Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Dumbest Liar

January, -  Rush Limbaugh declares for the entire world to see, that "the covid 19 was no worse than a cold." Trump promptly awards Rush with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Shortly thereafter, Sean Hannity declares on Fox News for the entire world to see that, "The virus is a Democratic Hoax." The entire Trump cabinet and the GOP in Hawaii applauded. Than we began to approach 100 average deaths per "day" in the US. The Six Week Delay was over and Trump appointed his top expert on covid 19, Pence in complete charge. Trump went on TV and proclaimed for the entire world hear, that "He" was in complete control of the Covid 19. And the average deaths per day went up to 500 per day.

"Social dancers know that you can't eat Hope, but it can sustain us."

Not enough hospital supplies. He knew by then that he was screwing up royally and promptly shut up his Health Department and cancelled all communication with experts world wide and got his own people that knew everything about covid 19. On April 1st the US went up to over 1000 average deaths per day. And some of the State governments realized Trump was no help and began to step in to help the people. The Christian Evangelicals began to promote different snake oils, "guaranteed" to cure the deadly virus. We don't know what happened to Jim Bakker and his "Sure Cure."

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

This may be in our future, again.

When we got to over 2000 average deaths per day, there were many more people that became convinced that this is serious business. Most accept the mask and the social distancing. But there are some that think in terms of MONEY, MONEY, MONEY. People do not mean shit. Protesters out there are being paid good money. BY WHOM?  Many top republican politicians are trying to open up the business in their territory. So a couple hundred die every week. No sweat. Trump has come up with a brilliant idea. "Disinfectants." Would you believe 60000 total dead by the end of this month?

“Social dancers believe that if we become devoid of hope and conscious
of being, we will have ceased to belong to the future.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

RE: Line Dance

From Richard Takahata Email:
I can upload the line dance step patterns to Youtube. But first I have to caption/label the step pattern on each clip and then decide on making the clip repeat 2 -3 times so that its easier to follow it during practice repetitions, and that takes time.

I have reviewed videos of some of the line dances at socials, and you already seem to know them. So you'd probably want those to practice to with music and seeing/following the group. The June 2018 Sampaguita Dance has Electric Slide, Uptown Funk and Blurred lines... starting at time mark 1m 28 sec.

There's Sex on the Beach from the Roaring 20s back in Jan, but its not online yet... need more time.


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Carol, where are you?

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 2:02 PM Helen Bajo <> wrote:
is it possible to send me the videos?

On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 10:16 AM Richard Takahata <> wrote: Enjoyed talking with you yesterday and hearing you and Helen were doing well despite the lack of freedom and many restrictions

Line dance basic steps I learned in Carol Kohguras classes last fall at Wahiawa - this is a list and I have video of her doing demos. These help build to doing full dances that are done at our socials ( Blurred Lines, Electric Slide( also - Felipe's 3x variations), Sex on the Beach, Uptown Funk, Cha Cha Slide, Cowboy Kumba Ya )

Lindey (cha-cha w/break)
Jazz box/Jazz Turn
Weave ( varioation of grapevine)
charleston kick
V and Turn

Take care and try to have more fun.


"Social dancers know that hope is sometimes all we have,
when we have nothing else, But if we have it, we have everything."

Friday, April 17, 2020

Do Something

For experience social dancers this has been more shocking than most times. But it seems that many have maintained most of their strength through this time with a little activity at home. With some movements muscle memory doesn't lag too far behind. But aerobic endurance decreases about twice as fast, and is harder to rebuild—particularly for dancers, since class and socials typically stop and start too much to build stamina. Of course, every body is different, and those with more robust baseline fitness won't lose it as quickly. Look up aerobic programs online, jump rope (with good sneakers), climb stairs, run (with good shoes) or go biking You gotta do something.

 "Hope is a powerful force and probably the most important factor when it comes
to overcoming life’s biggest challenges. Without it, everything is lost."

Some may be using their computers a bit more. There is an awful lot of good stuff on the internet. Of course you will come across an awful lot of junk too. Be careful and don't download anything. The best is your browser because you can get plenty of good help there. You can find many online videos on dancing. Many beautiful exhibition dances that can make you wish you could dance like that. Then there many class videos, short or long of just about whatever dance you wish to know about. Exercise and limbering up videos too. You don't have to just sit on your rusty dusty all day.

"Old Devil Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We cannot lose hope, someday we may dance again.

Then you can look at different dances on the Internet and realize that Europe and the United States are no longer the Ballroom Dancers of the world. They have some very good ones, Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. And a couple of them may becoming obsolete in this century with the decline of the Big Ballrooms and the Big Bands. The much Bigger Part of the new era in the 21st century will be the Latin Dances. Unfortunately some are made up, manufactured much as the Bolero was made up by Dance Teachers in the United States almost 100 years ago. Many fad dances will continue to come and go.

"Social dancers are more optimistic and hopeful by nature, but even they need
a little reassurance, every now and then, that things will get better. Be nice."

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Dance and Hope

Now that we are staying home on Oahu more instead of dancing we can review what we know and perhaps change some of our perspectives. What Is Ballroom dancing ? We know that it includes a wide range of social and competitive partner dances, derived from such various traditions as formal Victorian dancing, contemporary Latin dancing, and American jazz and swing dances. As we have continued to add dances to our repertoire, we find it necessary to divide the individual dances, under the larger Ballroom family. The many dance styles that are included in this umbrella term are further broken down into International, American styles and of course our Social Dancing subcategories.

"Social dancers believe that if we are to dream, the flattering of hope
is cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair."

Each of these groups have their own techniques and stylistic preferences which are discussed in each style's introductory set of instructions in the corresponding discipline. On Oahu we have none in Social Dancing. The dances offered in the disciplines include Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Merengue, Waltz, Tango, Jive, Foxtrot, Quick Step, Viennese Waltz, Paso Doble and Samba. It should be noted that there are many dances also done "outside" the competitive and social Ballroom dance world, in many cases with substantial difference in technique, styling, and approach.

 "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by Bruddah Iz

Patience, the time will come again.

Those that have never partner danced before, can be impressed with the organized approach offered by this system of dance, allowing anyone to become socially proficient at many styles in a relatively short time! If you like the idea of learning routines with a partner, and are interested in competition, you may also be attracted to the opportunities Ballroom dance has to offer. Finally, if what anyone is looking for is exposure to the graceful moving of the body to your favorite music, this can open up a whole new world of experience.

"Social Dancers know that hope means hoping, even when things seem hopeless."

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

From Richard Takahata:

Thanks again for lifting up our community. The lock down/shut-in time is an opportunity to reflect, take stock, and make some important changes that weren't possible before - we've never had a time in history like now that changes everything so suddenly and alters the way we see our lives today and in the future. We are never going back to the way things were, and the things we loved like dancing. Our feelings and emotions are the first and most important place all of this has hit hardest and is in need of the most attention right now....

How to avoid wanting to divorce or murder everyone you're stuck in lockdown with

After that, and you can clear your mind up, here's where to start looking at where we are and whats next about everything around you thats important to your life and those you love... why we need to look more closely at what needs to change for the better for the long run,

The Accelerated Crash Course - The Three E's

Thanks Richard.

"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.
If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."

Many of us have been in contact with private and government bodies devoted in whole or in part to the development and support of the arts. Although a staggering number of dollars are essentially donated each year to musicians, painters, sculptors, as well as to ballet, jazz and modern dance troupes, social dancing is not considered eligible, since it is not a "fine art." However, we are in it just to enjoying moving to our favorite tunes. And there are many other health benefits too. Don't knock it.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Friday, April 3, 2020

Waianae Coast

With the slowing down of our dance adventures our blogs are slowing down in hits. Understandable. The blog with the lowest amount of hits is Dancing Nights blog. Covered night club information but now very little. You got some? Email it in and I will post it.

“Social dancers believe that a person may need just three things to be truly happy
in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

In spite of the Rail Disaster, the best news I have heard so far is that, someone is seriously contemplating an industrial park on the Waianae Coast. People could be going to work when most people would be going the other way. They would be coming home the same way, the others would be going in a different direction, clearer roadways. And many could be home in a few minutes instead of being stuck in the Honolulu Traffic mess which is going to get even worse. There may be some good thinking people that wish to continue living in paradise, before they get stuck with a Rail Disaster like Kapolei and Waipahu.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Beautiful Waipio Industrial Park, built before
the Present Rail Party could vote it down.

"The citizens are becoming able to concentrate on a dedicated infrastructure in a delimited area to reduce the per-business expense of that infrastructure. And be able to attract new business by providing an integrated infrastructure in one location." Terrible English isn't it but the perfect example of good results is the Waipio Industrial Park. And an old expression from Waianae applies very nicely. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." And since I don't get around much anymore, you got something to share with our fellow dancers? Email it and I will post it in the blog of your choice.

“We must not lose hope. The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there may be
more dark things to come. Still there is much that is fair, and though in our
land love is now mingled with grief, it may grow perhaps the greater.”