Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Line Dancing is In.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club seems to be the leading club in Line dancing in West Oahu. Of course, they are fortunate to have Carol Kohagura doing such a terrific job teaching every Wednesday evening. Other social dance clubs and even Night Clubs may have one or two dances in the middle of the dance session sort of intermission like. And throughout West Oahu they seem to be getting more male dancers to join in moving to good music. The males are learning to feel free in moving by themselves without having to lead anyone.

"There are over 7 billion people on this earth.
You are not going to let one of them ruin your day."

Group dances such as line dancing are danced by groups of people simultaneously, as opposed to individuals dancing alone or individually, and as opposed to couples dancing together but independently of others dancing at the same time, if any. The dances are generally, but not always, coordinated or standardized in such a way that all the individuals in the group are dancing the same steps at the same time.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Alternatively, various groups within the larger group may be dancing different, but complementary, parts of the larger dance. An exception to this generalization must be pointed out where groups of individuals are dancing independently of each other, but with the purpose of creating a "group" feeling or experience, such as might accompany various forms of ritual dancing. For now we have accepted the current line dancing as a necessary part of the our social and cultural dance.

New dance step called The Trump Step: You take three steps forward,
two steps backward, then side-step, side-step and turn around."

Friday, January 26, 2018

2018 Roll Out in Wahiawa

Received from Maile:
Come and join us on Friday, February 2, 2018
for WBDC's Jungle Safari Dance!
RSVP to Carol Kohagura for Free Pizza!
See you SOON!!! Maile Yagi for WBDC

Awfully nice to receive this beautiful poster in digital format like I have received in the last twenty years. Just right click and save. I get so many with all kinds of apps and it is sometimes difficult for me to copy it. Last month I received a nice poster and I tried several methods but no go. I finally emailed and asked for a digital copy. They never sent it - their choice. I am ready to help anyone that gives me a chance.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

This is not for the Fat Cats in Washington DC. They wouldn't understand.
Think it over, some of us do not have a lot of money:

Money can buy a bed, but it cannot buy sleep.
Money can buy books but it cannot buy brains.
Money can buy food but not appetite.
Money can buy finery, but not beauty.

Money can buy a house but not a home.
Money can buy medicine, but not health.
Money can buy luxuries, but not culture.
Money can buy amusement, but not happiness.

Money can buy companions but not friends.
Money can buy flattery, but not respect.
Appreciate what you got, brah!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Palladium

by John Ching, Pearl City

Originally the Hollywood Palladium was a beautiful dance emporium famous in the 1940s. There were so many Silver Rooms and Gold Rooms that the promoters decided on a metal even more precious than Gold, - Palladium. It was bigger than most of the places where we have our "Extravadanzas" in Hawaii and they featured the Swing Dance Bands of the Era. They also had a semi-private second floor, they were somewhat against Blacks, Hispanics and Asians, and it was there for a long time.

"Social dancers must beware of the people who work hard to learn something,
learn it, and find themselves no wiser than before."

In the Sixties, The Palladium became the name of New York’s sparkling new dance palace, a Big Ballroom with music and dance featuring a Latin Beat and specializing in Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo. Featuring Tito Puente and his Mambo Kings. It is still there, just not what it once was.

In the Seventies, the English built their own Palladium. It was a Big Glittering Dance and Show pavilion in London, showcasing many of New York’s best theatre productions. It is still there but just not quite what it once was.

 "Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

In the Nineties, the name has been applied by many to the Ala Wai Multi Purpose Recreation Center specializing in Caucasian music and who’s main claim to fame in Hawaii is its super large dance floor. And it is still there and being used regularly.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Nearing the end of the 20th Century they built a new Palladium in Dallas, Texas that could  accommodate 2500 people "easily?" In a show business agenda similar to the London Palladium. They are still there but now functioning only on weekends. Now that we are firmly into the 21st century, we can accept that the Big Ballroom era ended some time ago.

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Starting Out Good.

The emails I get furnish much information about the Waianae Coast but I wish to get more specific information. Where is the dance party and Who?. If I help them I will also be helping the people that they help. And a big part on my agenda is a personal one and that is to get people interested in line and partner dancing and eventually having a Saturday night hoedown at the Wai'anae District Park. The Waianae Coast will be rolling. No need go anywhere else. They have the most beautiful dance floor in West Oahu but from the records, it has never been used for dancing. Nice?

"Social dancers feel that dance may enable them to find themselves
and lose themselves at the same time."

I would like to see people dancing on the Wai'anae Coast and that is the most logical place for it. Commercially, Tacos and More in Waianae is leading the way And yes, we will need all the help we can get for the benefit for all and the only rule we have so far is, "Nobody has to do anything."  And for now we shall limit "Our Coast" from Nanakuli to Makua Valley, past Makaha. I may include the Ko'olina Resort but they may be a little too rootzi tootzi for us.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

This Agenda has 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 West Oahu but it will not be for long. I try to avoid the work, (I have too much) but I will help and I do provide the platforms on our blogs. Anyone can get in and do the rest easily. It will be slow going but together we can do it and have a nice time doing it for the year 2018. Come on somebody.

"Social dancers believe that every time they dance they become
a better version of themselves."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Platinum Horseshoe is doing just fine with the help of Maile Yagi who was able to contribute so many photos for the blog. The hits went through the roof. They are now neck and neck with Town Dancer that has been the top spot for 20 years. So many pictures taken but many are shared with other more important people. For sure Platinum Horseshoe will be in first place one of days when we find another dance group to blog and that will do it

“Social dancers feel that if you hear a different drummer, don’t march—dance!”

With what little information I can gather (I cannot move around much anymore.) I can see, the North Shore picking up and then there is the Waianae Coast. Wide open and waiting for the right venue. Most people do not know that Honolulu has only 40% of the population on Oahu. So we on the outskirts have almost 600 thousand inhabitants. And there are an awful lot of social dancers in that group. The centers of social dance will be pretty obvious to most dancers on this island.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

That means another progressive dance studio probably in Kapolei. And a social dance club in Kapolei or the Waianae Coast. The dancers are there and anyone that takes public transportation will avoid the rail catastrophe at all cost. Many have not been conned on the Rail Disaster. The west need more business parks, so we can live, work and play in our own kuleana. Make sense? This has been coming about just lately now that property taxes are going up to pay for the Rail Tragedy.

“Social dancers know that there are those who dance the beat,
and those who dance the music.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wahiawa Latest

I had planned it pretty good, except something went wrong with my laptop. I was able to get this blog off line be able to see it on the laptop. At Wahiawa I couldn't turn it on. Back home it does not recognize any battery. Everything else was alright to get to Wahiawa on the bus before seven. I went to Foodland and bought a chocolate cake and took a nice leisurely walk to the Wahiawa Recreation Center.

I got there and found only Leland and Maile there setting things up. But in a few minutes, more of the happy people began arriving. And they helped too and by 7:30 they had the place decorated very nicely in the theme which was "Rock Around The Clock" and we knew Leland would be playing some of the best of that era. I have just found out last year that the oldies but goodies have many fans in our dancing circles.

"Happy New Year. Let"s start by Rocking Round Clock. No better way."  ~ Rodney

"Happy Time Night out - out of time, stay young." ~ John

It was a small crowd but terrific people, dancers willing to help and enjoy to make it a happy occasion.  There are always attractions at the famous Pallidium and then there is the new Dance Appeal Studio in Waipahu which is promising that the West will be rolling. However I believe that this club will grow and this blog will continue to attract dancers to West Oahu. Kapolei is wide open for another dance club. And how about the North Shore? The Waianae Coast?

"Run, walk or crawl, if you can't, ~ dance!" ~ Robert

This is the spot in the Central Valley for social dancing. Leland Yagi lays down some very good music and when it come to Latin there is no one on this Island that can beat him on that. The dancers will all agree, dance able music and we dance to it. Then  there is the pot luck. We never know what we are going to get and we are always pleasantly surprised. As an old man with limited choices, these are usually the best meals I have during the year and I have some dillies.

"True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost."

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wahiawa Shindig

Our dance blogs are personal, direct and current communication with our dance scene. They all leave an opening for comments in each blog and receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. With the dance information that we share with our fellow dancers, the hits go through the ceiling. Our Social Media is much different than anything we have come across before and we are all learning.

"Make Today count. Today - each Today - is the most important day of your life."

From Maile: Aloha Dancers!
If you did not receive a yearly calendar from WBDC,
here is your invitation to come join us and have fun throughout the year!

Thank you for a wonderful 2017!
We look forward to another wonderful year of 2018!


"I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I'm the beginning of eternity, the end of time & space. What am I?" - Answer: the letter e

"Many social dancers believe that dance is the mother of all languages...
an original language of total bodily gesture."

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Latest For The Year.

This year for sure we are getting the "hits" on all our blogs, I am getting closer to potential clients and making contact with some of the best and I can offer to give them the first of the Mini Web Sites. And what in hell is a Mini Web site? And how much is it going to cost me? Ha? The Mini Web Sites will be in the Pages section in the top header bar. We hope to keep them at the right size with a maximum close to a letter size poster.There are already some in our blogs. Check them out.

"We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizons."

I can be patient in my old age and wait for the others that will be coming in. These blogs are not Web sites, our blogs are a two way communication tool. Our blogs can be a personal diary - a bully pulpit. They can be a collaborative space - a political soapbox. How about a breaking-news outlet - our own private thoughts - memos to the world." OK, let's have it. Email me as soon as possible and you get your own Mini Web site for free and I am still having fun in my old age.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Free, Gratis, Without Cost: Most every one knows what free means. It means the same thing in most languages. However, no matter what language you use, it does not mean the same thing in modern day thinking, Trump and those people and specially on the Internet. Hopefully everyone will be aware of the ripoffs on the Internet at present. We must be very careful.

"I use a walker but I like to walk. It lowers my bad cholesterol - It raises my good cholesterol - I am building stronger bones - I only need a pair of shoes - and the world is my Gym."

Monday, January 1, 2018

Opening The New Year

The first day of the year results confirm that Town Dancer will still be in front for a long time. For a very brief time when we were able to get all those photos from Maile, for the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Platinum Horseshoe went into first place. Not by much but in FIRST PLACE. So I am sure that with the next one plus one Guest Blogger, Platinum Horseshoe will take over first place permanently.

“Some social dancers do not like talk about dance? Dance to them
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”  

Of course the basic principles of social media in dance blogs is still developing. No one is an expert simply because they have not tried everything. But the reader/dancers on Oahu are pretty akamai, they can learn like most of us. We need feedback from our fellow dancers. Anyone that is willing to share their knowledge with all of us. At present it is all dictated by the wheels up on top and let's face it they do have a lot of experience.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Not many social dancers on Oahu know what our blogs are about, and that perhaps, we are for the dancers and not for the elite. Many of the top groups have their own Web Sites and figure that they have "arrived." And we may concur that it is true. However we must make the effort to make these blogs a live and moving thing into Social Media. And unfortunately most of us do not know what it is. Feedback is going to be the answer. Never been done before? I know that.

"Social dancers try to understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.

That is why they must enjoy music and dance and understand,
that all of that is a big part of life."