Monday, September 30, 2013

A Social Study

By Ralph Wilson, Tampa, Florida
The Tampa Dance News.
Looking over the dance clubs in this part of the State we can see the similarity of how they are run. Most people are reluctant to run for office so they sometimes get people that acquiesce to anything and they become the De Jure government.

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do - start to do it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

The De Facto government remains in the clique of gossipers in the club with a basis of a "goat social structure," because there are not enough men to go around. At any rate, these groups can be deadly for the clubs and the membership. Fortunately many clubs are shaping up for the better.

   "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones

The failure of our leadership, the smallness of our politics, the ease with which we are distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle our big problems have been all there.

We have the opportunity today to face the challenges of this millennium together as dancers and not to quibble about who belongs to what club or does what discipline. We must learn to disagree without being disagreeable and that it is possible to compromise without compromising your principles. We should be willing to listen to each other and learn to assume the best of people instead of the worst.

"Where Did Our Love Go?" by the Supremes

At a time when a world is dancing more, more new clubs will be coming in and many of our local clubs will be losing members. Some start off fast and then begin to get infiltrated with the cliques and taper off. In the attempt to seem democratic they defeat their own purposes and few will do anything for the club.

Everything is clear and the decision as to which part the member would like to be in, should be up to the member and we should respect it. The results should make everyone happy. There could be a maximum size which gives the greatest efficiency. The independent club at about 400 seems more like it but we don't know for sure. All volunteer officers, with only a few perks open and everything above board including any subsidies.

And with all the clubs being friends, the opportunity is there for these clubs to cooperate for any really big occasion. The location is not that important, and it does not have to be concentrated in the centers of big cities. ****



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Street Dancing

By Marian Nguyen, Pearl City

The kids are dancing but it is a curious type and they say that everyone does their own thing. If they are enjoying the movement to music that should be it. However, everyone should try to expand their knowledge of the dancing field, just for fun.

 "Don’t wait. The time will never be just right."

The information should make it possible for a determined couple to teach themselves partner dancing without a teacher. But you must have the Music. Yes, it is the music, not so much the DJs music or the Band's music, but your favorite music. That makes a big difference that the music producers are not fully aware of except for the ones with the "Oldies but Goodies." They understand perfectly.

"Dancing In The Street" by Martha & the Vandellas

In Waikiki
It would also be possible for a group of interested people, without a teacher, to successfully form their own dance club, and teach themselves. Some groups already use DVD lessons just to get ideas for new material and they practice with each other.  This is real social street dancing and can evolve into Public Social dancing instead of the Private kind we have cultivated for so long. Da Reel Teeng!

Blogger's Law No 28C:
It is a simple task to make things complex.
It is a complex task to make things simple.

People know the alphabet before they try to become proficient keyboard typists. Practice, not learning, is what makes them typists. The information that is available would teach the alphabet of dancing; practice is needed to become proficient dancers.

Do not worry if you seem to have no rhythm or coordination in the beginning; these will come with practice. And practice is not some kind of routine that must be done a certain way. Just go out and dance your heart out. Do not worry about stepping on each other's feet; your will learn soon enough.

Sometimes you will find it possible to dance several kinds of ballroom dancing to a single piece of music. In the case of waltz, only one. With another kind of music only one or two kinds of ballroom dancing might work. But the leader, can interpret the music in his own way. Most ladies become very good and can follow just about anything. Better dancers than men? Of course. ****

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bis and Bat

Social media by nature is useless if only one person uses it (because who are you being social with?). We are just beginning to understand it. Most of our readers are still readers of Newsletters and Web sites and even some Newspapers. This is much different and it will take awhile.

"Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some person dreamed that it should, some person believed that it could and some person willed that it must."

Not many in town have understood it but there seems to be an under current of belief in the West. Though there are many that still believe we are paparazzi, and we drop those like a hot potato. We will concentrate on those that we can help.

There are alternative ways of displaying your e-mail address while making it hard for spambots to harvest it. Most robot searches are made to spot @ and of course the .com - 99% of the time they have a valid email address. If you must provide contact information, try writing it out in creative ways such as mine, nikaawa at outlook dot com. An even better method is using an image picture of your e-mail address.

"Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin

What does the average reader want?

First, of course is any information that may help in our understanding of dancing. And there is no way that one person can do that. Two? of course not. There are too many different view points out there and we can be lucky if we get a few to share in our publications.

Second, as social media, they would like to know what is happening in our dance world. It is very diverse. Your viewpoint on the same function from one corner of the ballroom is much different than the view point from the opposite corner of the dance floor.

Blog covering Ewa -Ewa Beach and all the way to Makaha.

Third, of course is the photos. And by that we mean "few" not thousands. And a photo taken by one person is his/her viewpoint. Three cameras out there and three different sets of pictures and every occasion is a different thing. The entire enchilada is social media, and blogging, though moving in that direction, is not there yet.

Friday, September 20, 2013

From Pearlridge Chapter

Can you include these two items in the next blog.
Thank you Pepe!      Karen
I changed the registration flyer for Pearlridge's next class to a jpg file.

Looks like we have the beginning of a good Two-Center

Pub's Side Note: Check out Frank's blogs for those oldies but goodies photos at the HBDA functions. You can get nostalgic even if you weren't there, "for the good times."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dancing in West Oahu

By Franciso De La Torre, Aiea
As an old and decrepit Latino that I am, I can still enjoy a good Cha Cha Cha. I am also very happy to see the new interest in music and dancing in the Kapolei area and up the Waianae Coast.

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Forty some years ago when ballroom dancing began to lose some fans, the English style of dancing gave the studios a badly needed lift, throughout the nation. Ten new styles of dances and a vast network of prestigious competition possibilities. At first the American Style was not abandoned or discredited in any way.

"Vaya Con Dios" By Les Paul and Mary Ford

Most studios insisted on two full years of American style and the passing of at least the first half Silver American before students considered crossing over to the International (the new name for the English). In this fashion they inadvertently placed the International style at a higher level than American style.

Even the early televised competitions featured both styles including some Pro-Am finalists. Up until the late '80s, most studios had a place for both styles and used them hand in hand to their great mutual benefit. Duriing the nineties it phased into a completely different scenario.

"Kiss of Fire" by Georgia Gibbs

Many teachers found they could make a name for themselves via the international competitions without having to rely on the backing from big chain studios. New clubs and studios sprouted up that only featured one style. On Oahu, the term "Junk Dancer" emerged out of nowhere.

The competitions only televised one style and students want to study that one style they see on TV. Even today many people really believe there is only one valid style and those "other styles," - barely mentionable - akin to silly folk dancing ready for extinction. Or are they?

"Maria Elena" by Placido Domingo

The Internationals try to recognize the difference in ordinary ballroom from the Latin, in the environment, time space between both divisions and the costumed differences. However, the music producers are not that aware and making the music less Latin and more European, and it has been losing its unique quality as "Latin."

Our first Micro that is going good. Just need a few
willing to share four lines of their own.

Amid all the competition hype, and as hard of hearing as I am, I can clearly hear the sound of distant congas drumming louder and louder, the comparsas, the conjuntos and the spirit of the Hispanic people rising up and getting ready to reclaim their beloved national music and dance. There is a lot more to Latin music and dance than the Caribbean. ****

"Siboney" By Placido Domingo
One of the most important figures in Cuban popular music was Ernesto Lecuona, the composer of the classic 'Siboney'. Although lots of artists have recorded this tune, it really needs a big voice for full effect, so the version by tenor Placido Domingo is a terrific change of pace.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Oahu West Doing Wonders

“Together, in our dance blogs, we have the opportunity to bring real dance freedom to every part of this island. Across multiple dance styles and clothed in an elegant, beautiful, experience,
it is a bold vision. But our greatest strength in Dance is our community and together we can do this. Come and join
our blogs and be a part of bringing recreational dance
to the masses.”

Yes, they were thinking of making a Multi-Purpose center in Waipio at one time, but the Rail Disaster cut that out. It's the bread, Fred. And the new estimates on the Rail Catastrophe are in the Ten Billion dollar range. Twice the previous estimates. But the Rail Party knows that is easy money.

 "My Girl" by the Temptations

So why not not make a trial, in 2014, at the largest local community center and just install a good dance floor? Everything else is already in. 12000 square feet at the Palladium in downtown Honolulu is too much but it is needed for the Rootzi Tootzi dancers in town such as International dancers and those exhibition type of shows and it stands to reason.

"In Other Words, (fly me to the moon)" by Matt Monroe

But for us, the ordinary dancers in this community, one quarter size, 3000 square feet or even 2000 in the West would do wonders. It may work so well, it could be used only for dancing. What kind of dancing? There must be at least 50 different kinds of dancing on this Island, maybe more. This dance center would be used 25 hours per day, 8 days a week. Maybe more? Of course, we gotta pay for the Rail Calamity. Oh well.

Think about it, You have friends, you know people, if we all work for it, eventually we can get it. Dancers in the West, arise, you have nothing to lose but your chains. Ha!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pearlridge Chapter Two

Well, I certainly was gratified in receiving a nice email from Karen Kihara. Wow, all the good photos but a little short on remarks.

Hi Pepe,
Can you add these (pix) to the next blog.

The Officers of Pearlridge Chapter.
Perhaps we can get first names.

Pearlridge Chapter, the "place to learn to dance" is noted for its private like, small, friendly and non-intimidating classes, taught by outstanding dedicated rotating instructors. For this upcoming new session, we are blessed to have with us, the popular and highly qualified Ben & Faith Agbayani who are also HBDA's Dance Directors.

Pearlridge Chapter Members present.

Thank you so much for helping us. Karen

And we certainly had a terrific cast for the
Pearlridge Chapter Show Business.

Regular Line Dancing, left and Gangnam Style, right.

Prayer by Harriet, Exotic dancer Tammy Lee Custodio,
Past Instructors, the Carreons with Prexy Millie Chun
and Pearlridge Songbird, Yvette Moore.

Then as it has been from long ago reputation,
the Kau Kau was outta dis world.

There is no truth to the rumor that for the next social,
they will rent the Blaisdell.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pearlridge Chapter Social

Nice day Tuesday, I was able to do most of my errands. Was ready by 5:15 and the #40 bus was right on time and got me to Farrington and Kaahumanu about 6:30. Took a nice leisurely walk to Safeway and got a delicious looking cake. And right around the corner was Waimalu Elementary.

I told Karen at the Shindig that I brought a container and I asked for a piece of the action and Karen obliged very nicely, The place was already developing a good crowd. And going all around said my hellos to everyone. I am getting to know a lot of people and I can consider myself fortunate.

It soon became apparently that this was a different type of social. And who says it has to be a certain way? The difference in presentation is what can be appealing. I met Kevin and he could handle the camera and he took most of these pictures. We can get very lucky sometimes.

These good photos will go into the slide show on the
Ewa Bus Stop and Dancing in the Dark blogs.

Nice to see some Kapolei members and my first quote from a very good dance friend. Nora Dionisio:

"It is always great to see old friends here at the Pearlridge Social. Good Food, Great Company." ~Nora

Looking good on both Stages.

Long time friends Paul and Marie Laderta and after a little talk story I got the second nice quote:

"A reason, and a place to see old friends like Pepe, Ida Lebowski, Hermie and Chris Patao - they are reasons we started dancing." ~Marie and Paul

Da Kine dancing we are all about. Terrific. They can quit their day jobs and go the exhibition route. Maybe only 5 Gs per week to start but it could lead to real money.

Went around and finally got a chance to ask Shirley,
President of HBDA for her quote:

"This has been a wonderful evening with so many talented people. The food and the people were awesome. Thanks, very much for the beautiful hospitality of the Pearlridge Chapter."
Aloha, Herb and Shirley Ota.

They were going great guns.

Finally got around to getting a quote from one of the best photographers, we have ever had. We are always looking for a photographer who want to get his/her own pictures, is all. Their viewpoint and we got some beauts here.  Email me, I misplaced your address and thanks, Kevin.

"We feel honored to be guests of the Pearlridge Chapter of HBDA for their social. What a great evening of dancing, entertainment and ohana. We had a fantastic time with everyone! Thank You for introducing us to the event. Aloha."
Kevin and Julie Hall.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Good News

Got a beautiful email from Millie Chun, President of Pearlridge Chapter, HBDA and things are looking up in the West. Excerpt on Karen Kihara:

Karen currently serves as our efficient Secretary. I shared with her how helpful and kind you were to go out of your way to help, encourage, and offer Pearlridge with publicity on a “blog” . She graciously consented to be Pearlridge’s reporter for the Oahu West blog. Henceforth, Karen will be communicating directly with you.

I will introduce you to her at our end of the quarter appreciation potluck social Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Waimalu Elementary. We will be expecting about 70 people, including a few friends from other dance organizations. It promises to be a very nice gathering, with a program to include some fine entertainment, in addition to social and line dancing.

Fortunately, Karen has been a very nice passing acquaintance for several years and I am sure she will do good not only for Pearlridge Chapter, HBDA but for all the reader/dancers in our Blogosphere.

Then got an early notice on the first Christmas Party of the year from Aunty Maile: I cannot complain that I got this one too late. I will have to post another in the Ewa Bus Stop blog next month.

Then I got this one.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

New what?

In the West we have not had the luxury of Dance Studios and Dance Clubs to every one's liking. The dance population is more widely dispersed. There are a few already discovering what is in common use on the Mainland. The use of DVD lessons with the help of a few knowledgeable dancers in small groups, taking "beginning" dance lessons.

"Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue." 

Young people have a right to their space.
From there they will develop into two groups. The few that wish to drop out (not their cup of tea) and those wishing to continue with perhaps more professional teachers. Our amateur teachers are specially good in "Social Dancing," after all, most of them are excellent social dancers.

"Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys

Now, this is styling.
Just about anyone with a DVD player who can walk is a candidate for these type of lessons. Men are very good users. They are somewhat shy when learning to lead a step which they are not that well acquainted with.

They are self conscious about the huge responsibility, if they don't look good, their lady can't dance her best even if she knows how. A lady can only dance as well as her partner leads.

"I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher

If you don't know any or many steps and styles yet, this is your chance to learn the movements in the privacy of your own home or with a small friendly group. On your own, you can learn at your own pace and at your own convenience. Just make sure you listen to a full song first of the type of dance you will be learning. The music is prime, the dance is secondary and will come naturally.

The time element is so important with all of us. At home or close by, you can take your lessons just about anytime. You can be in control and not be tied down with class schedules. With the practice of dancing and having fun you will develop into a very good dancer in no time. The "street dancer" is an old fashion name for a very good dancer that did not learn from a dance studio.

"Are you afraid to dance?"

Walter Darian, one of the best wrote a best seller, "Diary of a Street Dancer." Many of his friends have testified that some of the best exhibitions dances ever seen, were on the Social and the Exhibition floor by Walter.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Derailed Again

Happening all over the world. The administrators will say that it won't happen again and then a few years later. And they keep looking for the answers. In Honolulu we have been assured that it cannot happen here. Sounds familiar. he he he!

The blame so far has been placed in three different places but nothing definite yet. And no one was worried too much, they had another running the next day. At least it didn't fall on a lot of people. When it happens here, who knows? The idea is the big bucks in profits from the Rail Tragedy. Starting from six months back many are making it. And already running the city in the hole for 25 million. It's the money, Sonny.

With just fifty more of these they could have done it. Less than one twentieth the cost of the Rail Fiasco. 70 cars missing right from in front of each bus. The drivers "sitting" comfortable in the bus. The express from UH takes one hour to get to Kapolei, and it is shortie bus. The rail ain't gonna beat that in a million years. Gonna take an hour just to get to the Disaster at the Rail station. And the Rail Party is going to cut the bus service out as soon as it finds out how efficient it is. They are running this town now and you got suckered into it.