Friday, October 27, 2017

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the beers. - The dance instructor stood before his large studio class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full.

“Sometimes we will find that it is necessary to let things go;
simply for the reason that they are too heavy.”  

They mostly agreed except he got a couple of smarties that mentioned the space in between the golf balls. The instructor acknowledged this and then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. This time everyone agreed it was. - Ah - Ha! The instructor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine 

Update from Aunty Maile

Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students were getting apprehensive but responded with a unanimous "well, yes." The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. - - Think it over, you will learn Part Two later.

Halloween: What's a monsters favorite desert? I-Scream! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


by John Lane, Whitmore Village

The Lindy Hop, the jazz folk dance from Harlem was free, and combined African as well as European dance traditions, with black and white folks mingling in the ballrooms of Harlem. The disciplines "cleansed" out the African elements, created the "refined" dance called Jive and it was no longer a jazz dance. Governments have regulated, taxed, and privatized traditional dancing, ballrooms, and music into near oblivion in the past, now we have to watch out for Trump.

"Social dancers believe that the hardest step in learning to dance is the
first one the student takes into the studio, the rest is pure fun.”

Bureaucrats, politicians, corporations and artists generally value that which they think is lofty and visual. They are not willing to accept what used to be common and participatory and they cannot see dancing as a cultural heritage. Meanwhile, what remains of traditional social dancing has been relegated to a "niche" existence for a long time. It has often been done in church basements, often to recorded music, or, in the case of Swing, the only venues that had live music were often unhealthy smoky bars.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Wahiawa is gonna be jumping next Saturday night!

In this century it is evolving into something pretty good and necessary to the well being of humans. Everyone used to sing songs naturally as part of playing, learning, teaching, living and interacting. Songs about many aspects of our cultural treasure. Today only professional performers sing for money. They sing trite songs where only one out of a thousand attain some status. Tradition has usually been a process where cultural treasures are passed on and received with respect and competence.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Pub's Side Note: We have other very good dance blogs on Oahu and we do not have to be clones. They may share dance information that is unavailable to us. Tune it to them, now and then. The holiday season begins with Halloween and does not end until the famous New Year's Eve Bash.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Best Teachers

By James Kwong, Waipio
"The best teachers are not always the best dancers. Likewise, the best dancers are not always the best teachers." This is pretty well known in our dance culture. On Oahu, there seems to be two very definite groups that consistently train the best International Style dancers. By the same token, there are two groups that regularly are not able to do good teaching and most of the students have to "learn." Ron Montez, well known Latin Dance Champion, "It's one thing to know how to dance but it is a totally different thing to be able to teach students at their level."

"If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all the evidence that you tried."

Many teachers begin to notice quite early in their respective careers that the results may be different according to different teachers. As always there are three levels of teachers and students. The teachers that seem to be able to convey dance basics to a large quantity of the students in their classes. Then there are teachers that have difficulty with some students, many of whom remain for relatively long periods. Then there are the ones that as far as the teacher is concerned will always have two left feet.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

However the students differ also in three classes. Those that absorb the rhythm of the dance and can apply the teaching by rote easily. The middle class which is the largest group are the ones with the perseverance to learn, but just take a little longer. Some times in changing to a new instructor everything seem to come to an order and they all right then. Then the worst are the ones with two left feet that are difficult to convince that one of them is a right foot. The only way these can learn is not by rote but by the rhythm of the dance being learned. With time they will find the right teacher."

"The Social dancers believe they are the creators of the dance created. They are the artist and the expression in each dance and each partner participates completely."

Friday, October 13, 2017

Our Dance Friends

By Jennifer Flores, Waikele
Taking lessons, the not-right-now, where they say they’ll do it "later" to escape the pressure of performing in front of people. We often label these people as uncommitted, or know-it-alls. Very often, these people have no problem practicing a skill alone; they just don’t want you watching. Examples: saying they’re "tired" or "will practice later;" trying things only once or twice rather than using all the practice time; listening to advice, but saying they’ll apply it "later."

“Social Dancers feel that the essence of dance is human expression - -
the landscape of their souls.

The "I’ve got it! I don’t need your advice," where students are so afraid of looking bad in front of the teacher that they unconsciously reject the advice they need. Often, they get the reputation of being arrogant but they are good people. It can often be insecurity driving the "arrogance". Examples: saying “I already know that” or “I did that when you weren’t watching;” aborting a movement halfway through because they “already got it.”

"Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner

The "Let me help other people instead," where focusing on others helps to calm the anxiety sufferer down. We either view these people as incredibly giving, or as focusing too much on their partner’s development instead of their own. Examples: giving feedback to a partner instead of focusing on what they can do better; asking a teacher to “look at their partner” as a way to get feedback for themselves. And fortunately, most of us have understanding.

