Sunday, September 29, 2019

Social

From the Social Dance Rag:
The character of the dance establishes the styling technique. Rise and Fall in Waltz has a natural and graceful rise and fall because of the pressure on the one count and relaxing on the two and three counts. Yet, in Foxtrot there is little rise and fall, and the dancers just glide across the floor.Though the two dances share many figures, those figures will be danced differently for each of the two dances. Applying the appropriate technique to capture the character of each dance, rather than the blindly trying a "one size fits all" approach, is one of the most joyful aspects of learning to dance socially.

"Being a social dancer may mean you are ready and willing
to help others enjoy the dance."


Finally, there is the technique associated with each figure -the amount of turn, sway etc. Nice if you want to be an exhibition or competition dancer. However, what is often overlooked is that these are actually descriptions of what the finish product should look like, not prescriptions for how to achieve it. Many instructors teach by the book, but most social dance instructors discourage students from referring directly to a technique book because it was never intended for social dancers. The technique described in books were developed by watching good dancers perform and describing the result.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


Without a good instructor to provide information about the actual method of achieving these results, the technique books can seem overly legalistic and extremely cryptic. It's understandable that someone whose exposure to "technique" consists of dealing directly with a book would have a bad image of technique. So, even if you are a recreational or competition dancer, dancing is about enjoying yourself. Dancing technique is not meant to take away from your enjoyment, its purpose is to enhance it! The more you understand about the categories of technique, the more enjoyable dancing will be to you, and the more enjoyable you will be to dance with.

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a person's growth
without destroying their roots."
 

Blogging

I am running out of time and I have a lot of places to cover where I may help and I must be on my way. My physical limitations will have me concentrating on West Oahu. But hopefully, I may get dance information from other parts of Oahu. At five blogs my experiment of over dilution is just about over. There was a pause, then the average hits per day began to go up again, just kind of slow. So it seems as though the total reader/dancers may be increasing and they will concentrate on their favorites which is happening now. Then for now, we can be patient and wait it out for the rest of the year.

"Social dancers believe that we can all be social dancers –
but only if we actively choose it."


Town Dancer blog had been way ahead of the others but has been losing hits as the others increase. Of course, Town Dancer lost one of the best bloggers in Hawaii. They may just even out pretty much the same. We are getting increased competition from Facebook and understandable if you are interested in getting hits in Nigeria or Afghanistan. We are pretty well limited to the dancers on Oahu. Whatever, Dancing in our blogs is looking good in spite of the Rail Disaster. And yes we have heard the Rents are going up. Gotta pay for the billions on the Rail Catastrophe. And the worst is yet to come.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


The City Council under Caldwell is doing well. Their good wishes to all their loyal voters - they realize that you are already seeing an increase in your ordinary living expenses such as food, clothing, rents and automobile items throughout the island. And you understand that gas and property taxes must be increased to pay for the Rail Crisis. So they ask all our good citizens to tighten your belts and hope this will end soon. Meanwhile, they are going to give themselves a little raise.

"Whatever the mind of a person can conceive and believe,
it can achieve."

Friday, September 27, 2019

Two-Centers are Valuable

We are down to five blogs and they are having a time getting going. Nobody knows from nothing. The leading blog is still an outsider with a counter which is going down in average hits per day. OK, communication is not my strong streak. I am currently in Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Word Press and Pinterest just to spread the word around and it is spreading but very slowly. Feedback is still the immediate solution just to get more dance information on Oahu to share with our fellow dancers. We have been at the point of diminishing returns for about six months. I was able to get a lot of hits off our counter that were not legit hits.

"Male Social dancers go through this in the beginning, - they will feel confused - they
know the moves and they wonder if they will ever get as good as the other leads."

Yes, the feedback phases over into a Two Center. A person willing to share their 2 cents of dance information with our fellow dancers on a blog. They may become officially Information Contributors and be on tap any time the wish to become a Guest Blogger. We need prose not poetry. Information about our dancing locations and our fellow dancers. Our blogs have one big advantage in that everything will be above board, much different than the cliques that had almost run Dancing into the ground.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino

What our Two Centers say in our blogs may not be what you think they said in our blogs.
That is Social Media.

Opinion: applies to a conclusion or judgement which, while it remains open to dispute, seems true or probable to one's own mind.

Belief: refers to the mental acceptance of an idea or conclusion, often a doctrine or dogma proposed to one for acceptance.


View: is an opinion affected by one's personal manner of looking at things.

Conviction: is a strong belief about whose truth one has no doubts about.

