Saturday, July 29, 2017

Dance Appeal Studio

West Oahu social dancing is really moving now that Dance Appeal Studio is in Waipahu. We often see these people with earplugs in their ears, moving to the music. Then they stop when they realize that other people are looking at them kinda funny. We all understand that, the body wants to move, no hu hu. But all of us know that we have music and dance in West Oahu as well as anywhere else. And it is gonna get bettah.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel

Message from Sergio and Renna:
E Komo Mai.

Dance Appeal is blessed with a new
Home. Please come and partake
of our fellowship in dancing.

Sergio & Renna

I only know about Dance Appeal from Marie Laderta and her husband Paul who are fans of the ballroom dance scene. Their contributed information and photos has run up the hits on Platinum Horseshoe to second place just behind Town Dancer, the all time champs.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Additional information contributed by Marie. Here is the address of the new Dance Appeal Studio: 94-307 Farrington Hwy, in the Waipahu Medical Center Unit A11. (It is across from Max of Manila) Cost of the Social : $15, payable at the door. Price includes light snack, punch & water. There will be a hootin tootin time in Waipahu, that's for sure.

Waipahu has been a little dizzy in this century, but with this Dance Studio there is already a little more stability in the dance scene. Imagine owning a fun and financially rewarding business teaching people how to dance. While people have always loved to dance, an increasing number are enrolling in dance classes thanks to the popularity of television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. There may be a benefit from this for teachers who may have the luxury and freedom of creating the type of dance business they want and the students want. Waipahu is the perfect place for it.

"Social Dancers do their good deeds with intention not for attention."

Good Week Coming Up

The good results from the blog on the Dance Appeal Studio in Waipahu, and the two very good upcoming events this week makes this blog very hot. It just may overtake the famous number one runner in Hawaii, "Town Dancer." Just got the very neat poster from Aunty Maile and that social in Wahiawa on Friday, the 4th, looks like a winner.

I plan on getting the Handi Van to get me there and back. However I am still limited physically. I will be taking two point and shoot cameras (simple ones) and I can take the dance floor shots on my camera. I don't have to hurry. However I have difficulty taking a photo where people pose. Therefore I can pass the other camera around and anyone can use it to get a few photos into the blog write up of the social.

"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Amy Hanaialii

Then on Saturday, the 5th, I expect to go to Dance Appeal Studio Social and do the same thing, blog'em. Most of the information that I get is from someone else, so I am merely the mechanic. I cannot get a job because I am too old but I can do this and I enjoy it.

"Crazy It Seems" by Willie K

We are getting comments but most have been from Anonymous and more than half of those are spam. So we move slowly. Some have told me that they do not know how to comment. But I just say read it and follow the directions, or ask someone. It is quite simple.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

If you do not want to use your name, use a pen name and better if you make it the same one each time. Of course, it is subject for moderation. I have the final say so, yes or no. As I have mentioned before, many I have to mark as spam and they are not published. But that is a good entry level of opinion sharing. Just a word, "fine" or "lousy" will do, but it still an opinion. Later on you will want to add a few more words and there you go.You may choose to become an information contributor.

"Social Dancers can readily see that some in our crowd were born to sparkle and
some worked at it to arrive there - we can applaud them all."

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Tea Dance

In spite of the Present Rail Party, Kapolei is developing into Second City. No need for the Rail Catastrophe and the Millions and Millions of dollars those people are making daily. Many people from the Waianae Coast work in Campbell Industrial Park and also in the large shopping area developing in Kapolei. Yes we all know that new business parks have been voted down by the Present Rail Party. There is also an increasing number of workers coming from as far as Aiea.

“Social Dancers know the importance of those moments in movement to music
and make those moments important, vital, and worth living." 

Could there be others? From the Central Valley, of course, and the idea would catch on fast when they have enough jobs and most people want to avoid working in town. Second City? The net result would be that the new Wednesday Pau Hana dance would be packed. The West version of the tea dance would unfortunately include mainly office or workers in sales simple because they are already dressed. The music would start right after work at 5:00 pm. Drinks, including a large array of juices would be available. And small snacks that you can pick up with chopsticks, among them steak and lobster.

"My Isle Of Golden Dreams" by Melveen Leed

Of course, 100% of the attendees would be social dancers. Ordinary run of the mill social dancers. The kind that are accustomed to dancing with each other and enjoy dancing to their favorite music. And they would be having the opportunity of breaking the week in half and having a nice evening that would pau at nine. The nice pleasant drive home with less traffic, and they can knock off to sleep early and easily because they have had some good exercise. They wake up the next morning and only have two days before the week end. You want something more perfect than that?

