Monday, July 31, 2017

Salsa Anyone?

by Franciso Martinuz, Sunset Beach
Ritmo means rhythm in Spanish. So, what is a Tumbao? By definition it is a rhythmic pattern played on the Tumbadora(s). The main characteristic of a Tumbao would be having one or more TUMs, or open tones, in its pattern. There are Tumbaos for many different rhythms. In Salsa, you can't escape those TumTums. They are all pervasive even when the Tumbao is played with only one drum.

“Social Dancers believe that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement
that is in harmony with the beats of the music in your heart.”


Today's Salsa's Tumbao is played with at least 2 drums. The open tones of Salsa Tumbao played with one drum fall on the 4 and on the beat between the 4 and the 1. There it gives a constant accent to the music and it also helps to develop what I call the "overlapping feeling of Salsa, or Latin Music" from one frame to the next. If anybody wants to look for a constant clear accent in the Salsa, or whatever you prefer to call it, it is there, on that TumTum; it is constant, and loud and clear; no need for special "ear-trainning tapes".

"Ven Devorme Otra Vez" by Jorge Trujillo


But the "dosmatics" want you to believe that the accent is on the 2. For this purpose they make use of something no one can hear, the "slap" of the Tumbao, which, when it is there, falls on the 2. In Spanish the name for this "slap" is "golpe seco". By the laws of physics, it is the type of sound that doesn't travel far and in the face of competition it simply gets drowned out. It is neither high pitched nor with a heavy bass. I may follow this "mas tarde."

"Social Dancers do not forget a good deed done for them,
and they try not to carry a grudge for a bad one."

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cultural Dancing

Most Social Dancers try to keep it simple. Complicated dancing is for OP (other people, the advanced.) We just dance regularly, - and how much is regularly? It is up to each one of us to make the choice. There are no rules on that, and much of social dancing is for fun, not for complicated rules. The Dance of the Day is just a celebration of all things dance. On Oahu, it is a place for iconic dances, silly dances, and underrated dances. This blog is an appreciation for the vast diversity of dance.

"Social Dancers never miss a chance to dance."


It's a tribute to what dance does for our bodies, our minds, and our souls. Dance is everywhere--it is an important part of our lives no matter who we are or regardless of where we come from. It also brings people together; and often it brings together people who would otherwise probably never interact. And of course, most everybody loves to dance - I think. Of course, there comes a time when we see someone raise their heads just slightly and look down their noses at something they did think was up to their standard. Auwe. Yes, I know it is difficult to argue with perfection.

"Maria Elena" by Placido Domingo


And now fortunately, I have two point and shoot cameras to take with me to the Arthur Murray Dance tonight. I can take my time taking the photos on the dance floor, but the people posing is difficult for me. I will pass the camera around and hopefully get some diverse photos. I am certain that they are going to have a good crowd, always have. Hopefully, I can meet someone that can coach me on taking better photographs. I seem to be pressing the button the wrong way.

"Social Dancers know that a good deed a day makes your heart
healthy and bubbly all day."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dance Communication

The center of dance communication in the Pacific is definitely on Oahu.

Dance Fever Hawaii has got to be the most informative dance Web site, covering Oahu but definitely read in the neighbor islands. It remains the most informative news available for the social dancers on the island of Oahu. All the other Web sites on Oahu are exclusive to whatever dance club is sponsoring them so the readership may be limited to single digit average per day hits. Though none of them have counters. To be sure, the entire Hawaii blogosphere is subject to all of the same risks as the Internet itself. Many Web sites are loaded with vanity posts, half-truths, rumors, and even intentional distortions.

"Social Dancers do not try to dance better than anyone else,
they just try to dance better than themselves."


Blogging is much different in intents and goals. In our dance blogs, we intend to enhance the knowledge of all Cultural - Recreational dancers as to our type of partner dancing and to accept the fact that we can lead a very enjoyable life dancing our way. We can include others for general information and without any apologies to anyone. It is simple enough and we must know if we are not just beating our gums and for our blogs - our counters, though not perfect, are supreme.

