Monday, March 30, 2015

We are all learning


Perhaps we can and should be able to dance to music just about anytime and anywhere. Some people may think we are nuts anyway. We have often seen people with a wire in their ear, moving inadvertently to the music they hear. For many people the body hears the music and wants to move to that rhythm. It should be pretty natural.
 
"A wise man can appear foolish in the company of fools."


"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

However many people have learned in our "civilizations" to suppress this desire. The result is too many people have learned to enjoy hearing the music without moving to it. Witness the huge symphony orchestras that were developed in the 19th century. And the huge concerts that remain to this day. There are many that insert the plugs in their ears when they get up in the morning and take them off when they go to sleep at night. Music is a big part of their life but how much of it do they really hear?


Then somewhere along the line, there was the reasoning that men should not dance. But many men in all cultures have found a place with some nice music to dance to and they will dance. In many cultures it was a manly thing and not for women. The thinking among the people is changing although at the end of the last century there had been too much emphasis on the "spectator" end of it. And that is not dancing.

"Let Me Go, Lover" by Joan Weber 

However there is the “hype” among us, the exaggerated promotion or publicity to stimulate and excite the dancers to a special day or time of the month. There are clubs that use it half hearted and others that just don’t bother. We should put more emphasis on the use of it in an informative manner to entice others to join in the fun. The bigger the crowd (within reason) the more fun it can be.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Viña del Mar

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival is a music festival that is considered the best and biggest in Latin America. It is the most important musical event defining "Latin Music" in the Americas and which is held annually on the 3rd week of February since 1960 in Viña del Mar, Chile. They include most music and the non-Latin and peripherals are generally minimized. Pop, Boleros, Rumba and Cha Cha Cha are predominent mostly because of the dancing influence.


Every year invited artists include many that are not "Latin music" such as Tom Jones, Sting, Backstreet Boys, Jonas Brothers, and Elton John and Waltz and Foxtrot is accepted as part of World Wide music. They perform alongside Latin artists such as Chayanne, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Gustavo Cerati, Carlos Santana and Thalía.

"Detalles" por Roberto Carlos

They also have competitions where the winners win fame and prizes. The best known case of this is Shakira, who was in 3rd position at the winners at one time and now is one of the most recognized VIP figures in the world, being the Latin pop music Queen.



The Festival takes place in the amphitheatre of Quinta Vergara and has over 20,000 spectators plus it is broadcast live on World Wide television and radio, regularly breaking records for viewing figures. The Vina festival features a song competition on two categories (pop music song and folk song), interspersed with performances by international music stars from around the world, encompassing such diverse genres as rock, pop music in various languages, merengue, salsa, reggaetón, bachata and others.

"Con El Mismo Corazon" por Ana Gabriel

Pub's Side Note: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them, because they change things.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Coming Scene

The Rootzi-Tootzis have been receding in the distance. Dancers are beginning to realize that we are all human beings and different in a lot of aspects. The rootzi tootsis have been usually very good as intermediate dancers and better. They have consider themselves great advanced dancers in exhibitions and Competitions.

"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be." 


Many had been also capable of dancing all three types, social, exhibition and competition but just never that good in any one of them. And in competition dancing they must dance "correctly." And since no authority has ever specified or defined their use of the term, they make their own assumptions.

"Until The Real Thing Comes Along" by Dean Martin"

The absolute tops in dancing that we have ever had on this or any other Island are those capable of dancing both Social, Exhibition and Competition. This requires quite a bit of know how to do all three. Fortunately, most of us have been very happy just to be able to move to the music of our choice in a very deluxe enjoyable manner.


On Oahu, many had really and truly believed that some people were inherently inferior to them for any one of a variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, wealth, education, ancestry, taste, beauty, et cetera. We are getting a much better group now, mainly in the outskirts of the island. Therefore, a common "truth" in dancing on Oahu had been the belief that Dancing in the International Style is the result of the superiority of their dance. If they dance "correctly" then all others by default dance "incorrectly." You can't be more wrong than that.

"You Don't Know Me" by Bruddah Iz

Snobbery existed even in medieval feudal aristocratic Europe, when the clothing, manners, language and tastes of every class were strictly codified by customs or law. In the small countries in Latin America it has been the biggest drawback for the advancement of the common citizenry.

Let's get out there and dance.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Still Looking for Latin.

Apparently Mexico, like other countries throughout the world, is accepting many styles of Latin dance too. I can hardly believe it. Everyone use to know what Latin Dancing was but something happened along the way. One thing for sure each different dance is permeating into some social dance atmosphere of the entire world.

Easter is coming up: Many call themselves "Christians" but think about it -
Jesus wasn't a snob who judged people for their imperfections.


First off, Mexico has too many different "local" dances of their own, that are danced in different parts of the republic. Even in the United States, the differences are established from where the majority of the residents come from in Mexico. Tex Mex is much more different than Cal Mex in the music and the dancing. There will be many eliminations.

"Cien Años" por Pedro Infante

Mexican dancing has been tried in Hawaii, but they soon learned there are too many differences. My suggestion would be the learning process we have now beginning with American style of the Ballroom Latin dances. Most of the step movements have been in existence for millenniums and in thousands of dances throughout the world.



The specialties may have the roughest time because the are basically one music and one dance. Salsa found it easy to accept Reggae (which came and went.) Bachata is now coming in very fast and Zouk and Kizomba are waiting in the wings.

"Como Yo Te Ame" por Yuri

Where as in partner dance we prefer six to nine dances with only a couple extra for the "sport." Most of us have discovered the Partner dance that is most commonly danced using the most basic moves. The night club dancers have led the way to do it the easy way and of course, the Music is the key and we just want to move to the music. In the biggest cities in Mexico it is occurring now. Can you believe dancing the square box rumba in Mexico City? It is changing now to the "alternative" basic.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Information Contributors

The people that the blogs need (desperately) are in three categories and they can do a lot for their friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. Information and photos that only they can provide for it will be their view point.

"Be careful with your words, the written word has no bones but it is strong enough to break a heart."


The commentators are those that add comments to any blog and any time they get the bug. Many are just spam and sign themselves, "anonymous." Blogger notifies me and gives me three choices. Publish, Spam or just delete. Very nice. But there are those good commentaries that can say what they wish and make any comments in this comments section in every blog. Make it short, and it does not have to be sweet. At the moment the comments on the blogs are open. Once you get your feet wet, you can think about becoming an Information Contributor.


The Information Contributor gets a little more opportunity than a commentator and in the same way, when they get the bug. Then they can email their bits of information and photos for whatever blog they prefer to anyone of the guest authors. We just provide the platform and they can use it whenever they damn well please. They in turn become "editors" of what is going to be published. They choose how it will go in the blog. Seems easy enough to me, any suggestions will be welcomed.

"Lay a Little Lovin' On Me" by Robin McNamara

The Guest Authors are in the top spot. Anyone with a little experience in submitting information and photos and finding their reader/dancers very accepting, can think about becoming one. This means that they can get in, write their stuff, publish their photos and get out again, whenever they wish without saying boo to anyone. In effect it will be their blog within the big blog and they will have the same available readers.

Every day, once a week, once a month, a year? There are no commitments, the choice will always be yours.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Yuridia

Yuri (born Yuridia Valenzuela Canseco on January 6, 1964) is a famous Mexican singer, actress, and TV host.  She has maintained a significant presence in the entertainment business in Mexico for the last three decades. Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, she moved to Mexico City in 1977, for a career in entertainment.

"One of the few activities that activates, stimulates and
uses the entire brain is Music."

Dyeing her hair blonde made a difference
Still in her teens, she joined a garage band in Veracruz called Yuri y La Manzana Eléctrica (the electric apple.) The band played at fiestas and important festivals around the city of Veracruz. Julio Jaramillo, an executive producer from the recording studio Gamma, discovered her talent as a singer and proposed a record deal, and urged her to move to Mexico City. Her parents had an altercation over the future of their younger daughter.

