Friday, October 31, 2014

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

I get to do a little reading sometimes and I come across a thing like this: You just need to find the right keywords and work them into a compelling headline. Now, I’m not saying that by doing this you will get exactly the same results because this largely depends on competition and how many people are searching for that group of keywords. Notice that I say "group of keywords" and not specifically "keyword" – you have to think of the top level keywords, but also the long tail keywords too.

"Not Perfect? When a friend does something wrong, could we try
to remember all the things they did right?"

The above must be good advice to some people that are going for the Big Bucks but certainly not for me. Our blogs are much simpler than that. They go steadily up just naturally as they acquire more reader/dancers that are interested.  A good Two Center or a good Guest Author sends the hits up to high heaven, fast.


Willy Dionisio, emails information and photos (as a Two Center) on the Kapolei Chapter HBDA social. Using his information I make a blog in Platinum Horseshoe and the hits go through the roof. Not only that but he makes a copy for their Web Site and the hits go up there too. This benefits Willy, HBDA, Kapolei Chapter, the members of the Chapter, the blog and all the reader/dancers of the Web and Blog sites. A win-win situation.

The Aloha Ball: Next year with our help, we will be contacting the neighbor islands,
and the place will be jumping, for sure.

Calvin and Debra Ota, as Guest Authors come back from the competiton on the Big Island, They posted to Town Dancer blog the activities, graphics and fun times at the Aloha Ball in Kona and the hits are going through the roof. The Aloha Ball is first time and not very many people. But you can bet your dancing shoes that with the help of these blogs, next time will be packed solid.

"Walk Through Paradise With Me." by Melveen Leed.

So the reader/dancers are there, but what came first the chicken or the egg? We should know by now, our blogs need another Two Center and another Guest Author and they can pick the blog of their choice. Our top blogs are getting well above 34 average hits per day, I look forward to 67 and that means 2000 hits per month. Very difficult by myself, but we know a faster way.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tumbadora Two

By Aristides Raul Garcia
Aka El Intruso, New York City.

The drums of the Tumbadora family (there are 3, Tumbadora, Tres Golpes, and Quinto) are truly an Afro Cuban invention in Cuba, not in Africa. The root of their name is to be found not in the African language of their forefathers, but in the Spanish language. These drums were created to play a truly Afro Cuban music: the Rumbas. So, what is in a name? Most of the time a nice story; sometimes the truth about something.


The name Tumbadora is given to these drums quite simply because they go, "tum", or "tum-tum", or "tum-tum-tum", ad nauseum. The English translation is "toom", etc. These sounds are also called "open tones". So, what is a Tumbao? By definition a rhythmic pattern played on the Tumbadora(s); the main characteristic of a Tumbao would be having one or more TUMs, or open tones, in its pattern.


There are Tumbaos for many different rhythms. In Salsa, you can’t escape those TumTums. They are all pervasive even when the Tumbao is played with only one drum. Today’s Salsa’s Tumbao is played with at least 2 drums. The open tones of Salsa Tumbao played with one drum fall on the 4 and on the beat between the 4 and the 1.

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias

There it gives a constant accent to the music and it also helps to develop what I call the "overlapping feeling of Salsa, or Latin Music" from one frame to the next. If anybody wants to look for a constant clear accent in Salsa, or whatever you prefer to call it, it is there, on that TumTum; it is constant, and loud and clear; no need for special "ear-training tapes."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Acceptance

I must accept that I can only go so far by myself. The next step is getting the most important Two Center. Finding the right keyword keeps eluding me and I somehow believe it I should just let it go. I am going for the dancers not the search engines. There are bloggers out there that seem to have the right keywords and have been able to generate some incredible traffic from search engines and they make thousands of dollars. That is not my goal.

"Mean people don't bother me a bit. Mean people that disguise themselves
as nice people bother me a whole lot."

I am convinced that the simple fact of making the photos and a little information available in our blogs is the key to readership. The readers connect easily because they know the places, the occasions and the people involved. That seems to be the ultimate in dance blogging. That along with a few hints on dancing from different viewpoints completes the picture. 34 average hits per day is equal to 1000 per month and could be the immediate goal of a successful dance blog in Hawaii.


The Aloha Ball Dance Competition in far off Kailua - Kona on the Big Island brought dancers from California, Hawaii and Japan to the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Saturday. And the entire enchilada is interesting to us, the dancers on Oahu. All of us as spectators recognize the dedication it takes not only by the professionals but also by the amateurs to spend countless of hours not only on the competitive floor but in the studios.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck 

The event put on by the Paradise Dancesport Tour featured a full day of professional, amateur and Latin dance, and was capped off with a professional showcase in the evening. Photos galore and some were made available on the internet. The attendees had plenty of interesting things to do in the off times. Hopefully Calvin and Debra will bring back some goodies to share with our fellow dancers.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tumbadoras

By Aristides Raul Garcia,
AKA El Intruso, New York

Ah, the Congas and the Tumbao. It is one of the dogmas of the Church of The Land of the Holy Two. "Dancing on the 2" is also the proper way to "execute" the dance because this step pattern compliments the "slap" of the Tumbao rhythmic pattern which falls on the 2, it is the accent of the Tumbao".

"Sometimes you will sacrifice your time, emotions and energy for those
people who wouldn't do the same for you. Accept it and keep going."


This is a real gem, for it reveals why some Cubans call "dancing on the '2' New York Style", dancing "al revés" (upside down), "sentirse sabio" (feeling wise). Anyway, lets take a closer look into this.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno

The Tumbao, in proper Spanish Tumbado, is a rhythmic pattern which derives its name from the percussion instrument on which it is played: the Tumbadora drums, better known, outside of Cuba, as Conga drums. In Cuba, there is not one single drum called Conga.  There is a Carnaval music and dance called the Conga. The rhythmic patterns for this Carnaval music are played on drums similar to the Tumbadoras.


Outside visitors to Cuba during the Carnaval festivities simply started to call any drum resembling a Tumbadora "a Conga drum", or a "Conga". Later, the Cohen brothers (Latin Percussion) decided to market the drums using the more appealing, simpler, and exotic name of Congas. Some people still insist they come from Africa. They were extremely successful and the rest is history: in Cuba Tumbadoras, and outside of Cuba Congas.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dancing in the Palladium

Very nice to see so many clubs that can get together for a shindig at the huge Palladium. There are at least three new clubs in process of forming, mostly in the talking stage. But they realize that they do not need acres of dance floor. And in Hawaii, Night Clubs with dance floors of 10 x 10 merely offend the customers.

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."

Dance Floors are important but they also may not be so important. Social Dancers merely need enough room to lay some leather down comfortably. There are street dancers that can dance in the streets. But we all understand very well that it is much better for the body if we have the proper dance floor. And there are a wide variety of dance floors available that we can choose from that are just fine.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

Social dancing is not an activity that promotes millions of dollars in profits such as building a Rail Mess. We, the citizens, the public, the taxpayers merely think that it be very appropriate to have a few places available for recreational dancing. And none of this big stuff where many will take credit for building a monument.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

It is gradually getting through that people from Makaha or Turtle Bay are not interested in taking five hours to get to a dance in downtown Honolulu. But how about a place right around the corner and they coulda been home in 20 minutes. So the portable dance floor is looking better all the time. But for sure there is going to some dancing in the outskirts. Town Traffic is getting to be more humbug and due to get worse.

Pub's Side Note: All of these Blogs claim no credit for any images posted on our sites unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog may be copyrighted by the respected owners. If there is an image appearing on this blog that belongs to you and do not wish for it to appear on this site, please E-mail with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Salsa, Anyone?

By Aristides Raul Garcia, AKA El Intruso, New York

In any case, the contributions of Arsenio Rodriguez, to the evolution of Latin Music are many. He took the small Son format and expanded the rhythm section to include "Congas", and Pailas (similar to the Timbales); he started to write music which was more urban in nature, and today’s Conjuntos are an inheritance of his creativity; en fin, he was setting the standards for Latin popular dance music.

"Learn to pause, -- or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you."


All you have to do is buy some of his music, or records others have made in tribute to his work; oye, listen to them. After you have done that go and buy some Mambo records; oye, listen to them. After that, compare them to your collection of today’s Salsa and decide for yourself what sounds more like today’s Salsa. I can't resist the temptation to tell you that, as far as I know, you won’t find a Mambo in Arsenio’s repertoire.

"Piensa En Mi" por Linda Rondstadt


Ah, the Congas and the Tumbao. It is one of the dogmas of the Church of The Land of the Holy Two: "dancing on the 2" is also the proper way to "execute" the dance because this step pattern compliments the "slap" of the Tumbao rhythmic pattern which falls on the 2, it is the accent of the Tumbao". This is a real gem, for it reveals why some Cubans call "dancing on the '2' New York Style", dancing "al revés" (upside down), "sentirse sabio" (feeling wise).

To be continued, yaz.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Moving in a new Direction.

The old Town Dancer has a new name. Dancing in Town. The new blog has the name Town Dancer, naturally. The old blog remains open and the regular hits are decreasing drastically. Blogger still has their counter but I keep it in the background. The top four hitters are all scam spam robot hits, and all ending in RU (that's for Russia.) I use Super Counter on the page and use their hits, they don't count robots.

"People are not things to be pushed around and molded. They are human
beings to be shown good things and let themselves get unfolded."

The other hits are dwindling down fast and moving over to the new Town Dancer blog. Calvin has already come on board the new blog and I hope he gets in a good one on the Aloha Ball competition in Kona. Drive the hits up through the ceiling, hopefully. Richard wants to stay with the old for awhile. He is welcome to any one of our blogs, but it must be his decision.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

For the rest of the blogs, we have a good source for good new hits, the Links. We link to each other and it helps all that we can only link with our fellow bloggers which is good. Then I have added other links, the Micros, like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.

"Teach Me Tonight" by the DeCastro Sisters


For my eight blogs I have lost some hits in the reorganization during the year, but I believe I am on pretty solid ground now and just cross my fingers about Robots. I will still make adjustments but I am beginning to get help from the important ones, our reader/dancers. I believe I am pretty close to the point of diminishing returns. So the coming difference will be in the Two Centers and the Guest Authors, it is all theirs. And from the little bits I hear, this coming holiday season is going to be a doozy. Time will tell.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

International Style Dancing

By Enio Cordoba, owner of the Granada Ballroom
Alhambra, California

Bobby Medeiros, a former U.S. Latin Dance Champion, likes to joke that whenever he is in a club in Miami, should a deluxe ballroom dancer show up, he’ll leave so as not to be embarrassed. And Manny Gonzales has said to be aware of the International dancer.


"When you have had a really bad day, make the effort to treat
the world better than it treated you."

Why are all these people saying such terrible things about those to whom dancing - if not a life pursuit - is an addiction as powerful as any drug known?

First, let’s identify this "deluxe ballroom dancer." You can usually spot these people right away in a night club. First, they carry their own shoes. Second, some of them will do a few knee bends to "warm up." Then as they take the floor, the man lifts his arms, the girl glides in his arm and they spend one third of the song adjusting their hold. Gotta be just right.

"Begin The Beguine" by Artie Shaw

Next, the man will start visibly counting as he attacks the sought after second beat, like a guy trying to squash a fast moving cockroach. Usually he misses, so he stops, resets and does a restart. Finally, when he finds what he thinks is the second beat (probably anything but) he starts doing the wildest assortments of steps any Latino has ever seen.



"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" By Dawn

These couples throw out their arms with a karate action that would have made Bruce Lee
 smile, and through the night, they keep bugging the band to play Cha Cha Chas and Rumbas and oh, by the way, how about some swing? What planet did these people come from?


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 them some of my music.

Clicks, Hits

This one is pretty obvious, but believe it or not, many Web or Blog “experts” refer to clicks or hits as a vanity metric, whereas leads generated and revenue earned are the only metrics that should matter.

"We should remind ourselves often that it is alright not to be perfect."

Sure. But in order to ensure both, you also need people to find and engage with your content. Clicks provide all Bloggers with direction. Although it's surface level and involves deeper analysis to learn who is clicking and from where they’re clicking, clicks are the greatest indicator that your topics are resonating with your audience.

Clicks are of real importance to dance Web and Blog sites and they are pretty easy to measure, As a result, a variety of analytical tools will do the trick. Tools like Stats, from Blogger,  which I use, will give me greater intelligence into where specific clicks are coming from, and who exactly is clicking. This drives my blogging action for creating more of the right content for the right people. Unfortunately Blogger programmers do not seem to know how to keep robot hits out, which just messes up my stats like in Town Dancer.

"Sentimental Journey" by Les Brown


For most of us we just want to know how many are readers and how many are search engines. There may be real value that comes from digging deeper into the data to determine the “Who? Where? Why?" But that is where money counts and as far as I am concerned in our dance Blog sites, all I need is to make sure we are not just beating our gums. In my blogs, a good goal is one who can average 34 hits per day (1000 hits per month.)

Pub's Side Note: Blogger's Law No 28C;
Teamwork is essential. It allows people to blame someone else."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review

Most reader/dancers know by now that Town Dancer blog is in the dumps. Taken over by scam spam robot hits and no room for our people. And neither Blogger or Google can do anything to stop them. They just do not have the programmers with the capability. And the Robots know it.

"Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help,
and brave enough to ask for it."


Whatever happened to the Samba? Terrific music and the Brazilian is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. 
Too many basics developed by the Professionals many years ago. Time will tell.

Meanwhile the other blogs are doing just fine and I can keep them going until they also get overrun with robots. We have been advised by many that Word Press has very good programmers and none of this crap to put up with. If we get overrun one more time we will have to look into it.

"Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" by Perry Como

On the dance group side, I am still here to help wherever and I hope to get Two Centers and Guest Authors in all the blogs so they can take over eventually. And those looking for the possible independents can find the information in the counters.


The number one blog at the moment is Platinum Horsehoe, followed by Blogging Hawaii and Moanalua Corridor. The others are still struggling to get out of the teen average hits per day. They cannot be counted as really viable until they get into the 20s. Just one steady Two Center can do wonders in any blog they pick.


The also have the option of becoming a Guest Author and in effect they will have a blog within the main blog and the synergism from the various Two Centers and Guest Authors can run up the hits to over 100 per day. You will then have the blog comfortably in the top 10 in Hawaii.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It Was Still Milonga

Now that Tango on Oahu is getting better recognition, and more Argentine Tango groups, they should not forget the History of Tango. No one has to go into great detail but a little here and there may be good. Not only that but there are differences in the history, could be part of a conversation.

“We don't have to set out to save the world of dance, we could set out
to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how
our actions affect other people's dancing.”

Specially that in South America, the Indians and low class foreigners had a good dance going, La Milonga, a solo dance. enjoyed to an incessant beat, a drum going, boom, boom, boom. With the increase of foreigners specially in the early 1800s, there were small changes in the dance.

"La Comparsita" por Carlos Gardel


Many of the ex-farmers from Europe went to the countrysides as common laborers where it was relatively easy to work for meals, a place to stay and maybe a few coins to buy a little booze and a little feminine companionship.  Some simply made good friends with the Indians and went to live with them. They had their first introduction to the Indian Milonga that had been danced for centuries. And somewhere along the line it became a partner dance.

"La Media Luz" por Placido Domingo


Some who had been good horsemen in Europe were fortunate to join a most elite group, the Guachos and help to make the Guachos a legend. Many also had no place to go but the slum areas of the big cities. The first half of the century was also the independence for most of the countries in the Americas and big changes all around.


This was the time when string instruments were developing throughout the world. The drum was being used less. Then in the 1860s the large influx of Germans were bringing with them a small hand held accordion-like instrument with a new sound, The Bandoneon. And most went to Argentina. Wot happened?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Progressing

In Platininum Horseshoe, a few weeks ago, we got some good dance information from HBDA and the hits went through the roof. This has to be a flash in the pan right? Heh, heh. Or as myself and other bloggers have realized it is a “freshness boost.”

"When we complain, we make ourselves the victim. Leave the situation,
change the situation or accept it."

It is true, new posts from new bloggers can get a freshness boost – a post that has been receiving around 30 visits every day can go to 60 wth bloggers that can only get 20 hits by themselves. The extra ten is called synergism.

"Young At Heart by Frank Sinatra

If you carry ten normally and post in one of our blogs it will run up to fifteen or sixteen minimum guaranteed. The synergism runs at about 50% or more of your regular hits. In this case, Kapolei is good, they run up more than 100% of their normal.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces

So here’s the truth – while we should be writing for users, we also write for search engines at the same time. And it is possible, the majority of the most successful blogs on the planet do this type of thing very well. We will learn this as we go along.

"Volare" by Domenic Modugno

Start: the basic step, go forward 3 patterns, go backward 3 patterns. Make a left turn and a right turn. Side ways to the left and sideways, right. And you have seven basic patterns for a good beginner. You mainly want to enjoy making the moves to the music. And if it is one of your favorite songs it will be more enjoyable.

"Man has been rated the highest animal on this earth, at least among
all animals who returned the questionnaire."

Pub's Side Note: We are hoping for some changes in Town Dancer blog, but it doesn't look so good. The scam spam robots have taken over in full force. There are now four of them and all from Russia. And Blogger doesn't not have the programmers with the capability to correct this.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Latin Music & Dance

There seems to be a new awareness in the neighbor islands of Latin music and dance. It had always been Portorican goochi goochi whatever that meant. On the side and assigned to "ballroom" dancing was Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Tango and it is still solid. Then the last two decades, Salsa has been very prevalent. But since it is mostly with young, you had Reggaeton which came and went. And now Bachata and Zouk coming in very strong.

"We should be willing to let go of the life we had planned
to have the good life that is waiting for us."

Quite unknown on the islands is the term that is used today in Latin America for various styles of popular music from Spain, as part of the so-called Cantos de ida y vuelta, or music that developed between both sides of the Atlantic. Flamenco rumba is a genre that is entirely different from Cuban rumba. You may run across it, not that important.


But it is still largely dances from the Caribbean that are the most danced throughout the world. And Mexico with a much richer musical heritage is generally overlooked World Wide. Whether you can speak Spanish or not, you will certainly admire the vocals 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. Could be a start.


These days, instead of captive audiences reading newspapers, or newsletters, our blogs must attract online browsers who can click away from our reporting any second. Each item these days must stand on its own, or probably never get read.


That’s a challenge to be a better reporter or a stater of facts. And to use all the new tools available to give audiences compelling coverage. But it also should be a reminder that some items need to be told, whether or not they’ll ever make the day’s most-popular list.

Brief Reappraisel

As we approach the end of the year, many things are developing in the Social Dance field. We, the social dancers are definitely coming into our own in the entire state of Hawaii. We, the ones who have become accustomed to dancing in malls, school cafeterias, district parks, community centers and night clubs.

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do."

We seem to accept that we can do very well and have a very enjoyable evening with just 30 or so steps in basic movements in each dance. Food and talk story has been part and parcel of social dancing. As we progress throughout the years we just naturally want to learn more and we gradually phase over into the intermediate levels. There are approximately 40 patterns in that group and any more new movements are in the advanced levels of dance and for OP (other people.)


 "Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Many in this more advance group can dance socially but they become more interest in the "to be seen" categories where they may be exhibition and/or competitive dancers. If there are 700 documented steps in Salsa you can guess how many are in this advance group. But we should respect their wishes and the fact that they dance "correctly" and they do insist that they are a quite different group. They are right and we should make an effort not to bother them. We can go on our merry way doing our own thing.


This is not from a thorough, complete, detailed study of the dance or the social structure of these groups. It is closer to an opinion based on over 30 years of experience on this island and my small statistical analysis. Whatever groups they belong to, they could very easily get their point across in these blogs. It is not like they don't have a choice. They all have two choices, they can take it or leave it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tango

By Frederick Kinoshita, Village Park

There is Tango in the Islands, no denying it. There are four, the most prominent being the Argentine Tango for its proclamation of it being "the real thing." Then there are the American Tango and the Filipino Tango danced mostly in social dancing circles. And the International Tango, also somewhat deluxe, in places where you have more room such as a ballroom.

"We should never judge others, by the opinions of others."

The Filipino Tango seems to be progressing very nicely and some people have already noticed some movements from the American Tango. The likelihood of fusion is there. But with our new progressive teachers in the dance clubs, there may be some fusion from other dances. The Hawaiian Tango? Why not?

But change is nothing new for Tango. Back in the early 1800s, the only Tango was the Andalusian Tango which had nothing at all to do with the Tango we danced now. Strictly Spanish and taught to the high class. The high class still dressed as the highs in Europe and of course would have nothing to do with the "dirty whorehouse dance" Milonga.

"La Comparsita" por Placido Domingo

Most Europeans arriving were from the lower classes and went to the cities making for bigger slum areas. And many neighborhoods were created with people of the same ethnic background. Italian, German, English etc. However they all had to accept Spanish as the language of communication. And many items of living were elevated to a sameness that would become Argentinian.


Many pidgins for Spanish were established depending on the ethnic neighborhood, the most famous was Lunfardo by the newcomers who remained in the large slum areas like La Orilla in Buenos Aires. The people would accept some words easily. Some would accept a French word or English even if mispronounced. The sum total being almost a new language. And naturally spoken by the very bottom of the totem pole, it remains today only as a token recognition much as Hawaiian pidgin.

Town Backup

With all the troubles I am having with the scam spam robot hits on Town Dancer it seems only natural that this blog should be the back up. It already is but in a very small way and we need to make it bigger. The Two Center of course is a natural, but even more is to have several Two Centers. The sharing of more information of our dance world would send the hits up pretty close to where Town Dancer gets.

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet,
keep looking. Don't settle for less."


The next phase would be to have any one of the Two Centers volunteer to be a Guest Author. Then they can get in, write, post photos, publish, close and get out all on their own. Without saying boo to anyone. In effect their own blog within the Blogging Hawaii blog. They can write whatevah and whenevah they wish. No rules.


With enough Guest Authors and the hits over 100 average per day, they would be ready for independence and I would phase my way out, and leave them be. I would expect them to run the hits up over 200 average per day. Six thousand per month and Blogging Hawaii would be among the top ten blogs in Hawaii.

Pub's Side Note: Sorry folks but I had to shut down Town Dancer blog again. The Scam Spam Robots are getting in again. Blogger just doesn't have the programmers with the capability to stop them.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Cha Cha Cha

Many Cha Cha Cha aficionados are out there dancing an enjoyable storm. They know an awful lot about what they are doing but they do not know enough about the dance, from way back and it's nice to know.

"Genius has its limitations but ignorance and stupidity have none."

In the Caribbean, there are certain plants that produce seed pods called Cha Cha. And they are used to make a small rattle also known as a Cha Cha. A hundred years ago in many of the Black sections, a typical voodoo band consisted of three drums, a bell and a Cha Cha. And the Cha Cha was used by the leader as a "metronome" to set the timing. This was in secular dancing as well as in religious music and singing.

Even during the peak of popularity of the Mambo, many in the Caribbean did not like it because of New York influence in having the acrobatic character of jitterbug instead of the smooth movements usually associated with Latin dance.

"Oye, Come Va" por Azucar Moreno

In 1953, the Cuban orchestra America started playing the time honored "danzon" with a new syncopated beat. It sounded somewhat like a very slow Mambo and and the Cuban dancers used a slight triple hip undulation on the slow count. So they would break on the accented beat which was usually on the two. That would make the rock step on the two and three count, the slow was in the 4-1.


Gradually this slow count was changed into a chassé and the Cha Cha Cha was born and introduced into the US in 1954. Today six decades later, with good Cha Cha Cha music, it remains one of the most popular social dances in the entire world. If the music is "you can dance Cha Cha Cha to it," That ain't it. If "you gotta dance Cha Cha Cha to it," that's it.

Pub's Side Note: Sorry folks but I had to shut down Town Dancer blog again. The Scam Spam Robots are getting in again. Blogger just doesn't have the programmers with the capability to stop them.