Sunday, December 29, 2019

New Year? When?

The Time Zone Effect: We all know there are different time zones in the world and we have been pretty well accustomed to accepting the fact that New Year's Eve in New York is celebrated quite a few hours before us here in Hawaii. We can likewise accept the fact that the New Year is celebrated at different times throughout the world. The local time within the various time zones is defined by its difference to the world time standard or Universal Time Coordinated (UTC).

“Social dancers have learned to believe that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


However, the borders of the international time zone map are not drawn up as precisely as they could and they are adjusted very nicely to align with national and international boundaries and it has worked out just fine. So now we could think about where are they going to celebrate the New Year first?  Hooray, Samoa is where New Year's Eve is first celebrated, - on the small island nations of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati. New Years Eve Celebrations in New Zealand and Australia follow an hour later. This is all according to the Gregorian calendar, so don't knock it.

"Happy New Year" by Abba


"Auld Lang Syne" by Mariah Carey

Meanwhile on Oahu we are having New Year Celebration Dance Parties going on right now, and they will continue for part of January. We are social dancers and considered it a "season." Most of the commercial music and dance parties will be after Christmas and last until New Years Day. Social dance clubs usually have their social dances in the early part of January and they have themselves a ball. Happy New Year everybody.

 "Social dancers are well aware that dancers are so unique. Just like everyone else."

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmassy Already

Mainland blogging narratives have presented us with an  "International" consideration of identity and power in our dance environment. Some people on Oahu blogs in Twitter may get read in Nigeria by someone. At the moment the best defenders of the faith in Hawaii are our local blogs for they help us to challenge social and cultural hierarchies and power structures. The real power will be when we get the Guest Authors. The people of this island will dance the way they wish and will not be dictated to by the highest levels of the world dance societies that we have now. The disciplines have strict syllabi, some of which are now extinct in Social Dance. Many accepted in Social Dance are excluded from their syllabi.

"Come, All Ye Faithful"


"Jingle Bells"

Social Dancers have well understood in this century that Social Dancing can be readily accepted on Oahu and the dancers will prevail. There are just too many of them and more will be getting in to get their two cents in. The hits on our blogs do not yet resemble what the real thing should look like. In my few years of experience I know that all too well. I increased the number of blogs and then decrease the number. I am now down to five blogs and the hits are going up but ever so slowly. We need feedback and hope for a reasonable Two Center with an honest opinion (will be different and unique) that is all that is required. Clones we do not need.

"O, Holy Night"


"Silent Night"

Tango? Of course but what Tango? The issue is still in doubt. With another school of Argentine Tango coming up, we have our hands full. We had good old American Tango for so long in Hawaii starting from WWII. Then in the sixties the Filipino Tango began to make its appearance. In seventies, the introduction of the International Tango along with entire syllabi of the International Style of dance. Then a big introduction of Argentine Tango as a pheripheral
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"Feliz Navidad" por José Feliciano

"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas is almost here.

As the ending of year is here we could acknowledge the Ultimate Stress Buster, - our social dancing. Do you wish to recover from a grueling week at work? Adult social dance parties have the power to do that. These casual events may allow you to unwind and just be. The peppy music, the lively atmosphere and fun company are enough to bring back any lost stamina. They may also help you feel confident and happy. In addition to that, all that moving and grooving may make your body feel better and active. Of course, it directly affects your health and boosts your happy hormones. WE GOT IT, BABY!

"Social dancers believe that there is a simple beauty to social dancing
and you will live as long as you dance."


We do need to communicate much better on this Island. We are in too many small pieces and we may do better if we are Island Wide - Oahu. Verbally we are doing very well. Terminology, not bad and the dancers will change it to suit themselves, not from any "rules up above."

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Caberet Dancing; Athletic exhibition type dancing done in Night Clubs using very few standard steps. Mostly Trick or Unique movements rarely seen on our regular dance floors. Call: A verbal pattern usually used by instructors. Movements that characterize the steps of the figure such as "slow, quick, quick" or 'forward, side together." Camel Hip: Projection of the hip to the opposite side of the step, such as Merengue. Casual Attire: Usually means no coat or tie. Comfortable.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

CBM: Contrary Body Movement (English) also known as Contra Body Movement in Hawaii. Contra and Contrary are identical terms. It is the movement of the body turning the opposite hip and shoulder toward the direction of the moving leg. It is usually used to begin all turning movements.

"Social Dancers may need a quick reminder to be themselves,
live life to the fullest, or follow their dreams." 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Halemano

Nice day to prepare for the big Christmas shindig at Halemano Plantation. Camera ready, paper to write notes, pencil. My medications, my Rum and Coke.and my right clothes. The Handi Van was to pick me up at 5 but arrived a little early but it was alright with me. Got to the place about 5:30 and there was already a nice crowd there.


Nice people. Wonderful Celebration. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..
Wishing good health, and God's Blessings for my wife and families,
 ~ Monday Verzon

It was not easy to find a place to park my Rolador and sit. I have to move around and come back to the same place. And I take my seat with me. The people are so helpful and I got a place near the DJ and fairly comfortable. I have to look around and find some who can push the button on my camera and take a few pictures. Not coming out too good which of course happens with professional photographers too. This point and shoot camera cost about 70 bucks so perhaps someone can suggest a better camera. I may have enough photos for all five blogs, each one with three collages and each collage with six photos.

"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Dancers. 
May the Lord bless us all" ~ Felipe and Madeline


"Why limit HAPPY to an hour?
- happy is at Wahiawa Dance's Christmas Party
 Thanks for a good time of fellowship
 Marie Laderta

The leisurely pace of the arriving dancers is nice. No one is in a hurry to find the place where they will spent the evening, Greeting old friends, getting your pupus and drinks, talking story, listening to the beautiful music, and some are even dancing. Hey, this is social dancing to da max, a party.

"Have a grand and Happy Holidays and may all be safe
and have a prosperous New Year."  ~ TessC

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"Season Greetings, Aloha." ~ Patrick


"I love Christmas. I love dancing with WBDC. They are fun people~ Gloria Pfister.

My views are not enough to do justice to such a great occasion as this. On Oahu, everyone is begining to know Social Dancers. Now we must get together to make this Social Media. Wha' dat?  Wish all of you a very Happy Year End season.


"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the ballroom dancers on Oahu Island."
~ Rayli

 Three collages is 18 photos and that is just about enough for any blog. But we are lucky and we have many more photos now than before. So even for the ones we must delete, we have enough to post to the other blogs. Why Not? Tomorrow it will be Oahu Dancers blog. And their readers will see what is going on in the Central Valley.

"Jingle Bells"

I apologize to those that I could not read the names to post their opinions. I am old and I make many mistakes. However, it any of you wish to have their good wishes posted, email it and I will post. Mahalo everyone.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Mexico

By Roberto Gonzales, Niu Valley
In the first civilizations in Mexico, the professions were developed 8000 thousand years ago. Royalty and the politicians around them were first. Gradually there were others, the high priests, the mathematicians, the astrologers and among these were the professional musicians and dancers. They did not have to work in the fields, seven days per week. They got all that they needed, a place to sleep, some food, clothing, and it was mostly men. You need a little nookie, they could fix you up. And from the very beginning they evolved the first variation of the even step, "the Rock Step."

"Social dancers believe they can try to be clones at times."


Same as the Even pattern, but you could rock, back and forth or sideways. No one is sure but perhaps it took a full millennium to evolve the Chassé. At this time, they were also evolving music.  The move must have had many different names according to the place where it was used and no one has ever had a patent on it. The name was first applied in ballet when dance experts recognized the movement and used the term, "Chassé," from the French which means, to chase. Basically, it is the movement of one of the feet, followed by the second foot somewhere behind it and then stepping in the same the direction with the lead foot.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno


Basics tell us that we can do forward with either foot, backwards with either foot and sideways with either foot. Variations? Not many, perhaps a thousand or so. Now, it you take the Rock Step, break on the "two" and you will naturally rock back on the three. Then a Chassé on the four and one, and with the right music, you gotta perfect Cha Cha Cha. Someone invented this recently? Hah! And of course, they may even tell you how to do it "correctly." Yeah man.

 Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.