Monday, April 30, 2018

Paso Doble Anyone?

Translated from the Spanish:
The Moment of Truth

In Haro, a small city in Spain. Eighteen year old Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli) inches slowly, carefully towards the bull, unmindful of his chest covered with blood from letting the bull get too close as it goes by. The boy matador’s face is filled with tenderness as though approaching a child who has hidden under a table in tears: gentle, coaxing, head tilted to one side.

El Juli, in all his glory.

The bull is heaving for breath and drops its head in a gesture that appears to say: I understand, I am ready, proceed. El Juli draws back his sword and calls one last time, “VENGA, TORO!”

The bull charges, and the young matador strikes faster than a cobra — there is a flash of gold, and then he spins away graceful as a ballet dancer and opens his arms to his fans. His sword is buried in the back of the bull’s neck down into its heart. The young matador’s face is respectful as the bull buckles to the sand, folding gracefully into death.

There is an awed silence. Then cheers, the waving of handkerchiefs (symbolizing the audience’s respect,) the cascade of flowers (expressions of their love), the awarding of the bull’s ears to the smiling matador (to honor the boy’s excellence.) Finally El Juli is carried in triumph from the bullring on the shoulders of the very strongest men of Haro, lifted like a true hero.

This is not Paso Doble.

WBDC Cinco de Mayo Social

From: auntymaile@aol.com
Date: April 29, 2018 at 10:27:48 PM HST
Subject: WBDC UPDATE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF CINCO DE MAYO DANCE!

Aloha Dancers!

Thank you all for coming to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club 49th Anniversary Dance, "SAKURA" Because of you, it was a successful and enjoyable celebration! Thank you to Herb Nakagawa and Senseis representing the Haleiwa Jodo Mission. We really enjoyed the Bon Dancing and the special way that we honored our past WBDC members.

We also thank and give appreciation to Herb Nakagawa for going out of his way to lend us his many Japanese Hapi Coats and Yukatas wardrobe collection. As a reminder for tomorrow, please do not forget to return these garments back to Herb. Thank you.

WBDC's next upcoming dance is happening this FRIDAY!


SEE YOU SOON!

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Line dancing?

Line Dancing, A Dance Floor Favorite
By Treva Bedinghaus, North Shore

Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows. All of the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Line dancers rarely interact with each other during a dance, as the steps are performed by everyone at the same time. A growing fun dance in West Oahu and picking up the best men line dancers on this Island.

"Social dancers believe that line dancing can be fun for everyone.
great exercise, increases stamina and it's cheap."


Although many popular line dances are set to country music, the first line dances did not originate from country and western dancing. Line dancing is believed to have originated from folk dancing, which has many similarities. Contra dancing, a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines and perform a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line, probably had a huge influence on the line dancing steps we are familiar with today.

The Electric Slide is done to the song, "Electric Boogie."


During the 1980's, line dances began to be created for popular country songs. Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as "counts." Generally, one count equals one musical beat, with a particular movement or step taking place at each beat. A line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. (There may be more information later.)

“Social dancers believe that we are designed to dance. To move our bodies
as weapons of grace, beauty and intrigue to music." 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hawaii

This blog is no longer at the bottom of totem pole but we still got to do something to get hits. We are slowly making contact with the neighbor islands and that is very welcomed. As long as the news is about our dances, our social dance clubs and of course our favorite night clubs.

Just be kind, it doesn't cost anything but it means a lot.


We must move in a more constructive manner to inform the readers about blogging so that we get the maximum use of this information. The output or input on your computer is digital, so your speakers or earphones should be able to pick up anything that is digital. I give out many USB drives and always with a song video in it in digital format. If you have good speakers or good earphones, you can hear everything that is available in digital and the sound can be very good. Although the visual may not be so good. And it can be be transferred or copied just like any other digital file.

"Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho

El Ranchero
You're losing it when you start flailing your arms in any dance situation. If you don't feel comfortable on the dance floor, then don't make motions that practically beg the crowd to look in your direction -- unless you have moves that would have made Michael Jackson envious. Jumping up and down. This is something you would do if you were at a frat party or rock concert, leave it for those occasions. We should try to be nice in our dancing.

“Have you really seen a social dancer, dancing? He is totally aware of himself
and dances his way in a manner that is decided by his heart.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wahiawa Anniversary

I woke this Saturday morning with my usual depression because I live in a prison of my own making. But I soon got out of it with my errands, like taking my medications and getting on my computer. Then I had to plan the day to be ready by 5 pm, when the Handi Van would  arrive to take me to Halemano Plantation Camp 808. And the Van was late but no hu hu, they do a good job. I arrived about 6:30 and the place was jumping.