"Social Dancers hope that every dance they do reveals
some wonderful thing a human can do.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Drums and the Clave

By Rafael Ramirez, Maili
In any event by the law of addition and substraction, if you take the "slap" out of the Tumbao, you still have a Tumbao. If you take the TumTum out and leave the slap, you are playing nothing and the other musicians in the band will look in your direction with a question mark painted on their faces. The "slap" is really insignificant to the Tumbao. It is on the accented 4 of the music that we are to find the reason why people who learn to dance in the dance studios of New York dance on "the 2".

"Social Dancers dance and enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate
where they are at this moment instead of focusing on how far they have to go.”

If one has to look for an "original music and dance" to which today's music and dance can be associated with, then Mambo is not it. One has to go beyond that and we have never really defined, Salsa. I think the place to start with is with the old Son, which was danced in two different ways depending on where the dancers came from: one group, mainly the Cubans ( I'm taking liberties here, because Cuban "Guajiros"; peasants-farmers, didn't dance the same way as, say, urban blacks.)

"Flor De Cańa" por Jalisco Morales

And I refer you to the book "Cuban Counterpoint: Sugar Cane and Tobacco" by the Cuban Musicologist Fernando Ortiz, started with a step on the accented 4, with a pause or a riding motion on the one, stepping on the 2 and finishing with another step on the 3, to begin stepping again on the accented 4. The other group (and they came from many places) danced almost the same way, except that instead of beginning to dance on the 4, they started on the accented 1, with a pause or riding motion on the two, etc. I think Mr. Flores, aka La Maquina, belonged to one of these two groups.

"Social Dancers show us as human beings moving to music much
more gracefully than human beings really move."

Friday, October 6, 2017


Town Dancer still leading the pack. Some scam, spam robot hits and some search engine hits. They are gradually taking up less space in our dance statistics. Comments is what we need most. It brings in the reader/dancers with feedback and can make the blogs into true social media. Of course from there, it is only a skip and a jump to become a nice steady information contributor. Wow. And then they have the choice of becoming a Guest Blogger. You can pick your blog and you will in effect have your own blog within the blog with ready made readers.

"Social Dancers want music that will make the blood surge in their veins,
music that will get make them get up and dance."

Music is an expression of individuality; it's how you see the world. All art is, for that matter. You take how you experience the world, interpret it, and send it out there - express it - whether it's sculpture, dance or singing.
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Music is an expression of individuality; it's how you see the world. All art is, for that matter. You take how you experience the world, interpret it, and send it out there - express it - whether it's sculpture, dance or singing.
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You learn your lessons from the mistakes you make, not the things you achieve.
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Second is Platinum Horseshoe solid right behind Town Dancer. - Blogging Hawaii and Social Dance Oahu run pretty close together, alternating in 3rd and 4th place. Dancing Nights is trailing and still trying to get into the 20s average hits per day. Contact with some Night Club would do wonders. I have only one outside blog that has a counter to match them with us. They are comfortably in the middle 20s. I think we will eventually beat them, but then what do I know?

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

For sure the hits go up when I blog a social dance occasion. The results are much better than the poster announcement. And my biggest defect is I do not have ability to take the photos. I do get some help now and then. I make a collage of nine photos and I am lucky when I can get two collages. That is when the hits go through the roof. I just bought a new point and shoot camera. Nothing fancy, no zoom, no special landscape just an ordinary photo. I will donate it to some group it will be yours, but I hope they will share some photos with our readers.

"Social Dancers know that music is an expression of individuality;
it's how they see the world. All art is, for that matter.
They move to the music and interpret it."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Debby Borges Barboza

New location announcement

Debby's Dream To Dance <>

"When one door closes, another opens"

September 28, 2017

Dear Students & Instructors,
Palama Supermarket is intent on dividing the dance space that I occupy into much more profitable office space. I had requested a one year lease extension to start March 2018. That was denied and so was a 3 month extension. I was concerned about securing a space for my students as well as a space for the instructors to continue their livelihoods so I did not want to announce anything until I had good news.


A wonderful opportunity presented itself. My dance floor, mirrors and furniture will be moved
to the new space which is comparable in length/size. The large group classes cannot be
accommodated at the moment but I have a 2nd location to recommend. It was advantageous for both the new location and for Palama Supermarket if Dream To Dance vacated the space earlier. The new space was ahead of schedule so I will be released early from this lease, October 31, 2017.

I truly appreciate everyone's support of Dream To Dance and I have loved working with you these past years. I look forward to seeing you on the "old" dance floor in the NEW dance space!

All the Best,
Debby Borges Barboza
Dream To Dance

Our mailing address is:
Dream to Dance
1070 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Let us hope we can get an invite to the opening and blog'em.