Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Snew?

A new dance club on the Waianae Coast! A new dance club on the North Shore! That would be news - but we all know, it is not so. What do the readers want? Just a little information of what is going on in our dance world on Oahu, is all. The hits were going through the roof at one time but we lost Guest Bloggers. Still Town Dancer remains ahead of whatever is in second place. The readers are ahead, of course, but so are our friends throughout the island and also the participants at this spectacular. The local Dance Clubs are not losing, and even the Dance Teachers come out ahead.

"Social dancers, try to stop thinking too much about the steps. There are
no moves in Rumba, only movement. Just listen to the music,”


The entire thing is a win-win situation that in generally being underutilized and could be for the benefit of all. Thousands of pictures are being taken daily, but they go to the International Micros such as Twitter and Facebook, big places where they receive over 100 million photos every day. Afghanistan, Nigeria, New Zealand - They missed you? Our reader/dancer feel that sharing with their fellow reader/dancers on a blog in Oahu is not beneath them. We will find the right ones, they are part and parcel of our own personal opinions. Patience.

1990 "Blaze Of Glory" by Jon Bon Jovi


Photos, and yes we know about Twitter and Facebook and they get millions and millions of photos daily and it is possible they may be seen in the International scene. But the readers must be logged on to Twitter or Facebook to see them and it is true, they have million and millions logged in. In our blogs anyone can tune and see what is there. This is a blog, Nigeria is nice but not in our kuleana.

"Social dancers think that life may be like an elevator.
some times the elevator stops to let some people off.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Gumbo of Dancesport


Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, with its many amenities, serves as the competition site from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st. The hotel is located minutes away from the airport. One of the nicest features of the hotel is its beautiful 15,000 square foot ballroom where the dancing takes place on a 76 X 44 foot floating hardwood dance floor, (bigger than the Palladium.) A smaller practice floor of the same quality is also available for competitors. Spacious dressing room facilities are available very near the ballroom and the hotel offers ample free parking. Within minutes from the hotel are many excellent eating establishments, shopping areas and more.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


According to email from Calvin and Debra Ota, a total of nine couples from Hawaii have arrived at Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete. Competitions: Friday, daytime and evening time, Saturday, daytime and evening time, Sunday, daytime only. We know they will do well. They may not be social dancers in our class, but let us make no mistake, these people are dancers.
 
“Most dancers can make dance the mission that
every moment seeks to accomplish.” 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Greatest With The Latest

This year I have been reading that Salsa has peaked and Bachata is taking over. However I still seem to get plenty of action on Salsa in Australia and New Zealand and now in Hanoi the capital of Vietnam.they have their own annual international Salsa festival. This is without any help from Trump. A Latino dance festival, “Salsa Holidays,” was hosted at the Sheraton Hotel, in Hanoi. And as a special treat, foreign dancers, including Canadian and Australia have entries. This is a very new regime that's for sure. The event includes an opening ceremony with seminars, dance parties and Salsa lovers have a chance to enjoy salsa dance performances and take part in a course guided by world renowned dancers and instructors.

“Social dancers have it often, that all important moment in movement. They must make the moment important, vital, and worth living and not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.


It helps to have information contributors. This invitation from Maile of WBDC.
Aloha Dancers!
You are invited to WBDC's Stars and Stripes Forever Dance, to be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room, starts at 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm, Potluck or a small monetary donation appreciated! Attire: (Optional) DRESS WITH RED, WHITE, AND BLUE! STARS AND STRIPES ARE GREAT TOO!

"The Star Spangled Banner" even if you don't know all the words.


We are getting some glitzy Salsa in Hawaii and those of you that think the golden days of salsa are in the past, what's going on here will show you just how wrong you are. It's still very much alive, and kicking like a mule. The above is definitely on the upbeat. But in New York many of the hot Salsa Clubs have folded, and the movement is traveling West. Could be in Hawaii by next year. Fortunately Bachata seems to be doing all right. And Zouk and Zumba are waiting in the wings. So what do I know?

“Social dancers know that at the Palladium, a lie can travel twice around
the ballroom while the truth is just getting up the stairs.”

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Reaching Out

All the blogs were pretty well stalled while I was having my troubles, computer breakdown and hospital time. But they stopped losing ground and right now they are holding their own. All the blogs need Feedback which is the process in which the writing or the fotos of an action is 'returned' (fed-back) to modify the next action. I print green in error. Some one sends the feedback, no, it was blue. Feedback is essential to the working and survival of all our dance blogs here on Oahu. News that we don't have, the party in Waipio, the big shindig in Nanakuli.

"Social dancers know that a day spent without appreciating the beauty
of music and dance is a waste of time."


With dance groups, feedback is the suggestions received by our blogs about its prior blogging so that the blog may adjust its current and future behavior to achieve the desired result. The blogs usually react to an action or behavior that was emailed. For example, 'customer feedback' is the buyers' reaction to a firm's products and policies, and 'operational feedback' is the internally generated information on a firm's performance. We cannot promise to do what one person tells us to do. But we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we must move accordingly.

1990  "Vision Of Love" by Mariah Carey


Photo Contributors also lend color to the feedback in our blogs. Getting in alongside the news received, they should have a place to share their favorite fotos in a blog read by their fellow dancers. Ton's of photos we do not need, Facebook gets 50 million fotos daily. Three or four of your favorite photos of a few of your dancing friends. That's it, those are the ones we need and most appreciated by the readers. I am now making collages of six instead of nine to have bigger pictures but we are going to have them more often. And they can be seen by anyone that has a computer. No club membership is necessary and we are going to have the best bloggers in Hawaii.

"Social dancers know that defining our dreams may be difficult, but the
journey to reach them is rewarding. It depicts who we are."
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Upsydating

In his study of American politics, historian Alexis de Tocqueville praised the openness of our democratic system, but warned that "There will come a time when the rich and powerful try to kick the door closed." We are all aware of the disaster now happening in Washington D.C. The Rich and Powerful are taking over for the sole purpose of getting more money and getting more powerful. If we can still vote, we can get rid of all those lying republican crooks out of our congress. Then we can go after the number one Shit Pot.

“Social dancers that dance less in motion and more in spirit -
awaken the dreamer within.”


The dance scene of Oahu is developing very nicely. There is less stink about, that type of dancing or this type of dancing. We are getting along just fine, each dancer has a right to their preferences as we would like to have the right to ours. Country dancing is beautiful and they have fun, the name of the game. Exhibition and Competition dancers get together, dance beautifully and have fun. Nothing wrong with that. However, we as social dancers get together and should have the right to have fun too. Fortunately, there are now more social dancers than all the others combined, about 60% of the dancers on Oahu.

1990  "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair   


A couple years ago someone mentioned the "two-center." I am getting old so I brushed it off and promptly forgot about it.  Then a couple months later someone from the Windward side mentioned the "two-center" and this time it stayed with me a little while longer. Now I just heard it again recently and it sounds better now. What is a "two-center?" Simply put, it is a person who is willing to stick their two cents in and contribute dance news to a blog such as ours. Very valuable.

"In many things, it may not be well enough to say, "Know thyself";
it may be better to say, "Know others."

Sunday, June 24, 2018

West Oahu looking better

With everything that has happened to us dancers on the island of Oahu, we can either feel sorry for ourselves or treat what has happened as a gift.  We learned something and everything was either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep us from growing. Most of the time we get the chance to choose. We know the good dance places that are in process of developing in West Oahu. And we know that something is overdue on the Waianae Coast and on the North Shore. Business Parks are a big solution for the residents and Downtown is against them.

“Social dancers quickly learn that life doesn't always go the way they want it to,
and that's okay, they will still keep on dancing.”


Line dancing as a separate peripheral comes and goes and it is much more accepted in the social dance clubs in West Oahu as a intermission fun time. Men dancers are still sorely lacking but the ratios are getting better in the West. The biggest drawback is that they are getting much too fancy. A few basic moves to "enjoy the music" is all that is necessary. Fancy steps, we know what they are in any dancing. They become Exhibition and/or Competition. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you like but it can and should be recognized for what it is.

1990  "Vogue" by Madonna


Meanwhile we must go on with much of what we are doing right, because so many new people keep showing up all the time. Social dancing is definitely in. There is no disrespect to the disciplines if a disk jockey plays a Salsa or a Bachata. Neither are a part of American or International syllabi. But they try to please the dancers and that is the name of the game. A few days ago, the disk jockey completely forgot to play a Viennese Waltz and nobody noticed. Anyway most of us will admit we are social dancers.

"Social Dancers know that it isn't hard to find injustice in our dance circles,
but we must not let injustice smear the good deeds that do occur everyday."
 

Valse, (the Latin Waltz)

Only one other waltz vies with the "Blue Danube" for the privilege of being played around the world every day, every hour. It is "Over the waves", the most universal piece among those produced by the Mexican arts.The world was conquered by this Mexican waltz around the end of the 19th century: It was written by a little known Mexican composer, Juventino Rosas and its melody filled the air in dance halls, parks and fairs throughout Europe where it delighted listeners who danced and cheered it as if it were their very own. In Latin America, what is a Latin Waltz?

“Social dancers may believe that kindness is a waltz with forgiveness and hope.”


The native inhabitants of the Americas danced many dances in a three count measure. The ordinary even step, but many were with a three count chassé or a three count rock step. When partner dancing was introduced from Europe (not from Africa) They took to it slowly but it came in full force in 1860s when the Mexican Empire was created and the French danced the Waltz. There were many different Valses evolved, the Peruvian Waltz (Called and recognized in Peru as Valse Criollo). The Mexican Waltz (Valse Mexicano) follows the same basic rhythmic pattern as the standard waltz, but also has the rock step and a chassé used in country Valses.

Sobre Las Olas, por Juventino Rosas 1888


Tango Valse allows the dancers to dance one, two, three, or no steps to any three beats of waltz music, and to vary the number of steps per bar throughout the song. It did not come from Africa, it came from Europe. The Viennese custom is to slightly anticipate the second beat, which conveys a faster, lighter rhythm, and also breaks of the phrase. The younger Strauss would sometimes break up the one-two-three of the melody with a one-two pattern in the accompaniment along with other rhythms, maintaining the 3/4 time while causing the dancers to dance a two-step waltz, a chassé. The modern Viennese Waltz has few step patterns because of its speed but the Latin Waltz has many because of the two different basic step patterns.

"Let us believe neither half of the good, people tell us of ourselves,
nor half of the evil they say of others."

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rolling Again

Dictionary definition of a dancer: "a person who dances." But that is not good enough for us, because in our dance environment we have many who are dancers but not the same as others who are dancers. Those differences are what we are in the process of defining. Fortunately, many have already defined themselves. That certain helps but there are still many misunderstood definitions.

"To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no
matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you
want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily."


 It helps to have information contributors. This invitation from Maile of WBDC.

Aloha Dancers!
You are invited to WBDC's Stars and Stripes Forever Dance, to be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room, starts at 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm, Potluck or a small monetary donation appreciated! Attire: (Optional) DRESS WITH RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!  STARS AND STRIPES ARE GREAT TOO!

"The Star Spangled Banner" even if you don't know all the words.


Town Dancer is racking up the hits and is back at the top of all dance blogs. Most dance Web sites have deleted their hit counters. They have their reasons and we should respect them. I have one outsider with a counter included in my stats because they are in second place in my Blog Sphere. Platinum Horseshoe is in third place. I use them as a guide of where we are going. Most prove that there are a whole slew of dancers on this island in protest of "one Style." Additional is that a blog by one person (not famous) is not enough. We need Guest Bloggers.

"As social dancers get older they learn that as they understand life less and less,
they learn to love it more and more."

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Going

I finally got my main computer and my back up computer, running and they just both need the detail to get both up to date. It has been taking the blogs a while to get back on track. And Platinum Horseshoe lost a lot of readers when we lost Aiea and Wahiawa.. And I am beginning to miss my Search Engine Hits. For now I am deleting the comments sections in all the blogs. I don't get the people that I want and I get many anonymous that are looking for a money connection. So the best way to get something in is to just email it and I will post it to the blog of your choice.

“Social dancers believe that the impact of music is so great that
you'll leave whatever you are doing just to move to it.”


Many people writing something don’t really enjoy the editing process because by and large it’s the least creative part of writing a blog. Still it’s the most necessary. Yes, I know, I am one of the sloppy ones but I am learning. For example the spell checker that comes with this blogger will not alert me to the fact that words like there and their may be mixed up and often they're wrongly put. so it’s up to me to understand the difference and the correct usage for each word. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t use automated spellcheckers. What it does mean is that I should understand the limitations of each so that when I am using them, I will know what might have slipped through the cracks.

January 20, 1990 Michael Bolton "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"


In the end there’s really no substitution for reading my blog out loud and keeping my eyes focused for any spelling and grammar mistakes. Concentrate, for at my age, it’s easy to let my mind wander away and that’s why I find reading the text out loud to myself is the best method to catch mistakes. When I am finished with a careful self edit, I am pleased with the way the blog sounds afterwards. And even then I will see typos in all kinds of publications. On Oahu I cannot visit everyone so I must wait to be invited. I cannot eat or dance but I can blog'em and that is my hobby.

Friends can be like underpants - some crawl up your ass - some snap under pressure -
some don't have the strength to hold you up -  some get a little twisted - some are
your  favorites - some support you -  some are cheap and get bent out of shape -
some actually do cover your ass when you need them to.

Evolution

This blog is still number one in average hits per day, so I can hope to get the first Guest Blogger aboard soon. With one steady Guest Blogger, others will see the results and I can get more people and together we can plan my resignation and their takeover of the blog completely. But I am 92 years old and I am running out of time. The only requirements are that you must be willing to share your bits of dance pearls in the blog with the reader/dancers. I am willing to coach.

“Social dancers may believe that life is music to
which they choreograph their own dance.”


I am limited physically and by other means to get more dance information to share with the readers. However Dance Fever Oahu is probably the best Web site with dance information in the State of Hawaii. Then there are Franks blogs and I learned my blogging from Frank. He has two beautiful blogs which he alternates after his fashion and he has some of the best photos of dance exhibitions on this Island. You can get a good view of the dance scene on Oahu with these two.

April 14, 1990 by Tommy Page, "I'll Be Your Everything"
  

Town Dancer is principally in town and town has a million possibilities and we have over 30 thousand partner dancers on Oahu. From there we have the probability of ten thousand dancers with some interest in the dance scene. And fortunately opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We can learn to respect everyone's honest opinions. Happy Dancing.

"Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against
falsehood, as oil does above water." ~Miguel de Cervantes

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Stuff

By Frances Ching, Manoa

Learning to dance has been occurring for a couple of centuries on these islands. And in dancing we depend upon the capacity for learning and transmitting the knowledge to succeeding generations. Many changes are happening and are still continuing in the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a social dance group. Also the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time such as on the Island of Oahu. Our dance patterns are changing every day led by our youth.

"Social dancers sometimes go against the grain, refuse to conform,
take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path."


However, 99% of their new stuff is eventually relegated as fads, specially in the Latin dances. The Lambada lasted over ten years and made Billion and Billions of dollars. At least 1% of the new has had value and will be absorbed. But youth is youth and they will always seek the new. 100 years from now most of us will be dancing new styles but all based on the same simple principles that have always been used by humans. It can be a set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices of our dancing that characterizes an institution or organization. It is structured as a living organism and grows on its own.

"Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes


It has a set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with partner dancing and changing the culture of materialism will take time. Most of the dancers on this island now consider themselves social dancers, the in-between groups of the strict International or American disciplines and the freedom of young club and street dancers. They may dable in any of the other peripherals of their choice and for their own reasons. And the clubs are becoming less private and more open to public membership. We have been and continue to be a Work In Progress.There will be more "social" dance clubs forming and more regular dance clubs calling it a day. Exhibition and competition types of dancing are fine in their own kuleanas and we certainly can appreciate seeing their beautiful exhibition dances. But we are developing our own style of social dance. We have DJs in our social clubs play music for dancing outside of the discipline structures.

"Social dancers believe that music may begin to atrophy
when it departs too far from the dance."

Monday, June 18, 2018

This was Tango Argentino

Tango Argentino by Art Hemenway

I assume that most tangueros can recall seeing a dance performance that they consider the greatest of their lifetime. For me, I think it was at the Queen Elizabeth theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the legendary revue, Tango Argentino played after skipping my home town, Seattle. of course, the show exceeded the expectations of all of us who drove north to see it. What dazzling displays of dancing, singing and music!

"La Comparsita" por Carlos Gardel

I thought the high point of the evening was the low key dance of Milena Plebs and Miguel Angel Zotto dressed in black evening clothes for "The Continental." The couple appeared at stage right and glided slowly across the stage to the music La Comparsita. They just performed a tango walk, nary a turn, ocho or gancho. But when they reached center stage I was amazed to see the entire audience arise and give them a standing ovation, "just for walking."

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

The audience response was almost as thrilling as the spectacle of the dance. Only the dancers in the audience could appreciate the extraordinary physical control that went into that smooth slinky walk. And I wondered how many professionals in the audience noticed that the couple was not dancing in time to the music. During the stage crossing each foot touched the stage about one half second after the beat. The dramatic suspense and relief as each foot of the couple stretched out and touched the stage slightly after the beat was devastating.  *  *  *

This was exhibition dancing.

Tango is Magic:  A feeling that is danced - A secret danced between two people -
It is not in the feet, it is in the heart - It is about your connection with your
partner and the expression of feelings rather than the choreography.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

An Agonizing Reappraisal

With a good level of average hits per day, this blog is moving ahead of all the other blogs and making ready for the independence.  Of course no one knows what independence in this context means. It merely means that I would no longer be in it and there will be three or four Guest Bloggers running it and making their own rules. Hopefully all under sixty so that they can have a say so for a long while. The different blogs have provided a kind of synergism in attracting more readers. The secret is to find the Information and Photo Contributors willing to share with their fellow dancers. They are crucial and will eventually be "the Ones."

"Social dancers may feel that dance music is an emotional journey. It's how well
it can make people feel something that they do not feel all the time."


The entire blogosphere is shaping up but it doesn't look that good. I can see a few changes that I have to make but it isn't much. I am not planning on deleting any of the blogs yet but I am looking at Latin Rhythms very seriously. Most Latin in the disciplines and social clubs are part and parcel of the entire dance program. No real difference. But Latin music and dance is a different thing and if they cannot see it there is no use for Latin Rhythms blog. Meanwhile there are many dancers, teachers, and clubs that I will be trying to help with my blogging. But many will feel that they could ignore me, which is their choice, - No Hu Hu, Then after the fact, - I have the absolute right to ignore them. Easy to understand? I wish to play by the same rules and I do not have to talk stink about anyone.

 "Jump" by Van Halen


While it is natural to follow a teacher who you admire and take classes with, there are also many different dancers to interact with, different teachers to learn from and different styles to explore. If we have the music to bind us, the ideal is that a social dancer can dance with any other social dancer and communicate through the music. And there are two groups that consistently produce the best International Dancers on this Island. And there are also two groups that consistently produce the worst International Dancers on this Island. We are talking competition and since we are not competent to judge, you must do the judging.

"If you think positively: Sound becomes music and movement becomes dance. Smile becomes laughter, mind becomes meditation, and life becomes a celebration."

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Plateau

Every blog is slowing down including some of the outsiders. Patience, With 30 thousand potential reader/dancers on this Island I may be able to do it. I try to be understanding. I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other as good dancing friends in this nice dance world, then it is good. If not, it can’t be helped and we don't have to talk stink about anyone.

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington


 Written by Omar Khayyam, 1000 years ago

 From the Rubaiyat
Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of spring
Your Winter garment of repentance fling,
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter -- and the Bird is on the Wing

Whether at Naishapur or Babylon
Whether the cup with sweet or bitter run
The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop
The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.


In addition, I can hope for the information and photo contributors that can make the difference to a dead blog and turn it into a smash hit. If anyone knows of a dance place that does not have a Web site, steer them this way. It may make a big difference and it is all for free. Many do not know the difference in "instead of" or "redundant" and "in addition to," in applying only simple communication to our reader/dancers. And we have over 30 thousand dancers on Oahu.

Social Dancers believe in an old saying.
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Progress

Social Dancing

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an event
Get into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a lucky few.

Share the body movement with your partner to music, and be passionate about it
Exercise your body, dance a fast Swing like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your entire life and increase your own energy
Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors and the textures of the Cultural Dance Scene.
And be nice to the world around you.


We are still a work in process and we are actively looking for dancing in Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Anyone that can use some blogging And all of our blogs invite everyone to share dance information. Even if you do not live in West Oahu as long as you know what the subjects are. This is meant to be social media, so whatever you put in here will be read by others and that is the idea. If we get no hits we are just beating our gums. Hopefully the readership will increase and I must continue to try, I will not give up so easily.

"Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara


My personal blog, Social Dance Oahu is still advancing but only by inches, not the usual feet as has been in the past. But that is all right with me as long as it increases daily. We are at the point of diminishing returns. The only other one in danger at the moment is Latin Rhythms. Too many people are not sure of blogs and think that I may be selling something and they don't want to buy. I must let it simmer a while longer and they may gradually realize that we are not a Web site that costs money. These blogs are for free. Patience.

"Life may be just a succession of lessons which must be lived
to be understood and we are doing that now."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

GettingThere

I cannot get around very easily any more but I try to get dance information to share with the readers. Of course much of the information is known already by the aficionados. So my contribution may just add to what they have already. And the Palladium is still the center of Ballroom Dancing in Hawaii. Most of the dancing there is very well covered and they do not need any assistance from this blog. No hu hu, just understanding. These places for dance information are Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's two blogs which do an excellent job for the entire dance community.

"Social dancers know that when a dance becomes universal it is real and honest. It
transcends every difference that we have and reminds us we are one human family."


Meanwhile there is an awful lot of dancing outside of the Palladium. I don't hear of dancing in Malls and Gas Stations anymore but that is OK. Many of the social clubs have classes in school cafeterias as they always have. There are also some in Community Centers and District Parks. Nothing wrong with that. Friends, social interaction, music and learning dance steps make a very interesting evening. And of course there are the dance studios.

"Physical" by Olivia Newton-John


Then in Honolulu, you can dance socially any night of the week somewhere. Most places do their best business on Thursday through Sunday. and the rest of the days are special. Then you have your specialty dances which may or may not be in a night club. Of the specialties, Bachata and Salsa are the biggest groups in Night Clubs and the others are Country Dancing in Waikiki and other specialties such as Line Dancing and Argentine Tango. And all them could have something here to enhance their business.

"Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it,
but, in the end, there it is."


Monday, June 11, 2018

Portland, Oregon

Upcoming Dance Events Portland, Oregon. Population less than Honolulu,
but these people like to dance up a storm.

"If you cannot think of a good reason to dance, - just dance -
and you will think of one."

Every Thursday, Dance: 7:30pm to 10:30pm.Waltz Eclectic Thursday nights at Fulton Park DJ Dennis Myers, Host Colleen Suzanne. All styles of waltz plus an eclectic mix of other dance music. All ages, all levels. Everyone welcome. Fulton Park C. C., Portland. Cost: $7

"Like a Virgin" by Madonna

Sat. June 16th.
Lesson:7:30 Dance: 8:30 -11:00. Stacks Image 20
World Cafe at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St,
Main Ballroom.

7:30- Lesson: fundamental lesson with Rachel Lidskog
8:15- Dance : DJ Dennis Myers. Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only

Portland Dance Eclectic presents an evening of dancing to some of the most beautiful and danceable music from around the world, in the spacious, friendly ambience of Portland's premiere dance hall. The lounge and bar will be open. Dancing will in the main ballroom and will be continuous from 8:00 to 11:30.

The music will have a variety of Latin, swing, waltz, and blues rhythms. Expect to be seduced into an evening of dancing outside of the typical categories to both familiar and fresh, new music. Latin, Swing, Waltz, Blues, NC2S and Alternative Tango. Yes, have a playlist.

 "When Doves Cry" by Prince


Sat. June 23rd.
Lesson:7:30 Dance: 8:30 -11:30. Blues Eclectic Dance at Norse Hall. Blues, West Coast Swing, Blues, Waltz.
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St,
7:30 - Lesson with Marjorie McNair.
8:30: DJ: Sam Liebermen Cost: $10 for lesson and dance.

Sat. June 23rd.
Lesson:12am - 3pm. Richard Powers Weekend review with Dean Patton from Seattle Paradise Ballroom.

Sunday, June 24th.
Lesson: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Dance: 11:30-2:30 pm.
Waltz Eclectic Sunday Brunch and Dance
10:30 to 11:30 Beginners Lesson
by Uwe Hessinger partnered by Colleen Suzanne
11:30 to 2:30pm: Eclectic Dance music

DJ'd by Dennis Myers The music we play is a ballroom-like mix of contemporary dance styles: a number of varieties waltz and waltz tempos, swing both east and west coast, two steps, Latin and music that you can do both blues and tango style dancing to. Norse Hall, Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only.

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." --Thoreau