"One Man Parade" by Jimmy Borges


In the West, we know little about dance floors. The best dance floor in the West is at the Waianae District Park. No one seems to know why or when it was built. As far as we know, no one has ever danced on it. We are getting some knowledge as we progress in our dancing in the West. Gradually, some people are becoming aware of the portable dance floor. But it is really good only if it can be set down for at least a couple days. If we cannot get a District Park or Community Center in West Oahu, we have to do something to find a place to dance, in Honokai Hale or Kakealoa, for instance. Even if we have to lay down the floor ourselves.

The Secret: I finally found the secret of how to live to be 100 in Pearl City. A very old man told me; he said, "first you get to 99 years old then be very, very careful."

Friday, July 21, 2017

To Trump, the famous liar

Please just STOP. Your behavior is beyond the pale. Your pathological lies make us sick. You’re an international DISGRACE. But most of us are onto you: While you’re stumbling around the Oval Office with the working knowledge of a 5th grader, your Republican billionaire Cabinet is wreaking unprecedented havoc on our Democracy. You might hold the most powerful office in the world, but let me make myself clear: I’m not afraid of you.

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion
against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world ...
would do this, it would change the earth.” 

I’m working to EXPOSE you for who you are. So I’m making my effort to help End Citizens United take down your Presidency and expose the TRUTH about your corrupt administration: I’m committed to countering your toxic agenda at every step. When you try to shovel a MASSIVE tax cut to Big Pharma donors? I’ll be there. When you support ELIMINATING contribution limits to political candidates? I’ll be there.


When you try to pull the wool over our eyes and LIE about your ties to Russia? I’ll be there. Donald Trump, you don’t have a basic understanding of our Democracy. So I’ll make it easy for you: The People should decide our elected officials, not corporations, not special interests and NOT foreign countries. With my meager efforts every day, I hereby commit to do everything in my power to stop you from causing ANY more harm to our country.

 "Don't underestimate us, we know more than we say, we think a lot more
than we speak, and notice more than you realize."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blogging

The first Web sites appeared on the Mainland in the early nineties. They quickly attained a level of respect and if you had a business and acquired a Web site, it became a sign that you had arrived. It did not matter if anyone read it - just having one was enough. Within a few years the "counters" came in that could count how many people tuned in and everybody got one. The first blogs appeared shortly thereafter, and they were rapidly relegated to second class communication.

"Social Dancers may think that dancing is poetry, with arms and legs."


Frank Sierra was one of the pioneers of blogging in Hawaii and I came in a couple years later trying to learn the ropes. Now twenty years later our dance blogs are moving out of their awkward teenage years and entering a more mature stage. They are establishing their own niche and blogs in Hawaii are gaining respectability. The biggest obstacle is the failure of using comments at the end of each blog. This is feedback and it has never been done before in this fashion. Blogging will be truly in, when the readers use the comments section.

 "Palehua" by Amy Hanaialii


Much has changed over these two decades and, indeed, much continues to evolve in the entire blogging world today. Some of the most popular blogging platforms have only emerged recently. On Oahu, I am frantically trying to set up many possibilities for blogs dedicated to the dance world. My best blog with a few Guest Authors will go first. I will become a Guest Author and I will resign at the first opportunity, when I can see that they will do well without me.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho


I am certain that there are many dancers on this Island capable of taking the blog to new heights.For some, blogging will become their "art." For some the pleasure of completed work is what will make blogging popular. You have to believe that most bloggers have few if any actual readers. The writers are in it for other reasons. Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn. All you get is the pleasure of a completed task.

 "Good Social Dancers will never try to tear you down.
If you are bad-mouthing us, you are already down."

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Rail Disaster

To complete the Rail Catastrophe is now expected to cost at least $15 billion, and which could go higher. No one knows where the first five billion went which was the original estimated total price. Furthermore, the city admits that rail operations and maintenance would have to be subsidized by about $140 million annually in taxes. The Present Rail Party has referred to it as the Gravy Train and all the others in Honolulu Hale know it as Easy Money. Oahu residents are increasingly frustrated with the way rail has been handled, and most want to stop the bleeding.


Proposed Business Park in Kapolei, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
How many less people on the freeways to Honolulu or contributing to the
terrible traffic jams in town? "And I could been home in 20 minutes."

However, they also want to get at least something out of the money that has already been spent. No station has yet been built, but there are roughly 10 miles of elevated guideway running from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium. Some imagination would be required, but surely this guideway could be repurposed to create something beneficial to the community, something that would not cost billions more to complete and $140 million each year to operate. One idea is to convert the elevated guideway into a Skyway for walking, jogging and biking to encourage healthy lifestyles.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


We coulda got 1000 of these Bi-Articulated babies for less than One Billion.
"And I could be home faster and in comfort without all the feeder bus hassles."

A roof could be added for shade and shelter. Photovoltaic cells could be installed above the roof to create a source of revenue and to move Hawaii toward achieving its clean energy goals. But sending good money after bad is a terrible idea.Then there is the coming robot buses. We cannot overlook those options. Not many have notice that Rapid Transit is not mentioned anymore. Everyone now understands that it will take longer and five times the hassle to get to and fro. With a nice new Business Park close by "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Yes, we all know, It's the bread, Fred."

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Agonizing Reappraisel continues

"Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos."

"Social Dancers know that dance can be a physical and mental workout.
Once you get your body moving to music, you'll feel a difference."


In our social media we try to link all the differences into one. Impossible, of course. But at least we are establishing groups and boundaries without being nasty about it. Simply respect for the others preferences. In blogging not many us know what we are doing and I keep making the experiments. The counters on my blogs help me make my decisions. I have just deleted Extrava Danza blog.  Not easy to do after so many years of trying. Records go back to 2011 and had accumulated almost 40 thousand hits.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The point of diminishing returns for any of our blogs is single digit average per day hits. The blog may be just fine but it also depends on how many other blogs or Web sites are there for the available readers. And it is doubly difficult when you can have so many search engine hits and scam, spam robot hits in the stats which do not mean doodly. Anyway, I saved all the blog posts to my computer than reinstalled them all in the Dancing Nights blog so that I can recycle the best parts in later blogs, all of them.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


Meanwhile we have plenty of Internet dance information around. First is Dance Fever Oahu, probably the most informative Dance Web site in the Hawaiian Islands but covering mostly Oahu. Then we have two dance blogs by Frank Sierra covering much of the territory on Oahu not available to us. They are willing to be linked with us. Then we have Honolulu Dance Guide with the largest coverage of Night Club social dancing in Honolulu. So Reader, enjoy yourself and if we can help we are at your service. Just "Comment."

 "Social Dancers know that a single act of kindness may throw out roots in all directions and the roots may spring up and make new trees."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This Evolving Blog

The Center of Town is pretty well covered with advertising media such as newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV and many consider themselves as "arrived" if they have a Web site. The addition of blogging in the last two decades has not been recognized very much as the social media that it could be. I have no choice but to increase my communication to the outskirts of Oahu and get the point across. Makes me wonder what new dance entity will enter the picture for the outskirts to make the dance scene on Oahu more meaningful.

"Social Dancers are not great because of their technique,
 they are great because of their passion."


With new blood coming in, there is a more openness and acceptance of anyone interested in the dance, and fortunately, it is including more men. That is all rubbing off on the entire Western side of this Island and the North Shore. The class of people involved is improving day by day. With this in our future we can go nowhere but up. We are developing an eclectic style which besides our solid stuff includes standard, nonstandard, exhibition and even Mickey Mouse dance patterns. What in the old days the rootzi tootzis use to refer to as "Slop Dancing."

"All The Things You Are" by Frank Sinatra


It is so pleasant for me to see the differences in Line Dance styling. The steps and patterns are the same, but the interpretation of the dance differs with each person. Just beautiful. Of course, many are still thinking in terms of having the people from town attending their functions in the West. This is "Downtown Thinking" as it has been for years. Now we are getting the new thinkers. The new Night Club in Waipio will be for the 50 thousand dancers that live and work in the West. The ones in town, are doing just fine and can continue to enjoy their usual venues. And we have some very good musicians in the Central Valley. It is all coming out ever so slowly.

Pub's Side Note: New dancer I just met, a graduate from Trump University. Has a nice business in Pearl City and he says he doesn’t want any yes men around him. He wants everyone to tell him the truth, even if it costs them their jobs! "Comey, you're fired."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Relatives

Excerpt received from my Granddaughter Tracey

Hi Grampa

Hope you had a nice 4th of July! Here are a couple of pictures from our day . We went to see a friend's band at a park and they had a fireworks show...it was great!

Glad you are well. Keep on keeping on! Please let me know if I can do anything for you. Take care...

Sending lots of love,
Your Granddaughter, Tracey

 My granddaughter, Tracey, her son,  (my great grandson,) Jacob and his girlfriend.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

From my niece, Yvonne : Here we are in Alaska.
The 4 of us really enjoyed our trip together..- Sending you pictures ..!!!!


My niece Yvonne, her friend Billy Bob, her daughter Britgit and her friend Marty


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't
do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from
 the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Feedback

Who would dispute the idea that feedback is a good thing? Both common sense and research make it clear - however, it has never been done in past communications of our social dance environment. I am convinced that our blogs are proceeding too slowly for lack of the formative assessment, consisting of lots of feedback. The use of feedback by our fellow dancers would enhance performance and achievement on all our blogs.

“Dance is an outlet, a way to transform the sounds of our favorite music into a
beautiful connected movement. To connect with a partner at our most
vulnerable and exposed moment and create together.”


Decades of research have revealed that feedback has been among the most powerful influences on achievement and most people have acknowledged it. And many writings on the subject don't even attempt to define the term. To improve formative assessment practices among the entire dance scene, we need to look more closely at just what feedback is—and isn't.  What Is Feedback, Anyway? The term feedback is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation.

"Blue Hawaii" by Elvis Presley


But none of these are feedback, strictly speaking. The transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source. Also the information so transmitted, advice, evaluation, grades. None of these provide the descriptive information that dancers need to reach their goals. What is true feedback — and how can it improve learning? The comments section in our blogs is just waiting for you. Or you can email a paragraph or so and I will post it giving credit to the writer. Our social media cannot be a one person job.

"You are the Michelangelo of your own life. The David that you are sculpting is you.
And you do it with your thoughts."

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dance Studio - Night Club

We have been looking around in the Mainland. And there are some Night Clubs with a built in Dance Studio. How about that? In some places they have a Dance Studio with a built in Bar and the whole thing can convert into a Night Club. They exist on the Mainland but no one has ever seen one in Hawaii. The Combinations just exists very comfortable with each other. In Honolulu, the closest you come to this is at Divino Ritmo Studio on Ward Avenue. Regular dance party and BYOB, If it were a little larger it would be the perfect set up for a dance bar.

My 18 year old great grandson Jacob likes to tell people that "My great grandfather
is so old that when he was in school, history was called current events."


There will probably be one in Waianae before anywhere else. Kapolei has been stopped cold from second city status by the Present Rail Party. New ideas are coming to the forefront in the West.  Regular bars in the West can be a rather rough business but coupled with a studio teaching social dance, the clientele is much smoother and probably over 30.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Waikele or Waipio are also natural locations for the new Dance Studio, Night Club combo. And it would very probably have a Juice Bar. Soda pop and other cans that can be sold in machines to cut down the labor costs would be set up. They may even be the first with a Pau Hana dance midweek, every week. Everyone has an idea somewhere. We are just waiting for something to click.

"Mack, The Knife" by Bobby Darin

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"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias