Saturday, February 18, 2017

Go West Young Man

This Territory looking better all the time. The action in dancing is perking up from Makaha to Barber's Point, up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. The only blot - too many make it too easy for the rich. Million dollar homes are not for most of us.

"For some, dancing is just a waste of time. But for most of us, it something that we love and something that we have to do."

I realize this is too early for our readers
Of course, not many say anything except in private to their friends. A blog would be a perfect place to communicate to our reader/dancers. Use the comments section that is in every blog. You don't have to say much. From there, you could eventually contribute bigger thoughts direct to our Guest Authors and they would print them in their blogging giving you credit for the article. And everyone has the minimum of commitment.

This Old Heart Of Mine" By the Isley Brothers

There are no ballroom dance studios in the Territory, so there is every possibility of having a new dance club. These people seem to be getting very hip on social dancing and want to avoid the Rail Tragedy. They are well aware that "It's the bread, Fred," and some people are making millions and millions of dollars in profits daily. Lucky the residents are rich and can afford the higher taxes. As the Present Rail Party says, "Easy Money." Honolulu Hale calls it the "Gravy Train." Started at five billion and now going to ten billion dollars, total cost. How did that happen? he he.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The beautiful Business Park that was to be built in Kapolei. Voted down
by the Present Rail Party. And I coulda got home in 20 minutes.

The Robot Cars are coming and there will be less accidents, Human error supposedly causes 93% of all car accidents. Robot cars will have faster reaction times compared to human drivers. Plus as inter-vehicle communication rolls out on a wider scale, each robot car will know exactly where all the other robot cars are, how fast they are traveling, etc…. Which will allow each vehicle to take better defensive actions. The Rail Disaster only guarantees that this island will go broke.

The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it,
the wise judge it, and the skillful direct it."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The North Shore


Initial impressions of Haleiwa are of a relaxed, laid back surf town, but dig a little deeper and you soon find its multi-layered appeal. Aloha and welcome to the North Shore of Oahu. Renowned for its legendary beaches, Haleiwa is a favorite refuge for Hawaii's residents and a must-see for visitors. Nowhere else on Oahu will you find quaint shops and cafes housed in plantation-era buildings less than five miles from world-famous surf spots.

"Haleiwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii

"Dancers know that they cannot control what happens to them but they can control their attitude towards what happened to them. In that, they will be mastering change instead of letting change master them."

Haleiwa is in fact a hub of creative energy and endeavour, with a large number of art galleries dotted throughout its pretty streets, each offering the chance for visitors to pick up some authentic locally produced art for your home. Also to be found here are distinctive plantation-era buildings that hark back to the town’s past, while casual, understated restaurants serve local dishes using original recipes steeped in Hawaii’s culinary folklore. Not to mention the many nice drinking spots in the town. The only blot is the Present Rail Party holding back any progress for the benefit of the residents. Yes, it's the bread, Fred.

"Hanalei Moon" by Melveen Leed

20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival Haleiwa Beach Park. This Summer Event, July 15 and 16 is not to be missed. Featuring over 140 Visual Artists, Live Performing Artists every hour, Community Info and Ono Festival Food. People coming all the way from Honolulu. It’s Fun… and it’s Free!

The Mission of the Hale’iwa Arts Festival non-profit organization is to promote education and public awareness of arts and culture, with emphasis on participation, for the betterment of the community.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 10, 2017

Aiea Ballroom Dance Assoc.

From Aunty Maile: You are all invited.

"Red Roses For A Blue Lady" by Dean Martin

Tough time with your new years resolutions? Don’t make too many resolutions. Trying to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking, and reduce stress is too much to tackle at once. Pick a realistic, attainable goal with a reasonable time frame. Choose your own resolutions. Make sure this is something that you want to accomplish for yourself and not for friends or family. When you attain the goal they should benefit from your success as well. And happy dancing.

"Life may not be the party we had hoped for but
as long we are here, let's dance."

Monday, February 6, 2017

Outside of Oahu

By Jacinto Velez, Honokai Hale

Mexico City is the epitome of both all the potential and all the challenges that the city of tomorrow holds. The Greater Mexico City population is 22 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. And they have dancing from all over the world. In that sense, Mexico City is the perfect bridge between first world and emerging world, since it is both a complex and enticing mix of both.

"Dance the dance you dance, not the dance
that people who dance dance."

We are making contact with the Mainland too.
As a megalopolis of the developing world, it shares many of the problems that cities in Latin America, Africa and Asia are facing. But as the 8th largest city economy in the world, it also has the necessary infrastructure to create important experiments. They intend to become a city capable of prototyping, testing and implementing ideas that can later be exported to other cities.

"Maria Elena" by Jorge Negrete

And they are warning their citizens to keep away from the US because of Trump, the rest of Latin America is following suit and buying more from Europe and Asia. Plenty of Caribbean music and dance, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Salsa. But also Samba and the Bossanova from Brazil. Tango from Argentina. And Mexicans prefer mixed drinks; it's common to buy a bottle of rum, which comes with a bucket of ice, cokes, and/or mineral water.

"Besame Mucho" by Placido Domingo

Dream On, Dancers.
It is a big city and there are so many different preferences in dancing and many places with their own niche of music and dance. Exhibited by the frequency with which dance halls are packed with people, not to mention the steps having their roots in the ancient Mexican Civilizations - Mexico is a hub for dancing. Music from Japan and Korea is having a greater influence too. With the Trump dictatorship taking over the US, they will have more opportunities of dealing with other countries instead.

"Ojos Verdes" by Pedro Infante

Some of the dance industry’s most well-known dancers are of Mexican descent. In light of this, a Mexico City native, Gabriella Gomez-Mont hopes to draw on Mexicans’ enthusiasm for dance by creating a dance competition that has the potential to be as popular as the others such as ViƱa Del Mar music festival. She believes it would provide Mexico’s people with a greater appreciation of their heritage, a sense of camaraderie with their fellow countrymen and as an outlet to exercise.

"Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands
 for charity, your mind for truth and your heart for love."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Changing Dance Scene

From Diary of a Street Dancer, 1968
By Walter Darian,

We called them "classics" ... Since the turn of the century (the 20th) there are, arguably, only thirteen. To be in this select group, a dance must have lasting appeal. A dance's Basic step determines whether it will be accepted by the "trendy" public as well as the experienced social dancer.

"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they
never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it."

The moving appeal of the Mambo was, and is, its Basic step, the dancers  constantly moving from, and returning to the Basic. A sure "kiss of death" for a new dance is one with an uninspiring Basic step or too many basic steps. Not since the Mambo has a dance been so embraced by the dancing public and it has taken its deserved place with the other classics.

"Papa Loves Mambo" by Perry Como

There are five "major" dances popular with the in crowd of today,
 topping the list:

Mambo: Mambonicks are simply driven wild by its pulsating. exciting rhythms.

Tango: danced in your preferred style, Roseland, International, Cafe or Argentine,  is perhaps, the most beautiful of all dances, it's music intoxicating. If there are violins, guaranteed, her eyes will be closed.

Foxtrot: Slow and easy, your arms around your partner, cheek to cheek or to the faster tempos of music, is pure delight.

Lindy: I've said so much about my favorite, that there is no need to further elaborate ... and there is one more that rounds out the Big Five.

Peabody: It's exciting, breath takingly fast and a real crowd pleaser! It's also the most difficult of all American Social dances. When you are moving at "figure-skating" speed ... suddenly stopping short ... turning-on-a-dime ... reversing your direction (against the LOD), the girl responding with a big smile, following perfectly and rewarding you with words like "Oh, you're wonderful" I tell you, that's pleasure.

"The Tennessee Waltz" By Patti Page

Pub's Note: Most of us can see that social ballroom dancing has changed in the last forty years. Would you believe it will change more so? This is a new century, and it will be phasing over into more Latin type dancing. Mexico City Style is spreading all over Latin America. They are even reintroducing Latin Waltz in the Caribbean.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

WBDC Reminder

Direct from Aunty Maile.

Aloha Dancers,
Just an important reminder to let you know WBDC's "THAT'S AMORE DANCE" is about to happen on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017!  We are having free pizza, and we need your RSVP reply ASAP if you are coming to this dance next week, in order for you to "GET YOUR SLICES OF PIZZA AND EAT IT TOO!!!

TO RSVP ASAP, Please email Carol Kohagura at or you may call Carol at 808-623-7256 to give her your name and count, if you are attending this awesome fun dance event!

As an optional fun thing to do, come dressed in the color Red
or the fashion of Italy!

Maile Yagi for WBDC

There is no truth to the rumor of two cases of wine.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Dance Enchilada

The entire enchilada (our blogosphere) is looking very good. There are fewer sudden swings either up or down. Mainly it is now a slow plodding up and some slower than others. And then there is the interference by the scam, spam, robot hits. There have been signs of the law of diminishing returns with only me and the few Two Centers we are fortunate to have.

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough
to make them all yourself."

Over all, we are doing quite well in establishing Social Media for our Dance Environment. Unfortunately, I am the only one, and not famous like other successful bloggers. This happening is solid, slow phasing and has never been overnight. Comments, we don't get, but they should be first and foremost because they are the easiest for the readers to handle. Also the easiest place for anyone to test themselves.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" By the Chordettes 

One sentence could lead to two, and perhaps more. They could then elect to be Two Centers (Information Contributors) emailing the information/or photos to be published Each Two Center has their own unique viewpoint. No one else has it and you can share it with the reader/dancers on this or any other blog. Town Dancer could be back up on top.

"Que Sera, Sera" by Doris Day

The problem has existed from the very beginning. Newsletters were one way communication. All advertising is one way communication. Blogs are Social Media and that implies, two way communication. I think it is green and you think it is blue. (another opinion) Ha! Robert just told me that it is purple. We don't have to kill each for the differences, they just come out in the pudding and we can have a good laugh.

At the Hawaii Blood Bank: Haole asking the guy on the next cot. “Are you full
blooded Hawaiian? “Well, actually no, right now I am about a pint low.”