Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Men Singers

Whether any of you can speak Spanish or not, you will certainly admire the vocals of some of the best Mexican singers. Hearing them sing will put aside the language barrier, since the songs and the voices are much more important than that. Of course Da music is Da Reel Teeng.

Juan Gabriel. A singer and songwriter and a recipient of several awards for his compositions. Born on January 7, 1950, on Cinco de Mayo street (now known as Juan Gabriel Street) in the small town of Parácuaro, Michoacán,

Some of his famous albums include Inocente de Ti, El Alma Joven, En El Palacio de Bellas Artes and a lot more. His music is known worldwide, and October 5th was declared by the 1996 mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley as "El Dia de Juan Gabriel."

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias

When it comes to Latin Dance music, notice how many of the speed ranges overlap. Although much of the music is of similar speed, the feel of the music calls for different expressions. How the music sounds is often just as important as how fast it is. Many songs have a unique sound that invites more than one dance. "Tequila"  is a dance classic that  suggests Swing  with its Rock ‘n Roll feel while its Latin quality invites a Mambo.

"Incondicional" by Luis Miguel

Marco Antonio Solis. If you are familiar with the songs "Me Bajas," "Me Subes" and "Basta Ya," as well as the albums called Una Noche En Madrid and La Historia Continua 3, then you already know one of the 10 best Mexican singers, who is Marco Antonio Solis.

Born December 29, 1959 in Ario de Rosales, Michoacán, Mexico) is a musician, composer, and record producer. He is one of the greatest singers and composers in Mexico who is worldwide famous for his works.

In 1995, he decided to pursue a solo career. As a solo artist he has remained popular in his native Mexico as well throughout Latin America and Spain, and the United States. He has more than thirty entries on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart, including multiple number one hits. On August 5, 2010, Solís received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.





Line Dancing

Nothing about line dancing in Central Valley for ten years now. ha! Well, a long time anyway. I have heard of a few in Waipio and Waikele but nothing "concrete." It remains one of the most useful of the dance arts on this Island. Especially useful for any person that thinks they are beginners in dance.

"Don’t let the fear of striking out prevent you from playing the game"

Free Orkut and My Space dance Graphics Glitters
The first reason and the most important is that it can be fun. And more men are discovering the fun of line dancing. You don't have to be Spiderman. The rest of the reasons are icing on the cake. You learn basic movements and they are done over and over again in sheer joy. You become accustomed to the dance music that will be used in ordinary cultural dancing. You learn the timing of each one of the dances.

"Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

These are all basics taught by the Professionals in a very effective manner. And since you are not tied to a partner you develop your own style to your favorite music. What is styling? It is nothing more that "accentuate the positive." You just give whatever beat you like, that extra push of the foot, bend in the knee, wiggle of hips, move the head or arm. You will pick up and no one in cultural dancing is a clone of another, as much as you try to be.

Line Dancers seem to be an independent group which is nice. And we are looking for a line dance groups that can be sociable and join the world of dance on this Island. Now exhibition Line Dancing is something else.

"A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"

Myth and Fact :

Myth - Line Dance is danced to country music only.
Fact - Line Dance is danced to all sorts of music, such as Latin, Pop, R&B, Soul, Rock, etc.

Myth - Line Dance is a pedestrian activity, only for senior citizens.
Fact - Line Dance is danced by people of all ages. The choice of dance is extremely varied, ranging from the simple to the more advanced; the gentler rhythms to the more energetic.

Myth - "Yeehaa" is what you shout out when you Line Dance.
Fact - This was created by the media and seems to have stuck.

Myth - You have to wear cowboy outfits.
Fact - Anything goes, as long as you wear comfortable supportive footwear.

Myth - Line Dance only consists of very basic steps such as walk walk stomp stomp.
Fact - Line Dance encompasses many dance styles, drawing from a variety of influences such as Latin, Ballroom, Jive, Irish, Funk, Salsa, etc. making it the most diverse dance form in the world. In fact, advance line dancing can be very complicated. If you just want to have fun, keep away from it.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

jargon3

I am glad some people are beginning to realize that some of the terms presented here have been there for a time in their dance experience. They have had to agree more or less what their meaning is, so that we may all understand each other better. Some of it can be expanded by anyone easily for more clarity.

"Truth never lost ground by enquiry."

Arm Waving; used mainly in competition and exhibition dancing. "Hey, look at me." Also used in countries where they are unable to achieve the Cuban motion adequately. Used extensively in the Orient where they are more accustomed to the use of the arms and hands more than the feet. In Social dancing we keep it down to a minimum.

Ball: Several definitions, the front part of the foot. Also another word for fun. 'Having a ball." And from the Latin, Ballere, meaning to dance and presently meaning a formal dinner and party which may be attended by non-ballroom dancers.

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Band: A group of musicians joined together for the purpose of producing music such as a Dance Band or a small orchestra.

Basics: Very important part of the "Dance." In classes, the beginners are looking enviously at the intermediates. The intermediates are looking enviously at the advance students. The advance students really are beginning to know what dancing is all about. Now they want to go back to learning the basics right. If you can dance basics good and you can dance to anything.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey

Beat: The essential cadence of marking time for dancing throughout the tune and continues with equal duration and force. Listening music may vary.

BPM: Beats per minute.

Big Band: The name applied to the large dance orchestras prior to World War II. Danced to Ballrooms of thousands.

Body Lead: This refers mainly to the signals that are given to a lady through the body movement of the man. He learns to use his shoulders, upper body and head. Takes some time for the men to learn and the ladies are pure geniuses in following.

Sinking

With the new algorithms by Google Analytics, all our hits went down. And we cannot blame Google. I complained along with many others of the hits that were not doing us any good. The action was made to use our blog for other uses. They cut that down considerably and of course our hits too. Then they cut down on "bounce" which was also good for all.

"It is strange -- but true; for truth is always strange;
stranger than fiction."

People can read here.
Now most of our blogs are recovering slowly but surely, except Central Valley. Our reader/dancers are interested in reading about dancing and seeing photos of their friends. And if they are not there, we should all understand.

We had Just Tacos one time and that was very nicely received. We had some news from Dot's in Wahiawa via Richie Fun and that was interesting to our reader/dancers. WBDC has always been there with their announcements but not much else.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen

At one time it was Central Valley, Ewa Bus Stop and Oahu West blogs running neck and neck. Now Ewa Bust Stop has move ahead, Oahu West is five points back and Central Valley trails Oahu West by five points. We may have to face it, sooner or later. Central Valley may be one of the blogs that will go. The counters will make my decision. That was my original intent of over diluting the readership. Already I have deleted two blogs. Both were from the East side of the island. If they can't cut it, "bye baby."


New Dance Studio, and Weekend Night Club in Waipio Industrial Park

Town Dancer remains in front and the only other in striking distance is Blogging Hawaii and I am working on that one. One guest author will do it. If it doesn't move then it will be between Blogging Hawaii, Ewa Bus Stop and Oahu West. Pretty isn't it? And all based on the Google Analyitics hits.

 

I am certain now that any blog that gets less than ten daily hits is a loser. And when I first started out and put a counter on mine I was elated to average ten hits per day. That was 300 hits per month. The three outside blogs and web sites that I carry in my personal stats, all get less than 20 average hits per day. Central Valley is now down to 25. Doesn't look good but Oahu West will take over and perhaps make a big difference in hits for them.. One good Guest Author from HBDA and one from Dance Hawaii and the hits would go through the roof.


Dream To Dance Studio

I prepared for my trip to downtown Honolulu and it is becoming less often because of the horrible bus situation that the Rail Party has installed. Planned on leavmg late because I wanted to stay a little later, reconciled with the fact that coming back, I would have to take the "slow boat to China" the #40 bus also known as the "Cattle Car."

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

I was able to get most things at home done and line up what I needed for the trip. Found my gadget to get the internet on my laptop. Charged up the laptop. Got the Advertising that I leave in the buses and in downtown Honolulu. The music CDs that I give away. Then the whole thing came to a screeching halt.
 
"Helter Skelter" by the Beatles

I couldn't get my camera going. Checked the batteries and they were not that bad, but I put them in the charger. Anyway the net result is I do not know how to operate a modern day camera. So I decided to skip today and find some one who can coach me on taking pictures. If I can do a decent job we can get going again. In my visiting type blogs, the pictures are number one, the information is number two.


This blog not doing so well, but we cannot blame anyone,
for no one knows what a Mini - Blog is.

That is where the Two-Centers come in so handy. Information and Photo contributors. Needed badly, then, we could please the reader/dancers which come first. And, of course, we end up pleasing everyone only no one knows of this anywhere. And then there are those that think I am in it for the "money." Ha!

Pub's Side Note: The Rail disaster has become more of a confused confusion compounded by the dirty crooks that are already making millions. All those mainlanders know that these local yokels can be taken. Like taking candy from a baby.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Lucero

Lucero Hogaza León (born 29 August 1969, Mexico City), better known as Lucero, is a Mexican singer and actress. She has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. She has sung songs in Spanish, Portuguese and English. She started her career at the age of 10 as Lucerito.

"Hope is a species of happiness, and perhaps,
the chief happiness which the world affords"

It's been a rough year for the singer, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 43-year-old Lucero has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid singers for 2013 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.


Mexican actress Lucero was selected Star of the Year by People en Español magazine, which devotes the cover of its special 2012 "Best and Worst" edition to her.

A smiling Lucero, who is also a singer, was photographed in a striking purple outfit for the December-January edition of the magazine, to which she confessed that she is in love.

"I'm very happy about how I am now emotionally in my life, very stable, in love and satisfied, and I feel full, complete," said the artist, who has two children by former husband Manuel Mijares.

Lucero, 43, told the magazine that her current beau, a Mexican businessman, has "very many" good qualities, but she reiterated that she has no plans to marry again.

"I already got married once. My kids have a marvelous father and I don't believe I'll do it again," said the actress, who this year had several reasons to be happy: the celebration of 32 uninterrupted years of her career and the success of the soap opera in which she starred with Mexican actor Jaime Camil, "Por ella soy Eva."


 Our first Mini - Blog.  -*-  What's a Mini - Blog?

Pub's Side Note: I did not come across this singer until I was looking for an old song which was written about the time she was born. "Y Volvere." She sings it beautifully with a Mariachi band and I copied it from You Tube to my  computer along with many others.






Thursday, July 25, 2013

"The Time Has Come"

“The time has come” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: of shoes - and ships - of sealing wax - of cabbages - and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot - and whether pigs have wings."

Anyone know where that comes from?'

Linux, much better than Apple or Microsoft. if you know your command line. However, the GUI, made a big, big difference when Windows 95 came out and the entire computer world embranced it. Both Apple and Microsoft have been solidly behind it.

Now an entire new system of touch is evolving and that will be the new method. Linux programmers are still into the command line phase and they think they are so smart because they know how to use it. There are still too few in Linux that understand the GUI for the "ordinary computer" user.

I tried to contact them and they were very Rootzi tootzi and tell you that all you have to do is "Sudo this and Sudo that." Sheesh! Beautiful Operating System but I just gave up.

Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Apple are now getting all screwed up with their deluxe programmers that to allow their advertisers plenty of leeway in, and they leave the door open for all the screwy nuts out there with virus and malware. But one of these days, Linux will wake up. Then Microsoft and Apple will have to get on their iphones and other, because their computing days will be over.


Our first Mini - Blog, check it out, you may want to get in on it. Something new.

I found You Tube and it has been the greatest invention of this century.

I got rid of all my cassettes and even the Cassette/CD player and recorder. I still have about 20 CD's and I am spreading them around to my friends in the various clubs.

Next was getting rid of my VHS tapes and my VHS recorder was fairly easy but the recorder is still here. Anyone out there want a free VHS recorder?

I am getting rid of on my DVDs too, and I only have abourt 20 left. I will get around to give to my friends. In my old age, I must get accustomed to travel light.

With You Tube I have my music and show all in one and I can pick whatever I want. After I get rid of all of this then I will order and buy only whatever I want to gift for people.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

And we rolls

From Anonymous which is unusual but in this case, I found it in the  notes and papers I am getting rid of. I am Cleaning House and traveling light. Anyone know where it is from?

"Personally, I don't give a rap for documents; for the truth in my eyes
is not in them but in the mind."

If growing up is giving in, it's not what I want to be. I want to keep the little boy alive. I am not giving in to cynicism, so I keep exploring. I am fortunate to have had such varied experiences in my life. And I am following my heart.

We are evolving as a species but not in our souls. Imagination and creativity are the most important part of human beings. How can we cut art programs in our schools to pay for a Stinking Rail? Our children deserve much better than that. They should be taught the finer things in life. But we have been sold a bill of goods.

Dance is in all of us, thousands of years ago the first dances were around the fire and we will never get the beat out of our souls. In spite of all the deluxe teachers of dance out there.  ****


Our first Mini-Blog, not much bigger  than Twitter.

An Apple a Day keeps the doctor Away. Old saying.

But banana health benefits may compare better to any other type of fruit. In fact, bananas have several positive benefits that many other fruits do not have. These yellow-skinned fruits are ideal for health because they have a sweet taste that most people enjoy. Because of this, it is easy to implement bananas into a daily diet.

Bananas are also convenient because you can carry them with you whenever you are in a hurry. Knowing the banana health benefits and the other positive things that bananas can be used for will likely give you a new appreciation for this popular fruit. The banana health benefits far outweigh those of the apple because it has many more vitamins and nutrients than their round counterparts.

"Summit Ridge Drive" by Artie Shaw

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals.



News from WBDC

Received from Aunty Maile an invitation for all our reader/dancers,

"The Great Pretender" by The Platters.

Got this about the right time. The hits on this blog have dropped to an average of less than 25 hits per day. At one time, Central Valley, Oahu West and Ewa Bus Stop were running neck and neck. But now Oahu West and Ewa Bus Stop are slowly going up, but Central Valley has been slowly going down, now five points behind.


This is the one that may take over the entire section. Wouldn't be too bad. With a few Guest Authors I could set it up to be independent
and I could resign from it. I gotta retire.

One of these days we may get a regular Information and/or Photo Contributor and run the hits up through the ceiling. Not likely but we can hope. Not many in Blog or Web sites understand SOS. If it is only me, it is SOS. Any other person is not SOS. And I can carry a blog 25 to 30 average hits per day.

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

Pub's Side Note: A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing varied points of view and that are of interest to a select or target audience, before and after the occasion. Information easy to update and change. Our reader/dancers are gradually picking up on this action.




Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Dancers, 20 years

By Fred Wong, Kalihi:

This last 20 years have really seen an increase in communication between the dancers in our community. And I mean all of the partner dancers out there. There has been enough information to give anyone the feeling that they are the ones that have been called upon to define dancing.

 "What ever people believe prevails over the truth." ~Sophocles, The Sons of Aleus

There have always been memos passed around during classes and we have always accepted newsletters. We were able to subscribe to a variety of mainland dance magazines too. Good solid information and all pretty much one way communication.

Then the dance Web sites made their grand entrance about 25 years ago. For a long while they controlled most of the distribution of dancing information on this island and it was considered a feather in your cap if you had one.

And Twenty Years Ago, the famous Palladium brought it all to a central point on Oahu. And we more or less know what happened after that. The dance club cliques increased in power and the emerging hit dance movies had many people wanting to be champs in a competitive dance contest. The resulting decline was hard on the ones depending on dance income.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino

Then the cell phone and the email really came into being and allowed easier communication between dancers in different parts of the island and even beyond. The cell phone for its portability and the email with its fast send and reply written conversation. Many were coming to the conclusion that they just wanted to have fun dancing. Wow!

Now comes the blog and that has been the humdinger. These blogs have evolved into miniature facebooks but not exposed to the world in the same way. And our blogs do not require any commitments from our reader/dancers. The blogs are available to the public at large but yet confined to a small circle of reader/dancers.

With the addition of the Information Contributors and the Guest Authors and the resulting independent blogs, we are sure to gain back more dancers that we lost. We can be sure of getting more open social dance clubs. And blogging will have created a culture of Truth, Inclusion and Innovation. Our dance world will never be the same again. ****

Pub's Side Note: What we need now, more than anything, is a few Information and/or Photo contributors willing to share information and/or photos of our dance environment with our fellow dancers.
 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jargon2

Each one of the items in our Jargon, for our class of dancing, is an opportunity for someone to enlarge on any of these points.
 
"Try not to become a person of success, it may be
better to become a person of value."

Aficionado: From the Spanish, an ardent devotee, a fan, an enthusiast of the dance and naturally, an amateur. Many professionals prefer to distinguish themselves from ordinary mortals and we agree.

Alternate Turns: Can occur in probably 5000 different dances, first one partner turns, usually the lady and then the man turns and the turns are usually outside.

Amateur: One who dances in either social, exhibitions or competitions for the pure joy of it and not for compensation.

American Smooth: The dances in the American Style of Dance, which include the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz, - official.

American Rhythm: The dances in the American Style of Dance, which include, the Bolero, Cha, Cha, Cha, East Coast Swing, Mambo and Rumba, - official.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Al Martino
 
Ah: A quarter beat of music such as Quick - Ah - Quick.

And: A half beat of music, usually in a chasse, such as in Cha-Cha-Cha, 2, 3, 4 and 1. Or in Samba, 1 and 2. It is also used by some instructors on the upbeat to start the class together on the downbeat.

Arch Turn: An arch formed by the joined hands, (man's left, woman's right) while the man turns to the left and the woman turns to her right.

"Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks

Arm Styling: Can be very intricate and complicated in the disciplines. In our style it is very natural in the ordinary partners closed position and for most of us good enough. For the Latin "shine" position (apart,) both partners hold their hands as if playing the maracas and you can vary as you please. That is close enough, no big deal.

Pub's Side Note: Throughout the civilized world there are special efforts being made to get people off their cars and onto Public Transportation. This is an unknown on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii. Number 40 bus going to the Waianae Coast, Pearlridge about ten PM, driver gets up and pleads with the "cattle," please step back folks, I gotta get seven more people in here." Auwe.





North Shore?

By Fred Kajima, Pupukea

I acknowledge that none of us can get through the day without making a lot of assumptions. In the world we live in, we just accept and go along. All of us have intellectual, ideological and moral commitments that we bring to bear upon what we think about in almost everything.

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery,
guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate.
The  world is all gates, all opportunities, keep your eyes open."

But the availability of information that we can gather has sped up the rush to judgements, a practice further accelerated by the new technologies, the computer and the cellular phone. And the private club syndrome remains in most dance clubs.

We have less patience than ever with the often painstaking task of gathering the truth. We are better informed, yet we seem more efficient than ever in manufacturing conspiracy theories. I am convinced that our dance cliques are quite different from reasoning altogether. Reasoning is an art they seem to have forgotten.

"I Can't Help Myself" by the Four Tops


Blogging seems to be the perfect answer for we must think it over carefully and own up to our opinions in a blog. Much different than the clique where no one owns up to anything and there is no responsibility for all their manufactured lies. We may be phasing into a new era for the good of all. And perhaps I will have a chance to get my two cents in again. ****

Another burning question: How to Porcupines make love?
Answer: Very Carefully.





A New Day

I seem to be waking this blog up, we need all the contacts we can get and get it rolling to the heights of Town Dancer. And that ain't gonna be easy.

Received from the Big Island.


We don't know the dates but perhaps someone over there can add a few choice words to this blog.

Then we have the famous Al Franken.


The Rail Party is the best example in Hawaii. They are now working on taking over Maui and the Big Island too and it ain't gonna be as easy as taking the local yokels on Oahu. Abercrombie doesn't dare say boo to them, for he will be dead in the votes, like what they did to Cayetano, with pure lies.

"A gossiper is a professional athlete of the tongue." Aldous Huxley


Friday, July 19, 2013

El Bandoneon

In the 1850s, in Argentina, women were still a premium though more than half were now half breeds (European and Indian.) And a large portion were only one quarter Indian. Now, more whites were coming in and 99% were men, so that in 20 years most people were three quarter European and more.


However, in the 1860s, the new German illegal aliens also infused new life into the local Mestizos and lower class Europeans with a little accordion. Beginning as a fad the sound of the Spanish Guitar and the Bandoneon quickly became an obsession.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

Combining the instrument with the Milonga brought about fundamental changes in the resonance and rhythms of the Milonga band. The former light and merry rhythms became slower and heavier. The Bandoneon with its small range was able to "fit into all throats" and anyone could interpret it without being a great singer.

From the point of view of the Argentines, "it made the Milonga music, the most genuine of all the native popular songs and the poets of the Milonga discovered the power of the Bandoneon's soul." The Bandoneon quickly attained Argentine citizenship much as the Ukulele now has Hawaiian citizenship.

Naturally, these rowdy, low class dancers were only permitted in the slum areas of the cities. In the 1870s, the Milonga began to be further modified in the big cities in South America, specially in Buenos Aires, in the biggest slum of all.
La Orilla (the edge.)






Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Received in the Email flyer:

Friday July 19th
Polka Dot Party Open House
Honolulu Studio
Come join us this Friday, July 19th at 7:30pm
for our Polka All Level group class
and our awesome Polka Dot Party at 8:00pm ! 
Wear your favorite Polka Dot attire
and dance the night away with us!

Free for all, Potluck item encouraged
Arthur Murray Dance Centre Hawaii
1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 400
Honolulu | HI | 96814

It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Let it roll!
 
It seems to be coming out that there are many night clubs in town that frown on "Ballroom" dancers. One reason of course as that our dancers are not heavy drinkers. But another is that they do not know the difference between American Style and International Style, "Ballroom" is applied to most anything they don't like.

So we must be careful and attend only those functions where we are welcomed as dancers in our own right. We do not have to dance as they do, whatever that is. If we keep our eyes open we will find the right places and these blogs will make their recommendations. Together we can get those places jumping.

"Time Has Come Today" by Chambers Brothers

Fellow ISTD, visiting at last year’s Star Ball watching a guy who thinks he is the greatest since Gene Kelly. Mary asked the visitor what he thought.

"He reminds me of Paderewski" he replied.

"But Sir, Paderewski was not a dancer."

"Quite So, Quite So" was the answer.

"Stranger in Paradise" by the Four Aces