Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Listening Music.

Dance music is not the same as listening music. In Argentina more people listen to tango music than dance to it. How many people like to listen to Waltz music and yet do not dance it? Dancing just to dance may be exhibition and competition dancing. Horse of different color.

 "Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?"

Dancing to "Til I Waltz Again With You" by Teresa Brewer, because both partners like it and it is something unique is not readily understood by most DJs. They really believe that the music that they play is what you should enjoy. Not what you want.

Some times they play a certain style of "From Here To Eternity" almost like a rumba and I can enjoy dancing a rumba to it simply because I like that version.

"Hello, Young Lovers"  ...  Matt Monroe

The best DJs on Oahu are the line dance DJs because they have a Play list which they constantly update and ask for feedback. It does not contain style and other nit picking detail. Just the name of the song and who's version. They hit the nail right on the head every time and the dancers get what they want, not what some expert tells them that they should want. And the dancers get better informed every day.

Most dancers that prefer live music are mainly interested in the sound of live music (with all its mistakes.) The human touch seems closer at hand and then they dance to it because the body wants to move to that music. Most natural thing in the world.

"No Me Voy Sin Bailar"  ...  Ana Belen

This is all coming to pass in the new West Oahu, where the dancer is king (and queen.) Listening is different than dancing, a different outlook and a different receiver. And we are lucky that in the West, we have some of the best DJs and the best musicians on the Island. The entire group is coalescing. No one has to support anybody, you just go where they treat you right. Dis Da Place!

Pub's Side Note:
Blogging seems to believe that 40% of their readers are below average. Whereas, ordinary media, (that puts out "to whom it may concern" data,) figures on 60% of the recipients to be below average. They are both wrong, how you figure?

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Dancers in the West

by Fred Chung, Ewa:

The good news that we are getting many new dancers in the West. The interest has always been there, so the expansion was coming. Most have danced before in their younger days in various ways. Now, as adults, they can learn to dance socially, it is fun and it is easy.

"Many of our inventions have been produced by fairly uneducated people -
that didn't know it couldn't be done."

Line dance would probably be your best bet. With no partner to worry about you can learn to enjoy the movement to music in a somewhat prescribed manner. Your ear will get accustomed to the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and all the types that are danced socially. And you will develop your own styling as you feel like it in moving to the music.

In a sense it could be like learning a new language, a language in which moods and emotions are expressed in movement; a language of rhythm, grace and harmony. It is new, but in a very real sense it is the oldest language in the world, for dancing is the oldest form of art. And when you look around you and take a good look, you will see that there are many people already enjoying this thing called dance.

"Singing In The Rain"  ...  Doris Day

Dancing is a wholesome, natural outlet for the emotions. It develops grace and poise, timing and balance. Men take pride in their ability to lead their partners with assurance and poise. Ladies enjoy the ability to follow their partners smoothly, expertly and correctly. The ability to dance develops personality, and above all—it is fun. And you can certainly learn a lot on the ordinary social dance floor.

"My Cup Runneth Over"  ...  Max Bygraves

Taking dance lessons is a great way to improve your confidence, it is a great way to get fit and did I mention they’re fun? At the moment our recommendations are for learning in small groups. And there are many social clubs offering classes in the American Style of dance in the West.

 University of Hawaii, West Oahu, Dancing? You'd better believe it!

Unfortunately, the studios that teach American Style are mostly in town and lately, Arthur Murray has a branch studio in Kailua, which is for the benefit of the Windward residents. In the West they teach exhibition types only. Yes, we are due for one in the West. Ewa?

You'll make it and you'll have fun along the way.  *  *  *  *

Pub's Side Note: Check up on Richie Fun report in Oahu And Beyond blog. Da kine we gotta get now and then. Just an opinion? That's it, in our blogs, opinions are gold mines.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Visit to the Ala Wai

By Sue Comparetto,
Dancing USA, March 1996

My trip to Hawaii was not a dancing vacation, unfortunately, but I manage to sneak in two very different dancing experiences. I first called the local USABDA chapter and got many helpful referrals.

"No great person ever complains about the lack of opportunity."

I arrived in Honolulu, Oahu on Thursday the only weekday that there was not a noon Tea Dance at Ala Wai Golf Course Pavilion. I walked along the canal to check out the 12000 sq ft eucalyptus wood floor I had read about in my National Dance Directory from Dancing USA.

I picked up a monthly schedule of dances (and there were many) and I made my plans to return for the Friday noon dance and maybe peek in at the USABDA dance and show. The Tea Dance crowd was casual and friendly. I soon figured out that I was supposed to get my own folding chair from the back and return it when I left.

It was a happy crowd. I can only figure that was because everyone was retired and enjoying life or on vacation. Once the gentlemen determined that I didn't bite, I got asked quite a bit. I stepped all over Phil's feet during our Fox Trot. He did not ask me again, but he did help me locate local danceable Hawaiian music and bands. I  enjoyed a Cha Cha Cha with Charlie, many half dances with a man just overcoming a heart problem.

The most memorable dance, however, had to be a Hawaiian Waltz with a native Hawaiian in lime green pants, whose name I couldn't pronounce. As we counted the usual 1-2-3 he said to imagine a dolphin rising and falling on the waves of the ocean. That would be the feeling of the Hawaiian Waltz. It was the most fun I had traveling across the dance floor. The floor was like glass, not slippery at all, just smooth, dark and shiny - great wood.

For special occasions they open up the divided room to expose the entire 12000 sq ft floor, so I returned Saturday just to see the floor.  Impressive. The Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse ballroom has Tea Dancing from 12 to 2 PM four days a week and practically every Friday to Sunday evening to recorded music, rarely to live music. This multi purpose facility is used for dancing of all kinds, including Scandinavian, Folk and Japanese. Let me tell you they dance in Hawaii.   *  *  *  *