Saturday, September 14, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Sept 21st, 2019

In this century many have been asked to explain the difference between social and ballroom dance, or even if there is any difference. It's not answerable in a short conversation, so we try to stick a little here and there, now and then. The entire World of Dance, social and ballroom are considered siblings. Yes, siblings are known to fight, but they can also be mutually supportive, especially as they grow older. Valuing other's truths is a sign of maturity and that makes answering these questions difficult. Everyone has their own definition of "ballroom dance." There is no official governing board to set parameters and limits on dancing. Even within competition ballroom dancers, two dancers may have opposing priorities, aesthetics and values.

"Social dancers believe that dancing with a partner has positive effects
on stress reduction. Experience shows that moving to music with
others expands their sense of social connections.


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 21st.

Sunday, September 15th. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 16th. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Tuesday, September 17th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

Wednesday September 18th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons
 
"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Thursday, September 19th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

Friday, September 20th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band 


Saturday, September 21st.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Social dancers may think that integrity is doing the right thing,
even if nobody is watching."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

DAL Midweek, Sept. 10th.

Hip hop dance:
This refers to street dance styles primarily performed by "late teen and early twenty" dancers, to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It was a break from traditional partner dancing and a declaration of independence for the young. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by young dance people on the Mainland. Television showcased these dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure.

"Social dancers can choose to remember the social in social dancer,
or they can choose to forget it. Most of us would like to remember."


In addition there have been thousands of Web and Blog sites on the mainland promoting the Fad. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio - based version of hip-hop—sometimes called new style—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street. There have always been transfers from high to lower forms and vice versa. On Oahu it has happened rather easily, because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho

WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN THE FUN!


What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions—colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, free styling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. On Oahu, the styles vary enormously from Waianae to the Windward side. But there has been a gradual synchronizing in town. It can also be a way to stay active in competitive dance and a way to make a living by dancing professionally.

"Social dancers know that you can spend money and you can earn more money,
but when time is spent it is gone forever."

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019

Yes, Feedback is what we need. Prime would be any of the officers of any of the dance clubs, because they would contribute dance items with some authority. But I personally think that opinions are like noses, everyone has got one. We are not clones, so there is the value of all of our reader/dancers. We will probably get someone that just wants to say something one time, we provide the platform, and we get those now and then. Usually they think they can only do that one time. Fine, we have been fortunate to get those. Hopefully they will feel free to contribute more in the near future.

"Social dancers realize that many men don't care for dancing, they try to help
those that do decide to test the waters. These newcomers may feel
exposed and are quite vulnerable when first learning to dance."

Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 14th.


Sunday, September 8th. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 9th. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Tuesday, September 10th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing


Wednesday September 11th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons

"I will dance for you" by Willie K

Thursday, September 12th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

Friday, September 13th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band


Saturday, September 14th.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Some social dancers think that talk about dance is not something to talk about.
Dance is to dance."


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

DAL Midweek, Sept. 3rd.

Our social dance music has traditionally been so graceful and good sounding that even die hards enjoying listening to it. When you get into moving to it you can become even more enthralled by the music. And you will keep itching to dance to it. Some of our up to date disc jockeys still do not recognize much reason for all this "Music of the 60s and 70s." When you attend any dance of any kind, all the dances you love and know from our big bands around the world are usually available for you to dance to. The Rumba, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Fox Trot, Tango, Samba - you've heard them all and they get better every time.We are getting into Social Dance Music.

"Social dancers believe that while we live, let us LIVE, let us DANCE."


Latin music and dance for the most part, refers to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The cultural background includes artists from Latin America or artists with a Latin (Europe)/Latino (US) background. Language refers to Spanish and Portuguese. But for dancing in the US, most of the music narrows down to the Caribbean area. There are literally thousands of very good musical selections from outside this area mainly in Mexico and the ABC countries. Argentina, Brazil and Chile. And there is the Viña del Mar International Song Festival, a music festival that has been held annually during the 3rd week of February in Viña del Mar, Chile.

"El Roloj" por Luis Miguel


Viña del Mar-based artist Mon Laferte has been revealed as the first 2020 performer,
becoming the first Chilean artist to kick off the event in recent decades.

Started in 1960, it is the oldest and largest music festival in Latin America. Every year invited World Wide artists perform alongside Latin artists. There are also singing competitions with prizes for the winners. The Festival takes place in the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and attracts over 15,000 spectators. It has been broadcast live on radio and on Chilean television over the years regularly breaking viewing records The Vina festival features a song competition in two categories, (pop music and folk music, interspersed with performances by international music stars encompassing such diverse genres as rock, and pop music in various languages, cumbia, salsa, reggaetón, bachata among others.

People see things and they say "Why?" But social dancers dream things
that never were and they say "Why not?"

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Sept 7th, 2019

Before you go out, be aware of what sort of scene you will be headed into. If you are thinking of a new place, a quick Internet search or a text to a friend might reveal what kind of music will be playing and what sort of dress code you face. On Oahu, we know what party clothes are. No bouncer is going to let someone in ratty jeans and slippahs into a nice nightclub. Choose clothes that look good, but are comfortable enough to dance in. Women, make sure your high heels are sturdy.

"Social dancers know many of the ways in which social distinctions are made
through some use of etiquette, but on Oahu they are not as strict."

Once you arrive at the Night Club, don't dive right out onto the dance floor even though everyone knows you are a dancer - acknowledge your friends. Enjoy the atmosphere, allow some time to check out the scene, get a drink, listen to the music and let the beat get you into the mood. When you feel it, let the music in and your body will let you know when you are ready to move.


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 7th.
Sunday, September 1st. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 2nd. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Tuesday, September 3rd.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

Wednesday September 4th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons


Thursday, September 5th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

Friday, September 6th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band


Saturday, September 7th.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Yes. there have been groups on this island that have really thought that their
interpretation of dance was the real thing. All others were junk dancers."


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

DAL Midweek, Aug 27th.

We have been at the point of diminishing returns for over a month, but we are just starting to pull ahead slowly even if it is mostly SOS. I am certain now that any blog that gets less than ten daily hits is a loser. And when I first started out and put a counter on mine I was elated to average ten hits per day. That was 300 hits per month. Of course, I did not know much in the beginning and neither did anyone else. Adding more blogs to eleven diluted the readership and here we are at this point in time, down to five blogs.The one outside blog I carry in my stats, is leading with over 30 average hits per day. For sure, the outside Feedback is already making the difference. Where are you?

"Social dancers know that, neither partner actually leads, they dance as equals
and the lead suggests, the follower usually does what she wants to do
and usually does it very well."


The traditional dance MC in our social dancing on Oahu has been the Disk Jockey with an assist from the officials in charge. He doesn't partake much in the politics of the dance groups. And he has always programmed the music for the majority of the dancers. He does listen to the dancers and he can see the dance floor. He has tried to ensure that a more challenging or advanced dance is alternated with a simple dance for all. That the lively dances would be alternated with the gentler forms. Most of our Disk Jockeys on Oahu know what the are doing - they know their music and they know their crowd.

"My Molokai" by Willie K


We are getting some good One Timers. They not wish for any further commitment. They want to have their say and forget about it. One good Two Center from any group willing to share with our fellow readers regularly would send the hits up through the roof. If they "like" it they may decide to be a Guest Blogger, their decision. They then can get in whenever they wish, write, post pictures, delete or publish without saying "boo" to anyone. They can have their own blog within the blog.

"An average person with average talents and ambition and average
education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society,
if that person has clear, focused goals."

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Aug 31st, 2019

It is not uncommon to see a progressive and spot social dancers sharing the same floor on the larger social dance floors. In this case, the progressive dancers dance along the edge of the dance floor while the spot dancers occupy the center. For instance, Country Two Step dancers can dance on the edge while Swing dancers can dance in the center of the floor. However, in order to dance a progressive or traveling dance in a small space, it is necessary for progressive dancing to be customary in that dance place. If spot dancers dominate the space and dance along the edge, a progressive dancer should not push their way around the dance floor. In these situations, it is best for everyone to dance a spot dance.

"Social Dancers exist because it might be alright to not be 'correct.'
And perhaps we believe that the word 'perfect' may not exist"

Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Aug 31st.
Sunday, August 25th. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, August 26th. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.


Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Waterfall" by Willie K

Tuesday, August 27th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

Wednesday August, 28th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons

My Molokai" by Willie K

Thursday, August 29th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!


Friday, August 30th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band


Saturday, August 31st.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Social dancers believe that if you’re bored with life and you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals"