Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year on Oahu

There has always been a library at Waianae and when Kapolei began to build up they had to have a library too and it turned out to be a beautiful building and plenty of users. But now, we have heard the good news, there will be a new library in Nanakuli by next year. Many on the West coast are ready to donate some of their best books to the library. The book readers on this end of the Coast are going to have good book inventory to pick from.

"Dancers think it is kind of silly to think that tearing
someone else down will build you up."

We intend to add more good dance groups and to prune the inefficient spots. Our overall readers seem to be developing into a good group that is interested in enjoying a good dance without getting too technical about it. We have many men that would have been considered street dancers in the olden days but now accepted as real dancers. Is this only in West Oahu?

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Tango losing interest World Wide - too many different Tangos. The Argentine dancers themselves have nine different tangos to dance to. On Oahu we have four, Argentine, American, Filipino and International. And now comes a new one in the US and threatening to come to Hawaii. The FoxTanTino - a foxtrot to Tango music?  We shall see what we shall see. I personally would rather see an amalgamation of the Filipino and the American with the name, The Hawaiian Tango. How about that?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Time for Christmas

And most dance groups are preparing for the next year. Before starting any advertising campaign, they should have a measurable goal set so they can track their progress to determine if the ad is successful or needs tweaking. Most of us sort our mail over the trash. The goal is to recycle as much paper as possible and find the few items that are important. The amount of Spam advertising out in the world is outrageous.

How about the computer and the Internet? Much of it does not cost much and it may be more useful than radio, newspapers or TV advertising. There are two very useful items for dance groups, the Web sites and the Blog sites, and most Blog sites are non-profit. Find out the difference and use each one for its most useful purposes. In Blogs, differentiate between an information contributor and a Guest Author. Then they will be well on their way to being knowledgeable on how to spread the word.

"As social dancers we may be the real dancers.
We don't dance because we want to -
we dance because we need to."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Phil and Elvie Padilla

They were there, at the Halemano Plantation shindig. I was so busy with everything that I just knew that someone would get a good picture of them. So I am not perfect and I make mistakes. Hang Me. I lost them when I moved to Nanakuli eight years ago but now Phil told me that they have been in Panama. We will catch up to them now that they are back in Hawaii. And I am going to get that picture for this blog.

"The search for happiness is unlike any other search,
for we search last in the likeliest places."

Phil and Elvie are a natural performers. When they dance everybody watches. Their early performing experience, their active minds, and their years of dancing give them a wealth of material to draw upon. They can constantly create new routines and use them as little sections in their social dancing. Performing and social dancing are one and the same to them. Their repertoire is full of many sequences and they are very interesting to watch. I have always been fascinated.

"Knock Three Times" by Dawn

I cannot go everywhere and do everything and the VA is doing a good job of holding me up. Sooner or later I will have some help and I will get more news and photos out and run these hits up to the moon. The "Good People" are turning out very well in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. And now I want to get a dancer from this group for the "Transparency" and for the Fake Magazine cover shot. It should be a terrific fill in and lend enjoyment for our reader/dancers.

" The Last Dance" by Donna Summer

Meanwhile, our crowd is getting very good at moving to our good music in partner fashion. Good social dancing, we all know that. However, line dancing is a very good way of dancing the night away. So Perhaps someone can suggest how to get more men interested in dancing. The way the Indians danced it a millennium ago. Men Only. Of course, it does get too fancy at times and that turns me off too.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WBDC, Dance, Part 3

Thank you for coming to join in our special Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Jingle Bell Rock 2016 at Helemano Plantation Camp 808, 12-10-16. Again, we had a fabulous time! Here are pictures that say a thousand words!
Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi

Pub's Note: I did not receive one thousand pictures but almost. I will do my best which of course, may not be enough. This was a great occasion and I ask you all to be kind. I put part 2, in Marie's birthday write up in the Town Dancer blog with her photos. I will put the remaining photos in the Dancing Nights blog for the end.

What has been referred to as Social Dancing is becoming a bigger portion of what it used to be, because everyone has acknowledged the difference from the other high toned deals. And we can certainly have a good time. Somebody wants to take that away from us? They will play hell.

"Social dancers know that dancing enables you to find yourself and
you can lose yourself at the same time."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Halemano Plantation

I knew this was special day and one reason was that I had two destinations to go to, on the Handi Van, The first was with the dentist at 1:00 pm. The van to bring me back home never got there and I had to  take two buses to get home. The next place I knew, would be more fun and I got ready by 5:00 pm.

The van was a little late but I got to the Halemano Plantation by six and the place was starting to move, with many already partaking of the delicious food. (I know how delicious, for I got to take some home and it was fit for royalty.) Maile was doing just fine leading the way and the terrific music of Leland was permeating throughout the floor. And even if no one was dancing they were sure getting in the mood.

"Merry Christmas + Happy 2017 to our Sister Club - Love from"
Deanie Burgess - Aiea Ballroom

"Great dance music, awesome food and many many friends."
Bert Burgess

Sometimes, everything comes together just right.  A nice evening with the right group chemistry, the general positive vibes, a few pleasantly surprised newcomers, and naturally, some other mysterious "something" all came together, Saturday evening at the Helemano Plantation.  It was one of "those" nights, and it was fun.  There was a limit on the tickets sold and there were just enough participants to make things exciting, but not so many that the dancers were banging elbows and toes.

"Mele Kalikimaka everyone, my wife and I wish everybody
a Happy Holiday. Be Safe and Be Happy."
Ron and Rosalie

"Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season"
Dieter and Gloria Phister

I took a couple photos to make sure the camera was working. Then I found a nice place near my friends, Ron and Rosalie, they are both such fun people Gave Ron the camera and he got some pictures. Rodney and Carol were nearby they always help. I also want to thank them publicly for the invitation. So many good friends and fortunately Ron had some nice wine. And there seemed to be a lot of wine bottles out and everyone seem to be just sipping and enjoying the scenic atmosphere. I am getting more convince that my preference in wine will be red wine.

"It's been a long, long time to see you again, Pepe"
Phil and Elvie Padilla

"Awesome party - Friendly and Accommodating - Family party friends."
Amador Verzon

"Much Aloha and such great dancing! What a wonderful
Merry Merry Christmas!"
Doug and Kate

These photos were all taken with my camera by various photographers. I am sure everyone thanks them as of course I do too. I knew that one blog on such an enjoyable occasion would not be enough so the next blog will be with Marie's photos with everyone wishing her a Happy Birthday. The photos were sent by Iphone and that can be pretty difficult to make out. I have duplicates and perhaps triplicates in photos from Marie and Maile.  I will try to get it in the Town Dancer blog today.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Year Looking Good.

Just looking over the beginning stats for the month of December and things are developing so good I could pinch a grape. My estimate with the stats at hand are that all of the blogs on Oahu will have a sufficient amount of readers available to make the blogs viable. First we need the Two Centers and from there we should get some Guest Authors. With a few Guest Authors the hits will go through the roof and the best blog will become "independent." - Platinum Horseshoe?

"Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and
free of conflict have not learned their history."

As the year end holidays approach, things seem to be getting clearer. The interested dancers are exchanging comments with each other and are becoming very aware, The best thing has been the growing acceptance of the different styles of dance that have been evolving over the last 80 years of "Ballroom Dance" on this Island.

"My Cup Runneth Over" by Max Bygraves

The introduction of new styles to the original social ballroom dance scene led everyone to believe they were all dancing BALLROOM. Naturally, the ones that regarded themselves as the "top levels" would tend to look down their noses at the "lesser levels." Who hasn't heard the term "junk dancer?" The definition for our kind of dancing has been slow in coming but it is certainly becoming clearer. Whatever you prefer to call ballroom dancing, may be never resolved.

"Most dancers know that every saint has a past,
and every sinner has a future."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Awaits

Looks like a good end of the year festivities for the dancers on Oahu. Good Halloween dances, terrific Thanksgiving occasions, and now very naturally comes Christmas. For us on this blog December looks like a nice place to visit, dance and celebrate. Aiea Ballroom Dance Association has their Anniversary dance at the Pearl Country Club this weekend but I have not had any updates.

"Fortunately our good dancers, are the ones that point out
what is going right and help to fix what is going wrong."

I am fortunate to have been invited to the Wahiawa Ballroom Dnce Club Christmas Dance. I hope to get some good photos and some opinions from the happy dancers to blog'em up right. I am fortunate that even if I cannot eat or dance, I can at least be there and enjoy the company of some of the best people on Oahu. I supposed they are already sold out. The biggest thing in the Central Valley for Christmas and I may have to make two blogs for them because I get so many good photos. Now if I can get some opinions too, Wow!

"The Last Dance" by Donna Summer

The Waianae Coast is still wide open to do a little filling in the Platinum Horseshoe. Makaha is developing good with the Makaha Studios there. Maili is developing a terrific beach park. Nanakuli getting the newest Library in the State. Third City if the Present Rail Party doesn't stop the building of business parks there. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." This blog still remains the chance for anyone on the Waianae Coast to get their two cents in. 

Old Indian saying: "To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."