Thursday, May 31, 2018

Back On Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away on Tuesday. This blog is now in last place in average hits per day. All the blogs need is just need enough feedback from our fellow dancers to make them the best blogs in the Pacific. Not possible?

“Social dancers believe that when the melody plays, footsteps will move,
the heart will sing and the spirit begins to dance.”


The two bottom blogs differ - Latin Rhythms is mainly covering Latin music and dance, whereas Dancing Nights will cover mainly the night club action. At the moment both are in the single digit average per day hits. So I must make the effort to go out wherever they have no cover and try to make a connection to blog'em. It will be a lot easier when I get a good steady guest blogger. And by example get more guest bloggers and make my best blog independent.


"We are all here because we are not all there" Howzat again?

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Back On Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away on Tuesday. This blog still in fourth place which is just fine. Now we just need enough feedback from our fellow dancers to make this one of the best blogs in the Pacific. Not possible?

"Social Dancers may not dance your dance or speak your language.
But they will try to help and be a blessing to somebody."


I do get around a little on my walker and I am using a helmet in case I fall. Sometimes I can get the help of the Handi Van. I am meeting more people with open minds on the definition of social dance. I don't know the answers but I listen. Many of the seasoned dancers in the West have their own ideas of social dance without the constraints of the big dance associations. Their own opinions are forming from what is being danced at present in our dance environment. Sounds good to me. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Tango and Swing are the primary dances of the social classes. More? Of course.

“The truth is always an insult or a joke, lies are generally tastier. People love them.
The nature of lies is to please. Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Back on Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away today. This blog is now in second place behind Town Dance but still remains way ahead of the others.in spite of all the doo hickeys that get in the way. Now we just need feedback from our fellow dancers to make this the best blog in the Pacific.

“Social dancers think less about the steps - there are few steps in dance,
only movement. Just listen to the music and move with it,”


This blog was in first place when we had Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, but not any more. Perhaps one of the other blogs will show more promise. The reader/dancers are the ones that will make those decisions and of course, the feedback we can offer will make a big difference. Facebook gets 50 million photos daily. Somebody missed yours? These are meant to be "your" blogs. you can use them or not, as you please.

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”
― Voltaire

Back On Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away today. This blog still remains on top in spite of all the doo hickeys that get in the way. Now we just need feedback from our fellow dancers to make this the best blog in the Pacific.

“Social dancers don't breathe just to survive; they breathe to dance and feel alive.”



This blog will just naturally have most readers and bloggers from Honolulu and though most will be social dancers they will appreciate those in the exhibition and competition scenes. The connecting link will always be the beautiful music we are fortunate to hear in our dance shindigs. I also like the acceptance throughout the island of just plain good old style line dancers and getting some men involved too. Nice break in every evenings dance session, no matter where.

“It is difficult, when faced with a situation you cannot control,
to admit you can do nothing.”

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Hit Counter

A web counter or hit counter is a computer software program that indicates the number of visitors, or hits, a particular webpage or blogpage has received. Once set up, these counters will be incremented by one every time the web page is accessed in a web browser. Our hit counters are from Blogger, free and include hits from search engines, and scam spam robots. Most large web and blog sites have counters because they want people to see that they are getting thousands of hits per day.

“Music is the most abstract of the arts; dance, the most concrete.”
― Marty Rubin
 


This blog second from the bottom in hits
Twenty years ago most dance Web and blog sites on Oahu had counters but when they discovered that they had single digit average per day hits they all dropped the counters. Any blogs in Hawaii that still have counters will have double digits and up to the 50 average hits per day, And this includes search engine hits and scam spam robots. The entire enchilada is emerging and the secret for us, of course, remains in the Guest Bloggers. SOS is common in blogging which means "Same Old Shit."To be a Guest Blogger, all you really need is to want to. I will take care of it.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


Very good for famous people around the world, everyone wants to read them. In our dance social media, no one is a complete authority so it requires more bloggers presenting their point of view from the entire island. Latin Holiday blog is at the bottom of the pile in our group. But just one steady guest blogger and it would put it solid in the the 20 average hits per day - equivalent to 600 per month. That's blogging. The aim of any of our blogs is 33 average hits per day - equivalent to 1000 hits per month. With at least three steady bloggers, our first independent will get there.

“Social dancers are aware that much of what has been said did not matter,
and that much of what mattered could not be said.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The West

We are getting some good men line dancers in the West. And they all realize that a line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. For example, a 64-count dance would contain 64 beats. The number of beats does not necessarily equal the number of steps, however, as steps can be performed between two beats or over more than one beat. Line dances are made up of a certain number of steps, with each step identified by a catchy name. And we are all having fun learning.

"Social dancers believe that when they dance, they forget all the bad things and
 only remember the good things. That is the best thing about dancing.”


Central Valley people seem to be holding back a little, possibly in a tendency to Private Clubism or they just accepted that everything must be done in town. We can all remember, last century, the Fat Cats in Honolulu were still holding the outskirts back. "Keep the country, country," No streets, no schools, no libraries, no shoe shores, and plenty bars. This century because of the Rail Disaster people want to "live" in the West, and work in the West and play in their own kuleana.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


But there are facts in the West that seem to be arising that Line Dancing is the best trainer for the wannabee social dancer. Aside from learning the music which is usually used in partner dancing and the timing according the different music styles. A very important factor is developing your own unique comfortable styling that goes with social dancers. From there, Partner Dancing is a skip and a jump. It seems to be coming out clearly, that the best developing dancers are coming into the partner dancing world from the line dancers. It used to be the club dancer that evolved from "street" dancing, but that is becoming scarce nowadays.

"Try to cultivate good habits - the bad ones grow wild."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Oahu

From the Internet

In most of our dance clubs, all decisions should be made as low as possible in the organization. The Charge of the Light Brigade was ordered by an officer who wasn't looking at the territory. There are two kinds of decisions: those that are expensive to change and those that are not. A decision to build a new transit method should not have been made hastily; without plenty of input from operating people and specialists. In Hawaii, the immediate greed was there. Easy Money.

“Social dancers don't talk about dance? They think that dance
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


But the common garden variety decisions in a dance club - like when to start the music and when to the dance or what brand of coffee to buy - should be made fast. No point in taking three weeks to make a decision that can be made in three seconds - and corrected inexpensively if wrong. The whole dance group may be canceled while you oscillate between baby-blue or buffalo-brown coffee cups.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


In Honolulu, the Present Rail Party made the decision for "Rapid Transit." They stated flatly that the rail and the bus rates will remain the same. They are not really lying as per usual. They have only failed to inform everyone that the rates will go up to six dollars per, for both the rail and the bus. So how do you like them potatoes? Did somebody say ten? He He He. But the prices are going up all over just to pay for the Rail Calamity. And the original estimate was at five Billion dollars, which is an awful lot of money. Easy Money calls for cost overruns and other excuses that the ordinary tax payers do not understand.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The Bi Articulated Bus for real Rapid transit in commuting from Makaha to Honolulu.

The estimates went steadily up to ten Billion dollars. What the hell does the taxpayer know? They are paying more attention now that it may hit fifteen Billions. Aren't we lucky? Property taxes are going up already. And if Foodland has to pay a higher rent, they have to pass it on and the prices on all goods must up. Just think of all the shopping centers in Hawaii.  Milk headed for Seven dollars per gallon, eggs will go to five dollars per dozen. All Rents will go up, naturally. The entire state will see the meltdown. And you thought the rich were going to pay? Ha!

"In the new GOP government, the rich enjoy the ultimate in power,
but the lower classes carry the ultimate responsibility."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Central Valley

By Jake Miller, Waipio

Looking good where I live in the Central Valley and the most solid group of social dancers seems to be Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. I am tied up in the evenings but I hear good things. That same group does attend some of the new Night Clubs in the area specially those that have the right music. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani are good bets. Many social dancers in the area still attend dance in town. The Central Valley with about ten Community Centers is just waiting for some dance organization to make contact. And if they don't have a Web site I am sure this blog can give them some help.

"Social dancers can break patterns of pessimistic thinking. They can find it joyful
to dance and bring pleasure into their lives deliberately.”


How about a another dance venue in Waipio? Wow! that would really do something for the entire Valley.We do know that the Rail Disaster is going to cancel the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. But there is nothing we can do. We cannot do what one person tells us to do, but we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we "must" move accordingly. It should be all right for those that the would rather not bother with a blog site. As long as everyone understands that it is their decision.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Meanwhile, in the Central Valley, in spite of the prices going up, because of the Rail Catastrophe, many seem to be focusing on having something close to home. In this case it covers Waikele, Waipio and all the way to the North Shore. There seems to be a lot of dancers in this territory. The two night spots do good, but they have Web sites and believe that's enough. The new night spot without a Web site may find that we can help and it will do very well. The Rail Crisis will cancel the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park, but "We Will Survive."

 “Every kind of language is... a specialized form of bodily gesture, and in this
sense it may be said that dance is the mother of all languages...
an original language of total bodily gesture."

Our Kine Dancing

Dances in the primitive cultures all had as their subject matter the changes experienced by their people throughout their lives. Changes that occurred as people grew from childhood to old age. We can be certain that they evolved. In the last century, many fad dances have evolved. They can be a popular craze, like break dancing, the Twist or ballets that feature superstar performers. They can be folk dances that have been handed down through generations, such as the square dance, or ethnic dances that are primarily associated with a particular country,

“Social dancers accept that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement
that is in harmony with the beats of the music in their hearts.”


Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Ricans.. They can be modern dance or musical comedy dancing, both fields that were pioneered by American men and women. The original ballroom dances were a set of partner dances, which were enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of their performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dances were also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. The age distinctions remain and the over thirty is our game. The original ballroom dances may refer, at their widest, to almost any type of social dancing as recreation.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope.
It usually refers to the International Standard and International Latin style dances. These styles were developed in England, and are now regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC). "Ballroom dance" is the term most often used interchangeably with the five International Ballroom dances. Ballroom is now synonymous with International. They have seized the name as their own and they are right - they dance in ballrooms. While us "low class" are dancing in Parks, Beaches, Streets, Gas Stations, Malls, School cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers.

“Most social dancers are grateful to those regular keepers of our dance environment.The young men and women and the grandmas and the grandpas who hang on to it and help us all remember when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.”

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Line Dancing in Makaha

Line dancing today in West Oahu is developing better than elsewhere. More men are getting in and enjoying it. The steps are simple and don't involve dancing with a partner, so that line dancing is ideal for singles and nondancers just starting out. One can learn the basics very well in rhythm, timing and the different kinds of music that is used in regular Ballroom and Latin dancing.

"Social dancers learn that dance is like life, we become experienced instead
of always remaining just a bunch of beginners at it”


Line dancing is taught and practiced in country and western dance bars, social clubs and dance halls around the world. We are fortunate to have classes in some of the most popular line dances performed today in the Central Valley. This is at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. taught by Carol Kohagura of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.  Though the only problem on the Latin dancing is that they usually not quite Latin moves to the music. Nobody stays dumb, most of these people usually learn very well indeed.

"Have you ever seen the Rain?" by Amy Hanaialii


Of course they do have a duo line dances and it is just for fun to dance with long time partners. It is cute and fine for the couple dancing. But if you want partner dancing the social clubs have got it. The usual is based on American Style and we have been fortunate that we have had some of the best teachers of American Style dancing in Hawaii. Not very strict and the results have been some of the best dancers in the Pacific.

 “Social dancers believe they can be the change that
they wish to see in our dance world.”

Monday, May 7, 2018

Cinco De Mayo on Oahu

Wow, so many good fiestas here on Oahu in celebration of one of the greatest holidays in Mexico. No matter where you went you couldn't go wrong and you would be sure to see many of your dancing friends. It has become quite an artistic occasion with a lot of ramifications for the holiday. And they did not run out of Tequila anywhere. They were well stocked for the occasion. In Hawaii we build bridges not Walls.

“Social dancers know that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement that is in
harmony with the music in your ears and the beats of the music in your heart.”


Beside the ordinary Mexican folk dances, the Rumba still seems to be in the number one spot of Latin music and dance on Oahu. I am not sure but I think it is the same in the neighbor islands. And West Oahu claims to have the best Rumba dancers in Hawaii. Specially those that can get some of those smooth Filipino moves into it. Nevertheless, it is still the beautiful music and basically the American Rumba. And better with the alternative basic, a Rock Step and a slow step.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel


Cha Cha Cha is in solid second place even though it began over 60 years ago as a fad dance. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s.This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo. It has preserved and developed into a beautiful dance for social, exhibition and even competition dances. Definitely not a fad dance anymore, it is here to stay.

“All social dancers are creators, and all social dancers create their own world
when they move to the music of their choice."

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cinco De Mayo in Wahiawa

Received some nice items for blogging from Maile. These people are the artists, I like what I do but I am just the mechanic and with some things I fail.


The dance started on a high note as some quesadillas, and chimichangas were being cooked up by Kim Preza, Rose Sabug, Maile Yagi, Gloria Pfister, and Priscilla Sy. The smells coming from the kitchen were driving everyone crazy!


Received less pictures so I made a collage with bigger pictures. Mo bettah?
I uploaded the video but no can play. I notified Blogger. 

"La Golondrina" por Placido Domingo


DJ Leland Yagi filled the room with the sounds of Mexico, while everyone danced and got into the spirit of celebration! The mood, music, dancing, food, camaraderie, kept at a level high, from the very beginning to the very end. We all had yet another wonderful time. I came home, put my things away, and said, “What a night!”

“Social dancers know that they are not obligated to win. They are obligated
to keep trying and do the best they can, everyday.” 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Da Reel Teeng

Da Reel Teeng or pretty close to it:
by Francisco Benavidez, Mokuleia

Benito Juarez
On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, at the time ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to establish a Latin empire in Mexico that would favor French interests, the Mexican Empire. Benito Juarez was a full blooded Zapotec Indian. One big difference, he was an educated man and he was always ready to die for his principles and he was President of Mexico.

The Battle of Puebla
The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much more poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,000. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans who were fighting on their land, managed to decisively crush the French army, the best army of the time. In spite of everything, this was their day. Even though the French eventually took over. Napoleon III, had looked at the Americas as a perfect spot for his megalomania.

The Kingdom of Mexico would have been perfect. But then with his sycophantic advisers he thought better of it. The Mexican Empire and Maximilian as the Emperor of the Mexican Empire would be much better. As an Empire they could see Central America as a possible. And then there was the US to the North. The US was on the verge of civil war. Who could tell, Maybe? The French established a good government in Mexico city and they did a lot of good.

Maximilian's last moments.
Can you imagine a Saturday night at the Palacio Social, with all the attendees dressed to perfection and with a live orchestra, dancing the new dance that was called the Waltz? Of course they were all Europeans. No one thought to let the Indians in on it, heavens forbid.

The Mexican Empire lasted only 3 years, from 1864 to 1867. With the U.S. Civil War over in 1865, the U.S. was able to provide more assistance to Mexico to expel the French. And Maximilian I was executed by the Mexicans, along with his Mexican generals Miramón and Mejía, in the Cerro de las Campanas. As Juarez told Maximilian, he had no personal animosity against him but he must die to convince the world of Mexico's human sovereignty.

Cinco De Mayo will always be a day of remembrance and celebration of this entire period.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cinco De Mayo in Waipahu

Information received from Maile and we all thank you.


Come Join Us at Dance Appeal Studio
for Cinco de Mayo!
Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00-10:00pm

Enjoy an Evening of Mexican Flare with a Tasty Salsa Bar and Mexican Buffet!!!
Dance the night away!!!


"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

Cost: $15
Reservations recommended. (Limited seating). Oh: 808-284-3619
94-307 Farrington Hwy. Waipahu, HI 96797
(Located in the Waipahu Medical Center)

"In West Oahu, we shall worship at the altar of openess and truth
and let the tropical flowers of opinion bloom."