Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What is West Oahu?

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association have established themselves firmly in the dance scene in West Oahu. There are others and we are hoping to make contact with them soon. We need each other, but not if they don't know it. There are approximately 40 thousand ballroom dancers on Oahu. No, I have not counted them. And at least half of them reside outside of Honolulu. Proof? I have none, You got a different amount, I will not argue with you.

"Our good dancers can perform for an audience and the goal is to evoke
a response. Dance becomes another way of communicating.
A dance like ours could express something specific."

So it is very likely that we will have something going on the Waianae Coast and on the North Shore. Kapolei is lost because of losing as second city with the Rail Tragedy. However it looks like the Central Valley will be first. I live in Mililani now so my projections are Mililani or Waipio. Either a new Social Dance Club or a nice Social Dance Night Club. Just Tacos in Mililani closed, they tried music which was very good but the dance floor was not there. All I can say is that some of us know and some of us don't give a damn. To each his own.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Aiea Anniversary Dance at the Palladium
That still was beautiful celebration of dancing by Aiea Ballroom Dance Association on Saturday in town. I wish I could have stayed later. And I am glad the Frank got some good photos when he got there which about the time I had to leave. Take a look - see, in his blogs. You might enjoy. Anyway we try to share the dance information with our fellow dancers. Some will love the information and more people will be tuning in. Some will not give a doodledy damn - their privilege.

"Dance can be a part of many popular entertainment forms, from ice shows,
movies and music videos to Broadway musicals and the circus."

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Merry Month of May

May is turning out to be a nice month of holidays for the social dancers on the Island of Oahu. Party, Party, Party - May 1st, Pole dancing, - May 5 Cinco de Mayo, - May 11 Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Anniversary dance, - May 12 Mother's Day, - May 18 Aiea Ballroom Dance Association Anniversary dance, - May 27 Memorial Day. And West Oahu is doing just fine.

"Social dancers know that nothing can beat a good Cha Cha Cha to lift both
one’s heart-rate and spirits, just moving to that great beat."

It was first mentioned last year when there were definite indications that the Dance Pavilion in Waipio at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park would be cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster. The issue is no longer in doubt and West Oahu is going to be in a very bad state because of the Rail Catastrophe. In fact the entire state will be stuck for Big Bucks. The original estimates for the costs on the Rail were 5 billion, and now increasing daily as the Unions and Caldwell figure how to get more money out of it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

They are making millions and millions of dollars daily. No one knows what happened to the first Billion. They will not permit it. Now it could go to fifteen Billion Dollars. We have all noticed that the price of everything is going up. A dozen eggs, a loaf of bread will be 5 dollars. Milk will be 10 dollars per gallon. Ha, fortunately we are all rich and can afford it. Cayetano was right, but they spent ten million dollars to lie about him and "we, the people" lost the election. No one mentions Rapid Transit anymore because it is going to take longer to get from Makaha to Honolulu Hale.

"The truth is that hate speech is only to those who have something to hide."

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Anniversary Dance

Planing from Friday calling the Handi Van. and got most things reasonable enough. The Handi Van was early and I got to Camp 808 a little after 5 pm and a nice group was already there. Said my hellos to the few people I knew and I found a place at an end table and was able to get my container and cup of wine. Got some very good neighbors sitting at the table,

Leland had his usual good music going and a few people were dancing. It was BYOB and dancers drink responsibly. In fact in town, they have developed a reputation for being non drinkers. Actually they just are not drunks. And people had plenty of pupus available with their drinks, Fortunately I took a flask of wine with me.

First One: 50th Anniversary Dance.5/11/19.
"Congrats to the Club for being here for a Golden celebration with friends,
music and dance and having a good time together."  ~ Thomas

Got the camera available for few people, bless them, I got help from five or six people and I got almost thirty good photos to share with our fellow dancers. It still holds true, two people in the photo are better than one. You get twice as many people in your photos. I try to get three collages each of six photos in each blog.

Second One: Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club  5/11/19
Congratulations to your survival for half a century! People come and go
but WBDC will continue on,,, The art of dancing (ballroom)
will go to the next generation.  ~ Rodney

Got some opinions from a few and two that had no name and I cannot have anonymous, Those of you that do not wish your name connected to this blog may use a pen name, but you pick it. The thing is you must pick the pen name, I will not discriminate. Gradually everyone will understand I have no censorship on my blogs. You can write whatever you wish, but you must be responsible not me.

Third One: WBDC
Thanks for everything that Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has done for us.
We learned how to dance because of this club. Happy 50th Anniversary.
~ Rod and Rosalie.

