Monday, August 28, 2017

Dancing in Waipahu

Looks like a nice party coming up on Saturday, September 2. at the Dance Appeal Studio. And fortunately I had received a nice poster from Maile which I photo shopped to make it clearer. This blog would have been perfect, if I could have gotten some information from Sergio and Renna to go with this announcement.

I also received an Email from Marie with the same poster but watermarked by the company that made it. Difficult to copy and print clean. But we all learn and we are communicating.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Hi Pepe,
Another Fun Night at the Jewel of West Oahu! With Trophies, Medals and all - Renna & Sergio are doing it big this time! Check out the info on the attached poster re the Jack & Jill Competition! Join the Dance Appeal Ohana for a fun Time!

Hoping I can go and blog them, but if not perhaps I can get some text and photos from Marie and Maile to make a nice blog. As dance studio owners and business professionals in a leadership role, Sergio and Renna will earn the respect of the clients and be an important part of the arts community in West Oahu. Their dance studio can be a social hub where they will develop long-term friendships with everyone. Happy Dancing.

"Social Dancers believe that by doing good deeds, positive thinking and affirmative choice of words, feelings and actions, we can enhance goodness in the world."

Friday, August 25, 2017

Blog Photos

Are Blog photos much different that regular photos? Well, sort of. In my blogs I usually make a collage of nine photos. 20 people in a Blog photo is not better than 19 people. And of course, 19 is not better than 18. And it is up to the photographer to make that final decision. By almost the same token, 2 people are better than one. And 3 are better than 2 and again it is up to the one taking the picture. I try to fit them all in.

"Friendships are fragile things and require as much care
in handling as any other fragile and precious things."

I take two cameras with me. One that I use for myself where I am not under any waiting pressure. I can take adequate photos of dancing on the dance floor. The second camera I like to pass around and have others take photos of their friends. The ideal photos are not usually taken for personal aggrandizement but to show everyone having a nice time, which gives you plenty of choices.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

An outstanding example of photos emailed to me come from Aunty Maile and Marie. I get enough to make a collage and with a little written information I can make a complete blog. The contribution of photos is a very important communication from the reader/dancers to the reader/dancers. This begins the establishment of Social Media, from there it is a skip and a jump to Information Contributor. This applies to all  of our blogs.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

The clearly next most important item to make this truly Social Media is the use of the comments section in every blog. I get very few, and most are advertising scams. Comments are very definite feedback from our fellow dancers. This is not a Web site.

"Social Dancers are not so interested in how they move
as in what kind of music moves them."    

Monday, August 21, 2017

Social Dancing in West Oahu

By Justin Mendoza, Kalealoa
Dancing is surely the most basic and relevant of all forms of expression on the Island of Oahu. Nothing else can so effectively give outward form to an inner experience. Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space. But only 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. Each participates completely in the other. There could be no better metaphor for an understanding of the mechanics of the cosmos.

"Social Dancers know that they are doing it because they love it -- They realized
how full they feel, surrounded by music and dancing and joy.”  

Then occasionally we must stress the age divisions in dancing. Not many people recognize it. The young have said it even in my day (several centuries ago) "You can't trust anyone over thirty." However the age seems to be creeping up. Many in their thirties still dance with the young. Fine, just so we accept that later on in the age of dancing, we mature in our preferences. We prefer the tried and true. Fads are for the kids and most dancers know that there are other dances just waiting in the wings.

"Everybody Plays The Fool" by Amy Hanaialii

Mambo is out for the kids and has been supplanted by Salsa. Salsa in turn seems to be on the way to being supplanted by Bachata and it will go on, it always has.  However, Mambo is still being taught in Studios and Dance Clubs throughout the world. The excellent DJs in our Oahu social clubs play Mambo regularly. Even in Hawaii, it is still in doubt and it may eventually become one of the accepted dances for the mature dancer. One of these days some one out there is going to define Ballroom Dancing for me. Ha!

"Social Dancers believe that since it is impossible to avoid
the results of our deeds, better to do good deeds." 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Famous Wahiawa Ballroom

 Received from Aunty Maile email





Ok·to·ber·fest Note: Oktoberfest this year, is celebrated from September 15 – October 3, 2017
1. a traditional autumn festival held in Munich, Germany, every October that features beer-drinking and merrymaking. Regrettably ours is NON-ALCOHOLIC, So there is no truth to the rumor of a keg of beer.

"Social Dancers know that every time they dance, they turn
into a better version of themselves."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Old WWII publication

"There was a time when the world asked ordinary men
to do extraordinary things."

These paratroopers were not heroes, they were just ordinary guys. Heroes get medals for "Above and Beyond the call of Duty." Most of these guys were just doing the "Call of Duty."

August 15,1944, on a dusty dirt runway outside of a small village near Rome, Italy, I am just a kid, almost nineteen, I had a few beers and I am feeling pretty good. Now at close to 2 AM, I am on a C-47 airplane roaring down a runway with lights about as visible as flashlights, marking the left and right sides. We finally lift off and we become airborne with a set course for Southern France. The invasion would be starting in about six hours.

"I'll Be Seeing You" by Jimmy Durante

I and my fellow paratroopers didn't have to worry about airplane formations so we just tried to sleep. With the uncomfortable seats, all the equipment we were carrying, and the tight parachute harness, we might doze a little but that's all and we could pray a lot.

And as we approached the coast of France almost two hours later, I remembered the fear growing inside of me and of praying a little harder. And probably repeating my self, "Dear God." Soon enough the red light came on to indicate that we were nearing our drop zone. It was still pitch black outside and we were not encountering any anti-aircraft fire.

“Lili Marlene” by Marlene Dietrich

So at that point I started to worry about what might be waiting for us on the ground and the chances of landing in the vicinity of the drop zone. It was time for a little humor and the jump master got up and announced "OK, all you guys with the one way tickets, stand up." We hooked up our static lines, made our last minute equipment check, faced the rear of the plane and waited excruciating moments for the green light. It may have been about 4:00 am by then.

The green light flashed on and we moved forward, leaving the plane one by one. I remember getting to the door, saw the guy in front of me vanish and then just a big black hole, I made the sign of the cross and went out. Once out of the plane and the parachute opened, I always got that sense of relief. I checked my canopy and it was beautiful, looked around and only glimpsed a couple of other chutes but worried when I realized I couldn't make out any ground features.

Everything looked hazy and my first thought was they dropped us in the Mediterranean. Then slowly, I broke through a fog bank and that is what was preventing me from seeing the ground detail. But they had dropped us low enough so that we would not to spend too much time in the air. So suddenly, there was the ground and I had no chance to prepare to land.

I hit like a sack of shit as they use to say in those days. Just got a little banged up, that's all. I quickly got out of my chute and put my equipment together, There I was all by myself in a foreign country, God knows where. But I was just fine so far, now I had to look for the other guys. I pushed the safety off my trigger guard, just in case, but hoped I didn't run into any Jerries.

From the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3: a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

We are updating.

The stats are pointing to Platinum Horseshoe blog as the new leader of the Blogs on Oahu and the hits are getting more solid. We are lucky to blog Wahaiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association.  Lately Dance Appeal Studio has become a part of our kuleana. All we have to do now is to be on the look out for something on the Waianae Coast. And the North Shore is looking good too.

"Social Dancers believe that if you dance today, you will dance tomorrow
and you may just dance forever."

I must promote the Wai'anae Coast to help them help themselves. They are overdue and yes, we will need all the help we can get for the benefit of all and the only rule we have so far is, "Nobody has to do anything." With some good comments (suggestions) the first big project on the agenda will be to get people interested in line dancing and partner dancing and eventually having a Saturday night hoedown at the Wai'anae District Park. A Natural.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

These posters came from Information Contributors willing to share with
their fellow dancers, the Real Bloggers. I am just the mechanic.

Waianae District Park has one of the most beautiful dance floors in West Oahu but from the records, it has never been used for dancing. Nice? Many of us would like to see people dancing on the Wai'anae Coast and the previous agendas have not been engraved on stone. With time and help from others it will form by itself into something worthwhile. Yes, I know blogging is something completely new to Oahu but it will not be for long.

"Social Dancers do not need the promise of heaven to see the merit in a good deed."

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Jewel of West Oahu

I had nice day working on my blogs and getting ready for the shindig in Waipahu. I got everything ready except the extra batteries. And since I forgot to call the Handi Van the day before, I decided to take the bus. The Handi Van people are very nice and I appreciate, however if I can do without bothering them, I will. Arrived at about six and plenty people there already. Kibitzing, drinking refreshments and dancing, and the Villanuevas sure have nice music on their speaker system. Today Sunday I got some terrific pictures from Marie Laderta,  more than enough for two collages. I had planned on publishing on Monday but now with all these beautiful pictures from Marie I decided to make this blog based on only Marie's photos.

Notes from Marie on the photos.

A Mid-Summer's Night Dance @ the Jewel of West Oahu, Dance Appeal. -- USA Dance Honolulu President Glenn Okazaki & wife Tracy, Dance Magic Reps Larry Arinaga & Stephanie Shimizu, with friends the Ladertas, and Tan Yan Chen. -- Dance Appeal Keikis
& youth dancer strut their stuff. -- Leland and Maile Yagi -- The Iconic Godfather of
Hawaii Ballroom, Geoffrey Fells. -- Renna & Sergio Villanueva, the proud owners. -- Tommy Theresa Tomimbang, top Argentine Tango dancers. -- Dance Appeal
Instructor Kalei with student Barbara. -- Sergio Villanueva with student
striking a line figure. --David Matsumoto with partner Barbara. -- Fil & Elvie

Saw some old friends which of course made me happy and then I met some new ones which gave me the feeling that I was in the company of class people. The entire place is going to be liked and they are going to get much business just because they like the way the place looks. Terrific. Made some connection about the photos but nothing definite.

I will publish this blog today, Sunday and another later with any other photos that are emailed and also the ones I took. They reader/dancers, our friends, are going to like this place and this blog and maybe a little later, will contribute a little some thing to share with our fellow dancers. Comments, Comments, Comments are welcomed.

"Social Dancers don't just dance. They perform, they breathe and enjoy moving
to their favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Hawaii Dance

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at Hale Hookipa Room in the Wahiawa Recreation Center. I thought the Handi Van was getting me there too early, but it was they best they could do and I don't complain. I got there before seven and there were over a dozen people there already making preparations for the party. Maile doing two or three things at once. So many nice people, many who I hadn't seen in a while. Unfortunately I cannot dance so I do not have the opportunity to mingle as before. I do the best I can, I enjoy the company, the music and watching people enjoy themselves dancing.

I was able get a starter photo taker to begin using my other camera. Gradually I got help from other people. Terrific, I was hoping to get two nine picture collages but it turned out to be more than that. Thanks to our good photo takers, I hope they know they are appreciated. I got the best according to my criteria. The poster said 7:30 but by that time they had a good crowd and that terrific music by Leland was sounding and just asking people to dance.

"Happy to be here with our friends tonight for the WBDC monthly dance. One way
of getting to see everybody between our busy schedules. Our thanks to Joe
for always supporting the club. It was great to see you all again."
Arthur and Lisa Apilado 

They had the welcoming announcement by the President and followed by the ring of prayer which went all very nicely, the music began and so the line up for the Kau Kau line. It looked good to me, but of course I did not really know until I got home with the goodies that Maile gave me. Turning out that the best meals I have had this year, for sure, are the ones I have gotten from WBDC.

"Some of the best dancing at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance tonight
with friends, Simon Escano, Greg and Aida Archeta"
Leo and Virgie Corcino

Eating and pleasant conversation took place for about a half hour, Then the music seemed to start in earnest and dancers know what to do with that. Some people were still coming in and greetings were all around. By the time every one was through eating, you could see that the crowd was turning out to be first class. There are some terrific dancers here. Of course, I am a hard grader and would not give them a ten. How about a 9.9?

"Hi, it's nice to see so many dancers tonight. Love the other dance clubs
come out and enjoy the music and dancing with us."
D. Preza, President

I left at five minutes to nine, but no signs of the Handi Van. I went outside, and walked around. (good exercise) and the Van arrived about 9:10, had one stop to make on the way in but nobody there, got home before ten pm. Not bad and sat down to a delicious supper. Thanks Maile and everyone at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

"Social Dancers believe that there are things that the heart thinks of that
only the body understands and that is why we dance.”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

West Oahu Weekend

It looks very nice for all the folks living in West Oahu and we may even get many coming from the North Shore. Friday night looks very tempting with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club having their "My Hawaii Dance" at the Wahiawa Recreation Park.

Then we have the up and coming Dance Appeal Studio having a social at the Waipahu Medical Center on Saturday night. And what is good about it is, they are working together and not tearing each other apart. Now we got social dancing and social dancers. This is West Oahu.

"The true nature of all wealth is so temporary that those who have wealth
should here and now do good deeds that will live for a long time."

Then  we have the possible Information Contributors and every one of them has a different point of view. What you saw is not the same thing he saw or she saw. That is the value in a nutshell. You can contribute a paragraph or two on what you saw in the dance scene that could be of interest to the reader/dancers of any blog. These would be good steps in the direction of Social Media, which is the intent for all our blogs. And we will be on our way to making one of these blogs the first of the independents.

"Everybody Plays The Fool" by Amy Hanaialii

Our picture taking for social dances is getting better all the time. The photographers for our blogs are realizing that three people are better than two in a photo. And four people are better than three. but fifteen people are not better than fourteen. And the photo takers will make the final decisions. I take two cameras because slowly I can take photos of the dance floor. However, people posing is very difficult. Anybody that can push the button out there can help.

"Dance the dance you dance. Don't dance the dance that people who dance, dance."