Thursday, May 30, 2019

Danger in Computing.

Dancers do not as a rule use computers. So that is one reason that our Web and Blog sites to not rack up much in hits. Though there are more computer users every year, which is good. Computer Viruses are on the rise again in Hawaii. We have been warned but no one has said anything about making them illegal. Seriously, we can have no respect for malicious invasions into our computers by any one without our permission.

"You have two chances for making good without working -
Being part of the Trump Gang or no chance."


They have also hit smart phones too. I haven’t seen any of these yet but it’s probably just a matter of time. Anyway, today I was looking at one that said "your computer has been locked." Also called Ransomware. If you call a number, and send them money, they will unlock your computer. I happened to know that trick and I am able to get out and restart the computer. Most people nowadays don’t really know how to properly describe malware. I don’t know what it is either, so I just call it a virus.

"Waterfall" by Willie K


Education is the key, especially when it comes to PC security. So, let's make things sparkling clear. If your computer screen is filled with a FBI warning page that claims you have to pay the $200 fine, you’re infected with ransomware. Sometimes you can just shut down the computer. And there is no record of any unlocking by anyone of the payees to the ransom. Do not pay. Get help from any of your computer geek friends if possible. The Anti-Virus gang is having a field day selling all kinds of Snake Oil. Careful, it's a jungle out there.

"Social dancers believe that life is 10% what happens to them and 90% of how they react to it."

Competition Dancing in West Oahu

The Social Dance Group in the West grows more solid every day. Perhaps we can explore competition dancing a little for the dancers in the West, Once we get a group on the Waianae Coast and one on the North Shore, we will have enough to have some sort of Competition Dance, just to demonstrate some interesting point. Dancesport denotes competitive ballroom dancing, as contrasted to social or exhibition dancing. In this century the International Dancers had definitely decided that the term Ballroom really belongs to them as an art form and they dance in Ballrooms. Most everyone has agreed with them which puts them in a different category.

"Social dancers are becoming more aware that the labels we use to identify dance forms are arbitrary. They are designed to help analyze and categorize what is ultimately a shared human experience - the impulse to move to music."


Dancesport events are sanctioned and regulated by dancesport organizations at the national and international level, such as the World Dance Council and the name was invented to help competitive ballroom dancing gain Olympic recognition. The term dancesport applies only to the International Style of competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing. It is clear that those interested in going into competitions should get into the International Style of Dance. At most competitions, the circumstances in which you dance are very controlled.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


The dancers know the dance they are doing, who they are dancing with (partner), the level at which the others are dancing (class or difficulty level), the time they are on the floor (a single heat is usually only a few minutes long), the steps to do (the syllabus), and the music is a certain tempo (set by rules). Spectators are usually other dancers, who appreciate the hard work involved, and because of television there had been an increasing amount of these other people, a new spectator group in the last century.  Let anyone enjoy spectating if they wish, and there is an awareness of an increasing amount of "amateur judges" in the field of spectating.

“We may not have failed. We just found a dozen ways that it won’t work.” 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Where Are We in Social Dancing?

I don't really know, I get a little info here and there. Perhaps when we get more feedback from our good social dancers, we can post their opinions which will be very valuable indeed. Then there is the issue of restricting it to American Style of Dance. The Internationals have rules of their own, where they can dance and the places where they dance must follow the rules of the World Dance Council. We are not going to do it their way. We are going to do it our way, and that means leaving the Internationals to do it their own way. They are not wrong, it is their way and they are doing it very well. They have their own kuleana and we shouldn't interfere.

"Social dancers get body confidence. As they develop their skills they will
start to respect their physical vessel for it’s ability to achieve these
exciting new movements, shapes and coordination."


As much as we continue to promote social dancing we must also recognize "competition" dancing, and we will eventually have "American Style" competitions. We could make it only American with "loose rules" so that it would resemble our cultural dance. Paso Doble, Bolero and Viennese Waltz would automatically be out. They were originally made up by Dance Teachers. It was the money, Sonny. We see bolero danced very nicely in exhibitions which is just fine, but it does not have to be included as part of our culture.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

The International Style already rules the roost where they are in town and we accept that they are too good for us. So let us respect their positions and give our people a chance. An awful lot of Club dancers don't even know what an International dancer is, but "they" can judge. They sometimes accuse us of being International dancers. At the same time that the Internationals are sometimes referring to us as "junk dancers." Ha, we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fortunately in this century there are a helluva lot more of us than "da bodah dem."

"We could obey the absolutes. When we were young, it was absolutely wrong
to lie, cheat, or steal. As we grew older, we would be tempted to
think in relative terms. Trump Chumps?"

Monday, May 27, 2019

Family

Well, my depression is not getting worse but it does not seem to be getting better. They are going to schedule something for me at the VA. I do not wish to take any pills. Otherwise everything is going downhill very slowly, to be expected. Meanwhile I will try to keep busy and enjoy what little time I have left by helping all the dancers I can help.

"I am a social dancer and still learning new things, I try to use my brain,
make new synaptic connections, keep sharp and also try to 
boost my positive feelings when I master a new concept."


"Cien Años" por Pedro Infante

From Yvonne, my niece, photo of her mother, my sister, "Eating a pastry ..!!!💜"

I am beginning to step up my connections with the family in California. And they are beginning to come across this blog. Photos I will post. They are little shy about saying anything but they will learn. And it will remain my personal dance blog. They can let the family in on it and they all have the option to contribute items or just look.

"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

The family is quite scattered in Southern California. But they have their little get to gethers and it is nice. The photos are terrific and which so far I get only from Yvonne and my granddaughter Tracey. Come on all of you, email them in.

A dance blog is what many "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action. And I am fortunate enough to learn to make this personal blog for the family.

From my niece, Yvonne
Hello there Uncle Joe ! Met Aunt Eleanor .. Robert And Ellen in Long Beach
..for lunch..it was a beautiful day ... and it was so good to see them ❤️


Family get to gethers can be described as events in which some family members gather at a certain venue and share their experiences as a special kind of friends. Knowing their family history is very important for each member of the family and those attached to the family. Just because it tells them a little about their background and helps them in understanding their heritage. Photos are icing on the cake.

"If you wish to astonish the whole world, tell the simple truth."


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Latin music and dance.

By Federico Basilon, Ewa Beach

Latin music and dance still coming in strong from the US. Much of it is choreographed in the US for the US market. Salsa had been doing very well for three or four decades but now getting competition from Bachata which is getting acceptance in social dance circles. Lambada and Reggeaton came and went 20 years ago and now we have Zouk, Kizomba and Zumba waiting in the wings. And some still say it all comes from Africa. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

"Social dancers know that in the beginning they may start with Minuet bodies
but they gradually get molded into Rumba bodies."


The people of the Caribbean did not suddenly appear when the Spanish got there. In their mass migrations south after crossing into Alaska from Asia, many of these "new" inhabitants got to Florida perhaps 25000 years ago, and from there, it was only ninety miles away to Cuba. They may have been the first ones. When the Indians got to Yucatan in Mexico perhaps 5000 years later, it was only 90 miles to Cuba, and naturally, many had to go. Those two groups had to meet eventually somewhere later. That automatically makes Cuba the most advanced area culturally because the ones coming from Mexico were very much ahead in human culture.

"Sobre Las Olas" por Juventino Rosas


In each plantation they had a couple of slaves from North Africa, a couple from South Africa, a couple from West Africa, a couple from East Africa and so on. Many could not even speak to each other. They were very young teens and someone expects a common culture from these kids? The comparisons are ridiculous for the people that know. The slaves were not permitted in the upper class drawing rooms so they could not witness what was happening there. But they could see what the Indians were dancing and they learned. They did not teach, they learned, and very well indeed. Big difference.

Note to the Republican Attack Dogs:
"War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left."

Friday, May 24, 2019

DanceSport

Ballroom Dancing can be considered a sport. The Dictionary definition of "sport" is: "An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively." Using this definition, competitive dance is, indeed, a sport and danced according to the rules. Social dancers do not dance by the rules.

"Social dance on Oahu is based mainly on the American style of dance and 
is recreational and usually performed with a partner or in groups  
or as a community activity for fun and enjoyment."


Excerpt from a lady's first competition dance.

"Cha Cha!" called the announcer. "Cha Cha? What's a Cha Cha???" the thought passed through my dazed brain. The beat of the Cha Cha permeated through the ballroom as my partner thankfully led me through the dance without a stumble or without me passing out from sheer terror. With cold, clammy hands we moved from one dance step to another, desperately scanning our memory banks for clues to the routines we had practiced for the last few months in preparation for our very first dance competition. "Oh God, please let this be over soon!" conveyed my subconscious. Finally, after about a minute and a half, the disk jockey ended the Cha Cha and the competitors scattered to find the perfect positioning on the ballroom floor for the next dance to be called.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


"And now the Rumba - dancers please take your positions" bellowed the announcer. We waited tensely for that first beat; I glanced nervously around and couldn't help wondering if the other couples felt as stressed as we did. As my partner and I took our first Rumba step I had the strangest feeling come over me - a sense of pride at actually being a good-enough dancer to participate in a ballroom dance competition. We completed the Rumba and as we drifted off the dance floor to take our seats, my partner and I glanced at each other. In a fleeting moment I felt his elation; I knew that whether we won or not, we still had accomplished something that many dance couples never experience in their lifetimes, and from that moment on we would never again experience the fear of the unknown as we stepped out onto the competition dance floor.

"Most social dancers think that life is what happens to you
while you’re busy making other plans."

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Newest Latin music

By Edmundo Beltran, Waimanalo.

The type of pop music produced in Mexico and spreading out through Latin America and the rest of the world is now called Latin pop. It is a music genre particularly intended for teenagers and young adults all over Latin America. Very fast or very slow. Mexico is the country that exports the most entertainment in the Spanish language. Latin pop had been limited to Latin America until the mid-1990s, when an interest towards this type of music increased after Luis Miguel, Selena, Gloria Trevi's, and Thalía debuts before the mainstream USA audience.

"Social dancers know that their time is limited,  so they are
not going to waste it living someone else’s life."


During the 1960s and 1970s most of the pop music produced in Mexico consisted of Spanish-language versions of English-language rock-and-roll hits. Singers and musical groups like Angélica María, Johnny Laboriel, Alberto Vázquez performed cover versions of songs by Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, Nancy Sinatra and others. On September 13, 1969, Televisa, a Mexican company and the world's largest Spanish-language television network launched the variety show Siempre en Domingo (Always on Sundays) hosted by Raúl Velasco. Siempre en Domingo became one of the most popular TV shows in Latin America with about 420 million television viewers around the world.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii


At the time, an appearance on the show was a hallmark of success and performers considered an appearance on the program as a guarantee of stardom similar to The Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. Velasco, encouraged many Mexican singers such as Lucía Méndez, Lucero, Emmanuel, Mijares, Gloria Trevi, Timbiriche, and Lorenzo Antonio, and helped start many of their careers and more. Moreover, Velasco presented foreign artists such as Julio Iglesias, Raphael, Miguel Bosé, Chayanne and Ricky Martin. Artists that would bring Latin pop music to Latin America, helped in part by Siempre en Domingo.

"Social dancers may strive not to be a big success, but rather to be of value."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What is West Oahu?

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association have established themselves firmly in the dance scene in West Oahu. There are others and we are hoping to make contact with them soon. We need each other, but not if they don't know it. There are approximately 40 thousand ballroom dancers on Oahu. No, I have not counted them. And at least half of them reside outside of Honolulu. Proof? I have none, You got a different amount, I will not argue with you.

"Our good dancers can perform for an audience and the goal is to evoke
a response. Dance becomes another way of communicating.
A dance like ours could express something specific."


So it is very likely that we will have something going on the Waianae Coast and on the North Shore. Kapolei is lost because of losing as second city with the Rail Tragedy. However it looks like the Central Valley will be first. I live in Mililani now so my projections are Mililani or Waipio. Either a new Social Dance Club or a nice Social Dance Night Club. Just Tacos in Mililani closed, they tried music which was very good but the dance floor was not there. All I can say is that some of us know and some of us don't give a damn. To each his own.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Aiea Anniversary Dance at the Palladium
That still was beautiful celebration of dancing by Aiea Ballroom Dance Association on Saturday in town. I wish I could have stayed later. And I am glad the Frank got some good photos when he got there which about the time I had to leave. Take a look - see, in his blogs. You might enjoy. Anyway we try to share the dance information with our fellow dancers. Some will love the information and more people will be tuning in. Some will not give a doodledy damn - their privilege.

"Dance can be a part of many popular entertainment forms, from ice shows,
movies and music videos to Broadway musicals and the circus."

