name for a traditional Middle Eastern dance, especially raqs sharqi. Then the term "Belly dance" is a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part in raqs sharqi being the hips. (The Hula?) Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style; and new styles have been invented in the West as its popularity has spread globally.

Belly dance websites, provide their online information on performers,
information about selected dances and dance styles, musical
instruments, and sometimes history of their dance.


Malia Delapenia, Hawaii’s premier belly dancer is an acclaimed professional performing artist, instructor and choreographer based in Honolulu Hawaii. Raqs sharqi (literally "oriental dance") is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

"In this life" by Amy Hanaialii

Social dance classes on Oahu
Raqs baladi, (literally "dance of country", or "folk" dance) is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings. This blog will come as a surprise to those that have been taught that they dance "correctly," without any qualification to that dictum. Some people don't realized what a small cog we are in the entire world of dance. Meanwhile I have to drop into a little Salsa on Saturday.

"A complete life depends on what it was lived for"

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tango On Oahu

Argentine Tango is coming more into prominence in Hawaii, lately. There is an upswing in American Tango and Filipino Tango and most important they got some good music. Tango is a popular partner and social dance that originated as the Milonga, an obscure word, from the Incas in Peru in the 1400s. It was just a walking dance with a pounce cat like jump after six to ten steps. The first illegal aliens that arrived with no women, went to bordellos and found they could dance the Milonga. The basic movements and the music moved down to Chile and over the mountains to Argentina.

"It happens, you look around and some other leads are doing crazy cool moves.
Their follows look like they are having the time of their lives."


It began to be modified by the increase in Europeans arriving. By the 1800s in the bordellos along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, a new dance was born, La Milonga. It was born in the impoverished port areas of these two countries, where the music and dance was influenced by the different European immigrant populations. The tango was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of the ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music. The "Tango," in the 1900s, then spread to the rest of the world. Many variations of this dance currently exist around the world.

"Blue Tango" by Billy Vaughn


Characteristics of styles of tango:

American tango is when you’ve just started dating, and you’re flirting in an atmosphere of sexual tension. Heavy in the US and a nice pleasant atmosphere.
Argentine tango is when you’ve just started sleeping together and you can’t keep your hands off each other. Watch it! All over the world. This is something else.
International tango is when you’ve been married for seven years and you’re only staying together for the sake of the children. Strict rules and terrific for Competition Dancing.
Filipino Tango on Oahu, started in the Philippines, American from a few American soldiers that liked it. Gradually moved over to the Argentine Milonga and on Oahu it may amalgamate and merge with the American again or it may not last.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Downtown Honolulu: Exec's wife came over to visit and they left together for the day,  They get on the elevator and on the next floor down, the elevator stops and a gorgeous blonde gets on. She pokes her elbow in his ribs and says, "Hi, Cutie Pie." His wife is standing next to him, smiles nicely to the lady. "Hi, I am Mrs Pie."

Friday, September 20, 2019

Wots Doin'?

Throughout the years, I have heard or read little items of the Hula being danced in Japan. But I am beginning to believe they like it over there. I came across some posters on the Internet of Japanese ladies dancing the Hula in Japan. Probably to Hawaiian music played on a Steel Guitar. Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion. No one knows its exact origins but Hawaiians have many tales that agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred ritual. I believe you can find it just about anywhere on this world.

"All social dancers know that there are other ways of partner dancing,
such as competitive dancing and exhibition dancing. No hu hu."


We need to share all kinds of dance information for our readers. I just don't do night club enough nowadays. But our readers should have a little more knowledge of what is going on in the Night Club circuit too. You might eventually have some info to share.There are so many clubs that are not suitable for our kind of dancing. The readers should have more recommended choices. Then we can flock there until the floor get too crowded, then move on to another. "Basic" is the most fundamental or essential movements in each dance using its natural step rhythms and its styling movements in their simplest forms.

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges


Just a little reminder that I have some difficulty getting around. But I certainly will make the effort to go to a dance function if I am invited. I cannot dance or eat, so I would be there to blog'em. I do not want to interfere. I can usually get a brief description of the happenings. And I try to get an opinion from a few participants. And I do require help in getting the photos for the blog. I take my point and shoot camera and I pass it around. Those willing may get five or six pics each of their closer friends and I get a very good assortment of attendees. Needless to say two people in the photo are better than one. More people per photo.

"Blogger Law #68C: Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Flip Flap

Blogging should be a mixture between an art and a science. If this is true (and I think it is), there’s no "right way" to approach blogging if you want to be successful. There are plenty of people who’ve done a great job of it though, and it would be useful to learn from them. If I was able to get out more, I would be able to gather ideas of what topics our social dancers people would most like to read about. But I cannot and I am convinced that feedback from anyone willing to share some dance information on our blogs would be terrific because it would be varied. That along with a few photos would clinch it. A better understanding of our audience on Oahu means we could have a better idea of what blog content will resonate with them, which is an advantage to getting more reader/dancers.

"Social dancing provides a new cultural experience and may improve your outlook."


Social dancing on Oahu has been accepted on Oahu in this century, Now I am certain of it. First the big cliques, the Creative Researchers And Producers and the Rootzi Tootzis are not that heavily involved anymore. They had made it known that they dance "correctly" and by default we were not dancing correctly. Therefore they were different than the rest of us. Now we have all accepted it as fact and agree with them. We may not need them for our preference of dance. At least in this century there are new dances, fads etc that have come into our dance world that have not been dictated from on top. All new movements will continue to evolve from "movers," the people that are moving to the music of their choice and there is a big, big difference.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii 


The lady gets up a little late, puts up the shades, takes the cover off the Parrot's cage, she loves him but he has a nasty vocabulary. She makes a coffee, sits down in the living room and glances out the window and sees the preacher coming up. Wow! She quickly puts the cover back on her bad language Parrot's cage and goes to the door to let the preacher in. As the preacher gets in, the parrot, from under the cloth says: "Goddamn, that was a short day!"

"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is
the price we must pay for success. Most of us can accomplish
anything if we are willing to pay the price.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

What To Dance.

The real breakdown of formal "Social Dancing" happened during the cultural revolution in the late 1960s when most everything that had been associated with previous generations was rejected. At the same time, dressing and behavioral standards also went down the drain. Yes, we can guess, the baby boomers were to blame as they were the generation setting new trends back then. The previous generation, those born during the 1920s and earlier, were still taught how to waltz, foxtrot, etc. However, the baby boomers rejected those traditions, and as a result, they were not passed on to the next generation as you cannot teach what you have not been taught yourself.

"Social dancers know that dancing can enhance their social life and self-confidence,
it can also reduce stress and depression."


It might interest you that "ballroom dancing" is still very popular in many central European cultures with Austria, and its capital Vienna, being a world leader in that area. Austrian teens spend many months attending dance classes and acquiring the skills necessary to succeed (or at least pass muster) on the dance floor. Of course, this is a country whose capital hosts more than 400 formal balls every single year. I dare say that you'd be hard pressed to find that many in the entire US!  Ballroom Dancing did indeed go out of style. The disco and C&W fads were, after all, nearly 40 years ago.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii


Sure you can still find places to host raves, as well as ballroom, swing, salsa, or whatever you want, but these cater to a specialized clientele. (and raves are as much about drinking as dancing) It is not like pre-1960s America, where going out dancing was as common as going to the movies, where every dinner date ended with dancing, where high schools hosted dances on a weekly basis, where people rolled back their carpets and hosted dance parties in their homes. We are not sure what is happening, maybe you do.

"Sometimes we can stare so long at a door that is closing,
that we see too late the one that may be opening."

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, in the world of dance:

"Dancing? You want dancing? You follow me." The beaming coat-check man is almost skipping as he briskly leads the visitor down the halls of Hong Kong's Ocean City Restaurant and Night Club. Once inside -- Wham! The blast of music and of rainbow-colored lights hits you square in the face like an epiphany.

"Social dancers believe you will learn. You can’t fall if you don’t climb
and there’s little joy in living your whole life on the ground."


A Chinese band is belting out The Girl From Ipanema as some 30 couples cha-cha their way across the floor. Many of the women are partnering each other, like girls at a village fair. The men, fewer in number, seem to gravitate towards those women who are exotically dressed -- such as one in her mid-30s who has shown up in a strapless, backless, black taffeta number. And this is seven o'clock on a Tuesday evening -- when most of Hong Kong is trapped in the rush hour, weary and concerned with the anxieties of daily life. A Tea Dance?

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho



Ocean City is just one of a number of clubs catering to Hong Kong's growing legions of ballroom dancers. Young and old, first-time plodders and nimble twirlers -- they are all there, cocooned in the 1990s as the 2020s seethe outside. And it is not just in the evening that these gatherings take place. From 3 pm to 6 pm daily, Ocean City hosts tea dances, where dim sum is served up with the rumbas. How about that?

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

Monday, September 9, 2019

La Salsa

From Esteban Hernandez, San Francisco.
Oooo, now that Bach really seems appropriate, verdad? Before I back this up, we need a definition of terms. This gets very tricky because of all that's out there these days. We have salsa gorda (salsa dura), which has a harder edge and is more traditional. We have timba, which describes what are mostly songo variants being played by bands in Cuba and the Caribbean. Then there's the salsa romántica, the commercial version we hear on the airwaves sung by pretty boys and girls. It's what the robotic dancers move to with no concept of clave in the clubs, what the radios blare out at the beach, the majority of what you see in the stores.

"Social dancers believe that we can save our criticisms for people who are doing true harm in the world, not for a dancers whose passions merely differ from our own."



And then there's music from the pre-salsa era, like Buena Vista Social Club, often called Afro-Cuban or Afro-Latin. So which one is the vampire here? Well, first let me say that I see this music existing on a continuum that stretches from 1920s Cuba to New York, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. In other words, this all pretty much the same music. Names are just for convenience. The rhythms used in the '20s are still being used today. So is the structure and instrumentation. Granted, lots of innovations have taken place since the Sexteto Habanero started their first rehearsals, but you can hear the basic similarities between DLG, Bamboleo, Palmieri and Beny Moré

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN THE FUN!
Received from Maile Yagi
When I say salsa is dead, I'm referring to the dominant form of this music today, what is known as salsa romántica. It's what most people think of when they hear the term "salsa." This means DLG, Jerry Rivera, Corrine, and all the rest of the vacuous pretenders. But when I jump on the continuum in my argument, I'm going to use the term Afro-Latin music to describe this music in general, and that is meant to encompass the evolving traditional music from Cuba and Puerto Rico that moved to New York, Latin America and the rest of the world. It's not the best definition because it excludes other forms of Afro-Latin music like merengue, cumbia, samba, etc. But I can't sit here all day coming up with definitions to make everybody happy because it will give me (and you) a headache.

Pub's Side Note;?? You can get similar articles on the Internet. I don't think Salsa is dead but it has definitely peaked in this century??

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Feedback Will Do It

I now carry only six dance blogs in my stats. My five blogs and only one outsider dance blog that has a counter with "meaningful" stats. The outsider remains number one in my daily stats and a perfect goal for us to exceed. None of the Web sites qualify, they have removed their counters, the last one was USA Dance last year. Calvin is the only remaining Guest Blogger in this blog and he has been busy elsewhere. He is also a friend in our Facebook. Fortunately we recently received acceptance from Debra as friend in Facebook. Together they would really wake up this blog, the hits would go through the roof.

"Social dancers let that negativity fuel them, not hinder them."


I invite them to lead the fray for others into blogging The total readership is going up slowly but the top blogs have been losing hits and the newer blogs are gaining hits. An important thing holding us back is that I am the only one blogging. Known in blogging as SOS (same old shit) blogging only with the addition of small bits from others. This can work when you have a big shot as "The Blogger," but we need feedback. Any dance information that you are willing to share with our fellow dancers will be more than welcome and the readership will go up.

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges


I don't usually accept anonymous but in this case, OK. I think it is from that lady I met last week. "I sit here saddened as I think of the times when I have been shamed before the ones I love and those who are suppose to know my heart. Yes, I have cried in secret and died inside to a level of joy and trust I once felt. Gossip has affected me and changed me deep within. It has been a shadow in the background of every visit and conversation I've since had with those who have heard my condemnation. In a way, it has become my reality."

New dance at Honolulu Hale, "All you have to do is take three steps forward,
two steps backward, then side-step, side-step and turn around."

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Latin, Old

A little history can be interesting, specially now that the entire world seems to be going into the Latin kick. What makes it different? Well, it's the music. The moves have been done by humans from as far back as fifty thousand years? Maybe only forty thousand? I am not going to quibble over it. Humans can only say, “been there, done that.” The point is that the people in the Western dance world did not begin to recognize it as such until the beginning of modern partner dancing. The word Chassé came from ballet terminology and from the French meaning “to chase." Nothing difficult about that.

"Many dancers can memorize steps and then repeat them in front of people in
exhibition or competition dancing, but social dancers can take the
choreography to the next level through emotions and make it their own."


