Thursday, July 28, 2016

West Oahu, A Puzzle.

Wow, I am amazed that some dancers in the West are picking this up. We are dancing more socially in the West. If anyone says that the Cha Cha Cha is a rock step and a chassé, Most of us believe them because we are that kind of dancer. If anyone says that the Swing is a rock step and two chassés, we believe them if we are that kind of dancer. If anyone says that the Mambo, Rumba, Calypso, Beguine, Son, Salsa, etc, ad nauseum are a rock step and a slow step, we can believe them. And variations are "standard" in all of dancing. How is that for an oxymoron?

"It is the same in our dance world, just because the majority is doing something, doesn't mean it's right and the rest of us are wrong."  


Platinum Horseshoe blog is primed and ready if it can get a couple of information contributors and couple of Guest Authors and that is all that is needed to get it into the top rung. I can then choose two interested Administrators, it would go independent and run all the way from Makaha to Turtle Bay Hilton. Why not?

 "Always In My Heart" By Placido Domingo


Waipio still has the Legacy Ballroom but no one has ever found out what kind of dancing could be done there. But of course a little further north and Mililani is abuzz with possibilites. A possible new social dance club - a line dancing group - and even new night club for social dancers. The biggest hold up for the West has been the insistence of Downtown to have our people work in Downtown Honolulu.

"Vaya Con Dios" por Les Paul and Mary Ford



West Oahu seems to be rolling and I am amazed. More dancers are emerging from this section. The Waianae Coast is waiting. The Waianae District Park dance floor was the greatest and now HBDA Dance Studio has rivaled it. And the reader/dancers are becoming more aware of the dance floors, the size and quality of the material. Of course in the beginning it was just to find a place to dance. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

As the Pirates of the old Caribbean use to sing,
"Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of Rum."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Slowly

Bad news, we got a whole slew of new scam, spam, robot hits sending the hits way up. The hits look nice but are just no good. I guess Blogger tries to block these spammers but they come back in again with new URLs. Fortunately the blogs remain in the same proportion so I can still help the bottom ones.

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human
disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not
a little disguised or a little mistaken.”


But the West seems to be going in the right direction and that is up. Stands to reason with the huge dance population developing in West Oahu and the Rail Disaster messing it all up. There will be a new dance club formed in West Oahu by dancers more optimistically inclined. Prime is the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. These dancers will also use this blog to their members' advantage. And of course this will just be the beginning. "Go West, Young Man, Go West."

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Of course we can all look forward to the Platinmum Horseshoe for the main disbursement of dance information in West Oahu. The new Dance Palace to be located in the Waipio area is just around the corner. A new night club may arise in Waikele, which will make the area an entirely new ballgame. And the upper Moanalua Corridor can forget that they, "coulda been home in 20 minutes." the Rail Disaster has messed that up completely. And the Fat Cats in Honolulu are having a party of their own.

"Besame Mucho" by Placido Domingo

Meanwhile, I can do very little, though I can move around a little better now. And I am trying desperately to move out of here. The thing is the dancers, to get more dancers and to get more dancers involved. It will take time. It is working pretty good on the Waianae coast after so many decades of ignoring the dance same as the North Shore. And once I can get one of these blogs independent, I will have more time to move the rest.

"God never asks about ability, just availability."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Down But Not Out

Quite a difference from last month to this month. At the end of May, Platinum Horseshoe was Numbah one ahead of Town Dancer in hits. Easy to explain. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Kapolei Chapter, HBDA with interesting dance news and photos. This month, nothing and the hits show it. Platinum Horseshoe is now in third place behind Blogging Hawaii.

"There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or
the mirror that reflects it."


Not just dancers but most of the residents of the Moanalua Corridor have become aware that next to Waikiki, the densest populated area, on this island, is just where they live. But the Rail Catastrophe has devastated this entire section and some already suspect that it is going to get worse. Even the hostess bars are not doing so good and one in Pearl City, closed last week. The fat cats in Honolulu are raking the money in. We all should understand that "It has always been the bread, Fred."

"Be My Love" By Mario Lanza 
  

Town Dancer, the Dance Blog still King of the Hill

We still get little news about dancing from that section. However, the Moanalua Corridor cannot do it, that is for sure now. The two studios (maybe three) think in terms of Web Sites so they don't know much about blogging. But there are others that have some knowledge of blogging and simply are not accustomed to doing it. It is a slow uphill climb. We have the North Shore, and the Waianae Coast in our sights and getting there is the big problem. Gotta keep on working at it.

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. We might have a glass of wine to silence our silly brains of its worries but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.” 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dancing? Whazzat?

By Jason Chung, Pacific Palisades
Learning to dance.

The beginning was way back, right after the time of Agriculture, about 10000 years ago. It was probably some kind of rhythm and it was step, step, step or walking dance. Even today, the blacks dancing in Africa are dancing up and down, step, step, step. You can see them on TV all the time. With time they learned to vary the rhythm into quick, quick, slow or slow, quick, quick. Now that was just asking for some syncopation. It took hold everywhere but people are people even though the Mexican civilizations began earlier than anyone on this planet. And the Mayans brought it to a peak about 1500 years ago with over 3000 different dances.

"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
~Woodrow Wilson


And it has evolved to present day dances all over the world. Perhaps over 10000 different dances and many of the dances are still step, step, step, just walking. Any extra movements have been according to the way one feels the music no matter what or how many beats in the measure. The old Milonga, Waltz and even Fox Trot can be danced this way to the music, just walking, step, step, step. And of course the resulting differences in movement is according to the way the music makes you feel.

"Always On My Mind" By Willie Nelson


The next most important step, was the rock step. Done in many different ways but it is still the rock step and identified in modern day dancing as a rock step.Then along came the Chassé, a refined Rock Step, quite independently in the world, though not called by the same name, of course. There was a shuffle in there somewhere, that we know. If it was popular and used in the dances by the Portuguese and also by the Indians in Brazil, the fusion into the Samba was inevitable. If the identical movement is used by the military to get back in step in marching, it is not a coincidence.

Happy Dancing.
Jason

"The only dancer we can really and fairly compare with,
is the dancer that we used to be."

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gonna Make It.

The Central Valley seems like the most progressive social dance area in West Oahu. The Moanalua Corridor has been completely destroyed by the Rail Catastrophe. And Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahiawa have been very important to the music and dance scene in the Central Valley. I believe there has been a dance group in Whitmore Village but we don't hear much about them. They have a line dance group near Wahiawa too, but they prefer to remain private and we will respect. 
 
"A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green
majesty of a forest. We too can set our faces to the wind
and throw our handful of seed on high."


They have Salsa at "Just Tacos," in Mililani on Saturday night and are doing just fine. However, Just Tacos has a Web site and are in Facebook, so they feel they do not need us. Many others do not know that
whatever you have now, blogs are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to," and they don't cost. Dig? Anyway, Mililani is getting ready for more action and there  could be a new night club or a social club there in the near future. We offer our help in the Public Relations with our blogging.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


The Central Valley just needs a good steady all around information contributor that could eventually phase over into a Guest Author that could cover Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and the dance scene at Dot's in Wahaiwa for the Central Valley readers/dancers. And any new place where it would pop up. The hits on this blog could go through the roof and the blog would be in like Flynn.
 
"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho


The Rail Party is doing a good job of keeping the action down in Kapolei, the Second City so as not to interfere with the Rail Disaster. New bars have slowed down to nothing. And there are more people that realize that with a business park nearby, 'I coulda been home in 20 minutes." A flicker of hope has appeared where some bars are offering Live Music but only for listening. The marked signification in making a bar or lounge into a night club is a  "dance floor." Even if it is only ten by ten. Auwe.


From an Exhibition Dancer:
 "The dance is over, the applause has subsided, but the joy
and the feeling will stay with me forever."

 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Still In Doubt

I must get rolling again because the hits have been stagnating. I will have to plan on going to a dance function by next week and take my camera. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is doing well on this blog and if we get more news from them now and then it will help to run up the hits. And the reader/dancers will not be just from the Central Valley section. Kapolei Chapter HBDA is doing pretty good too. Maybe I can visit Pearlridge Chapter at the new Studio, from where I live, it is easy on the #53 bus.

“There is no doubt that lies can do a better job than the truth.”


And what happened to the Cha Cha Cha?
One of the best dances in the world today.

Meanwhile, the scuttlebutt is up and running in the Mililani - Waipio - Waikele area. Dance Clubs, Night Clubs, Community Centers, District Parks and home parties. Many of them just rumours, but if anyone has any news, send it in for the reader/dancers of this blog. The information contributors can make this blog into a powerhouse of social dance information all the way to the North Shore.

"Wrong Way" by Sublime


We need that new Night Club in the area for
the Social Dancers of this community.

Since many concepts of urbanization have existed for a long time back in history, the point of which folk dance is to be considered a more historical street dance is often broad and unknown. Fortunately we don't have to worry too much about that. We just get out and "Madam, may I have this dance?" In the Central Valley we are getting the right people.

“Live your truth. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your
dreams. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings.
Make today worth remembering."

Monday, July 4, 2016

We Cannot Lose Hope

This entire blog sphere is now at a stand still and I know fully well why. I have been hospital and housebound for two months with a swollen foot. Fortunately I can now put my shoes on comfortably and I will have to plan on visiting some dance clubs. My fingers are not so good so the most I can do is take the camera and maybe I can get some help getting some photos.

"Life's heaviest burden is to have nothing to carry."


All Quiet On The Western Front, title from an old novel. That has been for dancing in the way of the Rail Disaster too. So we have to look for some action where we can do some good for our fellow dancers. The Waianae Coast and the North Shore look more promising.They have been awakened by the Rail Crisis in town. They may look forward to living, working and playing in their own kuleana. So I am hoping to get some information from someone in those sections. Just about anything will do, just so they describe more dancing in West. Icing on the cake would be a couple photos.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


However there are not enough real complaints heard in West Oahu that are not heard on any part of the Island. Housing is not a primary need, but a couple of good industrial centers are crucial to the people that live on the area. If ten thousand cars pass through the Kam Hwy bottleneck or the freeway every morning, think of the break if just half of those were working on the Waianae Coast or in the Central Valley.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho


To live/work on the Waianae Coast or in the Central Valley would be a dream come true for so many. "I coulda been home in twenty minutes." This wouldn’t make more millions for the Fat Cats in Honolulu, but it would do wonders for the West. Then think of the social life that would develop. Dinner/Dance at a new enlarged Community Center in Mililani! These ideas have been there for years now. But everybody has to bet their fortunes on Da Rail Mess. As the Russian say, Tough Shitsky!