Friday, March 27, 2020


After WWI. a few groups in England got together and established what is now known as the International style of dance.with two categories: Standard – which includes the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz, and Latin– which includes Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble. It has been an influence on an established English style, not a derivation. The International style was established at the time when the sun never set on the British Empire. It was not simply descriptive, but also prescriptive, largely and primarily in the interests of the English dance teachers involved.

"Social dancers believe that dancing is a fun way to exercise, though
it may be disregarded by those who argue they can’t dance.
Face it, anybody can feel good moving to music."

The British established a power base formed by having organized the first extensive dance competition system which they exported around the British Empire and much of the rest of the world. They then created, for example, a Viennese Waltz with virtually no steps in it (over the strong objections of the Viennese masters, as I understand), To this day, the world over, the Viennese Waltz is the one danced in Vienna. They also developed a Slow "English" Waltz with an extensive syllabus. They created Jive, definitely not Latin and based on an American dance, and wonder why Americans don't conform to their "descriptions."

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

They created Tango, which is quite different from the Argentine version it was supposed to be based on. The rest of the Latin dances are even worst off. They created Rumba and got the basic step correctly. Their Cha Cha Cha is a bit off but generally well liked for all the right reasons. Samba is way off with way too many basic steps, in effect different dances. The Paso Doble is not Latin. Originally from France went into Spain and evolve into a Bullfighter dance. And yet International has been the biggest influence World Wide of the Ballroom Dances.

"It may be that nothing so deceives your adversaries as telling them the truth."

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The North Shore

For the social dance fans on Oahu interested in dance information try, Dance Fever Oahu web site and any of Frank's Blogs. They have much good and interesting information that is unavailable to me. And for you beginners out there, yes, you can learn to dance by just dancing and enjoying the movement to music. Of course, most of us know you can also learn to live by just living and enjoy life in the easiest way.The principles are the same.

 "Young social dancers are well aware that they can meet
a new romantic interest on the dance floor."

Not in these Trump Plague times of course but when it is acceptable, visit Haleiwa on the North Shore. We have mentioned Haleiwa several times in this blog and we recommend you stick around and enjoy everything this little town has to offer. Relatively close by for us living in Mililani, the town is full of unique shops and boutiques and bristling with fantastic places that serve up some amazing food. You’ll pick up on the town’s relaxed, surfer vibes straight away, and you won’t be able to help yourself but to unwind and chill like the locals.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore see a concentration of surfing activity, taking advantage of swells originating in the stormy North Pacific. Notable surfing spots include Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. The spot of Ehukai Beach, commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline, is the most notable surfing spot on the North Shore, and is considered a prime spot for competitions due to its close proximity to the beach, giving spectators, judges, and photographers a great view. The North Shore is considered to be the surfing mecca of the world. Every December, the area hosts three competitions, which make up the Triple Crown of Surfing.

  "Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it." ~Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, March 19, 2020

pandemic 5

Received 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

RE: COVID19 Closures and Reduced Operations at MTA, 3/17/20

Could it last longer and longer?
Yes, and here's why... ( warning - contains opinions as well as facts, which are subject to verification)

COVID19 Update
by Peak Prosperity

- without a vaccine, all of the other choices are bad and get far far worst and costlier, the longer we delay taking correct actions - emphasis on CORRECT, because the virus doesn't give second chances if you get it wrong the first time. Once its in control, you don't get another chance to get it right - very unforgiving.

Non-pharmaceutical Interventions - NPIs
social distancing
cancel gatherings
close schools
testing* Testing, TESTING - share this information quickly and accurately

From the video - this analyses shows what NPI options our leaders have for dealing with COVID19 - it reflects estimates of how many cases/deaths could occur for the social-economic benefits gained by various combinations of NPIs they choose - they and all other world leaders are gambling with lives


Here are the various "bets" and their estimated outcomes in case/death growth.


“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday
you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon


With no vaccine, you can either have more cases and people die now to rapidly achieve herd immunity or completely isolate and contain for fewer deaths now and use a vaccine for immunity much later - leaders and countries are choosing between bad and worst choices - there are no good choices left ... its TOO LATE


So how long will this take? - While the disease is in control, isolation and lockdowns will take as long as needed to get to a vaccine, or by achieving natural herd immunity by having the majority of us catch the disease and either recover or some die from it.

Wearing a mask and eye protection offers some protection, if you have to go outside for essential tasks and avoid the disease, and then keep up with NPIs till you can get vaccinated - if you can last that long. And then there are lots of other bad choices to deal with - massive social/economic disruptions, high unemployment, mounting bankruptcies, costs going up and up, huge bailouts to failing companies, more quarantines, delays and more delays in everyday life - higher and higher stresses that can kill you too.

Having a clearer understanding of what is driving the future of all our lives will help you to be better prepared and not so stressed out. Why I started doing that several weeks ago to help us prepare for this day.


"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.
I do not judge the universe."  ~ Dalai Lama


Monday, March 16, 2020

Cancellation of Classes and Dance Socials

Received from Roscel Garcia:
Aloha.  Hope you and your loved ones are all well.
Kindly post this notice regarding our dance classes and socials due to coronavirus concerns:

"To heed caution, West Coast Swing Oahu is cancelling classes and dance socials until further notice.  We hope everyone will take care, stay safe and well.  Mahalo for your understanding.  Until we dance again…”

Thank you,

George & Roscel Garcia
West Coast Swing Oahu

"Cuesta Abajo" por Carlos Gardel

Social dancing on Oahu is a language with many dialects which is what makes it fun. We have our own set of cues and responses that people understand and respond to with various degrees of efficiency. There’s people who speak fluently, people who speak basic, conversational dance, and those who only know a few words. Beyond the movements we use for actual steps, we have a second ‘hidden’ language. This language is what we use to communicate issues that we’re having with the other person’s dancing. This hidden language is sometimes MORE important than the ‘dance language’ itself. This is meant to be a guide to some of the most common or most widely-understood hidden language cues that we should know for our social dancing. But we do try to get along.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K

Closed for the month
The dialect in the new Swing era of the roaring twenties had meanings, -a hep-cat was a popular swing musician and a canary was a female vocalist. Killer-diller referred to a hot musical number and a jam session was improvised music making. If you understood all this you were "in-the-groove" and had a flawless performance. During the swing era, a whole new vocabulary of slang terms evolved and many of them have been forgotten. But I am an old man and I still remember the title of a famous Duke Ellington number from 1932 called "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"

"Life throws curveballs. And while there might be blockers to success, 
it's imperative to keep pushing with the knowledge that mistakes
will be made and failure sometimes is inevitable."

Friday, March 13, 2020


Received from Richard Takahata:
RE: Mililani Town Association (MTA) Seniors Club
Rec Center 3

Linda Chun, the MTA program manager, has informed me that ALL weekly club meetings are canceled until May.

The exact reason was not given, but I suggest its for the added safety and protection of club members who are at far more risk of serious complications from the Corona Virus Pandemic. Please be alert to more news on this matter that could affect in other areas of your life.

Please pass this on.

Richard Takahata

“People you trust, some people you may have voted for, have spent weeks
minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem."

The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (MCBL) was established by YWCA Oahu, the U.S. Small Business Administration and a community of partners to become the only Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Hawai‘i. WBCs are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses, and seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs who still face unique obstacles in the business world. MCBL is named in honor of Patsy T. Mink for her dedication to helping women through legislative reforms. She was a transformative leader and a national voice for gender equality, education, peace, and so much more, 

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Chassé: One of the most basic of movements from the beginnings of dance. One foot moves followed by the other foot that stays behind the leading foot with a weight transfer. Then the leading foot steps in the same direction. Basically six movements, forward, backwards with either foot leading and side ways left and right with either foot leading.  There are perhaps one hundred documented variations of the movements (mostly Mickey Mouse) and used in perhaps 4000 different dances. So things can get complicated if you want to go that route.

 "Social dancers believe that if you tell them, they may forget. If you teach them,
they may remember. If you involve them, they will learn."

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Latin Music and Dance

Latin dance is a general label, and merely refers to music and dances that originated in Latin America. There are many dances which were popular in the first part of the 20th century, but which are now of only historical interest. As fad dances they came and went. Now, due to the impression made by Salsa and Bachata, there are groups evolving to dance to Latin Music inclusively. The Latin Night Club is coming. Latin every night with every Wednesday, Tango night. How about that?

"Many Social Dancers do not dance because they want to dance,
they dance because they need to dance."

From both indigenous American and European accounts and documents, American civilizations at the time of European encounter possessed many impressive attributes, specially in Mexcio having populous cities, and having developed theories of astronomy and mathematics.Where they persist, the societies and cultures which gave rise to these civilizations continue to adapt and evolve; they also uphold various traditions and practices which relate back to these earlier times, even if combined with those more recently adopted.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Thousand of dances were danced in the Americas when the first illegals arrived in 1492. There is not much recorded. The Europeans were not interested in dance, they were interested in gold. The first marked difference in people between Latin America and North America was that in North America the main body from Europe were families. Husband, wife and kids. The Indians remained very separate. In Latin America, only men arrived and a new ethnic group was created nine months later with the birth of hundreds of Mestizos. (mixed.) There, was the beginning of Latin music and dance.

"Those who learn but do not think, are lost! Those who think
but do not learn - are in great danger."

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Saturday Night Fever

Received from Richard Takahata.

Wasabi Oldies band rocked at Dots of Wahiawa
STARS came out... what a night...
Thank you ALL!


Maybe next time we can get four pics and it will fill it better. And we need more text. When I am invited, I don't dance and I don't eat but I can write it up and make a nice blog. Actually the readers are pretty good and take anything. It is our people and our party.

"Morning Dew;" by Melveen Leed

"If you look at what you have in life, you'll be happy and always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll be unhappy and never have enough."