Sunday, May 31, 2020

Our Syllabi

In this century we have a terrific choice of social dances much of it from the syllabi of the American and International Styles. The Bolero, Paso Doble and the Viennese Waltz have lost ground. We have Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Salsa, Bachata, Rumba, Cha-cha, Samba, Mambo, Hustle, Lindy Hop, and many that are still in the fad stage, The fad dances will of course come and go as they always have. And most of the fad dancers are the young. They are willing to try anything.

“Social dancers believe that hoping is how the impossible can be
possible after all and we can dance again.”

The over thirty have been around and they are well acquainted with the music that they have loved for decades. They develop a fondness for the "Oldies But Goodies" and even those change slowly as time goes by. Moving to that music and using the same movements over and over again in sheer joy is it for social dancers. There is the present solid Latin music and dance. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Latin Waltz, Samba, and Tango. The rest, at present, will be gingerbread and time will tell. Anyone remember the "Lambada?" It must have lasted at least seven, eight years. It has been estimated that in the US, 50 million dollars were spent in Lambada lessons.

"Besame Mucho" by Stan Kenton

We shall dance in the Streets.

Now, the latest are Zouk, Zumba and Kizomba, the last being passed off as an African dance. Many are doubtful as to how they developed and they have been around a couple years. We no longer have the "reel teeng." and there will be others. The most solid coming up is the Mexican which at the moment has been close to 100 different dances with 50 different styles of music. When they prune this down to half, the rest of us can make some choices and they will be included in the "Latin" dance clubs.

"If you accept the expectations of others, specially negative ones,
then you will never change the outcome."

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


With no dancing to report, my five blogs are stabilizing themselves at not quite 20 average hits per day. With dancing they could go over 33 average hits per day which would be 1000 hits per month and quite respectable. So I have another problem, as the instigator of all this mess, I want to wean the best blog out. But how do I get the best blog? With a Guest Blogger, a person with dance ideas that is willing to share them with our fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that it's the possibility that keeps us going,
not the guarantee.”

I need your "pen name" and email address and the blog of your choice. I send the info to Blogger and they send the invitation to be a Guest Blogger. Password is between you and Blogger. You can then get in, on your own, post a paragraph or two, a graphic or whatever, save it, publish or even delete it. All without saying boo to anyone. In effect it is your own blog within the blog. I can coach you by email. We do not have a censor, so you can write whatever you damn well please. Your name will be on it and you are solely responsible for the content.
"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K

Those were the days, and they may return.

Guest Bloggers do not need a degree in Journalism. All you need is something to say and make it plain, simple and to the point. Social Media is something we are all in the process of learning. Web sites are good for their purpose but nothing beats a blog . When we gets more Guest Authors and around 66 average hits per day (2000 per month.) you will not need me any more, I can resign and it is all yours. And I can dedicate myself to the junk blogs. Please consider that blogs are "additional," not an "instead of" public relations.

“Social dancers believe that in this world so lately filled with hate,
we can still dare to hope"

Thursday, May 21, 2020

We Kick It Around.

In many countries dance teachers tell their students, "Walk your kilometers. Do not be distracted by fancy steps until you are prepared." On Oahu, LAGS (Latest And Greatest Syndrome) has been very prevalent, Specially for those that are clearly in Silver and Gold Divisions. The music may become less important and the beautiful moves are the "Dance." The participation in any Exhibition will interest most in learning the latest beautiful dance moves. And let us face it most of them look beautiful, when well executed.

“Strange as it may seem, social dancers can still hope for the best
and it may be right around the corner."

On Oahu you learn basic including your street dancing and it has been a little like your freshman year of high school. You have learned a variety of subjects with a variety of teachers. You have created bonds with classmates that can last a lifetime. Your freshman year in dance is your rite of passage, a non-stop growth spurt, and while you may not be the greatest, you have been building a foundation for future success. Bronze level (Basic) is that level that every advanced dancer looks back on with a deep appreciation. It's the level where you learned to dance. Have fun while you are going through the basics. Enjoy the trip on the social dance floor when we get back to it, - it will be well worth it.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Social dancers are sure, there will come a day.

And on Oahu, we have been fortunate in having some of the best dance teachers in the Pacific. Teachers with empathy that want to see their students thrive. Having a teacher who’s able to walk – or dance, in your shoes and understands where you’re coming from can do wonders for your confidence and dancing abilities. A terrific dance teacher sees past the stumbling and awkwardness of a beginner, and is willing to put time and energy into shaping that student, to help them become the best that they can be. The best teachers always see the end result: a wonderful dancer. Our best dancers credit their success to their exceptional teachers who have been friends and have had a love for the dance.

“Social dancers believe that in a political world filled with hate,
we can still dare to hope."

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Line Dancing

Line Dancing on Oahu as been very well accepted in most dance venues as part of the dance scene. Unfortunately we have had a ratio of about, 5 to 1, women to men. We need more men and how we gonna do that?  Tough, for the simple reason that if we get more men, we will get more women. Line dancing also happens to be a place where it might do the most good for single men. Starting with the social opportunity to become acquainted with many more women. Nowadays, anyone can learn the preliminaries easily on line if you have a computer.

"Social dancers believe that if you keep on dancing with
hope in your heart, you’ll never dance alone."

1. Learn the counts. Line dancing is not hard when you can count the entire choreography as you do it. Each single step, hip movement, or wobble has to be timed to the music.

2. Distinguish between a “step” and a “touch”. A step is when you change your weight on the foot and a touch is when you do not change weight on the foot. Touches are very commonly used to switch directions so make sure you know when its a touch versus a step.

3. The magic is in between the steps. While the steps and the counts are set, the way you dance in between is what counts. Put your own style into the steps. You can do many different things with your hips, upper torso and arms to be unique.

Line Dancers can become accustomed to the same basic movements and the same type of music used in partner dancing. And since they don't have to worry about leading they can relax and develop their own style characteristic of each dance to suit themselves.

As social dancers, men and women will understand when they are fully awake that they have infinite power to help change our dance world by simply living the change they want to see. Judging for themselves and not just what others tell them. They may like to make sure that their opinions are heard. If just a small minority of men and women took steps to do this, it would shake the dance establishment to its core. Then they would also have the opportunity to convey an opinion in any blog, knowing that they have a receptive readership, simply because it is a unique opinion.

"Social dancers believe that hope may be a ray of sunshine breaking thru the clouds
after the storm. Faith is knowing there are more where that one came from."

Monday, May 11, 2020

Mom's Day

Paul and Marie Laderta - Mother's Day Dinner.

 Connie Laderta

Collette Aki Arakaki - Happy Mother’s Day Connie 💐✨

Maria Handl - Happy mother's day Connie.

Charlene Jay -That pecan pie looks better than the bakery!😋

Gloria Koizumi Happy Mother's Day Mrs. Laderta.

First time for me and I couldn't get any help. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

And life goes on.

Well, we have four countries around the world that are "closed in" but not too tight. Most of their people use the mask and the social distance of six feet and they have good testing. Taiwan, Iceland, South Korea and Germany. They are the top four most effective in the control of Covid 19. Most European countries are moving in that same direction. Trump has decided that his way is better and he is screwing it up something awful. And at every mistake or goof he will blame somebody else. The WHO is urging countries to “test, test, test.” But Trump goofed that one up.

"Social dancers believe that those who have health, have hope.
And those who have hope, have everything."

And many countries do not have the adequate testing supplies. The US in particular, it has been totally Trump's fault but Trump blames the States. How about that.? Now, he is actively trying to get everyone to open up more to make more money. So a few thousand of your friends and neighbors die. No sweat, it's the money, Sonny. In the US, it’s actually the virus that has made tremendous progress, eclipsing heart disease to become the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. In less than two months, we have lost more Americans to the coronavirus than in the Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined. Trump says we are doing a great job. Yeah Man.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Will we ever have a day like that again? HOPE

Some of the married couples have not found it so difficult that Friday and Saturday night may involve less dancing up a storm on a dance floor somewhere. They just may enjoy eating their own snacks, playing their own music and drinking wine on the couch at home. In fact, They are part of the growing lifestyle trend on Oahu that is staying in. Many have found it pleasant to imbibe in a relaxing environment — as opposed to a sweaty, crowded one where they’re constantly hearing music that may be loud, being jostled, spilled on, — as a good reason to stay home. Even if we all look forward dancing out there again.

"Social dancers believe there is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great,
and no tonic so powerful as the expectation of something good tomorrow." 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Covid 19 on Oahu

Bad news, we have 11 dead on Oahu, and 5 on Maui and better news of zero dead on the other neighbor islands. The Good news is that percentage wise Hawaii is doing better than most States. We are more into recommended precautions. Masks and six feet social distancing. Some places are opening up and many of us are on pins and needles waiting for the results. If the deaths go up, there will be a drastic closing up. Georgia and Florida are already seeing more dead. But they are Trump people and will blame Hillary.

" Social dancers many times, against all odds, against all logic, still can have hope.”

The Mayor has cancelled all events of 50 or more people on city land through May. The City is also closing all indoor facilities and not allowing group practices, sports practices, ballroom dancing etc. The Mayor strongly recommends that private sectors do the same. Hanauma Bay is also closed. Beach parks, parks, courts and ball fields remain open.There are some openings and we will have some results by the end of the month.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

"You Live as long as you dance" – Rudolf Nureyev

This inspiring quote by Rudolf Nureyev considered the world's greatest male dancer gives us a profound sense of what can happen if we embrace dance. And we are not even talking about professional dance. Dance in just its pure form, performed for the sole purpose of letting overabundant joy spill out of our hearts is enlivening.

"Social dancers believe that they may begin to die when
they cease to expect anything good from tomorrow."