I did not want to make a grand entrance so I went in slowly and found a new place to set my walker down right next to Carmen Mendoza. Slowly I said hello to most of the nice people there. Got some people to take some pictures but somebody pressed the wrong button somewhere and I only got 8 photos. I usually am able to get pictures if I don't have anybody waiting for me to take it. I do not know what I am doing right or what they are doing wrong. Fortunately Maile emailed me most of the photos in this blog.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett


I took my mix, found a nice plastic cup and a nice lady got me some ice cubes. Voila, I had something to sip while enjoying the scenery. Terrific music by DJ Leland  and it was evident that the dancers were having fun, If course, for me the Bon Dance was the high light of the evening. I had never seen anything like that in the forty years I have lived here. Beautiful music, simple steps, similar to line dancing except that these people were with each other, though by themselves. They seemed to be a group of good friends, individuals and apart, but together.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


Maile got me a good dish of food to take home and then they gave me another. I have enough for three meals. After nine I got ready for the Handi Van but he did not get there until 20 minutes later. But that's still fine with me. He got me home by ten thirty. And first thing I did was eat. Somehow I always get such delicious food from these people.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.


This social dance club is doing what many other successful clubs do. You got to do what you can to make the party as pleasant as possible for the members. They always decide what the theme of the party is and many of the dancers were dressed with some type of Japanese clothing. This was it, good music, good friends to talk story with, dance and dance and of course there is always those ono grinds.

"Social dancers hope that they may - live - every day of their life.”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Latin Dancing

Most of us do not define the possible music that we wish to dance to. We dance to what is offered and we take it or leave it. But shouldn't our choice of music come first, then we dance to it? There are many people that simply do not understand that. In Latin America waltz should be the first, simply because it is not so localized in one country or particular section of one country. It is danced more or less the same all over Latin American. Has anyone on Oahu ever danced a waltz with rock step and a chassé?

 “Social dancers believe that they should take action towards their dreams. Walk their talk - dance and sing to their music. Make the day worth remembering.”


If you have a computer with good speakers or good earphones. Copy and paste this
 on your browser and enjoy, "Sabor A Mi." sung by Koreans in Mexico City.

https://youtu.be/Gk1iZ8na42I

Some of the best Waltzes ever composed have been by Latin composers from Argentina to Mexico. It may be illegal in the Caribbean. I think Rumba should be next because it evolved long before it got to Cuba via the Mayan Indian route. Probably just the rock step and the slow count and done in whatever ways the music and the beat asked for. It has also evolved into the sexiest dance in the world. There was none of that Clave stuff either. The sticks were only played in a five count measure. Cha Cha Cha is probably next but not that watered down and fancy business which we have today.

"Sweet Someone"  by Don Ho


I mean Cha Cha Cha with all the frills, whistles and bells. We must find a way to reinstall the finer sounding way. There has just never been as good a sound anywhere at anytime. My opinion? -- Yes. "There has got to be a more difficult way of dancing?" In this day people can and will dance on all counts. As long as it is one consistent basic throughout the music, the couples are in sync and having fun. That is the name of the game. Unless you are a competition dancer and that is different game.

“Social dancers realize that there are some dancers that care
if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance anyway.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Da Big Bash

I got some news of what is happening in our dance circles this week but not much. With time I may get more notices for our schedule Blog, Dance And Live. It still has a chance. The other blogs are plodding ahead but need feedback from the reader/dancers. Those dancers willing to share their pearls of dance wisdom with their fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that we are designed to dance. To use our bodies
as weapons of movement, grace, beauty and intrigue."


Of course we must acknowledge Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and their terrific Anniversary dance at the famous Palladium. And we must acknowledge that coming up is the big one for the Central Valley. And that is the Anniversary dance  of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, sister club with Aiea. These two "old" clubs are the hub of social dancing in West Oahu. We are going to get one more that is for sure. We are getting more social dancers that identify with West Oahu.

"Kahalaopuna" by Amy Hanaialii


Meanwhile, line dancing in West Oahu is already an accepted part of the Social Dance scene. We have some good line dancers in Wahiawa. So men wannabees can get more into that, even if just for the fun of it and just let it roll. "That's it!" The basics are Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing and Tango. As social dancers, you already know the rhythms, just get in there, join the crowd and move to that music, you will enjoy. Of course some of it does gets too complicated and you can just cancel.

“What you do does make a difference, and you have to decide
what kind of difference you want to make.”

Monday, April 16, 2018

Palitos - Claves

 Claves by Sylvester Wong, Whitmore Village

Claves  are a percussion instrument, consisting of a pair of short, thick dowels. Traditionally they are made of wood, typically rosewood, ebony or grenadilla. In modern times they are also made of fibreglass or plastics. When struck they produce a bright clicking noise. Claves are sometimes hollow and carved in the middle to amplify the sound. The basic principle when playing claves is to allow at least one of them to resonate. The usual technique is to hold one lightly with the thumb and fingertips of the non-dominant hand, with the palm up.

“To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor.”


This forms the hand into a resonating chamber for the clave. Holding the clave on top of finger nails makes the sound clearer. The other is held by the dominant hand at one end with a firmer grip, much like how one normally holds a drumstick. With the end of this clave, the player strikes the resting clave in the center. Traditionally, the striking clave is called el macho ("the male") and the resting clave is called la hembra ("the female"). This terminology is used even when the claves are identical.

 "La Golondrina" por Los Lobos

A roll can be achieved on the claves by holding one clave between the thumb and first two fingers, and then alternating pressure between the two fingers to move the clave back and forth.This clave is then placed against the resonating clave to produce a roll. Claves are very important in Latin music, such as the son and guaguancó. They are often used to play a repeating rhythmic figure throughout a piece, known as clave, a key pattern (or guide-pattern, timeline patter, phrasing referent, bell pattern) that is also found in African music and Brazilian music Among the better known rock recordings featuring claves are the Beatles' recording "And I Love Her," and "Magic Bus" by the Who, and much of which missing in today's Latin music.

"Social Dancers know that they are not there yet, but
they are closer than they were yesterday."


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aiea Ballroom Anniversary

Got there easily, the Handi Van got there in nice time, but coming back was horrible. Missed my Handi Van, long walk to the bus and got the first bus going to town. Then waited an hour for a bus to get me back home in Pearl City. Lucky when I got home and checked the camera. Vickie took some excellent pictures of who? Just us and that is the name of our game.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Frankie Laine


It was a very pleasant evening, watching all these nice people dancing and socializing. Good social dancers. Of course there were others too, of the deluxe kind and many are so good they could become professionals very easily. And the Palladium has plenty of room for their kind of dancing. And since everyone is having fun doing their thing, no hu hu. I posted two collages in the Town Dancer blog and had enough left over to get another collage in here.

"Aiea family, good fun, let's dance." ~ Glen Hiramoto

All photos taken by Vickie Hiramoto

"Thank you, Joe for coming and doing this blog. What fun 63rd Anniversary party
we had. Thank you dancers, Aiea board, and volunteers. See you at our next
dance at the Palladium, Friday, May, 11th. 6 to 9:30 PM." ~ Deanie

And this Saturday, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will have their Anniversary Dance. Everyone was invited, I think.

Another Fun Party just waiting for us.
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Brazil

Brazilians have a reputation for knowing a thing or two about throwing a good party. Maybe its because of Carnival, maybe it's because of its diverse mix of cultures, or maybe its just because they really do like a good old fashioned fiesta. The country's got a great climate, beautiful landscapes and an even more beautiful population, so it only makes sense that they like to celebrate. Brazil's music festival scene ranges from intimate charmers on the beach to extravagant urban behemoths. It wasn't easy, but someone had to do it.

 “Social dancers think that life may be just a dance with different kinds of rhythms
depending on what music is playing in the background."


There are two big gifts from Brazil in music and dance. The Samba and the Bossa Nova which strangely enough competed with each and contributed to less Fans throughout the World. The Samba evolved from the Indian dances which in South America, most were on the two count. The Portuguese had a chassé step duplicate of the Samba basic and that did it. By the time of the arrival of the Africans, the Samba was pretty well fixed in Brazil under different names, for it is the largest country in South America.

"Chica, Chica, Boom, Chic." by Carmen Miranda


In the US we are still expecting something closer to Da Reel Teeng. Somewhat different than our disciplines, some of them have three and even four basics, when most social dances have only one. The night clubs are getting a little experience in it. The Brazilians with the use of more of the ordinary basic chassé into more familiar patterns similar to other dances. And the Samba music is getting better all the time, slow for ballads, the medium speed for a swinging samba.

