Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recreational Dancing

Recreational, Universal dancing, Cultural dancing and on the mainland, also known as street dancing. will be accepted in the West Oahu before the dancers in town. Now I am certain of it. First the cliques, the Creative Researchers And Producers and the Rootzi Tootzis are not that heavily involved in West Oahu.

"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory." ~ Oscar Wilde

The "Top" group are the ones that will resist the natural evolving the most. They have always made it known that they dance "correctly" and therefore are different than the rest of us. Now they should accept the fact that we agree with them and they may not be needed for most of us to learn to social dance.

At least in the last half of the last century, all the new dances, fads etc that have come into our dance world, have not been dictated from on top. All new movements will continue to evolve from "movers," the people that are moving to the music of their choice and there is a big, big difference.

"Dear Hearts And Gentle People" by Bing Crosby

One version to learn any dance, - for instance, Waltz. First Line dance for a couple, three months and just try to enjoy the music. Then three consecutive courses with different dance teachers in Bronze. Appreciate the music and the rest of what you pick up is gingerbread. You will be better than than most dancers of Waltz anywhere and able to lead or follow the most moves.

Whereas 20 years ago there was a touch of the confessional with the words, "I'm just a social dancer." Now, there definitely is a touch of pride in the words, "I am a social dancer." Perhaps the Night Club dancers more than those of our group. As we become more certain that there are a hellavah lot more of us than the "Top."

"We don't have all the answers, but we can get pretty close sometimes. Mull it over."

Two elderly women were taking their morning stroll in the Nanakuli Shopping Center. Gladys: 'The whole time that Bill was alive, did you have mutual climax? Ethel thought a while; 'No, I think we always had State Farm."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Salsa follow up

By Jorge Salvatierra, Los Angeles

Diverse Ethnic Origins
There is no one person that invented Salsa dancing. Salsa combines various dances, all based on the dancing by the original inhabitants of the Caribbean. Yes, I have read in many places about, Latino, European and Afro-Caribbean influences.

"It is not our position, but our disposition toward our position that counts."

Contrary to the belief, the slaves were not picked for their dancing abilities. And the only dancing they knew was the up and down, step, step which you can see on present day TV all the time. So that in dancing most of them learned the Indian type in the third or fourth generation of being in the Caribbean.

The Europeans were a powerhouse, simply because the money. They were the rich and had some influence in every thing in the social life of the lower classes. The Indians only had what they had had for millenniums, the knew enjoy their movements to a musical rhythm.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

But the advance movements by the original inhabitants included not only the step, step but also the rock and the Chasse. The Rumba, the Beguine, the Calypso, all had the rock step and the slow step. Less than two hundred years after Columbus landed, these cultural differences formed a distinctly North American musical landscape. This included Central America and Mexico.

"Me Gusta Esta Vida" por Paloma San Basilio

During the 1940s and 50s, Salsa dance grew out of the popularity of mambo in North America, due to the rise of Cuban and Puerto Rican communities in New York City. Some of it was absorbed in Florida by the Cuban community there. But these two communities in New York created their distinct versions of salsa dancing and became a part of the New York club scene. and it went world wide.

Because of its many documented moves, over one thousand, it has definitely peaked. And most Salsa places in New York are no more. Still seems to be going strong in Hawaii.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cruising, continued

I Don't Know This Dance
By Kay Gilley

There are a limited number of partners who know one of my favorite dances Nightclub Two-step. This is a fairly simple dance which follows the same slow-quick-quick that we do in Rumba.

I have "taught" the dance to a number of experienced partners on the dance floor by simply teaching them the basic step and then telling them we can do any step they know from Cha Cha Cha or Rumba in that rhythm.

While there are steps that are unique to Nightclub Two-step, this quick improvisation gives them a way to quickly incorporate what they already know. It does not purely follow the rules for Nightclub Two-step, but it provides an opening for the experienced dancer to innovate within a framework of mastered steps and rhythm. ****

This is all part of our Recreational Style of Dance but it has been suggested that another thing that distinguishes us, the recreational Dancers, from the top deluxe class, that dictate to us how we should dance, is the income levels.

There’s one way to find out if a man is honest ~ ask him.
If he says, "Yes," you know he is a crook. ~ Groucho Marx

There has gotta be some dancers in that territory.

I don't usually accept anonymous but in this case, OK.
"I sit here saddened as I think of the times when I have been shamed before the ones I love and those who are suppose to know my heart. Yes, I have cried in secret and died inside to a level of joy and trust I once felt. Gossip has affected me and changed me deep within. It has been a shadow in the background of every visit and conversation I've since had with those who have heard my condemnation. In a way, it has become my reality."

This one should be easy to use for anyone that has used Twitter,
only you got more room here.

I very effectively over diluted the blogs available to our reader/dancers during the month and it sure brought it to a head. Oahu East was deleted and Makapu'u Point became The Eastside. Then the old East Ko-olau blog was changed to the Micro Blog, Da B-itter. At present the one most in doubt is The Eastside. Most of the dancers in that territory are accustomed to going to town for dancing. There is a chance, with only one blog covering the entire section of East Oahu. We intend to help wherever we can including the outskirts.

Nice new dance at Honolulu Hale, "All you have to do is take three steps forward,
two steps backward, then side-step, side-step and turn around."
From the Rail Party, Natch, they are the masters of deceit.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jargon 7

Excerpted from "The Bonehead's Guide to Ballroom Dancing Jargon"

Ballroom dancing has always progressed from one stage to another and new classifications. Some of the young are even today suggesting more stress on sweat than elegance. The steps matter but they are not essential. And dancing fads come and go. However, the basic movements, the basic steps remain and there are so many we can devote a lifetime to perfecting them.

"Truth is the ricochet of a prejudice bouncing off a fact."

Many of them are danced in sheer joy over and over again. For sure, every "new" step or pattern has been done by somebody somewhere, during the long history of dancing. It is far better to learn the natural and standard steps and then dance them to our own patterns. We will enjoy moving to music, without being fancy, to the end of our days.

Our newest and our first Micro Blog. Tune in and see what it is like.
You want in? You are accepted.

We continue to redesign the booklet nearer to the heart's desire.

Competition Syndrome: The perfectly normal desire of all dancers to learn and excel in the dance. This may be hidden in some cultures, but it definitely exists everywhere. In our partner dancing it is closely allied with the Exhibition Syndrome and should be minimized on the social dance floor.

Contrary Body Movement: The position of the body when either foot is placed across the front or the back of the body without the body turning. May be known as the Contra Body Movement in Hawaii.

Count: The use of numbers applied to dance movements to facilitate the learning process. It should be eliminated as soon as possible when the movements have been learned. Then you go strictly by the music, Whee!

"Come Go With Me" by Dell-Vikings

Counterpart: The lady's movements when they are the mirror image of the man's.

Counter Promenade: The opposite of the Promenade and the man goes to his right. His left hip and the lady's right hip are in close proximity and the opposite side of their bodies are opened to form a compact "V".

Cuddle Position: Also known as skating position or Varsovienne. The lady is on the man's left or right, both facing the same direction. The man's right hand holds the lady's left. The man's left hand holds the lady's right.

"Cut" Time: A time signature in which the half note is the basic unit rather than the quarter and is usually equivalent to 2/2 time. It is used practically in all fast music in this century.

Pub's Side Note: Dancing in the Dark along with the other three bottom blogs are offering free one time advertising space as an introduction of our separate sections of the islands to the reader/dancers. Watch it, it says Free! On the Internet you must be very careful if it says free. Mahalo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Derailed Again

Echeda, China, 2011: The Rail train crash in China in July was caused by design flaws and sloppy management, the Chinese government says, but they really don't know for sure. Forty people were killed and more than two hundred were injured in the crash near the south-eastern city of Wenzhou. Good thing it didn't fall on a lot of people the way it will happen on Oahu.

"Missteps" by the transit officials led to the disaster, the long-awaited official report says. The crash led many Chinese to accuse the government of putting development and profit before safety. It also triggered a wave of popular anger against officials who were accused of trying to cover up the seriousness, and causes, of the crash. When another had occurred a few years back the transit officials had promised that it wouldn't happen again.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

In Honolulu, everyone is becoming aware of the Rail Party and the Big Buck$ available from the local yokels. Mainlanders are swarming in and property taxes will double. And that is only the beginning, though it will not bankrupt the city and county of Honolulu as some predict. The neighbor islands will just have to bail us out only they don't know it yet. The Mayor has already "discovered" that the city is in the hole for over 26 million. Lucky Taxpayers.

Just like Tw-itter only B-iggah and B-ettah.

Meanwhile there seems to be less planning for dancing in West. There must be other places where we can dance more comfortable, without the possibility of a rail car falling on us. Of course we cannot afford the Dance Pavilion in Waipio and there has been something said about closing down the Palladium. Gotta pay for the Rail Crisis. It's the money, Honey.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcomed Email

From Tod & Donna Matsumoto
Cc: Diana;Rotating Instructor Behic, Charlene In, Paul Billington

Theo & Diana Behic, choreographers for the Kaimuki/Manoa Waltz group formation to the song "Mexican Wind" for the HBDA 54th Anniversary Ball.
This was in response to the following email from Paul

On Aug 19, 2013, at 10:51 AM, Billington, Paul wrote:

Aloha Tod and Donna,
Pepe, Joe Martel, and I were talking on Friday and he asked me to provide to him an action photo, of 1 couple from our routine, for his Blog.

Charlene and I were hoping that you had one of Diana and Theo.  We have received their permission. Could you please send one to Pepe with the information about the routine and who they are?
"The ultimate arbiter of truth is experiment, not the comfort one derives from one's a priori beliefs,
nor the beauty or elegance one ascribes to one's theoretical models."
This shows very graphically what the dancers can do for the benefit of all our dancers by the use of our blogs. However, in this case, just a  coincidence, I already had Theo and Diana. Fortunately we will get more. This thing is moving along very nicely. Perhaps another chapter has a couple. I have over one hundred couples from the Internet, but I intend to eventually delete all those and we will have only our local dancers. And our locals do very well indeed.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Viewpoint

Nancy Gonzales, Kalealoa

I would like to think of an immense film, shot at the altitude necessary to include the whole American continent. The larger picture remains frozen, the camera fixed, & thus we can observe the movements occurring on the continent in 1492, a few days before the arrival of the Spaniards.

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. ~Leigh Hunt

I would behold something like a rhythmic dance of harmonious, coordinated gestures, a bubbling beehive of activity, charged with life. It is estimated that over one hundred million persons lived in America at that time, organized in thousands of independent centers & sub-centers.

Only in Mexico & the United States, there were more than a hundred groups of distinct languages that were spoken. Then we see a grand diversity of usages & customs, ceremonies, festivals, & local dress & beliefs, among the groups from Argentina to the Alaska, along with different racial characteristics.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Climate, geography, & geographically determined fauna & flora occasioned limitless particularities among these peoples. These particularities, consequently, manifested themselves in most varied ways, surprising & delighting us with the wealth of their content & forms (which distinguish & mark them off from one another).

In over half of the Americas, the foreigners did not bring their wives so that the mix had to begin there and that is really the basis of all that is Latin. And the reactions were different in Mexico or Argentina. Today the mixing continues but the identification is clearer. Latino!

Pub' Side Note: Comments section are opened and sometimes closed when we get too much comment spams. Those programmers are a uncivilized lot, they just don't care. I may try to open again end of month.



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Huggo's on the Big Island

Gods & Goddesses love merrymaking and that’s just what they did on the eve of
Saturday’s 18th Annual Wahine Tournament hosted by Huggo’s.

The much anticipated fishing event benefits Family Support Hawaii and over the years has raised some $130,000 for the charity group. In addition to prizes for best costume tied to this year’s theme, what else, “Gods & Goddesses”, and best decorated boat, there are cash awards for the team netting the largest billfish over 300 pounds.

They send them to me a little late. Give me some time.

Amazing that these blogs are holding together as well as they are. And mostly all by myself, so it is becoming evident that the clique gossip is going the way of all trash. Just one good Guest Author would send the hits up through the heavens. Where is that sorely needed person? I know there are plenty out there, but most are afraid of the commitment. I cannot say there is no commitment but it would be of your own making.

In our blogs, there is no registration or registration fees. No annual or monthly meetings or dues. And you can blog whatever and whenever you damn well please. I know, I run a tight ship here. Then we can all look forward to the time when we have enough Guest Authors and over 200 average hits per day. They could then be ready for independence and could make their own rules - maybe by the end of this year.

This could be the beginner's model. Short and Sweet. Good Practice.

Who was that bandleader who spent all week working on a new arrangement?
Then he found out his wife was not going to the mainland after all.

And there are plenty dancers there that will not be detracted by the Cliques.

Pub's Side Note: In a Web site, as in a Newsletter they try to state things so that the members will read with the intentions to understand. A blog site is social media and different, they try to state things so that the members will read with the intention of replying.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


We continue with rewriting and minimizing "The Bonehead's Guide to Ballroom Dancing Jargon."

Every dance step that we dance today involves one or more of Laban's five basic movements described in last weeks blog. The combination of steps make a pattern or figure that convey the interpretation of a brief musical adventure.

This may amount to no more than 3 dozen very basic patterns in each dance, that can be led and follow easily to enjoy the full benefits of the music. Anything more is gingerbread. And there are over six hundred documented steps in most dances on our dance floors. So fancy people have plenty to choose from but then they have a different agenda from us.

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias

Perhaps they are right, they are the real dancers. We may be only movers and enjoyers of music but we may be getting closer to our correct terminologies. They keep insisting they are different from us, and it is becoming more evident every day that they are right. They are artistes and theirs is an art. We are just having fun. And "our" jargon continues.

Like Tw-itter, only B-iggah and B-ettah

Choreography: The selection, design of steps and movement in dance. This also has to be put into rhythmic, geometric and dramatic sequence so that it has form, progression and purpose.

Claves: Twin pieces of cylindrical resonant hardwood played by hitting them five times in a two measure phrase. Three in one measure and two in the second measure. Evolved from the five beat measures in the ancient Mexican dance cultures.

Clique: A close circle of friends usually at the same level of dance expertise and sometimes tied together by the Mickey Mouse steps learned from the same dance club.

Close: The moving of the free foot next to the supporting foot with one change of weight.

Closed Position: The most normal position in dance and for us loosely defined. Man and woman face each other with shoulders parallel and the women slightly to man's right. Lady's elbow away from the body, man's right hand below the women's left shoulder blade. The man holds the woman's right hand in his left and her palm rests on his shoulder.

Competition Dancing: As the name implies, amateurs compete for prizes and professionals for money. Some must be danced in Standard steps and some are OPEN, anything goes.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

HBDA Ohana

Started out to be such a nice day, with plans of attending HBDA Ohana, because Paul Billington had communicated previously on it in one of our blogs.

Got most things out of way to concentrate on gong to town. Then I had contacted my friend Gary about my locked computer.  He could be at the Palladium before eight and he could give me a ride back to Ala Moana and I would be able to get the last Express bus back to Nanakuli. That would have been perfect.

Nice people at the reception but not fully understandable of the blog situation and we must be careful. Easy there.  Got rid of most things and then I had to see what I could do in getting photos from my Mickey Mouse cameras. And I got some good people helping me out. Roy was the first and told me the batteries out. Now that sure helps. Then I got Leo also and we got excellent results. Now I know, take an extra camera, extra batteries and get some help from other points of view.

Wow, these people are good photographers.
"Keep On Dancing" Beryl

There seem to be a much bigger crowd than usual which was nice. Had a hard time getting rid of the copies of old music but it went over and I don't have to worry about getting rid of old copies, now I have to get rid of the originals. So many good friends I will take my time. I got rid of all my VHS tapes, all of cassette music tapes, now I am working on get rid of all my CDs.

We are establishing a good photography department. Our photos will be known world wide.
Roy De Leon, "Listen to the rhythm, follow the beat and you will learn the steps."

I also gave out the first samples of the promotional USB drives from Town Dancer blog. Gave one to Calvin and one to Paul. Maybe they will ask for more for some good friend. Had a few dances here and there. Even danced one with Lottie, a long time friend. And hello to my good friend Emi Matsuoka, possible Guest Author. The crowd seems to be increasing, may be double of what they had last Ohana. Developing into a nice friendly group.

So I went around the dance floor. Some came out pretty bad. 
Charlene In says, "Great Music."

Unfortunately my friend never showed up and I left at 8:15 hoping to make the right connections. Missed the last express bus and had to wait for the #40, slow boat to China. On the way back to Nanakuli, I decided to let my song videos run on Play all. It was just beautiful, not perfect but good enough for now.  Now all I have to do is get another show ready for next time and let it run the same way.

Friday, August 16, 2013

From Elizabeth Pearson

Democratic Governors Association 
Stop the attacks on voting rights. Tell Rick Scott: Don't purge voters. Add your name now. Joseph,
Florida’s voter purge is just plain wrong.

Over the last few months, Republican governors across the country have been targeting elderly and minority voters with new restrictions on voting. But Florida is one of the worst offenders. There, radical Governor Rick Scott set up a special task force to remove registered voters from the voting rolls--a move that is likely to disproportionately affect minority voters and bring back memories of the 2000 election and scores of disenfranchised voters.

We have to ratchet up the public pressure on Governor Scott to stop his voter purge, before he can do even more damage. Let’s show him that we’re not going to stand for this attack on our fundamental rights. Call on Governor Scott to stop his so-called ‘purge’ of eligible voters. Radical, vote-suppressing Republicans like Governor Scott can only get away with their dangerous agendas if we let them act in secret.

That’s why I’m speaking out on this one. Will you? Add your name to stand against the Florida voter purge. One by one, we can defeat these radical Republicans and protect the right to vote. With your help, we can win this fight.
Elisabeth Pearson
Democratic Governors Association

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Debby's Dream To Dance Studio

Hi Joe!
I think the camera you used at the dance last time has a damaged screen or lens.  Not sure if the downloaded photo would be full size but what you see on the screen is just a diagonal slice of the scene in the box.  Sorry, I think "it stay broke li'dat".

Also, can you include Greg Underwood's September flyer in your mailing/posting for the dancers please.  Thank you very much Joe!
Debby Barboza

Newest blog around. Different, you bet.
From Greg:
Aloha Friends,
Here is my schedule for Hawaii trip in September,

Tuesday September 10,17, and 24   7:30 to 9:00
West Coast Swing Fun Moves and Technique  $15.00
Wednesday September 11 and 18   7:00 to 8:00
Hustle variations  $10.00
Thursday September 12 and 19   7:00 to 8:00
East Coast Swing and Cha Cha   New Moves  $10.00
Wednesday September 25…Aloha dance party  10.00

Please help me to promote classes by forwarding to your dancer friends. I have attached a flyer. I am very excited to be returning and look forward to seeing you!

Mahalo ,
Greg Underwood

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Salsa on 1 or 2

From the Internet: Hello everyone
I am writing this post to all experienced salsa dancers out there, and in particular to all salsa instructors. I have a question which hopefully will spark an e-mail exchange from which I may understand a few things which are unclear to me. In order to put this into context, first a few 'facts'.

Fact 1 . Roughly speaking, most people dance salsa either On1, or On2 Modern Mambo (NY style) or On2 Classic Mambo (Puerto Rican style also similar to Cuban contratiempo). Today Modern Mambo is used more frequently than Classic Mambo at congresses and salsa classes around the world.

Fact 2 . Back in the old days (late 90s, say) whether you danced On1 or On2 was not a matter of choice, like the language you speak it was merely a matter of where you lived. Today, with more and more frequent salsa travels and weekly congresses, dancing On1 AND On2 is a must: we all need to be salsa multilingual.

"Si Vuelves Tu" By Eydie Gorme

Fact3 (here things may start to become a bit more controversial, but I proceed nevertheless).

* Converting a turn pattern or a shine from On1 to Classic Mambo (PuertoRican style) is very easy.

* Converting a turn pattern or a shine from On1 to Modern Mambo (NY style) is surely less easy.

"Cuando Quieres, Dejame." by Pandora

Question(s) : Would it not be easier for the 'international salsa community' as a whole to adopt dancing Classic Mambo (PuertoRican style) as the standard 'On2' dance, in place of Modern Mambo (NY style)? Would this not make it much easier to convert from On1 to On2? Would this not make things much easier for travelling students as well as for instructors at congresses? Am I missing something here?

I would love to hear your opinion, so please send me a e-mail at

Pub's Note: This guy sounds like he knows his Salsa, and wants to know more. Terrific.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Another Rail Derailed

The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd., the train company involved in the deadly crash last month in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that left at least 42 people dead, filed for bankruptcy in the United States and Canada, the railway said Wednesday.

The unmanned, runaway 73-car train slammed into the center of Lac-Megantic in the early morning of July 6, and tank cars full of oil exploded and burned in the heart of the commercial district. The train had been parked in the neighboring Quebec town of Nantes but it rolled into motion after the engineer went to a hotel. The accident is under investigation.

From what I hear from local Rail Disaster people, when it happens in Honolulu, there won't be that many dead. Hey, these people are all heart.

Meanwhile we continue to enjoy our dancing, - in the streets if necessary.

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Here's your chance to work with World Mambo Champions and Arthur Murray Consultants
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