Friday, January 31, 2020

Good News

And what are the potential benefits of social dancing without going completely with the regimented routines taught by the disciplines. First you will learn to let yourself go and move to the music. And swaying may be good enough for a beginning, just let yourself go. When you take lessons, and the teachers on Oahu really know what they are doing, it will increased the confidence in your dance abilities. You may find, an improved mental acuity and things will be more clear.

"Social dancers believe it is a dance which is recreational and
usually performed with a partner. Simple?"

You may feel a greater flexibility in your body, perhaps improved endurance and overall health, You know you are burning calories and there will be a real stress reduction, And best of all, is that in social dancing you will meet new people. And why do you think it is called Social Dancing? The basic dance steps you will go for will be the Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha-cha cha, American Tango and East Coast Swing. Those are the basic dances in Social Dance.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The entire dance scene on Oahu is looking good. The Social Dancers are emerging as the biggest group. There are several different factions is our dance world but there is less animosity and more acceptance of our differences. We are not clones and we each have a right to our own honest opinion. And we should respect the others and no one is gonna "dictate" how we should dance.

A little late for the New Year but I thought it was a good one. 
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but we certainly
can start today and make a new ending."

Wot's Doin'?

This century is slowly changing into a new dance environment. In the 1900s, there was a definite rise of the disciplines, the top two being the American and the International styles. Prominent was the competition  and exhibitions dancers and the increase in a different kind of dancer, the spectator. As per usual there were plenty of fads that came and went. And there was another group that evolved slowly but ever bigger. perhaps they were not really dancers, they were "movers to music." They could hear "From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck and even though it is not technically a Rumba, it would be danced in the Rumba style with extreme pleasure by  "Social Dancers."

"Social dancers accept that in actual dance levels they are closer to advanced beginners
while so many others are looking for the refinement of more advanced techniques."

Right after the opening of Famous Palladium, some good dancers felt that "they" were the real ballroom dancers. The term "Ala Wai dancer" arose, and in a year another derogatory term "junk dancer." Meanwhile there had been an increase in dancing, in parks, malls, gas stations, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers. Very few fancy steps but for sure the people were having fun with the music, dancing and the sociability of the occasion. The term "Social Dancer" arose without apology.

"Tiny Bibles" by Don Ho

We had been getting more spin offs from long time large clubs that had a tough oligarchies. Of the top five clubs at the Palladium, number five has been replaced by a relatively new one, that had been in sixth place. Some are experiencing the reduction of membership. I see a definite increase in social dancers and specialty dances, some of which are in the fad stage. Salsa, Bachata and Tango have made tremendous strides. Not too much in town, the traffic problem, Perhaps two new social dance clubs in West Oahu in this coming year.

"Social dancers try to understand what the other dancers are saying.
In the end they may disagree, but because they disagree, they
want to know exactly what it is they are disagreeing with."

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Who was the greatest dancer?

We all have our stories and as far as most of us are concerned, all of those great dancers were great. I like this story by the fans of Fred  Astaire. - In the last century, and many decades ago, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Gower Champion were sharing a limousine to MGM. A short distance from the studio, however, they found to their dismay that a bridge they needed to cross had collapsed, leaving them across a fast-flowing river from the studio.

 "Dancing in the Dark" by Artie Shaw

Undeterred, Fred declared, "We're dancers! We'll 'dance' across!" Having spoken, he gathered himself, spun around a couple of times, and nimbly danced across the surface of the river. Gene agreed, "Good idea Fred!" He jumped up, and also danced across the surface of the water.

Gower Champion said to himself, "What Fred and Gene can do, I can do too!" So he took a deep breath, and jumped out onto the water - and promptly sank. Not wanting to lose out, he climbed out, took another deep breath, leaped - and promptly sank again.

Across the river, Fred and Gene watched as Gower kept falling in and climbing out and falling in. Finally, Gene turned to Fred and said, "Do you think we should tell him where the stones are?"

And Fred looked at Gene, puzzled, and said, "What stones?!"

