Friday, March 29, 2013

The Tea (Pau Hana) Dance

In the old days, a Tea Dance was a summer or autumn afternoon or early-evening dance from four to seven, sometimes preceded in the English countryside by a garden party.
"Life is like a library owned by the authors. In it are a few books which they
wrote themselves, but most of them were written for them."

By the 1880s it was noted  "Afternoon dances are seldom given in London, but are a popular form of entertainment in the suburbs" (Not quite the upscale.) The usual refreshments in the 1880s were tea and coffee, ices, champagne-cup and claret-cup, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits.

Even after the introduction of the phonograph the expected feature was a live orchestra – often referred to as a palm court orchestra – or a small band playing light classical music. In the US, the types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes, Tangos and, by the late 1920s, The Charleston, Rumba and some of the fad dances.

"From Rags To Riches" by Tony Bennett

The expenses of a seated supper, wine and candles associated with a ball were obviated by the tea dance, when a stiff waxed canvas dancing cloth strained over the drawing-room carpet was considered sufficient, rather than taking up the carpet and waxing the floor in preparation for dancing.

The dining-room served as the tea-room, with the dining-tables arranged at one end as a buffet. For the older generation a tea dance was a reception akin to an "at home". Floral decorations were modest.

In the United States, the term has been broadened to refer to any casual afternoon dance event. In Hawaii, they have been in and out for fifty years and no one seems to be able to keep them going. There will be one before the end of the year.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Now with the bus situation going from bad to worst and the Rail Fiasco looming in the distance, more people are going for the automobile and will try to avoid the Rail Catastrophe. The Tea Dance or more up to date, the Pau Hana dance, is looking better all the time. From five to nine. Then you have the clear freeway home. Even if it is only on Wednesday evening, it can cut the week in half very pleasantly.

Pub's Side Note: "In Hawaii, dance blogs are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble."

Line Dancing for Men

By John Iwahiro, Waipio:

A reporter is a type of journalist who researches, writes, and reports information to present in sources, conduct interviews, engage in research, and make reports. Loosely defined it has been almost the same with our Information and Photo Contributors which just get the pertinent information and photos into our blogs.

"For the truth is always older than all the opinions people have held
regarding it; and one should be ignoring the nature of truth if we
imagined that the truth began at the time it came to be known."

Lately we have been getting a little information on line dancing in the Central Valley. Waikele -Waipio and even on the North Shore. Seems like in the West the men are coming into line dancing again. Most every one knows that line dancing is western country dancing where the dancers move in unison in lines that resemble military formations. These dances can be done in bars, saloons and dance halls, at parties and at celebrations like weddings and graduation parties.
"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

No place to dance? We shall dance in the streets.
Most all our dancers are aware that people have been line dancing since the beginning of written records of human activity. And most of that time it was by men. Line dancing in the form we see in bars and saloons in the Mainland today closely resembles what were called Contra Dances in New England in the early 1800s.

They were called contra dances because they were in the form of two opposing lines -- one line for the men and one line for the women. Sometime in the late 1800s Chorus Lines evolved from Contra Dances. And of course from it evolved the Chorus Girl, well known throughout the first half of the 20th century.

"A Lovely Night" by Julie Andrews

In the 1940s the Contra dance was brought into popularity again as The Stroll. John Travolta does The Stroll in the movie Grease. By the 1970s, The Stroll had morphed into the type of line dancing that is popular today. However, somewhere along the way, we lost the men in line dancing. On Oahu it has been a ladies dance for too long.

No line dancing on the Coast?
But it seems to be a coming thing in the West. We just don't get much publicity on line dancing.  Could be the ladies wish to keep it a private club and we should respect their wishes. Meanwhile it has definitely become part of our social dance scene and including more men.

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give, so you can copy to your computer.

From "The Rubaiyat" by Omar Khayyam (written a millennium ago)

Come, fill the Cup and in the fire of Spring
Your Winter garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way to flutter
And the Bird is on the Wing.


The Plot Thickens Again.

Some dancers are beginning to realize the perils for us in accepting just anyone as Guest Author in our blogs and they are right. Ha! I hadn't thought of it that way.  Any dance club can get three or four of their members to get in as Guest Authors on a blog and then for all practical purposes the blog would belong to the club and all for their members. Neat.
"A genius may perhaps be a century ahead of his age and hence
stands there as a paradox, but in the end, the race will assimilate
what was once a paradox, so it is no longer paradoxical."

We must be careful in accepting anyone that cannot be independent and free to write their own opinions and not be governed by any outside group. We must avoid the mouthpieces from anywhere. This is getting ticklish now. We want and need people that can express their own opinions in these blogs. That becomes Social Media. You want to write about your club? Fine with us, everyone is welcome, just be careful you are not some ones mouthpiece.

"Image Of A Girl" - the Safaris

Hey, these blogs are beginning to roll! And the Guest Authors we have now are completely independent. They are not mouthpieces for anyone. They write whatever they damn well please. You all remember the Ventriloquist and he had an additional supplement for which he provided the words, and it was called a, -  well you know.

The Latin Beat has been missing. We are coming more across the "You can dance Rumba to it." which is not the same as "You gotta dance Rumba to it." Is anyone out there aware of this fact? It is not understood by many. Rumba is Latin and even in the upper strata's of the International kingdoms of dancing, they know the big, big difference in Caucasian Music/Dance and the Latin whatevah.

"Moliendo Café" por Azucar Moreno

So we will eventually have a Latin Dance Club on this island to enjoy some of the best music ever created on this earth, the Latin music. Sorry, but big, big, difference. And too many of our islanders consider their acceptable ones in a Caucasian mode.

Pub's Side Note: Blogger's Law #41; All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Slowly, but "UP"

The entire enchilada moving forward slowly. First we do not need flyer information and it is becoming understood. Our reader/dancers are special people and in the blogs we are trying to establish communication as social media. Never been done before? Of course not. Difficult to understand? Yes, simply because it has never been done before. We don't even know what we are doing ourselves.

"Being human, we can only receive infinite truth in finite doses."

Advertising becomes boring and Spam is the worst thing we can do to our reader/dancers. The rule in social media is,
First time: It is communication for the reader/dancers and a very necessary item for all.
Second time: Advertising, which is still not too bad.
And the third time it is Spam. I will reassert that we are not that strict, but we must always do the best we can for the reader/dancer.

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters

What do we have to do to establish Central Valley as social media? First the direct information from the reader/dancers to the reader/dancers on this Island via the blog. You do not know who they are? Neither do we, but we will get there eventually. They will let us know. That is social media. Hey, so we don't know everything. Who in the hell does?

Then the photos. Everyone wants to be in by themselves or with a partner as the "star of show." That is not it. We want the reader/dancers to tune in to find themselves in the photos. Therefore we need the best deal we can get. Six seems to be the magic number for one photo. We have people that are recognizable and perhaps we will get more of the same and that means more people, and more reader/dancers. Anybody picking up on this action?

"Blogger's Law #19D: Teamwork is essential.
It allows you to blame someone else.


Rumba 201

The Arrival  of the First Illegal Aliens.

When Columbus and the first illegals arrived, there may have been one million inhabitants of the Caribbean. And they had been dancing for millenniums. And they had been doing this without Africans teachers, - really. And yet everyone can see the modern day Africans dancing just up and down, with no accent whatsoever. And these people can still look you in the eye and say, "The African Slaves are the ones who did it all." Ha!

"Truth is beautiful, without a doubt; but unfortunately so are lies."

In all probability, the natives were dancing up and down with no accent too, but the basic new moves came with the people from Mexico. The slow and the fast step, the rock step, and the chassé which had been developed by the Olmec Indian civilizations in Mexico. They had "professional" dancers and musicians. They did not have any of these movements in Africa, but they had them in the Caribbean long before the arrival of the first illegals. And we come to the music.

The Classes:
For the first two hundred years, the Indians and original inhabitants were by far the largest of any other groups. They continued to dance as they had always danced in spite of the Europeans and the Slaves. And they had their own villages.

The Mestizos, mixed Indian and European stock rapidly became the second largest group, increasing and dancing mostly in the style of the Indians but small changes were being made by the poor and low class Europeans that mingled with the Indians.  These were becoming dominant in the development of towns and cities. The sound of Latin was developing in addition to partner dancing.

The Negros became the third largest group including the mixes with European and were segregated for the first two hundred years into their own enclaves. Upon freedom they remained somewhat segregated and developed their own singing and dancing from the original native styles.
"Moliendo Café" por Azucar Moreno

The Spanish and the other Europeans were pretty much in the minority but were the ones who ran everything and made the big bucks. They kept pretty much to themselves and their European traditions. In fact they imported some European teachers of dance and some small parts may have gone over into the mestizo sector.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Come & Dance at the Pavillion

Received from Maurice Morita:
Come & Dance at the Pavillion by Red Café
747 QUEEN ST (Corner of Queen St and Cooke St)
Richard & Mai Quan

Every Sunday - Live Band, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
$3.00 cover charge

Live Band. 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
$5.00 cover charge

Live Band, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Music DJ, 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

$25.00 per person (all you can eat) includes a 6 course buffet dinner - roast beef, chow mein, salad, rostisserie chicken, crispy gauze, cake.
For ticket reservations - call Mai at 657-0253

"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" - Connie Francis 
Pub's Side Note: If I can make it next month, I can couple it with another Friday or Saturday function, and make a nice write up for both in one big blog, if I can get my press privileges there.

"Once your mind has been enlarged by a truth, it can never return to its original size."

It will have to be Salsa at the Honolulu Club, on Friday, or Dream To Dance Salsa, on Saturday. right down the street. I might be able to get the bike on the eleven o'clock #40 bus and make it back home in Nanakuli by one AM. Once per month might not be so bad.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Granada LA.

It is actually in Alhambra, California, just a short way. A Dance Studio, Restaurant and Night Club. Whatta combo! Someday, it will be built on Oahu, away from the Rail Tragedy, probably, on the Windward side.

From an Internet Review:
Great dance school.... related to another yelp site, The Granada LA, which is about their restaurant and night club. So, as a dance school goes,
1. great floors (yes, more than one floor)
2. great instructions with world class teachers
3. great prices (pay each time, buy punch card, or buy monthly cards w discount)
4.  good variety of dance (check their website for schedule; minor changes monthly)
5. nicely designed lessons that include both technique and dance patterns
6. GREAT FELLOW STUDENTS.... I have to stress, the clientele here is really great; everyone is here for the dance!
7. Free party entry for students!
8 free parking.
I could go on. but you get the drift. Salsa is their main stay, but the cha cha, bachata, rueda, tango, swing, ballroom, zumba, pilates, flashmob, hip hop  and kids classes are avaiable in group setting and are all worth trying.
samba, rumba, quinceneras and other dances, you'll have to book private lessons, for now.
Hope this helps.
They're in Alhambra, off the 10 FWY, head north from Garfield exit. near Main street.
FREE parking structure, and parking lot. take your pick.

Pub's Side Note: And people are dancing.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rumba 101

The modern Rumba - Bolero music is in my opinion the most beautiful music in the world. And the dance that moves to that music is the most pleasant moving to music in existence.  It is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that evolved in the Caribbean as a combination of the musical traditions of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean. The movements and the music had existed for a millennium before the first illegals arrived. It was not brought over by the slaves and it had more influence by the Europeans in their dance and music.
"In this world, all those who seek the truth will also find trouble."

In each plantation you had a couple of slaves from North Africa, a couple from South Africa, a couple from West Africa, a couple from East Africa and so on. Many could not even speak to each other. They were very young teens and someone expects a common culture from these people? The comparisons are ridiculous for the people that know.

The slaves were not permitted in the upper class drawing rooms so they could not witness what was happening there. But they could see what the Indians were dancing and they learned. They did not teach, they learned, and very well indeed. Big difference.

 "Cuando Quieras Dejame"by Pandora

The people of the Caribbean did not suddenly appear when the Spanish got there. In their mass migrations south after crossing into Alaska from Asia, many got to Florida perhaps 20000 years ago, and from there, it was only ninety miles away to Cuba. They may have been the first ones.

When they got to Yucatan in Mexico, much later, perhaps 15000 years ago, it was only 90 miles to Cuba, and naturally, many had to go. Those two groups had to meet eventually somewhere later. That automatically makes Cuba the most advanced area culturally.
"No Es El Momento' por Patricia Gamero

Then perhaps 5000 years ago, they came up from the northern part of South America to the Antilles, only 90 miles away and they dispersed in the islands on the way North. When the first illegal aliens arrived there may have been a million natives in the Caribbean. About what we have in the Hawaiian Islands now.
(to be continued.)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gentry Business Park

Waipio, the advanced community:

Waipio, the advanced community
Gentry Business Park is located within a mature 500-acre master planned development in Waipio in Central Oahu, the initial phase of this 125-acre light industrial park was developed in 1980 and has surpassed its value within the marketplace. They began before the Rail Catastrophe people were formed.

And the Rail Crooks were not going to allow anything like that to happen in the Rail Tragedy Corridor. Heaven Forbid. This means billions of dollars in profits. The Rail Blight is already costing almost one million per day just paying the big shots alone. The Director makes more money than the Mayor and the Governer put together. These guys know how con the local yokels.

"All I Could Do Was Cry" - Etta James
This commercial and retail site served a master-planned mixed-use community with approximately 3,000 residents with such outlets as Costco, a Honda dealership, Kaiser Permanente, Paradise Beverages, Carrier and a new, 99-unit fee simple industrial condominium project.

All underground utilities. Lots may be combined. Long term lease with option to purchase available. Ninety per cent of the people that work here live in the Central Valley area. They will never need a rail in a million years. They will not be conned.

Pub's Side Note: There have been two groups in town that have consistently produced the best International Style dancers on this island. By the same token there have been two groups that have consistently produce the worst International Style dancers on this Island. Who? Ha Ha! We are talking competition here are we not? That is the name of their game.