Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pearlridge Chapter, HBDA

We welcome Pearlridge Chapter HBDA into our dance information area. These blogs may contain a few other things but mainly it will be "dancing." I have known these nice people for a long time and they are sister chapter to Kapolei, which is all well and good.


I will try to be there at the social and will take my usual two cameras. Perhaps someone knows how to operate one of them and can help me take some photos. The prize photos being the four to seven people kind. That is the most efficient. If we can get the first names, perfect.

"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

I checked the map and the best is to get off the bus at Kaahumanu and walk up to Waimalu Elementary school. It is less than a mile and I need the walk. Same thing back, the walk will do me good.


We need people into this blog more than the others because it is small. Just a three or four sentences is all that is needed to "blitter."

Dance clubs in town have had it easier because of the population concentration, but of course in the last twenty years the dance membership has gone down because the evolving superiority attitude which in turn developed a definite dislike for "Ballroom" dancing throughout the Island.


There must be some dancers on that side of town, 
perhaps an organization that could use the PR.

Added to this, the hard control by the Cliques led to the addition of so many new clubs. But like anything else, if you don't like what this place offers, you go to another place that gives it to you.

"You don't demand loyalty, you earn it."

Pub's Side Note; Some of the wheels in our dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.





Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Aunty Maile, WBDC

The latest news sounds like a killer. Goin' be packed.


The readership gets a nice blip with a beautiful poster such as this. But nothing compared to the description of the party and photos afterwards. The hits go through the ceiling, like Kapolei Chapter HBDA, photos and write ups.


This Micro Blog is starting to get hits and not even in the search engines yet. If you have been into Twitter, this is for you, contact with mostly Oahu dancers.

Fiestas: A word from the Spanish but? Between 2000 and 300 BCE, complex cultures began to form in Mesoamerica. Some matured into advanced pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Huastec, Purepecha, Toltec, and Mexica (also known as the Aztecs, an incorrect name coined in the 19th century by Alexander von Humboldt. The "Aztecs" were actually known as the Triple Alliance, since they were three smaller kingdoms loosely united together, which flourished for nearly 3,500 years before first contact with Europeans.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Their local Indian parties were joined into by the Spanish and called Fiestas. And at this date, we are still having a Ball. Salsa Hawaii has a new album, called, "Vamos de Fiesta." It means "Let's Party" in Spanish.




We never learned to dance

By Thomas Takizawa, Waialai Iki

"Ask any experienced dancer and they will tell you that dancing does not consist
of simply repeating a bunch of patterns learned in class."

A quote from apparently a very knowledgeable and experienced dancer on the Internet, a real "rootzi tootzi."

I read this recently and I got to thinking, that perhaps what we have been doing and enjoying immensely has been terribly wrong and maybe even illegal. I am beginning to be convinced that we have been applying the word "dancer" to most of us in error. Dancers are emerging as something else. We are movers to music and we would like to enjoy that movement, our way. But other people seem to have the authority to make rules for us to move some other way.

Waltz, just step, step, step, left, right, left. I lead the lady by going forward and then we go backward, we turn left and we turn right. All the time, the music actually leads the way. I may move my shoulder a little different, now and then, no one cares. I may vary the pressure on the one count and no one is even mildly interested. I have been doing these "repetitive" motions for over six decades in sheer joy just enjoying the music.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

That is certainly different from the "rootzi tootzis" I have been coming across lately. Those that believe that they are dancing "correctly" because they have the authority to define  "correct." I have been in this world too long to be that easily persuaded. And I am just coming across long time American Style dance teachers that think International is the real class of dance. Auwe!

But they may have finally convinced me that I am not a dancer, I just move to my favorite music in the simplest way possible to enjoy the music with my partner to the max. There may be a more correct terminology for our type moving. And there seems to be more volumes of books, in full or almost full explanations of their dance theories. They are hellavah lot more complicated than anything I have ever done in the last 70 years. I always had difficulty in understanding one tenth of what I have read. They lose me somewhere along the way.

