Thursday, June 30, 2016

Still Hoping

This blog is still holding its breath. Last night's spreadsheet showed them in "second" place by a hair with Town Dancer back in front. Town Dancer has led the way for almost two decades. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Kapolei Chapter HBDA are almost convinced that we help each other and it is not a one way street. So it will take time, one more club will do it for this blog. Blogs are already moving upmarket and improving. The term "Professional Blogger" is no longer an oxymoron. Some in the traditional media realize this. ESPN, recently purchased the popular basketball blog True to complement its other online news offerings.

"If the wheels in the upper levels of social cultural dancing
on Oahu think blogging isn’t educational, they may need
to reexamine their thinking."

As far as Platinum Horseshoe is concerned, all we can do is offer the platform, and those that do not wish to use it will let us know by ignoring us, The communication will be plain enough and we will respect their wishes. But we will go all out for those that accept our help and they will make the ultimate decisions. Times, they are a changing and we are going along with them. That Dance Club in Waianae that is in the making, is welcome in this blog and they may just run the membership into the hundreds.

 "Let It Be" by the Beatles

The Basic Moves in the various dances are being covered very nicely in the West. All dances except the Samba have one basic step. You start there and after a few "other" patterns you go back to the basic. If you can do the basic step at least three times to some of your favorite music and enjoy every bit of the moves, you got it made as a social dancer. Moving to your favorite music is a real social dancer just using the KISS method. (Keep It Simple, Stupid.) Its Da Moosic, enjoy it by moving to it!

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

One of the most basic moves in Rumba is the cross body lead and in Social dancing in Latin America it is used in about 30 different dances. They do not do too bad in West Oahu. How about the cross body lead in Waltz? Or Foxtrot? Impossible, Ha! Then most people learn it pretty good on Oahu, but how about the reverse cross body lead? Sometimes referred to as the "counter cross body lead." I don't know of anyone teaching it, but then what do I know? I saw a couple do that about three months ago, just beautiful and nothing since then. Perhaps it is illegal.

“It is so important in this one moment in the music and our 
dance movement is so vital, and worth living. We cannot
let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Last Go Round

Waited for Willy but I guess he has been too busy. Quite alright and there will be future blogs. I did have some information available and a couple photos he asked me to post in a large size. So until the next blog this will have to do.

They were too small so when I blow them up for the blog they get fuzzy.

Info on upcoming classes.

Kapolei - Beginners class at the Makakilo Community Park 8 Mondays sessions starting July 11, Rumba and East Coast Swing  Rotating Instructors Romeo & Elsa Navares  Call 781-2076 for more information

 Mine are usually too big and when I down size, they get fuzzy.

Ewa - Advance classes at the Ewa Mahiko District Park 8 Thursday sessions starting July 7, Tango and Cha Cha  Rotating Instructors Esmenio & Roselily Andres Call 398-9894 for more information

 “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will
never do any harm to the world.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Our Amazing Reader/dancers:

Platinum Horseshoe has been most fortunate in having some of the best reader/dancers in this entire blogging world. So far we seem to have Kapolei Chapter HBDA and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club willing to share their dance information with their fellow dancers. From these we will eventually get the Guest Authors that the rest of the reader/dancers will enjoy reading. Lucky too, we live in the West. This entire section is rising and the total hits in our blogosphere are now on the upswing.

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we
must die to one life before we can enter another."

We working on our Plans? Make the plan and write it down. Plan what you’d like to accomplish in three or six months, don't go too far. Achieving small goals over time gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going. Writing your goals down is a good way to keep track of your progress. Posting them somewhere would also help. And our blogs are here to help.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Fortunately we have so many people that are already well grounded in Filipino dance. Much of it is in the even rhythm and even step, so that they easily learn and dance the social dances that are the same. Waltz is their best. Even step with an accent on the one count, and of course most of the music is just beautiful. We can all enjoy to our favorite Waltzes.The Oldies but Goodies? Then we also know that many of them originate World Wide.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The next most fundamental move in dance is the Rock Step. Almost the same, and was developed from the walking step. Step forward, one, two, three and then back on four and you got a Rock Step. It later evolved into a separate movement or step pattern. Easy as pie. After that came the Chassé. They got a little jazzy and stuck an extra step into the Rock Step. These developed all over the world except Africa independently during the two millenniums following the beginning of Agriculture.

