Saturday, January 19, 2019

Socially Dancing

One of my most important goals for these blogs is the Guest Bloggers' opinion which can be an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits will go through the roof. Come on somebody, about five or six Bloggers would be ideal and each would write only whenever they damn well pleased.

“Social dancers know that they can dance love, they can dance joy and
they can dance dreams - and their legs are made for dancing."

The basic Rumba can be a problem with diverse opinions. Arthur Murray invented the Rumba box step with a Slow. Quick, Quick. And when Fred Astaire opened his first studios, they used the same "American" style Rumba basic. And Arthur Murray did not like that and took him to court - and he won. Fred Astaire was a dancer and he merely changed the Rumba box basic to a Quick, Quick, Slow and no more problems. However in the Caribbean there is no box step.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

But another figure is used as a American basic repeatable pattern by Social Dancers in Rumba. It is known as the Alternative Basic and it can function as an alternative to the Box as a basic, The Alternative Basic is derived from the basic movement of the Mambo, Salsa and other Caribbean dances, as well as that of the International Rumba, and blends well with many of the figures in the Rumba. When Fred Astaire studios arrive in Hawaii, there will be problems.

"Social dancers believe that they should be a first-rate version of themselves -
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hey Hey, we are connecting.

This blog is still struggling. Most of the hits are from search engines and scam, spam robot hits. But they do keep the hits up. It is gradually moving into being the blog for West Oahu. And Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way.

Life is the muse which perfectly rhymes: Plays with the words and fills empty lines. -
for some, life is a battle for others, it’s a dance, for the rich it is a party, for the
poor it is a chance, - for lovers, it’s dizziness, it’s a dream, it’s romance.

For the Artist it’s a drop of the rain on his hands. - for a writer, it’s a story, - for an
actor it’s a stage, - for a painter it’s a canvas, - For a thief, it’s a cage, - for you
it might be the money you blew. For someone the entire life could be you!

I am firmly convinced that the simple fact of taking photos for our blogs together with a little information available is the key to readership. The readers connect easily because they know the places, the occasions and the people involved. That seems to be the ultimate in dance blogging. That along with a few hints on dancing from different viewpoints completes the picture. Feedback will do it. Just email it in and I will post for everyone on Oahu to see.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Kapolei and the North Shore are just beginning to see the light. When they realized the success of their contributions in our blogs, it is relatively easy to become a Guest Author. Then they could get in the blog of their choice, write, post photos, publish and get out without having to say "boo" to anyone. It certainly would send the hits up through the roof on all the blogs. This is acknowledged as Synergism.

"Mean people don't bother me a bit. Mean people that disguise
themselves as nice people bother me a whole lot."

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shindig in Wahiawa

Just about the best shindig Friday, the 11th in West Oahu with some of the best people on this island. Frowns are hard to find here and the name of the game is fun. Everyone enjoys moving to good music and DJ Leland Yagi is right up there with the best. The level of help in the club is at the top.

And let me tell you we have some people that are good at taking photos. I passed the camera around and got over 50 pictures. Of course the more the merrier because if I get too many I delete the blurry and the singles. A professional photographer may take 100 photos and then choose the best ten. For us, two people in a photo are better than one. And three are better than two. However 18 is not better than 17. The photographer decides and see what fits in. I have enough photos for Dancing Nights blog after this one.

Wow, just received another batch of photos, this time from Maile. At times like this I wish I had Instagram (all photos.) This a blog, blogs are usually text. But I can get three collages of six photos each into a blog nicely if I get in some text. Anybody want to say something email it in. I have enough photos to make collages for the month. Thanks everyone.

"Love Shack" by The B-52's  (1989)

This last collage, I made from Maile's batch of photos. Hard to sort them out for the best presentation. But I am learning. Of course these blog are made for our reader/dancers and any of you can make suggestions. We will have something of interest for many of our fellow dancers.

"The thought that provokes thought is much more valuable than the thought
that is only an echo of an accepted truth."

"Wahiawa Ballroom is always fun. Their New Year's ball was one to cherish. The
members are very friendly and welcoming. Dancing is life and life is a dance.
So let's keep on dancing." ~ Charito and Leo Delgado.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

La Rumba

La Rumba has evolved into one of the most beautiful dances in World Social Dance, for the looks, feel and the music. The music has been combined and separated from the Bolero. Much of the difference can only be applied to the speed, Same music, Bolero, slow. Rumba faster. The terminology that has has been used by historians is quite diverse with many identical items having many terms and many different items have the same term. This can be quite confusing.

"Many social dancers believe that when they get on the dance floor, their connections
to the rest of the world may be washed clean of preconceptions and fears.
When they dance, they can enjoy the luxury of being themselves.”

The name of the dance evolved from the Spanish word, Rumbo. "Por ese rumbo," means, "like that," "similar to," "somewhat," and which was applied by the Spanish sailors to all the similar dances in the Caribbean. Later on Rumbo evolved from the dance to mean "party" or "spree." The music developed much more in Cuba. It is secular, with no religious connections. Over time, rumba ceased to be simply another word for party and took on the meaning both of a defined Cuban musical genre and also of a very specific form of dance.

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

The term spread with the music to the US in the 1930s to the faster popular music of Cuba (the "Peanut Vendor" was a classic),  It was used as a catch-all term, rather like salsa today. The term is also used in the international Latin-American dance syllabus, where it is a misnomer, for the music used for this slower dance is the bolero-son, much slower. Ballroom rumba is basically son and not based on the authentic folkloric rumba.The Africans in the Caribbean fell completely in love with it and developed many new sounds in the music and many new moves in the dance.

Book not recommended: "The Cat's Revenge" by Claude Balls

Sunday, January 6, 2019


The beginning of the year almost always looks hopeful and 2019 looks hopeful for all the dancers on Oahu. Communicating with each other on this entire island is somewhat difficult but it is being done now by various means. Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. With enough information coming in to share with the readers, the hits can go through the ceiling. Blogging is much different than anything we have come across before.

“Social dancers hear the music and dance with hopes
and sing along with the possibilities.”

The modern Rumba - Bolero music is in my opinion the most beautiful music in the world. And the dance that moves to that music is the most pleasant moving to music in existence. It is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that evolved in the Caribbean as a combination of the musical traditions of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean. The movements and the music had existed for a millennium before the first illegals arrived. It was not brought over by the slaves and it had more influence by the Europeans in their dance and music.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Received from Maile Yagi

“Lord I thank you for the gift of breath, eyes to see, ears to hear, tongue to taste,
nose to smell; mouth to speak, face to smile, voice to sing, body to dance,
legs to walk, mind to think and hands to write.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Granada

The talk has been there for sometime, but no one has ever done anything on Oahu even remotely resembling the Granada in Alhambra, California. The builders of the Granada did not want anything in downtown Los Angeles. The original Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Spain. The city of Alhambra in California is about the same distance from downtown LA as Nanakuli is from downtown Honolulu. The Granada is and was built as a deluxe Latin Dance Nightclub, Restaurant and Dance Studio, all in the same place and three stories high.

“Social dancers dance because dance can change things. One move to
music can bring people together. One move can make you
believe like there's something more in the dance.”

The basics of Latin Dance Music are already here on Oahu and our musicians and DJs know the preferred Latin music. The syllabi of the disciplines is the basic. Cha Cha Cha. Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Samba, and Tango and every one learns those. The additional would be Bachata. Salsa. Perhaps later on the Latin Waltz. Nothing for the very young, hip hop, slat, rig or whatever. Don't knock it, they have the right to their preferences. The Granada in Nanakuli would be packed to the gills and not only by Latinos. In Hawaii we have some of the best Latin dancers in the Pacific  irregardless of ethnicity. With a healthy cover charge there will be no need to make the overhead with the alcoholic bar tab.

Afternoon dance classes
Very possibly an added Juice Bar and plenty of Latin snacks that can be eaten with chopsticks you got a smash hit, guaranteed. Then to complete the picture, my favorite, the modern Rumba - Bolero music in my opinion the most beautiful music in the world. And the dance that moves to that music is the most pleasant moving to music in existence. It is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that evolved in the Caribbean. The movements and the music had existed for a millennium before the first illegals arrived. It was not brought over by the slaves and it had more influence by the Europeans in their dance and music than the slaves.

"Charity, good behavior, amiable speech, unselfishness — these have been
accepted by all and declared the elements of popularity."