Wednesday, October 30, 2019

La Milonga, 1819

By Ricardo De Peńa, Waipio.
After independence in Argentina, 1816, it was the rise of the Compadres (the Godfathers,) in La Orilla, (The Edge) who really promoted the Milonga. Even though the changing Milonga ebbed and flowed over a large territory of at least one thousand miles in diameter around them because of the Guachos. These Compadres were local men of some means, sometimes shady dealings, smugglers, slightly better off than the Compadritos who tried to emulate them. And they owned most of the brothels in the Orilla. The Compadritos were street men, petty criminals and small time pimps. But here was the real basics of Argentine Tango.

"Tango is about feeling and sensitivity, otherwise you are just
doing gymnastics. You can do all the steps but it has
to have the feeling and sensitivity of Tango."


This was still mainly a local Indian dance colored by European preferences.We know the Milonga had existed among the Indians in South America for at least 500 years. And it was even danced by the very low class newcomers in the same way for a few centuries after their arrival in the 1500s. Greek style Milonga (men in a line dance with interlocked arms) became sporadic, The Guachos increased in their importance. But the real partner creation of the new dance came in the middle of the 1800s with the arrival of thousands of Europeans and the introduction of the Bandoneon.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel


The "Orilla" developed rapidly. The young Indian and Mestizo girls that were “enticed” usually started for the middle class men as “Virgins.” From there a very few would move into a higher class and even find a Godfather who married or not had the money to keep her as a mistress. Many would drop into being lower class prostitutes with even lower class Compadritos. But the new partner Milonga continue to evolve and with it the introduction of the obscenity of sex in the lyrics. This was most often in Milonga but also in the crossbreeding of all the newcomers music and dance too.

"The important thing is to know why we want to dance. We dance
a solitude that we have inside us and cannot occupy with
anything, This gap, that emptiness to which we put
movement, is the TANGO."  ~ Carlos Gavito

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

You Wanna Dance?

Getting started with dancing

You can dance in a group, with a partner, or on your own. There are lots of different places where you can enjoy dancing, at dance studios, school cafeterias, social club venues, district parks and community centers and in your own home. Dancing has become such a popular way to be active and extend your social activities. It will keep you physically fit and most fitness clubs now offer dance classes in their group exercise programs. It also plays a key role in memory and learning, as well as keeping one's balance. You can't lose and you can have a lot of fun.

"Social dancers believe that the more dancers at a social, the
more chance there is that everyone gets to dance!"


Dancing can be done both competitively and socially. Exhibition dancers are admired universally. It can be a great recreational and sporting choice, because anyone of any age can take part. It doesn’t matter whether it is cold or raining, as dancing is usually done indoors. And social dancers do not have many requirements like many other styles of dance and most know what to wear. And everyone knows what is appropriate at a special dance function like the Christmas dance coming up.

"Jingle Bells"


The gear you need for dancing will depend on the style of dancing you choose. Tap dancing will involve buying tap shoes, whereas ballet will need ballet slippers and ballet clothing. Fortunately, for social dancing it doesn't take much. And no one has to say "No Slippahs." To get started, some dancers simply choose a style they would like to try. They have friends and they will get advice. The results are that Social Dancers are coming into their own.

"Social Dancers try to do good and make it the life they want to live."

The North Shore

 The Developing Night Life

Uncle Bo's Haleiwa, Restaurant - Unpretentious outpost with modern styling for cocktails
& a mix of local, Asian & American dishes. - Located in: Haleiwa Store Lots
Address: 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Stormy's Gastropub, Restaurant - Low-key, rustic offering hearty pub grub plates
alongside tropical drinks, wine & beer.- Located in: Haleiwa Store Lots
Address: 66-165 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI

One more Residential tract plus an Industrial Park, a couple Night clubs and
you can live, work and play in your own Kuleana.


Banzai Sushi Bar, Sushi restaurant - Stylish spot for sushi & Japanese fare, plus a full bar,
traditional floor seating & outdoor patio. - Located in: North Shore Marketplace
Address: 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Breakers Restaurant & Bar, Seafood restaurant - Surfboards adorn this seafood-centric
American hangout with a full tiki-style bar & patio seating.
Located in: North Shore Marketplace
Address: 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa, HI


Uncle Bo's Haleiwa. Restaurant - Unpretentious outpost with modern styling for cocktails
& a mix of local, Asian & American dishes. Located in: Haleiwa Store Lots
Address: 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The Comments section has been cut off because of too much scam spam comments.
So we lack much information of what's happening on Oahu, last week, this week
and next week.You got something? Email it in and I will post with your name.

"Social Dancers know that you cannot find peace by avoiding life."

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Feedback

We are in need of FEEDBACK. People of Oahu willing to share their 2 cents of dance information with our fellow dancers. If I was famous it would be not be a problem the hits would be there in the thousands per day. Unfortunately Oahu has me in the blogs and that is commonly referred to as SOS. (same old shit.) I say blue, all the time. And along comes someone that says, GREEN. Readers galore and the hits go through the roof. Why? simply because it is no longer SOS.

"Social Dancers know that if you only dance with your partner, you are
not a Social Dancer, Not bad,  just not a Social Dancer."


There are many good people coming into our social dance agenda. And fortunately they have been accepted, we are a friendly people. Naturally, like anywhere else everything it is divided into three classes. Many are the A dancers that just like the social dance scene. They may attend a dance function once or twice a month and mostly for the social opportunities, you get to meet so many nice people. Generally you are just a member in good standing. The class AA dancers are a little more than that and fortunately are the biggest portion of the enchilada.  Most take classes regularly and take every opportunity to perfect their moves and have fun doing it. ANYWHERE.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Most of us accept the fact that none of us is perfect and we are not clones, So there comes a time when you wish but only if you wish to volunteer to be a Class AAA member, same price. You are just willing to do a little more. They are mainly our teachers and the "benevolent oligarchies" running whatever club is at hand. We are so lucky we got some good ones. You wanna dance? Fine, but these people want to do more, and this where they help far more than others. In the last century they use to have newsletter to share information with the readers now we have blogs. Feedback for blogs will be very pertinent.

"Social Dancers may attribute their successes to this:
They never gave or took any excuse."

Friday, October 25, 2019

The 21st Century

In the last century we had the American Style of dance introduced on Oahu officially by the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association in the 60s.That still left a large remainder of us in the street dancer environment on Oahu, The International came in the 70s and rose through the 80s to be bigger than the American until the opening of the famous Oahu Palladium. Then the moves that were "correct" for the International Style became "Correct" period. If you were not dancing their way, by default, you were dancing "Incorrectly."

"Social dancers do not have the conclusive advice that could get us up
out of our seats and start dancing to our favorite beat."


The term "Ala Wai Dancer" came about to describe the people that were dancing at the Ala Wai club house. This was mainly in the American Style of Dance. And these new people were definitely looking down at anyone that did not dance their way. Within a year of the opening of the famous Oahu Palladium, a new term arose. "Junk Dancer" for anyone not dancing the International. This was with a deadly Gong sound and this was with the acceptance that the Intentional Style was "Ballroom." All others were something else. And none in that high and mighty group realized that the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms were over.

"Maui Waltz'" by Loyal Garner



Now we are in  the 21st century and dancing on Oahu is changing for the better of all the dancers, not just the self proclaimed upper classes. American Style of Dance is reclaiming some of their lost ground and the Social Dancers are still emerging and now considered over half of the dancers on Oahu. Many of the discipline dances are out or minimized in socials. And many new fad dances are being accepted. And when was the last time you dropped in some night club for a little Paso Doble? That is International.

"Creativity Is Inventing, Experimenting, Growing, Taking Risks,
Breaking Rules, Making Mistakes, And Having Fun."

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Palladium On Oahu

By Mary Beth Van Hoogstraten

FREE AFTERNOON BALLROOM DANCING at the PALLADIUM
Mon. through Thurs. (EXCEPT STATE HOLIDAYS!)
This is NOT A BALLROOM DANCE CLASS, it is AN AFTERNOON DANCE, a time to PRACTICE BALLROOM, Swing, and West Coast Swing dances!
WE ARE SOCIAL DANCERS so do not expect perfection. MALE LEADS are especially needed, even rusty or beginning DANCERS are WELCOME! Enjoy the GREAT MUSIC, AIR CONDITIONING, FREE PARKING! Come and DANCE with us!...


"Music of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

The LOCATION is The Ala Wai PALLADIUM,
404 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu 96815
which IS the 2nd floor of the
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse,

Take the short access, road alongside the Waikiki Public Library, straight into the FREE parking lot!

The DJ plays music to dance the Waltz, Quick Step, Fox Trot, Tango, Rumba, Jive/Swing, Samba, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Viennese Waltz, West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, Hustle, and occasionally Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue!

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


The FREE Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom dance times
(except state holidays) are:

Monday, NOON until 3pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Tuesday, NOON until 3pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Wednesday, NOON until 3pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Thursday, 11:30am until 2:15pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Message me now with questions, OR, Just show up! !

DANCE each day!

"Life has no limitations, except the ones we make on our own."

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Don't Go Bananas

Wow, with a little help here and there I am learning about blogging and it is fun. Even one so limited as me, both physically and mentally. I have five blogs and I plan to get rid of my best one as soon as possible. If I can get some of you to want to become bloggers, it’s important to understand that blogging isn’t only about what you write. Yes, your writing is important, however, when writing content, it’s a good idea to incorporate images. They may improve the readability and search engine optimization of your content. One paragraph and one graphic to start with would be just fine. With our counters you will be able to tell if you hits are increasing.

"For some reason or another, social dancers are not interested in the
phenomenological approach to dance, movement and thought
that makes recourse to evolutionary biology. Really?"


Later on you will take plenty of pictures and make collages. You will to take 10 pictures and use the best five. The readers will only be seeing your carefully selected shots. Professional photographers typically take hundreds of pictures of their subjects but only a few are masterpieces. For our blogs, two people in a photo are better than one. Three people are better than two. But ten people are not better than nine. Simple and the photographer still has the choice without providing a reason to anyone. You don’t need to get it right in one try.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Bananas and Stress:

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the
brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our
metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.These can
be re-balanced  with the help of a high-potassium banana snack,

 "Live for Today, Dream for Tomorrow and Learn from Yesterday."

Monday, October 21, 2019

Moving Right Along

The total hits for "our" blogosphere have been going up. This is from a low when we were able get rid of most of the scam spam robot hits. Most of the dance Websites took their Counters off because they were getting less than double digit average hits per day. So now we have only one outsider in our spread sheet analysis and that is Honolulu Dance Guide and they are at the top of the list on Oahu. Of course. They represent a goal we must meet. My minimum is 9 average hit per day. You can't cut it. - OUT. I need information for dancing on Oahu. I still have Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest.

"Young social swing dancers know that the muscle exertion and
breathing rates of dancers performing in a swing dance 
may be equivalent to that of cyclists, swimmers,
and Olympic 800-meter runners."


The Oligarchies on Oahu seem to realize the mess on Oahu in this century and know they can do something about it. They have from the beginning been "Benevolent Oligarchies" so it hasn't been that bad. They made their bed and now they know they do not have to sleep in it. So many good smart people newly arriving to join the dance community. They will make the difference and the dance blogs will evolve it into real Social Media. As many of you are aware, opinions will be shared and that of course, shakes up the whole enchilada.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Secondly we must communicate to more people that may be interested, Those that just want to dance. let them, don't interfere, They are still our friends. The reader/dancers will decide by FEEDBACK what could be done, suggestions,  Whatever these persons wish to contribute in the information, that is the blog that will get the reader/dancers. We have been good at getting Information contributors and the results show in our blogs. Once we can get good information contributors it is relatively easy to convert them into Guest Bloggers, and they can get in, write, insert photos, and get out without saying "boo" to anyone.

"Social dancers know that the muscle exertion and breathing rates
of dancers performing in a swing dance is equivalent to that
of cyclists, swimmers, and Olympic 800-meter runners."



Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wahiawa Blow Out

The day was not too good for me but I could look forward to going to Wahiawa for their Halloween dance in the evening. The Handi Van arrived promptly at six and I was there before seven. TA DA!


First batch of photos in Social Dance Oahu blog.

Nice smiling crowd already forming and dancing started in no time to the terrific music of Leland, all of it was very welcomed. Maile had some good help working on the setup. People kept coming with the goodies to eat and the dancing proceeded very nicely. It was also nice to see so much line dancing and it is still mostly women and much is too difficult for me. Getting more men is nice. Keep it up men, it may make you a better partner dancer.

"Happy Halloween!! It's scary how much fun it is to move and dance
to a musical beat and feel so alive. Thanks, WBDC
for making it happen." ~ Richard.


The dancers were smiling and laughing, having fun until shortly before 8 and we had got in the circle holding hands and Leo said Grace. The line then formed for all that delicious food fit for royalty. I cannot eat there, but thanks to Maile she got me a plate to take home. And this becomes Dine and Dance. Plenty of good old talking story when you are eating.

"Happy Halloween! Have a fantastic scary dance nite of
friends and friendly spirits." ~ Peter Sy



I have to thank Richard, Craig, Rod and Leo for some great help in getting the photos. They did a great job, I got enough to be able to delete the worst fuzzy ones because the resolution is too high on the camera and I don't know how to fix it. The duplicates and the singles, I was able to delete. The next batch will go into the Town dancer blog.

 "Happy Halloween! May all the joy of the coming season
fill you heart, Enjoy." ~ Leo Delgado


I asked the Handi Van for a 9 o'clock pick up and they were not sure. I got ready at 8:30 and moved to the door and waited until almost 9:30. He had two people in the van and picked another later. I don't complain as long as they get me home.

"The Truth which has made us free should in the end make us glad, also."

Halloween Party

The day was not too good for me but I could look forward to going to Wahiawa for their Halloween dance in the evening. The Handi Van arrived promptly at six and I was there before seven. TA DA!


Nice smiling crowd already forming and dancing started in no time to the terrific music of Leland, all of it was very welcomed. Maile had some good help working on the setup. People kept coming with the goodies to eat and the dancing proceeded very nicely.  It was also nice to see so much line dancing and it is still mostly women and much is too difficult for me. Getting more men is nice. Keep it up men, it may make you a better partner dancer.

"Happy Halloween!! It's scary how much fun it is to move and dance to a musical beat and feel so alive. Thanks, WBDC for making it happen." ~ Richard.


The dancers were smiling and laughing, having fun until shortly before 8 and we had got in the circle holding hands and Leo said Grace. The line then formed for all that delicious food fit for royalty. I cannot eat there, but thanks to Maile she got me a plate to take home. And this becomes Dine and Dance. Plenty of good old talking story when you are eating.

"Happy Halloween! Have a fantastic scary dance nite of
friends  and friendly spirits." ~ Peter Sy

 

I have to thank Richard, Craig, Rod and Leo for some great help in getting the photos. They did a great job, I got enough to be able to delete the worst fuzzy ones because the resolution is too high on the camera and I don't know how to fix it. The duplicates and the singles, I was able to delete. The next batch will go into the  Oahu Dancers blog.

 "Happy Halloween! May all the joy of the coming season
fill you heart, Enjoy." ~ Leo Delgado


I asked the Handi Van for a 9 o'clock pick up and they were not sure. I got ready at 8:30 and moved to the door and waited until almost 9:30. He had two people in the van and picked another later. I don't complain as long as they get me home.

"A social dancer’s art is lived while they are dancing. When the evening is gone,
nothing is left of their art except the pictures and the memories."

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Oahu Dance Scene

In most everything we do, it is easy to categorize just about everything into three levels. Just to facilitate the understanding of the entire enchilada. We have small, medium and large. Not difficult. We have tall, short and medium sized. We have skinny, fat and regular. The same thing happens in our dance environment. And we can slice this baloney in many different ways. How about young, old and in the middle. The young have from ages ago distinguished themselves as under 30. They have picked that division and most of us concur. The old used to be over 60 and now it is over 70.

"Social dancers think that it will make her happy to know that you’re glad
to be dancing with her and not wishing you were somewhere else!"
 

None of us can be anywhere exact on this, it is just a guide. We have structured divisions by the disciplines - Bronze, Silver and Gold, and not many argue with that.What has happened and had been overdue was the separation by styles of dance. And the first ones to make that distinction were the Internationals. In the beginning they merely said it was "correct" according to their style, but in the 90s, the Palladium was completed. The original the qualification was omitted and the implication was clearly there. If you are not dancing it "correctly", then by default you were dancing incorrectly. The term "Junk Dancer" arose and it has been lost now 20 years later.



I had heard of some that had been advised by their teachers to refrain from dancing with those that did not adhere to their methods. "You can pick up some bad habits."  We can all live with that, but then the back lash first occurred in the night clubs. They resented the superior attitudes and decided that their way, much less structured, was the only way to dance, without all these requirements to dance competitively. They accepted publicly the American Style of Dance. However, they lumped all those that were not night clubbers in one division, "Ballroom." Then when the internationals seized the name "Ballroom" for themselves, that clinched it for all those that did not consider themselves "International." The Social Dancer Division arose unannounced.
 
"In order that all people may be taught the truth,
it is necessary that all people should learn it to hear it."


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Second City, Where?

A & G Bar & Grill, Nanakuli
Great food. The service was awesome and the live music couldn't be better. Would definitely, fully recommend anyone in the Waianae area to check it out. Staff was very friendly and very prompt with offering services. The restaurant was clean and welcoming. Televisions were on , displaying a variety of entertainment. The musics volume was low enough to indulge in conversation yet loud enough to still vibe to. The food was very flavorful and cooked at a perfect temperature , the portions were satisfying and over all The ambiance was great. Kalbi and garlic shrimp combo. yummy. Fred.

"Social Dancers expect the best evening is dining and dancing.
However sometime you just want some fine dining."


Haleiwa Beach House, North Shore
Our final evening of a week on Oahu, Hawaii and it was fabulous on many levels. HIGHLY recommend. We spent close to $200 for the 2 of us. 2 cocktails, 1 glass of wine, 2 starters, 2 entrees (mains) and a shared dessert. We particularly enjoyed the tuna tartare starter - delicious. And we had two excellent local fish dishes (one the daily special). It is a great place to watch sunset. We arrived at 6pm (for a 7.15 pm sunset) having been warned of a wait. We were able to get a window seat (warned it may be warm at first, which it was) but the view was worth it. The service was attentive, quick and friendly. Others around us arrived for sunset cocktails and starters - but it did fill up. We called ahead to book a table, but they don’t take reservations. Enjoy! Mary.

"Shores OF Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


Kapolei, Second City?
Kapolei is a planned community was colloquially known as the "second city" of Oahu, However it has been losing that status because of the Rail Disaster. The community takes its name from a volcanic cone, Puʻu o Kapolei. In the Hawaiian language, puʻu means "hill" and Kapo lei means "beloved Kapo". According to legend, Kapo, Goddess of Fertility was sister to Pele, Goddess of Fire and Nāmaka, Goddess of the Sea. Much of the land is part of the estate of industrialist James Campbell. Kapolei's major developer is Kapolei Property Development, a subsidiary of James Campbell Company. Kapolei sits primarily upon former sugarcane and pineapple fields.

 "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Dancing in Taipei

By Ken Lin Translated by Patricia Li

If you think ballroom dancing is no longer "in", think again. You may not catch me out on the ballroom floor (my friends say I'm too "up tight"), but there are plenty of people who enjoy ballroom dancing. Like the Cha Cha Cha and even watching is a thrill. Just ask anyone at the famous pub "Funky" where fashionable young dancers line themselves up on weekend nights to get in while the DJ pumps up the volume. They rarely miss a beat as they cha cha away, resembling marching troops in a National Day Parade. Foreign friends who witness this scene remark, "What a fascinating thing!" or "I've never seen anything like it!"

"Social dancers may sometimes remind themselves to
be the social in social dancer."


I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. Why, the Cha Cha Cha is just a thing of the past, I thought. With all the new dances coming in. That is, until I went to the ballroom dance party in London's BJ's White Swan. I felt the same rush as my foreign friends. At first glance, the party seemed like any other. The crowd appeared conservative, all dressed up in their Sunday's best. But these folks weren't coming from Church. They came to dance! As the night wore on, the club filled and some serious dancing began. Once the music started up, I realized that this hip crowd wasn't amateur.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Everyone had taken lessons with hours of practice. And, they were good. They knew all the steps to the Cha Cha Cha, tango and rumba. I was dumbfounded. Can you imagine row upon row of men and women ballroom dancing? They were smooth, intoxicated by the music. And, everyone was in sync from the toss of their head, the kick of their heels to the look in their eyes. Mesmerizing! This was the first time that I recognized ballroom dancing as something beautiful.I finally realized what my foreign friends were getting at. Ballroom dancing is amazing. Check it out - you'll be amazed, too!

"Can we dance a good old fashion Cha Cha Cha on Oahu too?

Move it to music.

So I made a change in the name. Not enough regular readers so not many will notice. That is alright with me. This blog has never been really defined, and it goes all over this island. As in all our blogs we need more Feedback. All of you have something in your thoughts that you could share with our fellow dancers. Eventually we could get some volunteer Guest Bloggers. Essentially your own blog within our blog with ready made readers.

"Social dancers don't see a problem if your favorite dance is different from theirs.
We can still have fun at the same social."


Meanwhile we are going through a bad time in this country with a president that can do anything he damn well pleases and the hell with anybody that don't like it. Some are thinking Impeachment but he has too much money behind him. Democracy? That was Last Century, this is now Trump Country and we all know he is going to run it -- straight into the ground. Corporations will do it over the bodies of the poor, the sick, the uneducated. Now they are working to cut Food Stamps, these people are all heart. Kids dying in the Trump Concentration Camps?

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Submitted by Maile Yagi
"To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter
what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long
as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily."

"We all know that it may seem hard at times. But remember one thing - through
every dark night, there is a bright day after that. So no matter how hard
 it gets, keep ya head up, walk tall and you can handle it."

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Point Of View

By Randall Tanaguchi, Nanakuli

Why do social dancing? Fish swim, birds fly, and I think social dancing offers the nearest equivalent satisfaction for humans. Furthermore, it is easier to get people together to meet and socialize when there is something this enjoyable to do. A good reason for the existence of our many dance clubs. Human beings are psychologically constructed so as to achieve fulfillment and satisfaction from dancing. They like to socialize and have fun as a couple. Even single people are grateful for the opportunity to be a couple with one other person even if for only one dance which is very predominant in our social dancing circles.

"Social dancing means we are aware of our own limitations and
the limitations of others – without prejudice or judgement."


A really democratic dance club expects the dancers to be citizens responsible for their own choices, not subjects. However all dance clubs on Oahu are "Benevolent Oligarchies." People like it better if they can attend a social event in the role of adult citizens, not subjects.There was a large Viewer Class developing in the last century when the Internationals were at the height of their glory but it is getting smaller,. Still many dinner/dance meetings and concerts are social events where people attend as subjects and observers, not participants and citizens. Our smaller club dances can be where people can attend as citizens and participants, not subjects.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


Of course, line dancing is a very pleasant diversion. As I get older, recreational dancing seems adult and civilized and feels like real dancing. Swing and Salsa seem more juvenile and feels much more like calisthenics than dancing. Furthermore, while you may be dancing in collaboration with each other, you are no longer dancing so much together as a couple.The dances typically done to rock, hip hop etc. seem infantile and dance tricks not quite civilized. Group dances can reduce people to being subjects, not citizens; some people find them degrading and humiliating. And of course, most are finding that social dancing can be fun and folk dances have existed for centuries.

"Social Dancers believe that the person who says
they never told a lie - just told one."

Our Kine Roll On

By José Martinez, Waikele

Several decades back most dance clubs and night clubs had a standard playlist. Based on the syllabi of the different disciplines. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing, Tango and Quickstep. Mambo, Merengue could be an extra attraction for the night. As the dance business has settled , we find that you could add another dance to the menu. It is imperative that you keep good records, to know in writing, how many were there on any given day of the week. When you add the new dance, it is a simple matter to find out if it is good, or bad. If it doesn't change anything it is not good enough. You don't want to add one more dance to your repertoire, only to find it doesn't change anything. Must look elsewhere.

"The older Social Dancers learn that the trick to keeping your mind nimble
is to keep learning something, and not only the dance moves."


Bachata derived from the older native dances, originated in the Dominican Republic. Bachata is a slower dance by Latin standards, at about 120 beats per minute and originally placed heavy emphasis on the guitar. Bachata derived from bands of three or four guitarists playing together often with a percussionist for working class audiences. It is unclear when the term "bachata" first became associated with a style of music but bachatas first were recorded as such in the 1970's. Perfect for the young Salsa dancers seeking the new dance that the young are always seeking and it is being very nicely accepted into Hawaii.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K.

Submitted by Maile Yagi
The Hustle originated in the disco era of the late 1970's and was popularized by music from artists like the Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer and Barry Gibb and by the movie Saturday Night Fever. There were several styles of hustle originally but the New York Hustle is the only style that is widespread today, and is what is commonly referred to as "The Hustle." The Hustle is typically associated with disco music but it can be danced to many other styles of music. The best tempo for beginners learning the hustle is 100 to 125 beats per minute. Also picking up very well in the social dance circuit.

"Social Dancers know that no matter what happens ...
somebody will find  a way to take it too seriously."