"Como Yo Te Ame" por Yuri

In the mid-1970s Yuri and her mother left the rest of the family in Veracruz to pursue a record deal in Mexico City without her father's consent or economic support. Once they arrived in Mexico City, Yuri's mother, Dulce Canseco, became her manager. At first both Yuri and her mother struggled economically until Yuri finally recorded her first album, "Tú Iluminas Mi Vida" on Gamma Records. The title track was a cover of the Debby Boone smash hit "You Light Up My Life". Her mother was an effective manager and had to fight the record executives to fulfill their verbal contract with her daughter.


1985 Yuri signed a contract with EMI to record the album, "Yo Te Pido Amor," which was nominated for a Grammy with the two hits "Dejala" and "Dame un Beso". During the Grammy Award ceremony she fled with Fernando Iriarte, the son of television personality Maxine Woodside. Yuri married Fernando that year, and she held a press conference afterward where she revealed the internal conflicts of her family and her wishes for independence.

"Yo Te Pido Amor" por Yuri

She replaced her longtime manager, her mother, with Fernando. Fernando Iriarte despite being a novice proved to be quite efficient, giving Yuri a more sophisticated sound and image. By the nineties she was firmly entrenched in music throughout Latin America, in Spain and even Europe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hot Dog!

It is gratifying that social partner dancing on Oahu is moving in the right direction where the man can lead easily and the ladies can follow easily. Fortunately, the ladies in Hawaii are wonders. the absolute greatest and the basic step remains the best communication on our social dance floors.

"I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance." - Friedrich Nietzsche



For instance, the terrific appeal for the Mambo was it's basic step, the dancers constantly moving from and returning from the basic. A sure kiss of death for a new dance is an uninspiring basic step and the Hustle was a good example. When first introduced it was vastly different from its popular style that followed a year later. A "quick" step was added to the basic and the addition gave it "substance." Not since the Mambo had a dance been so embraced by the dancing public and yes, many still dance it for the fun of it.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Then we have the routine of interest in social dancing, followed by learning it in the many ways available on Oahu. And they are all enjoyable. It all begins with beginning steps, followed by intermediate steps. Then may be followed by required professional or amateur teacher lessons to learn the advanced movements. Then at some point, everyone seems to become aware of going back to basics and taking the opportunity to polish the rough edges.


The blogs are moving right along as over diluted of readers that they are. That part seems to be OK so far. Now that I am finally analyzing the data, I am coming to some good definitions for our reader/dancers. Most, for now, are in just a reader/dancer category, in which they like to read about what's happening in our dance world. They would rather not get involved with the Commitments of daily article requirement, the Registration and fees and the Annual meetings and dues. All the supposed contracts to be signed, and whatevah.

Taint So!

Bloggers Law #12C: A complex system that works is invariably
found to have evolved from a simple system that works.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

El Bandoneon

We hear the bandoneon played less and less often in the Argentine Tango. It was such a beautiful Tango sound for over 150 years. It had never been heard in Argentina before the 1860s when it was brought over with the huge amount of German immigrants. I heard a beautiful Tango "Uno" by Julio Iglesias and the Saxophone was very prominent. I had never noticed the Saxophone in any Tango music and this was very nice.

 "Dance could be like wine - it probably matures with every performance."


Just when the first bandoneón arrived in the rapidly growing port city of Buenos Aires hasn't been recorded. It simply showed up in the 1860s, just like all the other immigrants - alone, virtually unloved, practically unknown back in the land of its birth (where it was intended to play church music).

"Uno" por Julio Iglesias

The new instrument in the new land was playing waltzes and polkas, but was soon to join in with the guitars, violins and flutes playing the hot new musical genre. Among the lower strata, it was a music and dance in process of evolving - the Milonga. But that music was fast - and nobody playing the bandoneón (they were all new to it) could keep-up with the other players. The music slowed down for bandoneón players to join in. And almost before you can say "immigrant" ... the Bandoneón becomes a part of the very soul of tango.


From the point of view of the Argentines, "it made the Milonga undeniably 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 Portuguese Ukulele has attained Hawaiian citizenship.

"Volver" por Placido Domingo

The cattle drives kept the guachos coming to the big cities and mixing up their native Indian Milonga with the new partner Milonga being danced in the cities. And taking the Bandoneon back into the bush. The walking step patterns began to introduce a quick, quick, slow along with the change in music.


"Loyal companion of all pains, your querulous voice introduced another spirit into tango. Confessor when the soul revolts, Bandoneon, when you open up, your music throws light upon everything around, but when you close, you are dark and insolent. Between the beatitude and the wickedness, learning to play you demands the intelligence of the insane."

Times do change and we hear less Bandoneon in the newer Tangos. I will remain a fan until the day I die.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dream To Dance Studio

Recieved a terrific email from Debby and Carlos and not "Copyrighted." I took the liberty of posting the information. Gotta be careful, I got fifty dollars in the bank and anyone could take it all. Anyway, if somebody still objects, let me know and I would be willing to delete it immediately. Mahalo.

"Don't lose hope, when the sun goes down, the stars come out."

Dear Dancers,

Mr Doug Kesler is on the dance floor once again sharing his love of dance with his fortunate students.  A few weeks ago Doug endured the double header of a heart attack and stroke. His big event, Showcase, planned for March 27 has been rescheduled but we would like you to save the date to dance and celebrate at the dance studio as a fund raiser for Doug! Donations will be welcomed at the door! There will be a potluck buffet, refreshments, dance performances and dance music for everyone.

Thank you!
Debby & Carlos Barboza and The Students of Doug Kesler



I would go but I am just getting accustomed to traveling with my Walker. And I am working on kicking it and just using a cane. I have been lucky, my falls could have been a lot more serious. I hope to get better in a couple more months.


A portion of Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build.
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance.

Be Happy Everyone and enjoy your dancing.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Slow Going

But understandable since it has never been done before. Anyone know of a Latin music and dance blog in Hawaii? The entire enchilada is much too diverse.

"Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which you can die."


Many people think Salsa is "one" but it is many different rhythms and all Latin music and dance is very diverse. Tango is not the same as Rumba. Samba is not the same as Cha Cha Cha. Each one of us will choose our preferences and hopefully let the hype go another way.

"Abrazame" by Alejandro Fernandez

The basic Latin for close to a century is that set up by the disciplines such as the American and the International styles of dance. Since most of the contact was through Florida and the Caribbean, the results have been evident. It includes, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Merengue. Samba and Tango from South America. Any additions are just gingerbread, nice but not really necessary,


At the end of the last century the young were being introduced to more than a dozen "new" dances and Salsa and Bachata seem to be among the best. They have set off on their own and have become a peripheral much as the Argentine Tango.

 "Mambo Tropical" por Los Chicos

There are Latin music and dance clubs on the Mainland but not in Hawaii, yet. A night club will probably be based on the American Style of dance, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Mambo, Samba, Tango and include the Latin Waltzes. This will be strictly for social dancers.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Dance Scene

As little as I get around, I am getting a few sparks on dancing on the outskirts of Honolulu. The Windward is showing some interest all the way up to Turtle Bay. The North Shore has always had it but continually put down by the "Keep the country, country" people. You know Da Kine, no shoe stores allowed and no sidewalks. So the tourists can visit and exclaim, "Oh, how quaint." And meanwhile the residents are forced to do all business with Honolulu.

"You can con some of the people all of the time. and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot con all of the people all the time." Who said that?

Calvin and Hobbes dancing the new Kalihi Shag 

Kalihi and Salt Lake also looking good. A few very small night clubs and one new dance studio in Palama. They are overdue for a Dance Club in the area. The Rail Catastrophe has helped to awaken many people to the fact that for the Fat Cats, it's the bread, Fred and the hell with the people.


The Latin scene laying down some terrific music is doing very well. Unfortunately, Salsa and Bachata is mostly for the younger dancers. The more experienced Latin dancers prefer, the Latin Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, Samba and Tango. It has been going on for almost a century. But the entire enchilada will be coming to a head before we hit the twenties. as the dancers gain more knowledge on what they want

My opinion and yes, I don't know. The best place for a Night Club at present is in Salt Lake. Far enough away from the high rent district and still handy for a lot of dancers. Plenty of easy parking and with a juice bar and snack bar. Wow! And my best regards to the Ward Avenue dancing, we are getting some good feedback.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ana Barbara

Ana Bárbara (born January 10, 1971 in Rio Verde, San Luis Potosí, Mexico) is a Mexican Latin Grammy Award winner, songwriter, producer, and Grammy-nominated recording artist. But she has not done much for Latin "Dancing In Hawaii."

The majority of Ana Bárbara's albums have been recognized by either the Latin Grammy Awards or the traditional Grammy Awards. She has received a total of five Latin Grammy nominations for albums

Her former record label Fonovisa said "these recognitions are a milestone accomplishment in Ana Bárbara's career that spans more than a decade of uninterrupted success in the United States, México and Latin America."

"Los Besos No Se Dan En La Camisa."


In spite of her successes in the Latin world she is not well known among the music fans in the US, even those that are of Latin descent. But gradually getting there and she will contribute much to Latin Dancing in Hawaii.

Ana Bárbara's current projects include debuting in a Mexican soap opera titled Una Familia Con Suerte; this role will mark her official debut as an actress in a soap opera. She will also be singing the soap opera's theme song titled Suerte. Her latest single Alma Perdida is also a the theme song for Televisa's mini-series Mujeres Asesinas.

"Suerte" por Ana Barbara

Pub's Side Note: Social media for dancing in Hawaii is not about technology, it is about pschology. The tools are always changing but the concepts -- the engagement, transparency, sharing and entertainment? They are all still there and they still work.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Waltz in Town

By Richard Calzada, Liliha

The romantic Waltz is one of the most popular ballroom dances of all time. And at least three different American Styles are danced on Oahu according to the size of the dance floor available. Considered by some as the "mother of present day dances" and the "backbone dance" of the ballroom, the Waltz is the basis for many dances.

"We cannot do a kindness too soon, for we never know how soon it will be too late."

The Waltz is a smooth dance that travels around the line of dance. In the small night club floors you do the best you can but you should consider yourself restricted in the amount of space you can use. And you can still have enjoyable movements to the beautiful Waltz music. Body sway uses less room and gives couples a pendulum-like look, swinging and swaying their upper bodies in the direction they are moving.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

In our social dance scene and unique to the Waltz are the techniques of "rise and fall" and "body sway." Rise and fall is the elevating and lowering that the dancers feel as they move onto their toes, then relax through the knee and ankle, ending on a flat foot. This stylish action gives couples an up-and-down appearance as they glide effortlessly around the floor.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Good dancers tend to move their shoulders smoothly, parallel with the floor instead of up and down. Dancers strive to lengthen each step. On the first beat of the music, a step is taken forward on the heel, then onto the ball of the foot with a gradual rise to the toes, continuing on to the second and third beats of the music. At the end of the third beat, the heel is lowered to the floor to the starting position.


"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

These actions should be smooth and confident, making the Waltz a simple, yet elegant and beautiful dance. Based on basic techniques originating during the 1920s, the Waltz has continued to develop throughout the century and into the 21st very nicely. In the big one anything goes, and the Internationals and the Exhibition dancers can have a ball.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

So Far

The results of Latin Dancing in Hawaii so far are not too encouraging. It is slow going but I understand that I have over diluted the readership with so many blogs. But I did this to give a choice, first to the readers and a second to the future contributors of information to these blogs.

"We may not be there yet, but we are a hellavah lot closer
than we were at the beginning, last year."


And I don't want to be too definite in preference. We don't need clones. Each one out there is capable of making their own decisions based on any thing they like. The general guide is Latin Dancing in Hawaii. Therefore, everyone's unique opinion is the big value in these blogs and the writers will define each blog.


For now, the main focus in this blog is on Latin Music and Dance. However, I am not going to define it. It will be done by the information contributors, the Two Centers and the Guest Authors. They are not constrained by deadlines or commitments, they will post whenevah and whatevah they damn well please. Each one will have their own blog within the Chicharrones blog.

"Bésame Mucho" by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra

Most of the action will be centered on Oahu where we have the majority of the readers. However that may change according to the Guest Authors and we will eventually get more Neighbor Island action. They have an awful lot of good dancing there.

Pub's Side Note: So Rome was not built in a day. I will continue to try to help wherever I can. However, there may be some who think I am receiving too much from their "good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." It is their decision and I will respect. Meanwhile, I have to find those I can help and I do not have too much time. I have work to do and I must be on my way. Good luck to all.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gradually Emerging Again

This blog seems to finally come around to a firm ground, ready for advancement again. But I have found out that many of the fliers sent for "free advertisements" are sent by people that do not even read the blogs. Therefore they should realize that they may not part of our social media, even if we have the obligation to inform the reader/dancers of what is happening in our dance circles.

If anyone should ask, "What did Tennessee? Pun my word,
you would be justified to answer, "Just what Arkansas." 

They are not interested in our blog except to reap whatever free advertising they can get. And we must do it, because we must inform our readers. Fortunately, in our dance circles, most good advertising is good information. We have good information contributors and we will get more. But they will slowly understand the difference between advertising and Public Relations through our methods of information distribution as social media.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

So in progress are a couple of new blogs in our Oahu Blogosphere. The all remain just about the same. Only me and that is SOS. The Two Centers and the Guest Authors will define the different blogs and they will make differences. Perhaps when we get all the blogs independent there will be a Web Site annually to update the entire enchilada. From there the reader/dancers can make a more intelligent choice of picking one or more blogs or nothing only according to their wishes.


This one by Roy Chang of Midweek, one of the best political cartoonists in the Pacific. We are fortunate
that many residents are slowly coming to realize that they have been had, "Royally."

The whole idea of social media in our blogs is that no one has any commitment, and they should do as they damn well please. Just read, just dance, or whatevah. This includes the Information Contributors or Guest Authors. Your choice.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

You Know Salsa?

By Aristides Raul Garcia, New York City
aka El Intruso

The"dosmatics"want you to believe that the accent is on the 2. For this purpose they make use of something no one can hear, the "slap" of the Tumbao, which, when it is there, falls on the 2. In Spanish the name for this "slap" is "golpe seco". By the laws of physics, it is the type of sound that doesn’t travel far and in the face of competition it simply gets drowned out. It is neither high pitched nor with a heavy bass.

"Dance isn't something that any of us can explain in words. 
To really know it, one must dance it."


And there are many other Latin Dances too.

In any event by the law of addition and subtraction, if you take the "slap" out of the Tumbao, you still have a Tumbao. If you take the TumTum out and leave the slap, you are playing nothing and the other musicians in the band will look in your direction with a question mark painted on their faces. The "slap" is really insignificant to the Tumbao.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

It is on the accented 4 of the music that we are to find the reason why people who learn to dance in the dance studios of New York dance on "the 2". If one has to look for an "original music and dance" to which today’s music and dance can be associated with, then Mambo is not it. One has to go beyond that.


I think the place to start with is with the old Son, which was danced in two different ways depending on where the dancers came from: one group, mainly the Cubans, I'm taking liberties here, because Cuban "Guajiros" (peasants-farmers,) didn’t dance the same way as, say, urban blacks, and I refer you to the book "Cuban Counterpoint: Sugar Cane and Tobacco" by the Cuban Musicologist Fernando Ortiz. They started with a step on the accented 4, with a pause or a riding motion on the one, (4, 1, slow step) stepping on the 2 and finishing with another step on the 3, to begin stepping again on the accented 4.


The other group (and they came from many places) danced almost the same way, except that instead of beginning to dance on the 4, they started on the 1, with a pause or riding motion on the two, etc. I think Mr. Flores, aka La Maquina, belonged to one of these two groups.

"Mi Tierra" by Gloria Estefan

For both groups, the first step was the protocol step, in other words the leader didn’t start immediately with a 3-step gallop, or trot, in one direction or the other with the assumption that the person at the other end of the line "knew" what was coming. It also had to do with the idea of easing into a dance in accordance to the structure of the music.