Saturday, November 9, 2019

Dancing On Oahu Just Fine.

Well, it is pretty apparent that there will be a lot of action in downtown Honolulu for the Holiday Season. Why not? They have a perfect right to it. I guess it has always been that way. Sooner than we think, there will be big doings in the Central Valley, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. This being tied to your masters in town is not da reel teeng. Many people in the West are slowly coming to the conclusion that there may be different styles of dance and Social Dance is our cup of tea.

"Social dancers know very well, that the types of social dances and
styles change with the times and we go with the flow."


There are those styles that are meant to be seen, competition or exhibition or theatrical purposes.  Let's face, they can look very nice and people still enjoy being an audience.They may be quite different from those that learn to dance for the pleasure of moving to music. And even that can differ according to the music. Country Dancing is a fine style, with its different ramifications, Waltz, line, two step etc and to their own preferred kind of music. They set up the correct ways of dancing their style to facilitate dancing with each other. Let us not knock it. Sounds all right to me.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Standardizing the steps for instance has for decades been done in all kinds of social dance. Facilitates the lead and follow for everyone. However you are not likely to find Salsa, Tango or Viennese Waltz danced in certain placces, it is accepted and no one complains. Salsa Dancing is also a fine style with its ramifications, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha. They also set up the accepted ways of dancing their styles to facilitate dancing with each other. And with dance teachers being what they have always been, the steps get fancier and more difficult and are definitely getting more into the Gold level and beyond. Our dance blogs may eventually be read by all dancers in Hawaii.

 "Beginners? Start where you are. No hurry, use what you have.
Do what you can. Enjoy."


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dancing on Oahu

From the Dance News
Ballroom dance refers collectively to a set of partner dances which originated in the Western world and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. Its performance and entertainment aspects are also widely enjoyed on stage, in film, and on television. The term "ballroom dancing" is derived from the word ball, which in turn originates from the Latin word ballare which means "to dance". In times past, ballroom dancing was "social dancing" for the privileged, leaving "folk dancing" for the lower classes.

"Social dancers are definitely not for a phenomenological approach to dance.
Anybody know what that is?"


These boundaries have since become blurred, and it should be noted even in times long gone, many "ballroom" dances were really elevated folk dances. At present day the terminology and the dances are still in process of evolving. There may be a new name for the Competition dancing and Exhibition dancing both of which are meant to be seen. At any rate, for now, they seem to have seized the name Ballroom as applied to them. There had been an increasing audience of "Viewers" which has slowed down. And there is also the developing of a solid name for the Social type that is danced solely for recreation.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii


Of course the Night Club people have a right to their opinions and we should listen to what they have to say. International is evolving into mostly competition dancing and there are many commercial spinoffs such as theatrical and acrobat dancing. All for show, to be seen, and definitely not to be done in the Social ballroom. American Style may develop into the Universal recreational dancing and be purely for the love of moving to music and accept basic dance movements. The term Ballroom may fade away in the distance.

“The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.”
 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

New West

Yes, I don't get around much anymore, but I get some feedback and I read more blogs to stay in touch. I can still feel the idea that many residents in West Oahu do not like living in a bedroom community. They would welcome more Business Parks close to the residential area. They would be very pleased to live, work and play in their own Kuleana. A dance club and a night club would be icing on the cake. Maybe just a few more dancing places in the North Shore, Waianae and the Central Valley We are beginning to think about closer to home and as far away from the Rail Disaster as possible.

"Many social dancers believe that some day, social dancing
will be considered an evolving fine art."


Many residents are still stuck in long commutes, Gas use to be cheaper, and there was plenty of time, but not any more. Salt Lake could also get many dancers from Kalihi and environs. Social dancing has already been dragged, kicking and screaming into the vast Western wilderness of Oahu. Town is too much traffic and it is going to get worse. I haven't been much help. The worsening bus situation (to pay for the Rail Crisis) has made it difficult for me. Though I do have the Handi Van, not perfect but I can't complain. So I attend dance functions, only when I am invited and I can blog'em. For the other blogs, I can wait for the Two-Centers that will eventually appear to save the day. Wherever, if I can help, I will.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


If you have a nice pattern of good steps and moves which you think look nice, you are probably right. However there is a suggestion here too. Each move should be done sparingly, "One is fun — Two will do — Three, let it be — Four, it's a bore." Got it? Times are a-changing and everything changes except change. Our communication with our fellow dancers in this century is far different. What ever happened to the newsletters? It just keeps changing and we must all go along as best we can.

