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."

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day - Sunday

We hit a bump in the road. I was expecting three different notifications for Cinco De Mayo and none of them came through. Well, one has to take the downs with the ups. I cannot keep track of everyone even with three different email accounts. I was specially hoping to get something from Tacos And More in Waianae. That would have been a terrific write up, they are Mexicans. Patience, but in my old age I am running out of time. Happy Holidays anyways.

"The aesthetic quality is what dance politics is all about. It's the authenticity that separates the more successful from the losers."

However Blogging has come along ways from the 90s. Frank Sierra was one of the pioneers of Blogging in the Hawaiian Islands and he is still doing a terrific job with his two blogs. His photography is just about the very best photo album you can find, anywhere. He will get many hits just for that alone. This last time for the Aiea Anniversary Ball, I found myself superfluous in blogging for the Huge Events at the famous Palladium. Ki and Frank are doing one terrific job at the Palladium, everyone agrees. But I can certainly help a lot of other people elsewhere on this Island. I will seek and I will find.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

Got a nice poster from Kapolei and it livens up the blog.

The rise of Twitter and other "microblogging" systems such as Google Plus and Facebook helped single-author blogs into the social news media. The emergence and growth of blogs in the late 1990s coincided with the advent of web publishing tools that facilitated the posting of content by non-technical users who did not have much experience with HTML or computer programming.  Blog also came to be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. And that is where we are at now, very very current.

"Morning Dew" by Loyal Garner

I have seven blogs, and Platinum Horseshoe is leading the rest in average hits per day. Most important at the moment is the need of more feedback to present other points of view to the reader/dancers on Oahu. Then perhaps one or two or three will want to be Guest Authors. After a reasonable time the Guest Authors may wish independence. I can resign in peace knowing my best blogs will go. The junk blogs will remain mine to the end.

The revised Golden Rule at the Trump White House

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Oahu News

Beth Fukumoto, one smart lady. Now moving away from the Trump party to the Democratic party and she is definitely for the people and not the money. Democrats on all the islands should know how lucky they are if they are thinking Democratic principles. On Oahu, there are many in the Democratic circles that are crap and in it only for the money, same as Trump. Gotta get rid of those.

"Social Dancers don't ever doubt themselves or waste a second
of their life. It is too short and they are too special."

And yes, we all know that with the republicans, it's the bread, Fred - it's the cash, Nash. And some are even looking forward to the new "Great Trump Wall." I also heard that there may be a new Conservative Party on Oahu to replace the Trump liars - one for the people. This specially if the democrats get too chintzy about accepting new converted members.They have plenty of good people in the old party that would fit in very nicely in the new one. Trump liars will lose many more people throughout the US yet.

"Desafinado" by Lisa Ono (Bossa Nova)

Tango music, some of the most beautiful music in the world. We don't hear enough of it here on the Islands. It is getting more fans, mainly in the American and the Argentine styles. Filipino Tango not doing so bad on Oahu. And everyone should enjoy dancing to tango music in their own fashion. We are not running some kind of competition. Trump says there will be no Tango dancing around him. He may issue a new presidential order - he is a nut, but the best the Republicans got. Now we know what level the rest of them are. Crackpots!

"Girl From Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto

There are over 600 documented steps and patterns in every dance used by the ballroom dancer. Each of the disciplines has less than fifty in their syllabi of Bronze, Silver and Gold divisions. And they range from the leadable to the fairly unleadable. And yet too many dancers go for the fancier steps to show that they can do it. But the social club dancers use many of the simpler moves that can be learned by the follower almost instantly. But that's Da Reel Teeng.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono

Hard to find a dance web or blog site with a counter so they have no idea of how many people read that web or blog site. Something cooking in Waipio but difficult to get the information. This is a blog, Perhaps somebody out there will consider helping out their fellow dancers. Perhaps we can eventually get enough hits and Guest Authors to make this blog an independent. I offer the platform and the readers can take it or leave it. The decision is all theirs.

"Social dancers embrace what some may see as hard work. But they love the discipline, enjoying moving to music and getting better all the time."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017



THANK YOU! We are so proud to say that April was one of the biggest months of the year so far! We couldn’t do our work without your support and unwavering dedication to electing more Democrats to Congress. We also want to make sure you saw Debbie’s recent op-ed on Trump’s first 100 days. Take a look below. Thanks,

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Empty promises and little action mark start of presidency. April 28, 2017

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 15 bills to lift America from the Great Depression, all within his first 100 days of office in 1933, little did he know this would become the gold standard against which Americans have graded our commanders in chief ever since. At the time, FDR's efforts were vital, urgent and offered the country hope. By contrast, cruel legislative intentions, a deep erosion of trust, and few accomplishments have marked Donald Trump's first 100 days.

Trump's extremist, xenophobic tea party agenda and policies have left him deeply unpopular outside of his base, and here in South Florida, it's hard to find any groups he hasn't threatened, offended or attacked. Trump's malicious agenda has targeted seniors, women, religious, racial and ethnic minorities, the sick, the poor and working Americans. Based on his initial actions, and many of the people he's surrounded himself with, this has easily been the darkest first 100 Days in modern presidential history.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Yet like millions of Americans, I refuse to allow a reality TV star preoccupied by ratings, golf and social media taunts to inflict lasting damage on a country I love. In fact, it's been inspiring to see so many people respond to Trump's politics of fear and darkness with such a fierce patriotic resistance. It started the day after the inauguration, when millions of us joined the Women's March to say that we will not go back on all the progress we've made. Soon after, thousands more converged on airports to protest Trump's Muslim ban.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa  Brewer

When he tried to erase Jews from the history of the Holocaust, people of all faiths reminded Trump that the Holocaust was the systematic and state-sponsored murder of six million Jews by the Nazis, who believed Jews were "racially inferior." When the president backed a House Republican plan that would cause 24 million more people to be left uninsured, Americans soundly rejected the vicious Trumpcare proposal.

Sadly, it didn't need to be this way. Trump campaigned on funding badly-needed infrastructure projects, and putting millions of people to work. Initially he even pledged to cover "everybody" with more affordable, better-quality insurance. Democrats have long sought similar goals. Seriously pursuing them would have undoubtedly united us and made America stronger. Yet just like his campaign promise to release his tax returns, these were hollow pledges. Instead he's pursued an agenda driven by fear and willful ignorance.

"Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) by the Crew Cuts

Entire immigrant communities now live in terror of reporting a crime or showing up to a hospital, because they risk deportation despite years of hard work in the United States. As a breast cancer survivor, I know all too well that Trump's latest plan to kill the Affordable Care Act means people with pre-existing conditions now must worry about losing health coverage or paying astronomical costs if the president gets his way.

The LGBT community's recent dramatic civil rights victories appear less secure. And efforts to bring police and African-American communities closer together and improve frayed relationships are under threat as well. Women — over half the population — face greater threats to securing health care and control over their own bodies. The grave threats don't end there. He ignores climate science, wants to cut medical research, and would hamstring communities' ability to pay for Meals on Wheels and after-school programs. Yet Trump wants U.S. taxpayers — not Mexico, as promised — to pay billions for a useless border wall.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

His conflicts of interest are jaw dropping; and we have no idea how Trump's public actions may benefit his own fortunes. His lack of transparency adds to the disturbing ties his political team has to Russia, with the looming cloud of an investigation into collusion to influence our presidential campaign. Historians and pollsters already rate Trump's presidential coming-out as one of the worst ever. Evidence indicates they are right.

The consequences America faces from Trump's policies will be devastating for generations. We must use our collective voices and take action to fight back.

"The only people that will be mad at us for writing the truth
are those that are living a lie."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

West Oahu Is Getting There.

This blog is still leading the rest but not good enough. First we need more feedback. And that begins with comments at the end of every blog. We have never been accustomed to that in Hawaii, so it is understandable. From there it would be relatively easy to become an information contributor (a Two Center.) This may in turn lead into being a Guest Author, any time you want it, having your own blog within the blog.

Celebrate your life. Don't save anything for a special occasion.
Dream what you want to dream. Life is always a special occasion.

We must give a voice to those without one, a change of life, a new viewpoint. Broaden their own horizons, share their dance culture and whatever they have learned and try to show their fellow reader/dancers there can be a better life in social cultural dance for everybody. A couple guest authors and the hits will go through the roof and we can plan my resignation. The Blog will become an independent entity.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Probably in Kapolei if they can hold off the Present Rail Party
We know that our blog may not for everyone but we should also know that we are missing a lot of good readers. Just need to present a "different" viewpoint. Clones we don't need and we will probably get someone that lives in the territory. This section of town will be long known for their good knowledge of dancing. Not there yet? No worry, we have a long and merry way to slide.

"Most Social Dancers know that whoever is trying to
bring them down is already below them." 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The View From The Top

Amazing the effect of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and the sister club Aiea Ballroom Dance Association have done to bring Platinum Horseshoe blog up to the top of the pile. The blog has established itself with its own "raison d'etre" and will be unique, like no other dance blog. Just needs more commentary on each blog, and more information contributors with more information to share with our fellow dancers. Of course, the max would be a Guest Author from any dance club that has its own independent views and able to go in several directions.

"Social Dancers think that we are going to succeed,
just because we are crazy enough to think we can."

Keep in mind, this not web site, it is a blog site and is updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of primary interest to the dance audience on Oahu. Information from many and easy to update and change. The readers in West Oahu are gradually picking up on this action. Our intent is to help the dancers on this island and if in so doing we help the dance organizations, that is just fine with us. Unfortunately we cannot do everything, we can just try.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Rosemary Clooney

We can usually get the first half which is "advertising," very easily. But this is a blog and the most important half of the equation is what happens at the "shindig." If we have no photos or descriptions to share with the same reader/dancers that read the "advertisement," then we are sadly lacking in the information department. This is blogging and it is not complete unless we have both halves of the information. So we apologize to the readers, when we have nothing to report of what happened.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

In Los Angeles, California

We are restrained in this manner until the information contributors become aware of what the readers want to see. That is the idea of the counter on our blogs. We know how many people are reading this and when the hits go up, why. In these last few weeks, Platinum Horseshoe is clearly in front with over 100 average hits per day and I make my agonizing reappraisal of the situation every day when I work on the statistics. Comments, and information contributors will determine who stays in front.

"For the Social Dancer it is the music first.
Then we want to move to that music."

Sunday, April 23, 2017

62nd Anniversary Party

Got ready early for the big shindig but completely forgot about making sure all my batteries were charged. The Handi Van picked me up about 5:30 and got me to Ala Wai by six thirty. Not bad.

Received from Deanie Burgess:
Aiea Ballroom is the first non-profit, organized ballroom dance club in all of Hawaii. Founded in 1955, prior to statehood, in 2017 we will celebrate our 62nd Anniversary. Aiea Ballroom is one of the five clubs originally sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu. Our original name, Aiea Ballroom Club, is now Aiea Ballroom Dance Association-Hawaii. From the time of our inception we have had weekly dance classes and continue to do so currently at Aiea Intermediate School. Our founders are: Kazuo “Speedy” Nagamine, Raymond Ching and Ralph Tsukada. Mr. Ching also founded of our sister club, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

I got in and met so many of my old friends and I got a few to help me take photos. Of course, I couldn't get much help in getting the photos, everyone was having too much fun dancing.Then I was having difficulties with my batteries. So we live and we learn, I don't know everything about this even if you do. I did meet some new people and they seem to know that I want to help.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

It was soon accepted that the music thrown down by DJ Bert is still among the best for social dancers. When a DJ accepts a gig he is sure to ask the event coordinator what type of music has been played at these events in the past as he wants to ensure they have appropriate music for the venue and the crowd. At Aiea Bert has no trouble giving the dancers what they want.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

They lined up for the Kau Kau by 8:30, and the line seemed endless. But from what I heard it was all worth it. I had to leave before nine and I cannot eat anyway, so it may be for another day. The Handi Van was there about 9:10 and after several pick ups and deliveries, I did not get home until 10:15. Not too bad. Hopefully, I will get some photos emailed to me and I can make another blog just for the reader/dancers. They eat this stuff right up.

"Social Dancers may not be there yet, but they are closer today
than they were yesterday." 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aiea Ballroom Coming Up

I must prepare for this anniversary dance on Saturday at the famous Palladium. I will take my camera but I have fumbleites of the hands so I need help from our fellow dancers. I got some nice help at the Helamano Plantation, I got my two collages of nine photos each and had three others left over for the second blog in Blogging Hawaii. I did not get any additional photos emailed to me. They probably have other places to share their photos. To each his own.

"Social Dancers do not demand perfection, but
many insist on continual improvement." 

I can usually flesh the photos in with text to balance the blog. And I try to get others that were there to comment, an opinion of a few lines which helps to make the blog Social Media. I dance a little but I get dizzy and I am afraid of falling. I have not fallen in over a year. I am still in the process of developing the best format. We must give the readers what they want, so we learn everyday.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

As an addition help, I try to take 3 or 5 computer storage media of discs or usb to give away to someone that might be able to see the value. Then I copy some of my song videos into the media and it is all digital. Computer Only. Cannot be played on a CD or DVD player. However you do not need any special programs to copy this. It can be copied using the ordinary copy functions on your computer or to any other computer.

"Social dancers don't just dance, they perform and they breathe.
They watch the world disappear, release their feelings
and lead with their hearts." 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Party at Helemano Plantation

Many things to do on Saturday, among them an appointment with my Doctor at the VA at 11 am. Her office called and cancelled because the Doctor was not feeling well. Made my day a little easier and I got most of my stuff ready for the big party in the evening at the Helemano Plantation. And the Handi Van picked me up early and got me to the Anniversary Party by six.

A bunch of nice people by then, and more were coming in. I was very careful and took a couple of pictures of the hall to make sure my camera was working then got the first person I saw and explained what I needed. My hands fumble which was the original excuse, but the results have been much different. Instead of being limited to only "my people," it has become more diverse. Five different photographers can make for a larger group of attendees included in the blogs.

The kau kau line began shortly after and after they sat down and started eating, it looked like they were enjoying their grinds. There were some people still snacking an hour later. Cannot blame them the food was Ono. I was fortunate to get some from Maile to take home since my teeth do not allow me to eat there yet. When I got home, it was some of the best food I have eaten all year. Thank you, Maile. 

The music was terrific as per usual, Leland certainly knows how to lay it down. After dinner the first was the line dancing and this getting be pretty standard in all social dancing. Using the KISS method (keep it simple, stupid) they can do very well and it is part of the fun. It could be enjoyed by more men and make it more social. I heard a old Beatles song in Rumba rhythm and it was terrific, the floor was packed. I even was lucky enough to have a few dances, though a few times I felt a little dizzy and I must be careful.

"Sabor A Mi" by Luis Miguel

Hope to get more pictures and part two will continue in the Town Dancer blog of tomorrow. This party was one terrific festive occasion. I will be getting emails from the neighbor islands. They like what we do here and I am willing to share with our fellow dancers.

"Dancing with the feet is one thing but dancing with the heart is another."