"Save The Last Dance For Me." by Michael Buble

We can consider ourselves fortunate that there are so many people in "our" developing dance world that will never read those volumes and will continue to move to their favorite music in the most enjoyable fashion. We just have to find the places where we can do that without encroaching on "rootzi tootzi' theories. ****



Talk About a Party, continued

Lucky we got Willy and Roy for these Photos.


The men were swinging from the chandeliers and the women were dancing on the tables. And no one notified the police. So I exxagerate but this whole thing is suppose to be fun and these people were enjoying every minute of it.


Nora Dionisio, Roselily Andres, Martin Powell,
Esmenio Andres, Willy Dionisio and Lorna Depew


Left photo: Lorna, Roselilly, Esmenio and Martin.
Right: Danny, Romeo, Melanie and Greg.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


Party time also means Kau Kau time.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Does everyone know the names?


Pub's Side Note:
We give special Mahalos to Wllly Dionisio and Roy De Leon for these terrific photos. The members of Kapolei Chapter, the Officers, the fans and the rest of our reader/dancers, we all appreciate.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kapolei Chapter Strikes Again

I got most things done for the day and got ready to go to Kapolei Chapter Social. I missed the last one and I didn't want to miss this one. I planned on getting there early enough to get a picture of the place.


I left at 5 pm and the bus would have got me to Kapolei Transit Center at 6:30 at which time I would get the 411 that would leave me right in front of Makakilo Community Center. But "the best laid plans of mice and men." The Rail Party screwing up the schedules and the bus was late and I missed the 411 and had to wait for the next. Did not get there until 7:30 and the place was jumping. I tried to take a picture from the outside but was too dark already.

"Dancing is a form of Art" ~ Roy De Leon


Went inside and said as many hellos as I could, I had so much I wanted to do. Beginners dancing and also some of the best line dancers on this island. And it is quite understandable, if they wanted to have fun and not participate in picture taking or contributing quotes. As these blogs evolve into Social Media, it will all come with time.

A N J "Music" Da Best.  ~ Noemi Jarra

The Ring of Prayer led by Roger, then the line formed to take advantage of some of the best Pot Luck on this island. Fortunately, I got a dance with Emmie, hadn't seen her in a while. And I tried to get Ben to give me a quote.


Line up for that Ono Kau Kau

"Come down to the Makakilo Chapter Dance Class.
Come and enjoy the fun." ~Selena Mattos.

Then lucky I got a dance with Beryl, but she did not want to quote. We must let those that want, it should come out soon. Then I got lucky again and had a dance with Lorna, like most of the ladies, very good at following. Seems like we have been practicing for hours. Had a nice talk with Arnold and Millie Chun, and I have to try to make it for their social on September 10th. Could be a Goodee.


  Dining, Al Fresco

My cameras not coming out so good. I will find a way. Willy and Roy said they would Email me some photos, let us see. Hopefully I can get the good kine and I will make a second post. We will have a lot to share with our fellow dancers.

"If you have always wanted to learn to dance but  just haven't
got around to it, now is the time. Come and join us at the
Kapolei Chapter of HBDA on Monday nights. ~ Lorna Depew

I left before nine when I saw some people leaving and I got a ride with Norman and Yvonne Oshiro to the the Bus Stop in Kapolei. They are very knowledgeable and maybe I can get a quote next time. A short walk to Safeway, bought some goodies and then another short walk over to bus stop on Makakilo Drive and waited for the C bus.Got home before ten. Nice.

Made myself a Rum and Coke, clicked some nice music on my computer and sat down for the preliminaries on this blog. Will have to make Blog Two for this shindig, when I get the photos  from Roy and Willy.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Where are we?

Surfing the Internet and looking over the dancing I can see that "Ballroom Dancing" has come a long ways from the loose unity that we once had. The Internationals have gradually insisted that they dance the "correct" way and they have also "inherited" the rights to the terminology "Ballroom" as applied to them. They have needed large dance floors (ballrooms) and they have insisted that they are different from the rest of us. And it has taken us a while to concur. I do not believe we should disagree with their delusions, and we should all understand that "they" have made the decisions.

"Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms people; in larger, heats
and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in its excess."

At the same time another revolution was occurring, the Night Club dancers that prefer to dance to live music. They profess to the American Style in their basics and yet they will use the same brush on all non-club dancers, whether they are American Style or Internationals. They have something else, they drink alcholic beverages and frown on people that don't. They can dance on small dance floors and naturally they insist they are different from us. And it has taken quite awhile for the rest of us to realize that we concur. I do not believe we should disagree with their conclusions and everyone understands that "they" have made the decisions.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

So if we have not defined ourselves, both of those groups have been doing a pretty good job of defining us, even if they have never realized that there are twice as many of us than the "bodadem" put together. The "top classes" have always underestimated the masses and history repeats itself.

So we are pretty unique type social dancers. Our Dance Floors? We dance in the Streets, Malls, Gas Stations, School Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers. And we partake of some of the best Pot Lucks in the World.

We may soon be going to night clubs where they have a big enough floor and allow our kind of dancing. If they get snooty, we can leave quietly and never darken their doors again. But for sure we will find the good ones and recommend them to others. We will find places where we can meet and enjoy an evening of our kind of dining and dancing. We will become more cohesive as a group, now that others have laid a good foundation for us to define our kuleana. Whatevah, it is shaping up pretty nicely and we will get biggah and bettah. American Style is moving!


Aunty Maile, WBDC

ALOHA DANCERS!
Just a few reminders to kick off the week!
A NEW Ballroom Dance Class Session begins!

 
Session begins August 26  until October 11,
for SIX WEEKS!
(No dance class on Sept 2- Labor day)
Instructors Felipe Repollo Jr. &
Carol Mendoza will be teaching the
ADVANCE CHA CHA AND ADVANCE AND INTERMEDIATE RHUMBA.
Every Monday night, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A NEW Line Dance Class Session begins!
 
Session begins August 28  until October 6,
for SIX WEEKS!
Instructor Carol Kohagura will be teaching various line dancing steps such as cha cha, waltz, rhumba, merengue, tango, mambo, as well as other basic dance steps into a variety of different music. Every Wednesday night from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

IT'S ALL GREAT FUN & GREAT EXERCISE FOR THE MIND AND BODY!
Place:  Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room.

Cost of the six week session is $10.00 per person.
If you are not an active member of WBDC, please add on $5.00pp membership fee for a calendar year.


Any dancers on that side of the Island?
 
Q: How do you get a tissue to dance?
A: Put a little boogie in it.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Amazing

This blog is coming to life just a little. What could happen with just one good guest author? Wow, the hits would go through the roof. But most keep their secret doings pretty close to their vests.

All people know the same truth. Our lives consist of
how we choose to distort it."

I don't usually blog on Saturdays but I thought I would slip this reminder in.


I plan to go since I missed last time and I will take a couple cameras and see if someone can give me a little help in the photos. If I can also get a few quotes from a few, that will round up a nice blog and the reader/dancers will be pleased. I can put the bike on the #411 bus and that will get me right there easy.

Coming back I can leave anytime. Just check the brakes on my bike and from there it is downhill all the way. I can go to Safeway, get me some goodies and take the next bus going to Nanakuli. Should be a breeze and good exercise.

Blogger's Law #41:
All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.
 
 
Thank you, Pepe!
Here is a flyer on our upcoming classes.  Dance instructors Esmenio and Roselily Andres will teach Cha Cha and Tango classes starting on October 7 for a total of eight Monday sessions.  This will be our second quarter up at the Makakilo Community Center, and we always look forward to see new students join us.
 
For additional information, visit our website at kapoleihbda.wordpress.com or
contact our chapter president Martin Powell at 220-6026.
See you on Monday! 
Willy
 
 



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WBDC-Aunty Maile

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, together with the Party Hearty Wahines (Red Hat Society), all worked together to make the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival Parade a huge success.  Many helping hands came together to make the decorations in one day, one night, and one morning.

 
Patiently the pink tissues for the Cherry Blossoms were cut and made into many small pink Blossoms to be placed on real Cherry Blossom twigs collected in Wahiawa.  Furry hats were made into Red Hearts and Yellow Pineapples.  Flowers were made from purple napkins by the Red Hat Ladies who designed and placed them on their Red Heart Hats.  WBDC members cut  green felt to make the tops for their pineapple hats. With 3 large blank cardboards,  pineapples were cut out with Exacto knives by the men and painted with layers of fresh paint.  Garlands of yellow flowers draped the sides and decorated the hood of the truck.  We saw all of the hidden talents come out that day!

For our parade, we had an American Flag , Cherry Blossom Trees and Pineapples, for which Wahiawa is historically known for. We had a generator running the P. A. System, the D.J., playing some great music for everyone to enjoy and twenty plus people marching and dancing in the streets, carrying not one, but two banners, representing "The Party Hearty Wahines, Chapter of the Red Hat Society, and The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club".

Our marchers looked awesome, as some were dressed as Plantation workers (Pineapple pickers), Red Hatters with their purple clothing and red heart hats, and others wearing green and yellow clothing with Pineapple hats.

In the end, we fulfilled all of our goals, had fun and made precious moments together.   We enjoyed the day with friends and had lots of fun prancing down the street.  We just really enjoyed the people who came to see us in the parade that day, and I am sure that the feeling was mutual, because as a result, we won "FIRST PLACE", and was given the title as, "MOST SPIRITED!"
YAY!!!
 

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED
FOR IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU
THAT WE HAD SUCH A POSITIVE, WONDERFUL,
AND SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE!
MUCH APPRECIATION,
MAILE YAGI FOR WBDC AND THE PARTY HEARTY WAHINES
 
Pub's Side Note: 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. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before, we are learning and the hits are going through the ceiling.
 

Dits and Dats

Yes, I have heard and I agree that each of the local clubs could have a Blogging person in one or more of the blogs available on the Island. That person would probably give the clubs good write ups but if muzzled and remade into a mouthpiece, the whole thing would be counter productive.

"This above all; to thine own self be true - and as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

They could learn fast and when promoting a blog post they could learn to ask a question or explain what’s coming next, instead of just knowing it all. Establishing give and take with the readers will make it a real blog and we would have blogging. We are a long ways from it at the moment.

I am making some contact with Twitter. I dropped Twitter several years back because I could not see anything. Now I am getting more followers, like Hawaii Free Press. Naturally, I gotta follow them right back. And one that came in that same way was Ballroom in Dance. Never saw much good but I followed back. Just noticed today, "If you are a really good dancer" Wow, that threw me and dropped them immediately. Very few of our readers are rootzi tootzis.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Martin

 
This Micro-Blog is the best place to start. Only need is learn how to get in, write a
couple of sentences, publish and get out. After that comes the Gingerbread.

Everyone is aware of the pyramid of dancers and if you are at or near the top, good for you. However the bulk of our readers remain the bottom half which is a hellava lot bigger than the top half of the pyramid. And that is the place where we are going to get a good Guest Author.

Town Dancers is staying at about 80 average hits per day. Blogging Hawaii is about 60 and the next two are Ewa Bus Stop and Oahu West at about 30. One Guest Author that can blog once per week about the dance scene would make the difference on anyone of the blogs. We must be patient.


There has to be some dancers in the East, No?

BREAKING: PPP just released the first public poll showing Democrat Ed FitzGerald leading radical Republican Governor John Kasich 38-35. The message of this poll is clear: We can win Ohio if we go all-out now. Public Policy Polling was the first to find four years ago that Kasich could win, and now they’ve got him losing. That’s because Kasich has spent his first term defunding Planned Parenthood, shifting the tax burden to middle-class families and eliminating in-person voting days to suppress Democratic votes.

The only way to stop voter suppression tactics is to elect Democrats. By defeating Kasich, we’ll send a message to radical, right-wing governors and legislatures that this kind of radicalism is unacceptable. We have the momentum – help us build a campaign now to win Ohio. it’s said that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. This is our chance to deal a blow to all the radical, right-wing forces across the country.
Thanks, Mark Giangreco,
Democratic Governors Association

Monday, August 19, 2013

Biggah

It is certain now that Central Valley blog will be phasing out. It will be amalgamated into this blog and I can anticipate some additional hits. Of course, that is not the solution to the entire problem. The most important solution is still the Information and Photo Contributors and then the Guest Authors.

"The entire world has always hated change, yet it is the
only thing that has brought progress."

But some people are becoming aware, I must do more person to person communication. "To Whom It May Concern" is not the kind of communication required here. So I will learn. And I am communicating to a few that I need helping taking the photos. That can be a starter.
 
"Love Is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia

Next I have to help the Public Relations in the existing dance locations in the West. I cannot go to all but I will have to fit in whatever I can. And then there are some that would rather not be included in this Public Relations and I must respect.


Just like Tw-itter only B-iggah and B-ettah.

Then there is the coming new social dance club, and not structured as the old. It has been tried several times and never succeeded for various reasons. One is the development of the rootzi tootzi attitude. The new club must be for the dancers and not for some kind of support. There are many that have become aware, and it is only just coming out.

 
There must be dancers on that side of the Island. Just accustomed to dance in town.

Social Media is becoming more acceptable throughout the world. And there are actually people out there that think that it is the instant solution for the World's problems. It has been said before, "That isn't cynicism, it's arrogance and ignorance."


How about the Waianae Coast, any dancers there?

There are, of course, no instant solutions, And unfiltered and unchecked tweets and blog posts give us nothing more than opinions. And frankly, in our blogs, that is all I ask. The different opinions are what have value in our blogs. They constitute a more democratic body of communication and much more open than the clique method that has been done for so long on this island with such sad results.

A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing various points of view that are of interest to a select or target audience, before and after the occasion. Information easy to update and change. Our reader/dancers are gradually picking up on this action.
 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Law Offices

From a mainland ad: only some names have been changed to protect the guilty.

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And you ain't seen nuttin' yet.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Amalgamation

We need more clarification now that we will be getting more data and more readers. There is some lack of information on photos. Facebook has announced that they are getting 4,000 pictures uploaded every second or more than 300 million every day. I am looking for less work for me and need some help, and everybody in our ever growing dance community is getting to know everybody else through our photos and that's the idea in these blogs.

You are here,   X
If you are not here, please ignore this message

 
Like Tw-itter only B-ettah and B-iggah

You can email me the photos untouched and I can touch them up using photoshop. Six to eight people is ideal, the faces are clear, there is room for the names, the location and the occasion. A small comment would go very nicely with the photos. Pictures of one or two persons may be counter productive. Except pictures of Da Guy or Da Lady, of course, because they are so talented, good looking, great personality, well liked, have lots of money, social position and are so famous above all others. And they don't charge for an autograph?


Another good dance blog just waiting for a Good
Guest Author and the hits will go through the ceiling.

I do get some nice looking posters in the body of the email. Unfortunately, not always easy to repost. Posters and photos are easier to work with if sent as an attachment. Even then it is not guaranteed, specially if you are using Microsoft formats. JPG, and Tiff are the most common formats and easily transferred.

"Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes


The Waianae Coast with very little dance action,
but it will wake up.

Then too, if we are going to establish Social Media, that means that everyone's opinion counts. And opinions are like noses, everybody has got one and they are all different. Specially in our case, and that is why "Opinions" are so very important. It is going to take a long time coming? I know it, we are just going to keep on trying. We have to explain, "No Commitment."

And what about that new dance club in Waipio? I don't know anything.

"No, not all of our blogs are a success.
Some Peter out and some Pan out."