 "If we could get just one thing straight, in our minds and our hearts,
it could be that we speak kindly of others."

Friday, November 1, 2019

LAGs

By Josephine Cabanay, Kailua
Variations Are Definitely Not For Beginners
It definitely takes time for beginners to master basic techniques in social dancing. And fortunately most understand the fun they can have in just learning the basics. Ask any line dancer, the thrill is in moving to the music and getting the max in pleasure from doing so. Beginners could understand that nothing can happen overnight and dancing is no different. Basic techniques and steps are not necessarily boring. Top class professional dancers can still look beautiful just dancing the basic techniques and steps. And they can also fully enjoy the movements to the music, especially if the music is among their favorites.

"Social dancers believe that one of the best byproducts of dancing
is an increase in their self confidence."


Aye, there's the rub. Most videos show good examples of basic figures danced with style. So beginners must not be too greedy to jump into variations before they understand how they are developed from the basic figures. They can still look good when they dance the basic syllabus figures well. Variations are also better danced with a fixed partner as both dancers must understand how the variations are transformed from the original basic style. LAGS: The Latest And Greatest Syndrome can be understood very easily. It is just a quiet collusion between the dancers and the teachers. The good students want to look like terrific exhibition dancers immediately if not sooner.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K


The teachers have the opportunity to show the students an sample of their vast repertoire and it fits in very nicely.This is not an unnatural function. The malfunction occurs when the dancers gets very good in LAGS and then they tend look upon their fellow dancers as "lower class." We can be happy just being social dancers. And many of their pronouncements have the sound of being engraved on stone. Then they/we know that they have made "the decision" and we have lost them. These are all part of the adjustments we must make and accept, no hu hu. We remain Social Dancers.

“If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write
what you will never read, you have done rare things

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The North Shore

 The Developing Night Life

Uncle Bo's Haleiwa, Restaurant - Unpretentious outpost with modern styling for cocktails
& a mix of local, Asian & American dishes. - Located in: Haleiwa Store Lots
Address: 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Stormy's Gastropub, Restaurant - Low-key, rustic offering hearty pub grub plates
alongside tropical drinks, wine & beer.- Located in: Haleiwa Store Lots
Address: 66-165 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI

One more Residential tract plus an Industrial Park, a couple Night clubs and
you can live, work and play in your own Kuleana.


Banzai Sushi Bar, Sushi restaurant - Stylish spot for sushi & Japanese fare, plus a full bar,
traditional floor seating & outdoor patio. - Located in: North Shore Marketplace
Address: 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Breakers Restaurant & Bar, Seafood restaurant - Surfboards adorn this seafood-centric
American hangout with a full tiki-style bar & patio seating.
Located in: North Shore Marketplace
Address: 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa, HI


Uncle Bo's Haleiwa. Restaurant - Unpretentious outpost with modern styling for cocktails
& a mix of local, Asian & American dishes. Located in: Haleiwa Store Lots
Address: 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The Comments section has been cut off because of too much scam spam comments.
So we lack much information of what's happening on Oahu, last week, this week
and next week.You got something? Email it in and I will post with your name.

"Social Dancers know that you cannot find peace by avoiding life."

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Famous Palladium

By Mary Beth Van Hoogstraten

FREE AFTERNOON BALLROOM DANCING at the PALLADIUM
Mon. through Thurs. (EXCEPT STATE HOLIDAYS!)
This is NOT A BALLROOM DANCE CLASS, it is AN AFTERNOON DANCE, a time to PRACTICE BALLROOM, Swing, and West Coast Swing dances!
WE ARE SOCIAL DANCERS so do not expect perfection. MALE LEADS are especially needed, even rusty or beginning DANCERS are WELCOME! Enjoy the GREAT MUSIC, AIR CONDITIONING, FREE PARKING! Come and DANCE with us!...


"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Gardner

The LOCATION is The Ala Wai PALLADIUM,
404 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu 96815

Which IS the 2nd floor of the
Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse,

Take the short access, road alongside the Waikiki Public Library, straight into the FREE parking lot!

The DJ plays music to dance the Waltz, Quick Step, Fox Trot, Tango, Rumba, Jive/Swing, Samba, Mambo, Cha-Cha, Viennese Waltz, West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, Hustle, and occasionally Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue!

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


The FREE Ala Wai Palladium Ballroom dance times
(except state holidays) are:

Monday, NOON until 3pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Tuesday, NOON until 3pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Wednesday, NOON until 3pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Thursday, 11:30am until 2:15pm, EACH WEEK, all year long
Message me now with questions, OR, Just show up! !

DANCE each day!

"Social dancers know that thing’s don’t happen to them, they happen for them."

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Don't Go Bananas

Wow, with a little help here and there I am learning about blogging and it is fun. Even one so limited as me, both physically and mentally. I have five blogs and I plan to get rid of my best one as soon as possible. If I can get some of you to want to become bloggers, it’s important to understand that blogging isn’t only about what you write. Yes, your writing is important, however, when writing content, it’s a good idea to incorporate images. They may improve the readability and search engine optimization of your content. One paragraph and one graphic to start with would be just fine. With our counters you will be able to tell if you hits are increasing.

"For some reason or another, social dancers are not interested in the
phenomenological approach to dance, movement and thought
that makes recourse to evolutionary biology. Really?"


Later on you will take plenty of pictures and make collages. You will to take 10 pictures and use the best five. The readers will only be seeing your carefully selected shots. Professional photographers typically take hundreds of pictures of their subjects but only a few are masterpieces. For our blogs, two people in a photo are better than one. Three people are better than two. But ten people are not better than nine. Simple and the photographer still has the choice without providing a reason to anyone. You don’t need to get it right in one try.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Bananas and Stress:

Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the
brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our
metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.These can
be re-balanced  with the help of a high-potassium banana snack,

 "Live for Today, Dream for Tomorrow and Learn from Yesterday."

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Halloween Party

The day was not too good for me but I could look forward to going to Wahiawa for their Halloween dance in the evening. The Handi Van arrived promptly at six and I was there before seven. TA DA!


Nice smiling crowd already forming and dancing started in no time to the terrific music of Leland, all of it was very welcomed. Maile had some good help working on the setup. People kept coming with the goodies to eat and the dancing proceeded very nicely.  It was also nice to see so much line dancing and it is still mostly women and much is too difficult for me. Getting more men is nice. Keep it up men, it may make you a better partner dancer.

"Happy Halloween!! It's scary how much fun it is to move and dance to a musical beat and feel so alive. Thanks, WBDC for making it happen." ~ Richard.


The dancers were smiling and laughing, having fun until shortly before 8 and we had got in the circle holding hands and Leo said Grace. The line then formed for all that delicious food fit for royalty. I cannot eat there, but thanks to Maile she got me a plate to take home. And this becomes Dine and Dance. Plenty of good old talking story when you are eating.

"Happy Halloween! Have a fantastic scary dance nite of
friends  and friendly spirits." ~ Peter Sy

 

I have to thank Richard, Craig, Rod and Leo for some great help in getting the photos. They did a great job, I got enough to be able to delete the worst fuzzy ones because the resolution is too high on the camera and I don't know how to fix it. The duplicates and the singles, I was able to delete. The next batch will go into the  Oahu Dancers blog.

 "Happy Halloween! May all the joy of the coming season
fill you heart, Enjoy." ~ Leo Delgado


I asked the Handi Van for a 9 o'clock pick up and they were not sure. I got ready at 8:30 and moved to the door and waited until almost 9:30. He had two people in the van and picked another later. I don't complain as long as they get me home.

"A social dancer’s art is lived while they are dancing. When the evening is gone,
nothing is left of their art except the pictures and the memories."

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Second City, Where?

A & G Bar & Grill, Nanakuli
Great food. The service was awesome and the live music couldn't be better. Would definitely, fully recommend anyone in the Waianae area to check it out. Staff was very friendly and very prompt with offering services. The restaurant was clean and welcoming. Televisions were on , displaying a variety of entertainment. The musics volume was low enough to indulge in conversation yet loud enough to still vibe to. The food was very flavorful and cooked at a perfect temperature , the portions were satisfying and over all The ambiance was great. Kalbi and garlic shrimp combo. yummy. Fred.

"Social Dancers expect the best evening is dining and dancing.
However sometime you just want some fine dining."


Haleiwa Beach House, North Shore
Our final evening of a week on Oahu, Hawaii and it was fabulous on many levels. HIGHLY recommend. We spent close to $200 for the 2 of us. 2 cocktails, 1 glass of wine, 2 starters, 2 entrees (mains) and a shared dessert. We particularly enjoyed the tuna tartare starter - delicious. And we had two excellent local fish dishes (one the daily special). It is a great place to watch sunset. We arrived at 6pm (for a 7.15 pm sunset) having been warned of a wait. We were able to get a window seat (warned it may be warm at first, which it was) but the view was worth it. The service was attentive, quick and friendly. Others around us arrived for sunset cocktails and starters - but it did fill up. We called ahead to book a table, but they don’t take reservations. Enjoy! Mary.

"Shores OF Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


Kapolei, Second City?
Kapolei is a planned community was colloquially known as the "second city" of Oahu, However it has been losing that status because of the Rail Disaster. The community takes its name from a volcanic cone, Puʻu o Kapolei. In the Hawaiian language, puʻu means "hill" and Kapo lei means "beloved Kapo". According to legend, Kapo, Goddess of Fertility was sister to Pele, Goddess of Fire and Nāmaka, Goddess of the Sea. Much of the land is part of the estate of industrialist James Campbell. Kapolei's major developer is Kapolei Property Development, a subsidiary of James Campbell Company. Kapolei sits primarily upon former sugarcane and pineapple fields.

 "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Our Kine Roll On

By José Martinez, Waikele

Several decades back most dance clubs and night clubs had a standard playlist. Based on the syllabi of the different disciplines. Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing, Tango and Quickstep. Mambo, Merengue could be an extra attraction for the night. As the dance business has settled , we find that you could add another dance to the menu. It is imperative that you keep good records, to know in writing, how many were there on any given day of the week. When you add the new dance, it is a simple matter to find out if it is good, or bad. If it doesn't change anything it is not good enough. You don't want to add one more dance to your repertoire, only to find it doesn't change anything. Must look elsewhere.

"The older Social Dancers learn that the trick to keeping your mind nimble
is to keep learning something, and not only the dance moves."


Bachata derived from the older native dances, originated in the Dominican Republic. Bachata is a slower dance by Latin standards, at about 120 beats per minute and originally placed heavy emphasis on the guitar. Bachata derived from bands of three or four guitarists playing together often with a percussionist for working class audiences. It is unclear when the term "bachata" first became associated with a style of music but bachatas first were recorded as such in the 1970's. Perfect for the young Salsa dancers seeking the new dance that the young are always seeking and it is being very nicely accepted into Hawaii.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K.

Submitted by Maile Yagi
The Hustle originated in the disco era of the late 1970's and was popularized by music from artists like the Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer and Barry Gibb and by the movie Saturday Night Fever. There were several styles of hustle originally but the New York Hustle is the only style that is widespread today, and is what is commonly referred to as "The Hustle." The Hustle is typically associated with disco music but it can be danced to many other styles of music. The best tempo for beginners learning the hustle is 100 to 125 beats per minute. Also picking up very well in the social dance circuit.

"Social Dancers know that no matter what happens ...
somebody will find  a way to take it too seriously."

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Thalia

Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, born 26 August 1971) known mononymously as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, published author, actress and businesswoman, who has sung in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Tagalog.

"Social dancers believe that if today they do what others won't,
tomorrow they may accomplish what others can't."

She is recognized as the most successful female solo Mexican artist internationally by media conglomerates such as Univision Communications and TV Azteca, while she has sold over 40 million records worldwide as a solo artist, being considered as one of the best selling Latin musicians of all time. Big part of the media refer to her as the "Queen of Latin pop", because of her numerous Latin pop hit singles and her legacy within the Latin pop music scene of the past 2 decades.

"De Donde Soy" por Thalia

However, apart from singing, Thalía has also had a renowned career in acting, as she starred in a variety of soap operas that were watched by over two billion people in more than 180 countries and marked history in television because of their extremely high ratings. She was converted into a global television icon, especially during the decade of the 1990s, while she was publicly referred to as the reigning "Queen of telenovelas" by the mass media, because of the phenomenal reception her soap operas have had.

