Tuesday, January 11, 2022

WBDC Anniversary Rerun #13

This was one of the first Dance Clubs on this island to set the pace for the others to follow. Things slowed down many years ago when the new dance clubs were being established in town. But this one has been holding up just fine and is bound to get better and there is new interest to dancing in the West. Unfortunately, the Dance Pavilion scheduled to be built at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster.

This have excellent teachers in the American Style of Dance and some of the best social dancers on this Island. Their music ranks up at the top in classes and their socials. They have good workers such as Carol Kohagura and Maile Yagi. You want answers? What else do you need?

There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of their game. Happy Dancing.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Apprentice Wanted Rerun #12

Apprentice Blogger Wanted:

Should reside on Oahu and available to attend a dance function now and then. Information can be submitted by email along with a photo or two. I may furnish a point and shoot camera. The most important factor is that it will be their opinion and their unique viewpoint.

"There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating;
people who know absolutely everything, and people
who know absolutely nothing.”
Within a week or so, they should be able to decide which blog they wish to Guest Author. Of course, it must be their choice, They can then get in, write, include photos, save and publish and get out without saying boo to anyone. They will learn that they can pretty well write whatever they damn well please and whenever they please. The blog just provides the platform. From there it is to help to get more people and eventually making one of the blogs independent and operate on its own with enough guest authors and without me.
Looks like  Happy Holidays on the Waianae Coast
Look like they are moving?
So where do we go from here? The first step is a recognition that we are and have always been in the business of selling? – What? Social Media to our possible readership and our blogs are not seeking money. The key to realizing the promise of our profession is to reinforce it in the science of management and the analytics that measure our performance. But we just want to help and that is difficult to understand. Otherwise we’ll be left to shoot darts at a smaller and smaller portion of an expanding dartboard. We will be patient and we are getting there.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

New Territory. Rerun #11

Apparently the reorganization of the blogs has not done too much damage. They have been at the bottom all week but are gradually regaining the hits. The biggest improvement will be in the Platinum Horseshoe blog because of the famous Willy Dionisio. If he can give us info and photos, the hits will go through the ceiling. Why? Because regardless of club affiliation dancers are interested in dancing and many of these are our own friends and neighbors. Simple?

 "Hard work does not guarantee success,
 but it sure as hell improves your chances."

I have seen the list in HBDA and Kalihi Chapter has no Web site and is not very stable. I would certainly like to help them and show everyone what we are capable of doing. Our blog is not magic just very capable public relations. Just watch the hits on Platinum Horseshoe in the next few days and figure out who is getting the most benefit. No contracts are necessary and everyone does as they damn well please.

Our blogs have a lot of space that can be used for good public relations. There are many out there that realize the good that can be done. Text is good most of the time. Photos are good most of the time, but the proper combination of both, with recency and currency, is what makes Social Media. I never knew before, but I can see the results now.

It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force on Oahu, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all wish to be involved and we must respect. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Da Latest Scoop Rerun #10

Things are settling very nice in our blogosphere and I can see my way into a lot more of our dance environment. It is looking good, not because it is perfect but because I can see the need for whatever we lack.
"A person's own good breeding is the best security
against other people's ill manners."

A good example is the blog by Richie in Town Dancer of the 23rd. (Just click the link in the side bar.) Something that should have been brought out many times before and somehow missed by the best. Of course it seems to happen more often in the nightclub circuit. I sincerely hope that it is read by every male dancer, not only on Oahu, but in the entire Pacific area.

"You're Nothing But A Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.

After a dance it is only proper courtesy to escort the lady back to where she was. Most men that I know do this, but now Richie has brought up a very good point, many do not escort the lady back to her table or chair. His honest opinion is what makes a blog into truly our kind of social media.

Which also brings up another point. My stats reveal that we are approaching the point of diminishing returns in hits. But only if we remain in the status quo of having no more Guest Authors. Just one more regular honest opinion from anyone in our blogs will keep us rolling ahead at the proper percentages. Honolulu Dance Guide is gaining on Town Dancer and could be ahead by the end of the month.
"Under The Boardwalk" by the Drifters

Fortunately we have been making good contact with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. We have been getting some good write up information. A few added photos and we would have perfection. Another is the Annual Oldies but Goodies Dance Bash at the Pacific Beach Hotel. Sending the hits up, naturally. I will try to make it to Aliamanu Intermediate for the Saturday HBDA review and get some photos and perhaps a quote or two.

Teaching Latin Dancing to real Latin Music
Oahu West is still trying to coalesce into a unique center. Ewa Beach residents still consider themselves separate, as do some of the villages surrounding Ewa. With the new shopping center in Ewa plus Safeway and City Mill and a couple of cocktail lounges, the existence of night life may emerge and Ewa will become a central and prominent area again. Like all the West they need more industrial area for the thousands who commute to town daily. Nobody wants or needs a rail Disaster.  "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. Yes, I know, it's the money, Sonny. Big Profits in Rail Tragedies.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Rumba in Waimanalo Rerun #86

By Robert Ching, Enchanted Lake.

In the beginning, many years ago, the Rumba was a dance that told a story of love and passion between a strong, male lover and a coy, teasing woman. And today the full sensual movements of the Rumba are considered by many to be the sexiest of the ballroom dances.

"Are you really happy or are you just really comfortable."

This dance of love remains one of the most popular ballroom dances and is seen around the world at nightclubs, parties, weddings and dance competitions in its many interpretations. And in present social dancing, Rumba is a slow, serious, romantic dance with flirtation between the partners.

The dance is fun to watch, as many of its basic dance figures of the dance have a teasing theme in which the lady flirts with and then rejects her male partner. The old Indian foot work of toe, heel for a two count slow seems to be disappearing though it is still taught in the Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire studios.

"Besame Mucho" by Julio Iglesias.

Yes, there are many good dancers of Rumba in the Waimanalo area. (East Honolulu) Mostly resembling the American Style of dance. Most will dance the Arthur Murray basic and the follow up moves that are very well known. Some will dance the Fred Astaire basic and the same follow up movements. It is mostly American Style.

And just beginning to invade Oahu, there are some who will use the alternate, the International basic. The man breaks on the dominant beat, and if it is on the 2, they will have the slow on 4, 1 count. The rest is American, the cross body lead, underarm turn, hand to hand, spot turn and all led, followed easily. It is a four beat measure and if you have quick, quick, slow or slow, quick, quick you will do just fine.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

The Rumba can spotlight the lady's rhythmic body movements and hip actions that may result in intense, almost steamy, scenes of passion, more evident in exhibitions. The shine position, often used in Latin groups, in which the partners separate and while the man does his basic, she "shines" by doing her own interpretation of the moves.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Talk About a Party, continued Rerun #95

Lucky we got Willy and Roy for these Photos.

The men were swinging from the chandeliers and the women were dancing on the tables. And no one notified the police. So I exxagerate but this whole thing is suppose to be fun and these people were enjoying every minute of it.

Nora Dionisio, Roselily Andres, Martin Powell,
Esmenio Andres, Willy Dionisio and Lorna Depew

Left photo: Lorna, Roselilly, Esmenio and Martin.
Right: Danny, Romeo, Melanie and Greg.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Party time also means Kau Kau time.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Does everyone know the names?

Pub's Side Note:
We give special Mahalos to Wllly Dionisio and Roy De Leon for these terrific photos.
The members of Kapolei Chapter, the Officers, the fans and
the rest of our reader/dancers, we all appreciate.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The Oahu Dance Setting Rerun #84

The study of dancing on Oahu is getting more interesting as the young clearly demonstrate their different preferences. They have all type of gyrations and mostly solo. They learn plenty of tricks and they seem to enjoy the latest music in that fashion. We should not take it a away from them. Let them enjoy it. Most of them will eventually evolve into our type of partner social dancer.

"The truth is like the sun,  you can shut it out for a time,
but it ain't goin' away."

In our neck of the field on Oahu are the top, "the rootzi tootzis." The exhibition, competition, acrobatic, cabaret and all the "to be seen'" dancing. Nothing wrong with that, most everyone appreciates the theater. However, they know they are different from us and glow in the fact. Though I have not heard the term "junk dancer" in a few years. We should agree with them, they are not the same as us.

"Hawaiian Magic" by Carol Kai

For the vast majority we have the usual, small, medium and large. The Beginner just learning to move to the music with a partner and just learning to lead.most of the basic moves in all dances. These same moves can be done in this dance, but it can also be done in that dance, or that other one.They soon find out that most women are very good at following. You just have to learn to be a better leader and have fun.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

The most important to the field are the intermediates with some experience and they are able to fully experience the movement to their favorite music in sheer joy over and over again. Any new moves are made with well accepted patterns and most partners will follow easily. Many of you out there may have a slightly different viewpoint and your viewpoint is very welcome in these blogs.

"Beware My Foolish Heart" by Jimmy Borges

Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos.