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."


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