Sunday, April 28, 2013

Delete?

According to the stats and information availability, this is the blog that will most likely be deleted. The contacts do not seem to be too anxious to become public, they may remain with their more private Web sites. And private parties we should respect. Leave them alone and let us find some good public dance clubs. If we delete this blog it may be the better thing for all concerned.

"To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot:
to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own."

And if we cannot find any public dance club, we shall make our own. The entire dance blogosphere is asking for it. The readers increase because they know what they want, not what others say they should have. Slowly but surely it is coming out and all the present dance clubs will eventually come around.


The newest and the bottom of the totem pole in hits. Patience

At this moment we need a good communicator with any of the Nightclub Action in the Oahu West sector. All we need is his/her opinion on the places and their friends and fellow dancers and that is pretty public. Naturally that precious, unique foto, the magic one, would be a God send. This exchange of information is Social Media and everyone will learn to appreciate it.

 
The second from the bottom, it may take some time.

The new dance club will have to be able to do it without the "Palladium," which is not as difficult as it sounds. The packed Palladium days seem to be over as control has changed. The Creative Researchers And Producers are still in charge, much less but still there. They have been goofing up some of the best dance places on Oahu for a long time.





Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Da Latest Scoop

Things are settling very nice in our blogosphere and I can see my way into a lot more of our dance environment. It is looking good, not because it is perfect but because I can see the need for whatever we lack.
 
"A person's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners."

A good example is the blog by Richie in Town Dancer of the 23rd. (Just click the link in the side bar.) Something that should have been brought out many times before and somehow missed by the best. Of course it seems to happen more often in the nightclub circuit. I sincerely hope that it is read by every male dancer, not only on Oahu, but in the entire Pacific area.

"You're Nothing But A Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

After a dance it is only proper courtesy to escort the lady back to where she was. Most men that I know do this, but now Richie has brought up a very good point, many do not escort the lady back to her table or chair. His honest opinion is what makes a blog into truly our kind of social media.

Which also brings up another point. My stats reveal that we are approaching the point of diminishing returns in hits. But only if we remain in the status quo of having no more Guest Authors. Just one more regular honest opinion from anyone in our blogs will keep us rolling ahead at the proper percentages. Honolulu Dance Guide is gaining on Town Dancer and could be ahead by the end of the month.
 
"Under The Boardwalk" by the Drifters

Fortunately we have been making good contact with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. We have been getting some good write up information. A few added photos and we would have perfection. Another is the Annual Oldies but Goodies Dance Bash at the Pacific Beach Hotel. Sending the hits up, naturally. I will try to make it to Aliamanu Intermediate for the Saturday HBDA review and get some photos and perhaps a quote or two.

 
Teaching Latin Dancing to real Latin Music
 
Oahu West is still trying to coalesce into a unique center. Ewa Beach residents still consider themselves separate, as do some of the villages surrounding Ewa. With the new shopping center in Ewa plus Safeway and City Mill and a couple of cocktail lounges, the existence of night life may emerge and Ewa will become a central and prominent area again. Like all the West they need more industrial area for the thousands who commute to town daily. Nobody wants or needs a rail Disaster.  "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. Yes, I know, it's the money, Sonny. Big Profits in Rail Tragedies.
 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dance Hawaii at Puuhale School

Awfully nice day in Nanakuli as per usual. Making rearrangements in my furniture and I will have a good arrangement one of these days. And I was ready to get the 4:00 O'clock C bus. A little crowded but a young man was gracious enough to let me have a seat. Some of the kids, Auwe. It is not that they do not read the signs, It's that they can't read, the dumb dodos.

"Happiness can come through doors you didn't even know you left open."

The bus was a little late and I tested my vid clip songs on my new MP4 unit and worked beautifully. Got to Puuhale and walked up to Puuhale School, took almost five minutes. Not bad. Only Maurice was there and a few people arrived a little later.


Tried to get a photo of the early birds but they were all too busy. Some other time, though later I did get some photos of the dancing and others to make collages.

 
Left side, front facing the other school buildings. Right side, from the back playing field.

Got rid of four CD's and hopefully they will be used as intended. Then I demonstrated my new vid clip songs and finally found someone who may be able to use it. This is a test, so that I can get the vid clips to the members that can use them. Can only be used on a computer and preferably with good speakers or earphones.


Tested two cameras, this one has to go to somebody else, but the dancers
were beginning to arrive and they were beginning to have fun dancing.

Maybe we can get more people from town attending next time. House parties are nice but I think we should make every effort to make this a more public social affair. Oblivion is not very attractive and the entire enchilada is in process.


I left after the intermission when they had the ring of prayer, then the line dancing
and the Kau Kau and everyone seemed to be having themselves a ball.

Last minute quote from Maurice.

"Come Dance With Us" at our new Social Dance at Puuhale School Cafeteria. Lots of food, dancing and meeting new people who love to dance.
Maurice Morita, President
Dance Hawaii.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New Place, to Dance Hawaii

The schools need the money to pay for the rail fiasco, so we cannot blame them. But like the Rail Tragedy People advise us, "dance in the streets." Fortunately Maurice found another place.

"Falsehood is cowardice, the truth is courage."


Is it possible that in West Oahu they dance different than in downtown? Yes, positively. One of the main characteristics is attitude. Let’s face it, the town people really think they are fantastic dancers. And the truth is that many are. Now at Puuhale School, we can get some good Kalihi dancers to join us. Hey, Hey, we are moving ahead.

"Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy

However in the West they seem to be developing some people that really understand about dancing to the music and not just to steps and movements that they have been taught. The real Universal dancers are being taught by a different type of teachers. And many dancers in town, not only in night clubs but also on the main dance floors are changing. People are just beginning to notice. I think they are all getting good.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Part 2

From Aunty Maile:

All in all, everyone had a super blast!  The people danced like there was no tomorrow and with many  different dance partners. As they used up their dime a dance tickets, they went back to purchase more.

Last but not least, I have to thank my "better" half, Leland Yagi, for his countless hours and nights of searching for "Big Band Dance Music", in order to provide the people with the experience of being in the 1920's, 1930's era. He did an excellent job as usual. By the way, our next dance is in May, when Leland will be providing you with music from "South of the Border!"

Thanks to Rodney and Carol Kohagura for their help in manning the check in table and taking control of the door prizes. Thanks to Ray Ballungay for his beautiful prayer blessing, and president Peter Sy, along with the officers and board of directors, for all the pre and post planning that went into creating this event. Special thanks go out to Linda Tranilla who went out to buy all the lovely orchid and rose centerpieces to adorn the tables.


Aloha Everyone!
Here is a little one pager collage that I put together of WBDC's 44th Anniversary Dance.
This collage was made from my IPhone, so it might not be that good but enjoy the pics!
Maile Yagi

 
With all of those special components combined together, the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's 44th Anniversary Dance, along with the nicest people that you could ever have in one room, was a absolutely huge success!

So if anyone was able to capture this very special evening by taking photos, and you don't mind sharing them with us, we would appreciate it very much!

Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi for WBDC :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

From Aunty Maile, WBDC Annual

Aloha Everyone!

We had such a wonderful time of dancing and camaraderie last night! I want to thank all of you for coming and for your donations of desserts and door prizes.

Door prizes came in small packages and large packages, but they were all significant. Some door prizes were wrapped and some were not. Nonetheless, there were a few that I could tell what it was.  Among them were the beautiful art work of Arthur Oda, using paper cut-out flowers, over his brilliant and beautifully colored drawings. Another, was the donated door prizes from the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, a gift with tons of goodies in a pretty pink cloth gift bag. This gift bag was creatively embroidered by the talented Dave Cardell with the lettering ABDA! Then there were, the beautifully hand made leis of yarn, made by Rose Ballungay and last but surely not least, all the kitchen spices, wines, and what have you, donated by Rod and Rose Sabug.

These people were among the many that possesses the resourceful talents that anyone would want.

With that, I want to say that WBDC truly appreciates every door prize donation to the fullest, but unfortunately, we were not able to call out and announce every door prize on the microphone, as we needed to provide enough uninterrupted time for the Taxi Dance Contestants, who were trying to win and use up their dance tickets.

 
CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO THE WINNERS OF THE WAHIAWA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB'S 44TH ANNIVERSARY, "TAXI DANCE CONTEST" WERE...
 
FIRST PLACE: LILIA AUGUSTINE!
 
SECOND PLACE: RENEE CARDELL!
 
THIRD PLACE: MONDAY VERZON!

Among the many scrumptiously delicious desserts were, Art and Joan Oda's custard puffs, Tina Fernandez's Concanin, Gloria Jimenez's Mango cake, and Rod Sabug's famous Ginapiitan soup.

The buffet of shrimp, steak, crab, fish, and all the side dishes, were very delicious  and more than a tummy could handle.  For that, we thank the Helemano Plantation Camp 808 staff for their generosity and hard work.

(to be continued in tomorrow's blog)






Monday, April 15, 2013

Rained Out

Had a nice Sunday except for the light drizzles in the morning. Then in the afternoon when I thought of getting ready to go, it began to rain. I check the Internet and it said Possible Thunderstorms. I waited a couple hours and decided to postpone it. Really did not buy a ticket for nothing, it was for a good cause.
 
"That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger."

It has happened before, but clear weather in Nanakuli and raining in town. Then I can make to whatever function and be a little presentable. Happened once since I have been here. Then coming back home, nice and clear then a little rain as we approached Nanakuli. By the time I got off the bus it was coming down in buckets. It can even be exhilarating, no hu-hu, stomp around before getting in the lobby and once home easy to get out of the wet clothes and get into something comfortable.
 
"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

Unfortunately, there will be no one at the function that would be willing to share the happy times and a couple photos with their fellow reader/dancers. Too bad. In regular journalism, reporters may split their time between working in a newsroom and going out to witness events or interview people and reporters may be assigned a specific beat or area of coverage. Here we all do whatever we damn well please.


Truck Drivers: Men who lead using excessive force including using two hands to turn a lady. Of course it may be acquired in part from dancing with "trucks." However this couldn’t happen too often in our dance scene, for our ladies are usually ladies.

From the Spenser Dance Centre News Letter (London.) "Carry the lady as if she is a tray of drinks - the most beautiful crystal glasses containing the very best champagne; Do not spill a drop."

Pub's Side Note; Polygram Records, Warner Brothers and Keebler Cracker have merged and the new company will be called Poly-Warner-Cracker.



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Line Dancing

By Roger Cheong, Pearlridge,

For beginners and wannabees, line dancing is the perfect place to start. First you get the exercise which is sorely needed by most over 30 people. Then there are many types of music out there so your ear becomes accustomed to our kind of social dance type music and it gets more beautiful every day that you hear it.

"Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!"

Then as you get into learning, just let your body move to the beautiful music you hear, and as naturally as possible. You will learn the necessary step movements but don't make too much of an effort to move to them. Let the body move on its own and however you feel it enjoyable. You will develop your own unique styling. Have you ever seen Spiderman line dancing?


"Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys

We still find it difficult to get information to the readers on line dancing on the Island of Oahu. Many  of the groups prefer to keep the group as a sort of private club. I have yet to hear about line dancing in Aiea. Though I have heard rumors. I read that there will be line dancing at Mililani District Park and I believe they have some line dancing at the Crestview Community Center. So the Central Valley section seems to be opening up.

"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by the Miracles

Some of the social clubs have line dance classes at the beginning of the regular dance class. Photo of the Kees leading the line dancing at Aliamanu Intermediate at the Dance Aliamanu class social submitted by Jimbo Johnson. The write ups of the sessions with photos are much more important than the initial advertising. Ten times the interested readership.

"Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."

 
No places to dance? We may have to dance in the streets.
 
OK, you guys there it is. That's all I know but if you know something, share with your fellow dancers. We, the reader/dancers of these blogs would appreciate it. We will give them all the publicity we can. Another thing, there seems to be more dancing places in Pearlridge than anywhere in the West. But not our kind? Why? How about Nix Performing Arts? They have a big dance floor, open it up for social dancers, - once a month would be nice.

Pub's Side Note: Comments section are opened and sometimes closed when we get too much comment spams. Those programmers are a uncivilized lot, they just don't care. I may try to open again end of month.



 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What's Happening?

I waited and waited and I was finally asked. Where do I get the winning numbers that are posted in the blogs? The winning number comes from the Dow Jones Industrial average ending on the Friday before the last day of the month. I want to make sure that no one can rig the number.

"At my age, tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes to me at
midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself into
my hands. And hopes I've learned something from yesterday."

The Lottery Number: I cannot guarantee the winning number  but some one has been carrying this number around all their lives. If these numbers coincide with the last two numbers of your social security number, that's it. In the month of April, if the last two numbers in your social security number are 25, you won it. In this case a used laptop top computer worth about 600 dollars. If it is not up to your standards, then give it to some one who will appreciate it. I am gradually extending the eligibility to all of our blogs in Oahu.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Freestyle Dancing
At many nightclubs, Freestyle is the only form of dancing used and in which there are many young people with little or no dance experience trying to dance. Many take a stab at getting the hands, feet, arms, and hips to pretend that they all play for the same team.

Freestyle is not hard to learn, but overcoming a paralyzing sense of self-consciousness is frequently a major hurdle. Fortunately once you learn some of the basics steps you will develop enough confidence to go out and practice - at which time you will improve naturally. There are actually several different Freestyle types. Fortunately they all have the same basic moves. And they can be and are danced socially in numerous dance clubs, schools, and studios.

"Dancers are the messengers of the gods."

In social ballroom dancing, as well as in some dance competitions in the United States the Nightclub dance category is recognized, which includes dances such as Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hustle. Nightclub dances are less formalized than the others. A number of them are proudly called Street dances. Nightclub dances are danced differently in different places, and club/street styles differ from the styles taught in ballroom studios.

Another category recently formalized in Europe is the "Latin Swing" class, which consists of five dances: Tango Argentino, Mambo, Lindy Hop, Swing Boogie (sometimes also known as Nostalgic Boogie), and Disco Fox.

There's also a Rock 'n' Roll dance variant accepted as a social dance. Akin to "Ballroom dances" and "Nightclub dances" are Country/western dances, danced both competitively and socially at C/W bars, clubs, and ballrooms.

"There'll Be Sad Songs" by Billy Ocean

A related category is Regional Ballroom Dances. One example would be the subcategory of Cajun dances which originated in New Orleans, with branches reaching both coasts of the United States.

All of these contain similar moves that are slowly gravitating and becoming standardized in some sort of a "Universal" style which will be a separate and very recognizable style in the future. However, there will definitely be a difference in the dances according to age.

The young have made the distinction for years, "never trust anyone over 30." They have a unanimous opinion and the young are the under 30. Then we have the middles, from 30 to 65, and they are the most solid block of developers of the "social" dance. Then of course we have the over 65 and the real seniors who will do the best they can with what is left over.

Pub's Side Note: New Golden Rule of the Rail Party in Honolulu,
"He who has the gold, makes the rules."
 
 

 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

United Visayan Hall

Woke up late to plenty of sunshine and it turned out to be a nice warm day.  Got a little done here and there and was ready to get the 5:22 bus and it was late. Then to top it all off, I forgot my wallet. Had to go back home and then wait again for the next bus.


Got to the Visayan Hall after seven and the place was jumping. Lucky to park the bike near the door and Ben was shoveling the money into the safe as it was coming in. Nice friendly people but I had a hard time getting rid of some DVDs. Got to Maurice and bought a ticket to the Fund Raiser at Ige's for Sunday, the 14th.


Paul Lee played a very nice Indian type song and I went over and told him. He's got good taste and we should tell the DJs when we like the song. We don't have to mention the crap and the dancers were having fun (the name of the game.)

Got some fotos with my new camera and I still haven't got the touch. Half of them were too fuzzy. Went over the old camera with a couple of guys and they suggested the trouble might be in the batteries. Will check that out. I may learn to take some nice simple pictures some day.


Danced with a couple of nice ladies and enjoyed it with one in particular because she was just learning. And boy, was she learning good with me, she was a marvel. Didn't catch her name but I am hard of hearing anyway. Set up the hooking up to the internet on my laptop and show it to few that might be interested.

Got a couple shots of the ring of prayer and they sure looked like they had a lot of ono grindz on the tables. Maybe mo bettah next time when I have more practice with the camera.

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles

I left early and hoped to get a bus with an empty bike rack. Got some Large Curd cottage cheese at Times and made it to the bus with plenty time. Room for the bike on the bus but it was packed. Fortunately, there was a guy getting off at the next stop. Had a chance to sit down. Got to Nanakuli before ten and stopped at Sack N Save for some juice and refried beans, (on special.)

Pub's Side Note: There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of your game, not mine.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Getting Solid

It is official now with my stats. This blog requires at least one Guest Author to advance much farther in hits. We have three groups to cover at this moment. Kapolei Chapter HBDA,  Dance Hawaii,  and HBDA Social at Aliamanu. All we have to worry about now is helping each other with a little knowledge and we must fully understand that like noses, everyone has an opinion.

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it,
but what they become by it."

Kapolei is limited because they have a Web site. Dance Hawaii has a Web site but Maurice happens to know fully well that we are an "addition to" and not a redundancy. HBDA at Aliamanu just puts up with me because they are nice people, but that is all. Hopefully there will be another dance group in the territory willing to join us. The more the merrier.

This cannot be a one way street where we (the writers) presume to persistently inform and entertain the viewer. We shall do that but with the idea, that it is a two way street and the reader/dancers have their own opinions and they may wish to differ with us on occasion. This is the place, social media. No hu hu.

We must also realize that the majority of us in this long Corridor from Makaha to Mapunapuna are social or cultural dancers. We like to dance and we dance for the fun of it. If we accidentally get into a club formation dance, it will be for fun too. We do not, all of a sudden, become the Stars of the Show. And we try not to get too serious about the entire enchilada.

"Heart Full Of Soul" by the Yardbirds
 
Sharing information and photos with our fellow dancers is an accepted social ritual, whenever they wish. Of course, we must realize that through experience the most valuable photo in our blogs is the six person photo. Five to seven is quite all right too. We get the maximum people to share with our fellow dancers, there is room for the names to identify each and everyone of them. There is also room for the location and the occasion.

The size of the photo helps for clarity of printing. I have received photos in the 2 MB size, much too big. I am currently receiving photos in the under 50 KB size, much too small.  200 MB would be perfect. 150 to  250 would be just fine.

Then there is that special photo of a couple that I am looking for. In a nice dance pose in so I can make "transparent" and use it in my posters. And from experience I know that this is pretty close to impossible. It is not going to happen overnight. But eventually this blog will evolve to the point where it is, "us for all and all for us." We can't lose.

Pub's Side Note: In Hawaii, dance blogs are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble.



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Our Kind of Dancing

I have been looking over many of the Rumba clips in You Tube. Beautiful and very nice exhibition stuff but in most opinions, don't do it in a night club or social dance function. Ordinary dancers frown on such antics.

"The truth can be a heavy load, therefore few care to carry it."

Why do you think we have such an overwhelming amount of hits in our Blog and Web sites dedicated to the not-to-be-seen type dancing? It is a different type of dancing. One is cultural and goes back quite a way mingled with street dancing. The other was manufactured and promoted by outside influences for different purposes and fairly recently.

The International/exhibitionals are doing just fine, where they are at, we can accept that.  They insist that Ballroom belongs to them and we agree, but it is not where we are at. No Hu Hu. just understanding. Fortunately for them there are many social clubs that function with the sole intent to promote their kind of dancing, and they certainly have the right.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Perry Como
 
They insist on their way which is definitely not ours. And we insist on our way which is most surely not theirs. Can we separate amicably and each one go our own way? Many clubs still think that both can exist amicably. But take a look see and there they are, the rootzi-tootzis, plain as day. The rest of us junk dancers can just go someplace else.

Meanwhile we can establish some sort of sameness in our type of social-cultural dancing in most of the social dance clubs. We can reduce the snooty faction on either side and reconcile it with what some of the same type of dancing done in the night club scene. This will result in an awful big portion of the dance crowd on this island and we can enjoy every minute of it, - our way.

Pub's Side Note: 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.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Dance Hawaii

Week of April 1st to 7th, 2013
President's message, Maurice T. Morita

cell: 808-225-0326 / 808-342-3318
website: http://dancehawaiiinc.com

"Come Dance With Us" Social Dance

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Waipahu United Visayan Hall
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Music by DJ Paul Lee

Donations accepted to benefit the United Visayan Hall
$3.00 with a potluck dish, $5.00 without a potluck dish
Dance Hawaii to provide all serving utensils, paper goods, and drinks.

"Life's a voyage that's homeward bound."

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Aliamanu Middle School Cafeteria
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Music DJ Paul Lee

Donations accepted to pay for custodial services
$3.00 with a potluck dish, $5.00 without a potluck dish.

"Maybe" by the Ink Spots"


Maurice Morita, President,
Dance Hawaii, Inc.

RE: SHARON MIYAGUCHI-HARVEY FIGHT VS. CANCER

Sharon was a member of Dance Hawaii and took classes at Aliamanu Middle School and came to our Social Dances. If you can help her fight vs. cancer, please give a donation by contacting the person listed below.

If you can go to the fundraiser-buy a ticket. Tickets have been slow so they are asking us to push for more tickets. Please kokua Sharon if you can! Mahalo for your support! There is more in the Emails.