Friday, February 10, 2012

Moanalua Corridor Waking up

There are an awful lot of good people in this section. Just accustomed to dancing in town mostly. Now I begin to see a few people from Kalihi. They will be coming. And why not, no matter how you slice it, there is still traffic in town. And perhaps the people in the Moanalua Corridor are nicer.

"The best way out is always through. - Fortune favors the brave."

The young are doing very well in the upper Moanalua Corridor but some dancing places can get a little rough. Anyway, the developing night life is becoming more evident. From there someone will think of a place in the upper Corridor for the Cultural Dancer. A bit older group but interested in enjoying themselves with dancing and a few drinks and closer to home.
Saturday, February, 11th.
On the Waianae Coast, the saying is there, though no one has ever done anything with it. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. In Waikiki, it takes me 20 minutes to get out of the Parking Area."

So tomorrow, Saturday we have the opportunity to lay down some shoe leather and enjoy the movement to our kind of good music and closer to home.


Dancing With The Stars,
Review by Carol Smith

I  remember the judge Len Goodman telling a winner in DWTS, once upon a time "I like to see flowers and I like to see the lawn. Your dancing was all flowers and no lawn."

DWTS non-professionals have weak basic foundations simply because it takes years to develop. On that foundation, they put a rather fancy building with a heavy roof. I don't mean to be bashful, they simply don't have an option to spend a year or two on training or to dance basic steps on national TV.

I'm not trying to take away the fact that they really do work hard. The dancing looks so good on TV partly because half of the couple is a top notch professional, partly because the choreography is designed to work well for the partnership.

"Teach Me Tonight" by the DeCastro Sisters.

So yes, a lot of that dancing is "flashy trash". Maybe 30% of the basic dance is still there. They dance advanced choreography that is normally danced in your 3rd - 6th year of competitive ballroom training. Some of it is never danced, as some of the moves are not allowed in ballroom as has pointed out many times.

You are more likely to learn the same exact stuff if you take "theater arts" ballroom classes. But those are usually private classes, that is, instructor is working with only one person/couple, that would be you. That's very expensive and not very effective if you don't have any training. If you go to regular ballroom classes you will have a lot of fun even if you don't learn the DWTS moves.

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