Thursday, August 29, 2013

Aunty Maile, WBDC

The latest news sounds like a killer. Goin' be packed.


The readership gets a nice blip with a beautiful poster such as this. But nothing compared to the description of the party and photos afterwards. The hits go through the ceiling, like Kapolei Chapter HBDA, photos and write ups.


This Micro Blog is starting to get hits and not even in the search engines yet. If you have been into Twitter, this is for you, contact with mostly Oahu dancers.

Fiestas: A word from the Spanish but? Between 2000 and 300 BCE, complex cultures began to form in Mesoamerica. Some matured into advanced pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Zapotec, Mixtec, Huastec, Purepecha, Toltec, and Mexica (also known as the Aztecs, an incorrect name coined in the 19th century by Alexander von Humboldt. The "Aztecs" were actually known as the Triple Alliance, since they were three smaller kingdoms loosely united together, which flourished for nearly 3,500 years before first contact with Europeans.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Their local Indian parties were joined into by the Spanish and called Fiestas. And at this date, we are still having a Ball. Salsa Hawaii has a new album, called, "Vamos de Fiesta." It means "Let's Party" in Spanish.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Talk About a Party, continued

Lucky we got Willy and Roy for these Photos.


The men were swinging from the chandeliers and the women were dancing on the tables. And no one notified the police. So I exxagerate but this whole thing is suppose to be fun and these people were enjoying every minute of it.


Nora Dionisio, Roselily Andres, Martin Powell,
Esmenio Andres, Willy Dionisio and Lorna Depew


Left photo: Lorna, Roselilly, Esmenio and Martin.
Right: Danny, Romeo, Melanie and Greg.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


Party time also means Kau Kau time.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Does everyone know the names?


Pub's Side Note:
We give special Mahalos to Wllly Dionisio and Roy De Leon for these terrific photos. The members of Kapolei Chapter, the Officers, the fans and the rest of our reader/dancers, we all appreciate.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kapolei Chapter Strikes Again

I got most things done for the day and got ready to go to Kapolei Chapter Social. I missed the last one and I didn't want to miss this one. I planned on getting there early enough to get a picture of the place.


I left at 5 pm and the bus would have got me to Kapolei Transit Center at 6:30 at which time I would get the 411 that would leave me right in front of Makakilo Community Center. But "the best laid plans of mice and men." The Rail Party screwing up the schedules and the bus was late and I missed the 411 and had to wait for the next. Did not get there until 7:30 and the place was jumping. I tried to take a picture from the outside but was too dark already.

"Dancing is a form of Art" ~ Roy De Leon


Went inside and said as many hellos as I could, I had so much I wanted to do. Beginners dancing and also some of the best line dancers on this island. And it is quite understandable, if they wanted to have fun and not participate in picture taking or contributing quotes. As these blogs evolve into Social Media, it will all come with time.

A N J "Music" Da Best.  ~ Noemi Jarra

The Ring of Prayer led by Roger, then the line formed to take advantage of some of the best Pot Luck on this island. Fortunately, I got a dance with Emmie, hadn't seen her in a while. And I tried to get Ben to give me a quote.


Line up for that Ono Kau Kau

"Come down to the Makakilo Chapter Dance Class.
Come and enjoy the fun." ~Selena Mattos.

Then lucky I got a dance with Beryl, but she did not want to quote. We must let those that want, it should come out soon. Then I got lucky again and had a dance with Lorna, like most of the ladies, very good at following. Seems like we have been practicing for hours. Had a nice talk with Arnold and Millie Chun, and I have to try to make it for their social on September 10th. Could be a Goodee.


  Dining, Al Fresco

My cameras not coming out so good. I will find a way. Willy and Roy said they would Email me some photos, let us see. Hopefully I can get the good kine and I will make a second post. We will have a lot to share with our fellow dancers.

"If you have always wanted to learn to dance but  just haven't
got around to it, now is the time. Come and join us at the
Kapolei Chapter of HBDA on Monday nights. ~ Lorna Depew

I left before nine when I saw some people leaving and I got a ride with Norman and Yvonne Oshiro to the the Bus Stop in Kapolei. They are very knowledgeable and maybe I can get a quote next time. A short walk to Safeway, bought some goodies and then another short walk over to bus stop on Makakilo Drive and waited for the C bus.Got home before ten. Nice.

Made myself a Rum and Coke, clicked some nice music on my computer and sat down for the preliminaries on this blog. Will have to make Blog Two for this shindig, when I get the photos  from Roy and Willy.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Aunty Maile, WBDC

ALOHA DANCERS!
Just a few reminders to kick off the week!
A NEW Ballroom Dance Class Session begins!

 
Session begins August 26  until October 11,
for SIX WEEKS!
(No dance class on Sept 2- Labor day)
Instructors Felipe Repollo Jr. &
Carol Mendoza will be teaching the
ADVANCE CHA CHA AND ADVANCE AND INTERMEDIATE RHUMBA.
Every Monday night, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A NEW Line Dance Class Session begins!
 
Session begins August 28  until October 6,
for SIX WEEKS!
Instructor Carol Kohagura will be teaching various line dancing steps such as cha cha, waltz, rhumba, merengue, tango, mambo, as well as other basic dance steps into a variety of different music. Every Wednesday night from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

IT'S ALL GREAT FUN & GREAT EXERCISE FOR THE MIND AND BODY!
Place:  Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room.

Cost of the six week session is $10.00 per person.
If you are not an active member of WBDC, please add on $5.00pp membership fee for a calendar year.


Any dancers on that side of the Island?
 
Q: How do you get a tissue to dance?
A: Put a little boogie in it.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Amazing

This blog is coming to life just a little. What could happen with just one good guest author? Wow, the hits would go through the roof. But most keep their secret doings pretty close to their vests.

All people know the same truth. Our lives consist of
how we choose to distort it."

I don't usually blog on Saturdays but I thought I would slip this reminder in.


I plan to go since I missed last time and I will take a couple cameras and see if someone can give me a little help in the photos. If I can also get a few quotes from a few, that will round up a nice blog and the reader/dancers will be pleased. I can put the bike on the #411 bus and that will get me right there easy.

Coming back I can leave anytime. Just check the brakes on my bike and from there it is downhill all the way. I can go to Safeway, get me some goodies and take the next bus going to Nanakuli. Should be a breeze and good exercise.

Blogger's Law #41:
All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.
 
 
Thank you, Pepe!
Here is a flyer on our upcoming classes.  Dance instructors Esmenio and Roselily Andres will teach Cha Cha and Tango classes starting on October 7 for a total of eight Monday sessions.  This will be our second quarter up at the Makakilo Community Center, and we always look forward to see new students join us.
 
For additional information, visit our website at kapoleihbda.wordpress.com or
contact our chapter president Martin Powell at 220-6026.
See you on Monday! 
Willy
 
 



Thursday, August 22, 2013

WBDC-Aunty Maile

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, together with the Party Hearty Wahines (Red Hat Society), all worked together to make the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival Parade a huge success.  Many helping hands came together to make the decorations in one day, one night, and one morning.

 
Patiently the pink tissues for the Cherry Blossoms were cut and made into many small pink Blossoms to be placed on real Cherry Blossom twigs collected in Wahiawa.  Furry hats were made into Red Hearts and Yellow Pineapples.  Flowers were made from purple napkins by the Red Hat Ladies who designed and placed them on their Red Heart Hats.  WBDC members cut  green felt to make the tops for their pineapple hats. With 3 large blank cardboards,  pineapples were cut out with Exacto knives by the men and painted with layers of fresh paint.  Garlands of yellow flowers draped the sides and decorated the hood of the truck.  We saw all of the hidden talents come out that day!

For our parade, we had an American Flag , Cherry Blossom Trees and Pineapples, for which Wahiawa is historically known for. We had a generator running the P. A. System, the D.J., playing some great music for everyone to enjoy and twenty plus people marching and dancing in the streets, carrying not one, but two banners, representing "The Party Hearty Wahines, Chapter of the Red Hat Society, and The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club".

Our marchers looked awesome, as some were dressed as Plantation workers (Pineapple pickers), Red Hatters with their purple clothing and red heart hats, and others wearing green and yellow clothing with Pineapple hats.

In the end, we fulfilled all of our goals, had fun and made precious moments together.   We enjoyed the day with friends and had lots of fun prancing down the street.  We just really enjoyed the people who came to see us in the parade that day, and I am sure that the feeling was mutual, because as a result, we won "FIRST PLACE", and was given the title as, "MOST SPIRITED!"
YAY!!!
 

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED
FOR IT IS BECAUSE OF YOU
THAT WE HAD SUCH A POSITIVE, WONDERFUL,
AND SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE!
MUCH APPRECIATION,
MAILE YAGI FOR WBDC AND THE PARTY HEARTY WAHINES
 
Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have ever come across before, we are learning and the hits are going through the ceiling.
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Biggah

It is certain now that Central Valley blog will be phasing out. It will be amalgamated into this blog and I can anticipate some additional hits. Of course, that is not the solution to the entire problem. The most important solution is still the Information and Photo Contributors and then the Guest Authors.

"The entire world has always hated change, yet it is the
only thing that has brought progress."

But some people are becoming aware, I must do more person to person communication. "To Whom It May Concern" is not the kind of communication required here. So I will learn. And I am communicating to a few that I need helping taking the photos. That can be a starter.
 
"Love Is Strange" by Mickey and Sylvia

Next I have to help the Public Relations in the existing dance locations in the West. I cannot go to all but I will have to fit in whatever I can. And then there are some that would rather not be included in this Public Relations and I must respect.


Just like Tw-itter only B-iggah and B-ettah.

Then there is the coming new social dance club, and not structured as the old. It has been tried several times and never succeeded for various reasons. One is the development of the rootzi tootzi attitude. The new club must be for the dancers and not for some kind of support. There are many that have become aware, and it is only just coming out.

 
There must be dancers on that side of the Island. Just accustomed to dance in town.

Social Media is becoming more acceptable throughout the world. And there are actually people out there that think that it is the instant solution for the World's problems. It has been said before, "That isn't cynicism, it's arrogance and ignorance."


How about the Waianae Coast, any dancers there?

There are, of course, no instant solutions, And unfiltered and unchecked tweets and blog posts give us nothing more than opinions. And frankly, in our blogs, that is all I ask. The different opinions are what have value in our blogs. They constitute a more democratic body of communication and much more open than the clique method that has been done for so long on this island with such sad results.

A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing various points of view that are of interest to a select or target audience, before and after the occasion. Information easy to update and change. Our reader/dancers are gradually picking up on this action.
 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Amalgamation

We need more clarification now that we will be getting more data and more readers. There is some lack of information on photos. Facebook has announced that they are getting 4,000 pictures uploaded every second or more than 300 million every day. I am looking for less work for me and need some help, and everybody in our ever growing dance community is getting to know everybody else through our photos and that's the idea in these blogs.

You are here,   X
If you are not here, please ignore this message

 
Like Tw-itter only B-ettah and B-iggah

You can email me the photos untouched and I can touch them up using photoshop. Six to eight people is ideal, the faces are clear, there is room for the names, the location and the occasion. A small comment would go very nicely with the photos. Pictures of one or two persons may be counter productive. Except pictures of Da Guy or Da Lady, of course, because they are so talented, good looking, great personality, well liked, have lots of money, social position and are so famous above all others. And they don't charge for an autograph?


Another good dance blog just waiting for a Good
Guest Author and the hits will go through the ceiling.

I do get some nice looking posters in the body of the email. Unfortunately, not always easy to repost. Posters and photos are easier to work with if sent as an attachment. Even then it is not guaranteed, specially if you are using Microsoft formats. JPG, and Tiff are the most common formats and easily transferred.

"Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes


The Waianae Coast with very little dance action,
but it will wake up.

Then too, if we are going to establish Social Media, that means that everyone's opinion counts. And opinions are like noses, everybody has got one and they are all different. Specially in our case, and that is why "Opinions" are so very important. It is going to take a long time coming? I know it, we are just going to keep on trying. We have to explain, "No Commitment."

And what about that new dance club in Waipio? I don't know anything.

"No, not all of our blogs are a success.
Some Peter out and some Pan out."

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gossip

Comment on anti-gossip may be included in all of our blog sites. With these blogs there seems to be a little less influence by the Creative Researchers And Producers.

"This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments and some meaningful adventures."

It may eventually be our goal to separate the lies from the truth about gossip in our blogs. Fortunately, there will be different points of view in the blogs and stated positively by the Two Centers and the Guest Authors. That will be a big step ahead.

"Rock and Roll is Here To Stay" by Danny & the Juniors

Gossip can mess up the best of relationships, in the happiest of families. Gossip divides, destroys, shames, angers and separates friends. Gossip never fixes the problem, only destroys the victims reputation. Gossiping will never straighten your neighbor out, cause your sister to be a better housekeeper, or heal a broken heart ... in fact it will cause just that.

A gossip has no bounds and actually hold their listeners captive by assuring them that they will be next if you double cross them. Fixing this for the better will be in our blogs from everyone of our Information Contributors. 

"The world is a very lovely place, and it's a very horrible place -- and it doesn't care about your life or mine or anything else."
 
 
"I keep six honest serving-men - (They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What, Why, When - And How, Where and Who. 
I send them over land and sea, - I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me, - I give them all a rest." 

"I prefer to believe the best in everybody, and from there,
they can change my beliefs."
 
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Week

Things are rolling pretty good even if so many are on vacation. Classes are doing very well and I am glad HBDA has got Mambo on the Agenda. Many of the "in" people have worshipped on the altar of Salsa a long time and are not aware that it has definitely peaked.

"Blogging is using a new medium for what it is good for - connecting and interacting."

And Salsa Aficionados repeat it often enough. "Forget about reviving the relic of Mambo." So what do I know? I am as limited as most others. But there is a growing interest in Latin Music And Dance. (And I do mean "Latin Music.") This definitely includes, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha and Latin Waltz (Da bodadem.) Could include Mambo?
 
"Que Rico El Mambo" por Perez Prado.

Show Biz
Meanwhile, we have the Ohana Dance with HBDA coming up this week. And Paul Billington made a nice invite in the Blogging Hawaii blog.

However, most people think it is only for HBDA members. But I have been informed, (perhaps erroneously) that it is open to the public for a small cover But there does not seem to be any information easily available.

"How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?" by Bee Gees

Met a UH student that gets the #94 bus at Sinclair Circle in Manoa at 5:05 and gets home to Kapolei near Kamanaha at 6:13. The rail ain't gonna beat that in a million years. Gonna take an hour to get to the Rail Station, find parking and then wait for the next train. But Caldwell, PRP, Boylan and company are gonna cut that bus out soon, you can bet on that. It's the money, Sonny. This friend of mine now is aware that she has to buy a car, she is not going to put up with that Rail Crisis Crap. She knows, It's the bread, Fred.

"If you always do what you've always done,
you'll always get what you always got"

 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Technique? Wassat?

By Yua Kawakami, Kunia

For many of the dancers in our group, the word technique seems to have sunk to the status of a four letter word. That is, not something to be mentioned in polite company. I have noticed it is a little more acceptable in the night club circuit. Maybe they know something?

"Some people are carbon copies - 
others make their own impressions."
 
I have had dancers tell me that they are not interested in the technique part of lessons because they just want to learn to dance. Eyes glaze over in classes when technique is brought up. Those stuffed shirts in the movie "Strictly Ballroom" are the people who would insist on technique. Not us, ordinary people who want to have fun and enjoy our dancing. We should never consider such a thing. Right?

"Please, Mister Sun" by Johnny Ray

Wrong Manong! Technique is good for everyone, specially social dancers! Technique allows two dancers who have never danced together before, to dance a flowing Waltz or a simmering Rumba in sync. Technique allows a couple to move through a crowd on the dance floor, without colliding with other couples or cutting them off. Technique allows a leader to lead without physical force and a follower to follow with grace and precision. How about that?

"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)" by The Crew-Cuts

So how did technique get such a bad name? The primary reason could be a lack of understanding of just what is meant by the rootzi tootzi promotion of technique. Most people believe that it refers to that "heel, heel, toe, toe" business. keep your head up and holding that arm at exactly 45 degrees. And a lot of other esoteric stuff that can numb your mind and turn you into a stiff automation.

So we just want to dance? ****

Pub's Side Note: And we are fortunate to have some of best teachers of American Dance Style in the Pacific, right here
on this Island. Let's listen to them!
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dance Floors

By Frank Takizawa, Pearlridge:

Yes, I know, there are very few that are used for dancing. But then no one knows anything about dance floors. I have asked around and they are just as ignorant as I am. Of course, then there are some that know about the installed dance floors in the hotels at Ko'olina Resort and know full well that they will never be used to dance on. Smart rich people may have their reasons, but it beats me.

"Blogging may be pure vanity but it is best learned by blogging
... and by reading other bloggers."

No one seems to really know anything "concrete" about a dance floor. The top layer of a sprung floor is a performance surface. In dance this may be replaceable to suit different styles, such surfaces are often also called marley floors or "dance floors." We don't need that. Can we get a "one size fits all" to include all of our kind of partner dancing?

"Come and Get Your Love" By Real McCoy

The term speed refers to the traction (kinetic friction) of performance surfaces: fast describes slippery surface, and slow higher-traction surface, like a gym floor. I am beginning to understand why dance clubs don't use gyms to dance in. Remember the old days? But a good steady Dance Club could make a deal with a large Community Center and install a good Dance floor for easy access to all dancers. Paid for by Fund Raising Dances.

"Live and Let Die" By Guns N' Roses
 
The dance floor should encourage optimum performance and be safe. There are many differences between what would be the best floor for different forms of dance. Like a good race track it should have just the right amount of give; it should not be too hard which causes repetitive strain injuries or too soft which is tiring. It should be even and flat with only small variation in characteristics across it. And most of us would just enjoy dancing on it, time after time.

"Those who reject change are the architects of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."
 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Les Autres

It is quite amazing that in August, as per usual the hits are erratic. Oahu West is staying right about there. So of course we need people sending us an email now & then to give everybody an idea of what is going on our local dancing circles. That should be getting pretty easy in the future when more people become aware of Social Media.

"Truth doesn't always heal a wounded soul."

The magic photos (6 to 8 dancers) still seems to be elusive and it maybe the impossible dream. We hear that it cannot be done by man or woman. I do realize that a photo that consists of six to eight people in our dance environment is extremely difficult. Yes I have been told that it is illegal, impossible, unforgivable, terrible, atrocious, horrible etc, ad nauseum.

Yet it is the most efficient photo and Mid Week has discovered the secret.  Some will tell me that it will be done regularly sometime in the year 2020. Actually according to my Stats it will be sometime in the 2030s and I will be long gone by then.

"Sledgehammer" By Peter Gabriel

But meanwhile we have had work to do wherever we could help. We had approximately 10000 possibles and if one declined, that meant that we only had Nine Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine left to help. And if I live to be 150, I will never make half of them. All I can do is try to help wherever I can.


This blog is in the search engines already
and getting a few hits. Hooray!

The new club in the Moanalua Corridor area will need help and when it happens we will help. We are for the dancers. And I did not say for all the dancers, for some do not really need our help. This is only the beginning but they continue to make their own choices. They have the perfect right to do so.

"Addicted To Love" By Robert Palmer

Pub's Side Note: "I have often thought that when we die that we really will be judged for every mean or negative word that we have spoken in secret against another. just the thought of this should bring shutters and cause even the best of us to think hard if we have said anything hurtful. Is it possible that maybe the person we have hurt will also stand before the lord as he brings to light our thoughtless words?"