Friday, April 26, 2019

May Looking Good

We are headed for lively month in May. Maypole anyone? There is the famous Cinco De Mayo Fiesta on the fifth. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will have their 50th Anniversary Dance at Helemano Plantation on May 11th. Then the oldest dance club on Oahu, the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association will have their 64th Anniversary Dance at the famous Palladium. And the other goodies in our social scene will be available in all of Oahu.

"Social dancers know that the more they dance, the more
they would want to dance. That is dance’s nature."

The Cha Cha Cha is still very popular with the social dancers on Oahu. It is destined to be used in the entire century. There have been many good reasons for Cha Cha Cha since the beginning. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. It was almost immediately accepted in Mexico City. And by the end of the fifties the Cha Cha Cha was being danced in Europe and Asia.
"Ay Morena" by Miami Latin
But generally this rhythm was developed from the Mambo by a syncopation of the fourth beat. And it began to be used in the slower Mambos using the chassé instead of the slow step. This new dance was accented on the second beat and had a split fourth beat, To dance it one broke (rock step) on the second beat, not the first. Back on the rock step on three and then the chassé on the 4 and 1. Later in the US, when the music was accented on the one, you broke on the one. Simple?

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

Monday, April 22, 2019

WBDC part 2

Still cannot get the photos from my memory card because the computer I have, has no slot for the memory card.  I am trying to get some neighbor to use their computer and save to my USB drive and then I can use it. I want to stay in Windows 7 because I know it but I need help. And I don't have that much time left. Meanwhile, we can get going with the rest of the photos sent by Maile.

This is a blog and personal opinions are gratefully accepted. Fortunately, I am getting a few people to say something just to share with our fellow dancers. And let me also tell you, I try to dance and my partners understand that I may get dizzy I have to sit back down. But it is just terrific to be able to move to music for just a little while, and I gratefully thank the ladies.

"We enjoy the dancing and coverage by the blog. Dancing is a great way
to meet people and have a good time." Jim A.

 "Wonderful people - wonderful music and the best pot luck ever.
 Love WBDC" Rosa

The goodies at the table are just about the best on this island. I personally know that the kau kau at Wahiawa is just about the best in this whole wide world. They had line dancing too which is always a nice break of regular dancing. Terrific kokua on taking photos with my camera and Mahalo to all. My apologies for my computer.

"It's so nice to have someone to share the Love of dancing. Thank you for letting the
world know that staying young and healthy is Ballroom dancing.
Keep up this awesome work."  Jesse and Georgie

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wahiawa Part One

Wow, Terrific Day. I could feel myself losing any depression that I have had for awhile. Began my preparations after noon. Shower, and get everything I had to take in order to do what I had to do. The Handi Van was there promptly at 5:30 pm according to their schedule. I was hoping that he was late but no luck. I got to the Wahiawa Recreation Center at 5.50 pm and nobody there. A few began coming in about six, and then someone came to unlock the doors.

Deenie and Bert arrived and I discussed the poster with Bert. And later on with Deenie. Leland and Maile arrived and began to set up their equipment to make this an enjoyable evening for everyone. Gradually the greatest people on this Island began arriving. Bringing in some of the best eating I have ever had. This is food for Kings and Queens. I can consider myself among the lucky ones. Simply delicious.

"Saturday, April 20th at the Wahaiwa ballroom social. What a fab evening!
Food, Fun, Friends and lots of dancing to DJ Leland's wonderful music.
If you weren't there, you missed out. Next time."
Deanie and Bert

I arrived at home and had a one of the most delicious meals in my life. There are many places that promote Dine and Dance but you cannot beat this. Then the down. I have been having computer problems and I want to stay in Win 7. But with my new refurbished computer - it has no memory card slot. So I have to buy a memory card reader. I will probably have to buy a better camera too. Yes, I need some coaching. I want to stay on Win 7.  Meanwhile I received these pictures from Maile.  More in Part Two.

"The truth is that "hate speech" is only to those who have something to hide."

Friday, April 19, 2019

Oahu Dance

On Oahu the term Street dance shrinks as it refers to modern folk dance with the term "street" being more accurate since much of the modern world is now urbanized. Some examples of street dance n the mainland includes B-boying, more commonly known as break dancing, which originated in New York City, the Melbourne Shuffle which originated in Melbourne, Australia and the Tecktonik which originated in Paris, France. Our Social Dance on Oahu is not accepting any of it into the Oahu social dancing scene.

"Social dancers believe that dancing can tell stories and kill loneliness."

The Rock Step and the Chassé developed in the Caribbean long before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. But these movements had been brought over centuries before from the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico, straight across to Cuba (only ninety miles from Yucatan.) Or around to Florida and then to Cuba (only ninety miles.) Or went down to northern part of South America (only ninety miles to the Antilles.) The partner dances that developed in the Caribbean were accented on the second beat. the slower bolero-son ("rumba") was always danced on the second beat.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho

It was a rock step and a slow step. They broke on the second beat, back on rock step on three and the slow step covering 4, 1. Simple and beautiful. The same thing was done later in the Mambo and note the resemblance of many of the Mambo movements to the International style of Rumba. No coincidence.

"To the biggest liar in Washington DC, maybe Jesus loves you,
but everyone else thinks you're an asshole."

Monday, April 15, 2019

A Social

On Oahu, most social dance clubs have a "Social" about once a month, It is a wonderful way to practice new moves with other students and instructors. Parties are relaxed and casual and in West Oahu, they are focused on fun with zero stress. They play great music that includes all the ballroom dance styles and in addition they offer West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 step, Salsa and Bachata. No matter what your skill level, you’re welcome to join. Come dance with your fellow dancers! No partner necessary.

"Social dancers believe that Dancing is not just Dancing.
It may be a Magic something that sets you free." 

We have been so fortunate to get some good photos from some of the Socials I have been invited to. I make collages of six photos each and about three collages is the limit. So I have enough for several other blogs. And the hits on the counters go through the roof. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading in this department, with a large portion of the photos coming from Maile Yagi. I still leave it up to somebody to email just a few photos of any dance gang, at any location and any occasion. Can anyone guess the impact on any of our blogs for our readers, friends, neighbors and fellow dancers? Of course we must understand if you do not wish to share with our readers. that decision is strictly up to you.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii

We are still getting more readers every day and I look forward to this coming Saturday in Wahiawa. I will take my camera and pass it around. Who ever gets it can take six to ten pictures whatever and the next person can do the same.  I did not realize at the time, but everyone of those picture takers takes pictures of "their friends." Nothing odd about that, very natural and understandable. However, by passing the camera around I get a much more diverse group and those are the "dancers." Mahalo and see you all there, Saturday.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same,"

Thursday, April 11, 2019


By Janice Wilson, Pupukea

Dance is one of the oldest human activities that has managed to follow us through our development as a species, our spreading across continents and rise of modern cultures and civilizations. The oldest archeological evidences of dance can be traced to some 9 thousand years ago, and ever since then its presence in historical records grew and took greater significance as they became part of our daily lives, customs and various religious ceremonies.

"Social dancers believe that you don't stop dancing because you grow old -
you grow old because you stopped dancing."

As the music and dance became more complex and advanced, it started to separate in two distinct forms - one for the general population that was practiced openly, and the other one for aristocracy and royalty that was practiced in closed environments during special occasions. This separation of dance became especially noticeable in Europe after the end of the Middle Ages, when Renaissance influences born in Italy and France started drastically changing 16th century European lifestyle.

Ballroom dancing was a product of that time, and it signified the tradition of social dancing of the privileged. It's name was derived from the word ball, which originated from the Latin word “ballare” which means “to dance”. After a while, boundaries between high classes and lower classes began to disappear, transforming the ballrooms across Europe into places where both folk dances and sophisticated dances can be performed. And what do we have in Hawaii?

“Social dancers know that education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.”

Monday, April 8, 2019

Oahu is Dancing

Yes I am beginning to see the three different Dance Club Groups on Oahu, Small, Medium and Large.. And it is quite evident that the big ones have been leading the way in the last century, Their web sites are predominantly for their own members with no counters for they are considered unnecessary. So I believe that most of the action in the next five years will be with the Medium, Small and the New Groups that will be formed.  This will entail the adjustment of the accepted  dances. Already we have most of the accept dances from the two disciplines, the American and the International  There have been two additional ones accepted, Bachata and Salsa. And two that seem to have gone by the wayside. Quickstep and Paso Doble.

"Social dancers believe that they are much happier
when moving to their favorite music."

The big problem remains, we have to find some nice floors to dance on. It is coming, the Waianae Coast, the North Shore and the Central Valley. Our best chances are District Parks or Community Centers. Blog sites will help, updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select dance audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and they will contribute information to share with our fellow reader/dancers. Yes, be careful, the political polarization of our society has now reached a new and dangerous level. Honest disagreements over policy issues have turned into a growing vitriolic rage against political opponents, and even threats of violence against lawmakers are now being credibly reported.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed.

It wasn't that long ago that blogging began to  get such an honored name.A lot of people think that it is creativity about writing or dancing or something equally serious. The fact is that creativity is all around us in daily life. All the time. The more creative you are about little things in life, the more creative you will be with the big things. You may get an inspiration in the middle of the night. Write it down. In the morning you will know if it is feasible. You cannot sit at your desk or your computer and say, "Now I am going to have a big idea."Many of you can see the many changes that have been made in our blogosphere and never without good reason. What do I know? But I am finding out, every day, simply because I have so many experts out there, our reader/dancers..

"Social Dancers don't suffer from dance addiction. In fact, they rather enjoy it."

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Central Valley

Doris Kawaguchi, Waipio

Many think that dance is: Just for fun - Or being sexy or sensual - For women & little girls - For learning steps & tricks - Or that dance is just ballet, tap & hip hop for young kids. We could try to find other ways to change this perception of dance - specially our group, the largest group on Oahu - "the Social Dancers," or some may call it, the Recreational, Because dance can be used to solve problems and help us enjoy life in a better way.

“Social dancers think that if you can talk, you can sing.
If you can walk, you can dance.”

Does this apply to men too? Dance can exercise the brain for everyone. Simply moving to music brings an increased blood flow to the brain. - Moving also involves lower brain centers like the cerebellum in which we can be one with the world. And with our group, the social dancers, it is especially pleasing to move to our preferred music in ways acceptable in our kind of dancing.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho

A good social dance evening on a Saturday night can be treasured for years. Dance is popping up all over on Oahu. Town is pretty well crowded and the traffic even on weekends can be pretty bad. I see all kinds of signs, though not much is solid yet for the future. Most of the dance clubs operate in a somewhat private fashion. We are overdue for an open to the public dance club without too many commandments. (Thou Shalt Not ... )

"Sometimes we must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."