Sunday, May 19, 2019

64th Anniversary Dance

Nice day to make my plans and with experience I am getting better
at taking care of my physical disabilities and do my blogging.


Got everything in its proper place for the excursion and I was ready for the Handi Van at 4:30 pm. It was little late but no Hu Hu and I got to the famous Palladium before six. They were still in the process of making the setup. I walked around to take a good look, I do not see this nice place very often any more. Finally went upstairs and a nice lady took me to the next room. Due to the mechanical problem with the partition that separates the Ewa and Diamond Head ballrooms, two separate ballrooms for the dancing pleasure of the dancers were available for this Anniversary Dance.. Wow, so many nice people there, the old ones that I knew from before and many from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, that I had recently known from living in West Oahu. Aiea and Wahiawa are sister dance clubs.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It was immediately apparent that this second ballroom was where the action was taking place. The terrific music of Bert Burgess was coming through just fine. Deanie was nice enough to find me a spot in the reserved section and I could sit on my Rolador and get up and move around as I needed. Sat near Warwick Sargent who cannot converse much because he is hard of hearing. Fortunately Kay can still do the talking as the MC of this function. Went around trying to find someone that would be willing to take a half dozen photos to post in my blog, hard to find. It should not be anyone's obligation. You want to, Terrific. But if you don't want to, it is your decision and it will be respected..

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In no time at all the joint was jumping. I noticed many good social dancers moving somewhat different that everyone else, but moving to their music and enjoying every move very nicely. There were some that were taught the flashy Statue of Liberty poses. Some men that I knew a long time ago were still dancing the Even Steps and doing very well with them. Saw a few women dancing with women also very nice. All in all, a terrific dance crowd and an asset to any dance club. Went around few times and said hello to new people as they were coming in.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


And Deanie took up the camera for me. Frank and Lani Sierra arrived and were seated in the reserved section, naturally. He brought his camera and naturally he will make get a nice write up of the dance, which will be of benefit to the Club, the dancers and all the reader/dancers of his blogs. Frank continually gets information and photos not available to me, so take a look-see, you may find them interesting. Kay took up  the mic, and then Deenie took over and by that time it was almost eight and my Handi Van would arrive to bring me back home. I got home before nine and sat down for a bite to eat.

"Life may be about making an impact on social life, not making an income."

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Merry Month of May

May is turning out to be a nice month of holidays for the social dancers on the Island of Oahu. Party, Party, Party - May 1st, Pole dancing, - May 5 Cinco de Mayo, - May 11 Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Anniversary dance, - May 12 Mother's Day, - May 18 Aiea Ballroom Dance Association Anniversary dance, - May 27 Memorial Day. And West Oahu is doing just fine.

"Social dancers know that nothing can beat a good Cha Cha Cha to lift both
one’s heart-rate and spirits, just moving to that great beat."


It was first mentioned last year when there were definite indications that the Dance Pavilion in Waipio at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park would be cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster. The issue is no longer in doubt and West Oahu is going to be in a very bad state because of the Rail Catastrophe. In fact the entire state will be stuck for Big Bucks. The original estimates for the costs on the Rail were 5 billion, and now increasing daily as the Unions and Caldwell figure how to get more money out of it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


They are making millions and millions of dollars daily. No one knows what happened to the first Billion. They will not permit it. Now it could go to fifteen Billion Dollars. We have all noticed that the price of everything is going up. A dozen eggs, a loaf of bread will be 5 dollars. Milk will be 10 dollars per gallon. Ha, fortunately we are all rich and can afford it. Cayetano was right, but they spent ten million dollars to lie about him and "we, the people" lost the election. No one mentions Rapid Transit anymore because it is going to take longer to get from Makaha to Honolulu Hale.

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wot is a Blog?

A blog is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with latest posts appearing first. It is a platform where a blogger or a group of bloggers share their views on an individual subject such as social dancing. First and most importantly is that anyone can visit online with a URL and it allows anyone to view the content. Blogs were created to be current, make regular posts and make it easy for anyone to get into and view anything that is current in there.

"Social dancers find it is easy to pick up and learn - it’s an amazing cardio -
And a few find that they gain a new profession."


Blogs are a type of website. The only real difference between a blog and regular websites is that blogs are regularly updated with new content, which is displayed in reverse chronological order (newer posts first). Typical websites are static in nature where content is beautifully organized in pages, and they are not updated frequently. Whereas a blog is dynamic, you can forget about marking your calendars for next years beautiful event.

"My Molokai" by Willie K


Social dancing also improves spatial awareness, as well as raising the heart rate and causing a release of feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream. One more benefit is that it helps reduce levels of cortisol – a stress hormone. ... Social dancing makes you feel good because it makes you feel so alive just enjoying the music and moving the body to it. You can dance the same simple basic moves to your favorite music forever.

"Social dancers know that there are no real rules to this thing called life. We can make the best or the worst of it. We can just hope you make the best of it."

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Underarm Turn

The Underarm Turn is quite common throughout the world and fairly easy to learn. Used in perhaps 600 dances throughout the world. Maybe I exaggerate, perhaps only 500. The ladies get to do most of the turns and the lead merely raises his lead hand. Get the arm up before the turn. Keep it up and centered over her head during the turn. Then, bring it down when the rotation is over, to signal the end of the figure. We men are often tempted to lead a turn by making a circular movement with the lead hand — by whipping her around like pulling on the string that is wound around a wooden top. That's a little rough.

"Ultimately, dancing can help social dancers feel more complete."


Usually, she can make that turn herself — she doesn’t need your “help.” You merely invite her to dance the given figure and then to move in such a way that allows her to do it. Men, let her dance her own figures, most of our ladies are terrific at following. You might be facing your partner with lead hands joined and you might have just done a Half Basic. Even before the measure starts, even before you have taken the last step of the Half Basic, the man should begin to raise the lead hand. A good dance lead anticipates the next move.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Email from my niece in California.

Out and about with My Brigitt ...❌⭕️❌⭕️
The lead gives notice ahead of time and prepares the woman for what is to come. There are no sudden surprises, the figure is danced smoothly and together. The lead communicates a little bit about timing so that they dance the figure not as individuals but as a couple. So, don't muscle her around; just raise your joined lead hands and allow her to dance under.  Make the raising of the hand relatively vertical, and try to center the joined hands over her head. She will stay on better balance than if you straighten your arm off to one side and make her scurry to get around and under.

"The strongest people are the ones who feel pain, accept it, learn from it,
and fight through it.  They turn their wounds into wisdom."


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Beginners

Marilyn Sasaki, Makiki:
The dance instructor just kept encouraging us to move more parts of our bodies than our legs. And he didn’t seem to mind reiterating over and over, “See if you can bend those, knees" and “It’s like walking, if you can walk you can dance.” Moreover he seemed to believe it. We might see ourselves as ramrod stiffs capable of no more liquid movement. He knew that, with practice, and of course his help, we could locate and learn to control muscles for the elusive Cuban movement. Group classes seemed to help more than private lessons.

"Social dancers know that regularly moving to music will challenge you
to push through any physical discomfort."


It did take a while but, one day we noticed that we were learning the steps as they were being taught, without any special tutoring, and without being the last in the class to get it. We weren’t the worst in the class, we were just the most self-conscious. And with that recognition we began to lose some of the self-consciousness. The group classes provided other lessons as well. One friend of mine - another woman who had gone through alcohol, drugs, sex and rock and roll to arrive at a stable monogamy - asked how I could tolerate being touched by all those strange men.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


She couldn’t do it, she shivered. Well, to tell the truth, I had dreaded that. But, hey, it’s not so bad. My husband does not turn out to be the only polite, ungrabby one. They all seem to be the nice friendly people you could expect in a dance class.The men in the studio, married or not, don’t place their hands or bodies in “inappropriate” places either. And I have accepted that everywhere I go, I will never look on (or off) the dance floor like Fred or Ginger. I’ll sway on the dance floor and sort of glide, like thousands of other dancers I’ve begun to notice on Oahu. I’ll enjoy every second of that beat and my response to it.

"A Blog may be a political soapbox -. A breaking-news outlet - A collection of links -
Your own private thoughts - Memos to the world."

Friday, May 10, 2019

Progression

The Blogs on this island are progressing slowly but surely. I expect this blog "Town Dancer" to stay in the lead for a while..I have been promoting Dancing in the Dark and Dancing Nights because they have been at the bottom of the pile and they are coming up slowly. I am beginning to get help here in the Central Valley. I am using Twitter and Facebook to promote them and they are doing very well. I may not get any hits from Nigeria or Norway but I am not worried, as long as I get hits from Oahu.

"Social Dancers believe that dancing creates a space for them to move to music
in a way only they can, whether it’s awkward or graceful."


Social Dancing is becoming very prominent in West Oahu, but in town it still has much competition from the International community. Don't knock it, those people should dance whatever makes them happy and they are willing to accept the regulations. However as social dancers we should also have the same rights of dancing whatever we damn well please. The favorites in our kuliana, at the moment are, Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Salsa, Bachata and Night Club 2 step. And these choices have not been engraved on stone.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaiallii


It was been firmly established from last years blogs, that the entire dance structure on this Island has been misunderstood by most of us. Each in their own little niche thinks that what they dance is true dancing. The sad part is when they see any one from what they consider a different group moving to music, then "they" decide that the other party does not know what dancing is all about. He, He, He. Dumb Dodos I certainly am not an expert so I can't say. But more questions are emerging, they always do, and we will get opinions and that feedback is what will make these blogs.

"A dance blog may be a personal diary. A daily pulpit.
A collaborative space and it may be ours.".

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The New West Oahu

Advancing slowly but many things that were the process are solidifying. Social Dancing for instance is getting more solid by the day. The Central Valley, where I live, is staying about right even after losing Just Tacos in Mililani. Latin music was not enough. You gotta dance and they never had enough room for a dance floor. Dot's in Wahiawa is doing just fine. There are a few others but not definite. So the next best sections are the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Both had Housing and Business Parks cancelled because the Honolulu Fat Cats want to "Keep The Country, Country." which means do your business in Honolulu.

"Social dancers know that sharing happiness on the dance floor
is the ultimate reason and they just will never regret it."



For most of us in West Oahu, we need some more human action going on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. They should not be encumbered by the rail disaster. More housing and more business parks. It is still a saying in West Oahu. "I coulda got home in 20 minutes.) Everyone in Honolulu is now aware that "Rapid Transit" is no more and no one mentions it. It will taking longer from Makaha to downtown Honolulu in the near future with the Caldwell's Rapid Transit. We are talking fourteen hour days for people living in the outskirts. Cayetano had it right but ten million dollars were spent to lie about him. And the Rail - right now is making millions and millions of dollars daily.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner


Meanwhile in West Oahu we have two of the oldest social dance clubs in Hawaii. Aiea Ballroom Dance Association with an Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 18th at the famous Palladium and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 11th Which means we are going get a new social dance club in Kapolei, the Waianae Coast or the North Shore this year. The hassle of dancing in Honolulu cannot be overcome. Traffic is going to get worse, not better.

“You can't stop the future - you can't rewind the past -
the only way to learn the secret - is to press play.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Live Music

Swing music, also known as swing jazz or simply swing, is a form of jazz music that developed in the early 1930s and became a distinctive style by 1935 in the United States. At this time, the Big Bands also evolved with sometimes over 20 members in the band. Also the Big Ballrooms with over 500 dancer capacity. With a heavy cover charge and good prices on drinks they had huge crowds trying to get in. Swing uses a strong rhythm section of double bass and drums as the anchor for a lead section of brass instruments. Such as trumpets and trombones, woodwinds including saxophones and clarinets.

"Social dancers know that they will sleep better, as a result of being in great shape,
having fun and being less stressed."


 

Sometimes stringed instruments such as violin and guitar. Swing bands usually played medium to fast tempos; and a "lilting" swing time rhythm. They usually featured soloists who would improvise a new melody over the arrangement. The dance able swing style of band leaders such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Count Basie was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945. However after WWII, the crowds began to dwindle and the number of band members began to decline too. Bands with less than ten members became prominent and the ballrooms got smaller and crowds got smaller.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


With the advent of the Disk Jockey the opportunities for many bands become less numerable and the sizes of the rooms to dance became smaller and more of a Night Club venue. And this has happened to all the types of dance and the music that went with it. In Hawaii, in this new century, there has been an awakening of interest in the 50s, 60s style of live music. And this is going throughout the islands. The only thing different is the amount of alcohol required to dance. Dancers have inherited a reputation of not being drunks, and some Night Clubs have made adjustment to the fact and look for other means to supplement the bar tab.

The verb "to swing" is used as a term of praise for playing that has a strong rhythmic
"groove." And in Hawaii, "The music don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing."