Sunday, June 30, 2019

Old Times

Yes, we are different than others as had been so often pointed out "by the others." We are not dancers like them. For us it is the music first, because we are well acquainted with most of it and then we move to that music. All the others learn to move first and - then comes the music that they are going to move to and that OK with us too because they are "dancers."

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

From Diary of a Street Dancer by Walter Darian:

I knew just where to look, the old WWII building looked the same, only the modern 1970s sign had changed. The bar to the left was gone, gone too were the booths and the tables on the perimeter of the dance floor. A lone bartender handled the near empty bar. I ordered a drink, then turned searching for it. "It" stood in a nearby corner, a modern jukebox, short, squat, dark - and non descript - unlike the original with its attractive colorful, oval shaped top. Alone with my drink my thoughts drifted back to 1942. Once again, the "joint" was alive and jumping. Still, only nineteen, but no longer a boot, I was at the bar with my buddies, white hat on the back of my head, to show my wavy, black hair, which now is gone too.

I ordered another drink - and the familiar feeling was starting to take hold. In my reverie, I could almost hear Jimmy Dorsey's great hit record "Green Eyes" with Bob Eberly doing the first vocal ... followed by the "swing part" with Jimmy Dorsey on sax. Then Helen O'Connell coming in very quietly with "soft light" - and building up to her sexy, unforgettable description of those six little words, "those cool and limpid green eyes." There may be a few people out there that can understand that. The was music first and then we could really enjoy moving to it.

I see dance being used as communication between body and soul,
to express what is too deep to find for words. ~Ruth St. Denis

Friday, June 28, 2019

Latest Contraband Poster

Just got it from Facebook and it really sums it up so far. Of course, he is going to have a lot of fun with his Trump Concentration Camps. But they delete many things that are anti Trump on Facebook.

We  still have a chance of getting our country back from the Rich.
They even tried to change the Bible to suit themselves.

Evolving Nicely

In the last century, the Internationals were making big inroads in the Social Dance scene with entire clubs being founded with the sole intent to pursue the International style of dance. The only problem in the beginning dance clubs with the American style had been in the development of our "better" dancers. The collusion between these good dancers and the dance teachers was "LAGS." Not many people know that it is Latest And Greatest Syndrome. Now you can figure - and it is happening even in the Night Club Salsa scene too.

'Some social dancers think that if we did the dancing
we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."

The peak of the Internationals was right after the last large ballroom to be built in Hawaii opened in the middle nineties. It was also at the height of the Rootzi Tootzis. They were the real exhibition and competition dancers, they danced in Ballrooms. The terms "Junk Dancer and Ala Wai Dancer" arose and the decline of the Internationals began. The Night Club dancers became more closely attached to the American Style of Dance and differentiated themselves in that they did not dance so strictly structured. And they were right. However, they are developing their own rootzi tootzis too. It is a very social and natural evolution.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

The Social Dance as a class is still a work in process and many are dancing their own way which may be just a trite different from the disciplines. Dancing a Rumba American in Arthur Murray, a box step, Slow, Quick, Quick. Fred Astaire, a box step, Quick, Quick, Slow and breaking on the one. The International breaks on the two, Rock Step (quick,quick) and a Slow Step. How about doing the basic International, and doing the rest American. Cross Body Lead? Easy and the followers on Oahu are the absolute greatest and you are still dancing it quick, quick, slow.

"The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me. ~Donald Trump


Thursday, June 27, 2019

This Blog

Here we are almost 20 years into the 21st century and many of our reader/dancers are not fully aware of the wealth of information on the Internet, Yes, there is an awful lot of crap out there too, We would like our reader/dancers to know the difference between a Web and a Blog site. Web sites are usually beautiful and very informative but they are more static and not frequently updated. A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in the reverse chronological order, with latest posts appearing first. They are usually updated frequently.

"Social dancing is a great way to meet new people, have interesting
weekly dance classes and happy dances to attend."

It is a platform where the blogger or a group of bloggers share their views on an area of interest and expertise. There are many reasons for starting a personal blog and for us, social dancers, the reasons are more social than personal. As a new dance blog, we rely on blogging to help us communicate with the possible reader/dancers and grab their attention. In this day and age, without blogging, the dance groups may be less relevant and perhaps become invisible, whereas getting into a blog makes them searchable and competitive. So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect them to the relevant audience.

Another one is to boost their traffic and send quality leads to all their dance functions.The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your blog site to get discovered and visited by your target audience. Which means, a blog is an effective lead generation tool. But a blog also allows you to showcase the authority of the Bloggers. When they use their knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with their audience. Great blogging makes your group look more credible. It ensures presence and authority at the same time.

 "Every dancer who got to where they are, had to begin from where they were."

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dancing on Oahu

By Mary Chen, Fernandez Village:
Some of us have discovered on the way, that in all the different types of social dance environments on Oahu, the elites evolve. A small group naturally because we cannot all be superior.This is a normal function and they are generally a class of persons considered superior by others or by themselves, as in intellect, talent, dance know how, wealth, or position in society. They operate as a benevolent oligarchy, and exercise the major share of authority or influence within the larger group. They are the power elite or clique of a dance club.

"Social dancers believe that they may not require a partner but
simply a number of people in a group, - line dancing?"

The dancers at this level have gone through a long and sometimes difficult journey to get to where they are. They feel the need for recognition and some may exercise it by looking down their noses at those who have not arrived at their stations. So perhaps we should have a little more respect for the many ordinary people that just want to move to music. They are the ones most likely to be satisfied with moves in the Bronze and Silver levels (and there are plenty of them) because they are easy to execute and can be enjoyed moving to the music much easier.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K.

It's the music not the dancing that makes them dancers. And yes we mean lead and follow.They are more like the "foundation" where it all starts, without which no functional level activity in the world can progress. So we can hold the ordinary dancer as top line and make them visible as there are fewer dancers up the hierarchy/pinnacle. The most vital balance that holds the entire kuleana is the buoyancy from all these people. Recognition could be more for the bottom line than the existing top line but on Oahu, many use the word "support" for the purpose of loyalty and retention. So we lives and we learns.

"Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Socially Speaking

In the last few years we have been very slowly and very nicely phasing into our social dancing environment without upsetting the disciplines too much. We are going through the phase of getting back to our original social dances, the ones done for fun. It may be easier with the increasing spectator group but it will come. Even the accepted terminology has yet to come, social dancing, cultural, universal or popular dancing, We need more people that are aware of what is going on to label it once and for all, at least for this century.

"Social dance provides a form of exhilarating exercise to music combined
with the benefit of being able to interact with other people."

If we can do it on Oahu, we shall regain all the dancers that we have lost in the last 20 years and most likely gain a lot more than that. It already seems to be getting that way in West Oahu, all we need is a few more places available to dance. then we will have it made in the shade. We are also fortunate that we do not have too many fancy dancers in the West. Social dancers that enjoying just moving to music of their choice. Kapolei, Waianae Coast and the North Shore are wide open. And there will be more dance clubs but unfortunately too many will spend their time berating practitioners for not applying their methods.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

We all need to disseminate our ideas, but most of our time should be spent applying and improving our methods, not selling them. The best way to sell the better mouse trap is to display some trapped mice. We have the four step, 1, 2,3,4 as in Fox Trot and we have the three step as in Waltz, 1, 2, 3 and we have the famous two step most common in the world. And though most have not heard of it we also have the one step or even step. It is left, right, left, right left and so on, an incessant movement with no accent also known as walking. I have seen many dancers on Oahu still dancing it. Let'em.

"Never apologize for showing your feelings.
When you do so, you apologize for the Truth."

"Social dancing is the gift we give ourselves. Similar to meditation, it takes our mind off
fears and worries. The rhythmic movement to music brings us back to a child-like
peace where we’re free to move as we explore the world around us."

Monday, June 24, 2019


It has taken me a few years, but I learned more about dance blogs than most people on this island. I have been working on my stats for over 15 years. I know now that a blog for xyz club will get xyz loyal members tuning in and can run the hits up to 9 average per day. But two different dance clubs blogging on an independent Dipsy Doodle blog will run the hits up over 15 average per day with the synergism. Now with three different Guest Bloggers, Wow. Yes, I know, it is not easy to understand.

"Social dancers usually have good health, a clear spirit and a buoyant soul. They
may look at dance as a possible transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling."

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, Mexican,

But there is a technicality. His mother was pregnant at the time and visiting Puerto Rico with her husband and while there, gave premature birth to Luis Miguel. He was born on April 19, 1970. So there have been many that have said he is really Puerto Rican because they have proof that he was born in Puerto Rico.

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel

His people are from Mexico and he was brought up in Mexico. So if he says he is Mexican, I believe him. He is a celebrated singer and he began his career at the early age of eleven, after the inspiration of his celebrity parents. He has never married but has several kids by several different women.

"Contigo Aprendi" por Luis Miguel

He is popularly known as Luis Miguel and honored as 'El Sol de México' (The Sun of Mexico). He recorded his first album 'Un Sol' in 1982; then after taking a career break, he launched his second album in 1988. Till now, Luis Miguel has recorded many albums and won four Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards. As per statistics, more than 100 million albums of Luis Miguel have been sold worldwide.

"A person may have been a king or serf -- a philosopher or servant, --
but the utterance neither gains nor loses in truth or reason."

Dancing on Oahu.

The entire enchilada Makaha to Makapuu Point and from Turtle Bay to Kapolei is developing into the 21st century Oahu. So we have to do something to facilitate the sharing of dance information for our Island. It does not have to be the same, we are not clones, we have our own individual honest opinions. And that is the end in itself, we can accept another group easily, even if they don't dance our way. And it is developing that everyone in Hawaii is accepting the findings that "social dancers" are gradually asserting their rights. They will develop public (not private) social clubs for our kind of cultural dancing. The new nightclubs in the West will be the ones to set the precedent

"Social dancers have so many good suggestions that share the same spirit
with a little difference. But that doesn't mean that one is "better"
than the other. Find the one which speaks to you."

A cover charge, fine, but the drinks should not carry the overhead. And since dancers, (any kine,) will get thirsty, then there will be an assortment of juices to choose from. The Pau Hana dance will develop.  Like a Happy Hour but much less alcohol and more dancing, eating and socializing. We have the counters and that helps. We already have some of the best musicians on this Island living in the West. And we are developing the right DJs, for our kind of dance. Then because the quality of Latin Dance music is lacking, there may be a Latin Dance Palace in the future and in the West if the rail doesn't keep screwing it up. But we all know, it's the money, Sonny.

"Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

I have my own parameters for my blogs. Some people have shown that these blogs are not for them and are more inclined to go for Twitter or Facebook. They should have the privilege, is it all right to ignore them? I believe that they have a right to their opinions, shouldn't I have a right to mine? There are so many places on the Mainland now that have full featured juice bars. Dancers just naturally get thirsty, but in a Nightclub on Oahu, they insist you drink alcohol. What you may want is of no interest to them. It's the bread, Fred. And only from Alcoholic drinking. Auwe! We are coming around. This is social dancing.

“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for
what you were, only see you for the mistakes you've made, if they don't
realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.”

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Dancing on Oahu.

What Dance? by Melvin Zais, Pupukea.
American vs. International style and the battle goes on. There are so many misconceptions and so many people take it so far that it looks as if that these are two much different animals (for the lack of a better word). It really all depends on the dancers. We can feel that it distorts the whole picture and presents an off-balance view of all ballroom dancing. What is International Style? During the same period many dances of American Style were being studied in England and were given an English form with a little more emphasis on hold, feet positions and footwork.

"Social dancers believe that dance is really just a simple
movement to music that makes you feel good."

Interestingly enough, G.R. Anderson, an American and an English lady Josephine Bradley shook the dance world by showing a SLOW FOXTROT that had never been seen before. They won the most prestigious trophy at the "The Star Ball" in London in 30's. The faster version of Foxtrot became the Quickstep and developed an English style with Diagonal Lines in all other ballroom dances. Later in the US, teachers developed the Peabody as their version of the fast fox trot, and now has become obsolete. Mr. Walter Laird is credited with the Latin dance development in England. Fortunately he came upon the Rumba rock step and slow step basic as was done in Cuba.

"Old Devil Moon" by Jimmy Borges

It spread throughout the "Empire" and the world accepted this new "discipline" and so came the name change to "the International Style". Their "discipline" of dance became more strict as they went along for they had no competition for their intentions. And they did very well as long as everyone understood that the "correctness" of their style was the way their discipline required it. It was accepted well into 80s. Then, the entire enchilada changed when they began to omit the qualification of their methods. It was obvious then, by default, if you were not dancing it their way, then you were dancing "incorrectly." So how did you like them potatoes?

"Most social dancers believe in the KISS method of dancing, Keep It Simple, Stupid."

Friday, June 21, 2019

We Are Not Lost.

By Francis Park Ki, Ewa Beach:
This is my view of self instruction in social dancing (and country-western dancing ). You can teach yourself dancing with DVD American Style dance lessons. The material presented is suitable for country club dances, formal balls, night clubs, and any honky-tonks too. Mostly of it is about slow social dancing, the kind that older people prefer, not the swing and latin dancing that we accustomed to hearing about.

"Social dancers think that dance is one of the most enjoyable
activities a person can engage in."

But it is about dancing to any kind of music with a constant rhythm and tempo, that we hear at most dance functions. There are many different figures, or maneuvers, that could be taught as an introductory course in social dancing. The student only has time to learn a few and by rote. Of course the key is social so you must be around friends. My view presents the figures that are most popular with social dancers, not the figures that are most popular with professional dance teachers.

"Hawaii Wedding Song" by Don Ho

No matter what they may say to pacify the customer, most of these teachers are primarily rooted in the culture of competition dancing and exhibition dancing, not social dancing. This may be true of some deluxe Night clubbers too. Competition and exhibition dancing require music with specific combinations of rhythm and tempo for the wide variety of elaborate and complicated competition figures associated with each dance to work. Social dancing requires figures that will work when the combinations of rhythm and tempo do not match any of the competition dances. A much smaller and simpler assortment of figures have the universal applicability required.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them;
that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow
naturally forward in whatever way they like."  ~ Lao Tzu

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The New Dance Set Up

I am limited but making some connect with dancers in the Makaha/Waianae area. I use to live in Nanakuli and I did meet some people living on the Waianae Coast that were dancing in Downtown Honolulu. Naturally, it has always been done that way. And the traffic on Saturday Night is getting worse. So what you can do? You got something going, let me know and I will help wherever I can. There are hopes of a few more Business Parks on the Coast, many people will find it nice, "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." We can Live,Work and Play in our own kuliana.

"Social dancers plan on dancing to the entire song. It lets
their partners  know that their time is valued"

The speed of social dancing may vary, though most of the experienced dancers have become accustomed to the recommended speeds of the disciplines. American Waltz is recommended at 28 to 30 beats per minute and the DJ's on Oahu are very akamai. However, like everything else in social dancing, variations may be very easily accepted. 26 beats per minute? "I wouldn't want to dance it all the time so slowly, but this one was really great. Mahalo."

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Our Dancing Marches On. I am failing in my photography and I need some help from someone that knows a little about cameras. I take my camera and pass it around. I may have other things to do. I hope everyone understands that my intentions are to help, but each one of you will make the decision of what we need. I want to make my best blog independent. If I have to leave you, I'm sorry, but I have to be on my way, I have too many people to help.

"Political language in any large group is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity - to pure wind."

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The West

Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore are waiting. But the Central Valley seems to be wide open in Waipio or Mililani. Most of the social dancers go to Honolulu and do not attend regularly. We need places where we can dance in Waipio or Mililani. Schools are raising prices to pay for the Rail Disaster. However, if we have to, we shall dance in the streets. If you do not have a Web site, this blog may be the way to communicate to the reader/dancers, all the dancers not just your club dancers.

"Experienced Social Dancers believe that Fox Trot and the Rumba are the two
easiest and most comfortable to dance to your favorite music."

For the average man and women, dancing is one of those inescapable facts of life. They are all aware that it comes up over and over again in social party situations. They might as well learn to become passable at it. It's not as hard to pick up the basics as they may think, on Oahu we have some of the best teachers in the Pacific. It's smoother sailing once they know how to do it, and it tends to score them points in lots of situations. In social dancing they don't have to reach a particularly high standard.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

They just need to be good enough to get on the dance floor and blend in with everyone else, They do not want to look like an idiot, and they want to feel comfortable while they are there. Lots of people are at least somewhat awkward about dancing, that's why they have to down a few drinks and wait for the dance floor to get busy before they step out on it. You don't have to look like someone out of a music video, you've just got to be decent enough to get by. Being better than the minimum never hurts of course, but just knowing the basics will put you way ahead of all the non-dancers out there.

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself;
I am large -- I contain multitudes.” ~Walt Whitman

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Shaping Up Nicely

The people in our West Coast dance environment are becoming more knowledgeable about dancing on the entire island. It had been a little too private clubby. Somethings that had never been discussed before are now being evaluated. What is best, American or International? Who puts out the best International Style Dancers? We are talking about competitions, are we not? Remember the Aloha Games? Somebody sure screwed that one up. Then at the height of Palladium popularity, some International people got impolite as they evolved the term "junk dancer." Not anymore, we, the dancers on this entire island are morphing into pretty nice people.

"Experienced dancers know that they can dance fox trot to jazz music and
the movement begins to change. A new freedom in the hips creates
a whole new effect not immediately identifiable as fox trot."

We do not have to agree on dancing in every thing, and most of us understand that answering many of the present questions may be difficult.  Everyone has their own definition of "ballroom dance."  There is no official governing board to set parameters and limits.  Even within competition ballroom dance, two dancers may have opposing priorities, aesthetics and values.  If you look at dance writings which describe the "dark age of ballroom dance", one dancer today may say that's actually the way ballroom dance should be, while another might call it reprehensible. Dancers may disagree in many other areas as well.  It's normal human individuality, and I think we can all respect that.

"Crazy" by Melveen Leed

The Social Dance waltz may be quite different; it's sometimes described as a “one-step waltz”. It is an Even Step dance, left, right, left and one step on every count. Easy?. It really isn't forward-side-together; it's step-two-three, step-two-three. If you concentrate on the first step and let the other two just happen, you'll find the whole thing much easier. Turn your shoulders and your feet will follow — it sounds silly, but it's absolutely true. But make sure you actually do all three steps, even if 2 and 3 are just a transfer of weight. Some just go down onto a flat foot for beat 1, and up on the toes for beats 2 and 3, but no one knows whether a real expert would agree with that. Let's Dance.

Who was that dancer that said,
 “I’ve spent plenty of money on booze and broads, and I frittered the rest away.”

Monday, June 17, 2019

Number One

Town Dancer is still at the top of the blogs on my stats, Not by much and with an outsider as #2. A couple of regular Information Contributors and we could start planning the independence of this blog. Ideal would be to have five or six Guest Bloggers from different parts of the island and that have different viewpoints to share with our fellow dancers. Photos from everywhere. As Guest Bloggers, they could get in, post, delete or publish whatever without saying boo to anyone. I could resign in peace and have plenty to do with the remaining four blogs.

"Some social dancers believe this category could include such groups of dances
as circle dances, line dances, novelty dances, or simply club dancing in solo."

All blogs just holding steady or advancing very slowly in average hits per day. The most important need for now is the Information Contributor emailing whatever they would like to share with the reader/dancers. The new administrators and guest bloggers will make their decisions regarding any parameters to be set. Not the perfect people? So who in the hell is? I will resign and with a few more good contributors. the blog will get even better. What is so hard to understand about that?

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Country dancing on Oahu is very popular and is an interesting mix of improvised dances, choreographed partner dances, and line dancing. Dancing is one of the most effective physical activities for enhancing the brain and making you smarter.Places are developing out to West Oahu. A lot of the movements tend to be repetitive, with variation opportunities for those who become comfortable. Some of the most popular dances are the country two step, cowboy swing, and the sweetheart stroll. And they are good in the oldies but goodies music department.

“Social dancers may believe that to say goodbye is to die a little.”

