Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Latin Music and Dance.

Rumba is a hodge podge of dance hatched in the Caribbean but it did not come from Africa. The basics came from the ancient Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did the people of the Caribbean come from? The distance by water? 90 miles from Florida to Cuba. 90 miles from Yucatan to Cuba and 90 miles from Venezuela to the Antilles which was much later. We are talking six, seven millenniums back. The Cubans went south to other islands and the ones in the southern islands migrated northward. They became the Caribbean People. Rumba is the banner dance of the Caribbean.

"Social dancers believe that dancing can teach us how to perform
and develop a sense of performance."


The musicians and dancers in the Indian Civilizations in Mexico were "professionals." They had the aptitudes at an early age and soon they did not have to do labor work. Just play whatever instruments they liked, sing and dance seven days a week. They had a place to sleep of course. Food, really just snacks four times a day. Not much necessary to wear but furnished at no cost. And the big shots could fix you up with a little booze now and then and perhaps a little nookie too.

"Soy Mejicano;" por Jorge Negrete

The Battle of Puebla, May 5th, 1862
Agriculture began about 9000 BC all over the world. And within a couple centuries, people began to improve on their music with drums, whistles and just plain humming. They discovered that they wanted to move to it, - STRANGE .- The Olmecs in Mexico developed the first basic movements which were the Even step, the Rock step and the Chassé. The Mayans improved the most and left the finishing touches to the Aztecs. Those very basic movements are what went to the Caribbean many years ago and they did very well with them indeed.

"Social dancers want to show the world who they truly are and who they can be."

Monday, April 29, 2019

El Juli

I am still having mixed feelings on this because I grew up with such great respect for bullfighters. But now they are convincing me somewhat differently, even though I still respect it. Bullfighting is a deeply controversial spectacle that is called a "fine art" by its supporters and a "blood sport" by its critics. I believe it will change.

Paso Doble Anyone? - The Moment of Truth

In Haro, a small city in Spain. Eighteen year old (2001) 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. The bull is heaving for breath and drops its head in a gesture that appears to say: I understand. 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 bull buckles into the ground slowly in death.

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.

"Every person that got to where they are,
had to begin from where they were."

Have a happy dancing day.
"Social Dancers know that they will meet thousands of other people
just like themselves on the Island of Oahu.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Coming Back Up

As bad as it looks it is still not that bad. I had over diluted the hits by having too many blogs for the dance scene on Oahu. But I gradually deleted the ones that just didn't cut it. And those were the ones that could not get out of single average hits per day. And this blogging has been mostly me, which means we need much more help to develop these blogs. Gratefully we are realizing that we are getting some feedback and the hits show it. The information contributors are the ones that will make it in spite of Facebook.

"Social dancers know that dancing brings out realization and self-expression."


In the blogging  I have done what is known in Blogging Circles, as S.O.S. (same old shit)  Very good if you are famous in some branch of knowledge. If I write blue on Monday and I write blue on Wednesday and I write blue on Friday, that is SOS. The following Monday, you write green, that is not SOS, Paul calls Mary. Mary calls Robert and Robert calls Miriam etc. They inform each other that it is not SOS and the hits go through the ceiling. The blog has really become for the dancers.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Everyone has an opinion. We have written before, that they are like noses, everyone has one. And they are all different. If you have your favorite pictures, they are also unique and perfect for this blog. We are still in the process of developing this entire enchilada. My first goal is, of course, making one of our blogs independent from the creator (c'est moi.) To see them rack up the hits and no one can catch them, and to know that "they" did it on their own.

 "Social dancers believe that the Truth may prove illusive
because many of us prefer lies."

Friday, April 26, 2019

May Looking Good

We are headed for lively month in May. Maypole anyone? There is the famous Cinco De Mayo Fiesta on the fifth. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will have their 50th Anniversary Dance at Helemano Plantation on May 11th. Then the oldest dance club on Oahu, the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association will have their 64th Anniversary Dance at the famous Palladium. And the other goodies in our social scene will be available in all of Oahu.

"Social dancers know that the more they dance, the more
they would want to dance. That is dance’s nature."


The Cha Cha Cha is still very popular with the social dancers on Oahu. It is destined to be used in the entire century. There have been many good reasons for Cha Cha Cha since the beginning. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. It was almost immediately accepted in Mexico City. And by the end of the fifties the Cha Cha Cha was being danced in Europe and Asia.
 
"Ay Morena" by Miami Latin
 
 
But generally this rhythm was developed from the Mambo by a syncopation of the fourth beat. And it began to be used in the slower Mambos using the chassé instead of the slow step. This new dance was accented on the second beat and had a split fourth beat, To dance it one broke (rock step) on the second beat, not the first. Back on the rock step on three and then the chassé on the 4 and 1. Later in the US, when the music was accented on the one, you broke on the one. Simple?

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
 

Wot's Doin'?

Things are running smoothly but going up too slow. Of course, it seems as though about ten blogs is enough for Oahu. I did not know and neither did anyone else at the time and I ran it up to eleven dance blogs. Over diluted the readership and I began to delete blogs. And then of course, our main competitors are the Big Micros, Twitter, Facebook and the rest. Which are just fine if you are looking US and World recognition. We are just Oahu.

"Rumba is the most delightful way to move to Rumba music. which is about the best music the world will ever witness." ~Mikhail Baryshnikov (he knows a little about dancing.)


La Rumba, an old stand by and used every day by the Social Dancers on Oahu. The DJs are very aware of the proper music for the dancers. Most Rumba danced on Oahu is based on the American style of dance. Of course, there are few added local moves, a  few from the Philippines and a few from the International. These are Social Dancers. Over three hundred years ago, sailors traveling by boat up and down the Caribbean, named the dance "Rumba" when there were so many different styles of similar music and dance on each island. But this is what we got now and we are lucky.

"Besame Mucho" por Rene Touzet



In discussing the dance from one to another, they would use, "por ese rumbo" - in that direction, - li dat, - da kine. Several decades passed and danza is a feminine word - La Danza. The word Rumbo is masculine, but somewhere along the line, the name of the dance became La Rumba, feminine. Of course this was only a distinction for the Spanish. but they covered more islands.and did more than anyone else to unify the Caribbean music and dance. We can suppose that the Pirates did too.

"Social dancers believe that the opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth."

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Socials

As we approach the end of this month it has become clearer that we are at point of diminishing returns, The hits will continue to rise but very slowly we gave gotten rid of most of the scam spam robot hits. It is becoming easier to distinguish between a terrific dance Blog or just a mediocre one. They are separating a lot more. One thing is certain the reader/dancers will make the final decisions.

"Social dancers believe that dance brings out the best in all of us,
it uplifts a mood to some other level."


Finally got my memory card photos out where I can use them. A little late for fans of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club who had their Easter social on Saturday. But if may look nice for the readers of this blog and give them an ideas how their party could be shared with the readers of any blog.
 

"It's so nice to have someone to share the Love of dancing. Thank you for letting the
world know that staying young and healthy is Ballroom dancing.
Keep up this awesome work."  Jesse and Georgie


"Social dancers enjoy spreading the love of dance, to share the magic
with a master – and a beginner. To share magic with their
friends and those they don’t know well."

Monday, April 22, 2019

WBDC part 2

Still cannot get the photos from my memory card because the computer I have, has no slot for the memory card.  I am trying to get some neighbor to use their computer and save to my USB drive and then I can use it. I want to stay in Windows 7 because I know it but I need help. And I don't have that much time left. Meanwhile, we can get going with the rest of the photos sent by Maile.


This is a blog and personal opinions are gratefully accepted. Fortunately, I am getting a few people to say something just to share with our fellow dancers. And let me also tell you, I try to dance and my partners understand that I may get dizzy I have to sit back down. But it is just terrific to be able to move to music for just a little while, and I gratefully thank the ladies.

"We enjoy the dancing and coverage by the blog. Dancing is a great way
to meet people and have a good time." Jim A.


 "Wonderful people - wonderful music and the best pot luck ever.
 Love WBDC" Rosa

The goodies at the table are just about the best on this island. I personally know that the kau kau at Wahiawa is just about the best in this whole wide world. They had line dancing too which is always a nice break of regular dancing. Terrific kokua on taking photos with my camera and Mahalo to all. My apologies for my computer.


"It's so nice to have someone to share the Love of dancing. Thank you for letting the
world know that staying young and healthy is Ballroom dancing.
Keep up this awesome work."  Jesse and Georgie

Holiday Coming Up

We had a good dance party Saturday night in Wahiawa and the blog is coming when I get my computer running good. Also a  good Annual Holiday on Oahu.


Cinco de Mayo is annually observed on May 5. It celebrates the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) in Mexico on May 5, 1862. It is not to be confused with Mexico's Independence Day. On Oahu we can dance up a storm on the Holiday.

Email from my niece Yvonne in California:
"Hello there Uncle Joe. Easter Celebration at Mothers."


"Jarabe Tapatio"


Email from Yvonne: Update on Billy Bob. Last year it was his bladder cancer .. this year he is in the hospital since Thursday.. having kidney problems. Blood Transfusions.. Frozen Plasma .. the works ..!!! Oh My God.

 (I know everyone is praying for him.)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wahiawa Part One

Wow, Terrific Day. I could feel myself losing any depression that I have had for awhile. Began my preparations after noon. Shower, and get everything I had to take in order to do what I had to do. The Handi Van was there promptly at 5:30 pm according to their schedule. I was hoping that he was late but no luck. I got to the Wahiawa Recreation Center at 5.50 pm and nobody there. A few began coming in about six, and then someone came to unlock the doors.


Deenie and Bert arrived and I discussed the poster with Bert. And later on with Deenie. Leland and Maile arrived and began to set up their equipment to make this an enjoyable evening for everyone. Gradually the greatest people on this Island began arriving. Bringing in some of the best eating I have ever had. This is food for Kings and Queens. I can consider myself among the lucky ones. Simply delicious.

"Saturday, April 20th at the Wahaiwa ballroom social. What a fab evening!
Food, Fun, Friends and lots of dancing to DJ Leland's wonderful music.
If you weren't there, you missed out. Next time."
Deanie and Bert


I arrived at home and had a one of the most delicious meals in my life. There are many places that promote Dine and Dance but you cannot beat this. Then the down. I have been having computer problems and I want to stay in Win 7. But with my new refurbished computer - it has no memory card slot. So I have to buy a memory card reader. I will probably have to buy a better camera too. Yes, I need some coaching. I want to stay on Win 7.  Meanwhile I received these pictures from Maile.  More in Part Two.

"The truth is that "hate speech" is only to those who have something to hide."


Friday, April 19, 2019

Oahu Dance

On Oahu the term Street dance shrinks as it refers to modern folk dance with the term "street" being more accurate since much of the modern world is now urbanized. Some examples of street dance n the mainland includes B-boying, more commonly known as break dancing, which originated in New York City, the Melbourne Shuffle which originated in Melbourne, Australia and the Tecktonik which originated in Paris, France. Our Social Dance on Oahu is not accepting any of it into the Oahu social dancing scene.

"Social dancers believe that dancing can tell stories and kill loneliness."


The Rock Step and the Chassé developed in the Caribbean long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. But these movements had been brought over centuries before from the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico, straight across to Cuba (only ninety miles from Yucatan.) Or around to Florida and then to Cuba (only ninety miles.) Or went down to northern part of South America (only ninety miles to the Antilles.) The partner dances that developed in the Caribbean were accented on the second beat. the slower bolero-son ("rumba") was always danced on the second beat.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho


It was a rock step and a slow step. They broke on the second beat, back on rock step on three and the slow step covering 4, 1. Simple and beautiful. The same thing was done later in the Mambo and note the resemblance of many of the Mambo movements to the International style of Rumba. No coincidence.


"To the biggest liar in Washington DC, maybe Jesus loves you,
but everyone else thinks you're an asshole."


Paso Doble Anyone?


On March 16, 1997, at the age of 14, Julián Lopez Escobar made his bullfighting debut in Texcoco, Mexico. He finished with a standing ovation and received two ears. In bullfighting, the detached ears of the dead bull(s) are trophies, which are awarded for an above average bullfight.


Approximately one year later, on September 18, 1998, Julián received
his "alternativa" in Nîmes, France.

This marked the passage from being a novillero to a full-fledged matador de toros (senior bullfighter). At age 15, he was the youngest professional bullfighter in the history of the Bullfighting sport.

"The Toreador Song" from the Opera Carmen

Julián led a toast to his father, a former novillero forced into retirement after losing his right eye in a bullfight. By the age of 17, Julián had grown to become the highest-paid bullfighter in history. Not only did his good looks and affluent background popularize him, but his skills in the ring were unmatched. Well known throughout Europe too.

"People stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing happened."

But Things are looking good for Cinco de Mayo block parties on Oahur. Would be a slam dunk with a little more publicity. Kapolei would have been perfect except that the Rail Catastrophe is goofing everything up already. Chinatown is about the best. Difficult for me to get enough information, I only have the Internet.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dancing

Social dancing on Oahu is shaping up very nicely. The dancers are beginning to realize that they can find a place where theu can dance with the freedom to drink whatever they damn well please. "I'll have a lemonade, please." And not feel like they are not wanted and just excess baggage. And not many dancers have been against cover charges. But they know what they want, not what someone else wants them to want. And they are making adjustments on both sides. And then Social Dancing may explode with action. But we can all leave the last century in the last century.

"Social Dancers know that they learn how to listen to the music
and make the best moves to enjoy it.".


This is the twenty first, and the game is going to be played by the cultural dancer's rules or not played at all. The music for this century will be Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Swing, fixed throughout the night. Ah yes, a little Line dance, Tango, Samba, Salsa, Bachata, why not? This is social, you name it! We don't have anyone in Washington D C or wherever dictating our dance. And most everyone will be able to dance with others in the most sociable of manners. I believe that we learn by practice.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


 
Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.... In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes the shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God. - - The Chinese are making great strides in Public Transportation. The entire world is looking for ways to get the drivers of vehicles off the streets and highways and onto Public Transportation. You are not going to do it the way it is being done in Honolulu. Auwe!

“Social Dancers believe that grief will not change you, but it may reveal you.”


Monday, April 15, 2019

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Luncheon at Ken and Lynette's Home. sending pics. by Iphone.


At Lynette and Ken's home.


Good Food -- Wonderful company


Stella, Me, Bill -- Ken, Lynette and Lassie

Thanks to my neice, Yvonne.

A Social

On Oahu, most social dance clubs have a "Social" about once a month, It is a wonderful way to practice new moves with other students and instructors. Parties are relaxed and casual and in West Oahu, they are focused on fun with zero stress. They play great music that includes all the ballroom dance styles and in addition they offer West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 step, Salsa and Bachata. No matter what your skill level, you’re welcome to join. Come dance with your fellow dancers! No partner necessary.

"Social dancers believe that Dancing is not just Dancing.
It may be a Magic something that sets you free." 


We have been so fortunate to get some good photos from some of the Socials I have been invited to. I make collages of six photos each and about three collages is the limit. So I have enough for several other blogs. And the hits on the counters go through the roof. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading in this department, with a large portion of the photos coming from Maile Yagi. I still leave it up to somebody to email just a few photos of any dance gang, at any location and any occasion. Can anyone guess the impact on any of our blogs for our readers, friends, neighbors and fellow dancers? Of course we must understand if you do not wish to share with our readers. that decision is strictly up to you.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii


We are still getting more readers every day and I look forward to this coming Saturday in Wahiawa. I will take my camera and pass it around. Who ever gets it can take six to ten pictures whatever and the next person can do the same.  I did not realize at the time, but everyone of those picture takers takes pictures of "their friends." Nothing odd about that, very natural and understandable. However, by passing the camera around I get a much more diverse group and those are the "dancers." Mahalo and see you all there, Saturday.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same,"