Thursday, May 30, 2019

Competition Dancing in West Oahu

The Social Dance Group in the West grows more solid every day. Perhaps we can explore competition dancing a little for the dancers in the West, Once we get a group on the Waianae Coast and one on the North Shore, we will have enough to have some sort of Competition Dance, just to demonstrate some interesting point. Dancesport denotes competitive ballroom dancing, as contrasted to social or exhibition dancing. In this century the International Dancers had definitely decided that the term Ballroom really belongs to them as an art form and they dance in Ballrooms. Most everyone has agreed with them which puts them in a different category.

"Social dancers are becoming more aware that the labels we use to identify dance forms are arbitrary. They are designed to help analyze and categorize what is ultimately a shared human experience - the impulse to move to music."

Dancesport events are sanctioned and regulated by dancesport organizations at the national and international level, such as the World Dance Council and the name was invented to help competitive ballroom dancing gain Olympic recognition. The term dancesport applies only to the International Style of competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing. It is clear that those interested in going into competitions should get into the International Style of Dance. At most competitions, the circumstances in which you dance are very controlled.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

The dancers know the dance they are doing, who they are dancing with (partner), the level at which the others are dancing (class or difficulty level), the time they are on the floor (a single heat is usually only a few minutes long), the steps to do (the syllabus), and the music is a certain tempo (set by rules). Spectators are usually other dancers, who appreciate the hard work involved, and because of television there had been an increasing amount of these other people, a new spectator group in the last century.  Let anyone enjoy spectating if they wish, and there is an awareness of an increasing amount of "amateur judges" in the field of spectating.

“We may not have failed. We just found a dozen ways that it won’t work.” 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Latin music and dance.

By Federico Basilon, Ewa Beach

Latin music and dance still coming in strong from the US. Much of it is choreographed in the US for the US market. Salsa had been doing very well for three or four decades but now getting competition from Bachata which is getting acceptance in social dance circles. Lambada and Reggeaton came and went 20 years ago and now we have Zouk, Kizomba and Zumba waiting in the wings. And some still say it all comes from Africa. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

"Social dancers know that in the beginning they may start with Minuet bodies
but they gradually get molded into Rumba bodies."

The people of the Caribbean did not suddenly appear when the Spanish got there. In their mass migrations south after crossing into Alaska from Asia, many of these "new" inhabitants got to Florida perhaps 25000 years ago, and from there, it was only ninety miles away to Cuba. They may have been the first ones. When the Indians got to Yucatan in Mexico perhaps 5000 years later, it was only 90 miles to Cuba, and naturally, many had to go. Those two groups had to meet eventually somewhere later. That automatically makes Cuba the most advanced area culturally because the ones coming from Mexico were very much ahead in human culture.

"Sobre Las Olas" por Juventino Rosas

In each plantation they had a couple of slaves from North Africa, a couple from South Africa, a couple from West Africa, a couple from East Africa and so on. Many could not even speak to each other. They were very young teens and someone expects a common culture from these kids? The comparisons are ridiculous for the people that know. The slaves were not permitted in the upper class drawing rooms so they could not witness what was happening there. But they could see what the Indians were dancing and they learned. They did not teach, they learned, and very well indeed. Big difference.

Note to the Republican Attack Dogs:
"War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left."

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

What is West Oahu?

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association have established themselves firmly in the dance scene in West Oahu. There are others and we are hoping to make contact with them soon. We need each other, but not if they don't know it. There are approximately 40 thousand ballroom dancers on Oahu. No, I have not counted them. And at least half of them reside outside of Honolulu. Proof? I have none, You got a different amount, I will not argue with you.

"Our good dancers can perform for an audience and the goal is to evoke
a response. Dance becomes another way of communicating.
A dance like ours could express something specific."

So it is very likely that we will have something going on the Waianae Coast and on the North Shore. Kapolei is lost because of losing as second city with the Rail Tragedy. However it looks like the Central Valley will be first. I live in Mililani now so my projections are Mililani or Waipio. Either a new Social Dance Club or a nice Social Dance Night Club. Just Tacos in Mililani closed, they tried music which was very good but the dance floor was not there. All I can say is that some of us know and some of us don't give a damn. To each his own.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Aiea Anniversary Dance at the Palladium
That still was beautiful celebration of dancing by Aiea Ballroom Dance Association on Saturday in town. I wish I could have stayed later. And I am glad the Frank got some good photos when he got there which about the time I had to leave. Take a look - see, in his blogs. You might enjoy. Anyway we try to share the dance information with our fellow dancers. Some will love the information and more people will be tuning in. Some will not give a doodledy damn - their privilege.

"Dance can be a part of many popular entertainment forms, from ice shows,
movies and music videos to Broadway musicals and the circus."

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Merry Month of May

May is turning out to be a nice month of holidays for the social dancers on the Island of Oahu. Party, Party, Party - May 1st, Pole dancing, - May 5 Cinco de Mayo, - May 11 Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Anniversary dance, - May 12 Mother's Day, - May 18 Aiea Ballroom Dance Association Anniversary dance, - May 27 Memorial Day. And West Oahu is doing just fine.

"Social dancers know that nothing can beat a good Cha Cha Cha to lift both
one’s heart-rate and spirits, just moving to that great beat."

It was first mentioned last year when there were definite indications that the Dance Pavilion in Waipio at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park would be cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster. The issue is no longer in doubt and West Oahu is going to be in a very bad state because of the Rail Catastrophe. In fact the entire state will be stuck for Big Bucks. The original estimates for the costs on the Rail were 5 billion, and now increasing daily as the Unions and Caldwell figure how to get more money out of it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

They are making millions and millions of dollars daily. No one knows what happened to the first Billion. They will not permit it. Now it could go to fifteen Billion Dollars. We have all noticed that the price of everything is going up. A dozen eggs, a loaf of bread will be 5 dollars. Milk will be 10 dollars per gallon. Ha, fortunately we are all rich and can afford it. Cayetano was right, but they spent ten million dollars to lie about him and "we, the people" lost the election. No one mentions Rapid Transit anymore because it is going to take longer to get from Makaha to Honolulu Hale.

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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Anniversary Dance

Planing from Friday calling the Handi Van. and got most things reasonable enough. The Handi Van was early and I got to Camp 808 a little after 5 pm and a nice group was already there. Said my hellos to the few people I knew and I found a place at an end table and was able to get my container and cup of wine. Got some very good neighbors sitting at the table,

Leland had his usual good music going and a few people were dancing. It was BYOB and dancers drink responsibly. In fact in town, they have developed a reputation for being non drinkers. Actually they just are not drunks. And people had plenty of pupus available with their drinks, Fortunately I took a flask of wine with me.

First One: 50th Anniversary Dance.5/11/19.
"Congrats to the Club for being here for a Golden celebration with friends,
music and dance and having a good time together."  ~ Thomas

Got the camera available for few people, bless them, I got help from five or six people and I got almost thirty good photos to share with our fellow dancers. It still holds true, two people in the photo are better than one. You get twice as many people in your photos. I try to get three collages each of six photos in each blog.

Second One: Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club  5/11/19
Congratulations to your survival for half a century! People come and go
but WBDC will continue on,,, The art of dancing (ballroom)
will go to the next generation.  ~ Rodney

Got some opinions from a few and two that had no name and I cannot have anonymous, Those of you that do not wish your name connected to this blog may use a pen name, but you pick it. The thing is you must pick the pen name, I will not discriminate. Gradually everyone will understand I have no censorship on my blogs. You can write whatever you wish, but you must be responsible not me.

Third One: WBDC
Thanks for everything that Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has done for us.
We learned how to dance because of this club. Happy 50th Anniversary.
~ Rod and Rosalie.

Dinner was early about six thirty and the line up was fast and fun. There followed a nice quietness of people enjoying the good food and pleasant exchanges of information and fortunately to the excellent music of Leland. They also had a very nice movie on a nice large screen of the dancers having fun at club socials.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

There were Prizes and I got one but I really don't how that is done. Perhaps we can have someone make the explanation. I cannot hear very well so I am lost. Maile got me some of the "same" old delicious food, - best I have had all month. Food leftover was packaged and passed around. Terrific.

To be continued: there is more covering the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club shindig and I will include it in tomorrow's Dancing Nights blog.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The New West Oahu

Advancing slowly but many things that were the process are solidifying. Social Dancing for instance is getting more solid by the day. The Central Valley, where I live, is staying about right even after losing Just Tacos in Mililani. Latin music was not enough. You gotta dance and they never had enough room for a dance floor. Dot's in Wahiawa is doing just fine. There are a few others but not definite. So the next best sections are the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Both had Housing and Business Parks cancelled because the Honolulu Fat Cats want to "Keep The Country, Country." which means do your business in Honolulu.

"Social dancers know that sharing happiness on the dance floor
is the ultimate reason and they just will never regret it."

For most of us in West Oahu, we need some more human action going on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. They should not be encumbered by the rail disaster. More housing and more business parks. It is still a saying in West Oahu. "I coulda got home in 20 minutes.) Everyone in Honolulu is now aware that "Rapid Transit" is no more and no one mentions it. It will taking longer from Makaha to downtown Honolulu in the near future with the Caldwell's Rapid Transit. We are talking fourteen hour days for people living in the outskirts. Cayetano had it right but ten million dollars were spent to lie about him. And the Rail - right now is making millions and millions of dollars daily.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile in West Oahu we have two of the oldest social dance clubs in Hawaii. Aiea Ballroom Dance Association with an Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 18th at the famous Palladium and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 11th Which means we are going get a new social dance club in Kapolei, the Waianae Coast or the North Shore this year. The hassle of dancing in Honolulu cannot be overcome. Traffic is going to get worse, not better.

“You can't stop the future - you can't rewind the past -
the only way to learn the secret - is to press play.”

Sunday, May 5, 2019

West Oahu

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will be have their 50th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, May 11th at the Halemano Plantation. One of the oldest dance clubs on this Island and still going strong. Perhaps even bigger now that more people in the West are awakening to the possibilities of so many things that do not have to be done in Honolulu. The old mantra, "Keep the country, country" was for the benefit of the Honolulu Fat Cats, not ours. Witness the Rail Calamity. Yes, we know, Moe, its always been the dough,

Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is
why right, temporarily defeated, eventually is stronger than evil triumphant."

The West will adjust to the Rail Disaster. There will be more regular cars, more electric cars and even driver less cars. There is even a plan for a Driver less Bus, which may not be too difficult to convince the users because of the Rail Humbug.. The Caldwell administration will only make it worse. And the dance pavilion in Waipio has definitely been cancelled to help pay for rail. Estimates for the Rail Disaster began at five Billion, now at fifteen Billion dollars. The Caldwell group, doesn't like to say much. But we can see they may be dancers, we call it the side step followed by a spot turn.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

Latin dance is a general label (and a term in partner dance competition jargon) that refers to various forms of ballroom dance and folk dance, most of what originated in Latin America and became known world wide during the last century. Most of the solid dances have been about a dozen or less and, have been pretty well fixed. There have been over 100 dances that have come and have lasted less that 20 years. In Latin America, you can include a range of perhaps four or five hundred different dances from the original inhabitants in Latin America.

 "Social dancers know that it’s not whether you get knocked down,
it’s whether you get up again."

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Latin Music and Dance.

Rumba is a hodge podge of dance hatched in the Caribbean but it did not come from Africa. The basics came from the ancient Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did the people of the Caribbean come from? The distance by water? 90 miles from Florida to Cuba. 90 miles from Yucatan to Cuba and 90 miles from Venezuela to the Antilles which was much later. We are talking six, seven millenniums back. The Cubans went south to other islands and the ones in the southern islands migrated northward. They became the Caribbean People. Rumba is the banner dance of the Caribbean.

"Social dancers believe that dancing can teach us how to perform
and develop a sense of performance."

The musicians and dancers in the Indian Civilizations in Mexico were "professionals." They had the aptitudes at an early age and soon they did not have to do labor work. Just play whatever instruments they liked, sing and dance seven days a week. They had a place to sleep of course. Food, really just snacks four times a day. Not much necessary to wear but furnished at no cost. And the big shots could fix you up with a little booze now and then and perhaps a little nookie too.

"Soy Mejicano;" por Jorge Negrete

The Battle of Puebla, May 5th, 1862
Agriculture began about 9000 BC all over the world. And within a couple centuries, people began to improve on their music with drums, whistles and just plain humming. They discovered that they wanted to move to it, - STRANGE .- The Olmecs in Mexico developed the first basic movements which were the Even step, the Rock step and the Chassé. The Mayans improved the most and left the finishing touches to the Aztecs. Those very basic movements are what went to the Caribbean many years ago and they did very well with them indeed.

"Social dancers want to show the world who they truly are and who they can be."