Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Portland, Oregon.

Upcoming Dance Events Portland, Oregon. Population less than Honolulu,
but these people like to dance up a storm.

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." --Thoreau

Every Thursday, Dance: 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Waltz Eclectic Thursday nights at Fulton Park
DJ Dennis Myers, Host Colleen Suzanne. All styles of waltz plus an eclectic mix of other dance music. All ages, all levels. Everyone welcome. Fulton Park C. C., 68 SW Miles, Portland. Cost: $7

Sat. May 4, 2013
Lesson:7:30 Dance: 8:30 -11:00. Stacks Image 20
World Cafe at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St, Main Ballroom.
7:30- Lesson: fundamental lesson with Rachel Lidskog
8:15- Dance : DJ Dennis Myers. Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only

Portland Dance Eclectic presents an evening of dancing to some of the most beautiful and danceable music from around the world, in the spacious, friendly ambience of Portland's premiere dance hall. The lounge and bar will be open. Dancing will in the main ballroom and will be continuous from 8:00 to 11:30.

The music will have a variety of latin, swing, waltz, and blues rhythms. . Expect to be seduced into an evening of dancing outside of the typical categories to both familiar and fresh, new music.
Latin, Swing, Waltz, Blues, NC2S and Alternative Tango. Yes, have a playlist.

Sat. May 11, 2013
Lesson:7:30 Dance: 8:30 -11:30. Blues Eclectic Dance at Norse Hall. Blues, West Coast Swing, Blues, Waltz. Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St,
7:30 - Lesson with Marjorie McNair. 8:30: DJ: Sam Liebermen
Cost: $10 for lesson and dance, and a playlist.

Sat. May 18, 2013
Lesson:12am - 3pm. Richard Powers Weekend review with Dean Patton from Seattle Paradise Ballroom, 826 SE Belmont

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Lesson: 10:30 - 11:30 am, Dance: 11:30-2:30 pm.
Waltz Eclectic Sunday Brunch and Dance
10:30 to 11:30 Beginners Lesson by Uwe Hessinger
partnered by Colleen Suzanne
11:30 to 2:30pm: Eclectic Dance music dj'd by Dennis Myers The music we play is a ballroom-like mix of contemporary dance styles: a number of varieties waltz and waltz tempos, swing both east and west coast, two steps, latin and music that you can do both blues and tango style dancing to.
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St, Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only

Pub's Side Note: No one seems to know anything about the Laptop computer. Some one is going buy it for the price or some one is going to get it for free if they got the number.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Latin Dancing

Latin dance is a general label (and a term in partner dance competition jargon) that refers to various forms of ballroom dance and folk dance, and can include a range of perhaps four or five hundred different dances from the original inhabitants in Latin America.

"Charity, good behavior, amiable speech, unselfishness — these have been accepted by all and  declared the elements of popularity."

Ballroom examples established by the dance teachers and dance organizations many years ago, include the cha-cha-cha, rumba, salsa, samba, mambo, danza, merengue, tumba, bachata, bomba, plena, paso doble and bolero. Some also include Argentine tango in this list although many tangueros consider themselves quite unique, which may be true.

"Nostalgias" by Placido Domingo

The British did very well in establishing a firm foundation for it all. The big difference in the Standard and Latin became very evident and they accepted the original rock step in the Rumba and Cha Cha Cha. Consequently there is quite an intermission in their competitions between both divisions. The change in costumes, dance attitudes and of course, the music are profound.

In the American style they divided but only as a convenience to others. They regarded Latin only as part of their ballroom dancing. The Rumba and the Cha Cha Cha have a square basic invented in the US and use the rock step only as an alternative basic. Consequently they have established the Smooth Division and the Rhythm Division for Latin but also to include any fast movement such as Swing. The music also seems to increasingly veer off the original Latin music and it becomes, "You can dance Rumba to it." This is not the same as "You  gotta dance Rumba to it." This will become more evident in the new Latin Nightclub.

 
With the new Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Kailua, their Latin
dancing is going to get rolling and this blog may get hits.

We, the social dancers in the popular Latin dance world, must include the staples that were set up for us. Of course, because we are our own people, we are constantly making changes. At the moment we seem to require, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Latin Waltz. This will be on the musical agenda of the first Latin Nightclub established in the Central Valley of Oahu.
 