"Developing dancing for the masses, not the classes."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Beginners Scene

Most of the peripherals are in town, Country, Line, Tango, Salsa, Swing, and they can get pretty technical on the Turning rocks, not to mention the Internationals. Wow, you should read some of the material on Turning Rocks. Gawd! Little of it for the real use of Social Dancers. But most social dancers know that they can move as they wish as long as they are in rhythm. So if they wish to move in any other degree off the forward or backward or sideways, they feel they can do it. Most social dancers use the KISS method. (keep it simple, stupid)

“Social Dancers know that is kind of fitting when you think about it. If we danced
and shared music with everyone, we'd be too busy enjoying life to start a war.”

And fortunately that on Oahu, the Ladies are marvels at following the leaders. In Latin dancing the Rock step and the break step may be used interchangeably but generally the leader starts (breaks) on the accented beat of the music wherever it may occur and the rest is gingerbread. Platinum Horseshoe blog is getting much activity from the search engines which is nice. Of course I am still experimenting. I have made too few requirements to get them into the search engines. Your comments is what will do it.

"Easy Little Baby" by Willie K

For now the easiest is to get on any other of our blogs and click the link. - Question: Is Social Dancing the same as Cultural Dancing? - There were at one time dozens of free local papers about places to dance. They even had web sites covering dance but now the blogs are taking over full force. One can find every kind of dance and style being done somewhere. On Oahu, we have been very fortunate, you wanna dance? Dis da place!

"Social Dancers accept that gossip may be carried by haters,
spread by fools and believed by idiots."

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Japanese Anime

This is real feedback. This a very good example of sharing our particular kind of dance news with our readers and fellow dancers. First I receive a nice Email from Marie Laderta.

To: Pepe  Sent: Saturday, 15 July 2017
Subject: Welcome to
Japanese Anime takes Ballroom dancing
to a new audience.

Check it out:

Welcome to the Ballroom - Japanese ANIME

Marie Laderta <>

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

On Jul 16, 2017 10:54 AM, "Joseph Martel" <> response:

That Japanese Anime is very nice. I will be working on tomorrow's Platinum Horseshoe blog. May I share your goodies for our readers and fellow dancers? Regards to all the nice people out there and Mahalo. Pepe

To Pepe from Marie

Yes, of course. Please share with the readers. I think it's interesting that ballroom dancing is now the subject for Japanese Anime, which means that it is getting exposed to a younger and more digital audience .... Ballroom dancing has been a significantly revered and promoted recreation in Japan for many years. I note this from gleaning the history of the Blackpool results - surprised to see quite a lot of Japanese contenders and Champions over the years.

First it was the movie medium. You remember the iconic film, "Shall We Dance?" That film related ballroom to everyday life, made it something a regular person can reach for - not a privileged activity just for specially trained athletes. And now today, we have anime. I think that's great.

By all means, put it out there and share.


"Social Dancers let their good deeds be like rain. drop a little here and there."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Magnificent West Oahu

The highest priced real estate is now definitely in East Oahu. Those people make it a point that they are much different than us ordinary folk. And we must concur, they sure as hell ain't us. I have no idea what they are going to do in social dancing if anything. But we sure as hell are going to know what is happening in our every day social dance environment on Oahu.

"Social Dancers are so fortunate that everyday they hear music
that makes them want to move to it."

Received an Email from Marie Laderta:
Poster From Renna. Studio Social @ the new Dance Appeal studio. This is for ALL FRIDAYS in the month of July. FYI. Just helping get the word out.

I hope other people can see that Marie is doing a terrific job of helping the dance scene around her. You can do the same and become an information contributor. No commitments just share the dance information when you wish. And you can get to pick the blog of your choice. She also contributes photos and that really helps to balance the text and makes a nice blog. I hope some day she will have the time to become a Guest Blogger. Our blogs do not have advertising but we do try to communicate what's doin' in our dance scene to our readers and fellow dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

By Linda Chen, Lualualei
Remember that "a dance" is different from an "occasion" where there is dancing. At a "dance" function the intent is simply — to dance up a storm and have fun. This means much more physical activity (a hot time in the old town tonight.) Summer weight clothing is always appropriate at dances. No one appreciates "the long arm of the Lindy" whupped in or around their face or a fighter pilot Quickstepper flying by inches from the unsuspecting.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Remember you can’t go wrong being kind, courteous and unselfish on the dance floor. If your soul is urging you to freedom, talk to any instructor about doing a demonstration or routine — you’ll get the whole floor to yourself. Stationary dancers and slow movers belong in the center of the floor (the eye of the hurricane,) fast flyers belong on the far outside in the fast lanes. Just like entering the freeway, interrupting the flow of traffic is not wise or appreciated. "Yield the right-of-way when entering traffic on the dance floor."

"Social Dancers know that small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


The clues are coming very nicely. And if is definitely not true that when you read a blog you have read them all. Because they are written by individuals with their own personal opinion and they all differ. With enough blogs you can better your working on your own blog or even your own Web site. And our aim is to have our blogs as a good example of Social Media. An additional aim for me is to get rid of my best blog.

"Social dancers know that they can either sing and dance, or help create
an environment in which singers and dancers flourish."

Social Media is enhanced by feedback. In our case, the comments at the end of blog are number one. Anyone in our dance environment can building their own profile – leaving a comment gets you seen. Leaving a good comment can make people pay a little attention Sharing what you know or the dance experience that you have can help build your credibility and you will find the other dancers will appreciate it, whether they agree or not. Needless to say, anonymous is not acceptable.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me" by Melveen Leed

From there you may want to go to bigger things. And email a paragraph or two and perhaps a few photos that can involve into a full blog. You have all seen the wonderful results from Aunty Maile, Deanie and Marie. Once you become accustomed to seeing your writing in print for our dance public, you can be thinking of becoming a Guest Blogger. All up to you. You can get in, write, insert photos, save it, publish it and even delete it and get out. Whatever you wish and you don't have to say boo to anyone. In effect, you have your own blog within a blog, with ready made readers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Two or three Guest Bloggers, the hits would go through the ceiling and get to be the number one blog. It would be ready to go independent from me. I could make preparations to resign and it would belong to the Guest Bloggers.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

WBDC 4th of July Fest

I couldn't make it to the beautiful shindig in Wahiawa, but got some news from Aunty Maile. 


To Joseph Martel

I'm so sorry to hear that Joe. I hope everything becomes much better for you. The dance was really enjoyed by all. Another successful event once again. Here are some pictures to share with you.

WBDC's, Stars and Stripes, Red, White, and Blue Dance 2017, was an absolute hit! Everyone not only came to dance their hearts out, but to celebrate their patriotism with the smashing colors of red, white, and blue, proudly wearing stars and stripes galore! WBDC gave each lady, a red white and blue rose and festive shiney streamers to wear on their hair. Patriotic tattoos were also given out to get in that mood of the celebration. Thanks to Pauline Kim and Maile Yagi for donating the favors.

From Top left: Missing, Dance Floor, Rod and Rose Sabug

Lisa and Art Apilado, Dance Floor, Mr. and Mrs. Kebker, their mom visiting from the mainland, and WBDC instructer, Felipe Repollo.

Art and Joan Oda, Margaret Okimoto, and Vicky Hiramoto. Dance Floor, President Deanie Bates Burgess of the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and Music Director, Burt

"Stranger In Paradise by Tony Bennett

The evening was filled with laughter and camaraderie. We danced continuously, only to stop shortly for a delicious potluck dinner filled with the best foods and deserts. Ballroom dancers as well as line dancers had their fill of dancing, while WBDC's fabulous DJ, "Leland Yagi", played his awesome array of music! The evening was filled with dancing, happy moments of laughter, good food, good times.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

President Daniel Preza also went up to the microphone and took a moment of appreciation and recognition, to honor our military and veterans, as everybody cheered and clapped! We ended the evening with the Electric Slide and after that, all stood in silence with hands over hearts, as the national anthem played on. Yes, it was another dance in Wahiawa that not only accommodated the people with wonderful music, food, and dance, but deeper than that, was the touching of the hearts and minds.

"Social Dancers know that kind words and good deeds are eternal.
We will never know where their influence ends."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Jewel of West Oahu

Received the most beautiful dance information in quite some time from Marie Laderta. I hope to write it up nice. Comments will be accepted of course.

"We will continue to hope and build instead of destroy in our Dance Scene."

My side hobby is making posters. So, I am not an expert.


Mood lighting in the main ballroom. - The Villanuevas with Geoffrey Fells,
Grandson Kyle & girlfriend, Supporters Geri Takayama, Paul Laderta, and
Dance Appeal Instructor Kalei. - Dance Appeal Instructors
Faith (Renna's daughter) and Kalei, on the dance floor.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Celebrating a new Studio on the Leeward Side: Supporters - Sergio Villanueva
with Lynn & Ted Soldaria, & Supporter, Marie Laderta. - Ceiling of the
main Ballroom @ Dance Appeal.

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action
towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music.
Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

Received from Aunty Maile email. Good news about the 4th of July party. I can make my plans to attend. I was hoping to hear from Deanie but the silence has been deafening. Now I have been invited to Makua Alii on Thursday. That is better than intruding elsewhere.

 The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

After two years I finally fell down again on Friday. I called 911 and they were able to stop the bleeding, two terrific ladies, but they recommended stitches and they took me Tripler, I should be OK in a couple of days.

I got some news, that Swing Dance Club of Hawaii is having another nice dance party at the Palladium on Tuesday, the Fourth of July. Also that Aiea Ballroom Dance Association having a social at Aiea Intermediate on Thursday. But I don't like to intrude. So I do the best I can.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Looking back on the events, there have been several approaches to journalism represented on Oahu. One is the cool approach of traditional journalism, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, TV and network broadcasting. Blogging is the engaged approach which is now coming into its own. We cannot intrude with Press Privileges. We are not journalism? That is just fine with me.

"Social Dancers know that it is not the years in your life that count.
It is the life in your years."