Dinner was early about six thirty and the line up was fast and fun. There followed a nice quietness of people enjoying the good food and pleasant exchanges of information and fortunately to the excellent music of Leland. They also had a very nice movie on a nice large screen of the dancers having fun at club socials.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

There were Prizes and I got one but I really don't how that is done. Perhaps we can have someone make the explanation. I cannot hear very well so I am lost. Maile got me some of the "same" old delicious food, - best I have had all month. Food leftover was packaged and passed around. Terrific.

To be continued: there is more covering the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club shindig and I will include it in tomorrow's Dancing Nights blog.

 Blogger's Law #35c:
Some errors will go unnoticed until after you hit the publish button.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The New West Oahu

Advancing slowly but many things that were the process are solidifying. Social Dancing for instance is getting more solid by the day. The Central Valley, where I live, is staying about right even after losing Just Tacos in Mililani. Latin music was not enough. You gotta dance and they never had enough room for a dance floor. Dot's in Wahiawa is doing just fine. There are a few others but not definite. So the next best sections are the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Both had Housing and Business Parks cancelled because the Honolulu Fat Cats want to "Keep The Country, Country." which means do your business in Honolulu.

"Social dancers know that sharing happiness on the dance floor
is the ultimate reason and they just will never regret it."

For most of us in West Oahu, we need some more human action going on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. They should not be encumbered by the rail disaster. More housing and more business parks. It is still a saying in West Oahu. "I coulda got home in 20 minutes.) Everyone in Honolulu is now aware that "Rapid Transit" is no more and no one mentions it. It will taking longer from Makaha to downtown Honolulu in the near future with the Caldwell's Rapid Transit. We are talking fourteen hour days for people living in the outskirts. Cayetano had it right but ten million dollars were spent to lie about him. And the Rail - right now is making millions and millions of dollars daily.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile in West Oahu we have two of the oldest social dance clubs in Hawaii. Aiea Ballroom Dance Association with an Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 18th at the famous Palladium and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 11th Which means we are going get a new social dance club in Kapolei, the Waianae Coast or the North Shore this year. The hassle of dancing in Honolulu cannot be overcome. Traffic is going to get worse, not better.

“You can't stop the future - you can't rewind the past -
the only way to learn the secret - is to press play.”

Sunday, May 5, 2019

West Oahu

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will be have their 50th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 11th at the Halemano Plantation. One of the oldest dance clubs on this Island and still going strong. Perhaps even bigger now that more people in the West are awakening to the possibilities of so many things that do not have to be done in Honolulu. The old mantra, "Keep the country, country" was for the benefit of the Honolulu Fat Cats, not ours. Witness the Rail Calamity. Yes, we know, Moe, its always been the dough,

Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is
why right, temporarily defeated, eventually is stronger than evil triumphant."

The West will adjust to the Rail Disaster. There will be more regular cars, more electric cars and even driver less cars. There is even a plan for a Driver less Bus, which may not be too difficult to convince the users because of the Rail Humbug.. The Caldwell administration will only make it worse. And the dance pavilion in Waipio has definitely been cancelled to help pay for rail. Estimates for the Rail Disaster began at five Billion, now at fifteen Billion dollars. The Caldwell group, doesn't like to say much. But we can see they may be dancers, we call it the side step followed by a spot turn.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

Latin dance is a general label (and a term in partner dance competition jargon) that refers to various forms of ballroom dance and folk dance, most of what originated in Latin America and became known world wide during the last century. Most of the solid dances have been about a dozen or less and, have been pretty well fixed. There have been over 100 dances that have come and have lasted less that 20 years. In Latin America, you can include a range of perhaps four or five hundred different dances from the original inhabitants in Latin America.

 "Social dancers know that it’s not whether you get knocked down,
it’s whether you get up again."

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Latin Music and Dance.

Rumba is a hodge podge of dance hatched in the Caribbean but it did not come from Africa. The basics came from the ancient Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did the people of the Caribbean come from? The distance by water? 90 miles from Florida to Cuba. 90 miles from Yucatan to Cuba and 90 miles from Venezuela to the Antilles which was much later. We are talking six, seven millenniums back. The Cubans went south to other islands and the ones in the southern islands migrated northward. They became the Caribbean People. Rumba is the banner dance of the Caribbean.

"Social dancers believe that dancing can teach us how to perform
and develop a sense of performance."

