Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nice Day

Well, Blogging Hawaii is racking up a few hits just from the last blog on Makua Alii. Now in third place behind the famous Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe. Actually most of our blogs are in a plateau and all I can do is hope. I went to Pearlridge Chapter HBDA social tonight and they sure had a nice gang. It will take me a day or so to put the blog together.

"In dancing we all know that whoever gossips to you,
will inevitably gossip about you."


The new set up is going very well, I am able to get to a dance function and get back home. either by bus or by Handi Van. Once there, I try to get at least one photo just to check the camera out. But my hands fumble and it is difficult to handle, so I can usually get a couple of people to take a few photos. Then I take a few sheets of blank paper and try to get a few words from somebody, anybody. Together with my writing, it can turn out to be a nice blog and we will improve with time.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


I read in another publication of the cancellation of the new Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center to pay for the Rail Disaster. But they mention the HBDA Studio and mentioned that a couple more like it in the West would suffice. We are not the Ballroom Dancers of yesteryear. HBDA has always had arrangements designed to be attractive to both single and married adults over the age of thirty in a family-friendly environment. The socials there are the same as for all dance clubs, Pot Luck and they can sure have some good stuff. In a smoke-free environment, this is cultural and social dancing at its best.

“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, ya gotta drink the whole bottle.”

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thalia

Ariadna Thalía Sodi-Miranda Mottola (born 26 August 1971), known  as Thalía, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, published author, actress, and entrepreneur. anonymously She has sung in various languages apart from her native Spanish. She is recognized as the most successful and influential female Mexican singer worldwide. She is often referred to as the "Queen of Latin Pop" by international media, mainly because of her legacy within the Latin pop music scene for the last three decades.

 “Dancers are least themselves when they talk in their own person. Give
them a mask, and they will tell you the truth, use a pen name.”

As a solo artist, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide. She has had dozens of Top 10 singles, 16 of which went to No.1 and she has received numerous accolades, As an actress, Thalía has starred in a variety of successful telenovelas that aired in over 180 countries and she is publicly referred to as the "Queen of telenovelas" by the media across the world.

For the older more experienced dancers, she has many good songs with a good Latin beat, however there are too many flavored with American Foxtrot. Beautiful but not Latin and that is why they call it Latin Pop.

"Cien Años" por Thalia

She had a regular partner for eight years in the nineties but no go. Then she married Tommy Mottola in 2000 and has two children with him. Tommy had been married to Mariah Carey. 

"We will never be sure if the happier we are the more we dance
or if the more we dance the happier we are."

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Makua Alii Trip

Thursday morning, I did not feel so good but I felt better in the afternoon so I did not cancel my Handy Van to Makua Alii and I got there a little after seven when the dance lessons started. Free International Style dance lessons. Took my time, and I got a couple photos. But my fingers don't work so good anymore and I got other people to take a few photos.

"If we can dance, feel free and not be embarrassed,
then we can rule our dance world."


They have a good crowd of people but just need a few more to make it more social and more interesting. No dues or payments necessary and all parties are just like all the other Pot Luck parties on Oahu. The variety of dancers is a benefit for all concerned. Perhaps we can get another item similar to the following, "I thank all for coming to our dance classes and to our general dancing. Everybody welcome." - Tad Fukumoto


I sat with Rose, and I am glad her husband is getting better. I have known them for over 25 years. I could go to the water fountain without my walker just to keep in practice. I let a couple ladies take most of the photos and will do this all the time. Each photo becomes a different viewpoint and that is our game. I got an item from Herbie Omizo, who has been in the social dancing game for decades. "I come to help Tad set up the chairs, every Wednesday and Thursday meet. I also try to help the Lady beginners when I can."


I finally got up enough nerve to dance a Rumba with Rose. Not easy, used two hands but she is very nice and helped. I sat around until 8:30 when everyone started to leave and went outside to wait for the Handy Van. A little late but it got me home before 10 which was very nice.

"We don't have to dance better than anyone else. We just have
to dance better than ourselves."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Los Mariachis

The Mariachis are coming into the US very strongly. They went into Central and South America very well in the last century. The only deficiency is that as a rule they are too big. Generally three guitars, three violins and three trumpets. That is nine people and cost no less than one thousand dollars per night. Though there are many that have two guitars, two violins and two trumpets that can produce a very good Mariachi sound.

"With Dancers, there is no doubt that fiction may do a better job than the truth.”


Mariachi - What Does It Mean? Musicologists and folklorists have argued for years over the origin of the word - Mariachi. And there have been several different theories, most are from Spanish or European viewpoints. There have even been suggestions that it comes from Africa, something about the slaves. It should be stated here that the slaves captured in Africa were not picked for their musical or dance abilities.

"Hay, Jalisco, No Te Rajes"


The best scholarly opinion in Latin America is that the word mariachi has native roots. One theory is that it comes from the name of the wood used to make the platform on which the performers danced to the music of the village musicians. But whatever its true source - and the truth may never be discovered with absolute certainty - the word today has one meaning that is crystal clear: Mariachi means one of the most exciting and enchanting musical ensembles found anywhere in the world.

"Dancing is not technique but a way of expressing your feelings in conjunction with the music, that comes more closely to the inner language of human beings."

Basic Review

Several millenniums before Christ, in the Mexican Indian Civilizations along with the two count measure and the accented beat in music - came the rock step. Naturally, as a separate step, the rock step evolved into more .Now the "break" became defined as the first part of the rock step. And the dancers just naturally "broke" on the accented beat. In rock forward, the dancer steps forward with full weight transfer then transfers the weight to the back foot while keeping it in place

"An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.
A pessimist fears this is true."


In modern partner dancing, the lead breaks on the accented beat and the followers are just the greatest. When it became Americanized and accented on the first beat, then everyone in the US broke on the one beat. Sometimes the terms rock step and break step are used interchangeably, and there can be a stylistic difference but that is for fancy dancers. As social dancers we try to stay with the KISS method (keep it simple, stupid.)

"Por Un Amor" por Graciela Susana


Back a couple millenniums, with the Chassé, came the choice of dancing it to a two count as in samba or a three count as in Viennese Waltz. (More Later) The music and dance evolved into the 4,5,6 and even 7 counts, but the seven count measure became obsolete shortly after the arrival of the first illegal aliens to the Americas. At the height of the Mayan empire, they may have had as many as three thousand different dances. These were professionals.

"We may not be there yet, but we are closer today than we were yesterday."

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Food

Chinese cuisine includes styles originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world including most Asian nations. It has evolved into a foreign cuisine most enjoy throughout the world. The history of Chinese cuisine in China stretches back for thousands of years and has changed from period to period and in each region according to climate, imperial fashions, and local preferences. It has developed more interest by those living in the region.

“Dancers do trust their eyes - but most dancers see what they wish to see,
or what they believe they should see; not what is really there”


Mexican cuisine, is gaining rapidly throughout the world now and getting quite an influence in Hawaii. Latin food in Hawaii usually meant Porto Rican food. But now it is definitely Mexican. It is gradually becoming more standardized as it becomes more standardized in Mexico. Tacos will remain tacos and they have been there for millenniums. It has always been just anything wrapped in a corn tortilla. And an Enchilada is just a fancy taco with plenty hot stuff.


Burritos are a late newcomer and developed by Mexicans in the US, during the Great Depression in the 1930s. All the poor received sacks of floor as part of the contribution by the State. And the Mexicans were not interested in bread but they could make flour tortillas with it. Then putting food into the flour tortilla like a taco and you got a Burrito. And like anything else, you got good burritos and some not so good. Now you can try some Chiles Rellenos and that is something else, Wow!


In a Latin night club, you have to use two hands to handle a taco. The norm is the Taquito, a rolled up corn tortilla with a little meat inside. Cost about a dollar per taquito and cut into four pieces each. served with a little guacamole. On Oahu, they could be served with chopsticks. Order three or four and you gotta good meal to go with your drinks. 

“Dancers may say bad things about you, because it is the only way
their insignificant selves can feel better than you.”

Line Dancing, Where?

Line Dancing provides social and physical activity that rivals ballroom dancing throughout the Pacific. It's informal and popular among people of all ages, though there is traditionally a shortage of men. The dances involve lines of people who do set patterns and steps to a variety of rhythms. The have a large playlist of Latin music and the nice moves that go with them. No special dancing skills are needed. On Oahu, there are plenty of low cost and even free lessons to line dancing which are there for the taking.

It has been said, "the truth will make you free." But the truth
alone has never made anyone free. It is only doubt
which will bring us mental emancipation.


Apparently Nashville Waikiki is the center for country western and line dancing on Oahu. Featuring friendly staff, nightly drink specials, special events and contests, there's always something exciting going on at Nashville Waikiki! They  have regular events calendar and you can view photos of their dancers on their web site and you can plan your next party. All of it can fit into our blogs somewhere.

