Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Fairly Tale That Could Not Be True

A Chinese boy, last name of Yong, was born somewhere in 1900 or shortly thereafter in China. He was early on disatisfied with his life and always thought there must be a better place to live. So there came a time when he was in his teens, that some relatives came to visit and they worked the Pacific Ocean as sailors. By luck they needed a cabin boy and this kid was more than willing to go.

"If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes."

He liked the Philippines, and he thought Hawaii was great but did not like working a plantation. They stopped in San Francisco and he figured that was the place. However the ship was going to Los Angeles and then to Mexico and then go the same route back. He could make up his mind on the way back

"Tu, Solo Tu" por Ana Gabriel

At the seaport in Mexico he happened to run into some Chinese that spoke the same Chinese that he did. They had a "car" and explained that the Revolution in Mexico was just over and everyone was going to make money, about 1919. He "jumped" ship with his meager belongings and went with them to Guamuchil in the State of Sinaloa.

"Con Un Mismo Corazon" por Ana Gabriel

They got him a job in the local Chinese restaurant and he worked 10 hours a day six days a week. He learned Spanish and how to go without, to save a little money. He worked his way into the kitchen and eventually got the job of chief cook. And meanwhile he had met a nice Mexican girl, from the lower classes and not rich. Got married and settled down. Now he realized that this was a much better life than he had envisioned before.

"Cosas Del Amor" por Ana Gabriel

He had several children and one of his daughters was born right about the time that I was born. And she in turn married a nice middle class Mexican guy and they had several children and a daughter, named Maria Guadalupe Araujo Yong. Latin Style, first name, middle name, fathers last name and mother's last name. She was born in 1955, and is now 65 years old.

"Eres Todo En Mi" por Ana Gabriel

She learned music and singing, Her stage name became Ana Gabriel and eventually she became the reigning queen of Mexico singers. Before he passed in his 80s, when she had concerts in the vicinity she always made arrangement for her Chinese grandfather to attend her concerts. He could have gotten front row but he always insisted on sitting on the side of the theater.

Her favorite introduction always included her friends in the audience and there were many. And as always she would notice, "and that old Chinese man over there on the side, I know him. Oh, Hi, Grandpa!" (Hola Abuelito) and of course he would beam. It was always a touching scene. She lives in Mexico City.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Online Anyone?

We must get more online dance and music events in these blogs to let the readers know. Town Center of Mililani presents this month's virtual Mililani Jam featuring local group DNA Museic, live on Facebook. We hope you can join them May 16 at 5 p.m. on their Facebook page, @TownCtrMililani. Tune in and enjoy while staying safe at home!

"Social dancers believe that hope is being able to see that
there may be light ahead despite all of the darkness."

 Rumba is generally regarded as the "dance of romance". Due to its slow rhythm and sensual movements, some call it the most intimate and passionate dance there is. Rumba is usually danced to music written in 4/4 time, with four beats to each measure. The basic step in the Arthur Murray American Style, is a very simple box step. It consist of three basic steps -  a slow forward and two quick side steps. The second half is a slow backward step and two quick side steps. A slow step is danced over two counts of music, while a quick step is danced over one count.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck

Learning rumba is not difficult. The ease of learning is actually one of the main reasons why it's more popular today than most other Latin dances. The biggest difference in Rumba dances is the Hip action. Some, too little, some too much. But it should not be a hip motion but a knee motion and that you can practice at home. Just stand up, just letting everything move as it wishes. Bend one knee forward and straight and watch what happens to your hip. That is Cuban motion. Put the music on and move the knees. Once you learn the simple steps, the music does the rest.

"Social dancers believe that at the end of the day, we should
go forward with hopes for the next day,"

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is an occasion which is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honor, and love towards mothers. ... It is a day which makes people remember the importance and significance of mothers in their life and is observed as a day to give special emphasis to the motherly figures around the world.

"Mothers with young children may find it especially difficult to spot the blessing. The littlest among them can't comprehend this new world, their parents' grief or what's expected of them so that we may endure it. Working moms hear the babies crying, the toddlers melting down, the preschoolers begging for attention. Stay-at-home moms have no play dates to look forward to, no parks in which to exhale, no errands to run to escape the home-bound anarchy."

"Hang on to the things dear to you. Hang on to your hopes,
for tomorrow is another day" 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Latest News

Hawaii is not doing so badly compared to many states on the Mainland. We have 621 recorded cases with 545 fully recovered. 17 dead. 11 on Oahu and 6 on Maui. In the US we have over 72 thousand dead to date and it was showing some signs of leveling off. Maybe 90 thousand predicted by the 20th of May. Now with all the opening up. all over, the predictions are 100 thousand dead by the 20th. So how do you them potatoes? We can go out but be careful, masks and stay away from people. Not that we don't like them, but that we love them, and we don't know if we are contaminated.

"Social dancers believe that Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
We are going to get up from this and dance again."

I also think that it is time for us all to make a conscious effort to do our part to overcome prejudices within the social dance community. We can break down the barriers between the separate disciplines and combine and coordinate our efforts to the common goal. The establishment of social dancing within the collective social consciousness as a desirable and accessible activity. It may be challenging and yet rewarding, inexhaustible yet obtainable, and, of course, it is both an art form and a sport.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

 We shall dance with wild abandon.

Yes, sometimes men are just a little too rough because they have bad timing and start their moves too late so the woman doesn't have enough time to respond and the man's incorrect solution is to force her through it instead. Another big reason for men dancing too rough is because they don't realize that they can use a much smaller, but more concentrated and better directed pressure in order to get the same result. Dancing doesn't have to be this borderline violent show of your physical prowress and virility; you're trying to dance with your partner, not wrestle her! Easy does it.

"Social dancers can still hope that they will leave this world
a bit better than when they got here."

Thursday, April 30, 2020

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"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Social dancing is a much less formal version of ballroom and latin dancing. It is comprised of most of the same dances, like Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, or Cha-Cha, but designed to be used in more informal gatherings. Social dancing is less strict that exhibition dancing and is meant to be enjoyed while socializing. The most important skill for good social dancing is Leading and Following. This is the non-verbal communication from the leader to the follower indicating the direction, timing, and style, among other things. If Leading and Following is a message, then good posture and dance frame are the antenna broadcasting the signal. Ultimately, social dancing is having the ability to converse while dancing. Being able to multi-task, like chatting about work or the weather while Waltzing, takes some practice but allows dancers to develop into natural use.

"Social dancers have been preparing for the worst,
but hoping for the best. We shall dance again."

Saturday, April 25, 2020

No Dancing in Mililani

There is generally a lot of respect for Exhibition and Competition Dancers on the Island of Oahu. They have accomplished something in dance and everyone accepts that they do not have to be number one. There is another difference in these dancers, they can dance an entire routine without any music at all. Granted they have very good rhythm, may never need a metronome and they have practiced for many hours. Later on they can apply the music and they do very well indeed.

"Social dancers believe that our choices may reflect our hopes, not our fears."

In this century, some of the Oahu dance scene is flowing into West Oahu. However we are in for some hard times with the Rail Tragedy and the Trump Plague. In the last century, the West was pretty well accustomed to rolling up the sidewalks by nine PM. Now they are definitely holding that pattern and wait for the signal to open up. Swing is mostly in town and we get some information from a few venues about swing but most in the flyer-email kind. A lot of facts probably good for the die hard Swing dancers. But it does not address the reader/dancers of our blogs. We have a lot to look forward to when the lights go on again.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

There will come a day, when we will dance again.

We get almost nothing from the Swing Dance of Hawaii. I have heard of a possible Swing dance club in Ewa or Kapolei but nothing solid. When they come out we will help. Tango dancing too and so far it is only in the Argentine tango and they are doing pretty good as an elite group on their own without help from us. There will be another Tango club one of these days, based on American Tango with a fusion of Filipino Tango. That will surely roll and we will help. This should be good coverage for this blog, when and if we can get enough people interested to make it "social media." It may be that all of our blogs are just here before their time.

"Social dancers believe that it’s always something, to know we've done
the most we could. But, we still don’t leave off hoping."

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

We are trying

Most of the people on the Island of Oahu are aware that we may experience stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. As a way to cope, the CDC recommends taking care of your body by stretching, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet. It might be tempting to just make your favorite comfort foods and lounge on the couch and look at TV. But a great way to keep your heart rate up is by busting into a dance upon hearing some nice music. If you keep it up, you can burn up to 330 calories an hour.

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson

If you’re still not convinced, just know that dancing is so beneficial that it has even been used to treat people with neurological diseases. The act of coordinating movement to music stimulates motor function and the brain’s reward centers toward the mind and body. So where do you even start? First things first: turn on your favorite music. Once you have your go-to jams queued up, break out some of your favorite dance moves, simple ones just to enjoy moving to the music. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Remember, you’re doing this all in the privacy of your own home. In fact, just having a family dance party of one, two or three, can do the trick.

"Save The Last Dance For Me." by Michael Buble

This same thing had happened in China ten years ago. They had guaranteed then that it could never happen again. Then last year this happened. Investigations have been ongoing, they are almost sure on some things. We on Oahu are fortunate that we have been guaranteed that is cannot happen here. Could fall on a lot of people. And they are making millions and millions of dollars on the "Gravy Train" right here Oahu. And with Feeder buses to get to the Rail, it will take longer. "Rapid Transit" is no longer mentioned. Ben Cayetano had the right idea but too late now.

"Social dancers believe that hope may mean
hoping when everything seems hopeless.”