Friday, April 28, 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." 

Tuesday, April 25, 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."

Monday, April 10, 2017


The Train tragedies continue, in Europe too.

Last year Amtrak had promised that it wouldn't happen again. Now they say they have restored service on derailment-damaged tracks at New York's Penn Station. Commuters on New Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road had been urged to allow for extra travel time. They canceled 10 trains into Manhattan for Friday's morning rush hour and terminated four others at stations in Queens because Amtrak crews had not finished track work by 4 a.m., as promised. Amtrak said at 7:30 a.m. that testing and inspections were completed. However, New Jersey Transit said there was still some work being done and its customers "may experience some delays."

In China five years ago, after they had promised that it couldn't happen again. Good thing it did not fall on a lot of  people. It is nice that we are getting more places in West Oahu to dance instead of going to town. The central valley is doing just fine. One additional social dance club on the Waianae Coast would do it. We can leave the Rail Catastrophe to someone else and we can keep away from Kam Highway.

Beautiful Business Park to be built in Waikele. Voted down by the Present Rail Party. They want everybody working downtown and using the Rail Disaster. Big, Big Bucks there. It's the bread, Fred. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Coming Up

For social dancers on Oahu, it looks like the entire year will be a good one. Two of the oldest social dance clubs in Hawaii celebrate anniversaries. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance club, 48th on the 15th, at Halemano Plantation and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, 62nd on the 22nd at the famous Palladium. I have been invited to both. I will go, God willing, get some photos, items of interest from the attendees to their fellow dancers and blog'em. The hits will go through the roof and many hits will be coming from the neighbor islands.

"The moment in between what we once were, and who we are
now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place."

"I Remember You" by Don Ho"

"The great object of the institution of social dance clubs
is the improvement of appreciation of dancing by all
the dancers who are parties to the social compact."

In Hawaii, in the 1950s, there was some street dancing and mostly local style. With the introduction of Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, two basic variations became popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm, which included elements of the International Style of dance. And had become known as the American Style. This in turn has slowly modified itself into a slightly different form that is in process today. The "Social Dance" which is danced very comfortably where there is an independence from either the American or the International.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Brudda Iz

I have gone to socials of dance clubs that have been predominant in American Style and their disk jockeys can play some of the most delightful Salsa and Bachata music on this island, Those people are dancers and lovers of good music and no one is laying down any rules about keeping it American or whatevah. Of course we still gotta keep on the lookout for Trump. He don't like this and he is going to lie about us as he does about everything else.

"I'll Remember You" by Jimmy Borges

Monday, April 3, 2017

I Am Not A Ballroom Dancer

By Everett Pak, Waikele

This is easy to come by - and first there are the Internationals that would be the most qualified to judge. And they would be most sincere about it, officially, - ballroom dancing is what they do. They considered it an art, they study long and hard and no apologies need be made for that. If I join a line dance group, they would not considered me a ballroom dancer, that's easy. And if I joined a swing dance group they would not considered me a ballroom dancer.

"Anything in life worth having is worth working for it."

The same applies to Salsa and Tango, and Country dancing too? And these specialty groups are very definite in not wanting to be "ballroom." And there have been dance clubs on the mainland that have been formed with the proposition of "not" being a ballroom dance club. For a reason? Yes! And many have chosen to ignore the reason. Ballroom in this century belongs to somebody else. How about a Night Club dancer? You have read enough already in these blogs that they definitely do not want to consider themselves ballroom dancers.

"Pulelehua, My Precious Butterfly" by Nohelani Cypriano

The reasoning has been slowly arriving to every dancer on Oahu. In the latter part of the last century, a far bigger group of dancers has emerged and has been very conveniently overlooked from anyone's reasoning. And for want of a better word they have classified themselves as "social" dancers. This is to distinguish themselves from those who are in the "to be seen" categories and considered art. Now, only 17 years into this new century, it is becoming quite clear that this, bigger group than all of the others put together, definitely do not consider themselves ballroom dancers.

"Wheel Of Fortune" by Kay Starr

The dancers on Oahu are still in the process of acquiring the most appropriate terminology for this very important group, - social, recreational, cultural, universal. It will not be decided from those up on top, but by the dancers in this group themselves. They are just beginning to feel very cohesive and therein lies the secret of what is coming. We are overdue for some Happy Dancing on Oahu, in our places of dance and together with our people. Everyone welcome? Of course, just don't go looking down your nose at me.

Received from my sister Eleanor in California, biblical quotes.
Revelation 21:4
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no
more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away.”