Trump, the Republican Attack Dogs and the Tea Party are now known as
"Ole Blood And Guts" Gang. Their guts, your blood!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Willy comes through like a champ

From William Dionisio:

Another fun evening with friends at the HBDA Studio in Aiea. Air conditioning, new hardwood flooring, fine food and music, what more could you ask for! The Studio is located in a very convenient location in Aiea. It is on the second floor above Goodwill, across the street from the Waimalu Shopping Center.

"Y Volvere" by Lucero

From the first list of Willy's Photos. Everyone looks happy
and with good reason.

During a short program, Nora Dionisio, on behalf of Kapolei’s president Chris Rose who is currently on a business trip, thanked rotating instructors Marcie and Cindy Labasan. In addition to teaching the classes, Marcie and Cindy choreographed a lively Cha Cha routine that the chapter dancers performed during HBDA’s 57th Anniversary at the Palladium. Norman Oshiro, Ewa Chapter president, thanked rotating instructors Romeo and Miriam Quemado for teaching the advanced Fox Trot and Mambo classes.

"Kachi, Kachi, Makawao" by Willie K.

Still from Willy's first list of photos. It is looking good for everyone,
that is for sure.

We all live and learn. We will never be perfect in blogging but next month will be better than this month, we can be sure of that. The basic photos for blogs. two people are better than one? Huh? Three people are better than two? But it doesn't go too far. 49 people are better than fifty. and 48 are better than 49. But most of us can see the reasons. Two photos in a blog are better than one, like people. 30 photos are not better than 29. We all learn and we are going to have some deluxe blogging on Oahu, that is for damn sure.

More coming from Willy? You Betcha!

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple
but we are getting there."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Coming Attraction in the Central Valley

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club coming through like a champ. We can share this information with our fellow dancers on Oahu wherever they are. And together with the fact that my health is improving - I think I will have another Rum and Coke on that.

Received from Aunty Maile:

Wahiawa looks better all the time and even is looking to be the center of Central Valley entertainment. Now with a couple good information contributors from that crowd, we could get more information to share. Wow! I personally invite anyone in the club to email me the info and I shall publish in your name. Photos are gravy. It just has to go in your name. Or you can use a pen name if you prefer. I use Pepe which is the ancient Spanish name for Joe.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey, vocals by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell

Tango: Now we have on the mainland a new Tango fusion, the Foxtantino that connects the American styles of Foxtrot to Argentine Tango. This dance was designed specifically for the young social dance community. It uses the teaching methods, technique and language of the social dances so Foxtantino is easy for social dancers to learn and dance with each other. Even if seems to be stalled on the Mainland.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Social dancers have been intrigued and fascinated with Argentine Tango, but, many do not want to give up their dance frame, their dance culture and/or acquire new music appreciation skills and fully enter into the Argentine Tango community. On Oahu, it may be based on the Filipino Tango first and then Foxtantino would provide social dancers the fun and excitement of Argentine Tango while keeping to the style of dancing with which they are familiar. Keep an open mind on it.

My personal view is that we do not need another version of the tango.
So, what do I know? 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The HBDA Social

Things are looking up for me. The swelling on my foot has gone down and I can get my shoes on. I met Willy near the HBDA studio, where I had gone to Best Buy and I was waiting for my Handi Van. We exchanged information and he sent me the invite for the social. I made it with the help of the Handi Van. They would pick me up and six at home and pick me up at nine at Goodwill.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Getting there early was good because I got to see the action from the start. There were two nice ladies there before me and we had some nice preliminaries.  I have fumble of the hands and feet, so with a little help to take the photos, I can still make a blog. I did take the photos of the front view of the Studio and two inside. And it was so good to enjoy the scene that was unfolding. So nice to see Nora and then Willy again.

"Y Volvere" by Vicki Carr 

Aloha - It's great to see dancers on the floor. Ewa Chapter of HBDA
joined with Kapolei Chapter for another amazing social event.
~Romeo and Miriam Quemado.

A nice shot of the view from the street, then inside for one of the best dance floors I have seen on Oahu, then a good one of the Kau Kau line.

Several others came in and helped to set up the audio and the food tables. A very efficient group and just taking their time enjoying it  all. I took a couple of photos of the beautiful studio and I passed the camera to Susan and she got some good photos. I got one more and then no more. I do not know much about cameras, but at home I noticed, Battery out. Photos lost. So what do I know? We may have another chance next time.

I met so many of my good friends and I must say these are some of the best people you will meet on this Island. A few dances and then it was Kau Kau time, and everyone seemed ready for that. Good way to go. There were so many goodies on the table and probably fit for a king. These people certainly know what they are doing.

'What a fun evening tonight visiting with friends and
sharing all the delicious food." ~ Nora Dionisio 

From Pearlridge Chapter: Wanna dance and have fun? Come join Pearlridge Chapter of the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association, one of Hawaii's largest, oldest, and most exciting organizations.  Trot on down to HBDA Dance Studio on Kam Highway above Goodwill in Aiea. We meet Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Call Shirley at 456-2129 - Class begins on July 7th. - Come join us.

"We can tell when we hit old age by the way it hits back."

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Received from Aunty Maile, one of our best information contributors. I am a just a good mechanic, that's all. She would probably make a great Guest Author.

"Dahil Sa Iyo" by Cora and Santos Beloy

Come join us for an evening of fun and laughter, and dance till your hearts content!

"Kapantay Ay Langit"
by Pilita

Enjoy great ballroom and line dance music played by DJ Leland, and some that will take you straight back to the Philippines!

"Anak" by Freddie Aguilar

It’s optional, but if you are feeling in the mood, come dressed in your favorite Filipino attire and get ready for a night of friends and fiesta!

See you soon!
Salamat po!

"We could understand that the whole of life, is not just one little part of it. That is why we must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer
and understand, for all that is life."

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tango in West Oahu

In this century, there seems to be a new and increased awareness of Tango in our cultural dance community of Oahu. However the diversity may be too much. The beginning was simple. The first one that came with any importance onto Oahu was the American Tango that was introduced by the new non-profit dance clubs that began to be established in the 1960s, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

"Independent blogs have become the best check on monopoly
mainstream journalism, and they provide a surprisingly
frequent source of initiative reporting."

Then came the introduction of the International style (the correct way to dance Tango) in the seventies. But of course, it is a discipline and for the select few it can be very nice.  And a little after that came the Argentine Tango in the eighties to establish that they were "Da Reel Teeng," after all, it was suppose to be the original. However it is slowly coming out that there are ten different styles of Tango in Argentina alone.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

However in this century, with the noticeable increase in social dancers, there is a growing acceptance of a purely ethnic Tango, the Filipino Tango which is really a street dance. And street dances are some of the most solid kind of dances that can develop with fusion into a stable dance form.

La Comparsita por Julio Iglesias

Who knows? I don't. For sure the cultural dance community is growing. There will be a new dance club in the West and they will have a few things to say to the dance community on this island of Oahu. Dancers have always wanted to move to their favorite music in their own way. They haven't changed much, just look at the kids dancing. Wow!

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho
Quote of the Day
"If I could drink only one wine, it would be Champagne."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Swinging Nicely

It is pretty definite, that the Micros that I have on the side to promote the blogs are having a very positive effect on the hits of our Dance Blogs. I am nothing but SOS and any new people automatically will not be SOS. My destination has been reduced to the Island of Oahu. Though of course, there will be notices accepted from the neighbor islands. That means Europe, Asia and Africa are definitely out and those of you that must have them can certainly get Facebook or Google Plus.

"You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." 

Then there is the corridor that has been developing from the South Shore in Ewa Beach going straight up to Haleiwa on the North Shore. The Rail Disaster is screwing up everywhere else. The center of the old limited area of Platinum Horseshoe was Kapolei and has now changed and it is now definitely in the Central Valley. With the new Dance Pavilion in Waipio cancelled to pay for the Rail Crisis, the natives are naturally restless. There will be new Night clubs in Waikele and Waipio, and the center will be there. In fact some of the residents now consider themselves living in "Central Oahu."

"Come Softly To Me" By the Fleetwoods

Hopefully our Two Centers and Guest Authors will come from this sector and let the good times roll. We are in the Hawaiian Islands because we want to be here. And with Public Transportation going to hell in a hand basket on Oahu we have to do something. We definitely need more Business Parks in West Oahu. Yes, we know, it's the dough, Moe.

"Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" By Neil Diamond

The Rail is messing up and the traffic will be worse on the streets and freeways. Gas prices going up. You gotta do something. These little buggers will do the job very nicely.