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."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

West Oahu Weekend

Da weekend looking good and this blog is plodding along and looking for more socials to visit and blog, sharing all this beautiful dance information with our fellow dancers. Unfortunately I must refrain from interfering with what has already been prepared without my being there. All understandable of course. So what we need is feedback from our fellow dancers to share information and perhaps a few photos for our friends and neighbors. And of course an invitation is a command.

"Why is it that everybody always wants to see justice done, to somebody else."

 
I like to make posters just for fun.

At the moment we are getting the best kokua from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and they know this blog is here to help, not hinder. Fortunately, together we are getting the point across and the chosen center in the Central Valley remains just about where it has always been in Wahiawa. Dot's in Wahiawa has their own Web site and can see no need of anything from our blog. Hopefully they may at some time understand the we are an "addition to" and not an "instead of."


Some people are very delicate and we must respect if they wish to do their own thing. Most Web Sites are copyrighted and when I find it, I delete immediately if not sooner. BUT - at least ten million out there that are no trouble and I thank each and every one of them.

"Social dancers are pleased that there is much satisfaction in dancing.
There is a queer divine satisfaction, a blessed rest that keeps us
dancing and makes us more alive than the others” 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

WBDC Shindig

Terrific news for reader/dancers on Oahu. Received from Maile.

Hi Joe,
I wonder if you could send this in your blog? I’m in the mainland and not able to send my
usual email blast because I cannot retrieve the email addresses. I made this poster from
my iPhone using pic collage ap. Not the best but I guess it will have to do for now.
Hope to see you at the dance!
Take care, ~ Maile 

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


There are all kinds of reasons to blog: To share your thoughts and opinions with anyone who might be interested, to get feedback on those ideas, to influence people, to cultivate a community, to start interesting conversations, to practice writing and to teach, learn and grow.

"Social dancers believe that there are times in a dance night that awaken your life
- for a few hours and make it seem like something is happening.”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rolling

Work hard and you will prosper, the premise of the American Dream, that has nurtured our nation and changed the world for several centuries. But the American Dream has seen better days. The widening gap between rich and poor suggests the Dream is becoming more elusive for more people than at any other time in our history.

 "I believe"   ...   Frankie Laine


The conservative rich, who are accustomed to buying whatever they want, have been willing to spend millions to make billions by raiding the US Treasury. They have been able to buy an awful lot of people even if they were not members of "the party of the rich. The deficit is projected to go into the Trillions. Not only your children, but also your grandchildren will be paying for this theft.

Pages, Mini Web sites: At the top of this page, just below the header are names. Just click anyone and the mini web site will appear like magic on your screen.

“Social dancers may believe that life is a dance between what
keeps us going and what is holding us back”

Friday, November 3, 2017

Latino

It is well documented that Jazz did not come to the Americas with the African slaves. It was developed by third to fifth generation newly freed slaves in the US, in the latter part of the 1800s. From the beginning they had little time for music and dance of their own and their music developed from admiration of the Indian music and the marches of the day, the Parades. Very well documented.

"Social dancers think that music and dance simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”  


The basic movements of Caribbean dance and music come from the Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did you think the natives of the Caribbean come from? From the American Continent around them. This began some time during the Olmec Civilizations about 1000 BC. So that by the time the first illegal aliens arrived from Europe in 1492, 2500 years later, they were fairly well established in the Caribbean. They danced to their own music and they danced and they danced.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

They had their dances down pretty pat with little influence from the illegals, The slaves from Africa arrived a century later but had no common culture. They were from West Africa, South Africa, North Africa, East Africa and Central Africa. Many could not even speak to each other and of course that was encouraged by the slave owners. They were not exposed to high society dancing but they found it easy to accept the Indian drumming, in some cases familiar. The dancing was out of their world.

"Y Volvere" by Viki Carr

You can see them dancing in the present day on videos. Just dancing up and down the way they have been doing for centuries. The rock step and the chasse were developed even before the Mayans by the Olmecs. The histories are there for anyone to read. But to tell someone that the Caribbean dancing came from Africa is quite in error. However, we can certainly say that the Negroes learned the Indian music and dance very well indeed.

"Social dancers know that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween In Wahiawa

Not a bad day and when I awoke this morning, my depression was not as bad as it usually is. Still a little shaky and light headed, I must be careful. And I proceeded to plan the day. The Handi Van would pick me up at five pm. and then bring me home from Wahiawa at nine pm. Worked on my medications and my exercises. Did as little as possible on the computer.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde



The Handi Van was a little late but still got me there by 5:45. I had to kill some time so I took a leisurely walk to Foodland and got a Chocolate Cake. Took my time and got back as Leland was just arriving at about six. Set up and many came in before seven. The music as per usual was beautiful and the decorations for Halloween looked very nice. There was a colorful outlook throughout the ballroom. A big Mahalo to Maile. I complained about not getting enough photos and she came through like a champ. I got enough to make another blog tomorrow. Mahalo to everyone else too.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Waianae Ballroom Dance Club was "Spooktacular" !!!
Always Enjoy It. From Mel and Charlene
Fabulous dance music with a dance board to help identify the dance. Sure helps us novice dancers. Everybody at the club is so friendly and welcoming. We really enjoy dancing at their socials. Everyone all dressed up in costumes, can't recognize some dancers. Fun! And a nice big dance floor.


Margaret Okimoto and Felipe Repollo, DJ Leland, Madeline Rosa, Charlene and Art,
Dancers, Joan and Margaret, The Green Lady of Wahiawa and Raggedy Ann,
Cynthia, She faked her pregnancy, Helen and Hubby.

There were quite few line dances and these people in Wahiawa do very well. The line dance instructor Carol  Kohagura was in most of them. She teaches line dancing on Wednesday evenings, Her and husband Rodney have been members of WBDC more than most dancers. Felipe Repollo and Carmen Mendoza teach American Style Ballroom on Monday evenings.


Leland and Maile, Cici, Tici, Bula, and Carol, Randy and Rumiko, Lisa and Art Apilado, James, Rodney, and Felipe, Estela Dela Cruz, Misssing name. Charlene and Mel.

"Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como

"Spooky Night with fantastic people, a wonderful way to spend a scary evening. RIP."
by Petecula (Peter Sye)



Maile: The last selfie pick after the dance was over. What a blast!

A little trouble getting home. The Handi Van was not too late but parked out of the way and the driver said there was something wrong with the Van and he had called and they were sending another one over. I got home by 10:30. Ate the terrific food Maile gave me, I partitioned half into a container and put it the  frig. The rest became a Mix Mash, and let me tell you it was one of the most delicious Mix Mash ever in my life.

"Take more chances, dance more dances."

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