Friday, August 29, 2014

The Granada

The Magnificent Night Club, Banquet Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Latin
and Ballroom Dance Studio in California. No such thing?

"We cannot travel back in time to correct our mistakes, but we can learn from them
and forgive ourselves for not knowing any better."

Available for all occasions, from wedding receptions, quinceaneras, formal banquets, birthday parties, and so much more! The Granada located in Alhambra at a three-story entertainment venue decorated in tasteful and timeless 1930′s style. Elegant ballrooms available for rentals for receptions or other formal events.

The Granada is the home to a Ballroom, Latin Salsa dance studio with Los Angeles hottest dance instruction. They have 25 classes a week and private lessons. They also offer several nights with live entertainment and dancing to show off all you have learned.

Tuesdays is Salsa & Latin Nights, Thursdays is Bachata Tropical Nights, Friday and Saturday nights the main dance floor becomes Los Angeles Best Live Salsa Club! with Saturday an extra room for Bachata. Also Sunday They offer live music for their Ballroom Dinner Dance with Two’s Company with all your favorites

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias

Group Classes & Private Dance Lessons go on throughout the building but it is important to remember that the beautiful Granada LA has other activities and groups sharing the space day and night. The restaurant is open Thursday thru Sunday for dinner, in addition to being the caterer for rentals. Just as most clubs in Hollywood have different theme nights, so does The Granada LA. Their Friday and Saturday night Salsa dance club, Sunday night Ballroom Dance, Thursday night Bachata dance club, Hustle tea dance, Concert nights & Special events throughout the week and on weekends.

Perhaps by Next Year 2015 there will be something like this in Kapolei. 300 thousand people live in the West and now with the Rail Disaster they don't want to contribute to that mess in town. Not when you can have a ball in the West. No way, Jose.

Monday, August 25, 2014

From Maurice Morita

He sends news now and then but I do not know how much his advisors will permit. It has been a while and I will try this. We can hope we don't get any objections.

5:30 TO 10:30 P.M.
($60.00 PER PERSON x 10 PEOPLE)
AT 484-4414 OR 587-7001


"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Nuttin' doin', dis blog losing hits.

And from Aunty Maile:


The Party Hearty WAHINES, chapter of the Red Hat Society, will be having a garage sale to help to defray the cost of expenses for the 12th Annual Hawaii Red Hat Convention 2015!
Many various types of items will go on sale donated by most of the 25 ladies in our chapter membership. Large items! Small items! All kinds of items! Just come and check it out!

Garage Sale Day: Saturday 30 August 2014 from 7:30am - 2:00pm
Place: Gloria Pfister house
95-206 Auhaele Loop

Across the Mililani Golf course! Look for the signs!

Pub's Side Note: I try to help everyone in the dance environment but if I am not helping I will butt out, immediately if not sooner. Meanwhile these blogs need that valuable Guest Author and the hits will go through the roof. Mahalo.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wahiawa Is Jumping.

From Aunty Maile:



Maui Waltz by Loyal Garner

Pub's Side Note: Mahalo to Willy for the blogging on Kapolei and Ewa Beach Chapters. The hits have gone through the ceiling. One guest author and I can see it emerging as a clear competitor to the famous Town Dancer blog. So Rome was not built in a day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

HBDA Ewa Beach

By Willy Dionisio

The newly-formed HBDA Ewa Beach chapter started classes on July 9 at the Asing Community Park. With over 20 students signing up for the American style Intermediate (Bronze II/Silver) classes, it looks like the chapter is really off to a very good start.

The Ewa Beach chapter is unique in that we have two sets of instructors, one for each dance. Romy and Miriam Quemado teach the first class, Bolero. Esmenio and Roselily Andres follow with East Coast Swing.

Even though we are a very new chapter and are still feeling our way, we are trying to learn a short dance routine for the Masquerade Ball which will be held at the Palladium on October 4. It would be great, as it would be the first (of many) Ewa Beach chapter performances! Esmenio and Roselily are working with us on an East Coast Swing routine.

FYI, we will be moving from Asing Community Park to another location in October. More news to follow!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Looking Good

In the reorder, Platinum Horsehoe came out on top in the second tier of blogs. Town Dancer doesn't count because they are so far ahead they don't fit. Anyway, Blogging Hawaii is in third place with Moanalua Corridor in fourth place. And Moanalua has got a tough row to hoe, what with the Rail Disaster messing up the entire section.

"Once you stop rushing through life, you may be amazed
at how much more time for life you have time for."

HBDA has seen the future and started Ewa Chapter which many consider a very smart move. It will rapidly gain members and come close to Kapolei. in members and functions. Hell, the more the merrier. And with some photos and a little information, they will help run the hits on this blog, already at better than 36 average hits per day. That is over 1000 hits per month and that includes the Neighbor Islands too. And when we get that Guest Author, Wow!

Some of the top ten blogs in Hawaii do not get 1000 hits per month. Most web and blog sites average single digits per day. That is why they never carry counters.That's 9 or less average hits per day. The best ones will go into double digits average per day. Anyway you are getting an idea how well your blog is doing.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

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 one of our promotional USB drives. Aside to Willy, that's Calvin and Debra in the "transparency" below.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kapolei, catch up

By William Dionisio

It is hard to believe that our second quarter is almost over. Time seems to go faster when you are having fun. See photos!

Our Kapolei dance instructors Mark and Patty DelaCruz along with Martin and Leona Powell will teach our last Samba and Waltz lessons on Monday, August 25. Kapolei's social dance and pot luck is scheduled for September 8 at the Makakilo Community Center, and we expect a larger group as the newly formed Ewa Beach chapter will join us. DJ Augusto Jarra will provide us with great ballroom and line dancing music. We will have a short program recognizing our dance instructors to include Ewa Beach's Romeo and Miriam Quemado and Esmenio and Roselily Andres.

Before Mark and Patty move on to another chapter, they will teach us another short dance routine that we will be performing during the October 4 Masquerade Ball. A lot of interest has been generated and hopefully we have a sizable group performing the routine. BTW, Ewa Beach members are already practicing an East Coast Swing Routine for the event.

FYI, our next quarter starts on Monday, October 6. Dance instructors Theo and Diane Behic will teach Fox Trot and Mambo for 8 Monday sessions. For more info, visit our website or call 781-2076.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Forgot

Hi Pepe,
Here's some good news for the West Side.

Pub's Note: Unfortunately, with my accident and all I completely forgot about this.
My apologizes to all.


Starting on July 9 HBDA will offer intermediate (American Bronze II/Silver level) Bolero and East Coast Swing dance classes at the Asing Community Park in Ewa Beach. HBDA dance instructors Romeo & Miriam Quemado and Esmenio & Roselily Andres will teach the two intermediate dance classes for 8 Wednesday evening sessions ending on August 27.

Esmenio and Roselily Andres and Miriam and Romy Quemado

Registration will start at 6:45 p.m before classes on July 9 and 16. The Asing Community Park is located at 91-1450 Renton Road, Ewa Beach 96706. To get there from H1, head on Fort Weaver Road towards Ewa Beach, and make a left on Renton Road. The Park is located on the right side of Renton Road about a quarter of a mile from Fort Weaver Road.

"El Ultimo Bolero" por Juan Villaseca

Please call 781-2076 for early registration and additional information. And I will have a follow up blog on Monday with additional information and photos from Willy.

Kapolei: A thoughtful mixed-use sustainable community where a neighborhood market, restaurants, retail shops and a walk-to-work office community are combined with residential living and public gathering areas creating an “Urban Village” where people will live, work and play. A Dream?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Oldies but Goodies

By Jay Goodwin, Barber's Point:

Reliving the oldies but goodies - we associate the songs and music with events in our lives. In Hawaii, it has coming to pass and been recognized very clearly in the past decade. There is gold in those special memories for all of us.

"The secret to getting ahead, is getting started."

We fondly remember the songs that were playing when we went to our first dance, the songs the school band attempted to play during half time at the high school football games, the songs that we heard on our first date, or the songs we heard on the radio while driving our first car.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces

Then the music that came right after WWII is probably the most impressive and most recognized of any era. The artists of the last half of the 20th century provided us with numerous songs we loved to dance to and sing along with.

You remember how we used to listen to the music then? Vinyl records had always been the most popular way to listen to our favorite music. But things changed and we went along with it. First we had eight track players in our cars, then we moved upward to cassette players. Now, they are mostly CD players.

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como

Of course, there was always the radio to listen to - most of the popular channels were on AM radio and the portable radio set in. We had many styles of music to listen to and the nostalgia of the last half of the 20th century music lives on today. We can listen to it on our local radio station, on CD's, on mp3, download it on our computer, and burn it onto CDs.

Some bands in Hawaii are still performing after more than 30 years. Many dancers still think there’s nothing like seeing your favorite performers live in a dance emporium of any size. The oldies but goodies music is still popular with people of all ages – not just those who grew up with it. It never grows old. It only gets better with each passing decade. Now if they could just invent a dance place that did not have 90% of its income based on Alcoholic Beverages, somebody could make a fortune. May come to pass in the Kapolei Area, these are future thinkers.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fred Astaire Studio, No!

I have made two separate contacts, ladies from two different banks. Same news from both, that there might be a Fred Astaire Studio in Kapolei by next year. I have been assured since, that it is not in the plans. I made contact with at least five hundred Fred Astaire Studios on the Mainland through my Twitter accounts and none of them showed the slightest interest in Hawaii. I have since deleted most of them.

Kapolei had become one of the wealthiest sections on these islands and much interest in ballroom dancing has been aroused. Kapolei Chapter HBDA is now the largest chapter in HBDA. The only present dance studio in Kapolei does not cover ballroom dancing at all. There is much interest in Kalealoa and up through Barber's Point to Honokai Hale. With the Rail Catastrophe looming, it is only a matter of time.

Fred Astaire, born in 1899, began show business at the age of 5, performing on Broadway and in vaudeville with his sister, Adele. Then he headed to Hollywood where he began a successful partnership with Ginger Rogers for nine movies. By 1976, he had made 33 musical films with esteemed co-stars such as Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse. He also co-starred with the biggest actors of that time, including Bing Crosby, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly.

 "We cannot hold a torch to light another's path,
without brightening our own."

Fred Astaire was not only a great dancer - changing the face of the American movie musical with his style and grace - but he was also an actor in many different dramatic and comedic roles in both movies and TV specials. He won multiple Emmys for his work in television. The Towering Inferno (1974) earned him an Oscar nomination. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1950 for his "unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures."

Fred Astaire died in 1987 from pneumonia. With his passing, we lost a true dancing legend. His effortless lightness and grace may never be seen again. As Mikhail Baryshnikov observed at the time of his death, "No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business."

All the present Fred Astaire studios remain on in the Mainland USA and throughout the world. And the hits are not doing so well in either Platinum Horseshoe or Moanalua Corridor since the reorganization. We'll see, have patience.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Kapolei Chapter HBDA

Direct from Willy Dionisio:

Mark and Patty's dance routines have always been crowd pleasers, and so we were very pleased when we heard that they would choreograph our chapter dance routine this year. Nine couples performed the routine during HBDA's 55th Anniversary Ball. That was followed by a performance during HBDA's Cabaret III presentation at the Hawaii Theatre. Mark DelaCruz and Bernie Jay, Roger and Sera Ranada, Martin and Leona Powell, Willy and Nora Dionisio, and Roy De Leon and Patty DelaCruz were the dancers in our encore performance last Saturday at the Kokua Aikane fundraiser.

While we do not have any photos of the actual dance routine performed at the Kokua Aikane fundraiser, we do have some pictures of our chapter members and friends!

Nice view of the dance gang.

Who Da Guy? Lucky.

 A collage anywhere is just fine with photos.

To view our East Coast Swing routine visit our website
More Kapolei news to follow.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Thanks Willy, will be appreciated by the reader/dancers on the Neighbor Islands too.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Special Edition

From Aunty Maile, WBDC
Aloha Everyone,

By decision of the Wahiawa Recreation Center, the City and County of Honolulu, and the Officers of the Wahiawa Recreation Center, the 50's 60's Dance is CANCELLED for the safety of everyone. Please accept our apologies, as we know that you were excited about coming. Please know that the decision was made in your best interest because of the threat of stormy weather, dangerous road conditions and possible electrical problems that may occur at the Recreation center. We will let you know when our next dance is scheduled and hopefully we will have better weather conditions.

Thing are beginning to lighten up but still be careful. we should also alert everyone on the islands of being better safe than sorry. We have the next weekend of delicious dancing.

This blog has a short review in order.  First step to independence we must have enough regular Two Centers and/or Guest Authors to get over 150 average hits per day. I choose one administrator. Then we choose another and I resign as Administrator. But for Platinum Horseshoe to be truly independent, I must resign as Guest Author and be completely out of it. The Administrators and Guest Authors will then be totally responsible for the success or failure of their blog. I have every confidence that they will make it even better.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Da First

This will be the first blog under the new name. Dance Waianae blog is the first to be put on hold and used only as a billboard temporarily. I should know what to do with it by the end of the month. Meanwhile we have a lot to do to establish this blog in the West. And I mean "We."

"We cannot worry too much about those who talk about us behind our backs.
They are behind us for a reason."

We keep getting these type flyers. Nice for newsletters, web sites and ordinary advertising. But those few extra words before or after the flyer from someone in house, sure makes the difference in a blog. But a blog is Social Media and that is something else!

We go slow and we will get those sorely needed in a dance blog. Everyone is beginning to be acquainted with the term Two Center and being a contributor automatically makes them eligible to be an Invited Writer, able to create their own blog within any blog of their choosing. It comes with their ready made readers and that comes any time they think they are ready. There is no registration required and no registration fees. There are no annual or monthly meeting or dues. And they may contribute (not money) whatever and whenever they wish.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

I hope I am not being too strict but we will have Social Media. And ultimately, the blog will be ready for independence. Perhaps this is the one. A couple of steady Invited Writers and they will be ready for independence. If I work it right the best blogs will become independent and the junk blogs will remain mine.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Big Changes

The new month is surprising but it definitely points back to the original, "Platinum Horseshoe" blog. That section of a Horseshoe coming down the Waianae Coast and across to Ewa Beach and up to the North Shore. I played around, made many changes and had fun for a few years until I came to my present physical deficiencies. So be it, I can change it.

"Social media in dancing is not about technology, it is about
psychology. The tools are always changing but the concepts --
the engagement, transparency, entertainment -- do not."

I may just let Dance Waianae and Oahu West, coast for awhile and play it by ear. Most everything in that entire section will be posted to the new blog Platinum Horseshoe. Will be a lot easier for me to post more often to one blog, than to three. A little polish here and there and we will do all right.

"And suddenly you know - it's time to start something new
and trust the magic of beginnings." 

Of course, those terrific Two Centers and potential Guest Authors will really establish whatever blogs they choose and this area is still in the process of development because of the Rail Disaster. That new person will do wonders for this blog.

But do people come and watch dancing? The TV shows really aroused the entire population to the enjoyment of watching professionals dancing. That part is slowing down now. However in our dance circles, there has rarely been enough space for all the dancers and the spectators of dancing. except in the big ballrooms in Waikiki or the famous Palladium.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Owing to the nature of dancing, exhibition dancing is always a pleasure to watch. Dancing is essentially about moving in an aesthetically pleasing way to music. And many types of dancers can enjoy the same exhibitions. People watch dancing, ladies in particular are often fascinated by the interaction between dancers. So whatever we are building in the West should surely take this into consideration. We have plenty of excellent exhibition dancers.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Two Center

My hearing is getting worse. I have been waiting for something from Willy, but I may have misunderstood. Anyway I will post today.

"Shocking, Boehner and Palin have not revealed the source of the latest
millions received or where they have invested. Not in the US.
Shocking. but normal for racketeers."

I thank everyone for your interest in contributing content to any one of our blogs. I appreciate your participation, and I want to make things as easy as possible for all of you to share your awesome content with us. Even from the ones who tell me they have something to say and once off their chests they do not want any further commitments. I say thank you anyway, every little bit counts. And all the blogs will be different.

Dancing at the Mall. What Mall?

So what’s it like being a Two Center? Basically it has been defined by many others, many years ago, They were just willing to "stick their 2 cents in" for the benefit of their fellow dancers. And they are willing to do so regularly. How regularly? Entirely up to them there are no rules. Social Dance Club or Dance Studio affiliation has no bearing on the matter as far as blogs are concerned. You want to mention, go ahead, just fine with everyone.

My goal is to make it fun, beneficial, and easy for everyone. The reader/dancers point of view can be spread to their fellow reader/dancers. The benefit of so many private independent opinions given in honesty and not as gossip. You will be able to grow and share your expertise on dancing experience, health and creativity with a lot of people. Nevah happened befo? This is social media.

Now needed more than ever because I just cannot get around much anymore. That last fall did it. I cannot take the chance and I have been given a Walker by the VA. Not what a really need but a good hint. I am recovering very nicely and my scat scan came through just fine. I have just received my new more deluxe Walker with four wheels and brakes, Seat, with basket under and a back rest. I may be able to walk through the Kapolei Shopping Center but I will have something to hold on to all the while.

So I will need help more than ever. I will place the blog stats in the Town Dancer blog on the first day of the month. The reader/dancers can see the results for the previous month. And everyone can see the comparison in hits and we will all understand when the time comes to delete one. No Hits, No Use. And Store Bought hits are not the answer.