Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Party Part 2

For sure we all had a wonderful time. The entire party was very nice, everyone had a good time dancing and socializing. And the beautiful music all around us made for a very pleasant atmosphere and everyone seemed to realize it. At 9:30 I began to be aware that the Handi Van might show up but nothing. Went in and out of the dance several times until almost ten.


Most people can notice that this club has some of the best Rumba dancers on this island. This captivating favorite of Latin American Dancers throughout the world is characterized by the leg and hip action which adds to the suave styling of the sensual Rumba patterns. To excel in the Rumba a dancer should develop a sense of musical interpretation and physical control and these people got it.

"Deck the Halls"


"Merry Christmas to all, Our WBDC always has good parties and a gathering
of good people, dancers or not. Hope to see them all in 2018." ~ Carol M.

Then they began to close up the place and everyone pitch in. And then Rod offered to take me home. Wow, what a break. They help in closing up and I got packed in his vehicle by 10:15. We were on our way, then Carol stopped us and said my Handi Van was there. It was a cab and he just said he was late. Got transferred over to the cab


The ride home was not bad and I got home by eleven. First chance I got was to eat some of the goodies that Maile prepared for me. Ultra delicious. Then got on the computer before my memory gave out and got most this down. I was able to make part one because Rod took some good photos with my camera. Had to wait to for Maile or anyone else would send me for this blog.

"December 9th. What a memorable night as WBDC rekindled the roaring 20's for their Christmas Dance. The women were just dressed lavishly to bring back that 1920's
feeling. Likewise, most of the men were dressed in black with suspenders as a
tribute to their great ancestors from the 1920's. ~ Rodney and Carol

"Good King Wenceslas" 

Pubs Note: we have been so fortunate to get many photos from Maile. I have enough to put some in the Blogging Hawaii blog and give those readers a break. And we can surely thank her for getting all these photos for the benefit of the readers, the photees and of course Wahaiwa Ballroom Dance Club.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Party

I prepared the day carefully for it was important to me. I called the Handi Van the day before and they agreed to pick me at 5pm at home and take me to Halemano Plantation. They also agreed to pick me up at 9:30pm at the Party and bring me back home. I prepared a half dozen USB drives for door prizes or whatever. The Handi Van picked me up at 5 and I got to Halemano Plantation before six.


"Happy Holidays. What happened to Santa Claus? Great time and Happyness to all"
~ Sherwood Kaopua

Plenty people already there and the food tables were being set up. General Dancing to that terrific music by DJ Leland. Christmas music and carols intermixed with the regulars, There is no substitute for Luis Miguel singing "El Reloj." All the nice people were there and we were all sorry the President couldn't make it. Finally sat near my good friends Rod and Roselie, Art and Lisa Apilado. The food line began early and I went over and said hello to Leland and Maile.


"Happy Holidays everyone for Wahiawa Ballroom. We always have a blast
and hope to continue in 2018" ~ Dieter and Gloria Pfister

General Dancing and everyone enjoying themselves, saying hello and Merry Christmas to all their good friends. The music as per usual was terrific and everyone knew it. Maile darting here and there helping out wherever. I began to get some opinions from some of the attendees. Very gracious to help make this into real Social Media. Sometime before eight, they had the first door prizes and boy, they were all goodies. They had several time outs for door prizes during the evening and they sure gave some additional happiness to most people for the night.


"Merry Christmas from our roaring 20's Christmas Dance. It was a blast!!"
~ Abing and Dorado's

The energy in the crowd was reflecting on me and I finally got the courage to ask Carol for a Rumba. And she knows I have to be in "careful mode." I did not do anything fancy and she followed me perfectly and it felt like a triumph. Later with the crowd energy and everyone dancing to their pleasure a Merengue came on. Those are pretty firm step movements and I had to get up and move it. Soon Maile joined me and then two other ladies came to help this old man enjoy the sunrise. Terrific Merengue, thanks Leland.

"Jingle Bells"

So how was your evening? For me it was the biggest and best thing in West Oahu. You got anything better? You are entitled to it. This is all the photos I got, taken by Rod with my camera. Good Job, Rod. I will make the continuation in a couple of days when I get more photos. Mahalo.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Helemano Plantation

From their website: Helemano Plantation, a place "where aloha begins" - A unique community of people caring for people. A place where you truly take a piece of Aloha with you. Once a dream, Helemano Plantation also founded by Mrs. Susanna F. Cheung, provides a "real world" work environment for the developmentally disabled. Helemano Plantation offers training and employment opportunities in its work centers. You will also be able to visit the Country Inn Restaurant, Gateway to Asia, Gift Shop, Bake Shop, Farm, and Garden.


This may be of interest to those not lucky enough to be attending the Dance Social on Saturday, December 9th, by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. I happen to be one of the lucky ones invited. I will be fortunate enough to be able to get enough information to make a nice blog. We got people from Kapolei, Makaha and Turtle Bay very interested. The Central Valley is becoming well known on Oahu.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


I will have to take the Handi Van and they are very nice people. Last time Rod gifted me with a little wine and with all the good spirits of the dancers around me, I felt like swinging from the chandeliers.

"Social dancers know that it is with your feet that you move -
but it is with your heart that you dance."

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Season

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an Event -
Get really into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a Lucky Few.

Share the body movement with your Partner to music - and be Passionate about it -
Exercise your body - Dance a fast Salsa like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your Entire Life - and increase your own Energy -
Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors - and the textures of the Social
Dance Scene. -- And be nice to the world around you.

 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Cayetano's FAST (Flexible Affordable, Smart Transportation) seems to have been the best plan ever devised on the island of Oahu. Took into consideration "comfortable," other plans have many other criteria (like big profits.) "Comfortable" is not a known factor by Honolulu transportation experts. Getting the people off of their cars and onto public transportation should be the primary motivating factor throughout the world. We got too many cars. In Honolulu, the Fat Cats say, "It's the money, Sonny.

"The First Noel"
 

The different dance clubs on Oahu seem to be set with less competitive spirit of the old and a more cooperative method of dealing with each other - Nice. Is there going to be another dance club on Oahu? You'd better believe it. There will be one in Kapolei, Waianae or the North Shore,

"Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything
is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, November 27, 2017

West Oahu

West Oahu is really coming into its own. The North Shore is looking good and the Waianae Coast is trying. I have undeleted the Ritmo Mestizo blog for blogging reasons and they are not doing too bad for just being revived. It seems like there are more fans of Latin music and dance in West Oahu. It may take a couple months for it to get out of the single digit average per day hits. That is my plan and if it cannot do that, it will be deleted. Most Dance Web sites on Oahu have had single digit average per day hits, so most counters have been eliminated from dance Web sites.

“Social dancers think that the reason they dance is that there are things
that the heart thinks of that only the body understands.”


Ritmo Mestizo will include the increasing interest in Latin music and dance. There is much American and European styles in the music now, "you can dance rumba to it." It is not the same as "You gotta dance Rumba to it!" This may center itself in Waianae, who knows? They seem to have the best Rumba dancers in the Pacific. But what do I know.? Time will tell. The territory is becoming more evident to all our readers and it is definitely a work in process.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

And in town, Divino Ritmo Dance


Kapolei had been chosen as Second City some time ago, but the Present Rail Party has had other plans. Business Parks are out because thousands could work in Kapolie and "I coulda been home in 20 minutes. They have a good harbor and an airport. But Honolulu Fat Cats are going to slow that down, they know that the Rail is obsolete. And they are making millions and millions of dollars every day. It's da money, Sonny and that is the way the mop plops. We can only go by our wants and needs and we don't have to support anyone

“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books,
all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have
arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.” ~ Molière

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The season is just getting started and I am meeting so many nice people in a good mood. Everyone seems to have good wishes for everyone. For me it started at the Wahiawa Recreation Center with the Social of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so many nice people. Then the news I have been receiving of parties to come and posting in my blogs. Uplifting for the entire dance community on Oahu.

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


I just received a gift card from Catholic Charities for Thanksgiving. They give one to every one in this housing complex. Got a helmet from the VA in case I fall down again. I am keeping away from the office downstairs and my depression all around seems to be clearing up. My health is more or less under control. Add to all this and the music and dance is developing too.

"This Is My Song" by Petula Clark


Social dance on Oahu is da kine dance that has social function and context. Social dances are generally intended for participation rather than performance and can be led and followed with relative ease using very basic moves to enjoy the music. They are often danced merely to socialize and for entertainment. And they certainly can be a lot of fun even in a big ballroom.

“How inappropriate! Who’d ever dream of showing up at a dance with a walker?
What does he think he’s going to do all night?”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wild, Wild West in Wahiawa

I had a nice day doing my work and planning for the evening trip to Wahiawa, Now, that I got my helmet, I decided to take the bus. The Handi Van people are very nice, but better if I bother them less. It is almost a mile to the bus stop from my home but the walk felt nice. I spend too much time on the computer. The bus was late but I had time to get off at Foodland in Wahiawa and bought a chocolate cake.


I got to the Hale Hookipa Room and plenty people already there preparing all the goodies to eat and the seating, the music. Looked like a good crowd was forming up. Hello to my friends and I found my usual spot to place my walker. I was also fortunate to sit next to Pauline Kim, who is a good dancer and one of the many good people of WBDC. Of course, Leland and Maile were there doing their thing for the good of all the dancers. My good friends, Rod and Rosalie were close by too. Most people are in nice friendly groups and that doesn't hurt the festivities at all.

Maile came through like a champ again with the photos, Mahalo


"What A Wonderful World" by Satcho Armstrong

"Yeeha! It's always a dancing joy to be at the Wahiawa Dance Social! The
theme this Friday, "Wild Wild West" The Hawaiian cowboys and gals
were swirling their skirts and kicking up their boots to great music,
food and fun. I love their passion for fun." ~ Pauline Kim


The music and the spirit of all these nice people completely separate me from my depression. It propelled me to a dance with Pauline but I got dizzy in less than a minute and I had to stop. Later Leland laid down a Merengue that had the beat and the kind of movement that let me feel steady. Soon Maile joined and almost like partner dancing - I felt sturdy to the end. I did not try another, I did not want to push my luck.

"Yeeha, !! What a night for WBDC. Enjoyed dancing Western dances as
well as Ballroom. More power to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.
Aloha" ~ Rod and Rosalie

Had enough photos for another blog. I think I will follow it up in the Blogging Hawaii blog of tomorrow. Mahalo.

"Social dancers realize that dancing is inherently social, where steps replace words and beats ironed out pauses and we can understand each other very well."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

West Oahu Weekend

Da weekend looking good and this blog is plodding along and looking for more socials to visit and blog, sharing all this beautiful dance information with our fellow dancers. Unfortunately I must refrain from interfering with what has already been prepared without my being there. All understandable of course. So what we need is feedback from our fellow dancers to share information and perhaps a few photos for our friends and neighbors. And of course an invitation is a command.

"Why is it that everybody always wants to see justice done, to somebody else."

 
I like to make posters just for fun.

At the moment we are getting the best kokua from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and they know this blog is here to help, not hinder. Fortunately, together we are getting the point across and the chosen center in the Central Valley remains just about where it has always been in Wahiawa. Dot's in Wahiawa has their own Web site and can see no need of anything from our blog. Hopefully they may at some time understand the we are an "addition to" and not an "instead of."


Some people are very delicate and we must respect if they wish to do their own thing. Most Web Sites are copyrighted and when I find it, I delete immediately if not sooner. BUT - at least ten million out there that are no trouble and I thank each and every one of them.

"Social dancers are pleased that there is much satisfaction in dancing.
There is a queer divine satisfaction, a blessed rest that keeps us
dancing and makes us more alive than the others” 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

WBDC Shindig

Terrific news for reader/dancers on Oahu. Received from Maile.

Hi Joe,
I wonder if you could send this in your blog? I’m in the mainland and not able to send my
usual email blast because I cannot retrieve the email addresses. I made this poster from
my iPhone using pic collage ap. Not the best but I guess it will have to do for now.
Hope to see you at the dance!
Take care, ~ Maile 

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


There are all kinds of reasons to blog: To share your thoughts and opinions with anyone who might be interested, to get feedback on those ideas, to influence people, to cultivate a community, to start interesting conversations, to practice writing and to teach, learn and grow.

"Social dancers believe that there are times in a dance night that awaken your life
- for a few hours and make it seem like something is happening.”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rolling

Work hard and you will prosper, the premise of the American Dream, that has nurtured our nation and changed the world for several centuries. But the American Dream has seen better days. The widening gap between rich and poor suggests the Dream is becoming more elusive for more people than at any other time in our history.

 "I believe"   ...   Frankie Laine


The conservative rich, who are accustomed to buying whatever they want, have been willing to spend millions to make billions by raiding the US Treasury. They have been able to buy an awful lot of people even if they were not members of "the party of the rich. The deficit is projected to go into the Trillions. Not only your children, but also your grandchildren will be paying for this theft.

Pages, Mini Web sites: At the top of this page, just below the header are names. Just click anyone and the mini web site will appear like magic on your screen.

“Social dancers may believe that life is a dance between what
keeps us going and what is holding us back”

Friday, November 3, 2017

Latino

It is well documented that Jazz did not come to the Americas with the African slaves. It was developed by third to fifth generation newly freed slaves in the US, in the latter part of the 1800s. From the beginning they had little time for music and dance of their own and their music developed from admiration of the Indian music and the marches of the day, the Parades. Very well documented.

"Social dancers think that music and dance simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”  


The basic movements of Caribbean dance and music come from the Indian Civilizations in Mexico. Where did you think the natives of the Caribbean come from? From the American Continent around them. This began some time during the Olmec Civilizations about 1000 BC. So that by the time the first illegal aliens arrived from Europe in 1492, 2500 years later, they were fairly well established in the Caribbean. They danced to their own music and they danced and they danced.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

They had their dances down pretty pat with little influence from the illegals, The slaves from Africa arrived a century later but had no common culture. They were from West Africa, South Africa, North Africa, East Africa and Central Africa. Many could not even speak to each other and of course that was encouraged by the slave owners. They were not exposed to high society dancing but they found it easy to accept the Indian drumming, in some cases familiar. The dancing was out of their world.

"Y Volvere" by Viki Carr

You can see them dancing in the present day on videos. Just dancing up and down the way they have been doing for centuries. The rock step and the chasse were developed even before the Mayans by the Olmecs. The histories are there for anyone to read. But to tell someone that the Caribbean dancing came from Africa is quite in error. However, we can certainly say that the Negroes learned the Indian music and dance very well indeed.

"Social dancers know that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween In Wahiawa

Not a bad day and when I awoke this morning, my depression was not as bad as it usually is. Still a little shaky and light headed, I must be careful. And I proceeded to plan the day. The Handi Van would pick me up at five pm. and then bring me home from Wahiawa at nine pm. Worked on my medications and my exercises. Did as little as possible on the computer.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde



The Handi Van was a little late but still got me there by 5:45. I had to kill some time so I took a leisurely walk to Foodland and got a Chocolate Cake. Took my time and got back as Leland was just arriving at about six. Set up and many came in before seven. The music as per usual was beautiful and the decorations for Halloween looked very nice. There was a colorful outlook throughout the ballroom. A big Mahalo to Maile. I complained about not getting enough photos and she came through like a champ. I got enough to make another blog tomorrow. Mahalo to everyone else too.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Waianae Ballroom Dance Club was "Spooktacular" !!!
Always Enjoy It. From Mel and Charlene
Fabulous dance music with a dance board to help identify the dance. Sure helps us novice dancers. Everybody at the club is so friendly and welcoming. We really enjoy dancing at their socials. Everyone all dressed up in costumes, can't recognize some dancers. Fun! And a nice big dance floor.


Margaret Okimoto and Felipe Repollo, DJ Leland, Madeline Rosa, Charlene and Art,
Dancers, Joan and Margaret, The Green Lady of Wahiawa and Raggedy Ann,
Cynthia, She faked her pregnancy, Helen and Hubby.

There were quite few line dances and these people in Wahiawa do very well. The line dance instructor Carol  Kohagura was in most of them. She teaches line dancing on Wednesday evenings, Her and husband Rodney have been members of WBDC more than most dancers. Felipe Repollo and Carmen Mendoza teach American Style Ballroom on Monday evenings.


Leland and Maile, Cici, Tici, Bula, and Carol, Randy and Rumiko, Lisa and Art Apilado, James, Rodney, and Felipe, Estela Dela Cruz, Misssing name. Charlene and Mel.

"Some Enchanted Evening" by Perry Como

"Spooky Night with fantastic people, a wonderful way to spend a scary evening. RIP."
by Petecula (Peter Sye)



Maile: The last selfie pick after the dance was over. What a blast!

A little trouble getting home. The Handi Van was not too late but parked out of the way and the driver said there was something wrong with the Van and he had called and they were sending another one over. I got home by 10:30. Ate the terrific food Maile gave me, I partitioned half into a container and put it the  frig. The rest became a Mix Mash, and let me tell you it was one of the most delicious Mix Mash ever in my life.

"Take more chances, dance more dances."

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Halloween Scene

Halloween and the kick off for the Holiday season is looking pretty good in West Oahu. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dance Appeal Studio leading the way. From rumors we hear Waianae and the North Shore will have something going too. They just have not let us know. Now the biggest item needed for all the blogs is feedback from the reader/dancers. Never been done before? We know that.

 Ghosts and Goblins, Spooks Galore and Scary Witches at your door.
Jack O Lanterns shining bright, Wishing you a Haunting Night.


Halloween at the end of October leads to Thanksgiving at the end of November. There is Veteran's Day in November and parties by the Present Rail Party too. Then everything breaks loose for the Christmas celebrations all over the islands. And of course, this is all capped off with big New Years Eve Bashes. We all start the new year taking classes with enthusiasm.

"Take Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Email from Aunty Maile


Unfortunately, the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center has been cancelled to pay for the Rail Disaster. Even the neighbor islands have to help pay for that Catastrophe. The Present Rail Party making millions and millions of dollars daily. Now, that is scary. At half the size, (6000 square feet) of the Ala Wai Ballroom, the new ballroom was destined to be the center of dance activity in West Oahu.

“A lie can travel twice around the Ballroom while the truth is just getting up the stairs.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

West Oahu Update

These blogs continue to seek dancers who are interested in sharing their thoughts on our cultural dance scene. Whether you’re a dance student, formal or social, a dance teacher or just someone who loves to dance, your community wants to hear from you! We are also looking for studio owners and dance club officers who want to share news about their dance clubs and their studios with the community in blogs. If we do it right and the hits go through the roof, this blog can go independent. Many dance groups have Web sites and do their promoting that way.

"Social dancers feel that they can dance away their density
and celebrate their splendor too.”


But take a peek into our blogging, it is much different. Our qualified Guest Bloggers can post photos, event information and coverage, fundraiser information and even just their opinions on situations, events and dance in general. Our contributors have inside information on what goes on in our dancing circles and all they have to do is email this information to the blog of their choice. As dancers, they have the ear of local dancers and residents, so you can keep the community posted on all of your recitals, fundraisers, news, events and more.

"I'll Remember You" by Jimmy Borges

You can contribute photos too according to the Guest Blogger's requirements, many don't have any requirements. So if writing isn’t your thing we are looking for dancers that can polish their skills as dance photographers to send us images of the events, recitals and other dance functions in and around town. If you’ve got a big announcement or an exciting post, we will be happy to feature it on any blog of your choosing and help you promote it. When you get a little experience in contributing, you can become a Guest Blogger yourself. But you make that decision, whenever you wish and you can pick your blog. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues and you post whenever you damn well please. Yes, we are very strict and anyone that makes over a million dollars a day gotta pay.

"Social dancers know that the rhythm of their dance lies in the music.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Take A Good Look

West Oahu is coming around slowly but steadily. Of course now we are looking specifically for something on the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Then there are the Neighbor Islands. They seem to like being local, though some are expanding their vistas island wide. There are people on Kauai that have friends and relatives on the Big Island. Not as people living somewhere in the Pacific but close by in a neighbor island. The same thing applies to all the islands.

"Social dancers believe it is in their nature to dance by virtue of the beat of
their hearts, the pulse of their blood and the music in their minds."
 

There is dancing on the neighbor islands and many are very local. And perhaps it is sinful for an organization to contact outside the islands. But individuals still have rights and they can contact any of our blogs on Oahu. They can contribute photos and bits of dance news for the benefit of all. We could be a happy family of dancing islanders and even visit each other for dancing sessions. If any of them start their own blogs we would be willing to help and even exchange links.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Our increasing dance environment will go to all the islands. A blog is just another way of being heard. It is a simplistic, evolutionary site which allows social dancers to effortlessly express themselves, share their knowledge and advice throughout the internet. They adapt and evolve to meet the needs of the present group of dancers. That's our blogs - Social Media. Then we will be looking for some way to get more photos to include in my collages when I get the opportunity to blog a social. And we keep on polishing to give the readers what interests them.

"Social dancers know that the dance lives at once in both space and time. In it
the creator and the thing created, the artist and the expression, are one." 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dis N Dat

This blog is still in process of defining itself. Too much town stuff in so many other blogs and we cannot blame them, that is where the action has always been. "We" should be getting photos and information from places along the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Not much doing yet but it is coming because of the Rail Disaster. When the action starts rolling it should show in this blog. When all the outside dancing places are established for the local, local dancers, then it will be nice to decide and visit some nice dances in Kaneohe some Saturday night for a change of venue.

"Social Dancers do not care if you cannot dance like an exhibition dancer.
If you enjoy moving to your favorite music, you're dancing."


Say hello to old friends, dance the night away and it can become a memorable evening. This will come about all by itself. Salsa on the North Shore - how about that?  and we going to get one on the Waianae Coast. Tacos And More in Waianae has tried it but never got enough publicity. By the time I was informed they had changed it to music only on Thursday evening. Cholo's Homestyle Mexican in Haleiwa is doing just great with live music. Salsa with Bachata making some inroads into the programs. But then what happened to Mambo?

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Some people say that Mambo’s popularity and longevity has been blown out of proportion. I personally loved it. They say it has been taken out of context since the book and the movie, "The Mambo Kings," and gave high hopes of a Mambo comeback. The Mambo’s Golden Age lasted at the most 20 years - from 1955 to circa 1975. For the real Latin Dance Fans it was a fad dance and did not compare with the decades after decades of dancing to Rumba and Samba. The Mambo was only one of the musical expressions attracting NY born Latinos, yes mainly NY Puerto Ricans, or NuYorkricans but Cubans in Florida too.  Not Trumps favorite people.

"Social Dancers do not practice much. They just enjoying their dance
and have all the time in the world to dance better. Yes, it does take
some act of vision, of faith, of desire but it has to be fun."