Sentiment: refers to an opinion that is the result of deliberation but is colored with emotion.

Persuasion: refers to a strong belief that is unshakable because one wishes to believe in its truth.

"Sometimes tradition is the way of doing things that keeps us
from doing them better."


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Belly Dancing

No one ever told me that they had belly dancing in the Philippines. Perhaps just to tell me it was illegal or something like that. Actually Belly dance is a Western-coined name for a traditional Middle Eastern dance, especially raqs sharqi. Then the term "Belly dance" is a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part in raqs sharqi being the hips. (The Hula?) Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style; and new styles have been invented in the West as its popularity has spread globally.

Belly dance websites, provide their online information on performers,
information about selected dances and dance styles, musical
instruments, and sometimes history of their dance.


Malia Delapenia, Hawaii’s premier belly dancer is an acclaimed professional performing artist, instructor and choreographer based in Honolulu Hawaii. Raqs sharqi (literally "oriental dance") is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

"In this life" by Amy Hanaialii

Social dance classes on Oahu
Raqs baladi, (literally "dance of country", or "folk" dance) is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings. This blog will come as a surprise to those that have been taught that they dance "correctly," without any qualification to that dictum. Some people don't realized what a small cog we are in the entire world of dance. Meanwhile I have to drop into a little Salsa on Saturday.

"A complete life depends on what it was lived for"

Dancespeak

On Oahu, we will change the Dance Speak to suit ourselves. You name it. I am glad some people are beginning to realize that some of the terms presented here have been there for some time in their dance experience. They have had to agree more or less with the meaning, but "social dance" is changing and some terms will become obsolete. Some of it may be expanded by anyone easily for more clarity. You may even write it up and share it with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers do not worry much on what they want
from their dancing, they just dance."


Arm Waving; used mainly in competition and exhibition dancing. "Hey, look at me." Also used in countries where they are unable to achieve the Cuban motion adequately. Used extensively in the Orient where they are more accustomed to the use of the arms and hands more than the feet. In Hula, just beautiful. In Social dancing we keep it down to a minimum.

Ball: Several definitions, the front part of the foot. Also another word for fun. 'Having a ball." And from the Latin, Ballere, meaning to dance and presently meaning a formal dinner and party which may be attended by non-dancers.

Band: A group of musicians joined together for the purpose of producing music such as a Dance Band or a small orchestra.

Basics: Very important part of the "Dance." In classes, the beginners are looking enviously at the intermediates. The intermediates are looking enviously at the advance students. The advance students really are beginning to know what dancing is all about. Now they want to go back to learning the basics right. If you can dance basics good and you can dance to anything.



Beat: The essential cadence of marking time for dancing throughout the tune and continues with equal duration and force. Listening music may vary.

BPM: Beats per minute. 24 BPM in a Fox Trot is six measures. In a Waltz it is eight measures and in any two count it is twelve measures.

Big Band: The name applied to the large dance orchestras up to the 50s. Danced in the Big Ballrooms some holding thousands of dancers.

Body Lead: This refers mainly to the signals that are given to a lady through the body movement of the man. He learns to use his shoulders, upper body and head. Takes some time for the men to learn and the ladies are pure geniuses in following.

"An unexamined life is not worth living." – Socrates


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Leaders

The ladies on Oahu are fortunate that we have so many good leaders. Technique has to do with the relationship between the dance partners and someway or another the Leaders have learned to do it very nicely. If a leader does not understand the correct dance frame, then the leader will resort to using strength, forcing the follower to move a particular way, which maybe awkward or even dangerous. A proper dance frame allows the leader to indicate the desired movement clearly but without force. This in turn, allows the follower to move properly and safely and beautifully.

"Social dancers know that they are open to being up close and social with others on the
dance floor, and it is inevitable when you are switching partners at a dance."


Likewise, if the follower does not understand the correct dance frame, the leader has no method to communicate the lead. It is also important to understand that some "social dance" is counter intuitive. For example, in some figures a couple turns not because the dancers turn individually but because one partner remains relatively still, while the other partner moves past, causing the partnership to turn. Many other aspects of all dancing are also counter intuitive, and without a thorough grounding in partner relationship technique, the dance can become an arm wrestling match set to music.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey


Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and or Blog sites. But the benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name and dance functions out in front of potential and current members. It is the preferred media of Ballroom Dance Professionals and the least expensive PR. Advertising, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV is something else and cost.

From a London Newsletter, 30 years ago:
"Carry the lady as she were a tray of drinks The finest champagne 
 in the best glassware. Do not spill a drop."

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tango On Oahu

Argentine Tango is coming more into prominence in Hawaii, lately. There is an upswing in American Tango and Filipino Tango and most important they got some good music. Tango is a popular partner and social dance that originated as the Milonga, an obscure word, from the Incas in Peru in the 1400s. It was just a walking dance with a pounce cat like jump after six to ten steps. The first illegal aliens that arrived with no women, went to bordellos and found they could dance the Milonga. The basic movements and the music moved down to Chile and over the mountains to Argentina.

"It happens, you look around and some other leads are doing crazy cool moves.
Their follows look like they are having the time of their lives."


It began to be modified by the increase in Europeans arriving. By the 1800s in the bordellos along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, a new dance was born, La Milonga. It was born in the impoverished port areas of these two countries, where the music and dance was influenced by the different European immigrant populations. The tango was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of the ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music. The "Tango," in the 1900s, then spread to the rest of the world. Many variations of this dance currently exist around the world.

"Blue Tango" by Billy Vaughn


Characteristics of styles of tango:

American tango is when you’ve just started dating, and you’re flirting in an atmosphere of sexual tension. Heavy in the US and a nice pleasant atmosphere.
Argentine tango is when you’ve just started sleeping together and you can’t keep your hands off each other. Watch it! All over the world. This is something else.
International tango is when you’ve been married for seven years and you’re only staying together for the sake of the children. Strict rules and terrific for Competition Dancing.
Filipino Tango on Oahu, started in the Philippines, American from a few American soldiers that liked it. Gradually moved over to the Argentine Milonga and on Oahu it may amalgamate and merge with the American again or it may not last.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Downtown Honolulu: Exec's wife came over to visit and they left together for the day,  They get on the elevator and on the next floor down, the elevator stops and a gorgeous blonde gets on. She pokes her elbow in his ribs and says, "Hi, Cutie Pie." His wife is standing next to him, smiles nicely to the lady. "Hi, I am Mrs Pie."

Sunday, September 22, 2019

American Style Of Dance

The American Style of dance refers to the Ballroom Dances developed in the USA that contrast with the International Style. They denote the group of nine dances that were danced in American Style Ballroom competitions. The group consists of two categories: American Smooth and American Rhythm. American Rhythm loosely corresponds to the Latin category of the International Style, just like American Smooth corresponds to Standard. The American established dance variations are not recognized internationally. They are rather used in dance and competition methods as attempts to meets perceived needs in the local market-place which immense in the US.

"Social dancers realize that regardless of where they live in the world,
they will participate in dances that reflect a lot or a little of the culture."


In American Smooth, - Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, - dancers wear costumes not greatly dissimilar to those worn by their counterparts in International Style Standard. Dresses often have prominent floats embellishing the arms and fuller skirts which are typically absent in Smooth, due to the open movement and changing arm positions requiring less restriction on the body. However, the dances themselves are significantly different as a result of influence by dancers like Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray in the years following World War II.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


While elegance and flow remain the goal, as in International Standard, dancers in American do not remain in closed position exclusively, instead breaking away from each other periodically and experimenting with open footwork. The American Rhythm dances, - Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Samba, East Coast Swing - and were also influenced by American dancers of the post-WWII era, but the differences between this style and International Latin are more subtle. Costumes are similar, and while step patterns are not identical, movements are as free and explicitly sensual as in Latin. Fortunately on Oahu we have had some of the best teachers of the American Style in the Pacific.

"Social dancers know that your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude."

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Tid Bits.

One version to learn any dance - Try Waltz in a line dance to learn making moves according the music. You won't need a partner and you will still have fun in the social atmosphere. From there you can make connections for taking partner lessons in what is still called Ballroom Dancing on Oahu. Take what ever advice you wish and make your decision. You are not likely to be wrong unless you suddenly get a desire to dance at Blackpool. Whatever you wish you will be dancing socially in less than a month, though nothing fancy of course.

"Many social dancers have been super comfortable in their bodies
all their lives. In which case, good for them!"


Most everybody already enjoys moving to music. And you may meet some people that deny being dancers, they are "Movers to music" which may be a future definition of Social Dancer. Then you can certainly make your own decision on any new course to take and with different dance teachers. Social dancers use the KISS method. Keep It Simple Stupid. Appreciate the music and the rest of what you pick up is gingerbread. Learn your basic moves good. How? Easy as pie, just keep on dancing.You will eventually be just a little better than average and that is good enough.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Whereas 20 years ago at the height of the famous Palladium with many deluxe dancers, there was a touch of the confessional with the words, "I'm just a social dancer." Now, there definitely is a touch of pride in the words, "I am a social dancer." That pride developed first among the Night Club dancers and has been infiltrating into the social dance clubs too. As in all social groupings, we become more certain that there are a hellavah lot more of us than the "Rootzi Tootzis."

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Two elderly dance ladies were taking their morning stroll in the Mililani Town Center. Gladys: "The whole time that Bill was alive, did you have mutual climax?" Ethel thought a while; "No, I think we always had State Farm."


Friday, September 20, 2019

Wots Doin'?

Throughout the years, I have heard or read little items of the Hula being danced in Japan. But I am beginning to believe they like it over there. I came across some posters on the Internet of Japanese ladies dancing the Hula in Japan. Probably to Hawaiian music played on a Steel Guitar. Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion. No one knows its exact origins but Hawaiians have many tales that agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred ritual. I believe you can find it just about anywhere on this world.

"All social dancers know that there are other ways of partner dancing,
such as competitive dancing and exhibition dancing. No hu hu."


We need to share all kinds of dance information for our readers. I just don't do night club enough nowadays. But our readers should have a little more knowledge of what is going on in the Night Club circuit too. You might eventually have some info to share.There are so many clubs that are not suitable for our kind of dancing. The readers should have more recommended choices. Then we can flock there until the floor get too crowded, then move on to another. "Basic" is the most fundamental or essential movements in each dance using its natural step rhythms and its styling movements in their simplest forms.

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges


Just a little reminder that I have some difficulty getting around. But I certainly will make the effort to go to a dance function if I am invited. I cannot dance or eat, so I would be there to blog'em. I do not want to interfere. I can usually get a brief description of the happenings. And I try to get an opinion from a few participants. And I do require help in getting the photos for the blog. I take my point and shoot camera and I pass it around. Those willing may get five or six pics each of their closer friends and I get a very good assortment of attendees. Needless to say two people in the photo are better than one. More people per photo.

"Blogger Law #68C: Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wine

The new century and Wine seems to be the increasing choice of drink for dancers. You just sip, sip and sip. Many seem to know the different classes of wine and even the differences in smell. Dancers have had a long time reputation of not being drunks. They drink but usually responsibly and that is to the good of everyone.

"I got started dancing because I knew that was one way to meet girls."
~ Gene Kelly (1912-1996) American dancer


Wine has a long history dating back about 8,000 years (along with agriculture) and is thought to have originated in present day Georgia (Russia) or Iran. It took about 1500 years to get to Europe. It became very common in classical Greece and Rome. In early Greece, 20000 Greek men and wine in the afternoon, evolved the entire Western concept of ethics that we know today.

"Days Of Wine And Roses" by Andy Williams

Wine has also played an important role in religion since ancient times. The Greek God Dionysos and the Roman God Bacchus represented wine. Wine has played an important role in ceremonies in the Christian religion such as mass. And wine was drunk at the Last Supper.

Forty years ago, I could see empty hard liquor bottles at some of the social dances. And always a few beer cans but no evidence of wine. Now. not many drinkers at the socials but it has become apparent in Night Clubs and Da Big Shows in Waikiki. There must be other reasons why wine is becoming "acceptable," One of the marks of a certain type of a bad person is one that cannot give up a thing themselves without wanting every one else to give it up too.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam, one millennium ago.

Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of Spring
Your Winter garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To flutter - and the Bird is on the Wing.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Flip Flap

Blogging should be a mixture between an art and a science. If this is true (and I think it is), there’s no "right way" to approach blogging if you want to be successful. There are plenty of people who’ve done a great job of it though, and it would be useful to learn from them. If I was able to get out more, I would be able to gather ideas of what topics our social dancers people would most like to read about. But I cannot and I am convinced that feedback from anyone willing to share some dance information on our blogs would be terrific because it would be varied. That along with a few photos would clinch it. A better understanding of our audience on Oahu means we could have a better idea of what blog content will resonate with them, which is an advantage to getting more reader/dancers.

"Social dancing provides a new cultural experience and may improve your outlook."


Social dancing on Oahu has been accepted on Oahu in this century, Now I am certain of it. First the big cliques, the Creative Researchers And Producers and the Rootzi Tootzis are not that heavily involved anymore. They had made it known that they dance "correctly" and by default we were not dancing correctly. Therefore they were different than the rest of us. Now we have all accepted it as fact and agree with them. We may not need them for our preference of dance. At least in this century there are new dances, fads etc that have come into our dance world that have not been dictated from on top. All new movements will continue to evolve from "movers," the people that are moving to the music of their choice and there is a big, big difference.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii 


The lady gets up a little late, puts up the shades, takes the cover off the Parrot's cage, she loves him but he has a nasty vocabulary. She makes a coffee, sits down in the living room and glances out the window and sees the preacher coming up. Wow! She quickly puts the cover back on her bad language Parrot's cage and goes to the door to let the preacher in. As the preacher gets in, the parrot, from under the cloth says: "Goddamn, that was a short day!"

"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is
the price we must pay for success. Most of us can accomplish
anything if we are willing to pay the price.

Communication

On the Island of Oahu all dancing seems to be settling into its own space without encroaching on others. We can accept the fact that we all have our own independent opinions and we are not clones of anyone. We do try to agree on as many things as possible simply because it makes life a little easier. Our terminology may differ among us but only slightly.

Social dancing may be variously classified by its proponents as a hobby or pastime.
How about leisure recreation or entertainment. As an art form, or maybe a sport?


Cut Time: A time signature in which the half note is the basic unit rather than the quarter and is usually equivalent to 2/2 time. It is used practically in all fast music in this century.

Choreography: The selection, design of steps and movement in dance. This also has to be put into rhythmic, geometric and dramatic sequence so that it has form, progression and purpose.

Claves: Twin pieces of cylindrical resonant hardwood played by hitting them five times in a two measure phrase. Three in one measure and two in the second measure. Evolved from the five beat measures in the ancient Mexican dance cultures.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Clique: A close circle of friends usually at the same level of dance expertise and sometimes tied together by the Mickey Mouse steps learned from the same dance club.

Close: The moving of the free foot next to the supporting foot with one change of weight.

Closed Position: The most normal position in dance and for us loosely defined. Man and woman face each other with shoulders parallel and the women slightly to man's right. Lady's elbow away from the body, man's right hand below the women's left shoulder blade. The man holds the woman's right hand in his left and her palm rests on his shoulder.

Competition Dancing: As the name implies, amateurs compete for prizes and professionals for money. Some must be danced in Standard steps and some are OPEN, anything goes.

"Never let yourself be bullied into silence. Don't let anyone define you, define yourself.
And your brain is there for a reason ... so write that viewpoint up anywhere."

Monday, September 16, 2019

Oktoberfest

Nice day, Saturday and having received the invitation, I was looking forward to attending the Wahaiawa Ballroom Dance Club social. I began to make my necessaries for the occasion. And I almost had everything when the Handi Van showed up. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my dentures. We were still on the property and the Handi Van driver was very nice. We went back and I got my dentures and we got to Wahiawa District Park a little early and some people were waiting to get in. Finally got in sometime after six and the set up began.


The set up went nicely, these people sure know what to do and they do it. In no time at all, people were dancing to the terrific music of DJ Leland.  And the feast fit for Royalty was looking good. I was glad Craig was there, and he took most of photos, and I thank the others for taking some photos of our fellow dancers. I have butterfingers, so I must be careful in handling my camera. Any help we can get will be appreciated by all.

Happy Octoberfest, I'm in Wahiawa, Hawaii - so many people enjoying a happy and
fun evening with great music and song. Some are the way from Germany. ~ Richard.


There followed the great music and dancing - socializing, picture taking and everyone having fun, which is the name of the game. Then after an hour or so, a respectful pause for Leo to say grace. A simple prayer thanking the lord for "giving us our daily bread." This was followed by the line forming along the wall to get the food. And with eating comes more socializing adding to a very nice past time, then gradually dancing resumes.

Group of people just paying in to attend our Octoberfest. It is amazing
to have this many people. Have fun every one. ~ Felipe

So many happy people. It is an honor to be here. Thank you WBDC for a great time.
~ ABDA


They were having fun with regular dances and an extra polka now and then. The line dances are nice and appreciated by all including the spectators. And we had a couple of beautiful impromptu exhibition dances. This is one terrific fun crowd.

Saturday night Octoberfest with our sister club Wahiawa Ballroom. Food, Fun, Dancing
to good music, Thank you DJ Leland and WBDC. And what a fun crowd! Aloha
~ Bert and Deanie, Aiea Ballroom.

Have a wonderful time at the WBDC Octoberfest. It's the people that make the party!
~ Maile, WBDC.


For me, my depression phases come in now and then, and the entire atmosphere may not be recommended by my VA doctors who are really very good. But at this social dance, no one is doing anything for me, they are just having fun and I benefit greatly just by watching them having a ball. What depression?

Ballroom dancing is such a great spice of life. It's great for one's wellness both physical
and mental. It is great for meeting people, awesome people, that is. ~ Leo


I went to the door at nine and watch the beautiful action on the dance floor. I  waited for the Handi Van and it was just few minutes late. I never complain, just as long as they get me home. I was home before ten and I had me my best meal of the month with enough left over for the next day. So how was your day? I slept like a rock.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

What To Dance.

The real breakdown of formal "Social Dancing" happened during the cultural revolution in the late 1960s when most everything that had been associated with previous generations was rejected. At the same time, dressing and behavioral standards also went down the drain. Yes, we can guess, the baby boomers were to blame as they were the generation setting new trends back then. The previous generation, those born during the 1920s and earlier, were still taught how to waltz, foxtrot, etc. However, the baby boomers rejected those traditions, and as a result, they were not passed on to the next generation as you cannot teach what you have not been taught yourself.

"Social dancers know that dancing can enhance their social life and self-confidence,
it can also reduce stress and depression."


It might interest you that "ballroom dancing" is still very popular in many central European cultures with Austria, and its capital Vienna, being a world leader in that area. Austrian teens spend many months attending dance classes and acquiring the skills necessary to succeed (or at least pass muster) on the dance floor. Of course, this is a country whose capital hosts more than 400 formal balls every single year. I dare say that you'd be hard pressed to find that many in the entire US!  Ballroom Dancing did indeed go out of style. The disco and C&W fads were, after all, nearly 40 years ago.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii


Sure you can still find places to host raves, as well as ballroom, swing, salsa, or whatever you want, but these cater to a specialized clientele. (and raves are as much about drinking as dancing) It is not like pre-1960s America, where going out dancing was as common as going to the movies, where every dinner date ended with dancing, where high schools hosted dances on a weekly basis, where people rolled back their carpets and hosted dance parties in their homes. We are not sure what is happening, maybe you do.

"Sometimes we can stare so long at a door that is closing,
that we see too late the one that may be opening."

Octoberfest

Nice day, Saturday and having received the invitation, I was looking forward to attending the Wahaiawa Ballroom Dance Club social. I began to make my necessaries for the occasion. And I almost had everything when the Handi Van showed up. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my dentures. We were still on the property and the Handi Van driver was very nice. We went back and I got my dentures and we got to Wahiawa District Park a little early and some people were waiting to get in. Finally got in sometime after six and the set up began.


The set up went nicely, these people sure know what to do and they do it. In no time at all, people were dancing to the terrific music of DJ Leland.  And the feast fit for Royalty was looking good. I was glad Craig was there, and he took most of photos, and I thank the others for taking some photos of our fellow dancers. I have butterfingers, so I must be careful in handling my camera. Any help we can get will be appreciated by all.

Happy Octoberfest, I'm in Wahiawa, Hawaii - so many people enjoying a happy and fun evening
with great music and song. Some are the way from Germany. ~ Richard.

Group of people just paying in to attend our Octoberfest. It is amazing to have this many people.
Have fun every one. ~ Felipe


There followed the great music and dancing - socializing, picture taking and everyone having fun,
which is the name of the game. Then after an hour or so, a respectful pause for Leo to say grace. A simple prayer thanking the lord for "giving us our daily bread." This was followed by the line forming along the wall to get the food. And with eating comes more socializing adding to a very nice past time, then gradually dancing resumes.

So many happy people. It is an honor to be here. Thank you WBDC for a great time.
~ ABDA

Saturday night Octoberfest with our sister club Wahiawa Ballroom. Food, Fun, Dancing
to good music, Thank you DJ Leland and WBDC. And what a fun crowd! Aloha
~ Bert and Deanie, Aiea Ballroom.


They were having fun with regular dances and an extra polka now and then. The line dances are nice and appreciated by all including the spectators. And we had a couple of beautiful impromptu exhibition dances. This is one terrific fun crowd.

Have a wonderful time at the WBDC Octoberfest. It's the people that make the party!
~ Maile, WBDC.

Ballroom dancing is such a great spice of life. It's great for one's wellness both physical and mental.
It is great for meeting people, awesome people, that is. ~ Leo


I went to the door at nine and watch the beautiful action on the dance floor. I  waited for the Handi Van and it was just few minutes late. I never complain, just as long as they get me home. I was home before ten and I had me my best meal of the month with enough left over for the next day. So how was your day? I slept like a rock.