Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Not So Good

With an average of less than 6 hits per day, this blog is moving like molasses in January. But this blog is new and not even in the search engines yet. So I know that the readers we have are already getting much information in the entire enchilada and it is not going to be easy.

"In the beginning there is no failure - only feedback."

But it does show signs of improving even with the dilution of the readers available for the many blogs. The different blogs do provide a kind of synergism in attracting more readers so that the total hits on the entire enchilada keep going up. The secret is to find the Information and Photo Contributors willing to share with their fellow dancers. They are crucial and will eventually be "the Ones."

"Moonlight Cocktail" - Glenn Miller

Meanwhile there are many dancers, teachers, and clubs that I will end up helping and of course I will be ignoring others. But they do understand that they ignore me, first, then after the fact I should have the absolute right to ignore them. Easy to understand? We will play by the same rules.

While it is natural to follow a teacher who you admire and take classes with, there are also many different dancers to interact with, different teachers to learn from and different styles to explore. If we have the music to bind us, the ideal is that a cultural dancer can dance with any other cultural dancer and communicate through the music.

"Into the Night" by Benny Mardones

It helps that in competition dancing, there are more people realizing that the best teachers may not be the best dancers and conversely the best dancers may not be the best teachers. There are two groups that consistently produce the best International Dancers on this Island. And there are two groups that consistently produce the worst International Dancers on this Island. We are talking competition and since we are not competent, you must do the judging.

The basic skills of leading and following are a critical part of the language of communication that you need in the ballroom dance world. Communicating on the dance floor with a total stranger is hot, and leading or following new moves is exciting. Most to these blogs are not for the advance dancers.

For the leaders that develop their own routines with a few variations, is that feeling of satisfaction and relief that the lady follows perfectly. Actually the follower is usually more astute because she learns to follow so many more different routines. The ladies say it is like a roller coaster ride where you don't know what's coming next. but you know it will be fun. The more styles you're exposed to, the more capable you'll become and the more people you'll be able to dance with enjoyably.

Pub's Side Note: Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.



From Maile Yagi

Aloha Dancers!

This is an announcement to let you know that the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is NOT having their scheduled Valentines Dance on February 8, 2013, at the Wahiawa Rec. Center.  THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Instead, we will ALL BE ATTENDING (You, me, and anyone interested), the Dance at the Palladium on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 6:00 -9:30 pm. held by Aiea Ballroom Dance Association.  The music will be played by DJ Bert Burgess, on 1/2 of the ballroom, on the kitchen [ewa] side of the ballroom.

Instead of  having WBDC's Valentine's Dance, we are coming out of the country! We will show our support and share our "Valentines" with  our sister dance club, at the Palladium!

JOIN US! YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO COME! Let us bring the party there!

If you need a ride there, please call Carol Kohagura at 623-7256, to arrange transportation to the Palladium with any of the available WBDC Board Members. If you can help with carpooling, please give Carol a call to let her know if you would also be available to provide transportation.
As per Peter Sy, he can pick you up at the Wahiawa Recreation Center.


On another note...


Reserve this date for the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's 44th Anniversary Dance,
to be held at the
Helemano Plantation, Camp 808!
More details will be coming to you very soon!
In the meantime.... mark your calendar and reserve the date you won't regret!

Aloha Ahui Hou,
Maile Yagi for WBDC

Pub's Side Note: There are three rules for getting guaranteed hits in a blog. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. Happy Holidays.


The Industrial Park

On Oahu where we have worshiped Honolulu as the Mecca for decades, many tend to accept living in bedroom communities without a place nearby to work and make a living. In Waianae the economics are a little more understood. Minimum wage on the Waianae Coast, the North Shore or Windward is ten times better than minimum wage in Honolulu and "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."
"Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion."
The residents of the Waianae Coast, like the North Shore and the Windward Side, live in Paradise except for the drag of being permitted of having only a bedroom community. Keep the country, country was not coined by country people. It was coined by the wheelers and dealers in  downtown Honolulu. Why? If you think about it you will know why, without a doubt.
"Stardust" by Artie Shaw
In too many sections the big bucks have been in the high end of the housing market, such as in Kapolei. Not enough normal people to warrant a large commercial district. Many come from far away to shop there instead of Honolulu. But the 10 million dollar homes are usually vacant for a large part of the year. They got the money, Sonny.

"Tuxedo Junction" by Glenn Miller

The high end of the housing market nearby has force Campbell Industrial Park to charge as much as downtown Honolulu. The solution for many in West Oahu has always been, to have jobs available closer to home. But, the Rail People will find ways of voting that nonsense down. And we all know why.
For the majority of the home owners in the West, North and East coasts, the perfect answer is the Industrial Park but of course this has been voted down by the rail people and their backers so many times, the downtown money makers. And many of our legislators are paid by special interests such as the rail people. And everyone has seen their methods, Caldwell and the PRP (by hook or by crook.)
In China, this type of Industrial Park has over 2000 employees from the surrounding residential area, over 25 miles from the big city. Many are being set up the
 same way in South America designed to relieve congested cities.
"I coulda been home in 20 minutes," applies to them too.

This type has been voted down time and again by the rail people for West Oahu. Each could have about 2000 workers from the vicinity. That would be 2000 less cars on the freeway every day going to town, 2000 less cars in downtown Honolulu traffic and 2000 less cars coming back from each section. But they are thinking of the big bucks in profits from the rail tragedy. It's the bread, Fred.

The articulated bus (one tandem) proven in China and South America and
the data being reinforced in Europe. No more rail misadventures there.

With the addition of Articulated buses in the #40, 91, 92 , 93 and 94, the rail becomes superfluous. But of course the billions and billions of dollars in profits by the few are more important. So many have been conned, People in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego have already recognized it as an assault on the citizens of these entire Islands by Caldwell con men and assisted by some of our key legislators.

You want a little more later, it is readily available. The Bi-Articulated bus (two tandems.) Already in use and proven, At a million a piece, how many can you buy with 100
million dollars (one tenth of one billion)? You smart?
Pub's Side Note: Let's get some thinking people out there. All agree now, the rail fiasco gonna go over Eight Billion dollars. Ha, nobody knew? Caldwell, PRP, Boylan and company knew. And it may go to ten. Easy money, Sonny. But the buses continue their deterioration.

Monday, January 28, 2013


I thought to include this in as an example of some people who intend to share dance information with our fellow dancers. Most of us consider this "communication" which does differ somewhat from advertising. My hope is that more people appreciate it.

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that
will never do any harm to the world.  ~Voltaire

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From Mary Beth Van Hoogstraten:
Hi dancers,

Dance Tuesday at Cupola, AND also, SDCH Swing Dance Club Hawaii has dances on 3 Sundays in Feb. 2013! SO....  DANCE THIS Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 6:30-9:30pm. at CUPOLA, on the 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. (Corner of Kapiolani & Piikoi). Live music by Jesse Gonzalez and breaks DJ'd by Lucas Jaime Swing, ballroom, Latin dancing, and sometimes a country 2 step too!

All are welcome, admission is FREE, and FREE PARKING too! 

Food and beverage are available for purchase. Discounted pupu menu if you order before 7pm!
For more info, contact: Lucas Jaime, ph: (917) 568-3173;
Yanna Samkova, ph: (732) 499-0407;

AND..... SDCH =  Swing Dance Club Hawaii has dances on:
 3 SUNDAYS in February at the Palladium!
Dates: Feb. 3, 2013 + Feb. 10, 2013 + Feb. 24, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Location: Palladium, Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, 2nd floor
404 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

West Coast Swing, cha cha, nightclub 2 step, waltz, hustle, country 2 step and more!
DJ Music by Bert Burgess
All are welcome! Invite others and bring friends!
Cost: $5 Members and $8 Non-Members
Membership Fee $15 per annual Year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013)

for current SDCH Members Only!
NOTE: Non-member may attend ONLY the WCS lesson
6:30-7pm and dance 7-9:30pm for $8.00!

When: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Where: Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, 1st floor,
404 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
Time: Dinner 5-6:30pm, WCS Lesson 6:30pm on 2nd floor,
Dance 7pm-9:15pm on 2nd floor
Note: Renew/join SDCH by Feb. 3, 2013 dance to be eligible for the free Valentine Dinner/Dance!
Deadline for Reservation, RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 to: 
Roland Reaver (808)457-9818
Rusty Chun(808)778-6480
Joe Gerarden (808)529-8816

See you there!  (If my foot is strong enough)
    @    \|/  Mary Beth Van Hoogstraten  @
               Email: \|/
              Phone: (808)734-7222
         Address: 1331-B 9th Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816

Opinions or Journalism

Should bloggers remain journalistic with their content, or be as opinionated as they feel necessary? You can be sure that in our blogosphere, no one person is going to dictate our guidelines, nor is one club. That is why we seek many different Guest Authors and so many different opinions. Cookie Cutter deals or Clones are not what we are looking for.

"Our life's a stage, a comedy: either learn to play and take it lightly
or bear its troubles patiently."

Blogging can be a profession, and also a personal means of communication. It has been around for a few years now, but our blogosphere is relatively new. There is still an ongoing debate over the etiquette a blogger should use when constructing an article.

Whichever process you subscribe to, It could be an important practice to explore a tiny bit of several. That within the parameters set by the administrators of our blogs, all should feel free to express their honest opinions & keep flaming to a minimum.

"I'll Be Seeing You" - Bing Crosby

In part, the merging of traditional journalism to the world of blogging and online publishing has raised some important expectations around what a writer should do and how they ought to behave. This excludes anonymous writers.

But making that decision for your own blogging purposes can be difficult. This may be affecting your fellow bloggers on the same blog. Though we are fortunate, so far, to accept that in our blogosphere each Guest Author or contributor is expressing his/her own honest & personal opinion and it should be accepted as such.

The matter of holding people accountable for their own online content is an attitude that has swelled over the years, changing the expectations of readers. We should continue along this same line. And we will get differing opinions which we welcome wholeheartedly, thank you.

Blogger's Law #14: For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Pub's Side Note: To see the slide show in Dancing in the Dark. You must double click the icon. Then when the entire photos appear, you must click "slideshow" in the upper left hand side. Used to be easier than this before they got the fancy programmers.

Dance Hawaii 4th Anniversary Ball

I post it here also to help spread the word and have them become more solid in our dance atmosphere. Will there be another club? Of course, but the private clubs are passé.

Pub's Side Note: I hope I have a camera working. With five cameras I should be able to work one of them. I just don't have it in me anymore. I have to get some help from someone. Then we may be able to get some photos eventually from someone who is not on facebook, photobucket, picasa etc. I know there are millions and millions of photos there. But the only ones of value, to our reader/dancers are my favorites or your favorites. And not just of me, me and perhaps me also. That is two, or three photos. Now that is something.
Additional: To see the slide show in Dancing in the Dark. You must double click the icon. Then when the entire photos appear, you must click "slideshow" in the upper left hand side. Used to be easier than this before they got the fancy programmers.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

If the Rail can be stopped

Our Kind Of Dancing:

Now is the time to live out your passion - Transform the moment into an event - Get into Dancing for fun - Explore what is known only to a lucky few.

Share the body movement with your partner to music, and be passionate about it - Exercise your body, dance a fast Swing like there is no tomorrow.

Build something of real value for your entire life and increase your own energy - Then pause to enjoy the flavors, the colors and the textures of the Cultural Dance Scene. - - And be nice to the world around you.

Tango Argentino by Art Hemenway

I assume that most tangueros can recall seeing a dance performance that they consider the greatest of their lifetime. For me, I think it was at the Queen Elizabeth theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the legendary revue, Tango Argentino played after skipping my home town Seattle. of course, the show exceeded the expectations of all of us who drove north to see it.

What dazzling displays of dancing, singing and music! I thought the high point of the evening was the low key dance of Milena Plebs and Miguel Angel Zotto dressed in black evening clothes for "The Continental." The couple appeared at stage right and glided slowly across the stage to the music La Comparsita. 

They just performed a tango walk, nary a turn, ocho or gancho. But when they reached center stage I was amazed to see the entire audience arise and give them a standing ovation, just for walking. The audience response was almost as thrilling as the spectacle of the dance.

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

Only the dancers in the audience could appreciate the extraordinary physical control that went into that smooth slinky walk. And I wondered how many professionals in the audience noticed that the couple was not dancing in time to the music. During the stage crossing each foot touched the stage about one half second after the beat. The dramatic suspense and relief as each foot of the couple stretched out and touched the stage slightly after the beat was devastating.  *  *  *

Pub's Side Note: Yes, it takes two. But takes more than that for hits. This blog doing badly. I am sure I have diluted the readership. A Guest Author on any of the blogs is the perfect solution.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Sweetheart Ball, HBDA

Received from June Kadomoto of HBDA,
a good size poster of the coming Valentine's Day Dance

Plenty of dancers in the Mililani, Waipio area that go dancing elsewhere. Maybe they will try this in town. Of course we really don't hear much about them. Waikele, Waipio and Mililani are ripe. The only thing that will kill them is if the Rail stops the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center. There are big, big bucks in profits for somebody in the Rail, so we don't know. It's the dough, Flo.
"Till The End Of Time" - Perry Como

But the windward side maybe looking good, they will still have buses but if they screw it up as bad as it is in the West and Town, everybody loses. We don't hear much about them. We will get there.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Cultural Dancer Defined

Apparently in town, there are already plenty of Cultural dancers, but perhaps they do not yet regard themselves as such. Thirty years ago many used to say, "I am a social dancer" somewhat defensively but no longer. In Cultural Dancing, the music and our interest in expressing it binds us together as a cohesive community. It has been there all the time across a large part of the world and we have developed a little pride in our type of dancing.

"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."

If there were a Bronze or beginner division in Cultural dancing it would consist of at least 30 moves for each dance. Since you cannot cover all in one dance there is enough to go around for the next dance. This seems to be sufficient when a man wants to dance with a relative stranger and still have the possibility of having fun in a strictly social situation.

The Silver or intermediate level dancer could have at least 40 moves at that level for each dance. These could be used for steady or regular dance partners. At this point you realize you really are a dancer. Where you see the ladies often and both of you are aware of each one's dance capabilities.

"She's Out of My Life" by Michael Jackson

The Gold or advance division would be for people interested in exhibitions and competitions. If there are at least 500 documented steps in each dance, that leaves over 400 for their use. Where you open your arms and hold your hands far apart, Tah Dah! Or you make Hawaiian Sunrise (both arms up) or Hawaiian Sunsets (both arms down) strictly for show. You all know the flashy show business moves and that ain't us, we are cultural dancers, because it is in our culture.

The basic moves are the regular moves made in most dances. regular walks, rock step, Chassé, slow and quick step and the different music beats that will be followed. We don't even have to speak the same language verbally because we can communicate through the rhythms of the music.

While stylistic differences abound in cultural Dancing, the music and love for it is consistent. The realization and acceptance of the cultural dancers with time will lessen the impact of the use of the "correct" method in some of the disciplines. Their authorities may not be mine or yours.

"Don't wish for more than you are willing to work for."

Pub's Side Note: For more on social dancing look into Honolulu Dancing Guide. They have some good ideas of social dancing but most of it covers the night club circuit. They are not quite sure what International dancing is. They even think we are International Dancers, Ha! We can all have a good laugh at that one.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Line Dancing is it.

It seems to be coming out clearly, that the best developing dancers are coming into the partner dancing world of Cultural Dancing from the line dancers. It used to be the club dancer that evolved from "street" dancing, but that is becoming scarce nowadays.

"I should not believe in a God who does not dance." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Meanwhile, line dancing is already an accepted part of the Social Dance scene. So men wannabees can get more into that, even if just for the fun of it. "That's it!" And just let it roll. The basics are Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Swing and Tango. All the rest are pheripherals.

First you'll learn to enjoy moving to the music that is usually played in most social dances, or recreational dances or cultural dances and perhaps even in Night Clubs. Eventually we will find the best terminology. And in line dancing they have one of the greatest inventions in the world, the Playlist. You will learn to dance to the music not the beat. It will be because you like that song, not because you can dance rumba to it.

Then you will develop, on your own, just dancing and enjoying the few sequence steps in each dance, the "timing" for each dance. Anyone can step one, two, three on the Waltz, but very soon, the "rhythm" comes in and you will want to stress the movement on the one count. Natural.
"Dancing the Electric Side to the Electric Boogie song."

Then you will develop your own unique style, all on your own and you will feel comfortable with the entire package, music, timing, rhythm and your own style. From there it is just skip and a jump to partner dancing. There are over 500 documented steps in every dance. To dance socially and for fun, keep away from anything that smacks of intermediate or advance. That is for OP (Other People.)
The usual story is people want to be "dancers" and their primary intentions are not to learn to move to music. They learn the Bronze (beginners) and they are eyeing the Silver. They are hoping to be Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers overnight. When well into the Silver they are eyeing the Gold. And they finally get to the Gold division they realize they'd better go back to basics. Happens every time. LAGS (latest and greatest syndrome) is not entirely the fault of the dance teachers.
Pub's Side Note: New slide show methods. Programmer come in two sizes, the Simplifiers and the Complicators. The slide shows now got the complicators. Now you must double click the dance icon and you get the photos, but then you  have to click the upper left that says, "slide show" and then you get the slide show. Auwe!

Nick Nacs

Dancing in the Dark seems to be finally in. I should know better, I just get impatient. Check it out, it is beginning to flesh out with some goodies. Any suggestions will be surely appreciated. Just made contact with Kauai and that is good news from the neighbor islands. Our Oahu readers are getting more interested in the Neighbor Islands. And in fact the neighbor islands are getting more interested in us too. Sounds right?

"The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it."

Since Line Dancing has been really accepted as part of our cultural dancing we must try to convince more men newcomers to get their feet wet in Line dancing. It is much too lop sided with ladies. Hopefully we can get someone with a good write up on the Line dancers. It will complement very nicely with the good blogging we have now. What about Whitmore Village?

"A Thousand Stars" by  Kathy Young & the Innocents

For those that have Web sites, wherever.
You may look at our blogs as "Redundant" which is quite all right. We can all forget about it and we should not trouble you again.

You may look at our blogs as "Instead of," and that may be a little too drastic. Take your time and think it over. We do not ask anyone to get rid of your other Public Relations.

We can all benefit if you look at it as "In Addition to" which is a little softer and you don't lose a thing. What ever comes into any of our blogs is "in addition to" your news in the Star Bulletin, Time Magazine or whatevah. It should be a plus.
"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion

Song from Up Close and Personal (1996) - This song was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 6 weeks beginning in March 1996. It won the Grammy for Best Song Written For Motion Picture or Television and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Central Valley is getting pretty solid as a blog. Anyone from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Dot's in Wahiawa, Just Tacos, Mililani and Mililani Chapter HBDA? Just start as Information and Photo Contributors. No commitments, just send in whenever it suits you. When you see that the results are good for everyone, you may want to get in as Guest Author. Then you can get in, write, insert photos, publish and get out without saying boo to anyone. We invite, all you have to do is accept. We provide the platform and you use it whenevah.

Pub's Side Note: Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Adagio, Tito and Billy, 808 Easystreet this week!

Been out of the loop with a bug for a couple of weeks but now ready to help polish the dance floor.

Just in Adagio will be playing this Thursday @ the Saint Louis Alumni Hall (AKA SLA) 6:30-9:30 PM. $5 cover. Heard some Youtube offerings and they are sweet.

The Saint Louis Dance Hall is located: across from Honolulu stadium park on Isenberg St. next to the First Hawaiian Bank on the corner. In the same building as "Da Kitchen" fronting Isenberg.

St. Louis Alumni Hall, Bar & Cafe. Food/pupus from Maui ’s own “Da Kitchen”, and FREE parking in their lot which is usually full.

There is also free parking available at First Hawaiian Bank next door, (where I park) but you'll need to get a (free) parking ticket from the St. Louis Alumni staff collecting the $5 admission to put into the "park box" for the corresponding stall number.
Tito & Billy
Friday Tito and Billy are playing the Elks Waikiki from 5-9 PM. You can sign is as guests of the band. The are great and play everything. Won't want to miss them.

Saturday 808EasyStreet has a gig @ the Aloha Beer Company (next to Sam Choy's on Nimitz.) 7-10 PM. 808ES is a tight clean group that sounds like a CD in live performance. Love this group have danced to them several times and love listening to their material which includes Kalapana, America etc.

ABC has valet parking and great pupus to go along with their very good local brew offerings. They have a wonderful sampler if you want to try all they have to offer!

There are more details/links for these happenings and more@ my fav social dance site:

Hope this helps with your dance plans,


Monday, January 21, 2013

Dance Fusion Continues

Several years ago the Dominican group Aventura was probably the best known bachata group worldwide with its single "Obsesion" having dominated for a long time radio play both in Latin America, US Latino markets, and countries as distant as Italy and Sweden. While he is superseded in the international audience by Aventura, for the Dominican audience, the most popular of the modern bachateros has undeniably been Antony Santos. Other artists of note include Luis Vargas, Raulin Rodriguez, Zacarias Ferreira, Frank Reyes, Monchy y Alexandra, Domenic Marte, Andy Andy, Leonardo Paniagua, Los Toros Band, and Joe Veras.

"The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition."

The basic footwork of plain vanilla bachata is a series of simple steps that produce a back and forth or sideways motion. A schematic footwork would be as follows: starting with the right foot make a chasse to the right on counts 1,2,3. On 4, touch the left toe beside your right foot (alternatively, tapping the left toe in place, i.e., apart from the right foot, make an upwards jerk with the left hip). Then do the same from your left foot. The character of the dance is achieved through sensual hip and body movements.

For Bachata Tango you basically incorporate the bachata footwork to the Tango music. This should be the last of the Bachata Tango for awhile. We don't know yet what will develop with this. It may just be another flash in the pan.

"I Will" by Ben Taylor from Bye Bye Love (1995)
Yes, that is the son of James Taylor and yes, that is a cover of a Beatles song.
One of the favorite songs of all time.

Samba-Tango fusion we covered last year, but haven't heard a thing since then. It probably is still there, just not taking the world by storm.

Samba, We are still expecting Da reel Teeng. Somewhat different than our disciplines. The night clubs are getting a little experience in it. The Brazilian with the use of more ordinary basic chasse into more different patterns similar to other dances. And the Samba music is getting better all the time, slow for ballads, the medium speed for a swinging samba.

Filipino Tango and the fusion with American Tango on Oahu, we are still waiting for. Some people seem to know about what it is all about but for many it is a big question mark, so the issue is still in doubt. I personally, would like to see the creation of a unique Hawaiian Tango.

"Blue Tango" by Leroy Anderson

American Rumba with Mambo steps is moving slowing but it is moving into the social dance, specially in the night clubs. The basic now accepts an alternate, breaking with a Rock step on the loud noise. We just need more night clubbing in West Oahu.

Milonga has long been overlooked except as an icon. It was the original tango not from Africa or Europe but from the Indian dances of the day before the illegal aliens arrived on the continent. It was a walking dance step, with six to 10 steps and then a small pounce (like a cat) no partner. The Milonga music was incessant with no accents but overpowering for the lower class intruders. The music is what inspired them to dance it like the Indians. Much of the Indian music in the Villages was of the incessant kind, from Mexico to Tierra Del Fuego. The bigger the group the more varied the beat.

"El Choclo" by Placido Domingo

Modern day Milonga uses the same basic elements as Tango and requires a greater relaxation of legs and body. Movement is normally faster, and pauses are not made. It is rather a kind of rhythmic walking without complicated figures, with a much more "rustic" style than Tango. Most tango people recognize Tango or Milonga. If it kick starts with "Arrumff" it is Tango. If it starts, bam, bam, bam, bam it is Milonga.

There are different styles of Milonga: Milonga Lisa (Simple Milonga), in which the dancer steps on every beat of the music; (Filipino Tango) and Milonga con Traspié, in which the dancer uses Traspiés or contrapasos (changes of weight from one foot to the other and back again in double time or three steps in two beats) to interpret the music. The Chassé. Thus, dynamics may be danced without having to run fast or without the use of much space. Then is when you phase over into Tango.


Line Dancing

Line Dancing, A Dance Floor Favorite
By Treva Bedinghaus, North Shore

What Is Line Dancing?
Line dancing is exactly what its name implies: people dancing in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows.

"Try to cultivate good habits - the bad ones grow wild."

All of the dancers performing a line dance face the same direction and perform the steps at exactly the same time. Although there are usually several lines of dancers, small groups may only form one line. Line dancers rarely interact with each other during a dance, as the steps are performed by everyone at the same time.
Free Orkut and My Space dance Graphics Glitters

Line Dancing History
Although many popular line dances are set to country music, the first line dances did not originate from country and western dancing. Line dancing is believed to have originated from folk dancing, which has many similarities. Contra dancing, a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines and perform a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line, probably had a huge influence on the line dancing steps we are familiar with today. During the 1980's, line dances began to be created for popular country songs.

Line Dance Format
Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as "counts." Generally, one count equals one musical beat, with a particular movement or step taking place at each beat.

A line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. For example, a 64-count dance would contain 64 beats. The number of beats does not necessarily equal the number of steps, however, as steps can be performed between two beats or over more than one beat. Line dances are made up of a certain number of steps, with each step identified by a catchy name.

Line dancing Today
Because its steps are simple and don't involve dancing with a partner, line dancing is ideal for singles and nondancers. One can learn the basics very well in rhythm, timing and the different kinds of music used in regular Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Line dancing is taught and practiced in country and western dance bars, social clubs and dance halls around the world. One of the most popular line dances performed today is the Cha-Cha-Cha Slide. Though the problem on the Latin dancing is that they usually lack the Latin touch in the music.

Dance the Electric Slide to the song Electric Boogie.

Pub's Side Note: Central Valley people seem to be holding back, possibly a tendency to Private Clubism. Waikele and Waipio are wide open for this. But the fact seem to be arising that Line Dancing is the best trainer for the wannabee street dancer. Aside from learning the music which is usually used in partner dancing and the timing according the different music styles. A very important factor is developing your own unique comfortable styling that goes with street dancers. From there Partner Dancing is a skip and a jump.