Saturday, October 14, 2017

Take A Good Look

West Oahu is coming around slowly but steadily. Of course now we are looking specifically for something on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Then there are the Neighbor Islands. They seem to like being local, though some are expanding their vistas island wide. There are people on Kauai that have friends and relatives on the Big Island. Not as people living somewhere in the Pacific but close by in a neighbor island. The same thing applies to all the islands.

"Social dancers believe it is in their nature to dance by virtue of the beat of
their hearts, the pulse of their blood and the music in their minds."

There is dancing on the neighbor islands and many are very local. And perhaps it is sinful for an organization to contact outside the islands. But individuals still have rights and they can contact any of our blogs on Oahu. They can contribute photos and bits of dance news for the benefit of all. We could be a happy family of dancing islanders and even visit each other for dancing sessions. If any of them start their own blogs we would be willing to help and even exchange links.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Our increasing dance environment will go to all the islands. A blog is just another way of being heard. It is a simplistic, evolutionary site which allows social dancers to effortlessly express themselves, share their knowledge and advice throughout the internet. They adapt and evolve to meet the needs of the present group of dancers. That's our blogs - Social Media. Then we will be looking for some way to get more photos to include in my collages when I get the opportunity to blog a social. And we keep on polishing to give the readers what interests them.

"Social dancers know that the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it
the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one." 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dis N Dat

This blog is still in process of defining itself. Too much town stuff in so many other blogs and we cannot blame them, that is where the action has always been. "We" should be getting photos and information from places along the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Not much doing yet but it is coming because of the Rail Disaster. When the action starts rolling it should show in this blog. When all the outside dancing places are established for the local, local dancers, then it will be nice to decide and visit some nice dances in Kaneohe some Saturday night for a change of venue.

"Social Dancers do not care if you cannot dance like an exhibition dancer.
If you enjoy moving to your favorite music, you're dancing."

Say hello to old friends, dance the night away and it can become a memorable evening. This will come about all by itself. Salsa on the North Shore - how about that?  and we going to get one on the Waianae Coast. Tacos And More in Waianae has tried it but never got enough publicity. By the time I was informed they had changed it to music only on Thursday evening. Cholo's Homestyle Mexican in Haleiwa is doing just great with live music. Salsa with Bachata making some inroads into the programs. But then what happened to Mambo?

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Some people say that Mambo’s popularity and longevity has been blown out of proportion. I personally loved it. They say it has been taken out of context since the book and the movie, "The Mambo Kings," and gave high hopes of a Mambo comeback. The Mambo’s Golden Age lasted at the most 20 years - from 1955 to circa 1975. For the real Latin Dance Fans it was a fad dance and did not compare with the decades after decades of dancing to Rumba and Samba. The Mambo was only one of the musical expressions attracting NY born Latinos, yes mainly NY Puerto Ricans, or NuYorkricans but Cubans in Florida too.  Not Trumps favorite people.

"Social Dancers do not practice much. They just enjoying their dance
and have all the time in the world to dance better. Yes, it does take
some act of vision, of faith, of desire but it has to be fun."

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Da West

by Brian Fukumoto, Waipio:

Nice that the studio situation for our type of dancing is just starting to move and getting good notices around this island. We have some very good Studios in town but we as reader/dancers do not get much information about them. Oh, we all get little advertising flyers, now and then, but not real information about what's doin'. The people, the happenings, you know, da Kine that makes our blogs Social Media. Lucky we are also getting blogging from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and that makes our world go around and it doesn't do them any harm.

 "The road to success - start at the bottom and wake up."

Many have Web sites and they figure that is all they need. Web sites have very pertinent information but they are not blogs. We live an awful long ways from town so we could have a little more action going on in the West. Perhaps a Dance Appeal Studio teaching our kind of dancing, big enough and it could be use for a weekly shindig dancing. And some of the dancers out here could give the blogs a little more information of the doings, maybe a photo or two and it might help their favorite club or studio. We getting there.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

Some could even develop into Guest Authors and blog whenever they wish and whatever they wish. Anyway we should promote the dance action in this part of town, it is needed desperately. The alcohol departments must accept, (not complain) about the lack of drunks in our dance community and make arrangements to account for it. How about a cover charge? And lowering the price on the drinks? And how about making the 100 different juices available in a night club atmosphere? These are changing times and to survive we must accept certain changes and go with the flow. Happy Dancing everyone.

"Social dancers do not see themselves as artists. They may see social dancing as the
perfect combination of so many wonderful art forms - music, dance, theater."

What's Doin?

The thing we were hoping for was something in Waikele or Waipio and we simply waited in vain for the Dance Pavilion to be built in the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. Now the Pavilion has been postponed and the money will be used for the huge advertising in favor of the Rail Disaster. Central Valley blog has been put on hold so many times. "We coulda been a contendah." But Platinum Horseshoe is coming along very well, and we should have many new clients to make contact with for our mutual benefit.

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
~Mikhail Baryshnikov

Perhaps there will be another big blog in a couple years. The solid anchors remain, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dance Appeal Studio, now well known as the Jewel in West Oahu. This blog doesn't have anywhere else to go but up. You can also check in on Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, we don't get much from them. There will a new one in Kapolei, in spite of the Present Rail Party. Getting some good photos of the action and dancing will go even further west up the Waianae Coast. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Just Tacos, is in a world of their own, they don't know about us so perhaps in another year or so, we can make contact. Dot's in Wahiawa has all the information going to downtown and appealing to downtown people. So they seem to be Town oriented too. This is going to be fun, to eventually evolve dancers/residents from Central Valley and we will have Social Dance Clubs, Salsa Dancing and plain old everyday shoe shuffling just for fun, "In the Valley." Yes, I know I can go into town and struggle through that traffic and it will take 20 minutes just to get out of the parking area. In the Central Valley, the time is coming, "I had a ball and I got home in 20 minutes."

For Halloween:

Q: Why didn't the skeleton dance at the party?
A: Because he had no body to dance with.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Holiday Season

For Dancers. it customarily starts on October first. Which gives everyone an extra kick for dancing. In the West we have Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club leading the way. Coming up strong is the Jewel of West Oahu, Dance Appeal Studio in Waipahu. We don't have anything yet on Aiea Ballroom Dance Association. Anybody else, let us know.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Tickets have gone on sale at the Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room and you can call Carol Kohagura at 623-7256, up until November 24th, or when all tickets are sold out, whichever comes first! See more details on the flyer

Nothing much coming from this territory and this blog is definitely territorial. The aim is to develop the acceptance of cultural dancing in West Oahu. Most residents have gone into town for dancing for years, Some of the Clubs that originated in the West are still town oriented which of course should be their choice.  But we must establish cultural dancing as a norm in this neck of the woods. Waianae and the North Shore are just itching. And Wahiawa and Waipahu are sure doing it now.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

"Social Dancers believe that they can write and draw and build
and play and dance and live as only they can."

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Robert Cordoba

Dance Champion. Coach. Choreographer. U.S. Swing Dance Champion. Hall of Famer.

Robert Cordoba has been dancing, teaching, performing, choreographing and judging for over thirty years. He started competing in International Latin at the age of sixteen when he was a member of two U.S. International Latin American formation teams. He was a top U.S Amateur competitor representing the events throughout until he switched to West Coast Swing in 1990. Within two years he won his first U.S. Open title.

"Most Social dancers come from a long line of people who have been expressing themselves through moving to their favorite music for a long time"

For the past twenty years Robert has averaged approximately forty weekends per year traveling around the world to teach West Coast Swing. His impressive list of accomplishments includes: 7 U.S. Open titles, 4 consecutive USA Grand National titles, 4 consecutive N.A.S.D.E. titles, multiple J&J and Strictly Swing titles, was voted best Classic Swing Dancer by Dance Action magazine, was awarded “U.S. Open Social Dancer”, and he was the first person to win 3 consecutive US Open titles.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Received from Roscel Garcia

Robert Cordoba has judged every major event including the Grand Nationals and U.S. Open multiple times. He has been the head judge, MC and DJ at events throughout the Europe and the South Pacific. He is among the first group of professionals to help get the West Coast Swing scene started in New York; has been teaching throughout Europe since the late 90′s (helping to establish WC Swing in Europe); and was one of the first Americans to introduce WC Swing to the South Pacific back in 2000. And still at it in Hawaii.

"Social Dancers know that the wicked abhor good things. One can
gain more strength and energy by performing good deeds."

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Social Dancer

By Anson Bean, Waikele
Social Dancers believe in aristocracy. Not the aristocracy of power based on rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members represent the true human tradition, the one permanent victory of our queer race over cruelty and chaos. They listen to the opinions of other dancers and try to be understanding.

"Social Dancers know that successful change demands that there be a kind of
social consciousness. There has to be a social commitment, a social
consciousness that joins the dancers together."

Social Dancers are sensitive for others as well as themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their pluck is not swankiness but the power to endure and they can take a joke. Their true measure comes out in how they treat another person who will do them absolutely no good. They can avoid looking up as well as looking down on anyone.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

The aristocracy of the Social Dancer's spirit is not — cheap, whiny, petty. They are without showiness, without envy, without narrowness of any kind. They want to enjoy life. They do have certain snobberies. They look down on bullies, bigots, liars and cheats. Their idea of a low life is a gossip, - and the commoners they snub are the cruel, the ungenerous and the unkind. Social Dancers are real people on Oahu.

"Social dance may be the ultimate art form. It has movement to music
and drama and emotion and story."