Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Last

Sorry folks, but one of them had to go.
The Swinging Six will now change to The Fabulous Five.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Help

My health is deteriorating slowly but surely. But then I am 92 years old. So nobody is picking on me, and I just may be due soon. I can go to the dance functions and I have fumbleitis so I take my camera and pass it around. Whatever good pictures are taken I can make a collages of six photos each. I also take pen and pencil hoping a few dancers can share a thought or two. Finally I usually make a write up of my version and make a blog out of it.

“For an Exhibition Dancer - Dancing may be creating a sculpture
that is visible only for a moment.”


I will only go where I am invited. I do not want to interfere unnecessarily. And of course, at the moment our blogs must compete with Facebook videos and people are having a ball taking them. They have the perfect right to enjoy themselves. I can usually get to wherever I need to go and back home by Handi Van. These people are very nice.

"One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (1995)


Most places are doing just fine with Web sites, advertising, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Many do not see Blogs as that much use. There are dance blogs in the mainland that get 1000 average hits per day. That is 30,000 hits per month. I don't know of any dance web or blog with even a tenth of that. I have counters on all my blogs. I want to know and I drop them if I am just beating my gums.

"Social dancers believe that they have to hold onto their smile everyday
and free themselves of that frown."

Friday, August 31, 2018

Line Dancing

By John Iwahiro, Waipio:

A reporter for our dancing news will find it pretty simple and loosely defined as our Information and Photo Contributors. All they do is just get the pertinent information and photos into our blogs. Lately, it seems like we have been getting a little reporting on line dancing in the Central Valley. Waikele, Waipio, Mililani and Wahaiwa. Seems like in West Oahu, men are coming into line dancing slowly but surely. Most every one knows that line dancing is western country dancing where the dancers move in unison in lines that resemble military formations. These dances can be done in bars, night clubs and dance halls, at parties and at celebrations like weddings and graduation parties.


Most of our dancers are aware that people have been line dancing since the beginning of written records of human activity. And most of that time it was by men. Line dancing in the form we see in bars and saloons in the Mainland today closely resembles what were called Contra Dances in New England in the early 1800s.They were called contra dances because they were in the form of two opposing lines -- one line for the men and one line for the women. Sometime in the late 1800s Chorus Lines evolved from Contra Dances. And of course from it evolved the Chorus Girl, well known throughout the first half of the 20th century.

"For the truth is always older than all the opinions people have held
regarding it; and one should be ignoring the nature of truth if we
imagined that the truth began at the time it came to be known."



In the 1940s the Contra dance was brought into popularity again as The Stroll. John Travolta does The Stroll in the movie Grease. By the 1970s, The Stroll had morphed into the type of line dancing that is popular today. However, in Hawaii, somewhere along the way, we lost the men in line dancing. On Oahu it has been a ladies dance for too long. But men dancing seems to be a coming thing in the West. We just don't get much publicity on line dancing. Could be the ladies wish to keep it a private club and we should respect their wishes. Meanwhile it has definitely become part of our social dance scene and including more men.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

No place to dance? We shall dance in the streets.
Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I am currently copying song videos. the music perfect but the videos (free) are not always good. They want you to buy the good ones..

From "The Rubaiyat" by Omar Khayyam (written a millennium ago)

Come, fill the Cup and in the fire of Spring
Your Winter garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way to flutter
And the Bird is on the Wing.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Rumba

Fortunately, in West Oahu we have some of the best Rumba dancers in Hawaii. Of course we have been blessed by having some of the best teachers of the American Style Rumba in the Pacific. The dances of the natives of Latin America put emphasis on the movement of the dancer’s body and not the feet. The rumba tune was considered to be less significant than the intricate cross rhythms offered by a striking of bottles, spoons and pots and in the 20th century, card board boxes.

“Dance to inspire, dance to freedom, life is about experiences
so dance and let yourself become free.”


The music mixed very slowly with the European more than the African. The term ‘rumbo’ connotes ‘route’ in Spanish while the term ‘rumba’ connotes ‘heap pile’. Since there were so many styles, "por ese rumbo" meant "somewhat like that." So all the similar dances acquired the name Rumbo or Rumba, which later, because of its low class, remained Rumba. Meanwhile the dance itself was also changing among the Indians, with little influence from the Europeans or the Blacks.

"The Power Of Love" by CĂ©line Dion  (1994)


And it mostly changed when the mestizos (mixed) began to move to the cities and towns. In a short while the mestizos were the biggest group in the towns and cities. The history of Rumba dance was initiated in the U.S.A in the early 1930’s as a fusion of the rural rumba with Cuban Bolero, Guaracha and the Son. George Raft popularized the rumba dance in the year 1935. This he did by playing a part in the ‘Rumba’ movie where he is featured as a suave dancer that won an heiress’s heart through dancing.

"It requires less character to discover the faults of others
than it does to tolerate them."


Thursday, August 23, 2018

ABDA

Received information from Maili Yagi, and I thank her for giving an old man
something to do. Not art of course, but no one has ever complained
and first posted in the blog, Town Dancer.

Cancelled


"Social dancers, start working and moving towards that dream,
then will their feet have the quality of dance.”


  "This Used To Be My Playground" by Madonna  (1992)

More of ABDA's upcoming dances at the Waikiki Palladium will be on:
Friday, September, 14, 2018. Theme colors are Blue and White!

Also Saturday, October 20, 2018. Theme colors are Orange and Black!

All entry fees are the same as the above prices, but if you sign up or renew
your membership at the October 20, 2018 dance, when they are holding their
annual membership drive, there will be no additional fee to come to the dance
that night, and you can become a member, and you will be entitled to enter
future dances for a year at the member price!

ABDA members makes our dances in Wahiawa so much fun!
Let's give support to ABDA, your sister club!

"Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty
in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread." 

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Waipio

The advanced community: Gentry Business Park is located within a mature 500-acre master planned development in Waipio in the Central Valley, the initial phase of this 125-acre light industrial park was developed in 1980 and has surpassed its value within the marketplace. They began before the Rail Catastrophe people were formed.

“Social dancers believe that good dancers are not good because of their technique,
they are good because of their passion - they love to dance.”


This commercial and retail site served a master-planned mixed-use community with approximately 3,000 residents with such outlets as Costco, a Honda dealership, Kaiser Permanente, Paradise Beverages, Carrier and a new, 99-unit fee simple industrial condominium project. All underground utilities. Lots may be combined. Long term lease with option to purchase available. Eighty per cent of the people that work here live in the Central Valley area. They will never need a rail in a million years and they cannot be conned. What is coming is a good social dance club and a good dance night club. The residents will be living in a real paradise. Live, Work and Play in your own kuleana.

 "Romantic" by Karyn White  (1991)


"A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires
only our silence; which costs us nothing."

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The New Way

Very simple, fell down, they called 911 and they took me to Tripler. Spent seven days and I am not alright. The blogging will be cut down and the blog Latin Rhythms will eventually be deleted. The reader/dancers will make those decisions. I will slow down on the other blogs. Which leaves someone an opportunity to get on as Guest Blogger, in essence your own blog within a blog. I can coach and when you are interested email: letram@gmx.com

“Social dancers know that we all can dance, when we find music that we love.”


Just coming out that there have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of "their game. What the hell do we know?

Received from Maile Yagi, WBDC


"Life is like a library owned by the authors. In it are a few books which they
wrote themselves, but most of them were written for them."