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 others.in 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."