Chassé is any three-step pattern, going basically in the same direction with the leading foot always leading. In complimentary style, the man going forward and the woman back in the first chassé, and with the man going back and the woman going forward is the “natural step.” Side steps too in mirror fashion, And there are many other movements which are considered “unnatural patterns” but quite acceptable in many disciplines. Let us not quibble, it is a Chassé, so let's dance.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


It works the same as the rock step, as a complementary step or a mirror step and even as a promenade step. Next, what happens when you dance a rock step and a chassé? You got a perfect Cha Cha Cha! Did somebody in the last hundred years invent that? Ha! - Africa? You gotta be kidding. Then how about a Rock Step and two chassés. You have a perfect Jive! The Mayan Indians used to dance something like that to a six count measure. And they surely didn't invent it. It was there long before their time. I keep looking for all these present day folks that invented these steps and patterns. They just don't know any better.

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others,
what am I? And if not now, when?"

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lucero

Lucero Hogaza León (born 29 August 1969, Mexico City), better known as Lucero, is a Mexican singer and actress. She has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. She has sung songs in Spanish, Portuguese and English. She started her career at the age of 10 as Lucerito. She has had it a bit rough at times, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 50-year-old Lucero had taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid singers for 2013 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

"Y Volvere" por Lucero

Mexican actress Lucero was selected Star of the Year by People en Español magazine, which devotes the cover of its special 2012 "Best and Worst" edition to her. A smiling Lucero, who is also a singer, was photographed in a striking purple outfit for the December-January edition of the magazine, to which she confessed that she is in love. "I'm very happy about how I am now emotionally in my life, very stable, in love and satisfied, and I feel full, complete," said the artist, who has two children by former husband Manuel Mijares.

"Veleta" por Lucero

Lucero, 50, told the magazine that her current beau, a Mexican businessman, has "very many" good qualities, but she reiterated that she has no plans to marry again. "I already got married once. My kids have a marvelous father and I don't believe I'll do it again," said the actress, who this year had several reasons to be happy: the celebration of 40 uninterrupted years of her career and the success of the soap opera in which she starred with Mexican actor Jaime Camil, "Por ella soy Eva.''

"Lucero" means bright star in Spanish. "Y Volvere" means, I shall return.
"Veleta" means weathervane, and can be used to describe a fickle person.


Mexican music has some of the most diverse music in Latin America. In the northern deserts there are mostly the country styles of banda, ranchera and norteno music. Those which are the most prevalent; in the southeast, especially in Veracruz, have a much more Caribbean influence. Heavy metal, rock and pop are popular in Mexico City as well as some of the university towns and the southern part. Mariachi music is prevalent everywhere.

"We are learning all the time and the tombstone will be our diploma."

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Oahu

We have readers in Makaha. And we have readers at Makapuu Point. We have readers at Kalealoa and at Turtle Bay. We have plenty social dancers on Oahu, but I am certain that these blogs are not for everyone. I do think that they have value for some of the dancers and reaching them is the goal. But there are some that think the value is very low and they certainly are entitled to their opinions. There is not much knowledge of Blogs or of Blockchain technology in our dance world. The difference in opinions is exactly what we are after. Fortunately the hits are going up on all blogs and that can mean only one thing.

"Social dancers usually have only nice distractions at a dance.
The music comes on and they do not have to think much.
They let the music speak and then they move to it."


If I prefer some of these people and organizations, then I also have the right to my opinions. I cannot move around very easily so that if I am invited I make it point to be there and blog'em. I try to include all but if they do not wish to be included I must respect their preferences. And there are so many that I can help. Let us not waste any time unnecessarily which is unusual. I am Cleaning House and traveling light for I am running out of time. If growing old is giving in, it's not what I want to be. I want to keep going as long as possible.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


I am not giving in to cynicism, so I keep exploring. I am fortunate to have had such varied experiences in my life. And I am following my heart. We are evolving as a species but not in our souls. Imagination and creativity are the most important part of human beings. How can we cut art programs in our schools to give more money to the rich? Our children deserve much better than that. They should be taught the finer things in life. But Trump has sold us a bill of goods. Dance is in all of us, thousands of years ago the first dances were around the fire and we will never get the beat out of our souls. With the help of all the "teachers" of dance out there.

"When we try to pick anything by itself, we find it is hitched
to everything else in the universe."