The musicians and dancers in the Indian Civilizations in Mexico were "professionals." They had the aptitudes at an early age and soon they did not have to do labor work. Just play whatever instruments they liked, sing and dance seven days a week. They had a place to sleep of course. Food, really just snacks four times a day. Not much necessary to wear but furnished at no cost. And the big shots could fix you up with a little booze now and then and perhaps a little nookie too.

"Soy Mejicano;" por Jorge Negrete

The Battle of Puebla, May 5th, 1862
Agriculture began about 9000 BC all over the world. And within a couple centuries, people began to improve on their music with drums, whistles and just plain humming. They discovered that they wanted to move to it, - STRANGE .- The Olmecs in Mexico developed the first basic movements which were the Even step, the Rock step and the Chassé. The Mayans improved the most and left the finishing touches to the Aztecs. Those very basic movements are what went to the Caribbean many years ago and they did very well with them indeed.

"Social dancers want to show the world who they truly are and who they can be."

Friday, April 26, 2019

May Looking Good

We are headed for lively month in May. Maypole anyone? There is the famous Cinco De Mayo Fiesta on the fifth. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will have their 50th Anniversary Dance at Helemano Plantation on May 11th. Then the oldest dance club on Oahu, the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association will have their 64th Anniversary Dance at the famous Palladium. And the other goodies in our social scene will be available in all of Oahu.

"Social dancers know that the more they dance, the more
they would want to dance. That is dance’s nature."

The Cha Cha Cha is still very popular with the social dancers on Oahu. It is destined to be used in the entire century. There have been many good reasons for Cha Cha Cha since the beginning. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. It was almost immediately accepted in Mexico City. And by the end of the fifties the Cha Cha Cha was being danced in Europe and Asia.
"Ay Morena" by Miami Latin
But generally this rhythm was developed from the Mambo by a syncopation of the fourth beat. And it began to be used in the slower Mambos using the chassé instead of the slow step. This new dance was accented on the second beat and had a split fourth beat, To dance it one broke (rock step) on the second beat, not the first. Back on the rock step on three and then the chassé on the 4 and 1. Later in the US, when the music was accented on the one, you broke on the one. Simple?

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Monday, April 22, 2019

WBDC part 2

Still cannot get the photos from my memory card because the computer I have, has no slot for the memory card.  I am trying to get some neighbor to use their computer and save to my USB drive and then I can use it. I want to stay in Windows 7 because I know it but I need help. And I don't have that much time left. Meanwhile, we can get going with the rest of the photos sent by Maile.

This is a blog and personal opinions are gratefully accepted. Fortunately, I am getting a few people to say something just to share with our fellow dancers. And let me also tell you, I try to dance and my partners understand that I may get dizzy I have to sit back down. But it is just terrific to be able to move to music for just a little while, and I gratefully thank the ladies.

"We enjoy the dancing and coverage by the blog. Dancing is a great way
to meet people and have a good time." Jim A.

 "Wonderful people - wonderful music and the best pot luck ever.
 Love WBDC" Rosa

The goodies at the table are just about the best on this island. I personally know that the kau kau at Wahiawa is just about the best in this whole wide world. They had line dancing too which is always a nice break of regular dancing. Terrific kokua on taking photos with my camera and Mahalo to all. My apologies for my computer.

"It's so nice to have someone to share the Love of dancing. Thank you for letting the
world know that staying young and healthy is Ballroom dancing.
Keep up this awesome work."  Jesse and Georgie

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wahiawa Part One

Wow, Terrific Day. I could feel myself losing any depression that I have had for awhile. Began my preparations after noon. Shower, and get everything I had to take in order to do what I had to do. The Handi Van was there promptly at 5:30 pm according to their schedule. I was hoping that he was late but no luck. I got to the Wahiawa Recreation Center at 5.50 pm and nobody there. A few began coming in about six, and then someone came to unlock the doors.

Deenie and Bert arrived and I discussed the poster with Bert. And later on with Deenie. Leland and Maile arrived and began to set up their equipment to make this an enjoyable evening for everyone. Gradually the greatest people on this Island began arriving. Bringing in some of the best eating I have ever had. This is food for Kings and Queens. I can consider myself among the lucky ones. Simply delicious.

"Saturday, April 20th at the Wahaiwa ballroom social. What a fab evening!
Food, Fun, Friends and lots of dancing to DJ Leland's wonderful music.
If you weren't there, you missed out. Next time."
Deanie and Bert

I arrived at home and had a one of the most delicious meals in my life. There are many places that promote Dine and Dance but you cannot beat this. Then the down. I have been having computer problems and I want to stay in Win 7. But with my new refurbished computer - it has no memory card slot. So I have to buy a memory card reader. I will probably have to buy a better camera too. Yes, I need some coaching. I want to stay on Win 7.  Meanwhile I received these pictures from Maile.  More in Part Two.

"The truth is that "hate speech" is only to those who have something to hide."

Friday, April 19, 2019

Oahu Dance

On Oahu the term Street dance shrinks as it refers to modern folk dance with the term "street" being more accurate since much of the modern world is now urbanized. Some examples of street dance n the mainland includes B-boying, more commonly known as break dancing, which originated in New York City, the Melbourne Shuffle which originated in Melbourne, Australia and the Tecktonik which originated in Paris, France. Our Social Dance on Oahu is not accepting any of it into the Oahu social dancing scene.

"Social dancers believe that dancing can tell stories and kill loneliness."

The Rock Step and the Chassé developed in the Caribbean long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. But these movements had been brought over centuries before from the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico, straight across to Cuba (only ninety miles from Yucatan.) Or around to Florida and then to Cuba (only ninety miles.) Or went down to northern part of South America (only ninety miles to the Antilles.) The partner dances that developed in the Caribbean were accented on the second beat. the slower bolero-son ("rumba") was always danced on the second beat.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho

It was a rock step and a slow step. They broke on the second beat, back on rock step on three and the slow step covering 4, 1. Simple and beautiful. The same thing was done later in the Mambo and note the resemblance of many of the Mambo movements to the International style of Rumba. No coincidence.

"To the biggest liar in Washington DC, maybe Jesus loves you,
but everyone else thinks you're an asshole."

Monday, April 15, 2019

A Social

On Oahu, most social dance clubs have a "Social" about once a month, It is a wonderful way to practice new moves with other students and instructors. Parties are relaxed and casual and in West Oahu, they are focused on fun with zero stress. They play great music that includes all the ballroom dance styles and in addition they offer West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 step, Salsa and Bachata. No matter what your skill level, you’re welcome to join. Come dance with your fellow dancers! No partner necessary.

"Social dancers believe that Dancing is not just Dancing.
It may be a Magic something that sets you free." 

We have been so fortunate to get some good photos from some of the Socials I have been invited to. I make collages of six photos each and about three collages is the limit. So I have enough for several other blogs. And the hits on the counters go through the roof. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading in this department, with a large portion of the photos coming from Maile Yagi. I still leave it up to somebody to email just a few photos of any dance gang, at any location and any occasion. Can anyone guess the impact on any of our blogs for our readers, friends, neighbors and fellow dancers? Of course we must understand if you do not wish to share with our readers. that decision is strictly up to you.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii

We are still getting more readers every day and I look forward to this coming Saturday in Wahiawa. I will take my camera and pass it around. Who ever gets it can take six to ten pictures whatever and the next person can do the same.  I did not realize at the time, but everyone of those picture takers takes pictures of "their friends." Nothing odd about that, very natural and understandable. However, by passing the camera around I get a much more diverse group and those are the "dancers." Mahalo and see you all there, Saturday.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same,"

Thursday, April 11, 2019


By Janice Wilson, Pupukea

Dance is one of the oldest human activities that has managed to follow us through our development as a species, our spreading across continents and rise of modern cultures and civilizations. The oldest archeological evidences of dance can be traced to some 9 thousand years ago, and ever since then its presence in historical records grew and took greater significance as they became part of our daily lives, customs and various religious ceremonies.

"Social dancers believe that you don't stop dancing because you grow old -
you grow old because you stopped dancing."

As the music and dance became more complex and advanced, it started to separate in two distinct forms - one for the general population that was practiced openly, and the other one for aristocracy and royalty that was practiced in closed environments during special occasions. This separation of dance became especially noticeable in Europe after the end of the Middle Ages, when Renaissance influences born in Italy and France started drastically changing 16th century European lifestyle.

Ballroom dancing was a product of that time, and it signified the tradition of social dancing of the privileged. It's name was derived from the word ball, which originated from the Latin word “ballare” which means “to dance”. After a while, boundaries between high classes and lower classes began to disappear, transforming the ballrooms across Europe into places where both folk dances and sophisticated dances can be performed. And what do we have in Hawaii?

“Social dancers know that education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.”

Monday, April 8, 2019

Oahu is Dancing

Yes I am beginning to see the three different Dance Club Groups on Oahu, Small, Medium and Large.. And it is quite evident that the big ones have been leading the way in the last century, Their web sites are predominantly for their own members with no counters for they are considered unnecessary. So I believe that most of the action in the next five years will be with the Medium, Small and the New Groups that will be formed.  This will entail the adjustment of the accepted  dances. Already we have most of the accept dances from the two disciplines, the American and the International  There have been two additional ones accepted, Bachata and Salsa. And two that seem to have gone by the wayside. Quickstep and Paso Doble.

