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."