“Social dancers who love the song playing, sometimes focus on the lyrics
too much and forget to dance to the music. So who's perfect?”


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Still Looking Good

This blog still in front of Town Dancer but still not far enough to conclude anything. For sure a Guest Blogger would make a difference for either one of the blogs. Patience, while we enjoy our dancing and learning how to better ourselves to enjoy more. We may learn more of the basic simple moves that enable all the elements of physical activity to better our physical fitness. The Even Step is pretty simple and used in other activities such as walking. Then we have the Rock Step, very useful to move to music and used in a thousand dances. And next is the Chassé, like the Rock Step, essential.

“Social dancers believe that when you dance, your whole body dances,
even if is not moving.  Your skin and bones, the roots of your hair.
When you stop dancing, you stop living.” 


The social dances in town seem to be doing quite well. Many have their own websites and a few are on Twitter and Facebook. It is impressive that Facebook has 50 million photos submitted daily. The results are that most have packed houses and may not need a dance blog to increase their public relations. They are certainly entitled to their preferences. Meanwhile we have two anniversary dances coming up. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on Saturday, April 21st and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association on Saturday, April 14th.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top,
if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.  ~ Fred Astaire

Friday, April 6, 2018

Pineapple, Claves

The first encounter between the Spanish and a pineapple occurred in November, 1493, when Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage to the Caribbean region, lowered anchor in a cove off the lush, volcanic island of Guadaloupe and went ashore to inspect a deserted Carib village. There, amidst parrot-flecked jungle foliage and wooden pillars spiraled with serpent carvings, his crew came upon a fruit the Indians called Nana, which means "Excellent fruit. There was also another fruit that they encountered earlier which was called Banana.

"Social dancers know that with Love songs – they may get the best of both,
poetry set to music. And they also know that they can't dance to poetry.”


The illegal aliens ate, enjoyed and recorded the curious new fruit which had an abrasive, segmented exterior like a pine cone and a firm interior pulp like an apple. As the years rolled by, the Spanish began to like the music and the dancing by the Indians. Eventually, the lower class illegal aliens joined the Indians in their dancing. They did develop their likes and dislikes. They preferred the two, three and four beat. The Indians had the five, six and even seven beat measures. The seven count disappeared in the first fifty years. then the five because of the Pallitos (sticks) were applied to the four count measure.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

Halemano Plantation
Easy to play in a five count, just skip a beat, 1-3-5 and then 2-4 in the next measure for a five beat Pallitos. But they favored the four count and of course it was very difficult. They are still trying to define the way of playing these sticks in a four count measure, which is now called the "Clave" beat. Clave means solution or the key to the problem and it was applied as the new name for the Pallitos. The difficulties arose from the beginning and no one even now is absolutely correct in their way. You can play it your way and if it sounds alright, good.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Week 5a

This is the second week with the new weekend blog. So what's doing this weekend? We still have made little contact. More information available for the Week days. On the week ends everybody making so much money, no need to inform the dancers. No one will tell me anything, maybe next week. For sure no one has ever done this before and some have told me that it will never work. So what do I know? But I am going to find out soon. Meanwhile if you got something you want in, just email it in. I will put in whatever.

"Social dancers believe they must dance for as long as they can
and only then will death’s slumber become sweet.”


"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Friday, April 6th.
At the Plantation Tavern. Live Ukelele music by Richard Gideon.

Friday, April 13th.
At the Plantartion Tavern. Live 4 peice Band, Kevin Okimoto.

Friday, April 13th.
The Pineapple Showroom, Live at Dot's in Wahaiwa

"Walk With Me Through Paradise." by Melveen Leed


"Just listened to Autumn Leaves by Eva Marie Cassidy, an American singer and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz and blues, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C. She died of melanoma in 1996. I've heard many good singers on this song...beautifully. They sang it. This woman owned it. She took it apart, re-assembled it, infused it with her soul, her passions, her dreams and gave it to us. It was as if I had never heard it before. Her love for the song aroused my love for listening, she danced with me."
 
How many professional dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?
Four: One to handle the bulb and three to tell him how much better they could have done it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Leading The Way

Stop and think about who and what you are.  As a social dancer, you are a human being and your greatest power is your will, or your ability to reason and make your own choices. It’s what commands all other aspects of your life. This power is the only thing that cannot be controlled or taken away from you by anyone, and it is what separates you from the other animals in this world. Don’t forget that you possess this power, and don’t squander it.

"Social dancers know that when they started moving towards that dream,
their feet developed the quality of dance.”


Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association both have anniversary dances this month. And these are two of the oldest dance clubs in Hawaii. Aiea Ballroom will be at the famous Palladium on Saturday, April 14th. Wahiawa Ballroom will be at the famous Helemano Plantation 808 on April 21st. Both places are going  to be jumping and I will be there to blog'em. Unfortunately, in my old age, I have developed fumbleitis and I cannot take photos like I use to.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Doris Day  1952


Maile has been our number one photo contributor in emailing some very good photos of our fellow dancers for presentation in our blogs. All I can ask for is four or five photos of your favorite people at the dance. With a little two or three sentence commentary on the occasion, it can flesh out into a nice blog and the hits go through the roof. It is not my opinion, or her opinion, or his opinion, it is your opinion and that is what is so valuable. It's for our people and the availability for our reader/dancers is crucial. This is not Facebook, - they get 50 million photos daily.

 "New Singer in Town, Alamo Anna, don't know if she is from Texas or Hawaii."

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Blogging

I'm not a writer and that is understandable, but it's totally clear to me that since I started blogging, the amount I write has increased exponentially, my daily interactions with the views of others in our dancing world have never been so frequent. The diversity of voices I engage with is far higher than in the pre-Internet age — and all this has helped me become more modest as a thinker. I am more open to error, less fixated on what I do know, more respectful of what I don't, and waste less time evangelizing. Yes, I know, if this is a deterioration in my brain, I must accept.

"Social dancers know that to dance a good Rumba, a dancer must listen to the music,
develop a strong sense of musical interpretation and physical control."


The problem is finding the space and time when this engagement stops. I no longer have the calm, quiet, thinking and reading of longer-form arguments, novels, essays. I can see the diversified Latin dance scene. I also need the time for my mind to transition out of an instant gratification mode to a more long-term, thoughtful calm even if at my age it will end, all too soon. Information and photo contributors are certain to make a blog a bit more interesting. I am sure of this now, but also because I think our social dance world desperately needs to hear as many of these diverse opinions as possible and I would like to oblige.


I must make more of an effort to get the people that can identify Latin music and dance. When we had the Guest Authors that blogged more frequently we had many more hits on this blog than we do now. It doesn't matter whether you're beautiful, handsome or brilliant Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. We are getting there, we will have Social Media.

Blogger's Law #39C: "Complex problems have simple, easy-to-understand wrong answers."


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Week 5

It is still a struggle and I still do not know. When I am sure that the clubs are not interested I will drop the Blog. It is not dead at this point but it remains a question mark.  A weekly blog is new, not everyone knows about it yet and it may not be back in the search engines yet. And I just added another blog to the Sunday weekly, on Thursdays, specializing on the Week End attractions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So what do I know? The readers will decide and they are pretty well informed with the other dance blogs. You want something in it, email it in.

"Some times I have a hundred ideas all at one time and
if only one of them turns out good, I am OK."


"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Wots Doin'? Week Ending Sunday, April 8th.

Monday, April 2nd.
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Ballroom dance classes at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. Teachers,
Felipe Repollo and Carmen Mendoza

Monday, April 2nd.
Cholo's Homestyle Mexican in Haleiwa, featuring Eddie Ortiz and
the Son Caribe band.

Monday, April 2nd.
Night Nostalgia ~ featuring The Bobby Ingano Trio Dot's in Wahiawa,

Wednesday, April 4th.
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Line dance classes at the Wahiawa Recreation Center
Teacher, Carol Kohagura

Thursday, April 5th.
Just Tacos, Salsa Night in Mililani,
the place will be jumping.

Thursday, April 5th
Smooth Groves featuring  - Tymeless at Dot's In Wahiawa

Thursday, April 5th.
Faith Ako at the Turtle Bay Resort

Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
All the places are going to be packed this weekend. Some have had to hire part time help to shovel the money in the Safe as it comes in. No need for help from us.

"Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses 1987

There are many Webmasters for the many dance clubs, studios and night clubs out here on Oahu that are aware of this but they have a world of their own and we must respect it. Meanwhile I have my work cut out for me. I must rustle the bushes for Information Contributors, Photo Contributors and a few Guest Authors for all the blogs. According to my stats we are at the point of diminishing returns with mostly SOS, (Same Old Shit.) So come one, come all, the readers are awaiting and need whatever information you may wish to share.

"Social dancers are sure that this country is just fine. But there is mounting
evidence that some of our leaders are completely screwed up."