"Moliendo Café" by Azucar Moreno

Are there going to be other opinions out there. Of course, we don't carve anything on stone and the dancers will eventually make their own changes. I can imagine a slow, a medium and a fast Samba as three different dance modes and using only the simple chassé as the basic. Wow, whatta dance!



Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cinco de Mayo

At one time they had a nice celebration at Dot's in Wahiawa. And for several years they had a block party at Just Tacos in Mililani. But we hear nothing now, it is all downtown.


This celebration serves to bring awareness to Oahu’s diverse population of 120,000 Hispanics from over 22 nations. It is co-produced by the Arts at Marks Garage, The Arts District Merchant Association, ChinatownGetDown.com, Alma Latina Radio Show and others. This celebration will showcase the diversity of Latino culture in Hawaii and includes music, dance, cuisine and the arts.

Cinco de Mayo is probably the holiday most often celebrated that no one understands. Literally "the Fifth of May," Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862, one hundred and fifty years ago.

France had sent a massive army to invade Mexico. The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand, and, against all logic, won a huge victory.

"Casi Un Bolero" by Eli Goulart

But Things are looking good for a Cinco de Mayo block party in the famous Waipio Business Park for next year. Would be a slam dunk. The White Elephant of the Legacy Ballroom must never happen again. A Ballroom specially designed for eating not dancing. Kapolei would have been perfect except that the Rail Catastrophe is goofing everything up already.

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.






Arthur Murray Party

May Day Lei Day Guest Party
Wednesday May 1st.

"Learn to regard the souls around you as parts of some grand instrument.
It is for each of us to know the keys and stops, that we may  draw
forth the harmonies that lie sleeping in the silent octaves."

Open House Party
8-9:30pm, Wednesday May 1st
Come join the party and enjoy dancing, drinks, and pupus at our May Day Lei Day
Guest Party!!!  Free for everyone to enjoy.
Group Class 7:30pm - Party starts at 8pm!
Call 808.944.0606 with any questions!
Sorry but no Cinco de Mayo here,
but still could be your lucky day.
1221 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite #400
Honolulu, HI 96814

"Crazy" by Patsy Cline
 


The perfect answer, the Articulated Bus, if we just had had enough of them. Unfortunately,
the billions and billions of dollars in the Rail Disaster profit would not be there.

Where we stand today: The Hawaii Supreme Court found unanimously that the State should have made a full Archeological Inventory Survey of the entire route before rail construction began and they ordered work to cease. But in this case they don't have to. The PRP got the money, Sonny. And there is plenty more where that came from. This is a new poliltical machine. The entire state will have to pay, through the nose. We are talking billions and billions of dollars in profits.

 
An Industrial Park in Waianae. Somebody said minimum wage? Dumb Dodos,
everyone knows, minimum wage in Waianae is worth ten times more than
minimum wage in Honolulu. And "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

Pub's Side Note: Parking problems on Oahu are increasing all over as more people are leaving public transportation. The bus system on Oahu continues to deteriorate. Auto sales are going up, naturally and the traffic in town, even on a weekend, day or night is terrible. Da Rail gonna fix that? Dumb Dodos. We need buses, each one that can take 70-90 cars off the road. if the drivers are comfortable in the bus. Here, with the Rail Disaster people taking over, they make it as difficult and as uncomfortable as they can.
 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Taxi Dancing

By Genevieve Bernstein, Hawaii Kai.

An off shoot of the Taxi Dances of yesteryear, is about the great dance explosion that started everything one hundred years ago. In the teens decade the US went dance-mad and much of the world followed suit.

"The secret of many a person's success in the world resides in their insight
into the moods of people and their tact in dealing with them."

This dance craze was given much impetus by a young couple Vernon and Irene Castle. Vernon, the English comedian was working in America in stage musicals and Irene, a wannabee dancer met. He got her a job in the musical he was working in and they were married in 1911.
 
They practiced and practiced, went to Paris as a dance team and were very successful. They returned to New York where they began a series of tea dances that became the rage of high society. And of course other dance teachers bloomed all over.
 
"When The Going Gets Tough" by Billy Ocean

From 1912 to 1915 over 100 ballroom dances were created. The Castles founded Castle House, a studio for teaching a refined type of dancing. A natural sociological function to distinguish themselves from the "street dancers," the lower classes. Much as the Internationals have done in present day Hawaii.

They created many dances, the Castle Walk, the Castle Valse Classique, the Castle Tango, the Castle Last Waltz, the Castle Combination, the Castle Lame Duck, and the Maxixe. And most of their dances became fashionable in most American upper class ballrooms. And they firmly established the terminology for this type of dancing as "ballroom."

When they first founded Castle House, they had trouble finding a band that played music suitable for their dances. They met James Reese Europe (a black man) and engaged him as their personal musician. Many black musicians in New York looked down on syncopated music. Ragtime was associated with minstrel shows. Europe decide that his future lay in popular music and realized the power of syncopation, even in the primitive form of those days and made great use of it. He played in Carnegie Hall in 1914 ten years before the great Paul Whiteman.


Legacy Ballroom in Waipio, an example of a modern day ballroom. There is no record of anyone ever dancing on those floors. Dinners? Of course. A ballroom in Hawaii has not meant dancing it has meant eating. Someday, there will be a new one built "The Ecstasy Cultural Dance Room." And you can bet your dance shoes that it will be for dancing.

Pub's Side Note: It is pretty clear now that within two hours from the first attack by North Korea, anywhere, - the entire Capital city of Pyongyang and millions of innocents will disappear from the face of earth. We can do this with just one of our big ones. They are asking for it and we will oblige.

Personal

The personal part is shaping up. Relatives come first. My neice, Yvonne and her daughter Bridget who have been doing a good job of keeping me informed and I have seen them more than I have seen anyone of my other relatives.

"It requires less character to discover the faults of others
than is does to tolerate them."


Yvonne keeps me informed on her travels and she knows I enjoy hearing that my relatives are having a good time. I am not the only one that lives in paradise. She along with her mother, my sister Bea. just celebrated their birthdays and I was able to contribute to their happiness.


Left: Bea and on the right, Scott, Bea and Bridgit
 
Then I have my two sisters, Bea and Tillie and they have some general news, as per usual, to say now and then. I keep in touch as far as their birthdays and I know they share.

Jacob
So I have my granddaughter Tracey and her son Jacob, who communicate with me regularly and I just got an up to date photo of my great grandson Jacob. And his birthday is coming up in May. I should find out the date of Tracey's birthday. I know that whatever I can contribute will be shared and that is good enough for me.

Then lately I am having some contact with my people back in Nicaragua. Some back when they knew me as Profe. They were kids then, in Nicaragua. Pinki now lives in Tennessee and Daysi in Florida. Added to this I have Vard Omeir my present connection in Bluefields. He hasn't communicated in a while but I am hoping, for the check I sent just cleared my  bank.

"La Distancia" por Roberto Carlos

We have a good start and of course first they have to tune in a see what is already here. Then hopefully they can add to it now and then. With the addition of a Guest Author the others may see what it develops into. Then it will be theirs, all I can do is try.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

WBDC from Aunty Maile

 ALOHA DANCERS!
Just a few reminders to kick off the week!
WBDC's NEW Line Dancing Class Session begins!

Session begins April 24 until
May 29, 2013 for SIX WEEKS!
Instructor, Carol Kohagura will be teaching line dancing variations, using incorporating rhumba, merengue, waltz, swing, cha cha cha, tango, steps, etc.

Class schedule: Every Wednesday night,
from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Place: Wahiawa Recreation Center,
Hale Hookipa Room.
Cost of the six week session is $10.00 per person. If you are not an active member of WBDC, please add on $5.00pp membership fee for a calendar year.

Reserve this day for YOU!
COME for fun and enjoyment &
DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!

"The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva
 
While I got you online, please reserved a date for yourself to WBDC's Monthly Dance on Friday, May 10, 2013! Here is your time to dance and have fun, practice the dance steps that you have learned from your dance classes, may it be ballroom, line dancing, or any other kind of dancing.

This is an opportunity for you!
 

Speaking about opportunities that are provided for you from WBDC, just know that WBDC tries to provide you with the opportunity to come together once a month for a very low cost.  Every month, you have this opportunity to practice your dance steps and apply what you have learned from your dance classes. With that, we also try to add a little bit of spice and mix it up with a little bit of fun, as we create themes with theme music, (optional) theme attire, and delicious potluck foods.
 
"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey
 
Please keep in mind that the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance is not your typical high class and formal type of dance club.  Our philosophy is to learn your dance steps as best as you can.  As much as total perfection is a good thing, it may not be as realistic as one might think, and so, we focus on the enjoyment of dancing.  With that, we combine our enjoyment with the friendship and camaraderie of all the friendly people that show up, and do it in an atmosphere that everyone can feel relaxed. That is just the nature of WBDC.
 
Uh oh...sometimes, we take it to the next level, and out of the box. it's called hanging loose!
Hola!
Maile Yagi, for WBDC

Pub's Side Note: I don't mind making changes as long as we realize that we are not perfect but we can always make corrections and get closer to pleasing everyone.
 
 


Cinco de Mayo Coming Up

When I first got here, several decades ago, one of the pleasant surprises was to see the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Honolulu. I had no idea that anyone in Hawaii knew of this Mexican Holiday.

"Common sense ain't so common. Do not try to live for ever.
You will not succeed."

I even came across an old story, you probably heard it too. Way back in the 1860s, the Mexicans were very much into Mayonnaise. They thought it was the absolute greatest. So there was a boat from the US bound for Mexico with 50000 jars of Mayonnaise. Unfortunately it came upon a storm in the Gulf of Mexico and sank. The news hit Mexico like a shock wave and they made it into a new national holiday and called it, "Sinko de Mayo"


Information received direct from Alma Latina Productions

Cinco de Mayo Street Party in Downtown Honolulu
Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: Hotel Street and Nuuanu Avenue, Downtown Honolulu

This celebration serves to bring awareness to Oahu’s diverse population of 120,000 Hispanics from over 22 nations. It is co-produced by the Arts at Marks Garage, The Arts District Merchant Association, ChinatownGetDown.com, Alma Latina Radio Show and others. This celebration will showcase the diversity of Latino culture in Hawaii and includes music, dance, cuisine and the arts.

The Cinco de Mayo Street Festival specifically highlights Honolulu’s connection to all the beautiful colors, dances, arts, music, folklore and cuisine of Latin America.

Local Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban restaurants will feature seasonal specialties, alongside downtown landmark establishments and the best of Honolulu lunch-wagon eateries. Expect Nachos, spicy Chili Con Queso, Tamales and Horchata, Elotes and Pasteles, alongside Chicken Mole and Green Rice, Mexican Pizza, Lamb & Chicken Biryani, French crepes and Cheesecake. There will be more in the follow up.

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.

Oldies Bash Poster

Wendell Kwan has been gracious enough to send us a poster of the upcoming smash at the Pacific Beach Hotel. I asked for a few more words from someone, but he says the poster speaks for itself. Right On. Wendell, there will be time enough later.


This developing Peer group is looking better all the time. A peer group is a group with members of approximately the same age, social status, and interests. In this case the appreciation of the classic music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. That music that will remain unforgettable even for many of the younger folk.
 
"Yesterday" by the Beatles
 
Pub's Side Note: Blogs are more personal, direct and more current communication, They leave an opening for comments in each blog and they are receptive to more formal answers and opinions in the blog itself. The hits go through the ceiling. Real Social Media is much different than anything any of us have come across before. New to me too.
 
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shall We Dance?

Hang In There!
By Frank Takahashi, Wahiawa

Having just finished college on the Mainland, I took a Ballroom dance class at Arthur Murray's in 2004 as a way to meet the fair sex. Sound familiar ?

"We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive …
and part of the living, incarnate cosmos." -D.H. Lawrence

The course taught 6 dances and we met 6 Tuesdays for an hour. I paid close attention, I tried hard, and I was pleased to receive several compliments. I was excited when the instructor invited the class to go Ballroom Dancing with him the coming Friday for "Graduation".  I even remember going over my notes thinking what a great time I was going to have that night !

Talk about a set up ! I never had a chance. First I found I couldn’t tell a Tango from a Waltz from a Swing to save my life. To my inexperienced ear, they all sounded the same. Then once the instructor told me what dance it was, I realized I could not remember the steps. The poor women in the class, bless their hearts, encouraged me to try and reminded me of some of the steps.

"Hold Me Now" By The Thompson Twins

Then I found out I didn’t know how to lead the steps ! In class we had memorized the patterns. I started to seethe. Next I found I couldn’t hear the beat and think of the steps at the same time. Now I was angry ! The ladies tried to cheer me up. They said none of the other guys were doing very well either. Oh, great. That makes me feel much better.

But nothing prepared for the final acid pill. There was a girl in the class I had a hopeless crush on. I had tired unsuccessfully to dance with her three times that night. As she sat there twiddling her thumbs at the table, the instructor came over and asked her to dance.

She couldn’t remember a thing either, but once he put his big arms around her she started to Waltz like Cinderella. She smiled and laughed and forgot about me. Hmmm, so this is what leading is all about. I just crossed my arms and steamed. It was obvious in the game of leading and following, the guy got the short end of the stick.
 
"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

I contemplated the cosmic joke that the sex that needs the easier part somehow got stuck with the harder part. No Fair ! Where do I go to report this injustice ?  No, I was not the winner. I soon left. Despite my total humiliation, afterwards I decided not to quit.  I sure am glad I didn't.  Nor should you. I am still having the time in my life in the social clubs and even in the nightclubs.
 
"Through these blogs read the most informed cultural dancers in the Pacific."
 
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Knic Knacks

Our newest and bottom blog in hits is of course, NxNW Oahu. The geographical center has been temporarily set where the Turtle Bay Hilton is located so they will cover the Eastern part of the North Shore and the Northern part of Windward Oahu. This central location will of course be changed according to the Guest Authors that will eventually take it over.

"A well-grounded assurance is always attended with three fair handmaids:
love, humility and holy joy."

Many of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living in these sections. Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make this blog into Social Media of cultural dance. This a test to see if I can can set it up "long distance." I will just help to build it up, they will inherit it whenever they are ready.


I have found very little on the Western part of the North Shore, and I am now looking for something in the Northern part of the Windward Shore. I have been told that there is plenty there. We will see what we will see. The main thing is that already the Rail Tragedy is screwing up the works in the West with the Rail, not only in the city government. More people are getting interested in dancing on the Windward side. Arthur Murray already has set up a branch studio in Kailua and they know what they are doing.


I know there have been attempts lately of teaching International Style of dance but it went no where. So it looks very good for the American Style especially if they get a few bands playing out there in some nice cozy clubs. Some of the best American Style dancers have been taught in the East by very capable teachers.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller

There is a number that appears each week in the Western Oahu blogs. I get it from the closing Dow Jones on the Friday before. It usually appears by Saturday. It is a form of lottery in which the prize in this case is a used Acer Laptop computer in perfect condition with Window Vista installed. If your Social Security Number ends in the same two digits, the Laptop is yours. I thought I was going to use it extensively so I got a bargain extra battery. You can have that too.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Update Looking Good

Our bottom blog in our blogosphere remains of course, NxNW Oahu. The center for now is approximately where the Turtle Bay Hilton is located so they will cover the Eastern part of the North Shore and the Northern part of Windward Oahu. Many of our reader/dancer have friends and/or relatives that live in these sections.

"If you’re unsure of yourself, dance as though nobody were watching.
If you know you’re good, dance as though everybody were watching."
 
Perhaps they may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make it Social Media in cultural dance. This a test to see if I can set it up "long distance." I will just help to build it up, they will inherit it whenever they are ready.

Most of our blogs are for the beginners and lower intermediates. The higher intermediates and advanced dancers already know it all, so there is not much they can learn in these blogs. There are other blogs for them and it should all be quite understandable. No Hu Hu.

Dancing, for us, is just discovery, discovery, discovery.

We are still getting a lot of flyers that are meant for the entire world of some people’s fans. "To whom it may concern." Many are short, informative and necessary for those that have not seen the information. However we get very very few that are specifically for our reader/dancers. We will get there.

We accept because we must accept but it will be much better when we can develop this into real social media. And that requires input from a lot more people than we have now. The difference is being able to respond with your own opinion, whether the same or different. This is part of what is known as Web 2.0.

The lucky number for the used laptop will now be for entire island blogs. Anybody reading any blog got the last two in your SS#, that's it. Laptop is yours.

"For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and the average hits per day are going up.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, part 2

From Aunty Maile:

All in all, everyone had a super blast!  The people danced like there was no tomorrow and with many  different dance partners. As they used up their dime a dance tickets, they went back to purchase more.

Last but not least, I have to thank my "better" half, Leland Yagi, for his countless hours and nights of searching for "Big Band Dance Music", in order to provide the people with the experience of being in the 1920's, 1930's era. He did an excellent job as usual. By the way, our next dance is in May, when Leland will be providing you with music from "South of the Border!"

Thanks to Rodney and Carol Kohagura for their help in manning the check in table and taking control of the door prizes. Thanks to Ray Ballungay for his beautiful prayer blessing, and president Peter Sy, along with the officers and board of directors, for all the pre and post planning that went into creating this event. Special thanks go out to Linda Tranilla who went out to buy all the lovely orchid and rose centerpieces to adorn the tables.


Aloha Everyone!
Here is a little one pager collage that I put together of WBDC's 44th Anniversary Dance.
This collage was made from my IPhone, so it might not be that good but enjoy the pics!
Maile Yagi

 
With all of those special components combined together, the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club's 44th Anniversary Dance, along with the nicest people that you could ever have in one room, was a absolutely huge success!

So if anyone was able to capture this very special evening by taking photos, and you don't mind sharing them with us, we would appreciate it very much!

Mahalo nui loa,
Maile Yagi for WBDC :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

From Aunty Maile, WBDC Annual

Aloha Everyone!

We had such a wonderful time of dancing and camaraderie last night! I want to thank all of you for coming and for your donations of desserts and door prizes.

Door prizes came in small packages and large packages, but they were all significant. Some door prizes were wrapped and some were not. Nonetheless, there were a few that I could tell what it was.  Among them were the beautiful art work of Arthur Oda, using paper cut-out flowers, over his brilliant and beautifully colored drawings. Another, was the donated door prizes from the Aiea Ballroom Dance Association, a gift with tons of goodies in a pretty pink cloth gift bag. This gift bag was creatively embroidered by the talented Dave Cardell with the lettering ABDA! Then there were, the beautifully hand made leis of yarn, made by Rose Ballungay and last but surely not least, all the kitchen spices, wines, and what have you, donated by Rod and Rose Sabug.

These people were among the many that possesses the resourceful talents that anyone would want.

With that, I want to say that WBDC truly appreciates every door prize donation to the fullest, but unfortunately, we were not able to call out and announce every door prize on the microphone, as we needed to provide enough uninterrupted time for the Taxi Dance Contestants, who were trying to win and use up their dance tickets.

 
CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO THE WINNERS OF THE WAHIAWA BALLROOM DANCE CLUB'S 44TH ANNIVERSARY, "TAXI DANCE CONTEST" WERE...
 
FIRST PLACE: LILIA AUGUSTINE!
 
SECOND PLACE: RENEE CARDELL!
 
THIRD PLACE: MONDAY VERZON!

Among the many scrumptiously delicious desserts were, Art and Joan Oda's custard puffs, Tina Fernandez's Concanin, Gloria Jimenez's Mango cake, and Rod Sabug's famous Ginapiitan soup.

The buffet of shrimp, steak, crab, fish, and all the side dishes, were very delicious  and more than a tummy could handle.  For that, we thank the Helemano Plantation Camp 808 staff for their generosity and hard work.

(to be continued in tomorrow's blog)





Monday, April 15, 2013

Rumba 301

Caribbean Music is not the same as the rest of Latin America. The Son cubano is a style of music that originated in Cuba. The word son (literally meaning 'sound' in Spanish) has also come to be used for other traditional rural musical styles of Spanish-speaking countries.

"Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word."

Son combines the basic structure and elements of native rhythms and percussion instruments of Caribbean origin and the Spanish canción and the Spanish guitar. The Cuban son is one of the most influential and widespread forms of Latin American music: its derivatives and fusions have spread across the world.

The terminology as has been used by historians is quite diverse with many identical items having many terms and many different items have the same term. This can be quite confusing. The name derives from the Spanish word, Rumbo.  "Por ese rumbo," means, "like that," "similar to," "somewhat," and which was applied by the Spanish to all the similar dances in the Caribbean.

"Dazed And Confused" by the Led Zeppelin

Later on Rumbo evolved from the dance to mean "party" or "spree." It is secular, with no religious connections. Over time, rumba ceased to be simply another word for party and took on the meaning both of a defined Cuban musical genre and also of a very specific form of dance.

The term spread in the 1930s and 1940s to the faster popular music of Cuba (the "Peanut Vendor" was a classic), where it was used as a catch-all term, rather like salsa today. Also, the term is used in the international Latin-American dance syllabus, where it is a misnomer for the music used for this slower dance is the bolero-son, much slower. Ballroom rumba is basically son and not based on the authentic folkloric rumba. Similarly, the African style of pop music called African Rumba or soukous is also son-based.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Rumba is danced very nicely on Oahu in Night Clubs and Social Dance Clubs and the only negative is that the music may not be Latin. So you "can" dance rumba to it, but it definitely is not the same as you "gotta" dance rumba to it. This will take a while to permeate all quarters. Our blogs are bringing all this out for our reader/dancers to see, so Rome was not built in a day.

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action.