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Friday, March 27, 2015

Da New One

Wow, this blog is just doing wonders. I can't believe it. I got rid of a lot of the scam spam hits and a few are still there but more or less it is Dancing in Hawaii. The Waianae Coast is just fine and so is the right side of the Horseshoe going up through Wahiawa and all the way to the North Shore. Just need a little more news from all these terrific dance places. Let us have it.

"The city of Honolulu has evolved into a place where you spend more than you make,
in things you don't really need, to impress people you don't like."


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

There seems to be a hellavah lot of new interest in Social Dancing in the West. Specially because of the Rail Catastrophe. They have made it imperative to have Second City in Kapolei and perhaps Third City in the Waianae Coast. Not new housing but the industrial parks. Just a couple with 5000 employees would mean 5000 less cars on the freeways to and from Honolulu and another 5000 missing from downtown traffic. And I coulda been home in 20 minutes. Yes, we all know they want to keep it a big secret. The Present Rail Party is known for its honesty. Bunch of crooks.


There are over 600 documented step patterns in Cha Cha Cha alone. What about Rumba? The Mayan Civilization in Mexico had over 2500 different dances 2000 years ago. It is possible that all the movements are related to each other? You'd better believe it. Most of what we dance for fun are simple natural step patterns. In the disciplines you have the complex unnatural step patterns for a reason. You can guess why. The present evolving social dancer will steer clear of those and dance for fun. We are still Dancing in Hawaii.

 “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Pub's Side Note: 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 can give them some of my music on USB.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Solid, Jackson

This blog is getting solid as a rock. Started out as Kapolei but soon took over the Central Valley. Waipio, and up through Wahiawa and all the way to the North Shore, because not much doing over there. At least enough to post as a separate blog. That section now coming in a little stronger with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's In Wahiawa and an occasional blip from the North Shore.

"Be who you are, say what you feel, cuz those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind."


Latest to go is the devastated Moanalua Corridor (with the Rail Disaster) that is no more and the section all the way to the Stadium will be included in Platinum Horseshoe. The new blog will be West Honolulu, and cover the area from the Stadium to Chinatown, hopefully we can do something with that if we can keep far away from the Rail Catastrophe.

"The Music of Hawai'i" by Melveen Leed

Meanwhile, there is more action in the bars and cocktail lounges in Kapolei. Many are already getting live music. What makes a Night Club? Simply a dance floor. Of course, not many in Kapolei really understand anything about dance floors. A ten by ten is not a dance floor, call it what you want. You must have enough room to dance Waltz in American Style bronze steps.


We are not going to get there overnight. There is a possible dance club near the Kalealoa Airport, that area is developing very nicely. Then there is the Kalealoa Harbor and Honokai Hale, not to mention Kapolei itself. The new shopping center will have two economically price hotels and there is a big opportunity there. There is going to be some social dancing in the area.


Fortunately there is a recognition that International is a competition format and is to be "judged." There are many in town that go for it and they know they will never enter a competition in their entire life. The have their rights, don't knock it. In American Style, we don't have to worry about that because it is social dancing and does not have to be judged. Bronze and Silver is social. Gold and you are going for competition.

 "I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Social dance will be danced in the streets, in malls, school cafeterias, district parks and community centers. And how about night clubs? It will not be concentrated on dancing technique, the main thing will be to enjoy moving to your favorite music.  Most everyone is already aware of this, we just have to come out with it. And the big problem remains. Where we gonna dance? Dancing in Hawaii.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Chassé

By John Chung, Honokai Hale:

The Chassé has been done by humans from as far back as 10 thousand years. 9 thousand? We shouldn’t quibble over it. Humans can say, “been there, done that.” The point is that it really did not begin to be recognized as such until the beginning of modern partner dancing. And that is only about three centuries back. The word came from ballet terminology and from the French meaning “to chase.’ Nothing difficult about that.

"Our greatest weakness has always been in giving up. The most certain way
to success is to always try - just one more time."


Big Mahalo to Gareth Au for making this available for our readers/dancers.

What was it and what is it? Chassé is a three-step pattern, going basically in the same direction with the leading foot always leading. The man going forward and the woman going back in the first half of the chassé, and with the man going back and the woman going forward to complete the second half - is the “natural step.”

"Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night

Side steps are part of it too, but any other fashion is an “unnatural chassé step” even though they may be quite acceptable in some disciplines. They are also used extensively in exhibition dances and most look just fine. It works the same as the rock step, as a complementary step, as a mirror step and even as a promenade step, with eight basic directions.

Kalealoa Airport: Now you can make it to Maui in less time than "Rapid Transit"
(da Rail Disaster) can make it to Honolulu. Not a misnomer, a deliberate lie.

So in the West, we can now start to assemble the steps into a dance pattern and it is mostly up to the dancers. How about using a rock step and a chassé as basic to some good Cha Cha Cha music? Wow, the absolute berries. And how about a Rock Step and two chassés to some good Swing music? Terrific! We are getting a good bunch of dancers in the west that know how to get the best simple moves out of all that beautiful music. And what is more, they know what they are doing.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Waltz, American Style

Waltz Style: American Smooth (Ballroom) is very prominent as social dancing in West Oahu. Waltz music is some of the best music ever written. Slow ballads or instrumental music in 3/4 time. Tempo is 84 - 96 beats per minute and the basic rhythm is 1,2,3 1,2,3 (strong accent on 1.) Can't beat that.

 "We should decide how we have to act now. We are responsible for what we are
and what we wish ourselves to be. We have the power to make ourselves."

Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. The American style is punctuated with lavish open movements, underarm turns, and solo spins. At 28-30 measures per minute, the tempo is slow at best, but the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from dancers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The Interest in social dance in the West is rising, slowly but surely. Fortunately there are clubs already taking advantage of the fact. Kalealoa section seems to have the most promising future, but Honokai Hale is not far behind. But it stand to reason, people avoiding the Rail Disaster with all its bad effects on the freeways.The Bars and Lounges are looking more into live music and from there they just need a dance floor.


That is all it takes to make it a Night Club. Of course, many floors will be too small. If you cannot dance American Waltz at the Bronze level comfortably, it is too small. Night Clubs still think in terms of the last century and club income is based on the sale of booze. They cannot sell anything else. On the mainland many sell food and other non alcoholic drinks to derive additional income.

 
From the Blue Book, for the men: Step back before guiding the woman under. Keep your free hand at waist level. Snap your fingers and hold your hand in that position. Don’t allow the “claw” or "gunslinger” look to develop. Keep your thumb positioned on top. When entering the Under Arm Turn, keep your elbow down and go under the bend of your own wrist.

And for ladies: Retract your elbow and hand of your free arm in toward your own body as you go around in the turn. Your free left hand should be kept at chest level with your fingers gently pretty well set. Put your middle finger and your thumb together. Next, spread them apart about an inch. That's it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We are doing it.

The popular social dancing in the West is very clear. American Waltz, Fox Trot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Tango and Mambo. Anything else is gingerbread. Nice but not necessary. In the Latin Clubs they will have to have Latin Waltz.

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

The square step in the Waltz has been the most easily accepted. The man, by custom will step forward with his left foot on the one count and step with his right foot to the right and close the left foot to his right. One half of the basic Waltz in American Waltz and we have all been accustomed to it in the last century and a half. It has worked out very nicely and I have never heard any complaints.


We also have some good news from Maile Yagi and the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

Aloha Dancers!
Tonight tickets go on sale at the Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room.
Or Call Carol Kohagura at 623-7256 to reserve.


I do think of all the good dancers in our dance circles that can talk to God.
When I try, he is out to lunch.

Somebody's Dream: A mix of live bands and DJs keep two dance floors writhing. This club is 18+ on Thursday and Friday, and stays open all night Saturday, with a separate after-hours club on Fridays. But all the action is not necessarily on the first floor. There is a separate action on the second floor and the entrance is quite impressive.

"Member satisfaction does not have to be a goal.
It's the by product of a well run dance club."


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Developing Nicely

This blog is really fleshing itself our very nicely. Just one Guest Author and it may rival the famous Town Dancer blog. But too many good dancers out there that do not feel they are "qualified" to comment on Dancing in Hawaii, for whatevah the reason. I know we do not need "clones" and each and everyone is different and that is the value of the Guest Author, their uniqueness.

"Unfortunately, some people can be brain washed with an eye dropper."


Now in the West, as we  move slowly ahead in our "Dance in Hawaii" environment, we must think "Dance Floors." We have discussed size in other blogs but now we can go into the physical material where we do our clodhopping. And we all accept the fact that we lack some good flooring. Flooring that will not harm our feet in the long run. And there is some portable flooring that is too soft.

 "Save The Last Dance For Me" by Michael Buble

Flooring installation can be done by volunteers in a typical remodeling project. Solid hardwood flooring stock should be in the room where it will be used at least three weeks prior to installation. This allows the wood to acclimate to the average moisture content and heat of the room. If material is laid too early, it can dry and shrink and the joints between boards will open up. Laminates only need to be on site a few days prior to installation. Can we be thinking about this, somebody? Dancing in Hawaii means all the Islands.

By Roy Chang, one of the best in the Pacific, in Midweek

Platinum Horseshoe blog has now taken a small lead for second place. Town Dancer has been losing ground steadily for the last two months. I will let it roll as it wishes, I can only do so much. With just a couple good Two Centers, "it coulda been a contendah." I have a lot of things in process of moving these blogs into independence. I expect to get a Two Center and Photo Contributor and from there it is fairly easy to become a Guest Author. That should give Platinum Horseshoe a definite lead over all the blogs and very probably the first blog to go independent.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ka Makana Alii Mall

Ka Makana Alii, broke ground Thursday, March 5th on a new 1.4 million-square-foot regional mall coming to West Oahu. It will be the first new regional shopping center to be built on Oahu in more than three decades. Construction is estimated at more than $500 million and not with your taxes like the Rail Disaster.


Ka Makana Alii will feature more than 150 shops and restaurants, two hotels (with two night clubs?) and sadly no second floor Office Space. Tenants will include Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites. Their vision is to really create a town center where everybody in this region can experience shopping, dining and entertainment, (Dancing in Hawaii) where everybody can experience family. Except that they completely forgot about the second floor.


With the beautiful Articulated Buses we had before the Rail Catastrophe,
we coulda had it made in the shade.

Construction on phase one of Ka Makana Alii, which includes more than 750,000 square feet of retail, dining, entertainment and hotel space, is scheduled to be completed by late 2016. It will be constructed in phases, is expected to create an estimated 3,000 jobs during construction and 6,500 direct and indirect jobs upon its completion. 6500 less cars on the freeways to and from Honolulu. And the Honolulu Traffic Mess will have 6500 less cars screwing up the works.


Waianae is looking good to be Third City. One Business Park to start the ball rolling.

It will cater to the local residents who live here, as far as the food, fashion, dining experience. How about Dancing in Hawaii? For a lot of people it will also be within convenient walking distance. It is nice to know that it’s going to be more locally-oriented and locally-driven. It will have the type of vendors we are accustomed to, like Macy’s, even though Ala Moana has Macy’s, but it will be more of our own personal type of shopping center. Second City and no need go downtown to Honolulu. If you are stuck with Honolulu, it is your problem, please don't make it ours.