Monday, June 27, 2016

Impatience

In my old age I am getting more impatient. I haven't got much time left but I must give this whole enchilada more time. I am getting news from residents in West Oahu because my getting around is limited. And Platinum Horseshoe shows signs of leading the way. That blog may even revive the interest in the Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Park. Then we would have more dance news for the residents of the area. Then there is the North Shore, and there are many dancers that live in the North Shore.

“There is no doubt that in our dance circles, fiction
does a better job than the truth.”


First new dance club that comes along in Waianae will do it for everyone in the West. Many of the wheels in the central dance community could be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it they shall not have it. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome. The bottom line is that blogging is like sex. You can’t fake it. You can’t fake passion. You can’t fake wanting to engage with the public. If you do, it will ultimately be an unsatisfying experience for both the blogger and their readers.


Dancing in the rain - by Brandi Beverly

You passed before I said good bye and I never got the chance to say
I love you. I didn't get to leave a note in the casket, so when I get
to heaven, I only ask for one thing That we will go dancing in 
the rain once again like we used to.

Latin Singers

There are different types, temporary fashions, fast music, romantic music, and the singers of the classics. In our case any Latin music that is played five decades after it became a hit is a classic. What is known as the "Oldies But Goodies."

“There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.”

Shakira:
Was born in Colombia on February 2, 1977. She is a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. She is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer after Gloria Estefan. She has developed a reputaiton for helping others. She is gorgeous, talented and she cares about her fans When she gets up to sing people listen no matter what kind of person they are!

"Si Te Vas" por Shakira

She sings from her heart, helps people and wants people to learn. She has kept her fantastic involvement while she sings and has also put a lot of work for the helpless kids out there. She remains very popular and she still knows how to shake her booty.

"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira

Beginning with all Latin songs in Spanish she became a smash hit from Mexico to Argentina. She then went into the English language and became well known for hits like "Whenever, Wherever" and "Hips Don't Lie," By 2012, her U.S. album sales had reached nearly 10 million. Now as she nears forty, she is becoming one of the greats.


Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Enrique started his career in the mid-1990s on an American Spanish Language record label Fonovisa Records under the name Enrique Martinez, before switching to the stage name Enrique Iglesias. which is his real name. His father, Julio Iglesias, is one of the most famous singers in the world today.

"Bailamos" por Enrique Iglesias

By the turn of the millennium, he had made a successful crossover into the mainstream market and signed a multi-album deal with Universal Music Group to release his Spanish albums and Interscope Records to release English albums. and becoming one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States. He has many number one songs in the hot Latin list and he has remained number one for long periods. His every song is amazing and goes directly to the bottom of everyone's heart. Handsome with a sensuous voice and amazing rhythm, He is due to become one of the best

"Hero" by Enrique Iglesias.


In 2010, he parted with Interscope Records and signed with another Universal Music Group label Republic Records to release bilingual albums. In 2015, Enrique parted ways with Universal Music Group after a decade. He signed with Sony Music; his upcoming albums will be by Sony Music Latin in Spanish and RCA Records in English. Now that he is over forty, he knows it didn't hurt him at all to use the name he was born with and his father is very proud of him.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Evolving

By Steven Jung, Kailua

The proprietorship of the term "Ballroom" has in this century been formally taken over by the Internationals. And most dancers will agree that it is an art and further more they do dance in ballrooms. The reason is all with them and we should not argue with them. I certainly do not think we are in a position to dispute their claims.

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth."


Fortunately there are a hellavah lot more us than the "art" and the "studio" dancers combined. Therefore we must find acceptable terminology for "our" sphere of dance. Social, cultural, recreational, universal, take your pick. They are all being used and the people will eventually decide which one more adequately describes our dance and it may eventually include the present night club dancers.

"Just Like Romeo and Juliet" by The Reflections


The biggest difference is occurring in the two town blogs. Town Dancer is going more into the "to be seen" category, featuring the "super class balls" in Waikiki. Does that mean that no one else can cover them? No, because the key remains in the "different" viewpoints and two blogs will just naturally differ. Blogging Hawaii is simply us and in the process of defining ourselves we include the neighbor islands.

Blogger's Law Number 18b
Teamwork is essential, it allows you to blame someone else.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Samba

Samba is a Brazilian musical genre and dance style, with its roots, like most Latin dances, from the original inhabitants of the Americas. The two count music and dance was a favorite throughout South America for centuries before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. The three and four counts were mostly in Peru with the late developing civilization of the Incas. And yet the Milonga originated in Peru even before the Incas.

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.” 


When the Portuguese arrived, they had various folk dances with the two count and the same chassé move. So the beginnings of the modern Samba were in the amalgamations of the Portuguese and the Indian music and dance. Most of the Africans began to arrive a century later. They came from West Africa, East Africa, North Africa, South Africa and Central Africa, many could not even speak to each other clearly. An African pidgin developed based on the Spanish and Portuguese. Eventually they would learn the language of the country.

"Manha De Carnaval" por Placido Domingo


During the 1600s and 1700s, there were several forms of samba in Brazil in the form of various popular rhythms and regional dances that originated from the Indian drumming. Samba, the music genre is seen as originally a concentrated expression of urban Rio de Janeiro. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. It is considered one of the most popular Brazilian cultural expressions, Samba has become an icon of Brazilian national identity.

"Chica, Chica, Boom, Chic" por Carmen Miranda

Photos

We are fortunate to be getting more photos from our information contributors and many are first class for blogging. You don't have to be a professional or have a fancy SLR camera to take pictures for a blog page. Sure, a professional could have done a nicer job, perhaps, but your picture is ready immediately and that simple picture may turn a dull page that not many thought much about into a page that will receive compliments for all time, just because we added your photo.

"We learn from yesterday, we live for today and we can 
certainly hope for tomorrow."


Our blog site is a public place and we will put your best photos up for view on it. That in turn will send the hits on any blog going through the roof. It is a win-win situation. I have decided that I should have a camera available for whoever wants to use it at any occasion that I attend. Perhaps someone can recommend a better camera than the one I have to facilitate acquisition of photos for our blogs. We just ask that a few of you take two or three photos of your favorite people.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Or you can contribute a photo now and just email it to the blog of your choice. Other bloggers may admit any photos of singles, couples, groups but we will all learn with time, that there is always a better way. The readers of our blogs will establish differences and there is no need for clones. One added bit of advice we can try to keep the image size the best for blogging, somewhere between 50 and 100 KB. On my camera they are too large and I lose something when I resize them for the blog.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho

"In our dance scene, we may believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Big Island rolling

Looks like the Big Island is getting on the Ball. Now we have Huggos On The Rocks in Kailua-Kona sending us a poster now and then. This is getting them more well known throughout the islands. And we seem to get most of information from the West side of the Big Island. I can remember when Hilo use to be the top spot on that Island.

"Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds."
~ Buddha 
Oahu is being well covered by the other blogs. And Blogging Hawaii seems to be getting the action from the neighbor islands. All the indicators on my stats point upward for all the blogs, though most hit increases have slowed down. Many people are just discovering the utility value of blogging. I just have to be patient. You want to communicate?  We've got the hits.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Pub's Side Note: Our blogs are the unedited versions of ourselves and don't forget, social-universal dancing is not Dancing With The Stars.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

La Comparsita and Tango

One of the most famous Tangos ever and yet not many people know what it means. It is not mentioned at all in the lyrics. I could not find it on the Internet, but my prior version still holds. A Comparsa usually means the entire band whatever that may be. A Comparsa in the mid 1800s as applied to a wandering Milonga band consisted of two bandoneons, 2 violins, 2 guitars and 2 flutes. Sometimes they could only get a "Comparsita" consisting of as little as one bandoneon, one violin, one guitar and a flute.

"We can believe that unarmed truth will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, can be stronger than evil triumphant."


Meanwhile the Argentine dance teachers and composers have not done badly. They now have several new Tango musical interpretations and there are at least nine different divisions of the Tango dance style in Argentina. All productive for the "artistes" but not for the social dancers. It just confuses them all. Personally, my favorite in Hawaii would be an amalgamation of the American and the Filipino Tango.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" por Placido Domingo 


The American for its smooth slinky, fancy step patterns but the Filipino because it resembles the original Milonga more which was just a stepping or walking dance. The Tango will continue to evolve and perhaps become more stable into a more standardized form worldwide. The International is just fine for competitions and they may be beautiful to see but I am talking social dancing and that is a big, big difference.

"El Choclo" por Julio Iglesias

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Pau Hana Dance

It is now being more discussed among the dancers that live in the West and work in town. There are probably over 300,000 workers and quite a few dancers among them. Witness the development of Platinum Horseshoe blog. We have the dancers in the Western part of town. Not only that but they are mainly social dancers.

"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right
to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself."


Would be nice on Kapiolani somewhere? 

Back many decades back, the "leisure class" would have a tea dance in the afternoon with their afternoon tea. Could last maybe two or three hours from three to six in the evening. After which they would go to their separate homes and have dinner at eight. This evolved after the depression to having the tea dance for office workers, but starting right after work about five, to unwind with a little alcohol and a few dances and a little interesting conversation. They could also go home and have dinner at eight or maybe at nine.

"La Media Vuelta" By Luis Miguel


After the war the dance part fizzled out and evolved into the Happy Hour which is only drinking and conversation, and which is being done to this very day. On Oahu most of us are aware of what happened to a large part of the social dancing in the latter part of the century. so it has come to pass, that the dancers that work in downtown Honolulu would welcome a Pau Hana Dance in town. A break in the middle of the work week.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


On this island, the social dance converted into a style of competing in International dances. Real social dancing was relegated to the dust heap. And quite a division developed in which the "upper classes" on Oahu were assured of dancing "correctly." Others would acquire the derogatory term "junk dancers." Or quietly sneak off into the darkness. Very few acquired a real knowledge of dancing and a more palatable definition of the word. One that would include other dances and other styles. Fortunately there are many that are learning now.

"Mississippi Queen" By Mountain


The revolution is still in process. Just like Modern Dance eventually assumed their independence from the Strict Official Ballet form and has now surpassed Ballet in every market in the world. As social dancers we can establish our own places to dance in our own style. The competition dancers will be respected for dancing in their own places in their own style. And we can see them when they perform for us and we can clap for our favorites. No hu hu, just a little understanding

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Rumba, Da Reel Teeng

Most dancers in the Hawaiian Islands accept the Rumba as a Latin Dance. It has been here on Oahu for more than a half century and we all know that it is not a fad dance. It will be danced well into the 22nd century. And we are learning more and more that the oldies but goodies that we dance to are really the berries and not necessarily the latest of what others want us to dance to.

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is
violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."


In the beginning of last century, with the release of "The Peanut Vendor", the Rumba had become highly-successful and well-defined.in the US and not as a fad. The rumba dance first developed in the East Coast of the United States.. The first rumba competition took place in the Savoy Ballroom in 1930. Nowadays, three different styles of ballroom rumba coexist: American-style and International style and the social rumba danced in Latin America which strangely enough comes from the American style.

"La Golondrina" by Placido Domingo


During the 1940s and 1950s, the Mexican and American film industry expanded the cultural appropriation of the term rumba as numerous films became popular. In this context, rumberas were Cuban and Mexican divas, singers and actresses that sung boleros and canciones, and rarely rumbas. Notable rumberas include Rita Montaner, Rosa Carmina, María Antonieta Pons and Ninón Sevilla

"Y Volvere" by Lucero


In the 1970s, with the emergence of salsa as a popular music and dance genre in the US, rhythmic elements of Cuban rumba (particularly guaguancó) became prevalent alongside the son like salsa. Rumba would then be danced to salsa ensembles instead of big bands. By the end of the 20th century, rumba was also danced to pop music and jazz bands as seen in TV shows like Dancing with the Stars. Today it is generally recognized throughout the world as some of the most beautiful music ever created on this earth. ***

"Cuando Calienta El Sol" by El Trio Los Panchos

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Present Status

Wow, we have never had a plateau that lasted this long. The average hits per day are staying static on all the blogs or creeping up very slowly. And there are reasons or perhaps I am just looking for excuses. But anyway, dis da blog now at the bottom of the pile. Of course the biggest reason is that we got rid of most of the scam, spam robot hits that were making a shamble of our counters.

"The heart and soul of dance blogging seems to be the individual
and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly 
and responding post-haste to one and all."


Photos: for us they are a great way to dress up a blog site. They add color and liveliness to pages and are just fun. In our dance environment, people love to look at them because they are familiar with the background and the people in it. And perhaps even more if they appear in the photos themselves. In our small dance environment they are surely a win win situation and can liven up an entire blog. So meanwhile, you gotta pic, five, six dancers, email it in, we'll print it. Mahalo.

'I Will Remember You" by Jimmy Borges


I was thinking of installing a complete slide show photo album but finally decided that the proper place for a photo album is the group's Web site. Chances are you don't have a lot of photos of anything except your family and friends at dance functions. But don't despair, that is just what we need. And the ideal is a photo of five, six of your good friends at any dance function. They come out clear and plenty room for names, the occasion and the location. Three or four such photos literally make a blog and they don't have to be all from the same person.

Blogger's Law #18D: The secret to success in the Oahu dance scene is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made in the shade.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Beginning of "Latin" culture

By Roberto Gonzales, Pupukea

Columbus Discovered America in 1492. The term discovery is controversial as it implies a passivity on the part of indigenous populations, who were "found" by Europeans. They were lost? This asymmetrical view denies an autonomous existence to indigenous populations before the arrival of Europeans. "Otherness" was associated in the minds of Europeans with lower levels in the hierarchy of civilization.

"We are going to die, sooner or later, whether or not we have ever spoken. Our silences have not protected us. What are the words we have not used yet? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need to use our language."


Since the early 1990s, historians have increasingly replaced the term "discovery" with "encounter", which is perceived as more neutral and implying a reciprocity rather than the subject-object relationship implied by the term "discovery". The term "encounter" is also free of the ideological connotations that terms such as "conquest" and "expansion" imply, and "encounter" is compatible with a transcultural approach to global history.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno


The adoption of a more neutral term does not, however, alter the fact that a process of European penetration into regions of the world previously unknown to Europeans did occur, and through this process Europeans "discovered" for themselves new species and ecosystems, and new peoples and societies. During this process, European perceptions of the encountered "others" were dominated from the outset by a hierarchical perspective.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

The big  difference was that most Europeans in North America brought their own wives, whereas most of the Iberians (Spanish and Portuguese) did not. The half breeds began nine months after the arrival of Columbus. and they were forced to evolved their own interpretation of living and a new way of life in Latin America. "Diversity" in the sense of divergence from European norms usually implied "inferiority".

"To err is human, but it's gonna take a better excuse next time." 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rome was not built in a day.

Happy or Unhappy
by Ray Okahara, Mililani


When we focus too much on the future, we are often frustrated because we just naturally do not know what’s coming. The uncertainty increases our stress level and creates a sense of insecurity. We need to understand, though, that God has given us the grace to live today. He has not given us tomorrow’s grace. When we get to tomorrow, we’ll have the strength to make it through. God will give us what we need. But if we are worried about tomorrow right now, we are bound to be frustrated and discouraged.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Judy Garland

We must learn to live one day at a time. We must choose to be happy. Life is too short not to enjoy your family, your friends, your health, your work, your dance: enjoy everything in life. Happiness is a decision we must make, not an emotion we feel. Certainly, there are times in all of our lives when bad things happen, or things go wrong. But that’s when we must make a decision that we’re going to be happy in spite of our circumstances,


We have heard little from dancers on LAGS, (latest and greatest syndrome) in which there happens to be an innocent collusion between beginner students wanting to Dance With The Stars next week and the instructors that want to impress their students with their advance knowledge. We can have understanding that it happen s very easily, no hu hu.

"Cuando Calienta El Sol" by Luis Miguel

Fortunately, most of our dancers, wish to move to their favorite music in the easiest most comfortable and enjoyable ways. And there are the basics. Of course the basic on any dance is a matter of interpretation. Rumba has three different basics, the American Arthur Murray type, Slow, Quick, Quick in a box and the Fred Astaire box, Quick, Quick, Slow. Then there is the International with rock step and a slow. Fortunately, in this century the American style has included the "alternate basic" for the American Rumba and it is the rock step and the slow. It becomes very easy to dance.


Our entire island is picking up on this action and we are getting more and better dancers. And we expect there will be more that will get good enough to go into exhibition and competitions dances. They have the perfect right to dance as they wish. And by the same token we should have the right to dance as we wish.

Everything depends - Nothing is always - Everything is sometimes.


Friday, June 3, 2016

La Rumba Dos

Bolero music in Latin America was almost the same as Rumba music and only the expert musicians could tell the difference. Most dancers could understand the speed.- the Bolero was slower, Rumba faster. And of course there is much other music that we danced Rumba to, simply because so many us loved the dance.

"Rumba can be your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing, the rhythm
of your life. It can be the expression of music and movement in
happiness and joy and sometimes in sadness and envy."


When the Spanish exported their Bolero to Cuba, the locals went for it completely because it was slower. It combined with the Rumba and others The music was mostly inspired by Son Cubano and it became the Son at half way speed between the old fast Rumba and the new Spanish Bolero. It was exported to the US and Europe as La Rumba in the early 1900s. Actually it was the Son Cubano and the old fast Rumba was relegated back to the sticks and later emerged as the jazzed up Mambo with new music and the original basic of a rock step and a slow toe - heel step.

"Abrazame" por Julio Iglesias


The Bolero in the US is an America version of a Latin dance. Most dancers will just go with the music and enjoy it, however it is taught. The Rumba and Bolero are often considered the most erotic and sensual of the Latin dances, for the  relatively slow rhythms and the hip movements. The slower movement speed requires a strong foundation through the foot and lower body. With regular dancing that most of us do, Rumba imparts a great deal of control in a dancer's body. With some of the most beautiful music in the world, it is a most worthy spectacle anywhere. All Latin Pop can be played and danced in a beautiful Rumba sound.

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”