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.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Information Needed

Who For? The reader/dancers of this blog. Simple?

Most individuals lack the capacity, time, and motivation to follow and analyze news of the many simple questions that abide in our dance scene. But many of them and their close dance friends often directly experience most of the dance social pleasures and problems.

"The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it."

These limitations are made worse by a news media that tends to over-simplify or over-complicate issues and to reinforce stereotypes, partisan viewpoints, and prejudices. As a consequence, we believed that the public needs the information and photo contributors in our blogs, who could also observe as participants, and help to guide our friends and fellow dancers to a deeper understanding of what is really important in our dance environment.

The problem is the "commitment" and they think there is a commitment. So we must slowly make them aware that they can blog only whenever they damn well please. All we do is provide the platform. With enough contributors we can make each into a many hits blog. From there it is easy to make the blog into an independent entity and I can resign to devote my time to the "Junk" blogs.

"Calendar Girl" by Neil Sedaka

Right at this moment, with more information coming in from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, Dot's in Wahiawa, Just Tacos in Mililani and the Mililani Chapter HBDA in Mililani, we would get hits to rival the best of the other blogs. And communication to the reader/dancers is of prime importance. We do not exist for any other reason.

Pub's Side Note: We cannot do what one person tells us to do. But we can certainly hear what many of you say and then we must move accordingly.

Month End and Month Begin

I have finally reached another threshold. There will be no additional blogs, at least not by me. The two in the West and East Coasts will be banner blogs with few announcements perhaps once a week. But they will also contain the pertinent information on the rest  of the blogs. I have just changed the name on the West to Sea Country, The Land of the Majestic Sunsets. Which is true, I can look out the window from my apartment and see (daily) some of the most beautiful sunsets  in existence.

Q: What do you call a boom-a-rang, that dosen't come back?
A: A Stick.

This one will remain my personal blog to alert my relatives and friends on the mainland and perhaps a few on Oahu too. The rest of the blogs will be available to acquire Information and Photo Contributors, Reporters and hopefully full fledged Guest Authors. They in turn can help me decide the appropriate time to resign and let the blogs become independent. They must go.

"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

The bus situation by the Caldwell administration is so bad, I contemplated moving closer to town, and perhaps even the East side of Oahu. But the Caldwell administration is goofing up there too. He gets his orders from the Rail Disaster Organization, they elected him. Then I thought about Maui, but too much trouble, then I have already set up my "final rites" on this Island so I will just have to put up with this crap. I can help wherever I can in whatever sunset time remains for me.

"Si Vuelves Tu" by Eydie Gorme

Meanwhile, I would suggest your read Richie's terrific blog in Oahu And Beyond blog. He lives in Haleiwa but knows the downtown Honolulu Night Club Scene very well, no doubt about it, a very unique viewpoint.

Any of you that wish to contribute information about the downtown scene, contact me or Richie by using the comments section or if you have one of our email addresses use that. When we lost Da Spin Doctor we lost a lot of hits. It is never "instead of," it is "in addition to."

"Sea Mi Condena" by Pandora

Latin music and Latin dance go together, better than peanut butter and jelly. They are not a part of ballroom dancing, they are a separate function with their own kind of music. Even in our esteemed International Competitions, there is a long intermission between the Ballroom Division and the Latin Division. Changes of costumes and attitude are much in evidence. Dancers that dance to dance, are one kind of people. Dancers that dance to the music, ah? That is a street dancer, Da Reel Teeng.

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.

Kauai, our neighbor island.

From Rae-Marie on Kauai:

Save the Dates:
No Nawiliwili Yacht Club dance this month.
Saturday, March 30, Sun Village Dance
Saturday,  April 6, Latin Night at Aloha Beach Resort
Friday, April 12, North Shore Dance Party
Friday,  April 26, Kauai Ballroom Dance Club Island Social with Starlighters; Convention Hall in Lihue;
7:00 - 10:00; $5.00
Friday, May 10, Kauai Ballroom Dance Club Island Social with Starlighters; Convention Hall in Lihue;
7:00 - 10:00; $5.00
Saturday, October 5, KBDC Anniversary Ball

Dance Classes Around the Island:
Kilauea Neighborhood Center Classes (behind market, next to gym):  Monday nights; 7:00 - 8:00 (with pratice time after class); Beginning West Coast Swing lesson taught by Susie Ayers; Beginning level; $20/ 5 classes or $5/class drop in; No partner necessary; Sponsored by the YMCA North Shore Dance Club and the Kauai Parks and Recreation Department; Contact Diane @ 482-1101 for more info.
For more information about dancing on Kauai, go to kauaidancingblog or email me at

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events.  Remember:  Dancing is good for the body, mind, and soul! See you on the dance floor,

 "Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" All the dancers?
Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect.

And from Maui, some time back;
Most of you know Liindy Hop from your instruction and socials there on Maui. Marcus & Baerbl will reintroduce the basics to solidify your connection, and also teach interesting ways to play with the rhythms.

They will also offer 2 classes in Boogie Woogie, a fast and fun 6-count style danced to Rock 'N' Roll music. They are 6-time German champions in Boogie Woogie--you don't want to miss this!

For dancers who already know the Balboa basic, Marcus & Baerbl will offer some intermediate moves in Bal-Swing. They have won many international awards for their Balboa styling, also.

The Hep Cats have also requested a special class in tricks and aerials suitable for exhibitions to help our performance team with its repertoire.

If you are an experienced lindyhopper and are interested in this challenging class, please contact me.
Hope you'll consider coming! Let me know if you have questions!

Andie Gill  - Hilo Hep Cats
home 959-8216 -

Friday, March 15, 2013

Opinions, What?

The most important for our blogs is the Guest Author opinion which is an editorial opinion. It is the stated opinion of the blogger for anything he or she writes in the blog. And it can vary widely which is what makes it most interesting to our fellow reader/dancers and the hits go through the roof.

"The truth can be too obscure, too plain and too pure. To live it you may have to explode. There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance."

Group opinions are essentially the same and they may come to a head through one person. And that person may only contribute "his or her opinion" only once and perhaps even twice. (They do not wish to get involved with what they think is a commitment.) These are usually very well accepted opinions.

"Step By Step" by the Crests

In the social sciences, there is also a recognition of the clique group opinion such as we have in dancing and it refers to the aggregation of opinions verbally communicated from closely knit people. The biggest has been the well known Creative Researchers And Producers. Generally conceded that they have contributed much to the decrease in dancing interest for the last couple decades. And the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades. In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization.

"Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions

Public opinion in contemporary usage, is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by populations such as the entire island of Oahu. While consumer opinion is the similar aggregate collected as part of marketing research (e.g., opinions of users of a particular product or service). Typically, because the process of gathering opinions from all individuals is difficult, expensive, or impossible to obtain, public opinion (or consumer opinion) is estimated using survey sampling (e.g., with a representative sample of a population).

"La Comparsita" by Julio Iglesias

For us the perfect communication settles down to ten or less blogs and each with ten or less Guest Authors. But we could achieve pretty close to agreement in the enjoyment of dancing in our cultural dance. And with the easy acceptance of all the other styles out there. Hey, hey, we are rolling in the right direction.