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Change Over

Dancing in the Dark" has been a classic American song, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz, that was first introduced by John Barker in the 1931 revue The Band Wagon. The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby on August 19, 1931. It was a classic all through WWII and remains so to this very day. The second one written by Bruce Springsteen was very popular in his album, "Born in the U.S.A." June 4, 1984. Makes for a lot of entries in all the search engines on the Internet and hard to find a blog with the same name.

"Social dancing may lead to the pleasure we can get from seeing someone
execute a movement with expert skill and grace."

Social dancing is based on the American Style of dance and that may be a little hazy. In the early 1900s, America was taken over by a dance craze and everybody was doing fox-trot, waltzes and tango in their living rooms and open outdoors alike to the "victrolas." It was very loose and very local and it acquired the terminology of "street dancing." You were very likely to learn it anywhere. Then came Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and presented the artistic side with beauty and grace that very few can match.

'Dancing in the Dark" by Artie Shaw1944

Murray and Astaire became successful in franchising Dance studios all over America and standardized a Syllabus, which became the American Style. This established the "Disciplines" in Ballroom Dancing. Unfortunately, the Arthur Murray and the Fred Astaire schools of dancing established a disagreement early on in many aspects. That fragmentation was the big drawback for the American style. Each developed their own "discipline." Then along came the English with their "true" style of "Ballroom" dancing.

I hope you can find some sense in all of this. Let us know what your experiences
are with the topic of social dancing. Please feel free to send us an email
that we can share with our fellow dancers.

Saturday, June 15, 2019


The American style dance syllabus figures are used in two fundamental ways. First, they provide a learning framework for the student of dancing. The students on Oahu learn Bronze, then Silver, then Gold and then, perhaps, non-syllabus figures. The syllabus may be also used to define competition proficiency levels. For example, on the Mainland a Gold Syllabus competition event will have more advanced dancers than a Silver Syllabus event.

"Tools? So what are these tools that help us pay
more attention when we’re dancing?"

Please note that while the International Standard and Latin styles have relatively consistent syllabus lists throughout the world, the American Smooth and Rhythm syllabus lists can differ significantly depending on the organization which provides them. Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray schools are the main divisions and the big reason that American Style so easily merges into social dancing. Because of the differences between various syllabi, syllabus events in the American styles at competitions will require that the competitors stay within the technical difficulty prescribed.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

The proficiency level in which they are dancing (Bronze, Silver, Gold) may not necessarily be within a specific set of steps. The American syllabi provided should be used as a measure of the difficulty of each proficiency level for the Rhythm and Smooth styles. If you are going into dancing any deeper than just social, see current syllabus lists in the Dance Rule Book available for review just about anywhere. Social Dancing, anyone?

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have
to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."

Friday, June 14, 2019

Ravel - Bolero (1928)

By Ramiro Sandoval, Pupukea.
There’s kind of a funny sub-genre of classical music for pieces that the composer didn’t care much about, yet exploded in popularity. Some examples include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in c# minor, and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance march. And I think at the top of this list would be Ravel’s Bolero, a piece that he considered “orchestral tissue without music” and yet is the most popular thing he wrote, to the point that most people wouldn’t recognize any of his other music.

"Social dancers think that there are some reward-related areas
in the brain connected with motor areas." Huh?

And Ravel was quite critical of the work. He was originally commissioned by Ida Rubinstein to write a short ballet piece, and at the time Ravel had been focusing on deconstructing old dance forms. Working from his Basque heritage, he wrote in the form of Spanish dances, first as a Fandango but later it morphed into the Bolero. There is no development, very little modulation; it is one melody over a stable beat that repeats with different instruments and instrument groups, slowly building up and getting louder and it can be beautiful.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

While one could criticize the work for “not going anywhere” and being very simplistic, minimalist, and repetitive compared to the rest of Ravel’s output, it still very good. At the forefront is the orchestration. Ravel is hailed as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, orchestrates of all time, and so this work can be seen as a study in colors, or textures. There’s another aspect that is mentioned, that Bolero is among the few examples of a clearly “teleological” piece of music. That is, the end goal is clear, and the entire work is focused on reaching that accumulation, and so you get to meditate on the journey that it carries you toward that expected destination.

Blogger's Law, #33B: 50% of all statistics are made up on the spot.