Wednesday, February 26, 2020


From: Richard Takahata

To: Board of Directors
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

SUBJ: CDC WARNING on Corona Virus (COVID19)

The subject warning has been released to the media and public - a community outbreak here in the US, is only a matter when not if, so be prepared... significant disruptions can be expected

ABC News Prime, 2/25/20

I recommend cancelling public events voluntarily ( self-quarantine), or else face a rapidly increasing risk that this disease will force us to, while attracting media attention which could be highly negative and threaten our existence as a community organization - for having ignored this warning and not acted responsibly and proactively to protect our members and organization. The consequences of a community outbreak happening as a result of one of our events would be overwhelming and could destroy our club. The news media has provided many real life examples, worldwide for us to learn from.

The State has already admitted they have no test kits for COVID 19 and have to send test samples all the way to Georgia with a delay of 1 week or more for the results. There's no community testing possible to identify infected persons faster and take more proactive action. And even then, the test results could still be false negatives and require multiple retries to verify the test - more delays. In China they are going right to doing X-Rays of the patients with symptoms, because testing is too slow and unreliable.

The State has also admitted they can NOT do it all alone, and must rely on the public to act responsibly, stay informed and to cooperate and take action to both prepare and to take preventative and protective measures in a timely way. We have the freedom and responsibility of control over our own lives, and to help each other.

Right now time is on our side. That advantage is decreasing the longer we wait and do not take action and the threats and risks increase, each DAY - the new media has been reinforcing that, 24/7/365. Once we see real incidences of infected members or friends, it will be too late to act and more infections could happen with increasing disruption, and God forbid, the death of one or more members, because health facilities and services could be rapidly overwhelmed in a large outbreak. Outside forces will have to move in to take over control.

Taking quick voluntary preventative and protective actions sooner could result in fewer lasting and less serious impacts on our club and community, and could lead to an eventual return to normalcy and resumptions of our club activities with less damages and complications to have to correct or be burdened with - a happier and more secure future, as the result of being more proactive.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

From my Neice Yvonne

Thinking of you❤️  How are you doing ❤️  And how are you feeling❤️ It’s Sunday the 23rd of February 2020 already💥💥💥.   Sending you pictures of 2 outings that I had with your sisters .. Eleanor and Mother ❣️❣️   These were 2 days that they both were feeling rather good🙏🏻🙏🏻   Some days are better than others❤️   I love you ❣️❣️ Please Take care of yourself🙏🏻🙏🏻

 "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete 

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And I thank Yvonne and everyone in the pictures, a feast for my eyes to see the relatives. I will make another blog, "Town Dancer" tomorrow for the other half of the pictures. Here, all I can do is avoid being a burden to my nurses and my weekly helper which are furnished to me free. Happy Days, everyone. Love to all, Uncle Joe.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Waianae Coast?

Social Media has been defined as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content." I have proven to my own satisfaction that the success of these blogs will be in the regularity of the Information Contributors and the Guest Bloggers. Dance Social media on Oahu depends on a variety of views from everyone in the dance scene. Individuals and social dance clubs will share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content.

 "Social dancers are well aware that social dancing has no standardized
 teaching or learning curriculum, so what's doing?"

Most videos have very good examples of basic figures danced with style. So beginners should not be too greedy to jump into variations before they understand how they are developed from the basic figures. They can still look good when they dance the basic syllabus figures well. Variations are also better danced with a fixed partner as both dancers must understand how the variations are transformed from the original basic style. But social dancers on Oahu can move to our terrific music with just basic movements done over and over in sheer joy.

"Shores Of Haleiva" by Loyal Garner

Of course many dance videos of dancing are increasingly going for LAGS. Their intentions are to get you looking fancy in no time flat. But take it easy, look around, ask around and you will gradually learn that there are first things first and if you really like the music, your dances can be quite enjoyable along the way. The blogs are still in process and I have put "Dance And Live" on hold for a couple months. I am sure that the best blog will be independent this year. We have a ways to go.

"Some social dancers believe that everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear. And that the roots of education may be bitter, but the fruit is sweet."

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ex Dancer

By Mary Jane Murakami. Pupukea

You danced at one time, you just don't remember when you stopped. This year you will get back into the spirit of the dance. Learn to really listen to music, play, laugh, sing, jump in puddles, get your hands dirty, create smile lines on your face, be silly. Don't be afraid to be alone and giggle often, walk away from your troubles and don't be ashamed if you are social dancer. The discomfort coming from unknown techniques may still be there and you tend to need highly communicative teachers as well as a friendly environment to keep your motivation strong.

"Social dancers find it very pleasant to have shared these moments of dancing 
 with like-minded people from every possible background
who have become true friends over the years."

Teaching to dance: "To teach is to learn twice." Anything you learned you can teach someone, but to teach anything at the dance requires much less to teach. How much the teachers know and the degree in which they can pass it along to anyone, can be good, bad or indifferent. How much the students know and the facility which they have to learn it can also be good, bad or indifferent. The degree in which the students can apply to their learning, can be little, much or indifferent. Hey, just take it slow and have fun. Most of us do alright.
"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We on Oahu have been very fortunate to have had some of the best teachers in the world. Great dance teachers have the ability to inspire their students and they are experts at sharing their love of dance with their students. When the dancing gets tough, and the student wants to slow down, a good dance teacher will be able to motivate them; drawing them out of the slump, and getting them back on the dance floor.We can all see the results on our dance floors. We have no exact clones and we all accept our differences gladly.

"Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a teacher
who believed in them first."

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Dieter Pfister

RE: Friday Night Fever
Received from Richard Takahata

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a present.

Life is short, and time is very precious. Dieter's sudden passing, this past weekend is a new reminder not to take each day for granted. It makes me very thankful for everyone that came to Friday Night Fever, the day before he passed and enjoyed having music, dancing, fun, and a great time together at this special event - time well spent and lived through sharing. We can all look at and remember how Dieter lived that example, with his wife Gloria in the many years they supported and helped to lead and organize our Wahiawa Ballroom Dance club for the benefit and happiness of many.

Dieter and wife Gloria -- Dieter, Maile and Leland
Dieter and Gloria, former President of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, at The Roaring 20s, 1/10/20
I hope Dieter is enjoying all of the fun, merriment, music, and dancing up in the big Oktoberfest in the sky, and raising his glass high and giving a toast and cheers to the great master of ceremonies up there.

Thank you Dieter, may we live and work better together and help each other to live meaningful and happier lives, however and while we can.


"Most of us know enough about loss to realize that we never stop missing someone - 
we just learn to live around the big space of their absence."

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Received from Samir Teves

Aloha Jeb,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my dance event in your blog. Attached is the flyer.
Sent from my iPhone

"Yes, this is my life, I am 94 years young and I fully realize and accept that
as I approach the final curtain, it is now ending one minute at a time."

Friday, February 7, 2020

Trump and Bullshit. Special Edition.

The GOP thought Trump he had learned his lesson. But now we know he has learned Shit. He has lost his rocks. George Conway a good Republican, may be right, with new evidence coming in, he will be impeached a second time. The Rich will not rule the earth.

"Genius has its limitations, but vanity and stupidity have no limits." 

To Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Lindsey Graham, and the rest of the GOP attack dogs out there. You underestimate the readers' knowledge of history. If you're going to use words like socialism, communism and fascism, you must have at least a basic understanding of what those words mean - (hint: they're NOT synonymous!)

You can't cut a leading Founding Father out of the history books because
you've decided you don't like his ideas.

You can't just pretend historical events didn't happen in an effort to make a political opponent look dishonest or to make your side look better. Especially the present events. (And, no, repeating it doesn't make it better.) They received ten million dollars to tear Hillary down. Another ten million to tear Obama down. People all over the world are beginning to understand your lying ways. Most of us realize that somebody is just mentally ill.

You can't repeatedly assert that the president refuses to say the word "terrorism" or say we're at war with terror when we have an awful lot of videotape showing him repeatedly assailing terrorism and using those exact words. If you're going to invoke the names of historical figures, it does not serve you well to whitewash them. Must we go on? Gawd.

Three years ago, this nation was not perfect, but considered World Wide as #1.
Right now, the US is just another banana republic.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Just Beautiful

I am actively looking for Two Centers, formally known as Information Contributors. Those people willing to send us by Email, now and then, a little dance information and perhaps a couple photos that we could share with our fellow dancers. With just a few entries to see if you like the results, you could become a Guest Blogger. No big deal. It just allows you to get in the blog, write, include photos, publish and get out without having to say "boo" to anyone. And without any kind of scheduled commitment, it is your own blog and you can do as you damn well please.

"Social dancers say, try dancing and see how it can benefit your life.
You may never regret it!"

I have a heavy load with five blogs and blogging for me is a continuous commitment. So for me, as well as the other readers, it is refreshing to see other's opinions for the reader/dancers. And it gives me pause to absorb the new information too. Guests contributions allow me to take it a little easier and work on my other blogs. Guest contributions can be an awesome source of inspiration. It can and does happen that a new contributor enters our dance blog community and offers something completely different.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Or maybe even writes something that I have already mentioned – but using a unique style, a different perspective or a new format. And our reader/dancers may find that awesome! Now I keep being inspired! I feel that I know how to re-use my previously published ideas to find new ones and how to re-think my previously published opinions to spur new discussion. And I can get rid of my best blog.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Your limitation? — it's only your imagination."

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Dancing in Hawaii

By Ralph Iwamoto, Makakilo.

The importance of the Greek civilization has been overlooked in most American studies. We owe so much to the Greeks in art, architecture, dance, drama, poetry, rhetoric, philosophy, ethics and theoretical mathematics. They practically invented the categories of present day Western thought.They also left us something else. A detailed history of a war which brought a democratic superpower from glory to ruin.

"I just put my feet on the ground and move them around." ~ Fred Astaire

So as we turn back the clock to 480 B.C. you might ask yourself, as you become aware, is this story a model to copy or a horror story to avoid? They repeatedly reminded us of Hubris., the unforgivable sin of acting cocky when things are going well. Bush landing on an aircraft carrier with the signs, "Mission Accomplished." And now Trump has it "made in the shade." Hubris is followed inexorably and inevitably by Nemesis. Possible good news in that sector.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

Here on Oahu, our dance scene gets better every day. Great people, terrific dance clubs, excellent instructors of American Style of Dance and good music. We have good hopes of a dance club in the Waianae Coast and perhaps one on the North Shore. We already have some of the best American Style Dancers in the Pacific. Now we have heard that the Creative Researchers And Producers (in town) seem to be receding into the background. However, there may be a new spin off with women only. The new name has been assigned, (by the defenders of the good faith,) as the Ladies International Association Real Society. Nice and very appropriate.

"Social dancers seem to know that sometime later may become never. ..."