Monday, June 18, 2018

This was Tango Argentino

Tango Argentino by Art Hemenway

I assume that most tangueros can recall seeing a dance performance that they consider the greatest of their lifetime. For me, I think it was at the Queen Elizabeth theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the legendary revue, Tango Argentino played after skipping my home town, Seattle. of course, the show exceeded the expectations of all of us who drove north to see it. What dazzling displays of dancing, singing and music!

"La Comparsita" por Carlos Gardel

I thought the high point of the evening was the low key dance of Milena Plebs and Miguel Angel Zotto dressed in black evening clothes for "The Continental." The couple appeared at stage right and glided slowly across the stage to the music La Comparsita. They just performed a tango walk, nary a turn, ocho or gancho. But when they reached center stage I was amazed to see the entire audience arise and give them a standing ovation, "just for walking."

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

The audience response was almost as thrilling as the spectacle of the dance. Only the dancers in the audience could appreciate the extraordinary physical control that went into that smooth slinky walk. And I wondered how many professionals in the audience noticed that the couple was not dancing in time to the music. During the stage crossing each foot touched the stage about one half second after the beat. The dramatic suspense and relief as each foot of the couple stretched out and touched the stage slightly after the beat was devastating.  *  *  *

This was exhibition dancing.

Tango is Magic:  A feeling that is danced - A secret danced between two people -
It is not in the feet, it is in the heart - It is about your connection with your
partner and the expression of feelings rather than the choreography.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Social Dancing

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an event
Get into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a lucky few.

Share the body movement with your partner to music, and be passionate about it
Exercise your body, dance a fast Swing like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your entire life and increase your own energy
Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors and the textures of the Cultural Dance Scene.
And be nice to the world around you.

We are still a work in process and we are actively looking for dancing in Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. Anyone that can use some blogging And all of our blogs invite everyone to share dance information. Even if you do not live in West Oahu as long as you know what the subjects are. This is meant to be social media, so whatever you put in here will be read by others and that is the idea. If we get no hits we are just beating our gums. Hopefully the readership will increase and I must continue to try, I will not give up so easily.

"Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara

My personal blog, Social Dance Oahu is still advancing but only by inches, not the usual feet as has been in the past. But that is all right with me as long as it increases daily. We are at the point of diminishing returns. The only other one in danger at the moment is Latin Rhythms. Too many people are not sure of blogs and think that I may be selling something and they don't want to buy. I must let it simmer a while longer and they may gradually realize that we are not a Web site that costs money. These blogs are for free. Patience.

"Life may be just a succession of lessons which must be lived
to be understood and we are doing that now."

Friday, June 8, 2018

Street Dancing

By Gen Wong, Waianae

There still seems to be an awful lot of "young people" dance evolving all over the world. The thing that matters is that they wish to move to their music, the most natural thing in the world. In this case, in California, I really don't know what they were doing. The band was played a terrific "La Bamba" in the style of the Beatles and it was still perfect for a Mambo but no one was partner dancing. They were all moving to the music and they were obviously enjoying their own particular movements to the music.

“Social dancers know that dance doesn’t give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. It simply sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”

I am not an expert but I certainly think they could enjoy it a little bit more if someone could teach them the basic movements. Just the slow and fast step, the rock step and the chassé would be enough to start. They could have been dancing in a more partnered manner and perhaps enjoying the same rhythm together. But most of those that take lessons learn movements by rote. Dictionary: mechanical or unthinking routine or repetition, a joyless sense of order, rote, and commercial hustle.

"La Bamba" by Richie Valens

And that is if they learn at all. Put your left foot here and put your right foot there. The music usually is introduced much later. And only then do they try to do what is taught originally without music. This is the method most used around the world, so it is not a sin. The only thing missing is the rhythm, so it just isn't the real thing. Of course, most eventually will find the rhythm because humans tend to go that way. But it is a round about method. The old street method is the music first and the rhythm that goes with the music, and only then moving to that music, a far different method.

“Beginnings are usually scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts. You could remember this when you find yourself at the beginning.”

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Life is not a Bowl of Cherries.

Still working with a laptop and an attached monitor. Not like Da Reel Teeng but I can get the Blogs out and do my other contact work like email and the Micros. I expect to get my new Win 7 operating system to install in my main and back up computers and get rolling comfortably again. And I am still learning. Then I was able to contact Rodney and Carol about the mini Web site for WBDC, see above, just click it. I was able to correct the error recommended by Carol and it is in this blog. I will update more often so if any of the dancers have recommendations, email them in. And no, "Dump  It" has already been rejected.

“Social dancers feel that they must get their dance on today - move some energy
around - visualize everything as they want it to be...Fullness, Completeness!”

Then my rash and swollen legs had to be seen  by a doctor at the VA. They sent me to Tripler Hospital for three days. I may be OK in a week or so. Got a nurse coming in regularly and she is very good. Of course, Heaven's Helpers sends me a man every Tuesday to help me out in cleaning the Apartment. I am eligible for Care Home but I don't want to go and they don't want me to go either because of the cost. So I spend most of my day on my medications.

"Call Me" by Blondie 1980

Platinum Horseshoe now back to the number two spot and Town Dancer may have gotten a lot of search engine hits and scam spam robot hits. Patience. I still think either one will be the one that will become independent. We may be moving this blog in the right direction with the help of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. If we can get more contact with Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, this blog could go back on top. Then there is Tacos and More in Waianae, and Cholo's Homestyle in Haleiwa. I am working on it. We can wait for Kapolei.

"The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people …
the more peaceful your life will become."

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Back on Track

All my blogs came under attack from the European Union about something. I do not have anything to do with Europe. However, I am very much interested in supporting the social dance scene on Oahu. Finally got this cleared away today. This blog is now in second place behind Town Dance but still remains way ahead of the spite of all the doo hickeys that get in the way. Now we just need feedback from our fellow dancers to make this the best blog in the Pacific.

“Social dancers think less about the steps - there are few steps in dance,
only movement. Just listen to the music and move with it,”

This blog was in first place when we had Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, but not any more. Perhaps one of the other blogs will show more promise. The reader/dancers are the ones that will make those decisions and of course, the feedback we can offer will make a big difference. Facebook gets 50 million photos daily. Somebody missed yours? These are meant to be "your" blogs. you can use them or not, as you please.

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”
― Voltaire

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The West

We are getting some good men line dancers in the West. And they all realize that a line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. For example, a 64-count dance would contain 64 beats. The number of beats does not necessarily equal the number of steps, however, as steps can be performed between two beats or over more than one beat. Line dances are made up of a certain number of steps, with each step identified by a catchy name. And we are all having fun learning.

"Social dancers believe that when they dance, they forget all the bad things and
 only remember the good things. That is the best thing about dancing.”

Central Valley people seem to be holding back a little, possibly in a tendency to Private Clubism or they just accepted that everything must be done in town. We can all remember, last century, the Fat Cats in Honolulu were still holding the outskirts back. "Keep the country, country," No streets, no schools, no libraries, no shoe shores, and plenty bars. This century because of the Rail Disaster people want to "live" in the West, and work in the West and play in their own kuleana.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

But there are facts in the West that seem to be arising that Line Dancing is the best trainer for the wannabee social dancer. Aside from learning the music which is usually used in partner dancing and the timing according the different music styles. A very important factor is developing your own unique comfortable styling that goes with social dancers. From there, Partner Dancing is a skip and a jump. It seems to be coming out clearly, that the best developing dancers are coming into the partner dancing world from the line dancers. It used to be the club dancer that evolved from "street" dancing, but that is becoming scarce nowadays.

"Try to cultivate good habits - the bad ones grow wild."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Central Valley

By Jake Miller, Waipio

Looking good where I live in the Central Valley and the most solid group of social dancers seems to be Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. I am tied up in the evenings but I hear good things. That same group does attend some of the new Night Clubs in the area specially those that have the right music. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani are good bets. Many social dancers in the area still attend dance in town. The Central Valley with about ten Community Centers is just waiting for some dance organization to make contact. And if they don't have a Web site I am sure this blog can give them some help.

"Social dancers can break patterns of pessimistic thinking. They can find it joyful
to dance and bring pleasure into their lives deliberately.”

How about a another dance venue in Waipio? Wow! that would really do something for the entire Valley.We do know that the Rail Disaster is going to cancel the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. But there is nothing we can do. We cannot do what one person tells us to do, but we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we "must" move accordingly. It should be all right for those that the would rather not bother with a blog site. As long as everyone understands that it is their decision.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Meanwhile, in the Central Valley, in spite of the prices going up, because of the Rail Catastrophe, many seem to be focusing on having something close to home. In this case it covers Waikele, Waipio and all the way to the North Shore. There seems to be a lot of dancers in this territory. The two night spots do good, but they have Web sites and believe that's enough. The new night spot without a Web site may find that we can help and it will do very well. The Rail Crisis will cancel the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park, but "We Will Survive."

 “Every kind of language is... a specialized form of bodily gesture, and in this
sense it may be said that dance is the mother of all languages...
an original language of total bodily gesture."

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Line Dancing in Makaha

Line dancing today in West Oahu is developing better than elsewhere. More men are getting in and enjoying it. The steps are simple and don't involve dancing with a partner, so that line dancing is ideal for singles and nondancers just starting out. One can learn the basics very well in rhythm, timing and the different kinds of music that is used in regular Ballroom and Latin dancing.

"Social dancers learn that dance is like life, we become experienced instead
of always remaining just a bunch of beginners at it”

Line dancing is taught and practiced in country and western dance bars, social clubs and dance halls around the world. We are fortunate to have classes in some of the most popular line dances performed today in the Central Valley. This is at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. taught by Carol Kohagura of the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.  Though the only problem on the Latin dancing is that they usually not quite Latin moves to the music. Nobody stays dumb, most of these people usually learn very well indeed.

"Have you ever seen the Rain?" by Amy Hanaialii

Of course they do have a duo line dances and it is just for fun to dance with long time partners. It is cute and fine for the couple dancing. But if you want partner dancing the social clubs have got it. The usual is based on American Style and we have been fortunate that we have had some of the best teachers of American Style dancing in Hawaii. Not very strict and the results have been some of the best dancers in the Pacific.

 “Social dancers believe they can be the change that
they wish to see in our dance world.”

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cinco De Mayo in Wahiawa

Received some nice items for blogging from Maile. These people are the artists, I like what I do but I am just the mechanic and with some things I fail.

The dance started on a high note as some quesadillas, and chimichangas were being cooked up by Kim Preza, Rose Sabug, Maile Yagi, Gloria Pfister, and Priscilla Sy. The smells coming from the kitchen were driving everyone crazy!

Received less pictures so I made a collage with bigger pictures. Mo bettah?
I uploaded the video but no can play. I notified Blogger. 

"La Golondrina" por Placido Domingo

DJ Leland Yagi filled the room with the sounds of Mexico, while everyone danced and got into the spirit of celebration! The mood, music, dancing, food, camaraderie, kept at a level high, from the very beginning to the very end. We all had yet another wonderful time. I came home, put my things away, and said, “What a night!”

“Social dancers know that they are not obligated to win. They are obligated
to keep trying and do the best they can, everyday.” 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cinco De Mayo in Waipahu

Information received from Maile and we all thank you.

Come Join Us at Dance Appeal Studio
for Cinco de Mayo!
Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00-10:00pm

Enjoy an Evening of Mexican Flare with a Tasty Salsa Bar and Mexican Buffet!!!
Dance the night away!!!

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

Cost: $15
Reservations recommended. (Limited seating). Oh: 808-284-3619
94-307 Farrington Hwy. Waipahu, HI 96797
(Located in the Waipahu Medical Center)

"In West Oahu, we shall worship at the altar of openess and truth
and let the tropical flowers of opinion bloom."

Monday, April 30, 2018

WBDC Cinco de Mayo Social

Date: April 29, 2018 at 10:27:48 PM HST

Aloha Dancers!

Thank you all for coming to Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club 49th Anniversary Dance, "SAKURA" Because of you, it was a successful and enjoyable celebration! Thank you to Herb Nakagawa and Senseis representing the Haleiwa Jodo Mission. We really enjoyed the Bon Dancing and the special way that we honored our past WBDC members.

We also thank and give appreciation to Herb Nakagawa for going out of his way to lend us his many Japanese Hapi Coats and Yukatas wardrobe collection. As a reminder for tomorrow, please do not forget to return these garments back to Herb. Thank you.

WBDC's next upcoming dance is happening this FRIDAY!


"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Line dancing?

Line Dancing, A Dance Floor Favorite
By Treva Bedinghaus, North Shore

Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows. All of the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Line dancers rarely interact with each other during a dance, as the steps are performed by everyone at the same time. A growing fun dance in West Oahu and picking up the best men line dancers on this Island.

"Social dancers believe that line dancing can be fun for everyone.
great exercise, increases stamina and it's cheap."

Although many popular line dances are set to country music, the first line dances did not originate from country and western dancing. Line dancing is believed to have originated from folk dancing, which has many similarities. Contra dancing, a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines and perform a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line, probably had a huge influence on the line dancing steps we are familiar with today.

The Electric Slide is done to the song, "Electric Boogie."

During the 1980's, line dances began to be created for popular country songs. Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as "counts." Generally, one count equals one musical beat, with a particular movement or step taking place at each beat. A line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. (There may be more information later.)

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Wahiawa Anniversary

I woke this Saturday morning with my usual depression because I live in a prison of my own making. But I soon got out of it with my errands, like taking my medications and getting on my computer. Then I had to plan the day to be ready by 5 pm, when the Handi Van would  arrive to take me to Halemano Plantation Camp 808. And the Van was late but no hu hu, they do a good job. I arrived about 6:30 and the place was jumping.

I did not want to make a grand entrance so I went in slowly and found a new place to set my walker down right next to Carmen Mendoza. Slowly I said hello to most of the nice people there. Got some people to take some pictures but somebody pressed the wrong button somewhere and I only got 8 photos. I usually am able to get pictures if I don't have anybody waiting for me to take it. I do not know what I am doing right or what they are doing wrong. Fortunately Maile emailed me most of the photos in this blog.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

I took my mix, found a nice plastic cup and a nice lady got me some ice cubes. Voila, I had something to sip while enjoying the scenery. Terrific music by DJ Leland  and it was evident that the dancers were having fun, If course, for me the Bon Dance was the high light of the evening. I had never seen anything like that in the forty years I have lived here. Beautiful music, simple steps, similar to line dancing except that these people were with each other, though by themselves. They seemed to be a group of good friends, individuals and apart, but together.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Maile got me a good dish of food to take home and then they gave me another. I have enough for three meals. After nine I got ready for the Handi Van but he did not get there until 20 minutes later. But that's still fine with me. He got me home by ten thirty. And first thing I did was eat. Somehow I always get such delicious food from these people.

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

This social dance club is doing what many other successful clubs do. You got to do what you can to make the party as pleasant as possible for the members. They always decide what the theme of the party is and many of the dancers were dressed with some type of Japanese clothing. This was it, good music, good friends to talk story with, dance and dance and of course there is always those ono grinds.

"Social dancers hope that they may - live - every day of their life.”

Tuesday, April 17, 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."