Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Big Island

We are getting plenty daily hits in Honolulu and we are getting some blogging from the outskirts of Oahu. Now we need to begin getting some information from the Neighbor Islands. Number one is the Big Island for its huge diversity.

"If you have one true friend, you have your share in your world."

Huggo's is the first good contact on the Big Island. If we can get a poster now and then it would be nice. They can think about sending a smaller poster and a few choice words for the reader/dancers.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Then Maui, and something has been wrong at Kauai for a time because of the lies of us posting personal information on our blogs. Perhaps we can solve that some day soon. It was never true but you all know the power of the Creative Researchers And Producers. No need proof.

"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii


So the Big Island is prime for the moment. And we expect to concentrate on the two most important sectors. Kona in the West and Hilo in the East. Anyone know of someone, specially if they don't have a Web site, let them or us know. We will help wherever we can.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway


Friday, April 29, 2016

The Latin Waltz

Latin Waltz - A classic that must be learned in Latin dancing. Waltz is timeless and exquisite throughout the world. The natives of the Americas already had the three separate count dances and also the Viennese type in two count (One and Two) and in which they used the Chassè.

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”
~ George Carlin


The Viennese Waltz was introduced to the Americas when Napoleon took over in the 1860s. He installed  Maximilian and Carlotta as Emperor and Empress of the Mexican Empire. The lower classes embraced the dance for they already had it but now it had acquire new grace with a partner. The men enjoyed leading it and the ladies loved it.

"Alejandra" por Xavier Solis

A soothing flowing dance with its rise and fall movements and rotations were all accepted by the Mexicans. They learned to develop great foot skills, balance and body control and to enjoy listening and moving to this new European music.

"Cuando Escuches Este Valse" por Vicente Fernandez


Most of Latin America dances the Mexican Waltz, but in South American it is slightly different but at the same time it is very similar, the Peruvian Waltz. The main thing of course is to enjoy moving to the beautiful music. We could readily understand that both dances were originally derived from the Indian civilizations in Mexico and Peru (the Incas.) And the Chassè is used in more dances in South America. The results is more of a Viennese type beat music and dance in the Peruvian Waltz.

The young know what they are doing: "Dance like no one is watching.
Cause they're not, they are checking their phones."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Waltz

The Waltz, pieces from the Internet:

There are the Latin Waltzes and an entire article could be written on those because the Indians were dancing to three count measures long before the first illegals aliens arrived in the Americas. They did not have partner dancing but, the three count was nothing new to them and when the Waltz arrived in Mexico Latins took to it like a duck to water. They had already been dancing to the same count for ages only now it was partner.

"Our hearts swing back and forth between our need for routine
and the urge to take that ball and run with it."


Most prominent in Latin America are the Mexican waltzes followed by the Peruvian Waltzes, both derived strongly from the advanced Indian civilizations in Mexico and Peru. Much of it in South America is danced in a chassé and the musical beat similar to the Viennese. Another thing we must acknowledge, - this a not a dance for the modern young and it may never be. Over thirty you just might be able to take it and it can be just about the most beautiful music in existence.

"The Last Waltz" by Englebert Humperdinck


The  American Waltz seems to be coming more into prominence among the older more experienced dancers. It is the most popular form for social dancing in the United States and variations are also popular in other parts of the world. It is very versatile, in that it is danced in all the various dance positions like closed, promenade, shadow and outside partner and has a large number of movements and patterns. And how about Latin style with a cross body lead?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


It can be danced to Country Waltz music, Latin Waltz music and all over the world to their 3/4 time music. It moves like the other forms of social dance, counterclockwise around the dance floor. Perfect for social dancers. It is a popular form for performances and is also done in American style competitions. It is a primary learning dance because it is a steady one, two, three, left, right, left with no Mickey Mouse gimmicks. And most of the music just happens to be some of the most beutiful music ever written.

"Life is just like the waltz, and has its own rhythm of rise and fall."


Monday, April 25, 2016

Cinco De Mayo

France  had invaded Mexico in the winter of 1861 and seeking to legitimize French rule in the Americas, Napoleon III invited Maximilian to establish a new Mexican monarchy for him. Napoleon decided not to make it a kingdom but an empire. He had his eye on Central America. And he chose Maximilian of Austria to be Emperor of Mexico.

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

Puebla, May 5, 1862
In 1862, the French marched from the coast to Mexico City under the command of General Charles Latrille. The French expected to be welcomed by the conservatives and the clergy. The Mexicans dug in at Puebla and heavily fortified it under General Ignacio Zaragoza, where around 4500 Mexicans troops faced off against over 6000 French.

"La Golondrina" compose by
Narciso Serradell Sevilla 1862

The French expected the Mexicans to retreat in the face of their aggressive assault and attacked recklessly. The French ran low on ammunition and many of their troops were weakened by sickness . On May 5, 1862, the Mexican forces managed to drive back the French to Veracruz while losing 83 men and the French lost 462. The date became the major Mexican Celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

"La Paloma" a favorite of Empress Carlotta

With the support of the French army, and a group of conservative Mexican monarchists hostile to the liberal administration of new Mexican President Benito Juárez, Maximilian was able to get to Mexico City. Once there, he declared himself Emperor of Mexico on 10 April 1864. And it took Benito Juarez three years to get financial and military help to reclaim the republic. Maximilian was put before the firing squad in 1867 and Cinco De Mayo became officially a National Holiday in Mexico.

On the left: Maximiliano, El primer y ultimo
Emperador de Mexico, 1861 - 1867

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

Friday, April 22, 2016

Social

By Stanley Nagasato, Hawaii Kai

We all know and have come to accept that International is a unique style of dance. It is taught and danced world wide for competitions. And since it is "to be seen," it just naturally converts into exhibition and other "to be seen" styles. Is "Educative Dancing" a significant style? What about Universal style, or Cultural style.?

"Follow your own star and you can blame no one but yourself."


Now they are a group that consider themselves ballroom dancers and have so dictated, we could accept that we are no longer ballroom dancers. We could be Community Center dancers, District Park dancers, School Cafeteria dancers, Night Club dancers and any place else we can dance. But we all know that we do not dance in ballrooms. Most of us have evolved into a definitely different type of dancer.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Social dancers have always said it in an apologetic way. No longer, it is now said with a little pride. We know we can dance and pride ourselves on not being "ballroom" dancers. We are not in it for competition even though we respect those that are. The ballroom dancing group has insisted that they are different from us for years. You remember "Junk Dancer?" And now we can all agree with them and everyone should be happier.

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


The official American style of dance is the one closest to our style as long as we stay in the beginning Bronze and intermediate Bronze divisions. By the time we get to advanced Bronze we are getting into exhibition and competition styles. And that is not us. These distinctions are slowly being accepted by the ones in the know. Social Dancer? Cultural Dancer? Universal Dancer? or even "Educative Dancer." As we get bigger, all of us that are no longer ballroom dancers will increasingly make these decisions for ourselves.

Now, let's dance
Stanley

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Afro

We keep reading about Afro-Cuban, and other dances as Afro something, giving us the impression that Latin music comes from Africa. Nothing could be further from the truth. This has happened through out the Americas, and no recognition of the natives who were in the Americas long before any one knew of it. There were some ten million natives in the Americas when the first illegals arrived.

  "Time rings to announce endings and beginnings. And it rings
because there is fresh promise and wonder in the skies."


"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

Most knowledgeable people in the US, know and it is well documented, that anything Afro-something is not African but from descendants of Africans. The Blacks developed Jazz not from Africa but from the Indian music in Florida which they loved and combined it with another favorite, the Marches of the day, then syncopated it. The fourth or fifth generation Negros that developed it had little idea where Africa was much less anything about music from Africa. Nevertheless. the new music was uniquely theirs. And it became popular and spread after the Emancipation in the 1870s. For sure Everyone knew that Jazz did not come from Africa. And no one in Africa had ever heard the Cha Cha Cha music or dance before the 1960s because that is when it became popular in Latin America.

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw


"Contigo A La Distancia": por Christina Aguilera

Most new dances that are being promoted as Latin are manufactured and designed for what they believe the young will go for. It is mostly hype and the Lambada, that was African, made more the 100 billion dollars masquerading as a Latin dance. Salsa has been on more solid ground but now is being overtaken by Bachata even though Reggaeton came and went. And there is Zouk, Zumba and Kizomba waiting in the wings. We have good solid social dances now that will be enjoyed until doomsday by the experienced dancers because we enjoy moving to our favorite music using the basic moves. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba,Waltz, Merengue amd Tango.

"Dancing may be just moving to the music without stepping on anyone's toes - pretty much the same as life."

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dance for Exercise?

In prehistoric times before Agriculture, humans woke up hungry and had to forage for food. If they could walk a mile in twenty minutes, they could cover a lot ground in six or seven hours. The big benefit was the eating, but secondary was that the walking was very beneficial for the human body, And it remains so to this very day.

"The truth when ignored, will eventually show itself
and perhaps lead us to something better."

Dancing for us can be more beneficial than just walking. It can also be a fun and productive approach to make use of our spare time. And it can be in a Night Club, a Social Club or a Dance Studio, we can take our pick.

"Morning Dew"
by Melveen Leed

It’s no surprise that many people are getting more than slightly interested in dancing for the fun of it and perhaps the exercise too. There will be more new clubs forming and we will find or make new places to dance specially in the coastal areas of all Hawaii. It may even be possible to someday find a Community Center where we could dance.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Michael Buble


If you’re wondering what other things you can get from learning to dance, continue reading these blogs. You will get plenty of hints from a variety of sources. You may even start with line dancing so that you will not need a partner. It is an excellent kind of aerobics and you learn the music, the moves and dance styles of the different accepted dances in Social - Cultural dancing.

Dance Law No. 41C: On Oahu, every great idea has a disadvantage
with the Creative Researchers And Producers equal to
or exceeding the greatness of the idea.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mexican Holiday

The fifth of May celebration in Mexico

The American version was that the Mexicans were just beginning to enjoy the great delicacy of Mayonaise. They were expecting a boatload of Mayonaise from New York in the early part of May 1962. Unfortunately the ship was caught in a bad storm in the Caribbean and the boat sank with all those jars of Mayonaise on the fifth of May. The Mexicans were grief stricken and declared it a National Holiday and they called it, "Sinko De Mayo" which remains to this day.

Truth may come knocking on the door and we may say, "Go away, I'm looking
for the truth," and so it goes away. That can be puzzling.

Actually no one seems to know how this holiday got into Hawaii as a day of celebration. It was here when I got here in 1978. I think I asked at the time and no one knew. Anyway it is all over the islands.

Seems like early on, the different groups would establish their own preferred holidays. The Portugese, Puerto Ricans, Japanese, Chinese and Filipinos. Anyway life was hard and there was a need for a day of celebration.

"La Golondrina"
by Placido Domingo.

Life is a lot easier now but we still need to enjoy music and dance and and we will do it, each in our own way.

"El Trieste" by José José.


From the Latin News in Los Angeles:
The Distinctive Rumba music is playing at the club as we enter. The beautiful sounds of guitars, bongos, timbales, congas, maracas and claves. Music that kindles the nostalgia: - romantic music that seems to come out of the night when the human spirit is free to roam the deeper, quieter, more intimate latitude of emotions. Yes, it is a dance adventure that can be emotional as well as a physical experience.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Changes

Town Dancer was in the beginning groomed to allow the International people a platform for their style of dance. With enough Guest Authors, I intended to give them the best blog that we had, in average hits per day and let them run it up to unheard of heights. However the potential doners of information were just a little too rootzi tootzi for us and still think in terms of who has the best Web site. Counters are out of the question and never taken into consideration. They have spoken and I do not have enough time left.

"Good things never last - luck always ends - and time always runs out."


"With A Song In My Heart" by Frankie Laine

I will increase whatever presence I can get for Blogging Hawaii and my first goal is to get this blog back up into the top three. Then I can be certain it will be able to beat Town Dancer. Blogging Hawaii covers a lot more ground so they are just natural to go for it. The Information Contributors for this blog will be crucial. The other blogs will just be worked on as per usual and get the best news for our reader/dancers.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho


Of course, one good Guest Author would make a big difference for any of our blogs in the time element to get there. It may take us a few months but we can do it now that we are getting a larger class of readers. I am promoting it in Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr. I will still cross my fingers.

"Rose are red, so is my wine - Refill my glass and I'll be just fine."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Samba do Coraçao

"Samba of the heart" in Portuguese:

This is a samba school as well as a performing company, offering classes and shows in Brazilian dance and percussion year round. The group, directed by Mary Dollar and Fernando de Sanjines, is dedicated to the growth of Brazilian culture in the San Francisco Bay Area, inspired by the many dances and rhythms of Brazil. Needless to say, it is da reel teeng.

"Life is a long lesson in humility - for hope is but the dream
of those that are awake."


As their name implies, the group’s specialty is samba, yet their repertoire is rich and varied and each dance number is brilliantly costumed. And they still blend part of the Portuguese chassé into it. From the earthy Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Bahia to the sensuous samba of Rio de Janeiro, you must be prepared to experience the spirit and colorful excitement of Carnaval with Samba do Coração!

"Blame It On The Bossanova" by Eydie Gorme


Samba do Coração offers a quality "Brazilian Extravaganza" show with dancers and drummers and / or parade for any occasion. The group also offers a show with a six piece Brazilian band and with a vocalist. Since its formation in the summer of 1992, the Samba do Coracao has performed in numerous festivals and events in the San Francisco Bay Area, The have been prominent in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts.

"Manha De Carnaval" by Placido Domingo


"Chica, Chica, Boom Chic" by Carmen Miranda, 1930

Also In addition, Samba do Coraçao participates in numerous parades, including nine San Francisco Carnaval Parades. Every year, the group has been honored with top awards, including First Place in dance, music, costumes and overall visuals. For two consecutive years, Samba do Coração has also been awarded San Francisco Carnaval’s, Best Brazilian Group, as well as received Second Grand Prize Overall!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Waltz, anyone?

From the Dance News, San Diego

Waltz is waltz and though most of us know that there is a Viennese Waltz and an American Waltz, we also know that these two Waltzes may be danced differently by the accepted styles, American, Country or International. But not many know that there are many more different types of waltzes.

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goal."

First of all, the word waltz can refer to both a piece of music in ¾ time meant for dancing as well as to the dance performed to that music. Most of us know the American Style.of Waltz and we are not attracted to the Viennese for its Rootzi Tooziness. But both styles are danced throughout the world to this beautiful music under different names. So beyond that, the word waltz can be used to refer to a wide variety of related dances.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Some dances referred to as types of waltzes are not waltzes at all. This is true of the Boston, a slow dance that is related to the waltz, but with two steps to the bar. The Boston was know as valse Boston, or the Boston waltz in France; as the English waltz in Germany, and also referred to as a "hesitation" waltz.

"The Last Waltz" by Englebert Humperdinck

One of the types of waltzes that really are waltzes is the jazz waltz, a term that is sometimes used to refer to any jazz piece in ¾ time. Examples include the Missouri Waltz written in 1918 by Dan and Harvey’s Jazz Band, the 1928 Mississippi Waltz by the Memphis Jug Band, and 1942’s The Jitterbug Waltz by Fats Waller. Carolina Moon by Thelonious Monk is an example of a bop waltz. And there are a lot more than that.

"Blue Hawaii" by Patti Page

Some works that were not originally jazz have been adapted to become jazz waltzes. And the new versions have been acclaimed internationally. One notable example is John Coltrane’s version of "My Favorite Things," originally from the musical "The Sound of Music." Another is "Someday My Prince Will Come," adapted by Miles Davis from the animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The RockStep

Agriculture involves the domestication of plants. At least 11 regions of the World were involved as independent centers of origin about 11000 years ago, 9000 BC. The most developed were in modern-day Iran where wild barley, wheat and lentils were cultivated and where domesticated forms of wheat appeared about that time. Also in the Central and Southern part of Mexico with corn the leading plant. Rhythm, music and singing did not develop until Agriculture arrived.

“We should never be afraid to raise our voices for honesty, truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. We could change our entire dance world.”

Received from Rolando via Twitter. Good for a starters, next time we get
a few words in addition to the gang. Happy Dancing everyone.

Of course, their singing was easy enough just listen to the birds. But making other sounds like blowing on an animal horn or a sea shell was nice addition to the drum beating. Living in a more staple place like caves led to slightly more leisure time. You did not have to go foraging all day just to find the right edibles. The groups of five or six families could expand easily by natural reproduction and by taking another family in and the groups developed into villages.


"La Vida Es Un Carnaval" por Celia Cruz

Pre-Olmec cultures began to flourish in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, in the present-day states of Veracruz and Tabasco, Mexico about 2500 BC, but it took another thousand years for Early Olmec culture to emerged. They were the first Mesoamerican civilization and laid many of the foundations for the civilizations that followed, a slow process.


"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

They were accustomed to the even time beat on drums and dancing on the even count much as the Africans do today on TV. Just jumping up and down to the music and enjoying it. They learned to walk forward and walk backward. On steps 1,2,3 forward and back on 4, or something similar. That action develop that into the second dance step, The Rock Step. This may have been over 4000 years ago and it has been developed independently and used all over the world in hundreds of dances.


"Suenan Mis Tmbales por Rolando Sanchez

The Olmec Civilization flourished during Mesoamerica's formative period, dating roughly from as early as 1500 BC to about 400 BC. There was the early emergence of the Mayan Civilization in Yucatan. Among other "firsts",  they recognized music and dance as part of their life, and the professionals to go with it. They played the Mesoamerican ballgame, hallmarks of nearly all subsequent Mesoamerican societies and they had the professionals to go with it. And they evolved the Chassé from the Rock Step.

"It doesn't matter if my glass is half full or half empty,
as long as I can have the rest of the bottle."

Their professionals did not get money but they did not have to work in the fields. They would get a place to sleep, food and clothes. If they were in the numbers game, they would become mathematicians and do that seven days a week, but their time would be their own. The Mayan mathematicians became so good they had the zero a full century before the Romans. They developed Calculus about the same time as the Greeks. By the arrival of the first illegals, they had over 2000 different dances.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Slowly is the theme.

All I can say is, I tried, I have made mistakes and they can be accepted. If the people who are reader/dancers have not been sufficiently interested, I can accept that too. Meanwhile, since I am ninety years old, I have to be on my way shortly. I have many places on my agenda and much work to do. I will give the publicity to whoever will appreciate it, and all we need is just a little kokua from wherever we can get it.

"There will always come a time when a person must take the position
that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but they must do it
because conscience tells them it is right.”


Meanwhile to all the rest of our readers we recommend Dance Fever Oahu, very likely the most widely read Dance Web Site in Hawaii. Also the Blog sites of Frank and Lani covering much of the local action. They both have information that is not available to us. There are also many Mainland Web and Blog sites on dance but that should be your choice, so just stay informed.


"You Are The Sun, Hawaii" by Loyal Garner

The dance organizations are adjusting themselves in town very nicely and the fans are sure to increase throughout the Island. We are developing a good group that will help and not hinder the enjoyment of dancing for residents of this Island. And there is a growing interest in dancing to Live Music. Most of it has been for a very enjoyable listening pleasure.


The Hukilau Song by Don Ho

Even Mariachi Bands that use to run in big groups of a dozen or so and were strictly for listening enjoyment are beginning to get with it in dancing. Many get the guitar section to go into a Rock Step or a Chassé for a bar or two. And in Mexico and the US, they may have dancing to some of the most beautiful music on earth. the Rumba or a Waltz.

"A pair of jumper cables walk into one of our local bars and ask for a drink. The bartender took a long look and says, “OK, but I don’t
 want you starting anything in here.”
 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What Tango?

The Argentine was exported to the world in the second decade of the twentieth century. Introduced in France, the Spanish developed their own version, which went throughout the Mediterranean. And of course the English got hold of it and declared theirs "da reel teeng." Naturally it was never "Da Reel Teeng." But at the time "The sun never set on the British Empire."

"The best test for freedom in dancing may be less in what we are
free to do than what we are free not to do."


Americans got a hold of it and did a very good job in their interpretations. The US was meddling in the East so that China and the Philippines got their introductions of the American Tango along with the Argentine Tango. However the British were still very much in India and China and their Tango must have had an influence.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel


The Chinese Tango went to Korea and modified into the Korean tango which is also still danced today. And since Korea was at the time occupied by Japan, the Japanese evolved their own Japanese Tango. The Chinese Tango is still so popular that it is even being taught in the US. We have plenty of choices in Hawaii.

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias


How about the music? In the beginning it was all even count. step, step and keep stepping. Then the cat influence in the Incas, changed the music and develop the pounce. Something similar was established in the US by Harry Fox in which he would run for six or seven steps and then stop on the eight. The beginning of the Fox Trot with influence on other music all over the world.

"Nostalgia" por Placido Domingo

"There are no standards of taste in wine. Each person's own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for them or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of their own standard."