Received from my niece in California

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.
Remember ..... just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more
than standing in your garage makes you a car. Each and everyone one of
us may be going through tough times right now, but God is getting
ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Our dancers on Oahu

Dancing on Oahu, Who? What? Has anyone ever thought of couple dancing? It could change your life! Ballroom and social dancing is the term that had been used to describe Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Rumba and many more, for one hundred years. But in this century it has gradually been contaminated with new fads and the new competition and exhibition kind of dancing and those people can became very rootzi tootzi about it. Actually our night club dancers are the ones that had been leading the way to avoid constricted dancing by the "Disciplines."

"Social dancers know for sure, that they are not performance or display driven as in formal dance organizations."

Now we have a much bigger group of "Social Dancers" They were getting happily away with the simple basics and enjoy new simple movements to live and DJ music. Now we are talking a somewhat different language. In Hawaii, dance blogs are now enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. We are getting some feedback. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble. And then lately many of you have been more aware that we have some excellent exhibition or competition dancers.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

We cannot deny that. They dance for how it looks and we all accept the fact that there is a proper place to be judged And then there has always been group that is interested in viewing. Hey, what's wrong wi dat? These groups of Viewers will be interested in attending the big functions. So we could just accept that each person interested could make their own decision. Our readers seem to know how to read and reading is fundamental. You can get smarter by reading anything of interest to you.

Those of us in this entire island should pride ourselves that
"Through These Blogs Read The Most Informed Dancers
In The Pacific."

Monday, January 27, 2020

Aloha Dancesport Center

Social Dance Parties on Oahu are also known as a “social” or “party.” They are also a social event consisting of DJ’d or live music and open dancing. It can be held in a variety of venues: studios, clubs, halls, cultural centers, hotels. However it can also be a nice time at a studio taking classes.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Aloha Dancesport Center Presents:
with US National Professional Latin Finalists
Roman Italyankin and Alexandra Bokova

12:30 pm International Chacha with Roman
1:30 pm International Rumba with Alexandra
No partner needed, all levels
$30 per person per workshop, $50 for both workshops
$10 juniors, youth per workshop
Cash or Check payable to Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave 2nd floor, Honolulu

“Social Dancers think, that if they believe they can, they are halfway there.”

Saturday, January 25, 2020

My Blogs

Town Dancer is my oldest blog and the one that has most always been number one in average hits per day according to my stats from the available counters on this island. The counters on all the dance Web sites were deleted some years ago. And there is only one dance blog on this island beside our five that has a counter. The two top blogs have been losing some hits as the lower blogs gain month after month. And I am aware that all six could get more hits if they could all get more feedback. There are plenty of dancers on this island that have some pearls of dance knowledge to share with our fellow dancers. One sentence? - or more? One photo? - or more? Whatever, the decision should be yours.

"Experienced social dancers may on occasion be performance
or display driven on some fancy pattern that they
have been able to accomplish."

With our blogs, the dancers on Oahu may find themselves more on the Internet to enjoy dance information on the Micros. They may discover Twitter, Facebook and others that are more international. Facebook alone has over fifty million posts daily. You might find someone reading your post in Nigeria or Pakistan. But not our blogs, though you can be sure they are being read on the Island of Oahu. And I look forward to see an increase in readership when we start to get feedback. Email it in, and I will post to the first available blog. Or it can be the blog of your choice and I will post when the time comes. Each blog is published about every three days.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

I had closed the comment section on each blog a year ago. I was getting too many scam spam comments. I will open the comments section on Town Dancer today and hope for the best. And I still get some scam, spam, robot hits but too few to worry about. Anyone that becomes a regular information contributor can become a guest blogger, whenever they wish. In effect a blog of your own within any one of my blogs. You can get in, post, edit, close or delete, publish and get out, all on your own without having to say "boo" to anyone.

Blogger's Law #41: All gossip at the Palladium is true.
Do not be misled by facts

Friday, January 24, 2020

Yvonne Rusinsky

Received some good news from my niece Yvonne and some nice quotes.

Most social dancers on Oahu are aware of this in our dance scene.

And they all dance in California.

I am sure, the family will have a good year in 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Evolving very nicely

The Big Cover Up in the Impeachment Trial.
They are doing everything they can to get it over with
before the people find out about the Trump Extortion Plot.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, we are not expanding the way we should and blogging is only one way of communicating.. There are other methods for Social Media and many people are using others such as Websites, Twitter and Facebook to communicate with our fellow dancers on Oahu. We  are five blogs and mostly blog every three days.  We need FEEDBACK to share with our readers. You got something, email it in and I will post in the next blog. Or you can even specify your favorite blog.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Many people are finding Facebook and others places to share information and photos. Facebook gets 50 million entries per day. You are doing just fine. Some of your entries will be seen in Pakistan or Nigeria. Lucky You. In our blogs we are lucky that the people that read our blogs are from Oahu. But anyway what do we know? We are all learning and for us, communication is the key. Wherever I am invited on Oahu, I go and  blog'em. In my old age, it is my favorite sport.

"In all revolutions, the Masses, are the overwhelming amount of people
that die on both sides of the conflict."

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Oahu Dancing

The entire island dance outlook seems to be changing but the challenges are still tough and the status quo has many protectors. Fortunately the entrenched cliques in Honolulu are losing their grasp for many have realized the damage they have done. And we are getting more good people. New blood (the under 60) is helping us set meaningful targets in terms of measurable goals achieved by some of our local dance groups.

"Social dancers believe that one shouldn’t feel pressured when social dancing
to show off, or dance in a particular way."

With the introduction of intense competition dancing in the last century, some parts of our dance world had become indifferent to tradition and past reputations, unforgiving of frailty and ignorant of custom or practice. Our social groups now are slowly defining our type of dancing. Success will go to those individuals, and organizations which are swift to adapt, slow to complain and open to change. There will be an increase in social dance clubs for the next few years. A few may become more democratically inclined and increase their membership.

 "In This Life" by Amy Hanaialii

A few of the rest, as we have seen already, will go by the wayside. The good changes on the Mainland remind us of what is possible in education. And the task for the top people in charge is to ensure that their members and education systems rise to this challenge. In our blogs, a few regular contributors and a couple of Guest Bloggers will introduce us to Social Media and the hits will go through the roof. If we are missing anyone, please let us know. We want to help all dancers and organizations and they could realize - free public relations.

"May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions!"


Dance Clubs

On Oahu Dance Clubs have a fairly good reputation. They are loosely organized as a Democratic organization but they eventually become an Oligarchy. Granted, a "benevolent" Oligarchy but the structure remains and it does benefit the members. It becomes a natural evolution because of the three classes of members.

  How do you make a tissue dance?  Put a little boogie in it.

The top, - the class, - the valuable are the members that may help in everything they can make the club a better place to enjoy. No one is on the payroll. The officers and board members are picked from this group and they can resign at a moments notice. The quality of this group differs and it is what makes the Club.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Second class are the good members, who regularly attend classes to better their dancing and attend all socials that are for the social benefit of all the members.This includes all paid functions of dinner and dance. Third class and still nice people that are just interested in a little dancing and a little socializing but they have other things to do. So for them it is just now and then and this is accepted very nicely.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

I still keep hearing about a new dance club in the North Shore area. Stands to reason, that area is wide open.  Except for the fact there are not enough residents in the immediate area. If anyone knows of anything please let me know. I may be able to help. Of course, the main thing that is holding anything like this back is the lack of a good Community Center in which to dance. Cholos Homestyle has Son Caribe playing there, now and then. I don't know about a dance floor.

"Social dancers believe that what you do speaks so loudly
that they cannot hear what you say.”

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Social Dancers are getting there

I have been meeting some people that tell me that a group in the upper bronze level of American Style of Dance can learn from videos. It can be a less expensive way to learn new movements. And  if you have a group, you will all find yourselves helping each other. Going to the same club dances or night clubs you can have a lot of fun changing partners and enjoying the music with your new movements. Terrific, if it is working for you. However, on Oahu, you can have a more extended sociability being a member of established dance clubs or studios.

"Social dancers know that you don’t need other people to validate you
or your dancing, you’re already valuable."

None of the videos that I have seen have the "even" step. If the music is a two count, you jump up and down, left, right, left, right, one, two, one, two. If it is on the three count, it is left, right, left, one, two, three. And if it is on the four count, it is left, right, left, right, one, two, three, four. And it has been danced for so far back we just don't know how far back. It was some time after Agriculture and the "settling down" of humans. We can see the dance in this century on TV, Africans just jumping up and down to the beat and they can enjoy moving to the music that way.

We do have a problem, The Variations also known as LAGS. Watch it. It stands for the Latest And Greatest Syndrome. It becomes a nice collusion between the student and the teacher. Both, we agree, terrific people. The student likes that movement because if he learns it he thinks he will look like a pro. The teacher impresses the student with his vast knowledge of terrifically advanced movements. Nothing terribly wrong except that now you going into "work." And that word is much in use in very high class dancers. Don't talk "down" to me about American or International Dance Styles. I am talking about dancing.

"Social dancers believe that life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
 Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

Saturday, January 18, 2020


Our social media on Oahu refers to interaction among dancers in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas. We have our virtual communities and networks, newsletters, web sites, newspapers, magazine, radio and TV which are information "to whom it may concern," very good but it is one way communication. And most of our blogs have remained the same too. Why? Because we get little feedback and we should know that everyone's opinion is valuable.

It definitely takes time for beginners to master basic techniques in Ballroom dancing. Beginners should understand that nothing can happen overnight and in dancing it is no different. Basic techniques and steps are not necessarily boring. Top class dancers can still look beautiful when they dance the basic technique and steps. Social dancers discover that the secret is moving to music and using the KISS method. Keep It Simple Stupid.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Messed up my Gmail, Glutted with scam, spam email. And somewhere these pictures did not get to me from Marie at the time. My email is overloaded with over 60 spam blogs daily. Somehow, Marie's photos ended up in her folder. Now you know, Marie. Email and I shall post. Thank everyone out there, we  just may make it and be able to spread the word.

“Social dancers believe that imagination is everything.
It may be the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Friday, January 17, 2020

Social Dancers?

Social dancers are pretty good at communicating with each other however some words are not quite clear enough.

Bachata: originates from Bolero and Son and later, from the Merengue. It was imported from Cuba into the Dominican Republic. With very similar instrumentation, the Bachata became popular guitar music in the Dominican Republic and evolved into its own dance. Now the music and dance are overwhelmingly successful in Hawaii.

Bossa Nova: A jazzed up version of the Samba that came from Brazil like a fad to the US and went out like a fad. However the rhythms are still considered classics in the entire world and in my humble opinion, the basic dance movements along with the rhythm of the music are some of the greatest.

Break: To change from a closed position to an open position. Usually applied to the Latin dances and includes the swing rhythm dances.

Broken Rhythm: A combination of slow and/or quick beats that take more than one measure as in Swing or Jive. In the old Latin Indian style danced to the old six count measure.

Bronze Division: The most elementary level of step patterns in the syllabus of the Dance Societies, and generally consisting of less than fifteen movements. In the cultural street dancing, it may contain 30 basic patterns.

"Social Dancers did not invent any of the movements that they are dancing now.
Many were being danced eight thousand years ago."

Our dancing comes from a long way back. Most of our moves are very basic. Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Puerto Rican, American, British all have basic movements that are the same except danced to different music. This dates from the time when agriculture emerged throughout the world and drums and music also appeared. The first movements to music were the even step patterns. Similar to what we see Africans dance on TV. left, right, left, right and just keeping time to the beat, up, down, up down and it became group or "folk" dancing many years ago.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

There must be a hundred different dance styles and moves that have been presented to the social dancers in Hawaii since the arrival of the newcomers. The whole smash has been generally considered to be a part of modern dancing. Many have been the offshoots of some discipline such American and the International Styles. The newer are someones interpretation of the basic movement to other music. And much of it is "natural" meaning that it must have been done from the very beginning by the "oddballs." Basic, Basic, Basic, not many of us know what that means.

"Throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the

trade winds in your sails. Explore, - Dream, - Discover.

Yvonne, my niece

Received a nice email from my niece in California.  Nice to know the relatives are fine. She sent some nice pictures and posters and I thought I would blog'em.

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot."

"And never brought to mind."

"Jalisco No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

And a very Happy New Year to all my relatives wherever they are.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Mililani Recreation Center

Information Contributor, Richard Takahata
As a member, I can TRY to buy Millani Town Association (MTA) event guest tickets ($2) for interested people, for the event below, subject to availability, on/after 1/25. There may be door sales for $4, day of event. There is NO RESERVED SEATING and there's about a total of about 300 tickets available. The MTA Rec center 3 facility is air conditioned, and has outdoor/covered/pool side tables/seating. Pupus and refreshments are free and sponsor give-a-ways too. There's about 70 onsite parking stalls, then on street parking.

Richard - tel 342-6057

February 7, 2020  Friday
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Doors Open at 7:30 pm

Live Music By: The Kevin Mau Band (featuring Paul Stanley)
Pupus & Refreshments

MTA Member Tickets: $2 per person
Guest Tickets (Available 1/25): $2 per person
At the Door: $4 per MTA Member & their guests
Must be an MTA Member to purchase tickets. Limited availability.

Mililani Recreation Center 3, 95-281 Kaloapau St  Mililani, HI 96789

Monday, January 13, 2020

Big Blowout in Wahiawa

The plans for the important Friday were turning out pretty good. The Handi Van picked me up rather early but Rod and Rosalie were just arriving. A few were soon trickling in and by seven Leland and Maile were there. The nice music began and the set up was pleasant. And soon there were enough people dancing which is the name of the game.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, where you can laugh, dance and
meet beautiful friends, Welcome everyone, hope to see you all
on our monthly Dances. Aloha everyone. Sincerely,
Rod, WBDC president.

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is so much fun. This is one place
to meet new and old friends. We dance and have fun, lots
of good food, good music for everybody to enjoy.
Come and join us and share the fun.
Lisa Apilado.

"Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind." from an old song.

Roaring into 2020s with goodwill and fellowship
at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club,
where aloha is what it is all about.
Back to the beginning with good friend, Pepe.
Marie Laderta

Hopefully, one of these days we can get Marie to join us as Guest Blogger. It amounts to having her own blog within any of our blogs. She can get in, write, insert photos or whatever, publish and get out without having to say boo to anyone.

Roaring Twenties really rock, wonderful gathering and exciting dances.

Good and Lovin', Happy and fun, Love and be loved, Grace and Bless.
Rosalie Sabug

Social Dancing is essentially "Open" and in competitive dance terms essentially means "without restrictions." It means that DJs and dancers at a social dance such as this one, have the option to use material outside of any syllabus and/or level of any discipline. In addition line dancing is being welcomed and evolving very nicely in Wahiawa. They are even getting more men, and line dance is a nice break in the regular fun dance activities of the evening. Many say the entire enchilada could go three hours easily. This dance was a smashing success.

 Great food and as always, wonderful music. Bestest friends.
Happy New Year ~ Deanie

Great Dance. ~ Bert Burgess

Really enjoyed the vibes and style of the social.

A very happy new year to those who know us (the bloggers and the readers) and those who don't, those who hate us and those who don't and for those who love us and those who don't. We wish you to forget all your worst past memories as your last and have a new beginning with a little hope that we will all have a happy journey until we reach our dreamed destinations.

More photos. Saturday, Oahu Dancers blog, Monday, Social Dance Oahu blog.

Paul Canne, wonderful Roaring Twenties Dance.
Good food and good dancing.
Lea Twigg

The Handvan picked me up a few minutes after nine and I was home before ten. A very nice evening for me and I thank everyone.