Thursday, January 30, 2020

Who was the greatest dancer?

We all have our stories and as far as most of us are concerned, all of those great dancers were great. I like this story by the fans of Fred  Astaire. - In the last century, and many decades ago, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Gower Champion were sharing a limousine to MGM. A short distance from the studio, however, they found to their dismay that a bridge they needed to cross had collapsed, leaving them across a fast-flowing river from the studio.

 "Dancing in the Dark" by Artie Shaw

Undeterred, Fred declared, "We're dancers! We'll 'dance' across!" Having spoken, he gathered himself, spun around a couple of times, and nimbly danced across the surface of the river. Gene agreed, "Good idea Fred!" He jumped up, and also danced across the surface of the water.

Gower Champion said to himself, "What Fred and Gene can do, I can do too!" So he took a deep breath, and jumped out onto the water - and promptly sank. Not wanting to lose out, he climbed out, took another deep breath, leaped - and promptly sank again.

Across the river, Fred and Gene watched as Gower kept falling in and climbing out and falling in. Finally, Gene turned to Fred and said, "Do you think we should tell him where the stones are?"

And Fred looked at Gene, puzzled, and said, "What stones?!"

Received from my niece in California

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.
Remember ..... just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more
than standing in your garage makes you a car. Each and everyone one of
us may be going through tough times right now, but God is getting
ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Social Dancer in Hawaii

In both disciplines that we have on Oahu, the American and the International, there are the three basic divisions, Bronze, Silver and Gold. And each one has over fifteen different patterns. Yet, there are over five hundred documented patterns in most dances. How you figure? Anyway it is nice to know any of the patterns in both disciplines. Social dancers can usually pick from the Bronze and modify whatever they wish.

"Social dancers are well aware of those that can give them a hard time,
or expect perfection. They will try to avoid them."

Rudolf Laban, the pioneer of modern educational dance, 100 years ago,
analyzed the five basic bodily movements that occur in dancing.

The First is gesture: which is a movement not connected with supporting the body's weight.
The Second is stepping: which is transferring the weight from one support to the another.
The Third is locomotion: which is simply getting the body from one place to another.
The Fourth is jumping; which is a movement without a point of support.
The Fifth is turning, which is just changing the position of the front.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

If you are doing any of these movements to music, you are dancing. Social Dance enables us to better understand ourselves and the world in which we live. In our social atmosphere others can learn to recognize the contribution of all cultures to the fabric of our society and increase the understanding of diversity and values of all people. Social dance lends itself well to this task through learning traditional American style dances and creating new ones based on our feelings. Dance also enhances skills of perception, observation, and concentration which will undoubtedly help all of us in life.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  – Lao Tzu


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Evolving very nicely

The Big Cover Up in the Impeachment Trial.
They are doing everything they can to get it over with
before the people find out about the Trump Extortion Plot.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, we are not expanding the way we should and blogging is only one way of communicating.. There are other methods for Social Media and many people are using others such as Websites, Twitter and Facebook to communicate with our fellow dancers on Oahu. We  are five blogs and mostly blog every three days.  We need FEEDBACK to share with our readers. You got something, email it in and I will post in the next blog. Or you can even specify your favorite blog.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Many people are finding Facebook and others places to share information and photos. Facebook gets 50 million entries per day. You are doing just fine. Some of your entries will be seen in Pakistan or Nigeria. Lucky You. In our blogs we are lucky that the people that read our blogs are from Oahu. But anyway what do we know? We are all learning and for us, communication is the key. Wherever I am invited on Oahu, I go and  blog'em. In my old age, it is my favorite sport.

"In all revolutions, the Masses, are the overwhelming amount of people
that die on both sides of the conflict."

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Social Dancers are getting there

I have been meeting some people that tell me that a group in the upper bronze level of American Style of Dance can learn from videos. It can be a less expensive way to learn new movements. And  if you have a group, you will all find yourselves helping each other. Going to the same club dances or night clubs you can have a lot of fun changing partners and enjoying the music with your new movements. Terrific, if it is working for you. However, on Oahu, you can have a more extended sociability being a member of established dance clubs or studios.

"Social dancers know that you don’t need other people to validate you
or your dancing, you’re already valuable."

None of the videos that I have seen have the "even" step. If the music is a two count, you jump up and down, left, right, left, right, one, two, one, two. If it is on the three count, it is left, right, left, one, two, three. And if it is on the four count, it is left, right, left, right, one, two, three, four. And it has been danced for so far back we just don't know how far back. It was some time after Agriculture and the "settling down" of humans. We can see the dance in this century on TV, Africans just jumping up and down to the beat and they can enjoy moving to the music that way.

We do have a problem, The Variations also known as LAGS. Watch it. It stands for the Latest And Greatest Syndrome. It becomes a nice collusion between the student and the teacher. Both, we agree, terrific people. The student likes that movement because if he learns it he thinks he will look like a pro. The teacher impresses the student with his vast knowledge of terrifically advanced movements. Nothing terribly wrong except that now you going into "work." And that word is much in use in very high class dancers. Don't talk "down" to me about American or International Dance Styles. I am talking about dancing.

"Social dancers believe that life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
 Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

Friday, January 17, 2020

Social Dancers?

Social dancers are pretty good at communicating with each other however some words are not quite clear enough.

Bachata: originates from Bolero and Son and later, from the Merengue. It was imported from Cuba into the Dominican Republic. With very similar instrumentation, the Bachata became popular guitar music in the Dominican Republic and evolved into its own dance. Now the music and dance are overwhelmingly successful in Hawaii.

Bossa Nova: A jazzed up version of the Samba that came from Brazil like a fad to the US and went out like a fad. However the rhythms are still considered classics in the entire world and in my humble opinion, the basic dance movements along with the rhythm of the music are some of the greatest.

Break: To change from a closed position to an open position. Usually applied to the Latin dances and includes the swing rhythm dances.

Broken Rhythm: A combination of slow and/or quick beats that take more than one measure as in Swing or Jive. In the old Latin Indian style danced to the old six count measure.

Bronze Division: The most elementary level of step patterns in the syllabus of the Dance Societies, and generally consisting of less than fifteen movements. In the cultural street dancing, it may contain 30 basic patterns.

"Social Dancers did not invent any of the movements that they are dancing now.
Many were being danced eight thousand years ago."

Our dancing comes from a long way back. Most of our moves are very basic. Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Puerto Rican, American, British all have basic movements that are the same except danced to different music. This dates from the time when agriculture emerged throughout the world and drums and music also appeared. The first movements to music were the even step patterns. Similar to what we see Africans dance on TV. left, right, left, right and just keeping time to the beat, up, down, up down and it became group or "folk" dancing many years ago.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

There must be a hundred different dance styles and moves that have been presented to the social dancers in Hawaii since the arrival of the newcomers. The whole smash has been generally considered to be a part of modern dancing. Many have been the offshoots of some discipline such American and the International Styles. The newer are someones interpretation of the basic movement to other music. And much of it is "natural" meaning that it must have been done from the very beginning by the "oddballs." Basic, Basic, Basic, not many of us know what that means.

"Throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the

trade winds in your sails. Explore, - Dream, - Discover.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Big Blowout in Wahiawa

The plans for the important Friday were turning out pretty good. The Handi Van picked me up rather early but Rod and Rosalie were just arriving. A few were soon trickling in and by seven Leland and Maile were there. The nice music began and the set up was pleasant. And soon there were enough people dancing which is the name of the game.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, where you can laugh, dance and
meet beautiful friends, Welcome everyone, hope to see you all
on our monthly Dances. Aloha everyone. Sincerely,
Rod, WBDC president.

The Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is so much fun. This is one place
to meet new and old friends. We dance and have fun, lots
of good food, good music for everybody to enjoy.
Come and join us and share the fun.
Lisa Apilado.

"Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind." from an old song.

Roaring into 2020s with goodwill and fellowship
at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club,
where aloha is what it is all about.
Back to the beginning with good friend, Pepe.
Marie Laderta

Hopefully, one of these days we can get Marie to join us as Guest Blogger. It amounts to having her own blog within any of our blogs. She can get in, write, insert photos or whatever, publish and get out without having to say boo to anyone.

Roaring Twenties really rock, wonderful gathering and exciting dances.

Good and Lovin', Happy and fun, Love and be loved, Grace and Bless.
Rosalie Sabug

Social Dancing is essentially "Open" and in competitive dance terms essentially means "without restrictions." It means that DJs and dancers at a social dance such as this one, have the option to use material outside of any syllabus and/or level of any discipline. In addition line dancing is being welcomed and evolving very nicely in Wahiawa. They are even getting more men, and line dance is a nice break in the regular fun dance activities of the evening. Many say the entire enchilada could go three hours easily. This dance was a smashing success.

 Great food and as always, wonderful music. Bestest friends.
Happy New Year ~ Deanie

Great Dance. ~ Bert Burgess

Really enjoyed the vibes and style of the social.

A very happy new year to those who know us (the bloggers and the readers) and those who don't, those who hate us and those who don't and for those who love us and those who don't. We wish you to forget all your worst past memories as your last and have a new beginning with a little hope that we will all have a happy journey until we reach our dreamed destinations.

More photos. Saturday, Oahu Dancers blog, Monday, Social Dance Oahu blog.

Paul Canne, wonderful Roaring Twenties Dance.
Good food and good dancing.
Lea Twigg

The Handvan picked me up a few minutes after nine and I was home before ten. A very nice evening for me and I thank everyone. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020


The best group emerging in the Central Valley of Oahu is definitely Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. One of the oldest is captivity. Their DJ music does not have to adhere to the disciplines music and they can throw in a little Salsa, Night Club 2 step, Bachata etc. These are social dancers. No strict rules, and they can enjoy moving to their favorite music. The Social Scene is evident with every one of our friends. The Central Valley is emerging as the Hub of social dancing on Oahu. Mililani next?

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Well finally got the good info from Aunty Maile:

Happy New Year WBDC Members and Friends!
Just a few updates to let you know that the
first dance of 2020 for WBDC is happening

If you have not seen Richard's music video of the Christmas Party.

Now we are becoming aware, Second City Kapolei has been stopped cold, by the Rail Party, Big Big Bucks. Central Valley - Mililani coming up? The year is already looking good.