Friday, December 28, 2018

Review? 2018?

Most of us have had a good year and look forward to another good one in 2019. I personally lost a lot of my good health, but in my new residence in Mililani, I have also lost my depression. The blogs are still in process of evolving and getting to be known by the people in the Oahu dance scene and even in the neighbor islands. We will click this coming year when we begin to get the feedback. Those reader/dancers on Oahu willing to share their pearls of dance information with our fellow dancers.

“Whenever you smile, whenever you care, whenever you love, whenever you share,
your spirit will dance with joy because happiness is there.”


Essential questions to ask yourself before deciding to share. Take some time to think critically the benefit for our readers/dancers of photos of our friends, the photees, and the blog itself. Keeping in mind that two people in a photo are better than one. Three is even better than two. However 19 is not better than 18. The person taking the photos will make the ultimate decision. For better information, write things down, and sit on them for a little while before emailing them in.

"I Wish You A Merry Christmas" by José Feliciano


Man by Alexander Pope
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,

He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;

Chaos of Thought and Passion, all confused;
Still by himself, abused or disabused;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great Lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year when we celebrate faith, family, and the tradition of giving gifts and sending greeting cards. Sending out Christmas greetings is an easy way to reach friends, family, and even old acquaintances with the warmth and love of Christmas spirit. Another way is using the Internet in Email, Web and Blog sites. It’s a great opportunity to let your reader/dancers know you care about them. It is also an appropriate way to share the spirit of the season with the entire island of Oahu.

"May the blessings and happiness of Christmas season be yours
May the next year be better and happier - Happy Holidays!"

My Niece Yvonne and her son Scotty.
Our readers do not only read. Every opportunity to dance, whether during a lesson or a social event, whether with their significant other or a new dance partner, helps to improve their comfort level, confidence and communication skills on the dance floor.  As their dance technique improves, they feel more at ease with other people. Their sense of accomplishment, motivation and confidence continues to increase. And even better - they will notice these new attributes taking root in other areas of their lives as well.

"Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly"

Just part of the family
In the past few years, research has found that ballroom dancing improves mental acuity throughout a dancer’s life. Not only that, there are also substantial benefits to those who start to social dance as adults. Trump never danced? Heh heh,

"May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come
true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. ~ Merry Christmas!"

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Latest

Social dancing has evolved over the years into what it is now. The music? Of course, and learning to move to the music and lead and follow. Food and talk story has also been part and parcel of social dancing. Many of us are satisfied with achieving a simple routine of steps and just enjoy the music and then enjoy the rest of it which is the socializing along with the dining. As we progress throughout the years many of us just naturally want to learn more and we gradually phase over into the intermediate levels. There are approximately 30 patterns in each type of dance for anyone to dance it on a social level.

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion. ” ― Martha Graham


Any more new movements are in the advanced levels of the dance and for OP (other people) No hu hu, anyone should be able to decide how they want to dance. Many in this more advance group can dance socially but they may become more interested in the "to be seen" categories where they may be exhibition and/or competitive dancers. If there are 700 documented steps in Salsa you can guess how many are in this advance group. But we should respect their wishes and the fact that they may dance "correctly" and they may insist that they are a quite different group. They are right and we should make an effort not to bother them.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


We can go on our merry way doing our own thing. This is not from a thorough, complete, detailed study of the dance or the social structure of these groups. It is closer to an opinion based on 40 years of experience on this island and my small statistical analysis. Others may differ? I do not lay down the laws for anyone. Whatever groups they belong to, they could very easily get their point across in these blogs. It is not like they don't have a choice. They all have two choices, they can take it or leave it. Oh?

“In dance blogging, much of what is being said has not mattered,
and much of what has mattered has not be said.” 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

West Oahu is rolling.

From Dancing USA,
Rock "n" Roll was in the early stages in 1959 when a touring group of fledgling musicians set out to set the world on fire with their music. In 1959, the troupe was on it’s fourth national tour. They filled the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa with hundreds of fans. The next morning Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson chartered a plane to Fargo, Minnesota. The weather was bad but they took the chance.

“Social dancers believe that dance should comfort the disturbed and
understand that it will probably disturb the comfortable.”


Soon after takeoff, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield. Everyone on board was killed. The event has since been mentioned in various songs and films. A number of monuments have been erected at the crash site and in Clear Lake, where an annual memorial concert is also held at the Surf Ballroom, the venue that hosted the artists' last performance.

 "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison  (1988)


Many national brand musicians must travel far to please their fans. This is usually by plane because of the distance. It much safer now than 50 years ago but they can still crash. Fortunately most of "our musicians" on Oahu all live and play here. The only danger is a car accident and we are fortunate to have some of the best musicians in the Pacific. The Night Club scene is getting larger now that somebody knows that dancers are not drunks. Now how you gonna handle that?

“Social dancers know that there is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there.” 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Social Dancing

It has become evident that the disciplines on Oahu have been too strict in their definitions of dance. Specially from the normal evolving groups over the last 40 years. this had contributed much to the slow down in the increase in dancing interest for the last couple decades. And have been responsible for the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades. In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization.

"Social Dancers believe that if you love life enough that you want to enhance its
beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more dance to it.”


Many do not remember the term "Ala Wai Dancer" about a year after the Palladium Opened. You were not dancing according to the rules, ya dumb bunny. Shortly after that, another term emerged, "Junk Dancer" and for sure, you were not dancing according to the rules. And the social dancers began to realized what the elite thought about "Social Dancing." However as friendly people are likely to be, we all tried to get along and that is the way it should be.

 "Look of Love" by ABC  (1982)


Fortunately, I realized that I could not dance according to their rules. I am a failure and I just didn't have it.  Now the rules are not all downtown and the Palladium will not dictate dancing on the outskirts of Oahu or the neighbor islands. On Oahu, Kapolei is one corner, Turtle Bay is across the Island. Makaha is one corner and Makapuu Point is across the Island. We shall be friends and we shall dance with each other not according to somebody's rules but how we want to dance it and enjoy moving to the music.

"For some, life is battle, for others it’s a dance For the rich it is a party,
for the poor it is chance."


Sunday, December 9, 2018

WBDC Masquerade Ball

Terrific opportunity for me to get ready to attend the Christmas dance of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at  Halemano Plantation. And at noon I started getting ready for the excursion. Got to get my clothing in order and paper and pencils for any quotations I may get from the attendees. The camera was ready and hoping some people  will take some pictures for the blog. The Handi-Van was a little late but I got to the dance before six. And they had a nice crowd already going.

"It's the annual Wahiawa Dance Club party, 2018. Dancing is a gift
just like the reason for the season," ~ Pauline.


"My wife and I are grateful for what we are and have great friends."
Rod and Rosalie

Said my hellos to all the nice people there. And looking around you cannot find a better group. Diverse ethnics, ages, backgrounds and outlook, but all friends and still lovers of the kind of dancing that we do. Maile as per usual the hostess with mostest and leading the ceremonies. The terrific music by Leland Yagi was floating and we all know it as the best. The usual social dancing that is danced on this island but of course here we have a little bit more.

"Aiea Ballroom Dance Association members are enjoying ourselves at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Christmas Party. Lots of happy people and sharing joy together,"
~ Stephanie and Monday Verzon


Some of the group dances were not from routine disciplines. But if I had never seen them before, I knew that everyone was enjoying the occasion including the participants and the viewers. The line dancers are in vogue which seem to me just fine. Wahiawa seems to be leading in West Oahu. Only one well known defect, not enough men and everyone can tell that the men line dancing are enjoying it. Stands to reason.

"Enjoyable dance with Aiea and Wahiawa Dance Clubs. The buffet had an
excellent selection of buffet items. And a precision performance by
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club." ~ Herb


"The First Noel"

Batteries, I forgot to bring extras, but fortunately I was able to get a couple from Leland and our good friends continued to take pictures. I got enough for this blog and for Dancing in the Dark tomorrow. Being a Crab dinner, the crab was good, however need we say, the rest of feed was delicious too. My teeth are not working so good and Maile always manages to get some for me to take home. Lucky me, I was hungry when I got home. What more can we say about a fine bunch of people?

"We're enjoying the party of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club" ~ Linda


"May this evening be enjoyed by all." ~ Augustina

This blog contains almost all about the structure of every social dance and about how understanding this structure can benefit our dance and especially our fun-factor. We will include blogging and feedback as an aspect of dance in our dances and we will find that more people will see happy and relaxed faces on our dancers when they dance. We can also thank our many good fellow dancers that were willing to take these photos that we can share with our fellow reader/dancers in this blog. I have enough left over to go into Dancing in the Dark blog tomorrow. 

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

New Readership, dancers

Waianae seems to be the perfect place for a new dance club dedicated to the social dancer only, Most of it based on the American Style of dance syllabi and with the introduction of some peripheral dances, such as Bachata, Salsa and the Latin Waltz. With a DJ that will play Latin music to Latin dances. Unfortunately, the rulers of this islands have kept Waianae and the North Shore separated for their own money making deals in town.

"Social dancers feel that every detail of the music, is like there is something
in them that responds to the rhythm in a way that only they can."


The North Shore is showing some interest in music and dance. Cholos Homestyle is leading the way. The others have some good sporatic musical presentations but they don't last long. Honolulu turned down the building a new tract of houses on the North Shore as something about "Agricultural Lands" which have never been used for Agriculture in 5000 years. Paradise is close at hand when people can live, work and play in their own kuliana. No - they gotta make you deal with Honolulu. Honolulu gotta make the Big Bucks.

"Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie (1981)


Anyway, nice to know that Line Dancing is holding on very nicely in spite of the lack of interest from the men dancers. You don't have to have a gun in holster for a man to dance. Makaha and Kapolei but has mostly women. I just read that is against the law for men to dance Line Dancing and it may be close to a ten year sentence, I don't know. But what the hell we are going to find out what we can do. And in our social dancing we can see some very good "men" line dancers.

 “Social dancers know that they should stop doing what is easy or popular -
and start doing what is right.” 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The West Shore

The Rail Disaster is forcing a lot of people to see what a mess it is going to be. Most every one is gradually becoming aware of what the Rail Catastrophe is already doing to the citizens and businesses along the way. They haven't come across the noise yet and it will be unbearable. This is only the beginning but the Present Rail Party is already raking in millions and millions of dollars.

"Complaining about yesterday will not make make tomorrow any better.
But we can work at it and make it better that way."


But the residents of Kapolei are not that dumb and things are beginning to evolve - the South West Shore of Oahu. The geographical name, Ka lae loa, means "long point" in Hawaiian and is the native name for what is now called Barbers Point on Oʻahu. The area was known as Barbers Point because Captain Henry Barber wrecked his ship on a coral shoal at this location on October 31, 1796.


Barber's Point at Kalealoa, harbor now in second place to Honolulu.
Will become even more prominent in the near future.

But the whole area is now being looked over for development. The Kalealoa Airport is already in and functioning nicely. The Affordable Hotel is in the plans. More Dance Clubs will begin to form in the entire area. The Cocktail Lounges are looking at live music and dancing at Kalealoa. And now the possibility of Boat Passenger Service, Barber's Point - Honolulu.


Bike Racks, I don't know.

We all know of what they tried before and the Ivory Towers just never had a clue. The users had a choice. The buses were providing good service. Some people living in Makaha were leaving their cars home and taking the express buses to town. Much easier than taking a feeder bus to the boat station and then waiting for the boat to go to Honolulu. No one mentions Rapid Transit anymore because it is going take longer.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett


Now, the Present Rail Party is not about to give anyone a choice. Either it is the Rail Disaster or you hit the road, Jack. The same feeder bus humbug to get to the Rail Stations. Gotta do sum teeng! It may get easier to get to the boat station than the Rail station. Once on the boat it is non-stop to Honolulu. Whatevah, everyone is going to avoid that Rail Mess like poison. Rapid Transit it is not, that was part of the con job.

"For the Social Dancer, dance while you can - dance, for the figure is
easy, the tune is catching and will not stop - dance till the stars
come down from the rafters - dance, dance till you drop.”