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

Wednesday, March 14, 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

Tuesday, March 6, 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.”

Friday, March 2, 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."