"Social dancers believe that they are much happier
when moving to their favorite music."

The big problem remains, we have to find some nice floors to dance on. It is coming, the Waianae Coast, the North Shore and the Central Valley. Our best chances are District Parks or Community Centers. Blog sites will help, updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select dance audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and they will contribute information to share with our fellow reader/dancers. Yes, be careful, the political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest disagreements over policy issues have turned into a growing vitriolic rage against political opponents, and even threats of violence against lawmakers are now being credibly reported.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed.

It wasn't that long ago that blogging began to  get such an honored name.A lot of people think that it is creativity about writing or dancing or something equally serious. The fact is that creativity is all around us in daily life. All the time. The more creative you are about little things in life, the more creative you will be with the big things. You may get an inspiration in the middle of the night. Write it down. In the morning you will know if it is feasible. You cannot sit at your desk or your computer and say, "Now I am going to have a big idea."Many of you can see the many changes that have been made in our blogosphere and never without good reason. What do I know? But I am finding out, every day, simply because I have so many experts out there, our reader/dancers..

"Social Dancers don't suffer from dance addiction. In fact, they rather enjoy it."

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Central Valley

Doris Kawaguchi, Waipio

Many think that dance is: Just for fun - Or being sexy or sensual - For women & little girls - For learning steps & tricks - Or that dance is just ballet, tap & hip hop for young kids. We could try to find other ways to change this perception of dance - specially our group, the largest group on Oahu - "the Social Dancers," or some may call it, the Recreational, Because dance can be used to solve problems and help us enjoy life in a better way.

“Social dancers think that if you can talk, you can sing.
If you can walk, you can dance.”

Does this apply to men too? Dance can exercise the brain for everyone. Simply moving to music brings an increased blood flow to the brain. - Moving also involves lower brain centers like the cerebellum in which we can be one with the world. And with our group, the social dancers, it is especially pleasing to move to our preferred music in ways acceptable in our kind of dancing.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho

A good social dance evening on a Saturday night can be treasured for years. Dance is popping up all over on Oahu. Town is pretty well crowded and the traffic even on weekends can be pretty bad. I see all kinds of signs, though not much is solid yet for the future. Most of the dance clubs operate in a somewhat private fashion. We are overdue for an open to the public dance club without too many commandments. (Thou Shalt Not ... )

"Sometimes we must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Update Good

The five blogs are getting more equalized this year. The top one is still on top but losing average hits per day, The bottom blogs are gaining in average hits per day. And I got the bottom one Dancing Nights safely out of single digit average per day hits.. Most dance Web sites on Oahu were in single digit average per day hits when they had counters. I have found out that the different opinions from our reader/dancers are crucial to our dance social media. The coverage of all dance locations is not very good because of my physical disability and little feedback.

So our five blogs have not been perfect but there has been much to learn from what they are doing. And I keep score, though not perfect, with the hit counters on every blog. I always try to push the bottom blogs. I have one outside blog on my stats only because it has a counter and since they are doing well, I like to use them as a comparative sample. We are ready to help anyone that is helping the reader/dancers on Oahu. The deluxe dancers do not need us so we can skip them and we can all be happy. I am no longer surprised to see the hits on all the blogs increasing.

Received from Deanie:

It's Aiea Ballroom's 64th Anniversary. Aiea is the very first ballroom club in Hawaii - that includes all the islands. We were founded in 1955 - before statehood. A number of our members and past presidents started other clubs. I guess after they found out how much fun ballroom dancing was they decided to form a club of their own. Additionally, non-profit clubs offer membership and lessons at very reasonable cost.

One of Aiea Ballroom's founders, Raymond Ching, is also the founder of our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. They will celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year.

Aiea Ballroom has enjoyed good dance times, growing pains, and many friends over the years not only with our own members but with all the other ballroom clubs and a Swing Dance Club.

Partnered dancing is just the best exercise for mind, body and soul. Can't beat it.

Joe, hope you're doing well. Please let me know if you'll be able to join us on May 18th. Our program will be simple - introductions, thank yous, about 20 door prizes, some good half-time food but mostly, lots of dancing.

Aloha ~ Deanie

"If we are doing our best, we won't have any time to worry about failure."

Attention Please: Looking for Dancer/computer Geek, I want to donate win 7 computer not working too well. Maybe fix and they can give to a fellow dancer.