Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Da Big Bash

I got some news of what is happening in our dance circles this week but not much. With time I may get more notices for our schedule Blog, Dance And Live. It still has a chance. The other blogs are plodding ahead but need feedback from the reader/dancers. Those dancers willing to share their pearls of dance wisdom with their fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that we are designed to dance. To use our bodies
as weapons of movement, grace, beauty and intrigue."

Of course we must acknowledge Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and their terrific Anniversary dance at the famous Palladium. And we must acknowledge that coming up is the big one for the Central Valley. And that is the Anniversary dance  of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, sister club with Aiea. These two "old" clubs are the hub of social dancing in West Oahu. We are going to get one more that is for sure. We are getting more social dancers that identify with West Oahu.

"Kahalaopuna" by Amy Hanaialii

Meanwhile, line dancing in West Oahu is already an accepted part of the Social Dance scene. We have some good line dancers in Wahiawa. So men wannabees can get more into that, even if just for the fun of it and just let it roll. "That's it!" The basics are Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing and Tango. As social dancers, you already know the rhythms, just get in there, join the crowd and move to that music, you will enjoy. Of course some of it does gets too complicated and you can just cancel.

“What you do does make a difference, and you have to decide
what kind of difference you want to make.”

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aiea Ballroom Anniversary

Got there easily, the Handi Van got there in nice time, but coming back was horrible. Missed my Handi Van, long walk to the bus and got the first bus going to town. Then waited an hour for a bus to get me back home in Pearl City. Lucky when I got home and checked the camera. Vickie took some excellent pictures of who? Just us and that is the name of our game.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Frankie Laine

It was a very pleasant evening, watching all these nice people dancing and socializing. Good social dancers. Of course there were others too, of the deluxe kind and many are so good they could become professionals very easily. And the Palladium has plenty of room for their kind of dancing. And since everyone is having fun doing their thing, no hu hu. I posted two collages in the Town Dancer blog and had enough left over to get another collage in here.

"Aiea family, good fun, let's dance." ~ Glen Hiramoto

All photos taken by Vickie Hiramoto

"Thank you, Joe for coming and doing this blog. What fun 63rd Anniversary party
we had. Thank you dancers, Aiea board, and volunteers. See you at our next
dance at the Palladium, Friday, May, 11th. 6 to 9:30 PM." ~ Deanie

And this Saturday, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will have their Anniversary Dance. Everyone was invited, I think.

Another Fun Party just waiting for us.
"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Still Looking Good

This blog still in front of Town Dancer but still not far enough to conclude anything. For sure a Guest Blogger would make a difference for either one of the blogs. Patience, while we enjoy our dancing and learning how to better ourselves to enjoy more. We may learn more of the basic simple moves that enable all the elements of physical activity to better our physical fitness. The Even Step is pretty simple and used in other activities such as walking. Then we have the Rock Step, very useful to move to music and used in a thousand dances. And next is the Chassé, like the Rock Step, essential.

“Social dancers believe that when you dance, your whole body dances,
even if is not moving.  Your skin and bones, the roots of your hair.
When you stop dancing, you stop living.” 

The social dances in town seem to be doing quite well. Many have their own websites and a few are on Twitter and Facebook. It is impressive that Facebook has 50 million photos submitted daily. The results are that most have packed houses and may not need a dance blog to increase their public relations. They are certainly entitled to their preferences. Meanwhile we have two anniversary dances coming up. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on Saturday, April 21st and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association on Saturday, April 14th.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed. Right at the top,
if you make enough of them, it's considered to be your style.  ~ Fred Astaire

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Leading The Way

Stop and think about who and what you are.  As a social dancer, you are a human being and your greatest power is your will, or your ability to reason and make your own choices. It’s what commands all other aspects of your life. This power is the only thing that cannot be controlled or taken away from you by anyone, and it is what separates you from the other animals in this world. Don’t forget that you possess this power, and don’t squander it.

"Social dancers know that when they started moving towards that dream,
their feet developed the quality of dance.”

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association both have anniversary dances this month. And these are two of the oldest dance clubs in Hawaii. Aiea Ballroom will be at the famous Palladium on Saturday, April 14th. Wahiawa Ballroom will be at the famous Helemano Plantation 808 on April 21st. Both places are going  to be jumping and I will be there to blog'em. Unfortunately, in my old age, I have developed fumbleitis and I cannot take photos like I use to.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Doris Day  1952

Maile has been our number one photo contributor in emailing some very good photos of our fellow dancers for presentation in our blogs. All I can ask for is four or five photos of your favorite people at the dance. With a little two or three sentence commentary on the occasion, it can flesh out into a nice blog and the hits go through the roof. It is not my opinion, or her opinion, or his opinion, it is your opinion and that is what is so valuable. It's for our people and the availability for our reader/dancers is crucial. This is not Facebook, - they get 50 million photos daily.

 "New Singer in Town, Alamo Anna, don't know if she is from Texas or Hawaii."

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Filipino DI

By Carmelo Layugan, Ewa Beach:

With a couple of New night clubs in possible view in the West, a New Filipino DI may emerge. For some wealthy women in the Philippines, "ballroom" dancing has risen from a mere social pastime to being almost a way of sustaining life. The phenomenon has been chronicled in movies for the past 40 years. The lead is always played by a handsome young man who finds easy money working as a DI -- a "ballroom" dance instructor. His prime partners are the affection-starved, cash-rich matrons that Manila has in abundance.

"Social Dancers know that people are not going to dance the way you want them
to dance. They are going to dance the way they want to dance."

One after another, they fall for his charms and ply him with extravagant cash tips and gifts. A few have been doing this in downtown Honolulu for years under the term, - Semi Pro. Afternoon-tea gatherings of the blue bloods of Manila society, known as the "Sparklers," are rich with gossip about the ballroom scene. Which matron has fallen in love with which DI? Which one has bought her DI a new car? Sometimes it is just gossip. Sometimes the ballroom has clearly led to the bedroom. Says a known dance regular: "You can always tell who's having an affair. It's in their eyes and in the way they dance."

"Dahil Sa Yo" by Charmaine

Some are shocked, but not newspaper columnist Barbara "Tweetums" Gonzales. "I'd rather have my mother dancing the night away with her DI and having the time of her life than wasting away on her lonesome." Many Manila hotels offer ballroom dancing. Some hotel DIs are paid a regular salary. On top of that are the "hire charges" -- up to about $60 for an evening -- and tips. "You also have to feed him or her and provide drinks, like someone who drives for you, you feed your DI because they provide a service."

"Social dancers know that they must love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing
solid back, nothing but that those fleeting moments when you felt alive."

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Oahu West

West Oahu is getting some first class dancers. I saw a man dance a beautiful International Tango with his wife and then later in the evening dancing a beautiful Filipino Tango with a lady friend. Most dancers just enjoy moving to the music that is usually played in our social dances and perhaps even in our Night Clubs. And in line dancing they are coming up with more men that can dance as easily as the young, by themselves. Of course many of the dances are just too dancy fancy. Everybody learns to dance to the music not the beat. It can be because they like the song for whatever the reason.

"Social dancers can feel that if the party is not that good,
the dancing can make up for it."

Then they develop on their own, just dancing and enjoying each dance, the "timing" for each dance. Anyone can step one, two, three on the Waltz, but very soon, the "rhythm" comes in and they want to stress the movement on the one count. Gradually they develop their own unique style, all on their own and they feel comfortable with the entire package, music, timing, rhythm and their own style. But there are over 500 documented steps in every dance. Wow! Tough!

 "Let's Dance" by David Bowie  1983

To dance socially and for fun, keep away from anything that smacks of too much intermediate or advance. That is for OP (Other People.) The usual story has people that want to be "dancers" and their primary intentions are not to learn to move to music. They learn the Bronze (beginners) and they are eyeing the Silver. They are hoping to be Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers overnight. When well into the Silver they are eyeing the Gold. And they finally get to the Gold division they realize they'd better go back to basics. Happens every time. LAGS (latest and greatest syndrome) is not entirely the fault of the dance teachers.

"Social Dancers will come and dance and go, but the dance lives on."

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Central Valley

This blog is getting more solid as the front running dance blog on Oahu. The kokua from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance will solify it even more. It helps their public relations with their items and photos of interest to the readers and the hits on the blog go up. The blogs gets to be more recognizable Makaha to Makapuu Point and from Kalealoa to Turtle Bay. I can plan the independence of the blog. My best blogs must go and the junk blogs will remain mine. I get too little information about the dance environment nowadays.

“For the Social Dancers, Only? - Relax - Refresh - Renew - Play - Sing -
Laugh -Enjoy - Forgive - Dance - Love - Hug - Share - Kiss -
Create - Explore - Hope - Listen - Dare - Trust - Dream."

Because of the terrible bus situation, I am getting more questions on Night Club dancing in this sector. People want to dance on the North Shore, but apparently not too much doing there and then only sporadic. Cholo's Homestyle Mexican has Son Caribe Band now and then. Dot's In Wahiawa has something going a couple times a week. Just Tacos in Mililani has Salsa on Saturday nights. Many dancers are aware of the bus situation to town from the Central Valley and would rather go to some place nearby, Salsa Dancers have asked me about dancing in Waikele -Waipio area.

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston - 1987

Many people are still trying get another Business Park in the Valley. Living, working and playing in their own kuleana would be really living in Paradise. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Think of all the cars missing from the freeways or contributing to the horrible traffic in town. There are many smart people still trying to stop the "Gravy Train," but the Present Rail Party and the Big Bucks are still in Control. No one knows to this day, what happened to the first billion dollars. It's Easy Money, Sonny.

Yes, they told me about a strange occurrence at Mililani Shopping Center. Sam Stone and
Walter Wood were having a little conversation when a beautiful curvaceous blonde
appeared and went by. Stone turned to Wood, Wood turned to Stone, both
turned to Rubber, then the blonde turned into a dress shop.

Monday, March 19, 2018


After freezing days it feels like Spring has sprung in Pearl City and I had a few things to do and then get ready for the big Trip to Wahiawa. Got most of what I would need but I forgot the camera so I hope we can get some pictures. Some people send their pictures to Facebook and Facebook gets 50 million photos per day. Somebody might see your pictures? Maybe in Libya, or Estonia. and don't forget Lower Slobavia. In our blog the only people that see our pictures are our friends and neighbors on Oahu and maybe a few on the neighbor islands. That's Bad?

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Got the new #51 bus and got off at Foodland a little after six. Got a cake and took a nice leisurely walk to the Wahiawa Recreation Center. Already at least a dozen people there helping Maile to make the set up. The music by Leland started before seven and naturally it was very well received. And after a couple of nice tunes a few couples took to the floor.

"Awesome feeling to dance with friends." ~ Amadeo

"Great camaraderie, great DJ and dancing with great friends." ~ Mae

It was almost eight when we had the ring of prayer led by Rodney. And the line for kau kau was easily formed. The potlucks in this club get better all along. And there something nice about getting some goodies that ran out too soon. Even you if did not get any of it. The different possibilities make it interesting.

"Sombras" by Javier Solis
had not heard it in a long time. Beautiful
All photos by Maile Yagi
They had nice crowd and introduced the first line dances. This group is eventually going to be the best in Men line dancers. They have not been excluded, they have excluded themselves.

"Happy St. Patrick's Day. It's a wonderful dance at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club."
~ Morris

I left a little before nine, in time to get the #51 bus back to Pearl City. Got home about ten and immediately proceeded to get into the dinner packed for me by Maile. Delicious as per usual. Then got on the computer and tried to remember as much as possible about the party. My memory not so good any more.

"Happy St. Patrick's Day to all at Wahiawa Ballroom. Having so much fun! Good food,
good fellowship, great music! Next stop, Aeia Balloom.! ~ Nani

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The West Is Rising

Just Two and a half months into the New Year and Central Valley, along with Oahu - West, seems to be emerging as a very good place to dance. We can look for more action on the North Shore. Cholo's Homestyle with the Son Caribe band is a good start there. Tacos And More in Waianae with live music to listen to, is a good start. The next step is the dance floor. Kapolei may have something next year. Perhaps even a social dance studio.

"All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them."

Most people living in West Oahu are aware of the Rail Disaster. And a few will have to ride it even though it will be one big hassle and take longer to get to Honolulu. Nobody mentions Rapid Transit any more because it is not true. The freeways going into town will be more crowded. And the traffic situation in town will go from bad to worse. The people, the residents of West Oahu would rather live, work and play in their own kuleanas.

"Hey There" by Rosemary Clooney

"Success does not consist of not making mistakes, but in
never making the same mistake a second time."

The week is shaping up fairly nice and we have St. Patrick's Day on Saturday with many celebrations.  We are fortunate to have Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and their Social at the Wahiawa Recreation Center.

This blog now in first place because of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and one more client would clinch that section. Then there is other feedback, comments, information contributors and the big prize, the Guest Blogger. Patience, Rome was not built in a day.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Update Good

Went to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club line dance classes on Wednesday and got a nice blog out of it. And the good news is that Platinum Horseshoe blog has been in first place since the beginning of the month. This is average hits per day. Town Dancer blog was in the lead for two decades. Now still solid but in second place. With just one Guest Blogger blogging twice per month, the hits would go through the roof and we could plan the independence. Patience.

Then we have Aiea Ballroom Dance Association coming up with their 63rd Anniversary Dance at the famous Palladium on April 14th. I will be there to blog'em and we can all appreciate the help I can get. A sentence or two, or a couple photos emailed. Makes the blog more "Social."

With another good client to blog this would be "The Dance Blog" on Oahu and I could resign and dedicate myself to make the next independent.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Barack, Hillary and Donald are standing in front of the throne of heaven. Almighty God looks at them and says, “Before granting you a place at my side, I want to ask you what you have learned and what you believe in.”

God asks Barack first: “Son, What do you believe in?” Obama thinks long and hard, looks God straight in the eye, and says, “I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my citizens.” God can’t help but see the essential goodness of Obama, and offers him a seat to his left.

Then God turns to Hillary and asks, “And what do you believe in?” Hillary calculates for a while and then says, “I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. Like Barack I believe in hard work. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I’ve always tried to be a true patriot and a loyal American.” God is greatly moved by Hillary’s eloquence, and he offers her a seat to his right.

Finally, God turns to Trump and asks, “And you, Donald, what do you believe in?” Donald replies, “I believe that, you are in my seat.”

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Line Dancers.

Nice day and I left early enough to catch the 62 bus to Wahiawa. I waited too long a time, then a bus #51 arrived with a sign that said Wahiawa. I asked the driver and he informed me that the bus had a number change. Fine with me only I had not seen it in my computer screen. Got there about seven.

I still don't know much about line dancing even with all the years that I have seen and admired it. Line dances seem easy to learn, mainly because the steps are straightforward, though they can get somewhat complicated and you do not have to coordinate your movements with a partner. Besides the steps there is a routine and line dances involve repeating a series of steps, If at any time you get lost, you may find it easy to catch up with the rest of the class. Can amount to fun and games, but on Oahu, women out number the men ten to one.

"Wahiawa Line dance is the place to meet some classy and sassy wahines.
Come join us." ~ Rodney Kohagura

Rodney and Carol got there about 7:15 and people began coming in by 7:30. And some of these good people did not get there until close to 8:00. We had five men in the room, four sitting and one, John Reed, dancing. Normal? This place gotta get more men dancing, even though some of these ladies are very good. I can see now that it is too late for me.

"Good for the Mind - Good for the Soul - And get some good aerobic exercise.
Come on out you guys, you'll have a blast." ~ John Reed.

My old age is catching up with me. Rodney took some good pictures but neither Rodney nor I noticed. I messed up. I took the camera and even extra batteries but I forgot to install the memory card. We are lucky to get these pictures from Maile, taken by Leland.

WBDC members meet regularly for dance classes on Monday and Wednesday nights.
Come join the family of dancers! We always welcome everyone.
Mahalo Nui ~ Maile Yagi

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

At Last

Platinum Horseshoe blog and Town Dancer blog have been running neck and neck for quite a while. This year when I blogged a Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club social, Platinum Horseshoe would go into the lead for a few days and then drop back. Now in March it is Platinum Horseshoe in front every day. Not by much but it is number one. The blogging of the coming social of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club will put Platinum Horseshoe firmly in first place. I expect emails from the neighbor islands.

"We may be disappointed if we fail, but we are doomed if we don't try." 

Cholo's Homestyle Mexican on the North Shore seems to be leading the way there with the Son Caribe band. And I am anxiously waiting for that new Dance Studio in Waianae. Kapolei as Second City should have been there with a couple of good night clubs before this but the Present Rail Party has been a stumbling block. They want everybody go to town for everything. So many Business Parks have been vetoed. "And coulda been home in 20 minutes." West Oahu is getting the right mentality, Live, work and play in our own kuliana.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

This is the social that will establish Platinum Horseshoe firmly in first place. But we must continue forward. The addition of Aiea Ballroom Dance Association is not going to hurt either. I look forward to the time when we can a place a photo of a nice couple, good members of our Dance Community and a short bio. We could show our appreciation of their efforts to make this a solid dance community. Getting the first one will be easy, by just asking the members at large of the two dance clubs we have now.

“Social dancers dance for themselves. If someone understands, good.
If not, no matter, they will go right on doing what they enjoy.”

Saturday, March 3, 2018

West Oahu

West Oahu includes the North Shore and the Son Caribe band doing just fine over there. They have some dancing at the Turtle Bay Hilton and sometimes at Cholo's Homestyle Mexican in Haleiwa. I am hoping to get some news from Tacos And More in Waianae. That coast is getting ready to bust out with dancing. Kapolei is mostly getting held back by the Present Rail Party. They were designated as Second city but they don't have a single Night Club yet.

"Social dancers believe that if you dance to the rhythm of music in your heart,
you will restore your soul, and revive your spirit.”  

The Central Valley is developing into the most important entertainment spot for West Oahu. Leading the charge is the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahaiwa Recreation Center. Then social dancing at Dot's in Wahiawa and Bachata - Salsa at Just Tacos in Mililani. There may be something coming up in Waikele or Waipio. Just let us know and we will print it. The Central Valley may develop into the Night Club center of West Oahu.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Of course, the main thing lacking in this blog is the information and the photos that would be of interest to our reader/dancers. So of prime importance is the information and photo contributors. We realize that many photos are going into Facebook, Photobucket and Picasa. There are over fifty million photos uploaded daily into Facebook alone and they get photos from everyplace in the entire world. We just have available about 30 thousand reader/dancers on Oahu and a few more on the neighbor islands.

“Social dancers know that there are some people that live their whole lives without ever knowing this...this unnameable thing that we share, the love of just moving to music."

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Social Dancer

By James Yamashita, Waipio

Looking at the dance scene on Oahu since the Palladium was completed we know how the Rootzi Tootzis evolved on Oahu. They "chose" to separate themselves from us common folk, the "junk dancers" and I think we should respect their wishes. I sincerely hope that there will not be dancing places where they specifically exclude these people. Why? simple, because we should respect their wishes and if they think they are too good for us, no hu hu, we can accept. Now quitcherbellyaching. Meanwhile there is an increasing amount of terrific teachers in the West that can teach our people to dance.

“Social dancers believe we are designed to dance. To use our bodies as
weapons of grace, beauty and intrigue, simply in moving to the music."

The Rootzi Tootzis are entertainment or competition types and they do a beautiful job of it. In social dancing we are talking about teaching rhythm and timing and feeling free on the dance floor and delight in the movement to music. Some are even teaching Filipino Tango. What? That's blasphemy! Some people still disco and they want to move to music with out being an entertainer. Entertainment has a place in the dancing world of course, but let us face it. They have a  different perspective from ours. They are dancing to be seen, they are performers and that is a world of difference and of course, they will tell you the same thing.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces

The Common dancer will prevail, we had lost more than one half of our common social dancers at the end of the last century. Now, in this century we are beginning to see much advance of good old social dancing. People are having fun dancing again just for the pure sport. It is been enjoyed more in West Oahu. Then too, "dance blogs" are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble.

"Don't worry about what people say behind your back, they are the people who
are finding faults in your life instead of fixing the faults in their lives."

Friday, February 23, 2018

Special Edition


Aloha Dancers!
Do you ever get bored and wonder what to do? Well here are some great options coming up
with the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, Dance Appeal Studio,
and the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club!

Please read below, a message shared by Deanie Bates Burgess,
President of Aiea Ballroom Dance Association:

Well, things can sometimes change but here's da scoops to date [2/11/18].

March thru June 2018, Aiea has 4 dances at the Palladium.
[we won't find out until June 2018 what our July thru Dec 2018 Palladium schedule will be].
Current Palladium dates [and color themes] are:

Friday Mar 16 Color Theme: Green & White
Saturday April 14 Color Theme: Purple & Green

This is our 63rd Anniversary Dance - Tickets $5 pre-sale; $6 at the door
Friday May 11 Color Theme: Pink & Red

Saturday June 30 Color Theme: Red/Yellow-Hawaiian

Our next registration/social/potluck will be Thursday March 8, 7:20-9:15 pm, at Aiea Intermediate School cafeteria. FREE. No color theme but it is the day before Saint Patty's. BTW, registering for a class is not required, Just come, eat, dance and have a good time.

Guess that's it for now. We're happy and thankful that WBDC was able to get
 Sat 3/17 for your social. Now we can go to each other's dance. Yay!!
Have a fab Sunday...and week. See you soon.

Aloha ~ Deanie




"We may not be there yet, but today we are a lot closer."


So it is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club leading the way in the Central Valley and all dancers are invited. They will have their monthly Social - St. Patrick's Day Dance on Saturday, March 17th. They still have ballroom dance classes on Monday nights and line dancing classes on Wednesday evenings at the Wahiawa Recreation Center.

Now Maile has sent me the first announcement for the coming Anniversary dance.

The night club scene involves Dot's In Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani. We have heard rumors of Waikele and Waipio, but nothing solid. That would really make the Central Valley, the dance center of West Oahu. Of course, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore remain wide open. Patience, it is coming. The Rail Tragedy has caused everyone in West Oahu to think getting to Honolulu is much too difficult. We can live, work and play in our own kuleanas.

"When it comes to that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel, be careful,
it just might be a freight train coming your way."