Wednesday, February 22, 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.

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