Saturday, February 29, 2020

Fad Dances

On Oahu we are all part of the Big World of Dance. Many different kinds and if some dancers like the Gloopy and others like the Ploopy, fine, we wish them all Happy Dancing. Social dancers on Oahu are something else. And we have some that veer off and go for the "dance crazes". Dancing style fads have always been a part of social dancing, sometimes gliding smoothly into tradition after their "newness" has faded, and sometimes simply fading away into oblivion. Dances such as the Waltz or the Rumba were once fads, that have become a part of dance tradition. In modern times the rate in which new dances ("fads") are introduced and fade seems to be much faster and more often.
 
"Social Dancers are well aware that in a Night Club, a little buzz can loosen
you up and give you an infusion of courage but take it easy."


This is certainly spurred by modern communication improvements (printed media, radio, movies, television, internet) During the 1960s and 1980s new dances appeared almost every week, often choreographed to popular songs ("Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp, "Freddy (Freddie)", the "Twist"). Their steps were often printed in dance magazines. Dance crazes continued into the 1980s with "YMCA", and the 1990s with "Macarena". Disco came. stayed a while and went. Contemporary sources for dance crazes include music videos and movies.

"Night And Day" by Jimmy Borges

Son Caribe
There are fad dances which are meant to be danced individually (solo), others are partner dances, and yet others are danced in groups. Some of them were of freestyle type, i.e., there were no particular step patterns and they were distinguished by the style of the dance movement (Twist, Shake, Swim, Pony, Hitchhike). Very few have survived and sometimes only as the name of a step (Suzie Q, Shimmy) or of a style (Mashed Potato) in a recognized dance. Fad dances are in fashion at the time of their popularity. They are associated with a specific time period, and evoke a nostalgia if they are danced nowadays.

"Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It is the rhythm of your life. It is the expression of time and movement, in  happiness, joy, sadness and envy."

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Blog Images

When I started blogging over 20 years ago, I made it a habit to use a minimum of one image with every blog post. Why? Because images still speak a thousand words. More over, it’s this kind of eye-catching content which makes our blog posts look more visually appealing, but this is true only when we use the right image to convey our message. Our image should be relevant to the context of the article and should be somehow related. Most of mine at present are posters from other dance units on Oahu. Photos come only when I am invited to a dance social. I cannot eat, or dance but with a little help I can get enough photos to make a nice blog.

"Roses are Red, - Cha Cha is Hot,
Chocolate has calories, Dancing has not."


I have "butterfingers" and I am limited in taking pictures. However, I take my camera to a dance party and pass the camera around. I discovered something very useful. Each person takes pictures of "their" friends. All perfectly normal, no malicious intentions. But the results are that if I have several people getting  5 or 6 photos each, I got just about everybody and I have a good blog. I will also share some hints which can help anyone to get the right image for the blog.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


One person in photo is not better than two people in one photo. Anyone should be able see the difference in ten photos in a blog with one person each and ten with two people each. It follows that three people is better than two and four is better than three. However, it is also definite, that 19 people is not better than 18. It is all up to the photographer and that person can make whatever the decision is apt at the moment. I have zero experience on movies.

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique.
Just like everyone else."

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

CDC WARNING

From: Richard Takahata

To: Board of Directors
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

SUBJ: CDC WARNING on Corona Virus (COVID19)

The subject warning has been released to the media and public - a community outbreak here in the US, is only a matter when not if, so be prepared... significant disruptions can be expected

ABC News Prime, 2/25/20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byU_N9iHBFY

I recommend cancelling public events voluntarily ( self-quarantine), or else face a rapidly increasing risk that this disease will force us to, while attracting media attention which could be highly negative and threaten our existence as a community organization - for having ignored this warning and not acted responsibly and proactively to protect our members and organization. The consequences of a community outbreak happening as a result of one of our events would be overwhelming and could destroy our club. The news media has provided many real life examples, worldwide for us to learn from.

The State has already admitted they have no test kits for COVID 19 and have to send test samples all the way to Georgia with a delay of 1 week or more for the results. There's no community testing possible to identify infected persons faster and take more proactive action. And even then, the test results could still be false negatives and require multiple retries to verify the test - more delays. In China they are going right to doing X-Rays of the patients with symptoms, because testing is too slow and unreliable.

The State has also admitted they can NOT do it all alone, and must rely on the public to act responsibly, stay informed and to cooperate and take action to both prepare and to take preventative and protective measures in a timely way. We have the freedom and responsibility of control over our own lives, and to help each other.

Right now time is on our side. That advantage is decreasing the longer we wait and do not take action and the threats and risks increase, each DAY - the new media has been reinforcing that, 24/7/365. Once we see real incidences of infected members or friends, it will be too late to act and more infections could happen with increasing disruption, and God forbid, the death of one or more members, because health facilities and services could be rapidly overwhelmed in a large outbreak. Outside forces will have to move in to take over control.

Taking quick voluntary preventative and protective actions sooner could result in fewer lasting and less serious impacts on our club and community, and could lead to an eventual return to normalcy and resumptions of our club activities with less damages and complications to have to correct or be burdened with - a happier and more secure future, as the result of being more proactive.

Richard

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dance Class and Party

Oahu is becoming central in social dancing in the entire Pacific. And the social dancers are becoming aware of their place in the dance scene in the Hawaiian Islands. The dance blog sites and the dance web sites will be cuuxial in disseminating the dance information. It is evolving to the good.

"Some people succeed because they are destined. Most succeed because they are determined."


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Dance Your way to the Salsa Beat

Learn how to salsa dance and expand your social circle at the same time at Zack's Dance Loft happy hour dance party. Teacher Zack will conduct a salsa lesson for complete beginner dancers. After the lesson, socialize and practice with Zack and your fellow students while enjoying complementary wine and spirits.


The Dance
Salsa is a popular social dance throughout the world. Salsa dancing can be divided into several styles defined by the geographic region from which they come; Cuban style, Kali style, Colombian style, palladium style, LA style, NY style, and more. It is normally a partner dance and can be danced either in open or closed position. Salsa can be also danced individually as a line dance.

The Event
At this event there will be a a 1 hour dance class. Complimentary wine and spirits will be available while you are socializing and practicing. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and you don't need a partner. Zack, who has been featured in New York magazine, will guide you step by step as you dance to the energetic rhythm of the beats. This may be Hawaii's Best.

The Classes
These classes are designed for the beginners. At these classes you will learn new moves, techniques, and complete beginner level choreography, which will help you to develop different skills. Most important, no commitment to a fixed schedule is necessary. Each class is designed to allow you to get a taste of the dance in a beautiful studio with a fun atmosphere.

"The harder you work for something, the greater you'll feel
when you achieve it. Go ahead, dream bigger."


Monday, February 24, 2020

My Neice Yvonne Writes

Thinking of you❤️  How are you doing ❤️  And how are you feeling❤️ It’s Sunday the 23rd of February 2020 already💥💥💥.   Sending you pictures of 2 outings that I had with your sisters .. Eleanor and Mother ❣️❣️   These were 2 days that they both were feeling rather good🙏🏻🙏🏻   Some days are better than others❤️   I love you ❣️❣️ Please Take care of yourself🙏🏻🙏🏻


"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

 

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


“Most social dancers like the dreams of the future
much better than the history of the past." 


Sunday, February 23, 2020

From my Neice Yvonne

Thinking of you❤️  How are you doing ❤️  And how are you feeling❤️ It’s Sunday the 23rd of February 2020 already💥💥💥.   Sending you pictures of 2 outings that I had with your sisters .. Eleanor and Mother ❣️❣️   These were 2 days that they both were feeling rather good🙏🏻🙏🏻   Some days are better than others❤️   I love you ❣️❣️ Please Take care of yourself🙏🏻🙏🏻


 "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete 


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


And I thank Yvonne and everyone in the pictures, a feast for my eyes to see the relatives. I will make another blog, "Town Dancer" tomorrow for the other half of the pictures. Here, all I can do is avoid being a burden to my nurses and my weekly helper which are furnished to me free. Happy Days, everyone. Love to all, Uncle Joe.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Latino

By Raphael Gonzalez, Waipio

Latin Music and Dance has been in the US since the latter part of the nineteenth century. Of course just as show business. And it came in pretty solid in the twentieth century to be danced by the locals. In the late 40's it had Rumba, Samba and Tango in very heavy. In the 50's, a hybrid of the old fast Rumba and Swing, the Mambo became the most esteemed Latin dance in the US. It had the seductive qualities of all the popular Latin dances, and it began with the break of the rock step on the second beat of the phrase, which was easy enough when the accent was on the second beat.

"Social Dancers know that dancing is the world’s second most popular indoor sport."


But it required some dance talent to perform when the accent in the US was on the first beat. Many learned to break on the one. The phrase, "Mambo on the 2" arose to clarify the music. The mambo’s rhythmic originality reflected the influence of swing and jazz on the music and dance of native Cubans. The freshness of the mambo rhythm emerged as a platform for artistic creativity in American and Latin music and it became a television showcase for rock and its teenage fans. The new LP record format made rock music cheap and plentiful.

"Que Rico El Mambo" por Perez Prado.


With TVs in every home, teenage baby boomers had easy access to their own music and dance, and for the first time, youth dictated American taste. These established the Rumba solid in most dancer's repertoire and allowed the introduction of complete new creation by the American Teachers, the Bolero. This fit in very nicely with the slower playing of the bolero music. The same identical music a little faster was danced in Rumba. The results are that Rumba is danced by everyone, and few dance Bolero and usually omitted in most dance functions

"Could be all lies and jest, still, a person hears what they want to hear,
disregarding the rest and arguing with a fool proves there are two."


Friday, February 21, 2020

Seniors Club at MTA

Received from Richard Takahata:

As a community organization WBDC can be supporting better communications and taking actions to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus disease and keeping everyone informed and doing their part.  Its a constantly changing threat environment that no one organization, like our government agencies can handle alone - we all have to be part of the solution and staying alert.

A simple rule is to wash your hands often and thoroughly, especially before eating.

The Seniors Club at Mililani Town Association is distributing flyers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) like the attached files to actively inform members at their meetings.

We are stronger, acting together.

Richard 


We can all help, even if only to share good words.

 

"It may be true, that the weak will always be driven to the wall, but
it is the task of a just society to see that the wall is climbable."

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Waianae Coast?

Social Media has been defined as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content." I have proven to my own satisfaction that the success of these blogs will be in the regularity of the Information Contributors and the Guest Bloggers. Dance Social media on Oahu depends on a variety of views from everyone in the dance scene. Individuals and social dance clubs will share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content.

 "Social dancers are well aware that social dancing has no standardized
 teaching or learning curriculum, so what's doing?"
 

Most videos have very good examples of basic figures danced with style. So beginners should not be too greedy to jump into variations before they understand how they are developed from the basic figures. They can still look good when they dance the basic syllabus figures well. Variations are also better danced with a fixed partner as both dancers must understand how the variations are transformed from the original basic style. But social dancers on Oahu can move to our terrific music with just basic movements done over and over in sheer joy.

"Shores Of Haleiva" by Loyal Garner


Of course many dance videos of dancing are increasingly going for LAGS. Their intentions are to get you looking fancy in no time flat. But take it easy, look around, ask around and you will gradually learn that there are first things first and if you really like the music, your dances can be quite enjoyable along the way. The blogs are still in process and I have put "Dance And Live" on hold for a couple months. I am sure that the best blog will be independent this year. We have a ways to go.

"Some social dancers believe that everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. And that the roots of education may be bitter, but the fruit is sweet."

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Tango Chaptor 5

So much mythology on the Tango that it is no surprise that there are so many versions danced all over the world. I read something from a Korean publication stating that they got the Tango from the Chinese and it was from a city named Tan Goh. Ha! It is much simpler than that, it was originally called Milonga by the Incas, a civilization established in Peru in the 1400s. A cat dance by single men, in which they almost ran about six to eight steps and then made a pounce in a movement some what like that of large cats pouncing a small animal.

"I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young." `~ Pope Francis


The Fox Trot by Harry Fox has something like that, a running eight step and then a stop. In the US, it evolved into the Fox Trot (slow) and the Peabody (fast.) You got something new? Yeah. In Argentina, during the first hundred years after the arrival of the first illegals, the poorest of the Spaniards would drink with the Indians and learned to feel happy moving to the incessant beat of the Milonga. And the Indians had never seen horses before the arrival of the illegals. They were ignorant but certainly not stupid. In the late 1500s, a few Spaniards who were good horsemen came to live with the Indians in Argentina and that was all that was needed.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel 


The work Gaucho comes from the Guarani Indians, a derogatory word meaning without a known father (hijo 'e puta.) On the Great Pampas, the Indians were hard to catch and even harder to hold. Then with the increase in the Mestizo (the mix) the Spanish were forced to recognize the Gaucho and develop political, social and economic characteristics far different that with other mestizo groups in the big cities. The Milonga music with its Indian roots for centuries was now changing. With the influence of the developing Spanish Guitar and Violin, the music became increasingly Andalusian (Southern Spain) with Moorish overtones.

"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 authentic tango." ~ Carlos Gavito

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Photos

In Dance Blogging it is just not about plain text written on a page. A good article is the combination of text and images, A picture is worth a thousand words, and the words have been around for centuries and we cannot really contradict them. However in our blogs, one person in the picture is not better than two people in the picture. We are limited in space and the "dancers" are what count. A photo contributed to one of our blogs is seen by most of the readers of the blogs regardless of club affiliation, dance style or level of expertise. The same thing contributed to Facebook is not the same, oh boy. Of course you may be seen in Nigeria.

"Social dancers believe that just dancing for fun and moving to their
favorite music and among friends is the absolute max."


Two people in the photo is not better than three and - three is not better than four. However 20 is not better than 19. Got it? The photographer should still make the decisions for whatever reasons. Share your good photos with our fellow dancers, they will be much more appreciated by everyone.We must understand other differences too. Facebook gets 250 million photos per day. So how many people are going to see yours? It would take anyone several years to go through just one million of them. Our readers are 99% on the Island of Oahu. Did we get that point across?

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho


I discovered something else in my travels, that each photographer gets the pictures of "his or her' friends. No hu hu and understandable. I find myself with a choice of taking this couple which I don't know or another couple close by, that are good friends. Do I have a choice? Of course not. No intentions to do anyone harm. Very normal. I have "butterfingers", I cannot take pictures. However I pass the camera around and each person, willing, will take a half dozen, Fine, their people. However passing the camera around I get all the people. Just beautiful.

"Just go ahead and push yourself, because no one
else is going to do it for you."

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Adjustments

The middle of the month and the blogs are slowing down the increase in average hits per day. The law of diminishing returns, - which is understandable because I am not famous and I do not get enough feedback to share with our fellow dancers. Town Dancer remains number one because it is the oldest and it gets a little feedback. Obviously we need feedback on all of the blogs. I have no choice but to put "Dance And Live" on hold for a couple of months while I get the others going. I am using Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Word Press and Pinterest to spread the word.

"Social dancers know that they will enjoy the dance, have more fun
and look better if they look at each other. Really."


The Micros seem to be the answer, but Facebook gets 50 million posts daily. Somebody gonna miss mine? I may get one reader in Nigeria every year but that is of no interest to me. The readers on Oahu are very very important. The micros cannot be the complete answer. Feedback is the answer and it is an opportunity for the reader/dancers of these blogs to share their pearls of good dance information with our fellow dancers. So I will push all publicity possible to Dancing Nights and Oahu Dancers since they are on the bottom.

"Ran Kan Kan" por Tito Puente


Many of our information contributors have stated. "I will write it but only this once. I want to get it off my chest but that's it. I don't want to make any kind of commitment." That is certainly understandable and all we can hope is that they will get the urge again some time soon. No one should feel any kind of commitment or burden. But I am also looking for guest Blogger posts on these blogs which is a great way to give our sites fresh insight and to offer some variety. If I can convince two or three we can plan on independence of the blog and my resignation as administrator.

"Truth never lost ground by inquiry. That is what we do when
we dance. Everything else is gingerbread."


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ex Dancer

By Mary Jane Murakami. Pupukea

You danced at one time, you just don't remember when you stopped. This year you will get back into the spirit of the dance. Learn to really listen to music, play, laugh, sing, jump in puddles, get your hands dirty, create smile lines on your face, be silly. Don't be afraid to be alone and giggle often, walk away from your troubles and don't be ashamed if you are social dancer. The discomfort coming from unknown techniques may still be there and you tend to need highly communicative teachers as well as a friendly environment to keep your motivation strong.

"Social dancers find it very pleasant to have shared these moments of dancing 
 with like-minded people from every possible background
who have become true friends over the years."


Teaching to dance: "To teach is to learn twice." Anything you learned you can teach someone, but to teach anything at the dance requires much less to teach. How much the teachers know and the degree in which they can pass it along to anyone, can be good, bad or indifferent. How much the students know and the facility which they have to learn it can also be good, bad or indifferent. The degree in which the students can apply to their learning, can be little, much or indifferent. Hey, just take it slow and have fun. Most of us do alright.
 
"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We on Oahu have been very fortunate to have had some of the best teachers in the world. Great dance teachers have the ability to inspire their students and they are experts at sharing their love of dance with their students. When the dancing gets tough, and the student wants to slow down, a good dance teacher will be able to motivate them; drawing them out of the slump, and getting them back on the dance floor.We can all see the results on our dance floors. We have no exact clones and we all accept our differences gladly.

"Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a teacher
who believed in them first."

Friday, February 14, 2020

Independence

I am pretty certain now that this blog should be the first one to go. It is the strongest with the most average hits per day and all the blogs have me as the main blogger. There will a big difference when we get more feedback to share with the readers. It will be up to the ones willing to share dance information with our fellow dancers. There are plenty of you out there that could share some dance information, regularly. First, just email short paragraphs and perhaps a photo or two. When you are ready, let me know and you will be in as a Guest Blogger. Wha dat?

'Social dancers know that we are lucky to be getting so many
beginners, - and their Dance life is about to expand ....
Beyond their wildest Dreams!"


Guest bloggers decide for themselves when they are ready. Just email to me, I will notify Blogger.com. They will send you an invitation to be a Guest Blogger. If you accept, the password is between you and them. You can than open the blog, write a paragraph, insert a photo, make corrections, delete or save and publish. All without saying boo to anyone. In effect it will be your blog within this blog and you can do as you wish and when you wish. Then I must design the final stroke since I cannot last forever.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner


I must get my best blogs completely independent with their own administrators and Guest Bloggers. And once independent they are on their own. I will gradually phase myself outta there. And I can work on the next blog to go independent. Gotta be the number one. The junk blogs will remain mine. It may be whatever blog that gets the Bloggers and the hits. First come, first serve, I am getting old so I must let the youngers take over. The benefits of seeking guest bloggers are quite clear to me. Now, let see how I can convince all those that can do it easily- - to do it.

"It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings.
It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks."


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dance Jargon

Dance; For a couple millenniums, it was known as any physical movement to music or rhythm. However, in the past century it went through the process of redefinition by different dance groups in the world. Specially the ones that developed an elitist attitude. They belonged to a special group and they danced according to their rules They knew when they are dancing "correctly." Those other people over there, are not really dancing. Social dancers understand that these people wish to be different from us - and we acquiesce.

Dance Fever:
A benign illness that hits most social dancers at different times and in varying degrees. "Just Gotta Dance." There is no known cure, you just gotta dance it out.

Dance Floor: In Night Clubs and Restaurants it is a designated place where people can dance. In our regular dance functions, it is THE FLOOR.

"Good social dancers do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults."


Dance Instructor: An experience dancer who teaches in a systematic way such as dance classes in dance clubs, studios and privately. They can provide the students with knowledge of the proper styling and the history of the dance. The students have the opportunity to know, understand and appreciate the particular dance in its context.

Dance Teacher: Not quite synonymous with Dance Instructor. All you have heard, "Anyone can teach anyone a dance step". or another quote, "Anyone can learn a dance step." The proper styling? Now that is quite a different matter. However good dance teachers usually help good dancers.

Dance Workshop, Amateur: A modern form of street dance club. A social gathering of dancers roughly the same level of expertise to help each other in perfecting the steps and patterns which they already know. They may also use DVDs to introduce new movements to their repertoire. They can develop into some of the best of the social dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Dance Workshop Pro: A Professional will review the better way of moving to music to regular dancers for a fee.

Demonstration: An explanation by example to show a particular pattern or style of dance. Very effective by those that are not very good teachers but have a history of being good dancers.

Disco: Evolved from Latin Challenge position in dancing in the US. The young dancers separated and stayed that way doing their own thing. At the time Records were used in Night Clubs and Disco means Record in Spanish. It has since evolved into several genres for the young and not considered as part of our recreational partner dancing.

Discography: The systematic study and cataloguing of phonograph records, albums, Cassettes and/or CDs. Ranges from the small collector to the Big Time DJs.

"Social dancers know that there are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dieter Pfister

RE: Friday Night Fever
Received from Richard Takahata

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a present.

Life is short, and time is very precious. Dieter's sudden passing, this past weekend is a new reminder not to take each day for granted. It makes me very thankful for everyone that came to Friday Night Fever, the day before he passed and enjoyed having music, dancing, fun, and a great time together at this special event - time well spent and lived through sharing. We can all look at and remember how Dieter lived that example, with his wife Gloria in the many years they supported and helped to lead and organize our Wahiawa Ballroom Dance club for the benefit and happiness of many.

Dieter and wife Gloria -- Dieter, Maile and Leland
Dieter and Gloria, former President of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, at The Roaring 20s, 1/10/20
I hope Dieter is enjoying all of the fun, merriment, music, and dancing up in the big Oktoberfest in the sky, and raising his glass high and giving a toast and cheers to the great master of ceremonies up there.

Thank you Dieter, may we live and work better together and help each other to live meaningful and happier lives, however and while we can.

Richard

"Most of us know enough about loss to realize that we never stop missing someone - 
we just learn to live around the big space of their absence."

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Received from Samir Teves

Aloha Jeb,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my dance event in your blog. Attached is the flyer.
Sent from my iPhone


"Yes, this is my life, I am 94 years young and I fully realize and accept that
as I approach the final curtain, it is now ending one minute at a time."