Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dine And Dance

By Richard Sing, Fernandez Village
Dining and Dancing have been part of life in most societies for ages. It is nothing new for us living on Oahu. How we dine and how we dance, of course, differs in the different sectors according to the participants. And I believe we could respect the different preferences. Generally in the social club gathering the accepted method is the potluck. And it has been a very successful part of a social shindig, at school cafeterias, private meeting halls, district parks and community centers.

"Social dancers believe that opportunity dances
with those already on the dance floor."


The only negative is the overbearing presence of a hard clique. Then all is lost, it loses it's public acceptance. In our available night clubs they try make expenses with the bar tab and that is extinct as far as our type of dancers. They must have a cover charge and make juices and snacks easily available. Then you have more "Dine and Dance." It use to be called "finger food" but it cannot be in a dancing situation where there is frequent touching of the hands.

"Waterfall" by Willie K


In Hawaii, we have the perfect set up, all pieces of whatever sold in small morsels. Our people are geniuses when it come to making chopstick food. The one's that find it easy to accept the outsiders, are the most successful because the outsiders tell their friends and it goes around and around and every one meets new people. That extended friendship is what makes it an Ohana. Fortunately we are not doing too bad in spite of the Rail Disaster.

 "Social dancers believe that truth is mighty and will prevail.
There is nothing the matter with this, except that it just ain't so."

Competition


At one time, (before the Rail Disaster) there was a Dance Pavilion in the plans at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center in Waipio. That would have been the perfect place and half the size of the Palladium would have been the perfect size. Not only for dancers of all kinds of fun dancing but for competition dancers in West Oahu. But unfortunately the Big Bucks in profits from the Rail come first and it has been cancelled. The competitive dance industry could have helped but they ignored the entire shebang. They are strictly a money making industry.

"Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you’ve never lost."


But we certainly can build our own keeping the cost down without allowing outsiders the control. Dancers who compete at these regional competitions on the mainland are usually young dance students ranging in age from about six to eighteen years old. Whereas our competition dancers are over 40 with many over 50. But you and I are still talking "good" dancers. Dance schools sometimes arrange for their classes to compete as groups. Advanced dance students often compete solo or in small groups (e.g., duo, trio, quad) in addition to competing with their dance class groups.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


Competitive dancers must be physically fit because even short dances can be physically demanding. Also, dancers must continuously train to maintain and improve their technique, balance skills, strength and flexibility. Fortunately, we have many places on this island available to practice and hone their skills. The Palladium has been used frequently because of the large dance floor. Competitive dancing requires dedication as many months may be spent practicing dance and developing dance routines. A good dance club can help you a long way to conform to the rules.

"It is strange -- but it may be true; for truth is always strange - stranger than fiction."

Monday, July 29, 2019

Lead And Follow

By Jeffery Lau, Turtle Bay

"Lead and follow" is the secret to getting two partners dancing smoothly together. It's simply impossible for two people, dancing in close contact, to move seamlessly if each person is making their own decisions, choosing their own timing and doing their steps independently. The lead decides and usually has less to do than the follow and the ladies are on Oahu are very good and do their part very beautifully.


The dance frame is the most important thing in lead as it helps the man maintain the connection between you and your partner. Your frame should be firm and steady all time. "Noodle arms" or a weak frame will hinder the connection to your partner. Fortunately, the men on Oahu are very good. When you have a good connection/frame, your partner will feel like she is part of your body. Learn the signals, wherever you go, she can sense the movement from your body instantly.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


 Every woman agrees that what she needs from a man is for him to be a strong leader. But if that’s true, then what is it exactly that the man needs from the woman? You guessed it; a strong follower. They are two totally different sets of skills, and two totally different mindsets. One requires immediate action, commitment and confidence, while the other requires patience and willing submission to the will of another. But how can a woman be patient and submissive to a leader who is not quite confident and assertive (At least not yet)?

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


When a man wants to dance with you, he will first extend the invitation to dance. Once you accept, he will create his frame. And once his frame is created, it is the woman’s job to step into his frame and stay there. But what if his frame is wavering, as it might, what do you do then? It has been said that when a man steps on a woman’s feet it is usually the woman’s fault for not getting her feet out of the way. But why would a woman be thinking about getting her feet out of the way when the man hasn’t moved yet, or worse, is too busy “waddling” around her feet? With practice they will both learn very nicely.

"Social dancers hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not,
we can hope you have the courage to start all over again."

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Do's and Don'ts

From the Dancer's Delight, San Francisco.
Do: Respect other dancers as you would like to be respected. Encourage everyone to dance, no matter what their level/quality/style of dancing. The idea is to share the joy of dancing with the world. Apologize for a collision on the dance floor, even if you are not at fault. Maybe the rude one will learn from you. Follow the line of dance, allowing the faster dancers the outside lane. Smile, you'll enjoy dancing more and others will enjoy you. Applaud the band, they are trying to please. And if they please you with a particular dance, let them know. It may assure that you get more of the ones you like. This applies to the Disk Jockeys too.

"Social dancers think that the thing to do, is to prepare themselves
so they can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud."


Don't: Criticize other dancers. No two couples are alike and since the main objective is to have fun, it doesn't matter if other dancers are not as "perfect" as you. They just might be having a little bit more fun than you. We can accept that we are not clones, but individuals with unique preferences.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Received from Maile Yagi
Our biggest need for all our blogs is some Information and/or Photo Contributors (the Two Centers) willing to share their two cents of dance info for the good of the reader/dancers.

"Social dancers know that if you really want to live your life to the fullest and realize your greatest potential, you must be willing to run the risk of upsetting some people."

Our Dance Kuleana

By Jason Kogami, Sunset Beach
Wow, I have been looking over dance blogs, danced web sites, dance clubs, dance advisories, dance schools and I sometime wonder how we can enjoy dancing with each other. There are so many viewpoints and styles and music to choose from. I think a repertoire of six to eight dances would be sufficient for an evening of fun. But there are more than a dozen good dances out there and a couple more waiting in the wings. Most of us just want some of our favorite music and an opportunity to dance with someone. Wow, talk about gimmicks and theories. Hey You, you are suppose hold the arm up at 45 degrees and you had it at 46. Dancing is just loaded down with rules like that, many which do not apply to us the social dancers.

"Social dancers believe that poetry may be an echo, asking a shadow to dance, -
and dance may be a poem of which each movement is a word."


Then there is the usual, small, medium and large to differentiate anything. In the disciplines they have Bronze, Silver and Gold divisions which is fine. In social dancing they have beginners, intermediates and advanced which is also just fine and easily understood. But generally different goals. In the disciplines the goal is the Gold. And many attain it fast with "hard work." That is "Hard Work" The social dancers just cruise along having fun and learning of course. Gradually in their fun dancing they will feel comfortable when they are a little bit better than average. They have arrived - but they never stop learning.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Now that we are developing such good dancers in the West Oahu, it is only proper that some are thinking of getting into competition dancing, just for the sport. Hey, there is nothing wrong with that. Competitive dance is a popular, widespread activity world wide. in which competitors perform dances in any of several permitted dance styles before a common group of judges.  And we had a large crowd of these at one time and then they began to fizzle out when they took over the Palladium and got a little too "deluxe." The terms "Ala Wai Dancer" and "Junk Dancer" arose and applied to the "lesser" dancers, and then the decline began. The "Rootzi Tootzis" have never known why.

"The ease and appeal of blogging on this island is inspiring a new group of
writers and creators to share their voices with their fellow dancers."

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Dancing in Honolulu.

Wow, the entire enchilada of dancing is doing very well in Honolulu. Some groups have had to hire people to shovel the money as it comes, into the safe. The social dance clubs are getting increased membership and the Studios are making it hand over fist. Of course, the Night Clubs are getting new clubs every month with increase of teaching dance in the Night Clubs. We have had about 35 thousand dancers on Oahu, and now headed definitely to 40 thousand.

“Social dancers believe that if you hit a wall, - climb over it, -
crawl under it, - or dance on top of it.”
 

The biggest overflow of dancers will be to the outskirts of the island because they live there. Many are discovering the beauty of this island from the seashore which is far different than from a downtown club. They have a good reason. Not only that but the population of the outskirts is getting greater everyday when they find they can get jobs near home. Many are having a ball, living, working and playing in the Outskirts. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Never no need for the Rail Disaster. The Waianae Coast and the North Shore are looking very good. I live in the Central Valley. Anything there? Let me know.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


The Dance Studios are morphing very nicely into dance studios, five days a week and into a beautiful dance party on Friday and Saturday evening. It seems to be gratifying for all those involved. Then some Night Clubs are morphing into having dance classes at any time for many functions. Of course no one teaches any students that there are three very natural divisions in most dance disciplines under different terminology. Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

West Oahu

Social dancers in Honolulu are not doing bad. They have their regulars and a few extras all the time. The results are a very pleasant evening of social dancing. West Oahu is really trying but most everyone knows the Rail Disaster is definitely not the answer to our problems. Some people can see it and Hawaii is already losing many people to the mainland. We can only do the best we can for the ones who stay, For sure the Waianae Coast and the North Shore will evolve and "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Come Social Dancers, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with 
you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame."


The social dancers seem to be appreciating the music much more and we are fortunate to have some terrific DJs in West Oahu. In dancing, for the older more experience dancers, the classics are very much appreciated, The distinctions between the young and the ? are becoming clearer and no hu hu. You want rock and roll, go for it, none of us want to stand in your way of having fun. But if I want the classics, may I have the rights too? Let us get along and dance our lives away, the way we want to. Trump methods gotta go.

"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Received from Maile Yagi

I will certainly try to be there and blog'em, I can write my viewpoint and I try to get a few more viewpoints to post in the blog and make it more "Social." I get three or four, nice but not enough. A couple more would be nice and maybe a couple "sentences." Makes it Feedback and that is our dance Blogging.

"Social dancers know that some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished
by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."

Monday, July 22, 2019

Latin Waltz

By Valentin Hernandez, Waipio
The count of the original Viennese Waltz is 1, 2, perhaps 3.” Huh? The beat values change only slightly but the second beat is anticipated, in other words the time between beats 1 and 2 is shorter than between beats 2 and 3. The count of “1 – 2 – 3” is therefore misleading. We have been very fortunate to have had some of the best teachers of Viennese Waltz on Oahu. Many have used the most appropriate method of counting the Viennese Waltz: “Om–pa – pah”, thus creating a feeling somehow close to “quick – quick – slow” rather than just an even “1 – 2 – 3”.

“Social dancers feel that when the Waltz melody plays, footsteps move,
the heart sings and the spirits begin to dance.”


This feeling is essential to create the right balance between swing and turn as it was meant to be typical for the original Viennese Waltz. The feeling of a “slow” on the third step would prevent the ever so many competitors (of ALL grades unfortunately!) from the mostly rushed and “hoppy” closing or crossing action. The “quicks” at the beginning of each bar would encourage couples to pick up their swing earlier instead of trying to push a far too long and heavy step on “1”. But in order to do this, they must be aware of the rhythmical character of the music they use for practicing and of course competing.

"Cuando Escuches Este Valse" por Xavier Solis


The three count measure was danced in the Indian Civilizations of Mexico two millenniums ago. And Then the Spanish version arrived and partner dancing was introduced to the natives of Latin America. The professionals in the native populations took to it easily and modified it into a natural dance which is danced to this day. However it is danced with a rock step and a chassé. Just beautiful but just beginning to move in this century. It was never picked up because the favorite beats have always been the two and the four count measure, as in Samba and Rumba.

"Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry
when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time. – Don Miguel Ruiz


Shaping Up Good

Our blogs on Oahu are shaping up very nicely. Not enough feedback so they have remained pretty much the same. They will differ from each other much more in the next couple months to give every one a better choice. The best of course are the ones that kokua, and try to help us share with our fellow dancers. They have convinced us that they are "pro" us. We will continue to carry on our obligation of giving all of these people and their friends the best of public relations. Fortunately, they are increasing, and there are many ways to establish their intent. Feedback being number one.

"Many social dancers believe that some of the benefits of dancing include
physical fitness, mental clarity, and emotional stability."


The second group is not exactly with us. They merely accept us as perhaps another necessary evil in the dancing environment. There are many that have communicated to me that there are plenty of newsletters, web sites and even blog sites out there. True and many are very good. Some people have prior commitments with others micros like Twitter or Facebook, no hu hu. Some want a particular advantage for their club and we just help all those reader/dancers that will accept it.

 "I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


Then many think they have done very well in the last fifty years without our help. "Why do we need you now?" They can come up with quite a few reasons, valid or not and some can sound reasonable. I personally think they should do as they damn well please. No hu hu. But they do occasionally furnish information and photos so we can accept them for as long as we can share the information with our readers. Why not? Then we are fortunate to have a Web site such Dance Fever Oahu with a wealth of information available for the dancers on this island.

"Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn’t burn up any fossil fuel, doesn’t pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance."

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Beginners

I hear of them every day even if I don't see them. Social dancers that have had a very limited interest and knowledge of partner dancing. Now some people, even over fifty have shown some interest in getting into "Ballroom Dancing" somewhat more deeply. There are no age limits and everyone can decide for themselves. If you are interested in ballroom dance but don’t know where to begin, a good place to start is in a beginner dance class at your nearest dance club. Most dance clubs are in Honolulu but there are some in West Oahu. Look around and ask your friends and neighbors.


"It may be possible that social dancers dance to the beat of a different drummer"


Learning the most widely known partner dances can make you a good guest in any social gathering, and bring some fun and culture to your life at the same time. When you sign up for ballroom dance lessons, the information from your fellow students can also help you understand more about the various types of ballroom dance. When someone refers to “American or International” styles of dance for example, they may be talking about different dances. Social dancing on Oahu is amalgamated dances based mostly on the American style.

"The Hukilau Song" by Amy Hanaialii


International is well known as a exhibition and competition style of dance. And there are many excellent dancers in this discipline. An adjudicator in competition dancing is a person qualified by the Dance Societies to judge dancers in a competition. With good reason, they must apply the same principles to each competitor to be fair, an increasing requirement throughout the world. However, it does not apply to us, the social dancer/viewers.  We know what we like without anyone else's rules.

"Social dancers really believe that dance is not only a wonderful
way to express yourself but also a fantastic spare time
activity you can  enjoy with your dance partners."

Friday, July 19, 2019

Emerging Dance Information

By Fred Wong, Waikele:

In this century we have really seen an increase in communication between the dancers in our Oahu dance community. And I mean all of the partner dancers out there. There has been enough information to give anyone the feeling that they are the ones that have been called upon to define dancing. There have always been memos passed around during classes and we have always accepted newsletters. We were able to subscribe to a variety of mainland dance magazines too. Good solid information and all pretty much one way communication. Then the dance Web sites made their grand entrance about 30 years ago.

Amateur: One who dances in either social, exhibitions or competitions
for the pure joy of it and not for compensation.


For a long while they controlled a good portion of the dancing information on this island and it was considered a feather in your cap if you had one. Gradually the Internet provided additional information. And 25 Years Ago, the famous Palladium brought it all to a central point on Oahu. And we more or less know what happened after that. The dance club cliques increased in power and the emerging hit dance movies had many people wanting to be champs in a competitive dance contest. The resulting decline was hard on the ones depending on dance income. Some dancers grew to dislike "Ballroom Dancers."

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner


Then the cell phone and the email really came into being and allowed easier communication between dancers in different parts of the island and even beyond. The cell phone for its portability and the email with its fast send and reply written conversation. Many were coming to the conclusion that they just wanted to have fun dancing. Wow! Now in this century the blog has been the humdinger. These blogs have evolved into miniature Facebooks with two way communication but not exposed to the world in the same way. And our blogs do not require any commitments from our reader/dancers. The blogs are available to the public at large and anyone can tune and see. Happy Dancing.

"Our business in life may not be to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits."

Dancing. When?

From The Dance Group blog:

Dancing for humans throughout the world began shortly after agriculture and civilization, when drums and music began. In Mexico, the groups became very large, they built large cities and the "professionals evolved," royalty, priests, astrologers, mathematicians and of course musicians and dancers. Though stepping to music may have been performed by individuals, it was generally performed by groups of three or more, often in arrangements that resemble military formations. You can even see Africans doing it today on TV.

"Social dancers may believe that dance is a poem of which each movement is a word."


It is just up and down. left foot, right foot, left, right. Before the professionals in Mexico become involved it is almost certain that the up and down motion led to a rocking movement from side to side. Then they learned to rock going forward and backward and a new movement, the rock step was born. And it is still used and defined to this day as an element of dance. Stepping in modern times may also draw from elements of gymnastics and include semi-dangerous stunts as a part of individual routines. The speed of the step depends on the beat and rhythm the performer wants it to sound.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


Some forms of stepping include the use of props, such as canes, rhythm sticks and/or fire and blindfolds.There are perhaps 5000 stepping dances in the world today and some are included in our kuleana of dance. Some of the nicest music in the world is the Waltz. And it is basically an Even
Step dance, just left, right, left, right. It is usually to three count music and there is a marked accent on the one count. So if you push a little extra hard on the one count, a natural rise develops on the two and three counts. Should remain popular for another hundred years.

"Social Dancers think that life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here, we may as well dance."

Thursday, July 18, 2019

From The Music Blog.

Accents: No, not foreigners talking. In music, an accent is an emphasis placed on a particular note, as a result of its context. This can get quite complicated in the other divisions but for us, the social dancer, we just notice the recurring loud noise, that's it. It usually is on first count of the measure and determines when we make the first foot movement. Accents which do not correspond to the stressed beats of the prevailing meter are said to be syncopated. Yes, Latin accents can be a little more complicated than European. You want to get a little more complicated yet, no hu hu. do it.

"Social dancers believe that nobody cares if you can’t dance well.
Just get up, join the crowd on the dance floor and dance."


Acoustics: Acoustic music comprises music that is used solely or primarily in instruments which produce sound through entirely acoustic means, as opposed to electric or electronic means, - the old time bands. The term "acoustic music" appeared after the advent of electric instruments, such as the electric guitar, electric violin, electric organ and synthesizer. Performers of acoustic music often increase the volume of their output using electronic amplifiers. Keeping noise levels down at venues may not be just about keeping the peace with the neighbors.

How many social dancers does it take to change a light bulb?
Five!...Six!...Seven!...Eight!


Employers, event-organizers and self-employed people have responsibilities to assess and control the risk of hearing damage. However, many of these amplification devices remain separate from the amplified instrument and reproduce its natural sound accurately. Sometimes a microphone is placed in front of an acoustic instrument which is then wired up to an amplifier. For the social dancer, it merely has to do with hearing the sound comfortably. Also vaguely the qualities of the room that have to do with how clearly the sounds can be heard or transmitted. The more comfortable the music, the more comfortable the dance. And, lucky, our DJs do an excellent job of doing their thing.

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided
each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world
is all gates, all opportunities, keep your eyes open."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blogging

For me, my little puzzle of the blog stats is still fascinating. Each blog fluctuates so that the average hits per day is what keeps them more stable. I will have a blog that is going up and down but the average hits are going up ever so slowly. That is good enough for now. However that is SOS which in blogging stands for Same Old Shit. You really have to be a big name to go up fast in average hits per day. If I say green, green, green all week and you come around and say blue, Wow! That is not SOS. And it does not matter what color you choose, the average hits per day will go up.

"Some social dancers think you can put music to your troubles
and dance them away."


There must be some dance groups on Oahu that could benefit from having regular communication with our blogs. The information and/or photos contributed and posted in our blogs would benefit them and our fellow dancers. I am somewhat limited physically but if I am invited to a dance function, I can get there by Handi Van and blog'em. We have had a few dance groups in our blogs, - dance clubs, chapters, night clubs, other Web and Blog sites and it has all been to their benefit. And the readers have been informed, we have shared with our fellow dancers.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho


This new blogging will open the doors for many that wish to find a subject of interest for the reader/dancers. Next year we may have 50 thousand social dancers on Oahu. (Yes, this is a WAG)* We thank you all for overlooking our typos. And we certainly can understand that those of you who are perfect cannot stand those of us that are not. Typos can occur anywhere. Here is an example from a newspaper with the best spell checker in the business and went through the proofreader.

"Gordie Jefferson celebrated his birthday last week
with a party of eight little fiends."

