Friday, February 12, 2016

The Philippines

By Leah Gallin who writes for The Guest List Club in the Philippines:

There are many reasons tourists might want to plan a trip to the Philippines.  The people are extremely hospitable, the food is amazing, and the price is right. On top of that there are all kinds of natural wonders to explore, from dormant and active volcanoes, to beautiful white-sand beaches, to tropical forest preserves full of exotic animals.

"The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors,
but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things."

In short, this island nation has just about everything the seasoned traveler could want, including stunning vistas, excellent cuisine, and plenty of options for lodgings and entertainment.

"Dahil Sa Yo"

But while a few days at a beach side resort on a fairly remote island could give you the solitude and relaxation you’re looking for, eventually you’re going to get antsy for a little activity to spice things up. In this regard, the Philippines can also deliver, although you may have to go to one of their bigger cities, depending on what you’re looking for.  However, when it comes to night life, there are a lot of options for the traveler seeking some fun.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Ballroom dancing. You may be surprised to discover that this activity is hugely popular in the Philippines. If you went ahead and learned some fancy footwork for your wedding, you’ll have the opportunity to show your moves on the dance floor since many hotels have weekend ballroom dancing (their hotels actually use the ballrooms for their intended purpose). Most also provide instructors for those who need lessons before hitting the floor.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Night Clubs. If you think ballroom dancing is for your parents, then perhaps you’d be more comfortable on the club scene.  Surprisingly, most are found in (or connected to) the major hotels in any given locale. Although you may have to head to major urban centers to discover kitschy clubs, you can no doubt dance the night away to some club-thumping house beats or the latest from Lady Gaga right in your own hotel.

Ask anyone who has been here. They will tell you. Mabuhay.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Too Many, Part Two

By Jaycee Fukumoto, Waimanalo

Throughout her life Isadora Duncan amazed and scandalized many. Isadora dreamed of having a school of modern dance, and although it did become a reality, money was always an issue. Although Isadora's dance was full of joy, she had many tragedies in her life, including the deaths of her children.  Isadora died tragically in a car accident, but her dancing will be forever remembered.

"A dance club that wants to succeed, will need to have their members see them as reliable, dependable, credible,
helpful, respectful, open, responsive and honest."

I did not know very much about Isadora Duncan's personal life. It was fascinating.  Honestly, Isadora came off as a little overbearing, which might have been intentional.  She did have very strong points of views and wasn't especially interested in hearing otherwise.  She did what she wanted.

"Til I Waltz Again With You"
by Theresa Brewer

She didn't let anyone talk her out of something she wanted to do, even if it might be ill advised. Isadora Duncan was a very strong woman. She would have to be, to dance the way she did during that time, ignoring what people said about her because she felt the truth in what she did. A beautiful fascinating life and Modern Dance remains at its elevated plain to this very day.

"Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaiailii

If I don't condone competition dancing I certainly cannot discourage it. Anyone that would like to get into competition dancing should go for it. I simply ascertain that the real universal social dance is, the music "First" then the movement to the music. Dancing without music is not it. And that is being taught every day in studios all over the US.

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving to a
beautiful piece of music and just letting the rest of the world go by." 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What's Doin'

Central Valley dancing remains the puzzle because Wahiawa is holding up the Fort almost single handed with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and with Dot's in Wahiawa.. There is some Salsa in Milllani but we don't know much about it. The hope is that there will be something in the Waikele or Waipio area, mow that the Pavilion has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster.

"The casual conversational tone of a blog is what makes it particularly dangerous."

There is already some dance action in Whitmore Village, but it seems like they wish to keep it a private affair and we concur that they have the absolute right. So we have to seek and find those that are willing to share their information with their fellow dancers.. If they don't have a Web site, then they can surely use our help.

"When I Fall In Love" by Melveen Leed

Then the North Shore has been long overdue. Doris tried to teach some kind of dancing when she lived in Waialua but went back to the Mainland some years back. And I believe they have some kind of line dancing in Haleiwa. This blog may eventually trip on some of these and that will get it going good. The prospects are beginning to look better. Not conclusive, just better. They had Salsa but we have not heard anymore on it.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Chordettes

Generally, most dancers just want to have some fun. moving to music with some resemblance of regularity. Very basic movements that a man finds easy to lead and a woman finds easy to follow. Each dancer dances a different half of the dance but that is the pleasure of it all when it comes together just right. That is also why fads find it hard to get into Cultural Dance. We can all learn how to do tricks but we also know that is not our kind of dancing, "that's show business,"

Our social dancing in West Oahu melds very nicely with the American Style of Dance. Now Street dance, more formally known as vernacular dance, is an umbrella term used to describe dance styles that have evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, cafeterias, and nightclubs. Good basic dancers here.

"I Will Remember You" by Andy Williams

Most are not interested in getting into any type of International competitions with any kind of exactness. These dances generally evolve out of urban and suburban spaces in some form of underground culture/region as in all of Hawaii. They are a part of the vernacular culture of that geographical area. This is as if they were folk dances, although since the advent of the internet, the dances seem to be shared among people with the same musical interest island wide. Fifty years ago the Double Blues were danced throughout the Islands.

We are getting some good opinions in these blogs. Yours are just as important
and unique. Give it a whirl, many of us will appreciate it.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Competition Dance, Part One.

By Ray Ogawa, Honokai Hale

Historically, American style ballroom (called Smooth) was developing on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean during the same period as English style ballroom (called Modern) was developing near the east side of the Atlantic.

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their
own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others,
 we could have a paradise in a few years."

There seems to be no conflicts in that statement and there was probably some cross fertilization. Jive and Fox Trot are American not English. For that matter, Waltz is not English either. But in dancing there has always been a lot of independent development.

"Song For You"
by Jimmy Borges

Competition seems to have started to dominate the development of English style fairly early (1920s). And in order to be judged, the "correct" way to dance the English style had to be established. Today they have the strictest of rules and all with good reason. All the dancers will be judged by the same rules.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz.

American style was more rooted in social dancing as taught by the Arthur Murray studios and later the Fred Astaire studios and a desire to emulate the stage and screen dancing as epitomized in the Fred Astaire movies.  Consequently, ballroom dancing was much affected by Show Business. And that has given the rise to a different view, the not so fancy Social Dancer, mainly in Night Clubs. And they will dance to the music of their  choice.

"Kau I Ka Hano Ka Wahine" by Amy Hanaialii

You can generally trace many open American style foxtrot figures to things that Fred and Ginger did in various choreographed sequences in their movies. In fact, because of those movies, there was probably more influence of American style on English style than vice versa. But now there is a new version of Social Dancing on Oahu and the dancers will have their say.

(Part two is in Dancing Nights Blog.)

"Yes, we can be creative in anything - in math, science, philosophy -
as much as we can in music or in painting or in dance."

Friday, January 29, 2016

Amazing Blog

Nearing the end of January, the year is shaping up very nicely with the two top blogs well defined in the leading strata. Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe lead with over 40 average hits per day. That is 1200 hits per month. The rest will have to do some catching up. As per usual, the Guest Authors and the information contributors will make the difference.

"Dance has been used as communication between body and soul,
to express what it too deep to find for words."

Platinum Horseshoe has the advantage of having dance information to share with the reader/dancers. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dance Hawaii certainly help in sending information and their members are our best readers. When we get something steady from the Waianae Coast it may surpass Town Dancer.

"She's Gone Again" by Don Ho

In my early days of blogging, I experimented with traffic exchange and traffic boosting sites, but they didn’t do much for me, at that time blogging and techs were the ‘hot’ niches, as well as just making money and for me I was just wasting my time. I even made and deleted over five blogs, but then I learned plenty on the way.

"Ma Mua Paha" by Amy Hanaialii

I learned that you have to build traffic by creating good content and promoting it in the places where your audience is. And at present, there has been something emerging from Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Word Press blogs. I am getting good input from these outside sources. There are valuable opinions out there, everywhere. Just work to get them.

 “Dancers can be creative only if they love life enough that they want to
enhance its beauty, they want to bring a little more music to it,'
a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”


Monday, January 25, 2016

The Waianae Coast

There are many dancers on Oahu that are also patrons of the arts and thankfully many are with us. And they realize what they could be for, and don't have to be against anyone else. I am really thankful that many think we should classify all of us as dancers. Whatever additional adjectives we want to attach to that later will be our prerogative.

"Dancers can be standing right in front of the truth and not necessarily see it,
and most may only get it when they're ready to get it."

Waianae Coast has about 50,000 residents now, and taking the 4%, we have approximately 2000 potential dancers. And what do we mean by "potential" dancers? We mean the wannabees that think they would like it, the beginners who try and the beginners who take regular classes outside the area.

"I'll Remember You"
by Don Ho

Also included are the intermediates that dance regularly outside the area and the very few that are tried and true social dancers. But for sure there are enough to start a small dance club of people that want to dance for fun and in their kuleana.. None of this competition stuff. We have to have the people that have the contacts with Waianae District Park. There is no other way.

"Maka Hilahila" by Carol Kai

The best dance floor in the West exists at present at the Wahiawa District Park so there may be something brewing very soon. It can evolve into one of the best Ballroom Dance Clubs on the Island of Oahu.  Perhaps even having a few couples going into the competition type dancing.

"Here's to Life" by Jimmy Borges

They are very gradually coalescing in the area and with the best dance floor in the West they can't lose. As far as we know that floor has never been used for dancing. Same as many Oahu Hotels. They all build big, beautiful "Ballrooms" but only a very, very few permit dancing of any kind on them. It may be illegal on Oahu.

"Movement to music never lies. It is a barometer telling everyone,
the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it."

Friday, January 22, 2016

Wot Happened?

Waipahu is still a puzzle. Are we helping or just getting in the way? Some places want you to get on your knees and get permission to blog'em. I tend to drop these people like a hot potato. If you know what Public Relations are you should have no trouble with us.

"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are
different from the things we do."

Fortunately, Dance Hawaii has dances at the Visayan Hall and they are getting to be better known in the area. That leaves us Waikele or Waipio coming right around the corner soon. Which one, we don't know but either way, all the dancers win. It will probably be Waikele or Wiapio because of the new Dance Pavilion that was to be built at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center and has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster.

"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison

Whatever, this area in West Oahu is developing into the premier dance section on this Island. No, it will not be overnight. Let's have fun helping to develop it for people that want to dance for fun. Waianae Coast is still sitting nice and pretty and not doing too much. But that has been life here all along, take it easy brah! The good news is Tacos and More in Waianae. Live music on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

"Walkin' In The Rain" by Love Unlimited

However change is inevitable and the Waianae Coast is not immune. Besides the ordinary road repair, there is the prospect of the new Kamehameha Schools in Makaha Valley. All three parties involved have spent more than a year trying to finalize this transaction, in spite of the interference by the Present Rail Party.. The expectations and readiness to move ahead by all parties have varied and have unfortunately been misstated publicly.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

It is now time to end this story and move on to the more important one - a fulfillment of dreams on the Waianae Coast. Those dreams are not owned by anyone but by all. Fulfillment in dreams that never had any dancing in them but we all going for them now

“Those who do not hear the music think the dancers mad and
when the music changes, so does the dance”