"Cien Años" por Thalia

She had a long term relationship with Fernando Colunga, a Mexican Actor, known for his work in Mexican telenovelas. They parted in 1998 when she was 28 years old and they knew that wasn't it. She met Tommy  Mottola, an American music executive, who was formerly married to Mariah Carey. He is the co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He headed Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, for nearly 15 years. They were married in 2002.

"Hope is a species of happiness, and perhaps,
the chief happiness which the world affords"

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Oahu, American, International

Historically, American style ballroom was developing on the west side of the Atlantic during the same period as English style ballroom was developing near the east side of the Atlantic. There was probably some cross fertilization, but there was also a lot of independent development. Competitions seem to have started to dominate the development of English style fairly early (1920s), while American style was more rooted in social dancing as taught by the Murray studios and a desire to emulate the stage and screen dancing as epitomized in the Fred Astaire movies.

"Social dancers can see how dancing can be so much more than just steps
and how your life can be enhanced through dance."


Dancing was just for the fun of dancing. Because of their great egos, both Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire "knew" what the American dancers could dance and what they could not. They made the final decisions of what was the "correct" way to make the movement. And we should state that they were very good. Not perfect but very good. Their biggest error was changing the original native basic and applying the box step basic to the Rumba for whatever their reasons. Fortunately, the alternate method is being taught on the mainland, and a little of it is coming into Hawaii and rising in this century.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Little in Oahu except possibly on the Big Island. You can generally trace many open American style foxtrot figures to things that Fred and Ginger did in various choreographic sequences in their movies. In fact, because of those movies, there was probably more influence of American style on English style than vice versa.It wasn't until the 1950s and 1960s that English style really started catching on internationally, and hence the name change to "International" style. By the end of the last century there was probably more influence of International style on American than vice versa. In this century, the social dancer has taken over.

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it, you will land among the stars."

Friday, October 4, 2019

Social Dancer WWII

The turbulent years for dancing were during WWII, with so many military from the Mainland going through here and out into the Pacific. Most were very young and did not have much experienced dancing, But they learned from one another and the wonderful partners that they were lucky enough to find here. There was a short playlist and the dancers did not require much. They were, Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and Rumba. Others have come in slowly and surely. Samba, Tango, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, and the latest Bachata.

"Social dancers go to a dance to have fun, they're not there to work or teach classes,
however most are willing to help a little here and there. Why not?"


Waltz is a dance to 3 counts with strong accent on the first beat and a basic even step pattern, Music for a waltz or a concert composition in 3/4 time. To dance a waltz is to move or advance in a lively or conspicuous manner, to advance easily and successfully, to approach boldly —used with up can't just waltz up and introduce yourself, to dance a waltz with, to grab and lead.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It was originally danced to Big Band (usually vocal) music in Big Ballrooms. The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is in a 4/4 time signature. Developed in the 1910s, the foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1940s and remains as a favorite today.


East Coast Swing is a simpler 6-count variation that spawned from the six-count variations of the Lindy Hop. It evolved with swing-band music of the 1940s and the work of the Arthur Murray dance studios in the 1940s. This Swing has simple structure and footwork along with basic moves and styling. It is popular for its simple nature and can be danced to slow, medium, or fast tempo jazz.

"Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman

Rumba may refer to a variety of unrelated music styles. It has been used to denote the complex of secular music styles known as Cuban rumba. Since the early 20th century the term has been used in different countries to refer to distinct styles of music and dance, most of which are only tangentially related to the original Cuban rumba, if at all. Social rumba in Hawaii was most closely done to the American Style of dance with an Arthur Murray basic box.

What do ghosts dance to? Soul music of course.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Blogging

I am running out of time and I have a lot of places to cover where I may help and I must be on my way. My physical limitations will have me concentrating on West Oahu. But hopefully, I may get dance information from other parts of Oahu. At five blogs my experiment of over dilution is just about over. There was a pause, then the average hits per day began to go up again, just kind of slow. So it seems as though the total reader/dancers may be increasing and they will concentrate on their favorites which is happening now. Then for now, we can be patient and wait it out for the rest of the year.

"Social dancers believe that we can all be social dancers –
but only if we actively choose it."


Town Dancer blog had been way ahead of the others but has been losing hits as the others increase. Of course, Town Dancer lost one of the best bloggers in Hawaii. They may just even out pretty much the same. We are getting increased competition from Facebook and understandable if you are interested in getting hits in Nigeria or Afghanistan. We are pretty well limited to the dancers on Oahu. Whatever, Dancing in our blogs is looking good in spite of the Rail Disaster. And yes we have heard the Rents are going up. Gotta pay for the billions on the Rail Catastrophe. And the worst is yet to come.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


The City Council under Caldwell is doing well. Their good wishes to all their loyal voters - they realize that you are already seeing an increase in your ordinary living expenses such as food, clothing, rents and automobile items throughout the island. And you understand that gas and property taxes must be increased to pay for the Rail Crisis. So they ask all our good citizens to tighten your belts and hope this will end soon. Meanwhile, they are going to give themselves a little raise.

"Whatever the mind of a person can conceive and believe,
it can achieve."

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dancespeak

On Oahu, we will change the Dance Speak to suit ourselves. You name it. I am glad some people are beginning to realize that some of the terms presented here have been there for some time in their dance experience. They have had to agree more or less with the meaning, but "social dance" is changing and some terms will become obsolete. Some of it may be expanded by anyone easily for more clarity. You may even write it up and share it with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers do not worry much on what they want
from their dancing, they just dance."


Arm Waving; used mainly in competition and exhibition dancing. "Hey, look at me." Also used in countries where they are unable to achieve the Cuban motion adequately. Used extensively in the Orient where they are more accustomed to the use of the arms and hands more than the feet. In Hula, just beautiful. In Social dancing we keep it down to a minimum.

Ball: Several definitions, the front part of the foot. Also another word for fun. 'Having a ball." And from the Latin, Ballere, meaning to dance and presently meaning a formal dinner and party which may be attended by non-dancers.

Band: A group of musicians joined together for the purpose of producing music such as a Dance Band or a small orchestra.

Basics: Very important part of the "Dance." In classes, the beginners are looking enviously at the intermediates. The intermediates are looking enviously at the advance students. The advance students really are beginning to know what dancing is all about. Now they want to go back to learning the basics right. If you can dance basics good and you can dance to anything.



Beat: The essential cadence of marking time for dancing throughout the tune and continues with equal duration and force. Listening music may vary.

BPM: Beats per minute. 24 BPM in a Fox Trot is six measures. In a Waltz it is eight measures and in any two count it is twelve measures.

Big Band: The name applied to the large dance orchestras up to the 50s. Danced in the Big Ballrooms some holding thousands of dancers.

Body Lead: This refers mainly to the signals that are given to a lady through the body movement of the man. He learns to use his shoulders, upper body and head. Takes some time for the men to learn and the ladies are pure geniuses in following.

"An unexamined life is not worth living." – Socrates


Sunday, September 22, 2019

American Style Of Dance

The American Style of dance refers to the Ballroom Dances developed in the USA that contrast with the International Style. They denote the group of nine dances that were danced in American Style Ballroom competitions. The group consists of two categories: American Smooth and American Rhythm. American Rhythm loosely corresponds to the Latin category of the International Style, just like American Smooth corresponds to Standard. The American established dance variations are not recognized internationally. They are rather used in dance and competition methods as attempts to meets perceived needs in the local market-place which immense in the US.

"Social dancers realize that regardless of where they live in the world,
they will participate in dances that reflect a lot or a little of the culture."


In American Smooth, - Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, - dancers wear costumes not greatly dissimilar to those worn by their counterparts in International Style Standard. Dresses often have prominent floats embellishing the arms and fuller skirts which are typically absent in Smooth, due to the open movement and changing arm positions requiring less restriction on the body. However, the dances themselves are significantly different as a result of influence by dancers like Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray in the years following World War II.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


While elegance and flow remain the goal, as in International Standard, dancers in American do not remain in closed position exclusively, instead breaking away from each other periodically and experimenting with open footwork. The American Rhythm dances, - Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Samba, East Coast Swing - and were also influenced by American dancers of the post-WWII era, but the differences between this style and International Latin are more subtle. Costumes are similar, and while step patterns are not identical, movements are as free and explicitly sensual as in Latin. Fortunately on Oahu we have had some of the best teachers of the American Style in the Pacific.

"Social dancers know that your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude."