Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The New Wave

I am hoping more of our readers will look into other social dance sites in Hawaii and perhaps we can use some of their ideas in our blogs. Whatever our readers will like. "That's Dancing," one of Frank's Blogs has had some nice humor and probably appreciated by all his readers. We should have a little more humor in our blogging. For now the simplest solution to getting more hits, is the addition of a Guest Author in whatever blog they choose and blogging whatever they like. The important thing is their honest opinion. That is the value in our kind of blogging.

 “Some social dancers say that they do not have to talk about dance.
Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


I do not get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities. But I do see an occasional dancer. In Kapolei is seems to be well known that there have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We're talking competition here are we not? That is the name of "your" game. I wouldn't know from Shinola.

"Joyride" by Roxette (1991)

Also, please prepare for this fun dance coming up on Friday, August 3, 2018!
Here are the wonderful details! SEE YOU THERE!!! Maile for WBDC 


Salsa seems to be still going strong in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The Philippines seems to be pretty solid too. We don't hear much about Salsa on the neighbor islands. We will, but then they like to keep things pretty much to themselves. We must be patient.

“Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”
~Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday, July 30, 2018

Wahiawa is jumping.

Aloha Everyone! From Maili Yagi
Monday Night Beginners Ballroom Dance Class STARTS A NEW CLASS SESSION!
July 30, 2018 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm.
Wahiawa Recreation Center Hale Hookipa Room
1139-A Kilani Ave. Wahiawa, Hi.


The dance instructors, Felipe Repollo and assistant, Carol Mendoza, will be teaching an American Rhumba routine to prepare each student for the WBDC's "A Christmas Masquerade Ball", to be held at Helemano Plantation Camp 808, on December 8, 2018. Each class will consist of a 2 hour long American Rhumba lesson. Having a partner is recommended. However, if you just want to come to just learn the dance steps, you are not obligated to perform or have a partner and you are still welcome to come and join this class!

Within the "Break Period", after the first hour of American Rhumba, Leland and Maile Yagi will be teaching a quick 15 minute "Basic Beginning Nightclub Two Step Lesson" . It is optional if you would like to participate or just watch and relax. This will take place every week in-between each American Rhumba Classes.

The 3rd week of Line Dance Class at Wahiawa Recreation Center's Hale Hookipa room is still going on every Wednesday Night from 7:30pm - 9:00 pm. There are still 3 more weeks to do and it is not difficult to learn at all so come! Cost for both class session: $10.00 per person per each class session x 6 weeks on each scheduled date. day and time. $5.00 per person for annual Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club membership, if you are not an active member. The membership is good for one calendar year.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

RESERVE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018, FOR WBDC'S A CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE BALL! RESERVE SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019 (NEXT YEAR), FOR WBDC'S 50TH GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DANCE!  IT IS GOING TO BE TWO VERY SPECIAL DANCES FOR YOU TO ENJOY TO THE FULLEST! DETAILS TBA!

Also, please prepare for this fun dance coming up on Friday, August 3, 2018! Here are the wonderful details! SEE YOU THERE!!!  Maile for WBDC


“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion
against injustice and lying and greed.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hard Salsa

From Ray Gutierrez, Kaimuki
Anyone know the difference?

Salsa dura, or hard salsa, is the old school sound of the New York barrios that's been revived as an answer to the splintering of Latin music. Happily, it sounds as good today as it did in the '70s and '80s; indeed, a few of the artists, like Eddie Palmieri were playing in the old days. This revival hits hard indeed, making the feet twitch and the mouth smile, especially on cuts like "Naci Rumbero" (born to dance Rumba) from Jimmy Delgado, an old hand whose timbales burst with energy on the breaks.

“Many social dancers become dancers because they wanted to be an active
participant in the conversation about social dancing.”


Jimmy Bosch, held in the highest regard as a trombonist, shines with his band on "El Embajador," (the embassador) a wonderfully charged piece with a firm groove and plenty of room for soloing -- a descarga, or jam, for all intents and purposes. Rounding the CD off with a salsa taken on "I Get a Kick Out of You" is a fine idea, even if it's a bit more glitzy than the rest of the material here. If you thought the golden days of salsa were a few decades in the past, what's on here will show just how wrong you are.

"Ven, Devorame Otra Vez" por Armando Castro


In Hawaii 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. Should be in Hawaii by next year. Fortunately Bachata seems to be doing all right. And Zouk and Kizomba and Zumba are waiting in the wings.

“Social dancers know that they are not young enough to know everything.” 


Thursday, July 26, 2018

What Are Latin Rhythms?

The Social Dancers on Oahu have now fully realized that no one has a patent on any dance movement that we dance. Think that one over very carefully. What ever you can think up today has been done hundreds, perhaps thousands of times before. Yet Professionals are very jealous of having their material copied by others. "What fools these mortals be." Rudolph Labans is generally accepted as the first analyst of basic dance movements and all his results have been found in the ancient Olmec civilization records in Mexico, six thousand years ago.

“Social dancers - They dance and it is their heartbeat, their souls, their TRUE happiness.”


Latin Rhythms had a slow step and a quick step defined even then. a long time ago. How about a rock step or a chassé? Hey, from way back. Since there are over 600 documented steps in just about every dance out there, it should be natural that many can be transposed over to another dance. In the last century many professionals have taken steps from other Rhythm dances and fused them into your American Style Rumba. Why Not? However, there remains a difference in the basic Rumba in Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire? What is the Alternative Basic? Hey Hey.

1991 "Coming Out Of The Dark" by Gloria Estefan


Social Dancing is not International Style or governed by their rules. International is "to be seen" and as an exhibition dance it would very likely look beautiful. The spectators would be pleased and there is usually much hand clapping and with good reason. Hopefully we can distinguish between social and exhibition types and keep our social dancing environment happy. How about the alternate basic in Rumba? Away from either the Arthur Murray or the Fred Astaire and more like the basic on Mambo or Salsa. And these decisions will be made by the Social Dancers.

 “You will pardon us if we do not waste your time with too many explanations:
many dancers only hear what they want to hear.”

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Evolving Very Nicely

I have tried to define Social Dance Oahu blog as my personal blog but it seems to be accepted as just another blog. Fine with me for each of the blogs seems to find themselves with their own readers. Again, the Information Contributors are the ones that will help to define each blog. We just have to be patient.  Who knows? With enough good Two Centers, the hits will run up ahead of all the other blogs and make it ready for independence.

“Social dancers know when both partners are in touch with their own sensuality,
the experience may be amazing because it is a harmonic dance of passion.”


What is Feedback? Nobody knows. Feedback could be the response or reaction of the reader/dancers after reading and understanding much of the blog. It enables the blogger to evaluate the effectiveness of the message. Without feedback, two way communication is either ineffective or incomplete. Feedback is the only way to gain reader's response and depending on the feedback, the blogger can modify any future content.

1991 "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson


I have been getting hints in writing on some nice guidelines for our bloggers, I may have to look into this when we get more bloggers. I am specially looking for those on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. This is Social Dancing and most experienced dancers do things their way. It is only lately that it is being recognized as a most accepted way. The rigid styles will remain rigid in their syllabi, that is their style. Accepted yes, of course, but recognized as being a different style of dance and they can make their own rules.

"For many social dancers on Oahu, the problem is that we care
too much about people who don't give a shit about us."

Waianae

It is said the Waianae Coast has the most beautiful beaches and the sweetest mangoes. The area is rich in scenic beauty, Hawaiian culture and history. With its pristine ocean, world famous surfing contests, white sandy beaches, captivating mountain ranges and ancient heiaus, the Waianae Coast is sure to warm anybody's heart. The problem in Honolulu has been that it has been considered "too far." Waianae residents say, "Too far from where?"  This blog still trying to communicate to Waianae Coast living, which is living closer to the spirit of true Hawaiiana.

Hawaiian men don't dance, do they?

But it is irrevocably tied up with the rest of Oahu and things like the bus can sure mess up the works. For those on the Waianae Coast less buses has always meant very uncomfortable riding. If they had replaced all #40 buses with articulated buses and plenty of them to minimize standing, you would have heard few complaints.

"Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner

In spite of the Fat Cats, at present, you can take the #93 express in Makaha at 6:00 am and be at Honolulu Hale at 7:30 am. The Rail Disaster will never beat that in a million years. Downtown does not have a clue, they just want to make sure you work and buy everything from Downtown business. It's the bread, Fred.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

There is plenty of room for low priced housing to get "residents" of the community, not long time visitors buying 10 million dollar homes. And with it, comes the building of a few business parks. Can you imagine getting home from work in 20 minutes? At present, with the Rail Catastrophe, many are figuring 14 hour work days. The Present Rail Party couldn't care less, they are making millions and millions of dollars daily on the "Gravy Train." This has also been referred to at Honolulu Hale, as "Easy Money." The original estimate went from 5 Billion to 7 to 9 and now at 12 Billion dollars. Will it go higher? You'd better believe it.



And of course, we need something else local, local, local on the Coast. A few good places for a happy hour. And there are many nice places now. Next the only distinguishing feature between a bar and a night club is the fact the a night club has a dance floor. Ten by Ten, Ha! but it is a dance floor, and it is a place that qualifies as a Night Club. So we will come inevitably to a few good Night Clubs along the Waianae Coast with good sized floors. Rome was not built in a day. Many lucky people will someday live in Paradise, and also work and play in Paradise.

“Social dancers, live your truth - express your love - share your enthusiasm.
Take action towards your dreams - walk your talk - dance and sing to your music.
Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

Monday, July 23, 2018

Granada en Alhambra

A Dance Studio, Restaurant and Night Club.  It is actually in Alhambra, California. Whatta combo! Someday, we will have one and it will be built on Oahu, away from the Rail Tragedy, probably, in the Central Valley.


Great floors (yes, more than one floor) - great instructions with world class teachers - great prices (pay each time, buy punch card, or buy monthly cards w discount) - good variety of dance (check their website for schedule; minor changes monthly) - nicely designed lessons that include both technique and dance patterns - GREAT FELLOW STUDENTS.... the clientele here is really great; everyone is here for the dance! - Free party entry for students! - free parking.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias


I could go on. but you get the drift. Salsa had been their main stay, but now shading off to the cha cha, bachata, tango, swing, ballroom, samba, rumba, Latin waltz, pilates, hip hop. And kids classes are available in group setting and are all worth trying - quinceneras and other dances, you may have to book private lessons.

"Social dancers believe that they are not in this world to live up to your expectations
and you’re not in this world to live up to theirs.”

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Latin Rhythms in Hawaii

In 1832 Parker Ranch on the Big Island hired Mexican vaqueros (cowboys) to work on the ranch. They were expert horsemen with plenty of cattle ranching experience. They also trained his Hawaiian ranch workers to become cowboys. They knew horses and cattle but they also loved their booze and music. And believe me, it was not Hawaiian Music or American Music. They loved a different kind of rhythm. They married mostly Hawaiian women and the Mexicans disappeared. But much of the Mexican rhythms remained. Everyone got along and many asked them what language they were speaking. Very simple. Español, pronounce espaniol and it became easy in describing these people as Paniolos.

"Social dancers know that there is a need to find and sing their own song, to stretch their limbs and shake and move them in a dance to their favorite music.”


On November 22, 1900, the first group of Puerto Ricans consisting of 56 men, began their long journey to Maui, Hawaii. The trip was long and unpleasant. They first set sail from San Juan harbor to New Orleans, Louisiana. Once in New Orleans, they were boarded on a railroad train and sent to Port Los Angeles, California. From there they set sail aboard the "Rio de Janeiro" to Hawaii. According to the "Los Angeles Times" dated December 26, 1901, the Puerto Ricans were mistreated and starved by the shippers and the railroad company.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero


They arrived in Honolulu, on December 23, 1900, and were sent to work in one of the different plantations owned by the "Big Five" on Hawaii's biggest four islands. By October 17, 1901, 5,000 Puerto Rican men, women and children had made their new homes on the four islands. Records show that, in 1902, 34 plantations had 1,773 Puerto Ricans on their payrolls; 1,734 worked as field hands and another 39 were clerks or overseers (foremen). They loved their booze and they loved their music and their rhythms. Latin Rhythms anyone?

“Yesterday I was so clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am a little more wise, so I am changing myself.”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Down Shift.

There will be a general slow down on all the blogs because the videos in Facebook are doing so good. Perhaps videos is all our reader/dancers need. So we should stand back, let it evolve to what ever they want. We should know by next month. And of course there may be other clubs that can use a blog. Right now there may be something in Makaha and something in Haliewa. Any body need our help, let us know.

 “Social dancers know that there is only one of them in all time
 and their dance expression can be very unique" 


Salsa, Bachata and Merengue moving solid the Latin Night Clubs on Oahu. All are referred to as Salsa. To each his own. Salsa started as a Fad dance and zoomed like rocket in many countries of the world. Lately it has been getting crowded with Bachata, - and Merengue will always be there.  I like to dance Merengue, single. The step pattern is very solid and I don't lose my balance unless I turn. I can enjoy moving to the music and it is a movement needed by my hips to keep walking.

1990 "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" by Stevie B



So right now we need people that may need us, and the Waianae Coast and the North Shore are waiting. Wai'anae is the main town on Oahu's leeward coast. This is where leeward residents used to stock up on food and other necessities. Wai'anae Mall has a drugstore, a bank and fast food eateries, food and clothing stores. Bars and evening night clubs. Wai'anae also has a post office, public library and high school. The just need another housing tract and a business park that would make living in paradise a fact.

"Life may be like a a camera, you focus on what's important to capture the good times.
You develop from the negative and if things don't work out, take another shot."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Videos

The videos on Facebook are hitting all the blogs. There are now 3 Billions videos posted on Facebook daily. That is Billion with a B not an M. So we must await for the slow down, then we can get our blogs going again. For now let us respect that they are doing a great job for their fellow dancers. And that is our intent, so let us not get in their way. Blogging is a little different.

"Anyone who says only sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain."


I have been coming across more and more advertising for using VOIP instead of your landline. But upon further investigation I find landlines are more reliable than VOIP, as evidenced by the fact that businesses have not reduced landline usage at all. For now, I will just wait it out.

VOIP suffers from multiple points of failure or degradation:

    Internet connection could be dropped (connection, modem or router)
    Power to the internet connection to the premises could be lost
    Computer reliability - Power to the computer
    Multiple processes running on the computer can interfere
    Congestion on the network
    Location of the computer in the house (if wireless)

 1991 "All The Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston


These blogs have never been properly defined simply because they were mainly me and that's no good. The blogs need other opinions to help define themselves. The blogs at six are on shaky ground for now, and the dance video fad on Oahu is slowing down. We must be patient and wait for a that one Guest Blogger that can see a dance group that can use a blog. One Guest Blogger will decide it. We are waiting for you. I will reiterate, the reader/dancers will make the decisions, this is a blog.

"Two dancing peanuts walked into a Waikiki Night Club.
And wow, one of them was really salted."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The movies have arrived.

The average hits per day on all the blogs have come to a stand still. There are many people taking movies and they are very nice and most are going into Facebook. So the readers, with good reason would rather see a movie in Facebook than see a write up of a social function with ordinary photos. I have always said, that I want to help, but I will not interfere. So we keep on looking for those that can appreciate an old fashioned blog, Kapolei all the way up to Makaha.

“To the social dancer, the body says what words cannot.
We believe that dance was the first art.”


Many changes have occurred in our best dance clubs on Oahu in the this century. Not many dancers have been aware but with the new blogs many eyes have being opened. And the oligarchies have realized that they cannot continue that way. We can only feel sorry for the Rootzi Tootzis. On the other hand I am seeing some "rootzi tootzi" attitudes developing in the club circuit too. It is a human failing and no hu hu, it just should be recognized and the appropriate acceptance made.

1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston
 

Rome was not built in a day. 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. Feedback is essential and the hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before. We will learn to handle it. For now movies have a place in Facebook. Let us not interfere.

"When a dance becomes universal because it is so real and so honest, it transcends
every difference that we have and reminds us we are one human family."

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Social Dancers, again?

The entire island scene is adjusting itself to all the other groups and that is very nice. There were differences in dances from the very beginning. So did anyone have the supreme knowledge to tell you if you are dancing correctly. If you are dancing ballet, the master can tell you if you are doing it wrong in that discipline, not all dancing. On Oahu, we seem to be able to see the difference in the social dancers, the strict American Style and the even stricter International Style. Each one has its own rules and we, the social dancers are the lucky ones with the minimum of rules. Many social dancers are also in the Night Club circuit.

“Social dancers know that that being technically perfect isn’t good enough.
We need to know why we dance."


Then we have the Fad dances, and the Dance Teachers instigate LAGS. (the Latest And Greatest Syndrome.) And of course with the collusion of the students. Completely unrestricted and deluxed up to unbelievable levels. The Lambada was not even a Latin dance but it was hyped. Lasted over ten years and made billions and billions of dollars for the dance teachers. Salsa is slowing down definitely in New York and Bachata is coming on strong. In Hawaii we have Zouk, Kizomba and Zumba waiting in the wings. I am of the old social dance school. May I have this Rumba?


Social dancers are there to move to the music and it is quite simple. Standing a woman on her head is not social dancing. Throwing her over your shoulder is not social dancing. Those that do it and (let us face it,) they do a beautiful job is exhibition dancing. But they know and we know that it not social dancing. There have been accidents in Honolulu Night Clubs by fancy dance Salsa patterns. Nuff said, we are Social Dancers.

"Social dancers know that the song and dance does not stop us from dying. It just stops the fear of death swallowing us up while we were still alive."

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Blogging Scene

I am making some connections but my physical disabilities prevent me from doing much. This blog is truly amazing, not much there because it is mostly me, yet it keeps up ahead of the others. That is about as far as I can go by myself. One more good independent and unique opinion would see wonders in this blog. Each Guest Blogger should be worth over 20 to 30 average hits per day. Not to even mention the good photos that the reader/dancers would be glad to see.  So email them in, along with whatever else you want in. This blog is for the reader/dancers of Oahu. We may see less of the "To Whom It May Concern" kind and perhaps half of every blog in Feedback from our fellow dancers.

“Social dancers become dancers because they loved moving to music but
they also got to be active participants in the conversation about dance.”


Waikiki is jumping all over with plenty of hot places to enjoy. But there is something doing in town too and some is spreading over into Kalihi. The Rail Tragedy has slow things in the corridor up to Waipahu. But Kapolei all the way up to Makaha is wide open. The Central Valley proceeding nicely. And then there is North Shore and what slowed them down was the veto of a new housing development because it would also attract a Business Park. The Fat Cats in Honolulu want everyone to deal with them. The Trump mottos. "It's the bread, Fred. - It's the dough, Moe."

1990  "I Don't Have the Heart"  by James Ingram


Social Dance on Oahu is proceeding along the same lines except that in this century, there is a much bigger acceptance that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms is over. Most Community Centers have rooms that are nice but they could be a little larger. The right size I would not know but the teachers of dancing on Oahu would certainly have an idea. Probably about one third the size of the famous Palladium. Rome was not built in a day.

"If nobody ever said anything unless they knew what they were talking about,
a ghostly hush would descend upon the earth."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trump, The Worst

Americans who voted against Trump are feeling unprecedented dread and despair
By David Horsey, LA Times

I have never seen anything quite like the grief being felt by the majority of American voters who did not vote for Donald Trump. Back in 1980, there was disappointment among Democrats when Ronald Reagan won. In 2000, after the long Florida recount and the intrusion of the Supreme Court into the decision, there were plenty of upset people who thought Al Gore, not George W. Bush, deserved to be president. But the losing voters in those elections were not despondent.

“Social dancers can think of dance as a poetic journey with emotions
and experience packed up in the form of movement to music."


They were not breaking out in tears weeks later. They were not waking up each morning with feelings of dread about what was to come. This time it is different and, in my experience, unique. This is not simply a case of Hillary Clinton supporters being bad losers. For most of those who feel traumatized by what happened on Nov. 8, this is not about the candidate who won the popular vote, yet lost the election. It is about the candidate who was picked as president by the electoral college on Monday.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


People are mourning because the fate of their country will now be in the hands of an intellectually uninterested, reckless, mendacious narcissist. It is not just Democrats. There are plenty of conservatives and Republicans among those feeling depressed. Their party has been captured by a man who has no bedrock belief in any principle; a man whose only allegiance appears to be to himself and money. Some of you are stuck with him. Tough.

"Life may be a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think."

Monday, July 9, 2018

Demographics

No worry, it is just numbers. Oahu has almost one million people, and Honolulu has less than 40% of that total. That gives the rest of the island a little strength but not what it should have. I have found this out because Platinum Horseshoe blog is doing so well with so little to offer the reader/dancers. If there are 30 thousand dancers on Oahu, (no I didn't count them) then we should have 18000 dancers on the outskirts, more than half. They are over due to live, work and play in their own kuleanas. Kapolei as Second City is a good beginning, and then there has to be the Third City.


Traffic to and from Honolulu is without question "bad" and in Honolulu it is even worse. Everyone already knows that the Rail is one big Money disaster. And some have already become multi-millionaires in a short time. The name "Gravy Train" is very convenient as is also "Easy Money." The estimates have gone from the original 5 Billion dollars to over ten now. It is costing more than one million dollars per day. And who is getting the money? No body knows and nobody is going to find out either. The Present Rail Party has made sure of that. More electric cars are coming in. When you are stuck in a traffic jam. Your gas buggy is burning up the gas. In an electric, you just stopped running. Simple?


Meanwhile, we are trying to find a group ready to make a social dance club on the Waianae Coast. Now that I am beginning to know my demographics, I can see enough dancers on the Waianae Coast developing a good dance club with some very good people. Then there is the North Shore. Not only from the North Shore but also from the Northern part of the Central Valley and from the Northern part of the Windward Side. Can anybody see that? Of course I don't know if it will be night clubs or the social clubs first. Either way there will be dancing in West Oahu. And most of the social dancers in this century understand that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms is over.

"There is a case for telling the truth; there is a case for avoiding the scandal; but there is no possible defense for the person who tells the scandal, but does not tell the truth."

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Social Dancing?

Basic Movements for Dance.
By Fred Lumaban, Ewa Beach.


Syllabi in the disciplines, Bronze, Silver and Gold are the usual but some groups have extra gold, double gold or even diamond gold, whatevah. Each division has about 12 to 14 movements in each category, which has you way ahead of everybody by the time you reach advance. It is both the students and the instructors fault that they go too fast. The Students in Beginner (Bronze) level are looking longingly at the Intermediate (Silver) level, they can see it close by.

“Social dancers know, that the sweet melody that travels to their ears,
can remind them that the heart can dance when the feet can't.”


The Intermediates just starting out are looking longingly at the Gold level which is also close by, and ready for attainment. By the time most are in their Gold levels, it is a different story, in International they may have had a few exhibitions and are thinking of competitions. And some may be seriously thinking of going back to basics and really learning it right. As Social street dancers we are not constrained by any of these rules. We just take our time and enjoy the learning process to the music as we go along and don't try to get too fancy.


"The Stars and Stripes Forever"
-follows the standard American military march form and is a standard in all military bands.
It was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia, on May 14, 1897,
and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm. Following an Act of Congress in 1987,
it was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America.


Many fortunate dancers will have fun dancing that evening, guaranteed.

Most of us consider ourselves pretty much beginners and perhaps a little bit intermediates. And what is more important is, we are having more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Consequently, most of our basic or Bronze equivalents are limited to about 30 good solid basic movements in any dance. And these movements can be led and followed by most anyone. And there is where the fun of our type of dancing resides. The readership in agreement is reinforced by the hits on the blogs and Web sites.

"In the beginning there is no failure - only feedback."

Bossa Nova

By Jon Buenaventura, Turtle Bay
Bossa Nova remains to this day, some of the best music in the world with some of the best movements in dance to go with it. And it came into being when there were a lot of fad dances coming in. In the US and Europe, the local ones were backed heavily by the local disciplines and dance studios. The Bossa Nova articulated existing social differences in the United States, those of the elite versus the masses attempting to attain elite status, and the subsequent devaluation of the musical style as a result of its success.

"Dance music doesn't care where you live. It doesn't care who your friends
are. It doesn't care how much money you make. It doesn't care
if you're 74 or if you are 24 because it is for everyone."


In addition, there were fundamental shifts in how musicians arranged Bossa Nova songs in their recordings to cut across those social divisions for mass-market appeal. For this reason, the sounds of the music as recorded or practiced by musicians are as important as the performance  and spectatorship of the Bossa Nova dance for explaining the rapid spread of the Bossa Nova as dance throughout the U.S. The popular culture made it especially true as expressed in print media, recordings, and television programs.

"Corcovado" by Lisa Ono


Bossa Nova’s transformation into a social dance in the U.S. is crucial to its international history, but it had an established social context long before all of that dancing. Bossa Nova as a social movement began in the late 1950s among a group of musicians in the richest areas of Rio de Janeiro’s south zone. The musicians involved, took the basic polyrhythmic elements of urban samba and transformed them to a cosmopolitan perspective that matched the overall mood of the period. At the time, the upper classes in Brazil were experiencing a rush of optimism in country. In the US it went the way of all fads. World wide, it remains as one of the best.

"Social Dancers know there's good deeds and then there's good intentions.
They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell."