Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Running

Nothing seems to be going on the upper left of the Horseshoe, Waianae and Makaha. I am glad that things are moving a little in the upper right of the Horseshoe. Waipio all the way up to the North Shore. It moves slowly but surely.

“Yes, we all make mistakes, so let us just put all of them behind us. We should
regret our mistakes and learn from them, but we should never
carry them forward into the future with us.” 


And all of us should acknowledge the good efforts in Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's blogs in spreading the good word around for the benefit of the reader/dancers. And they cover so many places not available to us. Most of us do appreciate.

 "Honolulu Blue and Green" by Melveen Leed

Town Dancer is still in front by a wide margin and now that I may be leaving I am planning the independence of the blog. Dancing Nights will be next because it already has one Guest Author and I just have to get one other. The other five, I will take with me and see what I can do with them. I would like nothing better than to see Platinum Horseshoe go independent.

Higher Ground" by Jennifer Rush

The miracle occurred at the Kapolei Shopping Center. Sam Stone and Walter Wood watched a curvaceous blonde pass by.  Stone turned to Wood, Wood turned to Stone, both turned into rubber and the girl turned into a dress shop.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

WBDC

From Aunty Maile 

Just a Reminder!

You Are Invited To The WBDC HALLOWEEN DANCE

Saturday, October 24, 2015!

 

Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa room.
(Kilani ave.) doors
open for dancing at 6:30 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.potluck or monetary donation appreciated.
dress up in your best halloween costume! prizes for the 3 best costumes! most scary, most comical,

Good Music by DJ Leland
 Good Dancing All Night! Good food! Good fun!

The blog hits are zig zagging up and down all over, but the net result is going up slowly, which is just fine with me. They had dropped considerably in the big readjustment but now has a little better definition. The need of all the blogs is more information contributors willing to share dance information with our fellow dancers.

Pole Dancing? The only pole dancing we do at our age is holding onto the safety bar in the bathtub while taking a shower.



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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rumba in the West

By Philip Mirikitani, Waipahu

Back in the days when Arthur Murray knew everything about dancing, he liked the rhythmic bolero, danzon, beguine music. but he felt that the American dancer would never get that hip action and he was wanting to create his own dance.

"Only hungry minds can become educated"

He then created the slow, quick, quick box basic with the slow over the first and second beats and the quick, quick on three and four. Most of the others steps and patterns he copied from what he saw in the native dancers and made his own syllabus. Of course he had his own ideas to contribute and made changes in many of the original steps. It was pretty natural to understand that the entire thing was his creation - and a masterpiece.

 "Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey

Along came Fred Astaire and he didn't want to argue with anyone and used the same box in his studios. Naturally Arthur did not like that and he took Fred to the courts and he won. Fred would not be allowed to use the Arthur Murray invention.

"Por El Amor De Una Mujer" by Julio Iglesias

So Fred responded by using the guaracha quick, quick, slow starting with side together step. This puts the slow step over the three and four count. And he got away with it. Although the Arthur Murray box does not make more sense musically Fred Astaire owned the U. S. Ballroom Championships and the quick, quick, slow box became the recognized American standard for competitions, and more people dancing American Rumba started this way. Although in Hawaii, the standard is the Arthur Murray version.


Fortunately, the "Alternative" basic is seeping into Oahu. The closest thing to it is the International Style basic. A rock step and a slow step, with the lead breaking on the accented beat,1 or 2. All the rest of the steps and pattern follow easily enough as long as you are both dancing the Rumba. The Alternate basic is used more often in the Night Club circuit than in our regular social club dancing.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Right Direction

We have so many people in the process of learning about blogs it is getting to be fun. Many of our readers do not know much about Web Sites and even less about Blog sites.  Even fewer than that know what Social Media is. In fact, I don't know that much either and I have been doing this for 20 years.  Fortunately we are all learning at a nice pace, it will take time.

"Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world.
Yet with the same light the moon goes on shining."


The blogs can cover many subjects and in our case it's, "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers."  This includes the "Wheels" that are supposed to know everything.  In Social Media, for instance, we are definitely not breathlessly waiting to mark our calendars for next years bash, whatever it may be. The reader/dancers of these blogs are interested in this coming week. Next month? Later for that, Jack, much later. This is our blogging and it is current.


And that is why we are still in the process of forming the method of getting the best dance information for our reader/dancers. We will make our own rules and getting the appropriate opinions is a very difficult  thing.  Some would rather not share their pearls of wisdom. But this is "blogging," a horse of a much different color and we are going in the right direction.


We are still beating the bushes for some signs of dancing on the Waianae Coast and for now there is some line dancing but they may prefer to keep it private. They tried Salsa at "Tacos And More" in Waianae but not enough clientele. Now a few places are thinking about a "Latin Dance Club" There are an awful lot of people in the West that can dance Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Merengue and even Tango. This blog still remains everyone's chance to get your two cents in from anywhere

Thursday, October 8, 2015

So What's Doin'?

The Coast is looking good in spite of the Present Rail Party. Not too many people moving out to Maui. Good sparks are there from Kaena Point, down the entire Waianae Coast to Kalealoa Airport. That is going be a good section when we get rid of some military. There is plenty of room on the Big Island.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

The military did a great job of leaving the area from Barber's Point to Ewa Beach. I can see the lights in that area in the evening coming over a mile inland. Plenty of new housing there, so that population is bound to coalesce good when they get some good Business Parks in there. But some insist on stopping all Business Parks. And in Kapolei there are building some residential housing with three stores. Wow, this is 21st Century.

"Usefulness is happiness, and ... all other things are but incidental."


Thoughts With A Style: Dance, from a bandleader years ago.

"When I'm making my arrangements or composing something new, I try to think of something that will make my hearers feel like dancing. It is a positive instinct, this dancing business, perhaps, but it also signifies happiness. And the desire to step around a little means that people are not bothering very much about the cares of the world, at least for the moment."


So it is looking good for the new social dance club to be formed in the Kalealoa section, somewhere between the Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport. Second City will be Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party.

Well, this can all go together for the next blog. Coming up Roses it is.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Swinging

The dance situation remains constant. Salsa dancing on the North Shore, and rumors of dancing at Whitmore Village. Wahiawa is doing very well with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and then there is Dot's in Wahiawa for a little night club action. Mililani with Just Tacos, Salsa dancing every Saturday night. Dance Hawaii is pretty solid in Waipahu and HBDA is doing well in Kapolei. From everywhere else there are only rumors. So apparently there is a big section wide open for a dance group.

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."


They just have to get well away from the noise of the Rail Disaster. That leaves the three very needy possibles. Waianae, Kapolei and possibly, Waikele or Waipio. This all makes for very solid dancing of our kind, and the entire area ready for a smaller version of the famous Palladium in downtown Honolulu. One third the square footage would be quite enough. Our people are social dancers and do not require an acre of ground to dance.

"American Woman/No Sugar Tonight" By The Guess Who
 

Many Community Centers and District Parks in the West would do with just a good dance floor. The best example in the West without a doubt is the Waianae District Park dance floor. Wow, what a place to party! However, no one knows if there has ever been any dance on that floor. Auwe. Time Marches On and the Horseshoe will catch up soon.


If the world is getting smaller, why do postal rates keep going higher? ... Use Tact, You Fathead!" ... Yes he knows 100 patterns in Rumba but dances all in foxtrot styling ...  Sign on Flooring Company Van, "We lay anything." ... "Out of my mind, be back in five minutes."