"When I dance, I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life.
I can only be joyful and whole; that is why I dance." ~ Hans Bos

* WAG: Wild Ass Guess


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Wahiawa with photos.

Had a good time and I think everyone else did too. I published the first blog in the Town Dance blog of Saturday with no pictures because my camera went blink. Lucky for all of us, I got these photos from Maile and we all appreciate it. Mahalo.


"Wonderful Italian Night, Wahiawa Style." Peter S.

Nice people but missing a lot of good ones that had commitments elsewhere. They will be for the next one. Made some contacts and trying to get information contributors and possible Guest Bloggers. I am getting old and a few could take over my best blog. Or if a group would like to designate their choice, I would be willing to go along and help them with the takeover. I do try to make it clear that a one club Blog may not be it.

"Oh, Sole Mio" by Mario Lanza


"Awesome Night of WBDC" ~ Rosalie
"La Vida Italiano, I love it." ~ Rod

Nice social atmosphere and good conversation. I remarked that the clock was not working and Rod took a look and asked me if I had an extra battery, He installed it in the clock and had it working nicely. This place is social. And I don't have to tell anyone that we had a hellavah good dinner. And we got some good comments too. Social?

"My Molokia Woman" by Willie K


"Having a great time at WBDC. function tonight. Come join us at our next dance."
 ~ Carol M.

As per usual, the music and the entire presentation was outstanding and every one there was enjoying the social dance atmosphere. I even saw some outsiders dancing and some just looking interested. Nice. If I get some photos I can make another blog, but I understand you may wish to post in a better venue. Your choice. The Handi Van picked me up about 9:15 and I was home before ten. Mahalo, everyone. I had me some good pizza.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


"Social dancers believe that dance is the purest expression
 of every emotion, earthly and spiritual."

Saturday, July 13, 2019

WBDC Dance in Wahiawa

Much to do during this big day. Got picked up by Hawaii Pacific Transport and taken to Tripler for a 12:30 appointment and they got me back by 2:30. Got myself ready early for the Mama Mia Dance of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and picked up by Handi Van and delivered by 7:00. A nice crowd already there. Tried to get my camera going but everyone got memory card error. Gotta try different memory card. And maybe buy a better camera. Just point and shoot kind.

"Thanks For The Memory" by Bob Hope


"Wonderful Italian Night, Wahiawa Style." Peter S.

Nice people but missing a lot of good ones that had commitments elsewhere. They will be for the next one. Made some contacts and get information contributors and possible Guest Bloggers. I am getting old and a few could take over my best blog. Or if a group would like to designate their choice, I would be willing to go along and help them with the takeover. I do try to make it clear that a one club Blog is not it.

"Awesome Night of WBDC" ~ Rosalie
"La Vida Italiano, I love it." ~ Rod

As per usual, the music and the entire presentation was outstanding and every one there was enjoying the social dance atmosphere. I even saw some outsiders dancing and some just looking interested. Nice. If I get some photos I can make another blog, but I understand you may wish to post in a better venue. Your choice. The Handi Van picked me up about 9:15 and I was home before ten. Mahalo, everyone.

"Having a great time at WBDC. function tonight. Come join us at our next dance."
 ~ Carol M.

"The journey in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of life really takes place." ~ Barbara De Angelis 

Friday, July 12, 2019

We lives and we learns.


This was written in 1997, just when Ballroom Dancing was beginning to fall apart. They had been a pretty solid group, now the divisions were becoming apparent, the term "junk dancer" evolved, there were new clubs and the entire membership was decreasing. This booklet was the first attempt to hold all the factions together but it was not very successful.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


From the first paragraphs of the booklet
What is Ballroom Dancing?

Ballroom dancing began as partner dancing, where the man led and the woman followed. This had evolved into many different types of dances, Waltz, Rumba etc. Each one had progressed to be danced in a traditional manner and each dance had its own particular and distinctly designated style. There is also a particular and distinctly appropriate music for each style. They have been further divided into two groups. Those that are considered from the European and those that were considered derived from the Indian or Latin America. This was most noticeable in the Competition dances where there is quite an interval between the two groups' competitions and there are big costume changes.

"The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music… Bodies never lie."
~Agnes De Mille