Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Party Part 2

For sure we all had a wonderful time. The entire party was very nice, everyone had a good time dancing and socializing. And the beautiful music all around us made for a very pleasant atmosphere and everyone seemed to realize it. At 9:30 I began to be aware that the Handi Van might show up but nothing. Went in and out of the dance several times until almost ten.

Most people can notice that this club has some of the best Rumba dancers on this island. This captivating favorite of Latin American Dancers throughout the world is characterized by the leg and hip action which adds to the suave styling of the sensual Rumba patterns. To excel in the Rumba a dancer should develop a sense of musical interpretation and physical control and these people got it.

"Deck the Halls"

"Merry Christmas to all, Our WBDC always has good parties and a gathering
of good people, dancers or not. Hope to see them all in 2018." ~ Carol M.

Then they began to close up the place and everyone pitch in. And then Rod offered to take me home. Wow, what a break. They help in closing up and I got packed in his vehicle by 10:15. We were on our way, then Carol stopped us and said my Handi Van was there. It was a cab and he just said he was late. Got transferred over to the cab

The ride home was not bad and I got home by eleven. First chance I got was to eat some of the goodies that Maile prepared for me. Ultra delicious. Then got on the computer before my memory gave out and got most this down. I was able to make part one because Rod took some good photos with my camera. Had to wait to for Maile or anyone else would send me for this blog.

"December 9th. What a memorable night as WBDC rekindled the roaring 20's for their Christmas Dance. The women were just dressed lavishly to bring back that 1920's
feeling. Likewise, most of the men were dressed in black with suspenders as a
tribute to their great ancestors from the 1920's. ~ Rodney and Carol

"Good King Wenceslas" 

Pubs Note: we have been so fortunate to get many photos from Maile. I have enough to put some in the Blogging Hawaii blog and give those readers a break. And we can surely thank her for getting all these photos for the benefit of the readers, the photees and of course Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Party

I prepared the day carefully for it was important to me. I called the Handi Van the day before and they agreed to pick me at 5pm at home and take me to Halemano Plantation. They also agreed to pick me up at 9:30pm at the Party and bring me back home. I prepared a half dozen USB drives for door prizes or whatever. The Handi Van picked me up at 5 and I got to Halemano Plantation before six.

"Happy Holidays. What happened to Santa Claus? Great time and Happyness to all"
~ Sherwood Kaopua

Plenty people already there and the food tables were being set up. General Dancing to that terrific music by DJ Leland. Christmas music and carols intermixed with the regulars, There is no substitute for Luis Miguel singing "El Reloj." All the nice people were there and we were all sorry the President couldn't make it. Finally sat near my good friends Rod and Roselie, Art and Lisa Apilado. The food line began early and I went over and said hello to Leland and Maile.

"Happy Holidays everyone for Wahiawa Ballroom. We always have a blast
and hope to continue in 2018" ~ Dieter and Gloria Pfister

General Dancing and everyone enjoying themselves, saying hello and Merry Christmas to all their good friends. The music as per usual was terrific and everyone knew it. Maile darting here and there helping out wherever. I began to get some opinions from some of the attendees. Very gracious to help make this into real Social Media. Sometime before eight, they had the first door prizes and boy, they were all goodies. They had several time outs for door prizes during the evening and they sure gave some additional happiness to most people for the night.

"Merry Christmas from our roaring 20's Christmas Dance. It was a blast!!"
~ Abing and Dorado's

The energy in the crowd was reflecting on me and I finally got the courage to ask Carol for a Rumba. And she knows I have to be in "careful mode." I did not do anything fancy and she followed me perfectly and it felt like a triumph. Later with the crowd energy and everyone dancing to their pleasure a Merengue came on. Those are pretty firm step movements and I had to get up and move it. Soon Maile joined me and then two other ladies came to help this old man enjoy the sunrise. Terrific Merengue, thanks Leland.

"Jingle Bells"

So how was your evening? For me it was the biggest and best thing in West Oahu. You got anything better? You are entitled to it. This is all the photos I got, taken by Rod with my camera. Good Job, Rod. I will make the continuation in a couple of days when I get more photos. Mahalo.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Helemano Plantation

From their website: Helemano Plantation, a place "where aloha begins" - A unique community of people caring for people. A place where you truly take a piece of Aloha with you. Once a dream, Helemano Plantation also founded by Mrs. Susanna F. Cheung, provides a "real world" work environment for the developmentally disabled. Helemano Plantation offers training and employment opportunities in its work centers. You will also be able to visit the Country Inn Restaurant, Gateway to Asia, Gift Shop, Bake Shop, Farm, and Garden.

This may be of interest to those not lucky enough to be attending the Dance Social on Saturday, December 9th, by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. I happen to be one of the lucky ones invited. I will be fortunate enough to be able to get enough information to make a nice blog. We got people from Kapolei, Makaha and Turtle Bay very interested. The Central Valley is becoming well known on Oahu.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

I will have to take the Handi Van and they are very nice people. Last time Rod gifted me with a little wine and with all the good spirits of the dancers around me, I felt like swinging from the chandeliers.

"Social dancers know that it is with your feet that you move -
but it is with your heart that you dance."

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Season

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an Event -
Get really into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a Lucky Few.

Share the body movement with your Partner to music - and be Passionate about it -
Exercise your body - Dance a fast Salsa like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your Entire Life - and increase your own Energy -
Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors - and the textures of the Social
Dance Scene. -- And be nice to the world around you.

 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Cayetano's FAST (Flexible Affordable, Smart Transportation) seems to have been the best plan ever devised on the island of Oahu. Took into consideration "comfortable," other plans have many other criteria (like big profits.) "Comfortable" is not a known factor by Honolulu transportation experts. Getting the people off of their cars and onto public transportation should be the primary motivating factor throughout the world. We got too many cars. In Honolulu, the Fat Cats say, "It's the money, Sonny.

"The First Noel"

The different dance clubs on Oahu seem to be set with less competitive spirit of the old and a more cooperative method of dealing with each other - Nice. Is there going to be another dance club on Oahu? You'd better believe it. There will be one in Kapolei, Waianae or the North Shore,

"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything
is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, November 27, 2017

West Oahu

West Oahu is really coming into its own. The North Shore is looking good and the Waianae Coast is trying. I have undeleted the Ritmo Mestizo blog for blogging reasons and they are not doing too bad for just being revived. It seems like there are more fans of Latin music and dance in West Oahu. It may take a couple months for it to get out of the single digit average per day hits. That is my plan and if it cannot do that, it will be deleted. Most Dance Web sites on Oahu have had single digit average per day hits, so most counters have been eliminated from dance Web sites.

“Social dancers think that the reason they dance is that there are things
that the heart thinks of that only the body understands.”

Ritmo Mestizo will include the increasing interest in Latin music and dance. There is much American and European styles in the music now, "you can dance rumba to it." It is not the same as "You gotta dance Rumba to it!" This may center itself in Waianae, who knows? They seem to have the best Rumba dancers in the Pacific. But what do I know.? Time will tell. The territory is becoming more evident to all our readers and it is definitely a work in process.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

And in town, Divino Ritmo Dance

Kapolei had been chosen as Second City some time ago, but the Present Rail Party has had other plans. Business Parks are out because thousands could work in Kapolie and "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. They have a good harbor and an airport. But Honolulu Fat Cats are going to slow that down, they know that the Rail is obsolete. And they are making millions and millions of dollars every day. It's da money, Sonny and that is the way the mop plops. We can only go by our wants and needs and we don't have to support anyone

“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books,
all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have
arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.” ~ Molière

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The season is just getting started and I am meeting so many nice people in a good mood. Everyone seems to have good wishes for everyone. For me it started at the Wahiawa Recreation Center with the Social of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so many nice people. Then the news I have been receiving of parties to come and posting in my blogs. Uplifting for the entire dance community on Oahu.

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will
never do any harm to the world.”  ― Voltaire

I just received a gift card from Catholic Charities for Thanksgiving. They give one to every one in this housing complex. Got a helmet from the VA in case I fall down again. I am keeping away from the office downstairs and my depression all around seems to be clearing up. My health is more or less under control. Add to all this and the music and dance is developing too.

"This Is My Song" by Petula Clark

Social dance on Oahu is da kine dance that has social function and context. Social dances are generally intended for participation rather than performance and can be led and followed with relative ease using very basic moves to enjoy the music. They are often danced merely to socialize and for entertainment. And they certainly can be a lot of fun even in a big ballroom.

“How inappropriate! Who’d ever dream of showing up at a dance with a walker?
What does he think he’s going to do all night?”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wild, Wild West in Wahiawa

I had a nice day doing my work and planning for the evening trip to Wahiawa, Now, that I got my helmet, I decided to take the bus. The Handi Van people are very nice, but better if I bother them less. It is almost a mile to the bus stop from my home but the walk felt nice. I spend too much time on the computer. The bus was late but I had time to get off at Foodland in Wahiawa and bought a chocolate cake.

I got to the Hale Hookipa Room and plenty people already there preparing all the goodies to eat and the seating, the music. Looked like a good crowd was forming up. Hello to my friends and I found my usual spot to place my walker. I was also fortunate to sit next to Pauline Kim, who is a good dancer and one of the many good people of WBDC. Of course, Leland and Maile were there doing their thing for the good of all the dancers. My good friends, Rod and Rosalie were close by too. Most people are in nice friendly groups and that doesn't hurt the festivities at all.

Maile came through like a champ again with the photos, Mahalo

"What A Wonderful World" by Satcho Armstrong

"Yeeha! It's always a dancing joy to be at the Wahiawa Dance Social! The
theme this Friday, "Wild Wild West" The Hawaiian cowboys and gals
were swirling their skirts and kicking up their boots to great music,
food and fun. I love their passion for fun." ~ Pauline Kim

The music and the spirit of all these nice people completely separate me from my depression. It propelled me to a dance with Pauline but I got dizzy in less than a minute and I had to stop. Later Leland laid down a Merengue that had the beat and the kind of movement that let me feel steady. Soon Maile joined and almost like partner dancing - I felt sturdy to the end. I did not try another, I did not want to push my luck.

"Yeeha, !! What a night for WBDC. Enjoyed dancing Western dances as
well as Ballroom. More power to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.
Aloha" ~ Rod and Rosalie

Had enough photos for another blog. I think I will follow it up in the Blogging Hawaii blog of tomorrow. Mahalo.

"Social dancers realize that dancing is inherently social, where steps replace words and beats ironed out pauses and we can understand each other very well."