Friday, April 29, 2016

HBDA - Kapolei Chapter

I have been communicating with the readers that I am physically impaired and cannot get around much anymore. I cannot see or hear very well but then I am ninety years old. The information contributors have saved the day for all of us. And I copied this picture from their Web site.

Dance is a conversation between body and soul
Email received from William Dionisio:

Hi Pepe,
 I was looking at the latest Platinum Horseshoe post, and decided to give you a call! The number I have, 668-7972, must be an old one. All is well with us. HBDA Kapolei Chapter is still teaching beginners’ classes at the Makakilo Community Park, and HBDA Ewa Beach teaches advance class at the Mahiko Community Park on Renton Road. And as you know, HBDA now has a dance studio in Aiea in the complex that houses Goodwill. Please send me your phone number and we can catch up on the latest! Hope all is well with you.
Best regards.
Willy


 Leading;
There are many men who think they are doing it right.  This is the dancer who pulls their partner around and otherwise forces the partner into movements. These are generally most prone to injure a partner through force. This is where pulled shoulders and bad backs most frequently come from. Whether the blame is placed on the partner or not, it’s the leader’s faith in their own skill that is the cause of peril. The ladies on Oahu are some of the best followers in the world. But a good leader has learned to lead without pushing anyone around. Many have learned to lead a lady without even touching her.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Politics

At the moment the minimum wage seems to be up front everywhere. The rich of course are fighting against it tooth and nail. Too many rich in Kapolei. They truly believe that they are the only ones that deserve that money. They work for it. Ha! They call their crooked dealings  "work." Like Thieves, Burglars, they also call their dealing "work."

My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else
has a share, and that no one starves while I eat.  ~ Leo Tolstoy


The Bi-Articulated Bus, (2 trailers) We could have bought 1000 of these
for much less than one billion dollars. Would operate ten percent
more efficient than Rail commute.

Fortunately, most of us realize that a lot of people can be bought. We have to know who they are and get rid of them. This most certainly applies to Hawaii. Look at how many have been bought for the huge Rail Crisis Profits. Look what they did to Cayetano.This amounts to millions and millions of dollars over a period of 20 years. The people will all pay through the nose.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

 The Business Park in Kapolei, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
And I coulda been home in 20 minutes.

The users of Public Transportation will not benefit and the entire traffic situation will worsen. Making downtown bigger is not a solution, it makes the problem bigger. It can be seen already with the "Rapid Transit" just starting. Some people are moving to the neighbor islands? And many that originally intended on Oahu are now thinking Maui.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


A poster something like this in the West for next year?

Fortunately, for us in the Platinum Horseshoe, things are looking up. West Side Stories the monthly paper in Waianae is rolling along. Tamura's Super Market Special arrives twice per month. Nothing from Waianae Super Store. There is a public library due to be built in Nanakuli in spite the Present Rail Party. And Tacos And More in Waianae has live music every Wednesday and Thursday evening. Now if we could find a good Community Center in Kapolei with a decent dance floor. That could be it. Dancing every Saturday Night and the place would be packed.

Good news from Italy, they are going to put a clock on the Leaning
Tower of Pisa. They figure, “what’s the use of having the
inclination if you ain’t got the time?”

Sunday, April 24, 2016

End of the month wait.

It has been one hectic week. My health, my connections, the blogs, my lodging problems. Then I met this guy that told me he sends all his photos to Facebook. I asked him who would see them. He looked at me, for the dumb dodo that I am, and said. "Facebook is all over the world." True!

“The things we do for ourselves are gone when we are gone,
but the things we do for others remain as our legacy.”


However they get 350 million photos per day. That is daily and it would take you reading 24 hours per day, about 13 years too see them all. And that is not counting tomorrow's fotos. Frank Sierra put some photos in his blog and perhaps only a couple hundred saw them, but they were all pertinent. Dancers on this island, your friends and neighbors. Somebody in  Lower Slobavia miss the blog? Tough, doesn't bother any of us.

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Of course,, the current schools of programming are no longer teaching anything good for the entire world. In our time they were called, "Simplifiers" Now they are called "Complicators."  Now it is how to steal, legally. The schools teach more and more, how to lie and deceive and how to take the public for all they can get.


The word "free" has taken a new meaning and fortunately most of us are realizing it. We now accept that they are crooks, maybe a little lower level from thieves. We have to be more careful in dealing with anyone on the Internet. And there are some good ones out there, you just gotta be careful.

Dear Alcohol: we had a deal, where you would make me funnier, smarter and a better dancer -- I just saw the video. We need to talk.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Solo Dancing

In Spanish "Solo" means "Alone" and it has come to mean the same thing in English as well as other languages to mean dancing by yourself. Which is the way we as humans danced from the very beginning. Advanced Mexican Indian Civilizations danced "Solo" and it was mostly men. In the Aztec period they had a few dances for exhibition in which men and women danced together and sometime held hands.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Just dreaming, folks

We had the beginnings of partner dancing in Europe just before the Crusades, about the year 1100 AD. Men and women danced together and at time they held hands. In a couple hundred years they even danced holding each other with both their hands. Even if it caused a small scandal, naturally.


By the 1500s, Most dances were danced with both hands held togcther. Then in the 1600s, came the Minuet, a social dance of French origin for two people, usually in 3/4 time. The word was adapted from Italian minuetto and possibly from the French menu meaning slender, small, referring to the very small steps taken at the time.

"Livin Without You" by Noelani Cypriano


Soon the men learned to hold the lady's right hand with his left hand and holding the lady very discreetly by putting his right hand somewhere around her back. And it was only on special occasions and not done always. Then in the late 1700s, the peasants of Bavaria and nearby began dancing a dance called Walzer, a country dance in 3/4 time that spread from the countryside to the suburbs of the city. While the eighteenth century upper classes continued to dance the minuet, bored noblemen slipped away to the dances of their servants.

"Unforgetable" by Jimmy Borges



Partner Dancing did not hit Latin America until the establishment of the Mexican Empire by Napoleon in the mid 1800s. The natives already had the three count in both the even count and the chasse. So it was just assimilating the partner style of dance in the Viennese Waltz. And it rapidly spread down to South America. In the US, it was still mainly the Minuet.

 "Cecelia" by Simon and Garfunkel

Solo dance has never stopped and today it is danced mainly by the young (under 30.) There are over one thousand different documented moves in solo dance so they are not likely to make any new ones. We can suppose that there are many that think they are the great choreographic inventors. At any rate, the kids are and will always be at it. Line dancing is unique and the older more experience dancer will dance it along with the accepted "social" dances. Any of those dancers and the other groups too, will get their kicks just moving to the music of their choice.

 "To Wine or not to Wine" is never the question. It is the answer.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Slowly But Surely

I am getting use to the fact that our blogs are not gaining hits in such big bursts anymore. We got a big spurt in Ritmo Mestizo blog from Finland, but that happens less and less now. The main thing is that we get much less scam, spam, robot hits. We just want to know how many readers we got and that is all we need.

"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either."

We are becoming accustomed to smaller places to dance in West Oahu. Basically, our gut feeling should do us just fine as long as we trust that bigger is not always better. School cafeterias are just about the right size and they are usually around 2000 square feet. Most of the time a big dance floor is not as good as a smaller dance floor. (Assuming that dancing is important to us all.)

"Cherokee" by Charlie Barnett

In other words, we may be better off having a packed dance floor, having everyone feel a little crowded and interacting with each other, rather than having our guests swim on a big floor. The argument that we want people to have space and not be crowded is only valid under certain circumstances.


"Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel

So that leaves us a place ready and waiting, the Waianae District Park where they have the best dance floor in the West. Somebody should take a look-see and perhaps we could have our first dance club on the Waianae Coast.

 “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions
and more tolerance.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Where Are We?

This is developing into a better dance district every day. Errors are being made everyday, but we accept that we are not perfect. Leading the way in the good news this month is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club having their big shindig at Halemano Plantation on Saturday, April 16th. The dancers are going to have a rousing good time and we could sure use some photos of the occasion.

"We are not there yet, but we are a lot closer
today than we were yesterday."

Helemano Plantation is a unique community of people caring for people. A Place where you can truly take a piece of Aloha with you. Once a dream, Helemano Plantation, founded by Susanna F. Cheung, provides a "real world" work environment for the developmentally disabled. Helemano Plantation offers training and employment opportunities in its work centers. It has a Country Inn Restaurant, Gift Shop, Bake Shop and Farm. The ten-acre community complex includes a training center, retail facilities and a nine-unit residential program, Helemano Village.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

The biggest groups will require a little more room for the many that will be taking ballroom dance lessons. And there are those that have been developed from dancing in "ballrooms." Bit the old time ballrooms were huge, and everybody has down sized to smaller crowds. For others, ballroom dancing became more exact, more disciplined,and the zest for the strictly social dancer began to ooze out of it. But we have learned to accept all these divisions and many have found the ones nearer to the heart's desire.

"You don't stop dancing because you are growing old,
you grow old from stopping to dance."

Friday, April 8, 2016

Update

This blog is doing very well, it covers a very interesting territory. Makaha all the way down to Kapolei for the left side of the Horseshoe, and cut across to Pearl City and Pearlridge for the bottom of the Horseshoe, then up all the way to the North Shore for the right side of the Horseshoe.

"It may be true, that the weak will always be driven to the wall,
but it is a task of  a just society to see that the wall is climbable."


Kapolei, second city is dragging its feet. They have a few small bars with live music but only for listening. Some have a "dance floor" but much too tiny of social dancers. This will all come in time and we must be patient. The section, Waikele - Waipio shows some interest and perhaps they will be the next coming attraction in social dance in West Oahu.

"More Than Just A Song" by Loyal Garner


"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

As far as groups go, the club social dancers are the biggest and most organized. Followed by the street dancers that dance everywhere. malls, service stations, school cafeterias, district parks, community centers, parties, night clubs. Good honest people.

Bar Joke: A Mormon, a Muslim, and a Buddhist walked into a bar.
That's the joke, as none of them are allowed to drink alcohol.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Central Valley

The action seems to be concentrating in the Central Valley. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is solid and having a big shindig at the Halemano Plantation. Dot's in Wahiawa has had a going thing for years. Just Tacos, Salsa in Mililani is doing good too. They also have a dance group at Whitmore Village but they keep pretty quiet. Waikele and Waipio are working on something.

Or, as Jesus succinctly put it, "You cannot serve God and wealth"
(Matthew 6:24).


Seems suddenly, but it has been coming for a while. Platinum Horseshoe blog is picking up steam. We are getting readers and not only from West Oahu. But what is dance blog? Nobody knows for sure and many are aware they they do not know. But if anyone is going to know something, it is us and we in the process of defining ours. It is already doing good for some dance groups.

"Dancing the Night Away" by Chic - Le Freak


"Save the Last Dance for Me" by Dolly Parton

The entire group of participants, which will include the readers, will develop a very good definition in a short time. We are not there yet. When we begin to get comments in our blogs, it will be a start. It will lead to regular information contributors to spread the word. Their viewpoint is unique, no one has exactly the same viewpoint. That is what makes them so valuable and there has to be an opportunity for them to be heard. It becomes Social Media and that what it is all about.

"The more you understand and like the music,
the easier you will be able to dance to it."


Friday, April 1, 2016

Still in there.

Big changes coming in the month of April. The first is the name change of Latin Rhythms, just too many in the search engines. The new name is Ritmo Mestizo which most people will know what it means. The new schedule has my blogs being posted every three or four days. The hits remain very static and going up very slowly.

“We could remember that there have been tyrants and liars,
and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end,
they always fall. Think of it -- always.”


"Have You Ever Heard The Rain?" by Amy Hanaialii

In Texas, Salsa seems to be taking a back seat to Bachata. The latest dance rage is definitely Bachata, but of course, no one knows how long it will last. It is a dance for the young. A couple years back Reggeaton came in strong with a lot of hype, but now it is on its way out. Change for the good is coming slowly on Oahu. Our hobby is helping the entire dance environment and give everyone the best public relations possible. Everyone will have a ball moving their way to the music of their choice.



If there is nothing moving in Kapolei, there will something on the Waianae Coast or in the Central Valley. And at this point the Central Valley is looking very promising. What happened to the section between Kalealoa Harbor and Kalealoa Airport? Not the Present Rail Party again.

"Wine is the answer. -- What was the question?"