Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mardi Gras

Most marketeers in our dancing circles on Oahu are active in the ever-changing world of digital marketing and social media. They understand that Public Relations role has evolved and become more integrated into any organization’s overall communications. In pursuit of a good definition of public relations, we can discovered unexpected diversity in our Oahu dance environment. When did Mardi Gras come in? What is the difference in Web sites and Blog sites? In Blogging what is the difference between commenters and information contributors? What is a hit counter? It will take more time for more of us to be aware of the terminology.

"The only dancer you need to compare yourself with is your former self."

Mardi Gras 2017 is on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. Carnival season in New Orleans refers to the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, (Fat Tuesday) and officially begins on January 6 every year. Although Carnival season lasts more than a month, the parties, parades and fun kick into high gear on the Thursday before Mardi Gras. The Holiday excuse to party on Oahu began in earnest in this century and let's dance.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

From the Waha 30 years ago: Fancy Steps By Richard Masuyama
The only comment to this trend is that many students are interested only in picking up new and very advanced dance figures without too much concern about technique and styling that goes with these. The figures in the Gold Bar and Gold Star are mostly for exhibition and competitions and are starkly out of place on the social dance floor. They generally require a great deal of space for their execution and many will agree that they look terrible when not done correctly.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

With so many dance steps and figures available, it is sensible to concentrate on those that can be led and followed easily with any partner for use in social dancing. Forget the open and fancy figures that can be done only with one or very limited number of partners. Learn to enjoy and do the simple figures well and leave the fancy ones to the expert exhibition dancers.

"Light My Fire" by The Doors

Beautiful Business Park in Waipio voted down by the Present Rail Party. How many cars would be missing from downtown traffic daily? And I coulda been home in 20 minutes

Yes, the Robot Cars are coming, in spite of the Present Rail Party. No More Parking Issues, Robot cars would just drop off passengers at their destination and go park someplace else where parking is not scarce. They would then return as needed to pick up the passengers. No need to ask friends to drive you to the airport. Your faithful robot car would do it for you and then wait at home until you get back and you need it to pick you up. The "Gravy Train" will become obsolete and the "easy money" was spent for nothing.

"Dancers dance because there can be no greater feeling in the world than moving to your favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by"

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This blog is rolling

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. I am coming across more of these people fighting the expanding oppression of the Trump dictatorship.

"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies,
can continue growing as we continue to live."

From Wendy Johnson interview:
Q: Do you think other countries respect American style

A: Wendy Johnson: Yes. I think they respect it as a style. I don’t think they necessarily respect what they see. I think Marcus and Karen Hilton would have been great American smooth dancers. A lot of their shows incorporate American smooth dancing. I’ve always thought that if a European couple took it into their mind to compete in American smooth here, they would wipe the floor because the quality would be amazing.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

A lot of them already do it in their shows. They love doing it, and think it’s great. I’m going to Germany soon to teach American style. I’ll be showing them the difference between bolero and international rumba, and also the difference in American, International and Argentine tangos, and how they can be combined. (Fusion?)

Pub's Note: We in Hawaii have an additional advantage,
the Filipino Tango.

Yeah that is Calvin and Debra in the graphic.

Late News: Calvin and Debra Ota just back from Bethesda, Maryland for the USA Dance Senior IV (age 65 and older) National Championships. They won the Bronze Medal (3rd Place) in Championship Latin. And they came in 5th in Championship Standard. Terrific. I have always said that in dancing you can always get better. Congratulations to Calvin and Debra, they continue to be an inspiration for all of us.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Mariachis rhythm section is the group of musicians within the Mariachi ensemble or band who provide the underlying rhythm and pulse of the accompaniment. They provide a rhythmic reference and "beat" for the rest of the band. In this case, it is the guitar section with beats that evolved into the quick, quick, slow, the slow, quick, quick and the slow, slow, quick, quick, well known in our dance scene.

"Ay, Jalisco, No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete

Many the beats acquired names such as the Huapango, Huasteco, Jarocho and Jarabe. Of course, both the International and the American Styles of dance think they invented these beats, and completely ignore the fact that they evolved ten thousand years ago all over the world.

Q: There are five frogs on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left?
A: There are still five left. Deciding is not the same as doing.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Go West Young Man

This Territory looking better all the time. The action in dancing is perking up from Makaha to Barber's Point, up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. The only blot - too many make it too easy for the rich. Million dollar homes are not for most of us.

"For some, dancing is just a waste of time. But for most of us, it is something that we love and something that we have to do."

I realize this is too early for our readers
Of course, not many say anything except in private to their friends. A blog would be a perfect place to communicate to our reader/dancers. Use the comments section that is in every blog. You don't have to say much. From there, you could eventually contribute bigger thoughts direct to our Guest Authors and they would print them in their blogging giving you credit for the article. And everyone has the minimum of commitment.

This Old Heart Of Mine" By the Isley Brothers

There are no ballroom dance studios in the Territory, so there is every possibility of having a new dance club. These people seem to be getting very hip on social dancing and want to avoid the Rail Tragedy. They are well aware that "It's the bread, Fred," and some people are making millions and millions of dollars in profits daily. Lucky the residents are rich and can afford the higher taxes. As the Present Rail Party says, "Easy Money." Honolulu Hale calls it the "Gravy Train." Started at five billion and now going to ten billion dollars, total cost. How did that happen? he he.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The beautiful Business Park that was to be built in Kapolei. Voted down
by the Present Rail Party. And I coulda got home in 20 minutes.

The Robot Cars are coming and there will be less accidents, Human error supposedly causes 93% of all car accidents. Robot cars will have faster reaction times compared to human drivers. Plus as inter-vehicle communication rolls out on a wider scale, each robot car will know exactly where all the other robot cars are, how fast they are traveling, etc…. Which will allow each vehicle to take better defensive actions. The Rail Disaster only guarantees that this island will go broke.

The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it,
the wise judge it, and the skillful direct it."

Monday, February 13, 2017

The North Shore


Initial impressions of Haleiwa are of a relaxed, laid back surf town, but dig a little deeper and you soon find its multi-layered appeal. Aloha and welcome to the North Shore of Oahu. Renowned for its legendary beaches, Haleiwa is a favorite refuge for Hawaii's residents and a must-see for visitors. Nowhere else on Oahu will you find quaint shops and cafes housed in plantation-era buildings less than five miles from world-famous surf spots.

"Haleiwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii

"Dancers know that they cannot control what happens to them but they can control their attitude towards what happened to them. In that, they will be mastering change instead of letting change master them."

Haleiwa is in fact a hub of creative energy and endeavour, with a large number of art galleries dotted throughout its pretty streets, each offering the chance for visitors to pick up some authentic locally produced art for your home. Also to be found here are distinctive plantation-era buildings that hark back to the town’s past, while casual, understated restaurants serve local dishes using original recipes steeped in Hawaii’s culinary folklore. Not to mention the many nice drinking spots in the town. The only blot is the Present Rail Party holding back any progress for the benefit of the residents. Yes, it's the bread, Fred.

"Hanalei Moon" by Melveen Leed

20th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival Haleiwa Beach Park. This Summer Event, July 15 and 16 is not to be missed. Featuring over 140 Visual Artists, Live Performing Artists every hour, Community Info and Ono Festival Food. People coming all the way from Honolulu. It’s Fun… and it’s Free!

The Mission of the Hale’iwa Arts Festival non-profit organization is to promote education and public awareness of arts and culture, with emphasis on participation, for the betterment of the community.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Happy Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Aiea Ballroom Dance Assoc.

From Aunty Maile: You are all invited.

"Red Roses For A Blue Lady" by Dean Martin

Tough time with your new years resolutions? Don’t make too many resolutions. Trying to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking, and reduce stress is too much to tackle at once. Pick a realistic, attainable goal with a reasonable time frame. Choose your own resolutions. Make sure this is something that you want to accomplish for yourself and not for friends or family. When you attain the goal they should benefit from your success as well. And happy dancing.

"Life may not be the party we had hoped for but
as long we are here, let's dance."

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Outside of Oahu

By Jacinto Velez, Honokai Hale

Mexico City is the epitome of both all the potential and all the challenges that the city of tomorrow holds. The Greater Mexico City population is 22 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. And they have dancing from all over the world. In that sense, Mexico City is the perfect bridge between first world and emerging world, since it is both a complex and enticing mix of both.

"Dance the dance you dance, not the dance
that people who dance dance."

We are making contact with the Mainland too.
As a megalopolis of the developing world, it shares many of the problems that cities in Latin America, Africa and Asia are facing. But as the 8th largest city economy in the world, it also has the necessary infrastructure to create important experiments. They intend to become a city capable of prototyping, testing and implementing ideas that can later be exported to other cities.

"Maria Elena" by Jorge Negrete

And they are warning their citizens to keep away from the US because of Trump, the rest of Latin America is following suit and buying more from Europe and Asia. Plenty of Caribbean music and dance, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Salsa. But also Samba and the Bossanova from Brazil. Tango from Argentina. And Mexicans prefer mixed drinks; it's common to buy a bottle of rum, which comes with a bucket of ice, cokes, and/or mineral water.

"Besame Mucho" by Placido Domingo

Dream On, Dancers.
It is a big city and there are so many different preferences in dancing and many places with their own niche of music and dance. Exhibited by the frequency with which dance halls are packed with people, not to mention the steps having their roots in the ancient Mexican Civilizations - Mexico is a hub for dancing. Music from Japan and Korea is having a greater influence too. With the Trump dictatorship taking over the US, they will have more opportunities of dealing with other countries instead.

"Ojos Verdes" by Pedro Infante

Some of the dance industry’s most well-known dancers are of Mexican descent. In light of this, a Mexico City native, Gabriella Gomez-Mont hopes to draw on Mexicans’ enthusiasm for dance by creating a dance competition that has the potential to be as popular as the others such as ViƱa Del Mar music festival. She believes it would provide Mexico’s people with a greater appreciation of their heritage, a sense of camaraderie with their fellow countrymen and as an outlet to exercise.

"Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands
 for charity, your mind for truth and your heart for love."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Changing Dance Scene

From Diary of a Street Dancer, 1968
By Walter Darian,

We called them "classics" ... Since the turn of the century (the 20th) there are, arguably, only thirteen. To be in this select group, a dance must have lasting appeal. A dance's Basic step determines whether it will be accepted by the "trendy" public as well as the experienced social dancer.

"Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they
never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it."

The moving appeal of the Mambo was, and is, its Basic step, the dancers  constantly moving from, and returning to the Basic. A sure "kiss of death" for a new dance is one with an uninspiring Basic step or too many basic steps. Not since the Mambo has a dance been so embraced by the dancing public and it has taken its deserved place with the other classics.

"Papa Loves Mambo" by Perry Como

There are five "major" dances popular with the in crowd of today,
 topping the list:

Mambo: Mambonicks are simply driven wild by its pulsating. exciting rhythms.

Tango: danced in your preferred style, Roseland, International, Cafe or Argentine,  is perhaps, the most beautiful of all dances, it's music intoxicating. If there are violins, guaranteed, her eyes will be closed.

Foxtrot: Slow and easy, your arms around your partner, cheek to cheek or to the faster tempos of music, is pure delight.

Lindy: I've said so much about my favorite, that there is no need to further elaborate ... and there is one more that rounds out the Big Five.

Peabody: It's exciting, breath takingly fast and a real crowd pleaser! It's also the most difficult of all American Social dances. When you are moving at "figure-skating" speed ... suddenly stopping short ... turning-on-a-dime ... reversing your direction (against the LOD), the girl responding with a big smile, following perfectly and rewarding you with words like "Oh, you're wonderful" I tell you, that's pleasure.

"The Tennessee Waltz" By Patti Page

Pub's Note: Most of us can see that social ballroom dancing has changed in the last forty years. Would you believe it will change more so? This is a new century, and it will be phasing over into more Latin type dancing. Mexico City Style is spreading all over Latin America. They are even reintroducing Latin Waltz in the Caribbean.