Monday, October 24, 2016

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

Direct from Aunty Maile in the Central Valley:

The Central Valley doing very well, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way. Two hot spots in addition. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos Salsa in Mililani. And what's cooking in Waipio? Anyway the Present Rail Party is doing its best to keep Kapolei from becoming Second City. We do not need Rapid Transit? Not a misnomer, but a deliberate lie. It's the bread, Fred.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Evangelism 101:
Localize the pain. No matter how revolutionary our blog, I cannot describe it using lofty, flowery terms like “revolutionary,” “paradigm shifting,” and “curve jumping.” I try to introduce it to the reader/dancer level, no big deal, just to increased the productivity and creativity of one person and possibly make it Social Media. People don't buy “The Greatest” They buy “aspirins” to fix the pain or “vitamins” to supplement their lives. In our case, we just need a little dance information to share with our fellow dancers.

"We dance for ourselves and if someone understands, good. If not,
then no matter, we will go on doing what we love to do."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Da Latest

This blog is going down very slowly because it has a Two Center (information contributor) only now and then. Of course all of our blogs and the readers, from Kapolei to Turtle Bay, need more information and/or photos to share with our fellow dancers. Photos have become a very important part of blogging and we must accept that many do not wish to share either dance information nor photos with their fellow dancers. So be it and it will be up the select few that will make this blog.

"Most dancers know that most of our problems would never be problems, if we could just learn to talk to each other instead of about each other."

We do not mean Photo Albums, that is for OP (other people.) Our blogging photos have relative values. A photo with two people is better than one. 3 is better than 2 and 4 is better than 3. However, 50 is not better than 49 and 49 is not better than 48. The photographer has to make the ultimate decision. We will always need different photographers, there will always be different view points. And we shall have Social Media.

I usually make a collage of six, taking the best photos received. Sometimes I have enough to make two collages, which makes for a terrific blog. The combination of text and photos becomes interesting to the reader/dancers and then of course, there is the Two Center that is responsible for the good news shared. The entire enchilada is current and that is what makes our blogs.

"Dancers have come to the conclusion that our dance teachers help us find the song in our hearts, the beat in our feet and a passion for life." 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

La Rumba

The original Cuban "Son" Rumba was in the one-two count measure. The American Rumba has almost always been written in a four count measure which has been very nice. The melodic factor of Rumba music comes from the Latin drums, maracas and claves. Many of which are never seen in the US. American Rumba was from the beginning set up as a spot dance by the Dance Instructors in the US. And Arthur Murray introduced the basic box step as slow - 1 & 2, quick -3 and quick - 4. And the accent on the music was changed from the 2 count to the one count.

"Most dancers know that they are our choices, our mistakes, our lessons and none of their damn business."

As with most Latin (Indian) dances it is done just naturally on flat feet. Most steps are small and the shoulders may sway only slightly. The arms stretch out about shoulder high and the palms just naturally face down. What really moves with the music is the hips with a slight figure eight pattern. And one can bend the knees anytime they feel like it. The main thing is to enjoy moving your body to the music.

'"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

The dance will have many solo turns so that the partners learn to keep one foot in place so that they do not travel too far apart.The Rumba is a dance where the lead mainly dances the basic. Whereas the follow "shines" in maintaining an erect and proud carriage as she moves from one step pattern to another. Together with some of most beautiful music ever produced, they may be dancing in a heaven on earth.

"Dancers to not know where they came from, nor do they know where
they are going, but while they are here on earth, they will dance."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moving Slowly

Everyone is aware that we get little action from the Moanalua Corridor, the second most populated place on Oahu. The Rail Disaster will be messing up the works for the next 20 years and more people will be traveling on Moanalua Road if possible. But the new HBDA Studio, a new Dance Club and with new dance classes available, it may do something and will be very prominent in our blogs.

"The difference between evangelism and sales is, Sales is rooted in
what's good for me. Evangelism is rooted in what's good for you."

Went to the Seniors Club at the Manana Community Park Tuesday morning and peeked in on the Hula Class they were having on the good dance floor. I could see these ladies do an occasional  Rock Step and even a Chassé, just beautiful. Proves that those two movements have been done all over the world for several millenniums. Of course, I am also beginning to see the Rock Step and the Chassé done so nice and natural like by so many of our social dancers on this Island.

"With Pen In Hand" by Vicki Carr

I think we invited everyone but if we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know. Comments are still welcomed on everyone of our blogs. This is only the beginning, it is not looking too bad. We got rid of most of our scam, spam robot hits and we don't need that much search engine stuff either. We know only what our counters tell us but "Blogger" provides the service to us for free and we appreciate it and spread the word around.

"Dancers seem to know that it is somewhat silly to think that tearing someone else down is going to build you up."

Friday, October 7, 2016


Had a nice working day on Thursday and got ready for my evening trip to Makua Alii. I hadn't been there in three weeks. But I am getting around to different places. Check the bus schedules and I would get the #53 at 5:10 and hope to get the number 2 in town. I made it to Makua in one hour. Amazing.

"Some dancers are too quick to believe the bad things that are said
about others, while most of us like the people around us."

Only Tad was there and I waited to get the first three guys and get the first picture and make sure the camera is working. Then I went into a short routine of getting more pictures and eventually getting others to take some pictures, because my fingers fumble.

Finally danced one with Rose, then I got courage and danced a Rumba with another lady. And I also got one quote from a new lady.

"'Having so much fun dancing with  everyone." Plam Rogers.

Hopefully others will follow suit and make this blog more social media. Mahalo.

The Handi Van was on time at 8:30 but had another passenger which we dropped off first. Then picked up another two and dropped them off and I finally got home after ten. It doesn't happen very often but otherwise they are a big help. Happy Dancing everyone.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dancing Jargon

From an old pamphlet:
In ballroom dancing today, a large amount of ballroom fans talk to each other in dese and dose way. Not many have adequate knowledge of the jargon of dancing. However, to communicate with each other, it is almost as important as the basic skills.

"Dancers cannot worry about what people say behind their backs,
they are the people that are finding fault in your lives
instead of  fixing the faults in their own lives."

However, Jargon varies from one part of the world to another. In Hawaii, these definitions have been gathered from sources in dance books, magazines, newspapers and newsletters from the Mainland. All of them available in Hawaii to anyone. All the dance blogs on Oahu doing well in standardizing our dance Jargon.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We are all getting it, slowly but surely. We will not have to be informed of the "correct" way to dance a rock step. Once, most of our group of dancers has defined it as naturally as possible, we can dance it any way we want to in waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha cha, merengue, samba, tango and probably a hundred or so different other dances.

The disciplines will continue to do as they please and they have good reason. After all we all agree that they know how to dance "correctly."

How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Little Update

The readers of our blogs are gradually getting to know the places in their area where social dancers can find the best dance floors, the best music and attractive surroundings. I can only get a limited amount of dance information simply because I cannot get around the way I use to. If someone could email me a little information that I could share, it would help a lot.

"In our dance scene, we do not know what is more pathetic
people who gossip or people who pay attention to them."

On Oahu we are getting bigger dance floors so that is certainly in our favor. Though the days of the "Big Ballroom" and the "Big Bands" are definitely over and none will be built in the "Big Size" in the future. Most of the social clubs that exist at the moment on Oahu are just about the right size and have good memberships. And of course there will be a new one in town next year.

"Just The Way You Look Tonight" by Jimmy Borges

Many dance organizations have Web Sites and haven't got the slightest idea if they get two hits per day or 2000 per day. Many do not know anything about a counter or what is bounce. And by the way, what is a Blog site? If you want to promote your dance organization you could get with the most effective way of doing it. In town it’s sad to see people spend hundreds of dollars on advertising and marketing methods that are ineffective. You can spend money on ads without a clear goal or of getting a clear feedback on its effectiveness.

"The best wines we drink are the ones we drink with friends."