Sunday, October 20, 2019

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."

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.

Friday, October 11, 2019

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."

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Thalia

Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, born 26 August 1971) known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, published author, actress and businesswoman, who has sung in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Tagalog.

"Social dancers believe that if today they do what others won't,
tomorrow they may accomplish what others can't."

She is recognized as the most successful female solo Mexican artist internationally by media conglomerates such as Univision Communications and TV Azteca, while she has sold over 40 million records worldwide as a solo artist, being considered as one of the best selling Latin musicians of all time. Big part of the media refer to her as the "Queen of Latin pop", because of her numerous Latin pop hit singles and her legacy within the Latin pop music scene of the past 2 decades.

"De Donde Soy" por Thalia

However, apart from singing, Thalía has also had a renowned career in acting, as she starred in a variety of soap operas that were watched by over two billion people in more than 180 countries and marked history in television because of their extremely high ratings. She was converted into a global television icon, especially during the decade of the 1990s, while she was publicly referred to as the reigning "Queen of telenovelas" by the mass media, because of the phenomenal reception her soap operas have had.

"Cien Años" por Thalia

She had a long term relationship with Fernando Colunga, a Mexican Actor, known for his work in Mexican telenovelas. They parted in 1998 when she was 28 years old and they knew that wasn't it. She met Tommy  Mottola, an American music executive, who was formerly married to Mariah Carey. He is the co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He headed Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, for nearly 15 years. They were married in 2002.

"Hope is a species of happiness, and perhaps,
the chief happiness which the world affords"

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Oahu, American, International

Historically, American style ballroom was developing on the west side of the Atlantic during the same period as English style ballroom was developing near the east side of the Atlantic. There was probably some cross fertilization, but there was also a lot of independent development. Competitions seem to have started to dominate the development of English style fairly early (1920s), while American style was more rooted in social dancing as taught by the Murray studios and a desire to emulate the stage and screen dancing as epitomized in the Fred Astaire movies.

"Social dancers can see how dancing can be so much more than just steps
and how your life can be enhanced through dance."


Dancing was just for the fun of dancing. Because of their great egos, both Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire "knew" what the American dancers could dance and what they could not. They made the final decisions of what was the "correct" way to make the movement. And we should state that they were very good. Not perfect but very good. Their biggest error was changing the original native basic and applying the box step basic to the Rumba for whatever their reasons. Fortunately, the alternate method is being taught on the mainland, and a little of it is coming into Hawaii and rising in this century.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Little in Oahu except possibly on the Big Island. You can generally trace many open American style foxtrot figures to things that Fred and Ginger did in various choreographic sequences in their movies. In fact, because of those movies, there was probably more influence of American style on English style than vice versa.It wasn't until the 1950s and 1960s that English style really started catching on internationally, and hence the name change to "International" style. By the end of the last century there was probably more influence of International style on American than vice versa. In this century, the social dancer has taken over.

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it, you will land among the stars."

Friday, October 4, 2019

Social Dancer WWII

The turbulent years for dancing were during WWII, with so many military from the Mainland going through here and out into the Pacific. Most were very young and did not have much experienced dancing, But they learned from one another and the wonderful partners that they were lucky enough to find here. There was a short playlist and the dancers did not require much. They were, Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and Rumba. Others have come in slowly and surely. Samba, Tango, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, and the latest Bachata.

"Social dancers go to a dance to have fun, they're not there to work or teach classes,
however most are willing to help a little here and there. Why not?"


Waltz is a dance to 3 counts with strong accent on the first beat and a basic even step pattern, Music for a waltz or a concert composition in 3/4 time. To dance a waltz is to move or advance in a lively or conspicuous manner, to advance easily and successfully, to approach boldly —used with up can't just waltz up and introduce yourself, to dance a waltz with, to grab and lead.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It was originally danced to Big Band (usually vocal) music in Big Ballrooms. The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is in a 4/4 time signature. Developed in the 1910s, the foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1940s and remains as a favorite today.


East Coast Swing is a simpler 6-count variation that spawned from the six-count variations of the Lindy Hop. It evolved with swing-band music of the 1940s and the work of the Arthur Murray dance studios in the 1940s. This Swing has simple structure and footwork along with basic moves and styling. It is popular for its simple nature and can be danced to slow, medium, or fast tempo jazz.

"Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman

Rumba may refer to a variety of unrelated music styles. It has been used to denote the complex of secular music styles known as Cuban rumba. Since the early 20th century the term has been used in different countries to refer to distinct styles of music and dance, most of which are only tangentially related to the original Cuban rumba, if at all. Social rumba in Hawaii was most closely done to the American Style of dance with an Arthur Murray basic box.

What do ghosts dance to? Soul music of course.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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."