Monday, February 26, 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."

Thursday, February 22, 2018


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."

Monday, February 19, 2018


It is now very clear that Maile Yagi and the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club are leading this blog into the number one blog on this Island. The average hits per day verify it very nicely. I have a counter on all my blogs. For now this blog alternates with Town Dancer for first place. And Town Dancer has been in first place for 20 years. Kokua with the next club will be the clincher into a definite first place.

"Social dancers believe that "Dance" is the only art of which
we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”

Notices for posters of the socials is an important function of sharing the information with the readers. But of course, nothing beats the summary of the entire shindig with photos, and comments from some of the attendees. The hits on the counter go through the roof. It is nice that most people understand my physical limitations. We can consider our selves fortunate to be getting help from Maile but we need additional view points on photos and information from others. Social Media.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

I am giving out USB one Gigabit drives for the possible use for some computer users to backup anything they would not like to lose in a computer breakdown. They are primarily for storage use but there are other uses for them too. I usually load in a song video in digital format. Usually a song that is nice but with a visual presentation it may turn out to be a short play. I download them free from the Internet so that sometime the visuals are not good. I just want the music and at least I can see what I was missing if I did not buy the video.

Something wrong here? Restaurant Sign
Dinner Special - Turkey $4.25 - Chicken or Beef - $4.00
Children $2.00

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Dance in Wahiawa

West Oahu is looking better every day and the Central Valley is leading the way with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. There is also a Big attraction in Dot's in Wahiawa with a fine foods restaurant and weekly dancing which we can all enjoy. Then there is Just Tacos in Mililani with Bachata and Salsa and they can dance up a storm. I have heard of Line Dancing but probably a rumor.

“Social dancers think that happiness is - when what you think,
what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Kapolei, as Second City, would have been a natural but too many rich people living there and they are not for normal kinds of simple pleasures like social dancing. The Waianae Coast is showing signs and I think it would go over with a bang. Then the North Shore seems to be getting some small things rolling that could very likely evolve into some big stuff. Salsa dancing at Turtle Bay? Hip Hip Hooray.

"What A Wonderful World" by Satchmo Armstrong

Got this beautiful poster email from Maile to announce the coming
attraction and with plenty of time to plan on sharing the
 information with our fellow dancers in our other blogs.

St Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461), Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church. In Hawaii, it is celebrated just about the same as on the Mainland and this year we are fortunate to have the 17th fall on a Saturday. So Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club comes to the rescue.

"Many social dancers believe that life could be a dance with different kinds of
rhythms depending on what music is playing in the background."

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Town Dancer got a lot of search engine activity and Platinum Horseshoe went back into second place. But meanwhile I am getting more information on Line dancing in the West. Whiskey Dix Saloon in Aiea has free country line dance lessons, Monday through Wednesday. I am limited physically to partner dance but I can move to music at home by myself. I never have done line dancing but maybe I can. I am going to the WBDC dance classes at the Wahiawa Recreation Center on Wednesday, and look over the territory for myself. I may be able to do it.

“Social dancers believe that you only live once -
but if you do it half right, once is enough.”

The night club situation seems to be thriving and they don't seem to need my help. Patience, when they need I will be there. Meanwhile I hear of a new dance club in Waianae, long overdue. Need help? We geeve'em. Specially now with the Rail disaster that is going to make it very difficult to get to Honolulu. But the Fat Cats don't call it Easy Money for nothing.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Meanwhile we got a nice Saint Patrick's Day social coming up at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club next month. I will post the first poster in Platinum Horseshoe blog on the 15th. Anybody else got anything going and willing to share with the readers, let me know and I will post it. I sure got some good help with photos at the last social. And not only I thank them, others did too. So all I ask is just give me a hand now and then.

"For many dancers, reality continues to ruin their lives.”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

West Oahu Dancing

By Franklin Chin, Pupukea

Not very much difference, after all we live on the same island. However, there is slight distinction between Honolulu and West Oahu which consists roughly of Kapolei, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore. It may be centralizing in the Central Valley which is pretty natural. Geographically it is central to the rest of them. And we already have Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club for social dancing and we have Dot's In Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Milani for a night club environment. And Waipio? I know they are thinking about it. Waikele will not be far behind.

“Social dancers believe that dance is their style, dance is their fashion
and dance is their happiness.”

The residents of West Oahu are finding it easier to enjoy dancing, take lessons to get better at it, and have the confidence to use it in public.  This resolution is about taking that final leap and throwing caution to the winds and embracing any chance to dance. This is completely normal.  There are accomplished singers who still fear Karaoke, golfers that are still nervous teeing off in front of others, and dance students who may still sit on the sidelines when the dance floor is empty.

 "Living Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano

Consider this, single male dance students have one huge additional challenge in dance venues - finding a partner. For you, it's not an issue. There is strength in numbers, and taking the leap out onto a dance floor could be the beginning of seeing your dance classes in a whole new light. Dancing, yes but being more in social environment. Okay, maybe this sounds a bit dramatic, but commit yourself to trying a few dances that you've never done. The fact is, you won't die in the process, and you may actually enjoy it.

“Social dancers believe that truth is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Big Night in Wahiawa

Got ready for the Friday Night Shindig in Wahiawa and I did not call the Handi Van. They are nice people but no use bothering too much and I bought a Handi Van Annual bus pass for $35.00 which is not bad. And it gives me a chance to do some walking and get a little exercise. I took two caps to find someone to help stencil WBDC on them. And I took my camera hoping to get someone to take pictures for this blog.

Poster time is 7:00 and I got there early but just in time to see the helpers doing their job. The table for the Kau Kau was being set up, chairs were being brought in and Leland was setting up his terrific looking disc jockey scene. Maile and Ron were setting up the decorations on the walls and it began to look like a nice shindig. They pay these people only a couple thou a month. That's Criminal.

"The animals and beasts came out for a fun night of dancing at the Wahiawa Safari dance." ~ Rodney and Carol Kohagura  - "PS, I  survived and I didn't get eaten."

Leland laying down some of the best Latin music on this island, sounds like Da Reel Teeng, terrific social dancing by the all the dancers. Some of the best Filipino Tango dancers on this Island. But there is no sense to avoid the Line Dancers. This has got to be the biggest crowd of line dancers for a small non Palladium Club. But then again, West Oahu is getting to look better all around because of the Rail Disaster.

"Wonderful dancing to the jungle theme social at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club."
~ Rik and John.

The microphone was in use now and then for up to date announcements, new officers, prizes etc. About 8 pm they had the ring of prayer, and then they lined up for the ono kau kau & listened to dining music for about a half hour. Then the dance music began again to the delight of the dancers. Very evident that these people enjoy moving to good music.

"What a wonderful safari night at WBDC. All the animals seem to enjoy
the free pizza and dancing to Leland's music." ~Gloria Pfister

Thank you for coming to join us for the Jungle Safari Dance tonight! The turnout was excellent, making every moment exciting and full of fun! Thank you to Carol Kohagura for taking the rsvp’s for the pizza, Dieter and Gloria Pfister for ordering, picking up, and setting up the pizza and other food items. Thank you to Ray Ballungay for cleaning up the Hale Hookipa Room before the dance today. Thank you to Rod and Rose Sabug, Priscilla Sy, Ross and Alma Lipumano, for helping with the decorations, and those that helped with the clean-up too, Carol Mendoza, Helen, Sherwood, Carol, Kim, Priscilla!  Thank you judges Sherwood, Carol, Robert, and Eric, for the Jungle Safari awards too! Correct me if I’m wrong and forgive me if I missed anyone. Most of all, THANK YOU to WBDC’s President, Kim Preza for your all around support and guidance! You are all truly appreciated❣️💕


I forgot to add this to the write up:

Oops! Special thanks also goes out to Aiea, for bringing food even though it was not a potluck. Among them was Richard’s delicious baked spaghetti, Art & Joan’s onolicious desserts from New Aala Bakery and people also brought other desserts and salads! Much appreciation to all of you.💕💕💕
Sent from my iPhone, Maile