Sunday, December 30, 2012

Da Blogosphere, In?

The bus situation continues to get worse. I cannot reach our key points in the territory. Aliamanu Schools are the most prominent.  Then there is Pealridge Chapter HBDA, very difficult to get back. And Kalihi has temporarily changed location. Most of us do not see any changes for the good anywhere. We must struggle with what we have.

"Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God."

The new Dancing in the Dark blog is designed more like a Web site and will not be updated on a regular basis like a Blog site. But we will try to include our entire dance scene in some way. Of course, we will include only the ones that have shown kokua in participating. We will have to wait for the others in due time.

No, the city had to cut back on all buses causing the terrible mess
that exists today. They thought they could convince the people they need rail.
Quite the opposite. We need buses not a rail!

The high cost of the proposed rail has brought school funding to new lows so they are forced to raise their fees. Dance Clubs specially are rich and can afford it but some will have to find other places to dance. The Palladium is being used by Professionals now. The prices on everything is going sky high because of the rail. But somebody is going to make billions of dollars in pure profits. A few Articulated Buses (one tandem) would have done it. Later on when needed, they could have gotten a few Bi-Articulated buses (two tandems.)

New address not yet in the search engines. Just click name in side bar of any blog.

The people in California are beginning to realize better skip that trip to Hawaii this year. The traffic mess caused by the lack of buses. It is going to take a while before more people realize the mess of the rail. And the unions will have had their last hurrah! So has the Star Advertiser. Bye Baby.

Pub's Side Note: Kapolei Chapter HBDA and Lorna Depew coming through like champs in their terrific blog, with write up and photos. Oahu - West blog reader/dancers will send the hits going through the ceiling. Other clubs may just get the idea.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Yeah, That's What's Doin'.

It is getting back its old name and there is a new blog named Dancing in the Dark which is going to be a different kind of blog. This one may eventually fizzle out, because the territory will be taken over by Oahu - West. The new year starts out a little different and I am going to have to play it by ear and enjoy myself while I can.

What's Doin'?

Looking good for all dancers.
“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas”

“New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe,
no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no person has quite the same thoughts this
evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights”

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Looking Better

Breaking News !
End of the world which was scheduled for 2012
has been postponed to 3012
due to some technical problem with the Mayan computers.
Please cooperate and continue living with good spirits.
Keep Smiling and Keep Dancing.

Looking over the blogs and our Guest Authors is just beautiful. Perfection? I did not say that, but they get better every day. We are in the usual plateau of Christmas but I look forward to the New Year. I am dreaming of what the entire enchilada would look like if we had all the good editors Dancing in the Dark the mini zine had. The hits would go through the roof. Put together with the right kind and amount of photos there would be no stopping it. World Wide !

"Pocketful of Sunshine" By Natasha Bedingfield

I can see the whole picture evolving in the right direction with the six blogs, it was touch and go whether I had diluted the readership too much. But the solution is at hand, the Information and Photo Contributors.

The type of printed matter that the reader/dancers never had available before is slowly unfolding before our very eyes. For sure our reader/dancers will be well known throughout the Islands. People throughout the Pacific Rim are becoming aware of us too. Blogger data that is available to us is quite diverse.

"Auld Lang Syne" by Guy Lombardo

In the past five or six years my knowledge of blogging has increased tremendously and I know there are no blogs like our blogs. They are unique and I have tried to include only those groups that wish to be with us. And we have done so good because we have unique Information and Photo Contributors with few parameters. Anyone should be able to tell the different styles but they all accomplish the same purpose. Interested readers.

Town Dancer will be left to its own as soon as we get a couple of Guest Authors. I must phase my self out of town and the momentum will carry those blogs from then on. So I intend to slow down in town and concentrate on getting the other blogs with at least a couple contributors of information and photos and from there develop a new Guest Author and so on. There are more than several that are capable of getting the blogs up over 100 average hits per day. I just have to find the person with the interest.

"Sh-Boom, (Life could be a dream.) By the Crew Cuts

There has been a slight slow down in all blogs, partly due to so many blogs and lack of Guest Authors. I will have better stats at the end of January. There will be some synergism with the other blogs. The links have developed into a very important part of our blogosphere.

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and made my first "circle," it is a little complicated but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. You don't need an invite you can just ask to be let in. It seems to be better than Facebook or Twitter. I dropped those a year back. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.



Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

Sorry Folks, this is all for today.

Sincerely, Joseph Martel

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Industrial Park

This area from Kalihi to the Stadium, which Dancing in the Dark covers, is pretty well supplied with industrial action along Makai of Nimitz. However they were built in the old days when land was easy come, easy go. Two and even three stories (with parking) are now necessities.

John Francis Wade 1751 "O Come All Ye Faithful," Joyful and triumphant are
 beginning verses that can be heard in churches, choirs, school plays and a variety
 of different places around the world during the holiday season. It is one of the most
popular carols, especially among the religious, during the Christmas season.

They are still building one story places in Kapolei, 20th century thinking. Should be a minimum of two stories (21st.)  However one more in one of the valleys in the Salt Lake area would do wonders for the traffic situation in that sector. It is a very heavily populated area too.

A new one in one of the valleys would be a good example of what could happen all the way up to Makaha. Even if each Industrial Park has only 1000 worker - residents of the area. That is 1000 less cars on the freeway to town. 1000 less cars contributing to the horrible traffic situation in town. And 1000 less cars coming back. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Old Waianae Coast saying.

The Bi-Articulated bus (two tandems) proven by the Chinese without a doubt, five times more effective than rail at one tenth the cost. Now spreading all over Europe.

Then the new kind of buses and more of them and the rail becomes superfluous. It was just the big bucks pushed by the Unions. We all know that and everyone got suckered in anyway. Now they all have to pay the piper. The North Shore, Windward have nothing to gain, but they will have to pay through the nose. The neighbor islands still haven't got a clue. Neil will not let the state go bankrupt. The Neighbor Islands will have to pay too. Tough.
"There is a sucker born every minute" ~P.T. Barnum.  -  PRP: "Wrong, its every second."

But somebody is going to make billions and billions of dollars in profits. They have already hired the men that are going shovel the money into the safes. As the new Mainlanders arriving say, "Easy Money from these Yokels."

Pub's Side Note: Just got into Google + and it is a little complicated (too much available for me) but the simple stuff seems right up my social alley. It has just about everything as social media to supplement our blogs. Guy Kawasaki has just written a terrific book "What the Plus!" Paperback on sale at Amazon for only $8.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


In the bottom four blogs, in hits, Dancing in the Dark seems to have just a little edge. Not that clear yet but by the end of this year we should know. And in the west I must reiterate my views on these blogs.

"A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't go anywhere until you change it."

I have my own parameters for my blogs. People that have shown their dislike for these blogs and chosen to ignore me should not have the privilege to be in my blogs, may I ignore them too? If I believe that they have a right to their opinions, shouldn't I have a right to mine?

Most of these blogs will be taken over by someone as soon as they make the top hits. Town Dancer will be first. The new administrators and guest authors will make their decisions regarding any parameters to be set. Not the perfect people? So who in the hell is? On these islands Town Dancer has been leading the way. With a few more good contributors. with time the blog will get even better. What is so hard to understand about that?

"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other."

There have been a few misunderstandings which have been instigated by outsiders that have considered us "competition" and the only way beat fair competition is with dirty tricks. Some of you are well aware of what they have done. Fortunately with time most of our readers have come to understand the PRP way of doing things. The truth will come out.

Some already are aware that they are not helping the ones that have misunderstood and lost us. I don't charge anyone for the publishing the information so that it is free. All of these clubs are getting their public relations to a dancing  public for free. You want egg in your beer? If they can be convinced otherwise, then it is their choice and we will respect.

"Unknown since 1600, "Deck the Halls" has long been a favorite Christmas
carol during the holidays. Sung in many different versions and languages,
it is upbeat and puts everyone who hears it in the Christmas spirit
no matter what kind of Scrooge you may be."

I am failing in my photography and I need some help from someone that knows about cameras. Meanwhile, I have things to do. I want everyone to understand that my intentions are to help, but you make the final decision. If I have to leave you, I'm sorry, but I have to be on my way, I have too many people to help.


Monday, December 17, 2012

A New Way?

There seems to be a new concept in learning in West Oahu. But not really, as that is more or less the way it was done in the old days, a workshop in a garage, or some public place that could be used without too much expense. I suppose a nice District Park could help you out.

"Experts say our country is facing another energy crisis. For once us,
the seniors, are in tune with the times."

Those that are already out there, please let us know, unless you would rather keep it a private affair. Experienced dancers are finding that they can do an even better job of coaching their fellow dancers by utilizing DVDs.

You could even get a good example from the You Tube tapes in the Honolulu Dance Guide. If a group decides on the Rumba, you could check the clip in HDG, on Rumba or Cuban Motion.

"Amapola " by Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell on vocals)

Once everyone in the group has that basic movement down pretty good you could all proceed on the next according to whatever DVD you got. Just remember get the Basic, Bronze or Beginner, forget about any advanced moves. Once solid in your basics and you can enjoy the movements to the music, you can branch out whichever way you please.

It's not a brand new twist on ballroom dance lessons but it is proving to be very positive, It's free and can be learned on a small dance floor with a group of friends! You share the camaraderie and fun as you learn in any club. It would certainly help to get the largest screen laptop available.
"Shared pain is lessened; shared joy is increased."

At the beginning of the class you can all gather around to watch and dissect just one step at a time to work out the details before practicing them on the dance floor. With the combination of the seasoned ballroom dancers available, you are able to pick out the fine points, footwork, and styling. You can be learning very beautiful steps, with proper styling and having a lot of fun to boot! It is quite refreshing and a blessing in disguise.

Pub's Side Note: This refreshing idea may go through West Oahu like a forest fire. It can be perfectly done with any group on the Waianae Coast if they can find a District Park to do it in. And what do we get? Cultural dancers that dance for the fun of it. And in Cultural Dancing, the basics are still Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Swing. The rest is gingerbread. When was the last time you dropped into a Night Club for a little Paso Doble? Hey we advance every day. That's the way to fly! Very important: we just need to find a place to dance on Saturday night.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

From the Waha, 20 years ago.

I keep watching many couples clumsily trying to do fancy steps that I sometimes feel sorry. They were taught LAGS. And yet I know they will get better but it is a tough row to hoe that way. Specially because there so many other more basic and easy to do enjoyable steps to learn first.

"Home alone and had a Rum & Coke? Blast your favorite song and
sing at the top of your lungs, and try a little dancing as you go."

People in such a hurry to learn fancy steps that they remain ages in intermediate level. Why? Because they never learned the basics which includes natural styling. Old saying in Dance Circles. When in beginners level, they have their eyes on the Intermediate steps. When in the Intermediate they have their eyes on the Advanced steps. And when in the Advance levels, they go back to a good dance studio to review their basics.

From the Waha 20 years ago.
By Richard Masuyama

The only comment to this trend is that many students are interested only in picking up new and very advanced dance figures without too much concern about technique and styling that goes with these. The figures in the Gold Bar and Gold Star are mostly for exhibition and competitions and are starkly out of place on the social dance floor. They generally require a great deal of space for their execution and many will agree that they look terrible when not done correctly.

With so many dance steps and figures available, it is sensible to concentrate on those that can be led and followed easily with any partner for use in social dancing. Forget the open and fancy figures that can be done only with one or very limited number of partners. Learn to do the simple figures well and leave the fancy ones to the expert exhibition dancers.  *  *  *  *

"Que Rico El Mambo" by Perez Prado.

Notes from El Intruso:
Mambo's popularity and longevity has been blown out of proportion, for commercial reasons. It has been taken out of context since the book and the movie, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love", and gave high hopes, to some dinosaurs, of a Mambo comeback.

The Mambo's Golden Age lasted at the most 5 years - from 1955 to circa 1960. That is really nothing compared with the decades after decades of dancing to Latin Music. The Fania All Stars (nobody was talking about Mambo during their time) were on a roll for almost 10 years.

The Mambo was only one of the musical expressions attracting NY born Latinos, yes mainly NY Puerto Ricans, or NuYorkricans. For those Latinos, the musical innovations of people like Chano Pozo, Mario Bauza, and Chico O'Farril, to mention a few, provided an outlet to express their biculturality.

And yet today, for a large group of Cultural Dancers the Mambo remains a very danceable fun dance in an evening of Social Dancing.

"Aquellos Ojos Verdes" by Placido Domingo

Pub's Side Note: In Hawaii, dance blogs are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machines start to crumble.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Year End

As the year nears its end,  I would like to congratulate Calvin and the Reader/dancers for that great blogging in Town Dancer as presented to this Island of Oahu. It has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I cannot carry a blog by myself. And it has a ways to go before it gets to be social media.

"We certainly are not perfect but neither are you. So go ahead and check your
errors, before rating ours. Opinions are good but you don't have any right
to be derogatory in checking others. And we will be checking our own."

When you read the blog, you can see so many things for the reader/dancers of our community and there will be more coming, when we get another couple of Guest Authors, with just a "different" opinion, is all. One thing I'm learning is that none of these blogs travel on an even keel. They all go up and down, but of course the up and down trend is "net up."

I worry less about the law of diminishing returns. It is there, but it is automatically postponed when we get another Guest Author. Probably another year yet and if Town Dancer has over 200 average hits per day now, they will have 300 average hits very shortly after we get the Guest Author, no matter who they are.

Another proof is that Oahu And Beyond is steadily losing hits. First we lost Da Spin Doctor and no one knows what happened. Then Richie has not been feeling well so there is nothing there either. They are headed down to the upper 70's and they were up over 120 average hits per day at one time. May come down to about 50.

Replace all the buses from town to Makaha with Articulated buses and you
could stand on the freeway and yell, "Where is everybody? In front of
everyone of these buses would be 80 cars missing from the streets
or highways. The drivers would be "sitting" in the bus.

Meanwhile I have my hands full with Dancing in the Dark, Oahu - West and Central Valley. I am beating the bushes and once I get my good cameras, things look good for next year. Right now they are all in the twenties. If one of them stays down, it will be deleted.
"Away In A Manger"

One of the key factors is that to pay for the Rail, they may postpone the building of the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. For sure Central Valley will then be deleted. The rail is already screwing up half the island. But like they say, You ain't seen nuttin' yet. There are billions and billions of dollars in profits. As the Mainlanders that are coming in growing numbers like to say, "Easy Money!"

The dancing in town seems to be the same except that there is much better publicity through the blogs. Honolulu Dance Guide for the club dancers has been doing wonders and the proof is in racking up the hits. In Second place and at least fifty points ahead of Oahu And Beyond. There are many non-ballroom dancers that are very interested in the goings on at the Clubs and many are into live music.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Shall We Dance?

Doris Kawaguchi, Pearlridge

Many think that dance is: Just for fun - Or being sexy or sensual - For women & little girls - For learning steps & tricks - Or that dance is just ballet, tap & hip hop. We must try to find other ways to change this perception of dance . . . specially our group, the largest group on Oahu - the Universal dancers, the Recreational?

"Perhaps we should notice the difference between what happens
when people say to themselves, "I have failed three times,"
and what happens when they says, "I am a failure."

Because dance can . . . Be used to solve problems - Discover one’s self - Be a tool in non-verbal communication - Contribute to interdisciplinary teaching - Bridge the gender divide in education - and - Be combined with technology. Does this apply to men too?

Dance can exercise the brain . . . Simply moving brings an increased blood flow to the brain. - Moving also involves lower brain centers like the cerebellum. And with us, the social dancers, it is especially pleasing to move to our preferred music in ways acceptable in our kind of dancing. A good social dance evening on a Saturday night can be treasured for years.

Dance is popping up all over on our side of town. The Corridor from Pearl City to Salt Lake is really heating up. I see all kinds of signs, though not much is solid yet for the future. Most of the dance clubs operate in a somewhat private fashion. We are overdue for an open to the public dance club without too many commandments. (Thou Shalt Not ... )

HBDA and Dance Hawaii are leading the way but still closed enough not to be inviting to anyone. Their web sites are predominantly for their own members with no counters so that no one can see if there are hits and counters become unnecessary. So I believe that most of the action in the next five years will be in this corridor and may even extend to Kalihi. The big problem remains, we have to find a very nice floor to dance on. It is coming, sometime, somewhere. Is it illegal to dance in a Community Center?
"Jingle, Jangle, Jingle" by Kay Kyser

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all dance websites would like to be, updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and they will contribute information to share with our fellow reader/dancers.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

HBDA Aliamanu

Had a very nice day in my Nanakuli - Paradise. Made some errands and since I live right off the beach it is so pleasant to gad about. Met with my old friend Gordon and we made our deals on some candies and got some goodies at Sack N Save.

Got ready early and the Bus was late as per usual and still messed up pretty bad - crowded. But this time it seems that most people were going to the parade in Kapolei. So we squeezed through there and I could sense the driver was not going to spend a lot of time on the freeway.

Got to Middle street and waited at the bus stop going the other way. First bus was the #62 and it got me to the Plaza Hotel. From there it was a nice bike ride to Aliamanu Elementary School. Got there and plenty people there already. Gave them the box of chocolates for the reception desk. And got my first photo.

The reception desk is always a good one. This one wasn't too bad,
but still not clear enough. I am definitely doing something wrong.

People coming in and I am having a few dances. Everything looking good. Met my good friends, the Pachecos and I was able to convince them of what I like to do in the dance environment and they helped me to gift someone with a dance video. So we go slowly.  Later on I talked with Willy and Nora about getting rid of my VHS tapes and finding the right people so we can spread it around.

Then met some nice people from Pearly City. and lucky I found it easy to get a photo.

Too fuzzy, but I at least got away from the "peas in a pod look." (all in a straight line)
I am getting the new camera on the 18th so I will get some practice
during Christmas and for sure New Year's Eve.

Got late photos from John Ramos. Terrific photos, good photographer,
almost a perfect example of what the blogs and the reader/dancers need.
Only one defect, yes, I know, the subject matter.

Made the rounds, both Leo and Charito Delgado, Good People for November and Bill and Gloria Klein, Good People for December were there. Yes, we seem to be getting an awful lot of good and friendly dancers in our dance groups. And it's gotta stop!

I was finally recommended to John Ramos for the camera that was not working. I was able to communicate that I was looking for someone that could fix, and then keep it. Now, he knows what I meant. I have just ordered a new Cannon PhotoShoot and they are more expensive but I have to keep going to get the photos that I need for publication.

The bus situation is still horrible. I was lucky to get a seat, but later it was tough to see old ladies standing. But the city couldn't care less for these "ethnics." We need more buses not rail but the ones at the top have to make those billions and billions of dollars that are going to be available. It is "Easy Money, Sonny."

Pub's Side Note: Got an E-mail from June with the HBDA Poster. It is just a little small. Bigger is just more fuzzy. I will take this opportunity to make a nice poster for them and I intend to visit them on New Year's Eve and get plenty pictures with my new camera.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bus Rapid Transit

It is spreading from South America and China throughout the world. Rail is out, buses are in. So it's not exactly a mystery why other cities, and other transit agencies, would like to emulate the success in South America and China.
"Some people give up their designs when they have almost reached their goal;
while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting,
at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before."
Some in the transit industry already are aware. How about bus drivers and riders? They all seem to have been smacked with what they apparently think is a very clever idea, Why spend the money on rail, when you can just take a bus ... and call it a train?

The buses, are adding trailers or tandems, depending on the population. For Honolulu it would be enough to replace the Express 91, 92, 93 and 94 buses with articulated (one tandem) buses. The #42 (articulated) to Ewa Beach, the "A" to Waipahu and the "C" to Makaha had proven their worth. Just add articulate buses to the #40 and we got it made in the shade.

They were already proving a success in Honolulu, some people were actually getting off their cars and riding them to town, but the Rail People couldn't stand it. The city was
ordered to cut back on the buses with the resulting disaster that we have now.

This seems to be a lot of what's happening in the current promotion of "Bus Rapid Transit" – "BRT" – on the Mainland spearheaded by the US Federal Transit Administration (FTA), whose "BRT" marketing website has carried the resounding slogan "Think Rail, Use Buses".

The Bi-Articulated (two tandem) bus could be ready to replace any of the articulated buses getting standing room only. Now you have people off their cars, streets and highways and onto public transportation. These facts are going through the world right now. But somebody is keeping it a secret from Oahu residents. Da Big Bucks!

Pub's Side Note: No one on Oahu seems to know that Inouye could have gotten the money from FTA much easier for buses than for a useless rail. But he is getting old and his friends gotta make da bucks. And Inouye has denied his involvement with John White, the PRP and their dirty methods.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nuevo Tango

It only means New Tango in  Spanish
Gustavo Naveira writes about Nuevo tango:

There is great confusion on the question of the way of dancing the tango: call it technique, form, or style. The term tango nuevo is used to refer to a style of dancing, which is an error. In reality, Tango Nuevo is everything that has happened with the tango since the 1980's. It is not a question of a style ... the words Tango Nuevo are neither a specific term nor a title (except in the case of a musical work by Piazzola).

"Dance for yourself, if someone understands good.  If not then no matter,
go right on doing what you love."

With this in mind, these words directly express, through their literal meaning, what is happening with tango dancing in general; namely that it is evolving. Tango Nuevo is not one more style; it is simply that tango dancing is growing, improving, developing, enriching itself, and in that sense we are moving toward a new dimension in tango dancing... There has been much recent discussion, in the community of tango dancers, on the problem of the embrace, dividing the dance into open or closed style, which is also a matter of great confusion.

Open embrace or closed embrace, dancing with space or dancing close, these are all outmoded terms. This is an old way of thinking, resulting from the lack of technical knowledge in past eras. This simple and clumsy division between open and closed is often used by those who try to deny the evolution of the dance, to disguise their own lack of knowledge. Today it is perfectly clear that the distances in the dance have a much greater complexity than a simple open or closed... We have learned, and we have developed our knowledge. The result of this is a dance of greater possibilities, and also of a much more artistic quality.  *  *  *  *

"Nostalgias"   ...   Placido Domingo

Tango music
One of the recent examples of the tango nuevo music was the incorporation of jazz and classical music into tango music. The original Milonga was with a drum and Panpipes. Then the Europeans introduce the guitar and violins. The German influx brought the Bandoneon into prominence.

The most important composer of this new style was Ástor Piazzolla who revolutionized tango in the 1950s by introducing new instruments such as the saxophone and electric guitar, and who brought new forms of harmonic and melodic structure into the traditional tango ensemble. Tango nuevo includes the fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds.

Some examples of tango nuevo music artists are Tanghetto, Bajofondo, Electrocutango, Gotan Project, Nuevo Tango Ensamble, Ensemble Montréal Tango, Narcotango (album by Carlos Libedinsky), Rodrigo Favela (Latin Tango) and Pablo Ziegler.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido"   ...   Carlos Gardel

Fusion: On Oahu, the artists are the International Style and the Argentine Tango. They usually consider their dance an art and above the common folk. For us the common folk, we tend to like the American Tango and some of the most beautiful exhibitions of tango I have seen have been largely based on the American. However the Filipino Tango is making inroads on Oahu and accepted readily as a different style. The fusion is all set, it will just take time.

Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tango 101

Tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras of Argentina and Uruguay as well as in other locations around the world. The dance developed in response to many cultural elements, such as the crowding of the venue and even the fashions in clothing.

"What kind of person steals soap?" - "A dirty crook."

The styles are mostly danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow have space between their bodies, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect either chest-to-chest (Argentine tango) or in the upper thigh, hip area (American and International tango).

"El Choclo"   ...   Julio Iglesias

Different styles of Tango in Argentina are; And these are Da Reel Teeng.

* Tango Argentino
* Tango Oriental (uruguayo)
* Tango Canyengue
* Tango Liso
* Tango Salon
* Tango Orillero
* Tango Milonguero (Tango Apilado)
* Tango Nuevo
* Show Tango (also known as Fantasia)
* Ballroom Tango

These are danced to several types of music:

* Tango
* Vals (the tango version of waltz)
* Milonga (incessant beat and a faster tempo)
* Tango Electronico
* "Alternative Tango," i.e. non-tango music appropriated for use in the dance

The "milonguero" style is characterized by a very close embrace, small steps, and syncopated rhythmic footwork. It is based on the petitero or caquero style of the crowded downtown clubs of the '50s.

In contrast, the tango that originated in the family clubs of the suburban neighborhoods (Villa Urquiza/Devoto/Avellaneda etc.) emphasizes long elegant steps, and complex figures. In this case the embrace may be allowed to open briefly, to permit execution of the complicated footwork.

"A Media Luz" by Libertad Lamarque

The complex figures of this style became the basis for a theatrical performance style of Tango seen in the touring stage shows. For stage purposes, the embrace is often very open, and the complex footwork is augmented with gymnastic lifts, kicks, and drops.

A newer style sometimes called "Tango Nuevo" has been popularized in recent years by a younger generation of dancers. The embrace is often quite open and very elastic, permitting the leader to lead a large variety of very complex figures. This style is often associated with those who enjoy dancing to jazz- and techno-tinged "alternative Tango" music, in addition to traditional Tango compositions.

Blogger's Law #21: When reviewing your notes at the computer before
doing anything, the most important ones will be illegible.

Pub's Side Note: The question is, with all these experts on tango that I meet nowadays, which one of these styles should "we" dance in order to be "correct?" It stopped me completely a few years back. l loved the music and I wanted to move to it, but? This is a partner dance.