Sunday, February 19, 2017

Do Filipinos Dance?

By Alberto Babaylan, Salt Lake
After the War, I was still a kid in the Philippines but I could see that the spirit for innovation and change was still alive. This could be discerned from the changes Filipinos made in their dance. The restless spirit to break the chains of bondage gave rise to an almost frenzied dancing.

"In a social dance club, service is an attitude. a kind of
caring on the part of everyone in the club."

One can clearly see it even to this day. Dances like the Jive and the Swing, for instance, are danced to a much faster music tempo than they are in the US. The independent spirit reasserted it self through new variations and the syncopations of the better dancers which were popularized as other dancers copied them. Street dancing in its essence.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

However, the main difference was that Filipinos "felt" their way through the dance. They were not consciously developing and inventing new dances as the Western Dance Studios were at the time. Filipinos developed their dances as they were introduced, and innovating as they felt it. Today, the ballroom dance scene is replete with new variations that one would rarely see here. Visiting Westerners to the Philippines sometimes cannot even recognize the dances that their own people developed.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

But then that’s the beauty of dance. It is not constant and static. Dance is alive, as long as it is being danced and innovated upon. Filipinos may not have invented the popular ballroom dances, but we surely are contributing our major share in the development of these same dances, by injecting our own spirit and soul into each one of them. By continuously doing so, we are contributing to the world’s dance history.

"Dahil Sa Yo" by Rogelio de la Rosa

In Hawaii, we have been somewhat limited because of the larger, strictly constructed style dance with too many rules and regulations. It is the reason the Social Dancers are developing so nicely in the Western part of this Island. They delight in moving to their favorite music. Have they always been there?

"Dancers don’t ever stop believing in their own
personal transformation for the better."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


The social dancers of Oahu are out there, the ones we need to make this a completely independent blog as Social Media. First, we need more comments on the blogs. You do not have to agree, but you can be civil about it. Of course, Anonymous cannot be accepted. You can use a Pen Name if you wish. Second is the Information Contributors, for the diverse information needed for our diversely  interested readers.

“The future has several names. For the weak, it is the impossible.
For the fainthearted, it is the unknown. For the thoughtful
and valiant, it is the ideal.”

For the Dance Organizations, look into the difference in effectiveness of your Web Site and Newsletters and our blogs. Blogs become an "addition to," not automatically an "instead of." If this situation sounds familiar to you, there are some true benefits of social media that you could be missing out on by not taking advantage. Think about how much effort had to go into interacting with your audience before social media came around.

 "How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Whether it was a dance event at the Palladium or a Waikiki dinner/dance show, things required a tremendous amount of resource to get started. Reader/dancer interaction is something that is very important in today’s online marketing space because it ultimately instills confidence in your audience, allowing them to look at you in a whole new light. Social media marketing is the ability to carry more than one conversation online at the same time in a variety of locations across our blogosphere.

"The Tennessee Waltz:" by Patti Page

That ability is something that does not come cheap in the offline marketing game. The platforms for the conversations to occur are only growing in strength and popularity and more and more dance clubs throughout the state are really starting to embrace social media. Of course, on this island we have the Oahu Syndrome. We get so much benefit from some of these great people, with their super talent, good looks, fame and fortune, they can choose the media where they wish to bestow their news and goodwill.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

We have no recourse but to ignore these for we just don't have enough time to cover all. Specially for the fact that we are also in the process of creating new VIPs, although no one is aware of that yet. Fortunately, that field is wide open and this year is going to show some big changes. I am curious to see the first independent dance blog. That just may be someone's hallucination.

"Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Michigan Democrats

Received from, Brandon Dillon

Dear Joseph --
I want to share something with you I believe is extremely important, in light of Donald Trump's deeply shameful decision to single out fellow human beings, based on their religion and country of origin, and ban them from coming to our country.

State Senator David Knezek proudly served our country in the Iraq War. He has a deeper connection to the human face of conflict and a stronger understanding of humanity than Donald Trump could ever possibly know or even hope to grasp. I asked Senator Knezek if we could share what he wrote today on Facebook about his experience in the Iraq War and his relationship with the Iraqi people during that time. He humbly agreed.

"For those that voted Republican: Please allow yourselves
the uncomfortable luxury of changing your minds."

His words make me proud, as a Democrat and an American, because they reaffirm what we believe and reinforce what our nation was founded on. America is a country that looks for the best in people, and it's our people that make us great, whether they are born here, immigrate, or simply hope to someday call themselves Americans. Democrats will never waver in our commitment to upholding our nation's values of tolerance and acceptance and protecting the rights afforded to all citizens by our Constitution. What Donald Trump has done is un-American, unconstitutional, and a slap in the face to the very values that make us great, the values that Senator Knezek fought to protect, and the values he experienced firsthand in Iraq as having no borders between fellow human beings, whether American or Iraqi, Christian or Muslim.

So please, take a moment to read Senator Knezek's story, and consider sharing it with your friends, family, people with whom you agree, and people with whom you do not.


"Most dancers understand perfectly, that honesty is an expensive gift,
don't expect it from Donald Trump, he cannot buy it."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Blogging on Oahu

We can certainly regret that we have lost two of the best dance blogs in Hawaii. Frank and Lani Sierra can rest assured that they have left a beautiful legacy. Meanwhile, Dance Fever Oahu remains as the best dance Web site in the Pacific. We get mentions from as far as the Philippines. Anyway, dance and web blogs are arriving in the State of Hawaii regularly and some will make it and some will not. It will depend on the reader/dancers, they will decide it.

"Social dancers know that they don't really dance because they want to. They dance because they need to move to their favorite music."

Most dancers are beginning to acknowledge that they have to start somewhere and the best place to do this is in the comments section in every blog. You can just say, "good" or "bad" in the beginning and gradually get up to a full sentence. You can use a Pen Name, but you will get used to seeing your words in print and they can be seen by anyone in the entire World Wide Web. From there you have no where to go but up.

"A Song For You" by Jimmy Borges

From there it would be easy to become a Two Center, one willing to contribute their 2 cents of information for their fellow dancers. And when they feel ready they can become full fledged Guest Authors and have their own blog within the blog with ready made readers. And I promise everyone, the hits will go through the roof. I have counters on all my blogs so I have to know if we are not just beating our gums.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

And in all these phases we have our rules: There is no registration and there are no admission fees. There are no annual or monthly meetings or dues. And there are no commitments on what you can blog and when you can blog. You can do as you damn well please. We like to run a tight ship here.

"We can dance for ourselves,  if someone understands, good. If not,
then no matter, we will go on dancing the way we love
and let the rest of the world go by."

Friday, February 3, 2017

You dance it on the 2?

by Aristides Raul Garcia, New York,
The Salsaman AKA "El Intruso."

In Salsa one hears so many reasons as to why dancing on the "2" is the "right" way to dance, that at first it seems impossible to show that it is simply another way of dancing, a social contract, if you will, among a particular group of people. Nothing more, but nothing less. To be able to show this I have to take every piece of argument which the Two-natics put forth and show them for what they are; half truths meant to impress the ignorant: the new enthusiast looking for the "right way to dance."

"You can make your world so much larger just by
acknowledging everyone else’s"

It is also a financially rewarding, well polished product. It is teaching "a la franchise". I have been collecting the reasons to "2". They come from a variety of sources, and they are all selling credos from the Land of the "2." There has always been and will continue to be, that kind of teaching. Salsa is Mambo, Ha! The "original" dance (Mambo) was danced on the "2" by the Palladium dancers - (everyone is selling dancing on the "2") - New York Latinos have been doing Mambo, Salsa, longer than anyone else. Therefore, they know how to dance it better, or in any case know more about it (one of the main dogmas of the Church of the "2").

"Moliendo Cafe" by Azucar Moreno

Only people dancing on the "2" are with the Clave beat, with the music. He He - All the other dancers just aren’t with the music. This "2" is called the New York "2", the Cuban "2", the Street "2", etc., depending on the audience and the seller. Dancing on the "2" compliments the Tumbao which has an accent on the "2" (all sacred dogmas from the same bible stompers).

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

"Cerezo Rosa" By Perez Prado
The original instrumental version of the song that was later called
"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" in English

Monday, January 30, 2017

WBDC reminding us.

Direct from Aunty Maile.

Aloha Dancers,
Just an important reminder to let you know WBDC's "THAT'S AMORE DANCE" is about to happen on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017!  We are having free pizza, and we need your RSVP reply ASAP if you are coming to this dance next week, in order for you to "GET YOUR SLICES OF PIZZA AND EAT IT TOO!!!

TO RSVP ASAP, Please email Carol Kohagura at or
you may call Carol at 808-623-7256 to give her your name and count, if
you are  attending this awesome fun dance event!

As an optional fun thing to do, come dressed in the
color Red or the fashion of Italy!

Maile Yagi for WBDC

There is no truth to the rumor of two cases of wine.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Latin Music?

Por Aristides Raul Garcia, aka El Intruso
The foremost Salsa man in New York.

Tito Rodriguez and the Palladium in New York.
Back in the days - he was confronted at the Palladium about his lack of desire to continue to play there; confronted by the Mafia running the joint, legend has it that he told them off. What is not a legend is that they beat him up right there and then, in the Holiest of places of today’s Mambo Bible stompers; in the Mambo shrine: the Palladium.

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going
beyond them into the impossible."

Very quickly after that, the Palladium went from Le Grand Fricase of Latin Music, to Fracas after Fracas, to El Gran Fracaso. Oh, they tried to revive it. They finally realized that what was making people jump was that new sound of Cortijo y su Combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals. Yeah, they tried to get people back at the Palladium with that Jibaro sounding Combo; they tried to attract the Charanga and Pachanga crowd.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Los Cuatro

They really tried everything. It was too late. Tito Rodriguez had said after the incident that he would never again set foot in the Palladium and his fans (which were many) followed suit. It was bye bye Palladium. The Mambo became poor and homeless. It was really the end of it. It has never made a comeback. It became a museum piece to be found only in the dance studios of the Ballroom teachers. (and wait, there's more!)

"Dancers know that they can think less and feel more
and let the music do the talking."

Pub's Note: "There is a change in the understanding that had been in
operation over the last 22 years, when Mexico was considered a
strategic ally, Trump has unilaterally broken with this way of
doing things." Most everyone now knows he is a nut case.