Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Basic Review

Several millenniums before Christ, in the Mexican Indian Civilizations along with the two count measure and the accented beat in music - came the rock step. Naturally, as a separate step, the rock step evolved into more .Now the "break" became defined as the first part of the rock step. And the dancers just naturally "broke" on the accented beat. In rock forward, the dancer steps forward with full weight transfer then transfers the weight to the back foot while keeping it in place

"An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.
A pessimist fears this is true."


In modern partner dancing, the lead breaks on the accented beat and the followers are just the greatest. When it became Americanized and accented on the first beat, then everyone in the US broke on the one beat. Sometimes the terms rock step and break step are used interchangeably, and there can be a stylistic difference but that is for fancy dancers. As social dancers we try to stay with the KISS method (keep it simple, stupid.)

"Por Un Amor" por Graciela Susana


Back a couple millenniums, with the Chassé, came the choice of dancing it to a two count as in samba or a three count as in Viennese Waltz. (More Later) The music and dance evolved into the 4,5,6 and even 7 counts, but the seven count measure became obsolete shortly after the arrival of the first illegal aliens to the Americas. At the height of the Mayan empire, they may have had as many as three thousand different dances. These were professionals.

"We may not be there yet, but we are closer today than we were yesterday."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Line Dancing, Where?

Line Dancing provides social and physical activity that rivals ballroom dancing throughout the Pacific. It's informal and popular among people of all ages, though there is traditionally a shortage of men. The dances involve lines of people who do set patterns and steps to a variety of rhythms. The have a large playlist of Latin music and the nice moves that go with them. No special dancing skills are needed. On Oahu, there are plenty of low cost and even free lessons to line dancing which are there for the taking.

It has been said, "the truth will make you free." But the truth
alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt
which will bring us mental emancipation.


Apparently Nashville Waikiki is the center for country western and line dancing on Oahu. Featuring friendly staff, nightly drink specials, special events and contests, there's always something exciting going on at Nashville Waikiki! They  have regular events calendar and you can view photos of their dancers on their web site and you can plan your next party. All of it can fit into our blogs somewhere.

"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii


The Balkan countries, among others, have a rich tradition of line dance surviving to the present. These folk line dances are also performed in the international folk dance movement. Folk line dances have many forms: pairs of lines in which the dancers face each other, or a line formed into a circle, or the line follows around the dance floor. The dancers may hold hands with their neighbors, or use an arm-on-shoulder hold, or hold their neighbor's belts.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Some news of any of these "separate, individual" groups will also find a place in our blogs. But they cannot do it if they have that "private" club outlook. Time will tell. we cannot wait for anyone, we gotta be on our way.


The Rail Disaster continues: Grabauskas' resignation comes four months after City Council Chairman Ernie Martin called on the CEO to step down in response to a scathing report by the city auditor. Honolulu auditor Edwin Young said that HART's financial plans were not reliable, that cost projections lacked supporting documentation, and that it had no plans for operating and maintenance costs. HART Board Chairman Don Horner announced his resignation a few months ago. Two down, one more to go, Caldwell. More people now know, that is has always been the money, Sonny. That is why they spent ten million dollars to Lie about Cayetano. Millions and millions of dollars in profits have been made and there is more where that came from.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Dance Blog On Oahu

Limited as I am, I do hear of dancing groups losing members and possibly disbanding. If I can help, I will, try it. But I want to hear of groups organizing. We must make an effort to give the reader/dancers what they want, not what we think they should have. I am willing to help any new ones when they come into view. Same goes for any new professional teacher or studios that may emerge. These dance blogs on Oahu will cover our dance world as Social Media.

"Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools and accepted by idiots."


I am making a special effort to find any Dance Organization in Pearl City and nearby, simply because I live in Pearl City. Perhaps I can dig up some dance information from there. I cannot get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities so I get little information, I have contacted some good akamai people but most have little knowledge of the possibilities of blogging as Social Media.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Information Contributors remain the most valuable ingredient in the success of our blogging. It is just taking a while for many to understand the many manifestations and benefits of our type of blogging. And I do have strict rules. Anyone can write whatever they want, whenever they want and pick the blog of their choice. I like to run a tight ship here. Later when a blog gets independence, I will resign and they can make their own rules.

The poster that was on the right was submitted by a friend and he assured me that it was not copyrighted. I try to be careful and if I am notified, it will be removed immediately, if not sooner.

I was notified, the poster was removed and replaced with one on the right.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

"For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee."

Friday, August 12, 2016

Criticism

Most of our blogs have had constructive criticism and delivered in a nice manner. And most of it has been in an effort to make it easier to exist in our dance world. The trouble with constructive criticism is that not all people are receptive to it. They may either feel their self-esteem shrinking under criticism, or they may feel that all criticism is negative. This can destroy the intent of constructive criticism.

"There are few things on earth as dangerous as a conservative vigilante - or a liberal one."

  

However, constructive criticism can also apply to a critical reasoned analysis of a person’s behavior, as in a patient/therapist setting or a group therapy setting. Parents also try to employ constructive criticism to help their children improve their lives. Dance Teachers in regard to their students.  Further, not all people who think they are employing constructive criticism are actually being helpful.

"PS, I Love You" by the Hilltoppers


Think of the Constructive Researchers And Producers. Much of it is done with evil intent and one is never sure where they border with lies. They may also think all criticism is helpful and may not spare the person any details or couch the criticism in ways least likely to make a person defensive. Communication is loaded with multiple intentions, thus people may not know how to actually employ a critique of one aspect of a person without involving their own feelings or frustration that make a critique negative. 

"If you didn't hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes - don't invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth."

Pub's Note: Sorry folks, that is the way I copied it.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Oldies Bash Cancelled

This walk down memory lane for our local dancers concentrates on the music at the beginning of Ballroom Dances classes when HBDA first started the whole smash in the fifties. Of course, it started much sooner than that but never recognized as such. Our discussions should include emphasis on the youth of Hawaii at the time.

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself."

Forever Oldies Music is now more formally recognized and dedicated to those who can appreciate those upbeat tunes. The music that still moves your feet, harmonies that lift your spirit and sweet lyrics to remind you of the simple, carefree life, the love and memories of the past, and present days, romantic moonlight nights and dancing the night away.

"Fly Me To The Moon"
by Jimmy Borges

We could take a walk down memory lane, dream on and have fun, these oldies will last us a lifetime. Unfortunately we cannot always have it our way. The Oldies Bash has always been an attractive package for the dancers on Oahu. Wendall Kwan has just informed me that it has been cancelled. Auwe. With millions of songs being published daily, we appreciate how precious the very few, that will be our oldies - Forever.

"Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time."

Friday, August 5, 2016

New Dance Club?

Kalihi is looking better all time, now that more people are realizing the bad effects from the Rail Tragedy. The traffic in town is going to get worse. And the noise along the Rail Catastrophe is going to be horrible, steel wheels on steel rails. More profit for somebody. But fortunately Kalihi has always had a share of the dancing and the night life of Honolulu. Now it is going to be more.

"The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it."


I have heard of the Kalihi Dance Club that is in the planning stages that may be more in the nature of a public dance club. The details are still sketchy and the Dance Club, will be a non-profit organization, consisting of a committee of volunteers. dedicated ballroom dancers, who are motivated to make a positive difference in our Oahu dance world. This one may be long overdue.

"Unconditional Surrender" by Nohelani Cypriano


Their objective is to give the Western part of Honolulu dancers (including themselves) a truly great place to enjoy dancing on a regular, weeknight basis. The music will include both traditional and contemporary arrangements for a variety of dances, including Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Swing (single, triple,) Tango, Samba, Waltz, West Coast Swing.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Local amateur dance instructors will provide basic and intermediate-level group lessons on at least a two day basis. As soon as the possible site is found, they will plan on regular dances weekly, with the first hour of review. Then they will plan on including benefit dances for the local organizations that help the community. Now if they could get an information contributor for anyone of our blogs, we can have them known through out this entire island in a very short time.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Getting There

A great many of us have been exposed to dance newsletters in the past. They have all been the same in one respect, they have all "supported" what ever was presented by their club or group. Then it was rather fortunate that when Web sites were introduced, they could very easily adapt to a more elaborate style. There would be no feedback and they could "state" whatever they wished and it would remain so. And everything would be on a positive note for the Web site and possibly for many of the members.

"Most dancers will soon know with surpassing certainty that only
one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth.
 And that is not speaking.” 


Unfortunately, the same thing has continued with many blogs even throughout the islands. No talk difference, everything is already good to da max. But fortunately we are beginning to get comments in some blogs and we are going to have controversy. Let's just keep it civil. He thinks it's green. She thinks it is pink. Well, I KNOW it is blue. Ha! We are going to have differences of opinion. And that is what is going to make our blogs as long as we don't overdo it.

"The Last Waltz" by Englebert Humperdinck


Just found out that some dance clubs are offering line dance classes. Sound just fine with me. May not be partner dancing but it is still moving to our kind of music in a prescribed fashion. And individually, the dancers in their own fashion. Fun at break time, in social or night clubs. Although line dancing is associated with country-western music and dance, it has many similarities to folk dancing. Many folk dances are danced in unison with dancers arranged in one or more rows and often connected with the dancers next to them; while these rows are described as "lines," they may curve, corner, or otherwise be nonlinear in the geometric sense.

"Lord, Give me patience, but I want right now."