Thursday, June 22, 2017

Aiea Ballroom

Received a nice email, from Deanie and she has just become the best Information Contributor for our blogs. I am physically impaired and do what I can but this information is just terrific. Our blogs do not do advertising but we do have a duty to provide as much up to date dance information to our fellow dancers as we can. They in turn can do as they damn well please and go wherever they want to go.


From Deanie Burgess, Aiea Balloom

School address: 99-600 Kulawea St., Aiea. Cost: FREE - just bring a small something to eat. And, of course, bring your dance shoes. Next class session [session runs 7 weeks] will start July 13. Dances will be Samba and Merengue. All classes are held on Thursdays at Aiea Intermediate School. Class registration IS NOT required if you come to the July social. Eating, dancing and enjoying yourself is! --You can view Aiea webpage: abda-hawaii.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

This coming Saturday, June 24, Hawaii Gardenia Circle will have a full ballroom dance at the Palladium. Time: 6:00-9:30 pm. Bert Burgess will DJ the music. Snack served at half time. No truth to the rumor of a keg of beer. Lots of dancing and fun.

"Hanalei Moon" by Don Ho


This coming Sunday, June 25, the Swing Dance Club of Hawaii will have a dance. Professional, Greg Underwood, will teach a class from 5:00-6:00 pm [probably Night Club 2 Step]. Cost: $5.00 per person. From 6:00-7:00 pm, Greg will teach West Coast Swing. From 7:00-9:00 pm there will be open dancing. DJ Bert Burgess. Cost for the Swing Dance time is $5 [members] or $8 [all others].

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Snack served about 8:00 pm. The Swing Dance Club is predominately West Coast Swing. However, they do include Night Club 2 Step, Hustle, Country 2 Step, and some ballroom tempos. This is the only dance club on Oahu that offers "Westies" a lot of West Coast Swing! Other dance venues will play "some" West Coast Swing.

This coming Sunday [6/25] ALL MEN COME IN FREE FROM 6:00-9:00 PM. It's a belated Father's Day dance. Come on guys - lots of ladies to dance with.

"Blogger's Law #25, If anything can go wrong, it will."

In July, the Swing Dance Club will have a dance on Tuesday July 4th at the Palladium. The times listed above will be the same for this date. Also in July, Sunday 7/30. Same time frame as above. Get your dancing shoes on, and let's boogie!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Rock Step

Rock step, probably one the first moves developed by the Mexican Civilizations six thousand years ago. They danced the even step forward, backward and sideways. In going forward and then changing direction to go back there was distinct difference in the movement. And you could rock back to where you were before. In modern times it has also been called a break step, and may refer to other similar dance moves.

  "Praise is a device for making a person deserve it."


The name in our dance culture refers to the rocking action during the move: the weight is transferred from one foot to another and then back. It is used in a number of dances, perhaps as many as a thousand throughout the world. Most often it is a two-step dance move executed in two beats of music. In Latin America it can be used in a three count such as the Latin Waltz. As with most basic movements there are a basic six with just about as many variations from there as you wish

"Yesterday" by the Beatles


In rocking forward, the dancer steps forwards with full weight transfer then transfers the weight back to the back foot while keeping it in place. There are two different forward rocks where the man steps forward with either foot and rocks back to his other foot. In doing the back rock step, there are also two and every thing is just in reverse. And most dancers have no trouble with that.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono


The side rock should come just as naturally. The leader steps with his left foot to the left and rocks back to his right foot. The right side rock is just the opposite. Then there are the turning rocks just to go in a different direction, left or right. Six different step movements but all are very basic in what had been at one time developed from more primitive environments and now into modern cultural dancing.

"Social dancers know that good deeds should be done for intention
and not for attention."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kaena Point

Dancing in Makaha has never been done and as the saying goes, it never will be. Hawaii is such a paradise and it is a shame that parts of it have to live on tricks. Most of us have heard "around the island" and we know what that means. It does not mean around the island, and there has never been a road around this island of Oahu. Yes, we all know we are kidding ourselves. We do that all the time.

"Life is defined more by its risks than by its sameness.
Choose your Habits, Choose your Life."


With a road cut from Kaena Point to the North Shore, the people in Mokuleia could drive to Mahaha, have a nice dance for an evening and then be home in twenty minutes. The people in Mahaha could drive over to Haleiwa and buy things they couldn't get in Waianae.  But we can spend billions and billions of dollars on a rail that everyone knows will not work. We just got suckered into it. Ben could have save us on that, but they spent ten million dollars lying about him. Later he won in court but too late then. The Crook Was In.

 "Warehouse Blues" by Willie K


One big layer of trash about six feet and a layer of dirt six feet on top of that dumped onto the rocks at Kaena Point the results would be a whole new park created at that point. Sand Island was built on a dream too. There could be enough dirt to build a whole new beach. Kaena Point Beach Park. A few Tract Homes and a small Business Park  Ha! With a Paradise of their own, who needs Honolulu? The entire Waianae Coast would be dealing commercially with the entire North Shore very effectively.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Florida is the unofficial dance capital of the world because of the sheer magnitude of the state and people involved in social dancing. In many areas, a person can go dancing not only during the day but to a different place every night of the week. The choices of where to go dancing include ballrooms, dance studios, community centers, night clubs, restaurants, lounges, hotels and religious facilities, all available to the general public. Oahu was doing very well in the Rail Disaster area but no more. Kapolei is getting better, the Central Valley is looking good for another dance club and another night club. That leaves the Waianae Coast and the North Shore wide open for what is coming.

"Social Dancers know that music is a world within itself,
it can be a language that we all understand."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Da Latest

From a nothing blog to a viable blog takes some work. Specially when there is little in the territory that we are able to promote. This blog started as West Oahu and in Wahiawa with the famous Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Now we are including Aiea, Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. I have made some contact with Pupukea. Mokuleia has something going always but they seem to regard their exhibitions as being in the upper art world and they lose most of us.

 "The best things in the world are free --- and worth every penny of it."


But whatever, it comes and goes in a flash. Same thing happened in Waikele and Waipio, when they lost the Dance Pavilion to pay for the Rail Disaster. I had one mention of the Legacy Ballroom but then nothing. We don't even know if it is covered with cobwebs now. I haven't been there in decades. Our best bet is that a blog can be kind of a continual tour, with a Guest Author who may be already part of our dance group.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" ... Placido Domingo


There will be many guest authors to choose from, and each volunteer will develop an audience that is only partially there at the beginning. There will be a considerable overlapping of readers, normal and this is called synergism. Then there's also camaraderie and politics between the people who blog - they make points and counterpoints. And they comment to each other and pat each other's backs, in all kinds of social structures that will make our blogs into social media.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono


In most blogs it is easier to just start as an Information Contributor. You just email information but also photos. As you see the results you will also see the advantage of becoming a Guest Author. Then you can get in the blog, by yourself, write what you please, post photos or graphics, publish and get out. There are no commitments. No registration fees or annual meetings. No monthly dues or meetings. And you can blog whenever you damn well please. I realize this may be too many restrictions for some but that is the best we can do.

"Social dancers know that no one is useless in this world
who lightens the burdens of another."

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Dancing

By Brian Sawaguchi, -Waipio
Dance is broadly conceived as physical movement initiated by music and organized into patterns in time and space. Most every one has seen African dancers on TV dancing to this very day, as they have been dancing for centuries. Just up and down, constantly to the beat. This is the way it has been danced by all groups throughout the world since the beginning of music. About six thousand years ago, the Indian Civilizations in Mexico learned that walking to the music merely gives you timing.

 "Quit now, you'll never make it. - If you disregard this advice,
you'll be halfway there."


When your body moves a little extra at some beat in the music, then you are dancing. For the Indians that was the difference. Later it was picked up in other parts of the world. We all know it now that shortly after, the ancient Indian civilizations in Mexico evolve a different movement from the constant, incessant step. They discovered that to enjoy the music more fully it would be by making slightly different movements of the feet or body and it just came naturally. The Rock Step evolved to allow a different movement and it is done to this very day in thousands of dances.

"Adoro" by Graciela Susana 

From there they evolved the Chassé in which the leading foot stays in the lead and could be danced to a two or three count. These are basic movements in perhaps in only ten thousand dances throughout the world but you get the drift.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Partner dancing, in the late 1800s, developed and standardized the next most important movement, the "underarm turn." Danced in the American Foxtrot, American Waltz, Bachata, Rumba, Beguine, Calypso, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, Tango and perhaps only five thousand other dances. Not in International but they have their own rules.

"Caminito" by Yoichi Sugawara

You thought you invented some thing new? Perhaps some one will cover all six of the underarm turns in a future blog. When you start to get too complicated, - it is for show. Beginning basic is good and should be learned very well and enjoyed to its fullest extent as social dancing. Intermediate begins to get flaky, advanced is something else and belongs on the exhibition floor. None of it bad as long as you know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Most of our dances have over 600 documented steps and patterns. So it would be nice to have at least 30 basic and 30 intermediate. All the rest can be regarded as advanced - and later for those, - much later.

"Progress, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results
cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to
advance in life as we walk, step by step"

Monday, June 5, 2017

Keep On Dancing

OK, this blog enjoyed a brief time as the number one on these islands. But we lost contact with Wahiawa and Aiea, so it is understandable. Town Dancer is back on top. No hu hu, we just have to keep trying. I have made good contact with Aiea this last week and hope to blog'em at the the next social. Meanwhile I am looking for something in Kapolei, the readership is there. Visions of Second City in spite of the Present Rail Party.

"Most Social Dancers are people who eventually realize that
mistakes are made for learning and not for repeating."


"Journalism is a style of writing characteristic of material in newspapers
and magazines, consisting of a direct presentation of facts or
occurrences with little attempt at analysis or interpretation."

From a Journalist: "Is blogging anything but a text media? Misspellings galore, poor syntax, sorry presentation. This is journalism? This is rubbish!"


Ok some can disagree but they must realize they are merely stirring the crock pot! And they will certainly get dirty. After all, lie down with dogs and you get FLEAS. Even on Oahu, so I'm outta here! Early newspapers were all independent operations just like bloggers. In fact, not until near the end of the 19th century did news papers become Established Media Outlets. The Internet is a NEW broadcast medium. Some clearly take the Established Journalism point of view and that is the exact reason for democratic debate.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino 


However once the emotional dust settles and the facts win out, democratic debate reveals the facts. It matters not that many of these people are wrong when you evaluate the totality of journalism in the last 250 years. Blogging is precisely where journalism begins as in any new medium . . . even if that medium is simply the spoken word. Blogging, specially on Oahu, is just kinda different from journalism. That's our share of comment. Let's let the party begin. If the Internet is NOT a broadcast outlet then why is there advertising on it? Why is there news on it? Why Blogs? And most important is Feedback.

"To the social dancers that still believe in their dreams:  Chase them, continue to chase them even after you are out of breath." 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

From Daily Kos

Joseph, it seems every week brings a new revelation regarding possible collusion between Donald Trump's administration and the Russian government. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any president.

That's why Daily Kos is joining a large coalition to #MarchForTruth on Saturday, June 3rd. Together, we'll raise our voices and demand our elected leaders seek the truth. As Representative Elijah Cummings noted, the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia represents “a fight for the soul of our democracy.”


Our goals are simple:

An independent commission must be established, and Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests; As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible; Congress should require Donald Trump to release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity; If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

The American people are due an impartial, thorough and independent investigation into the relationship between Donald Trump and the Russian government. Join us at a March for Truth near you to demand answers.


Keep fighting,
Monique Teal, Daily Kos



Monday, May 29, 2017

Waikele

By Sandra Wang, Waikele
Waikele is a master planned community on the Leeward side of Oahu that was developed by the Amfac Corporation back in 1991. So it has only been about 26 years in its evolution. This development project began with the construction of two multi-family complexes and one single -family subdivision. Today more than half of its residents have been born there so many may already feel Waikelians.

Blogger's Law Number 41D:
 "When blogging at home, the lighter the rug the more apt a dropped
peanut butter and jelly sandwich will land face down."


Today, the Waikele Community Association stands as one of the premier planned bedroom communities in the State of Hawaii. Waikele now has 12 multi-family town home complexes and 9 single-family subdivisions. In addition to these 2937 homes, the Waikele community also has two privately owned shopping centers, a fire station, elementary school, championship golf course, and two parks which are maintained by the City and County of Honolulu. Sadly, only one industrial park in the area was ever planned but voted down by the Present Rail Party. And "I coulda been home in twenty minutes."

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Waikele is well known for its lush green landscaping and the 58 natural gas lamps that are displayed at the entrances of Lumiaina and Lumiauau Street. The shopping center is one of the most beautiful and best designed on this Island. However, the most distinct signature feature of this award winning community is the "lollipop" shaped banyan trees that line the boundary with Kamehameha Highway. Everybody groans that there is no sign of any Community Center where there could exist the possibility of social dancing. But not much hope because every bit of city money has go for the Rail Disaster.

"Social Dancers eventually realize that mistakes are made
for learning not repeating."

Pub's Side Note: Any dance news from Waikele, please email and I will  post and share it with our reader/dancers and we will all be happy.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review

This blog has proved most amazing even with all the search engine hits and the scam spam robot hits goofing up my stats. This blog averages over 100 hits per day, equivalent to 3000 hits per month. Of course, I have lost contact with three of my most important dance groups and the hits are already slowing down. My counters are not 100% accurate but good enough to tell me when I am just beating my gums.  I know where I am at. Meanwhile, I must beat the bushes and look around. You want to communicate to West Oahu? Dis Da Place.

"Live life fully while you are here - Experience everything - Take care of your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird - Go out and screw up. You are going to do it anyway - you might as well enjoy it. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, find the causes and eliminate them. Don't try to be perfect - just be a good example of being human."


Understanding of blogging in our dance scene is coming to light. The announcements in our publications are a very small part of any communication. The larger part is what happened at your function and the accompanying photos that are included in the blog. And a photo album is not necessary for our readers. Then comes the Night Club dance locations in West Oahu that would realize the same advantage. Of course we have the entire section all the way to Makaha and including the North Shore to help.

"Nanakuli Blues" by Don Ho


The reader/dancers are going through some eye-opening territory, music, of course, which is the basis of all dance plus the very basic, basic moves in any dance. Gradually, as the readership of our blogosphere increases, there may be new definitions forming out in our blogging dance world. There are many dance groups that are not included at present but no offense intended. Ethnic dancing is appreciated by us but not ordinarily included in our kuleana. The young with their ever increasing new moves and dances are minimized but it has been their choice for centuries.

"Social Dancers may dance just to feel good - they may dance to feel better - they may dance to mend a broken heart - or they may just dance."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dance? Anyone?

Social Dancing by Patrick Young, Waianae:
Most of us are social dancers on this island of Oahu. In order to be effective sociable dancers we learn to connect with our partners. Good leaders and good follows know how to make all of their dance partners feel good and the secret to their craft is that rather than take the "Correct Way" approach to dancing they modify and adapt to the dancing styles of those that they dance with. Humility, kindness, respect and consideration for all others are the virtues of any consummate sociable dancer. And you both want to enjoy moving to the beautiful music.

"Social Dancers know that life is not measured by the breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away."


Social dancing is being able to have a joyful dance conversation with your partner on the dance floor, it is a dialogue, not a monologue, and most definitely it is not about self indulgence or one's ego. It is not about seeking perfection from others because we are not perfect. So social dancing is more about exclusivity and participation. Both men and women look forward to dancing with sociable dancers as they are fun to dance with. We can learn many things in a social dance club or a dance studio.


These are the true ambassadors of social dancing and if you ever stopped to notice, they are the most popular and sought after dancers. Thus the key to social dancing is quite simple, as long as people you dance with are doing it safely, enjoy what you can and forget about what is right or wrong. Most importantly unless you are complimenting your dance partner or have something good to say, keep the so called helpful tips and editorial comments to a minimum.


If you are one who cannot dance with someone unless they have a firm grasp of the dance and are precise and perfect then it would be wiser to bring your own exclusive dance partner to dance with. Don't bother the majority of the dancers at clubs that are there just to have fun for the evening and are not seriously interested in learning to become an exhibition dancer, in fact it is very rare to find a dancer that knows all of the popular club dance styles and there are classes to take if people are truly interested in learning how to dance a certain style.

New sign at the Trump Office in the White House.
The New Golden Rule: "Whoever has the Gold makes the rules."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Town Crier

Prior to the advent of literacy, town criers were the means of communication with the people of the town since many people could not read or write. Proclamations, local bylaws, market days, advertising, were all proclaimed by a bellman or crier. The town crier could also be used to make public announcements in the streets.

"Social Dancers do not really care if you cannot dance well,
just get up, move to that beautiful music, you'll dance."


Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold coat, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. They carried a hand bell to attract people's attention, as they shouted the words "Hear Ye." Criers were not always men, many town criers were women. Bells were not the only attention getting device - in the Netherlands, a gong was the instrument of choice for many, and in France a drum was used, or a hunting horn.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

In 1690, the first colonial newspaper in America, Publick Occurrences, was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris in Boston. This was the first true multi-page colonial newspaper. However, it was suppressed after its first edition by the British governor. America's first continuously-published newspaper, the Boston News-Letter was published on April 24, 1704. John Campbell, a bookseller and postmaster of Boston, was its first editor, printing the newspaper on what was then referred to as a half-sheet.

"Young At Heart"
by Frank Sinatra

James and younger brother Ben Franklin began publishing the Courant in Boston in 1721 The Courant was soon considered controversial, and James was imprisoned for four weeks in 1722 for writing "scandalous libel". The paper was suppressed in 1727 and they left Boston in the same year. Ben Franklin went on to become a great publisher. Fifty years later, it was included in the first amendment of the new constitution of the United States, "Freedom Of The Press." And now in process of being modified by the Trump republicans.

"Social Dancers in a social dance environment do not
take suggestions as an insult."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Plowing Ahead Slowly

This blog is still number one plowing ahead slowly but steadily. The hits are coming in solid, over a hundred average per day and still mainly on Oahu. Though we are losing many of the scam, spam robot hits, everything else looks good. We get a few comments which is good but we need many more, independent opinions. And opinions are like noses, every one has got one and all different. Hey, that's it!

"Social Dancers know that truest expression of the dancers on Oahu
is in their music and their dance."


Yes we hear the news of how Trump and his fellow crooks stole the Presidency of the United States. But it has been pointed out repeatedly, he did not. He bought it and paid cash on the barrel head, cost him millions, together with the help of his billionaire buddies. Those people are accustomed to buying anything they wish. You don't think they did it for their health, do you? He He. From an old republican acquaintance: "We had it rough too. Some of my kids were still riding around in last year's Mercedes." - Hey, now that is rough!

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Platinum Horseshoe has inherited the territory and has to do the best it can with it and try to get some help. We will not push anyone, we offer the platform, then it is up to them. Dance blogging is not rocket science, it’s about being yourself, helping our fellow dancers and putting what you have into it. Blogging is using a new medium for what it is good for, connecting and interacting.

"Moloka'i Waltz
by Amy Hanaialii

Meanwhile we are getting a few sparks from the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. You got a new dance group? Let me know and I will blog'em. Many trying to get out of that Honolulu quagmire. And the traffic problem is due to get worse. Everyone seems to know it but no one can do anything about. "The Gravy Train" is Numbah One. Easy Money! Millions and Millions of dollars being made daily. And there is more where that came from.

Just read the latest on old Russian dancing. "It consists of folding
one's arms over the chest and running while sitting down." 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Line Dancing in West Oahu

by Franklin Yamasaki, Nanakuli

Sick to death of indoor cycling? Bored to tears with the Stair Climber? Or the walker looking at TV? Oh Boy! Try Line Dancing No need partner and you can find a beginner’s class fairly easy in West Oahu. Then in your own home, you can make your own fitness program with your own music. Some call it practice but you are just having fun and enjoying life. Line dancing out on the town you will meet new friends and of course there is the main feature of the whole thing, the joy of moving to your favorite music and among your friends.

"A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from
changing the world to sharing your shopping list.
Your blog is an unedited version of yourself."


Most of us know that moving to music is not an unnatural function. You can see it any day of the week, some person, usually young, with a wire to their ear, finding themselves moving and then stopping when they think they may look crazy. They will be trying hard not to move but they know the body is calling. It has been there since the beginning of time or at least from the time music began. Nothing strange about it.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


In line dancing your ear becomes accustomed to the same music that is danced in most social dance venues. You learn the rhythm and the timing of Smooth and Rhythm dances, you develop your own style of movement, that's it. You can let yourself go and move to this same music but in the prescribed social and accepted manner of partner dancing. What could be more natural than to gravitate slowly into Social Dancing for the fun of partner dancing?

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz


Most of the basic moves in partner dancing have been there for a few centuries and you don't have to do any of them in too precise a manner. In social dancing  the differences in dancing can be appreciated. Adjudicators will not be there in an official capacity. And men: You will be overwhelmed with the ratio of women to men. But don't feel intimidated, the mix is very acceptable to most. And, you will meet some of the best ladies on this island. And of course, you can convince your buddies to join you in part of the good life.

"Social Dancers know that our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
If you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Web Sites

There is a difference between a Web Site and a Blog Site.

But then everybody seems to know that they may be quite different. Of course, we do not want clones.  Web sites are older and more stable than Blog sites and many are very different from each other. Nothing wrong there and they have very pertinent information which does not require updating very often. In a dance web site, you could have all your officers listed and the dance teachers and those would be basic. And it has been in the last century a rather prestigious acquisition. If you had a Web Site you had arrived.

"Tranquil pleasures last the longest; dancers are not fitted
to bear the burden of great joys."


In addition they usually have the info on the top brass easily available. Monthly and even yearly schedules, photo albums included, many of which are works of art, video albums, club history and other pertinent information of probable interest to their reader/members. They could also include pertinent information on many other Web and Blog sites.

"Oh Mother" by Christina Aguilera

Dance Web site members come to a site to look for specific information. That information does not need to be new. It just needs to be what the reader/dancer is looking for and many are usually subdivided into a number of complicated pages. These tools allow dance clubs to create beautiful sites with compelling content, but they don't allow neophytes or non-technical people to maintain content or add new content.

"My Mother" by the Chipettes


The top levels of the dance club covered by Web sites are the ones usually permitted to contribute information. Many have a tendency to look down on Bloggers and blogging. But even with these sophisticated tools, most Web sites are static creations and most dance organizations view their Web sites as digital brochures. It's very rare for a traditional Web site to be updated more frequently than once every two or three months. Much of their professional works mention copyrights, so you must be careful.

Who said that?
"I feel sorry for the people who don't drink. When they wake up
in the morning, that is as good as they are going feel all day."