"Every Part Of Love" by Amy Hanaialii


The Balkan countries, among others, have a rich tradition of line dance surviving to the present. These folk line dances are also performed in the international folk dance movement. Folk line dances have many forms: pairs of lines in which the dancers face each other, or a line formed into a circle, or the line follows around the dance floor. The dancers may hold hands with their neighbors, or use an arm-on-shoulder hold, or hold their neighbor's belts.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Some news of any of these "separate, individual" groups will also find a place in our blogs. But they cannot do it if they have that "private" club outlook. Time will tell. we cannot wait for anyone, we gotta be on our way.


The Rail Disaster continues: Grabauskas' resignation comes four months after City Council Chairman Ernie Martin called on the CEO to step down in response to a scathing report by the city auditor. Honolulu auditor Edwin Young said that HART's financial plans were not reliable, that cost projections lacked supporting documentation, and that it had no plans for operating and maintenance costs. HART Board Chairman Don Horner announced his resignation a few months ago. Two down, one more to go, Caldwell. More people now know, that is has always been the money, Sonny. That is why they spent ten million dollars to Lie about Cayetano. Millions and millions of dollars in profits have been made and there is more where that came from.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Latin Dancing

We are not there yet but we are getting closer to Latin dance. Fortunately it is going on all over the country on the mainland. The are two main dance organizations that have been running this whole Latin thing into the ground. American and International both have long ago decided the different divisions of dance, - one of which is called the Latin. He He He.

"When a toxic person finds they cannot control you, they will try to control
how others see you. The misinformation will seem unfair but stay
above it, trusting that others will eventually see the truth."


We shall take International first because they are the strictest and will state flatly that if you do not dance their way, you are dancing "incorrectly." And of course, they have their good reasons which do not apply to all of us. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Samba is just fine. They all have moves that were danced by the Indian Civilizations millenniums ago. However Jive is American and not Latin. Paso Doble is French and modified by the Spanish and not Latin. We can safely exclude them from our Social Latin Dancing.

"Mi Buen Amor" por Gloria Estefan


American has Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Mambo which we can find easy to accept. However, Swing is American and Bolero is an American manufactured makeover of the Rumba to slightly slower music.We can safely exclude Bolero and Swing from Social Latin Dancing. We also have the opportunity of choosing others that might make it. Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Tango, the choice should be and will be made by the Latin Dancers. It is slowly emerging.

"Lemon Tree" by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass


The Peripherals will still do as they wish. The Swing Club wishes to swing their way. Let us not look down on them but accept the fact that they have different preferences in the dance. Their privilege, their choice, no hu hu. Then why is Waltz missing from the Latin? That is not the answer.

Bolero by Ravel, 1928, A classic to this day, and da reel teeng.
Nothing like any Bolero fans have ever heard.

A Dance Blog On Oahu

Limited as I am, I do hear of dancing groups losing members and possibly disbanding. If I can help, I will, try it. But I want to hear of groups organizing. We must make an effort to give the reader/dancers what they want, not what we think they should have. I am willing to help any new ones when they come into view. Same goes for any new professional teacher or studios that may emerge. These dance blogs on Oahu will cover our dance world as Social Media.

"Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools and accepted by idiots."


I am making a special effort to find any Dance Organization in Pearl City and nearby, simply because I live in Pearl City. Perhaps I can dig up some dance information from there. I cannot get around much anymore because of my physical disabilities so I get little information, I have contacted some good akamai people but most have little knowledge of the possibilities of blogging as Social Media.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Information Contributors remain the most valuable ingredient in the success of our blogging. It is just taking a while for many to understand the many manifestations and benefits of our type of blogging. And I do have strict rules. Anyone can write whatever they want, whenever they want and pick the blog of their choice. I like to run a tight ship here. Later when a blog gets independence, I will resign and they can make their own rules.

The poster that was on the right was submitted by a friend and he assured me that it was not copyrighted. I try to be careful and if I am notified, it will be removed immediately, if not sooner.

I was notified, the poster was removed and replaced with one on the right.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

"For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee."

Friday, August 12, 2016

Still Struggling

At the bottom of the pile. Of course we have deficiencies, and the name is one of them. The search engines do not know and is not even included in the dance blogs of Oahu. And this blog is definitely a dance blog on Oahu. Most people seem to know that Ritmo means Rhythm in Spanish, but are unaware of the word, Mestizo. If they do not know by the end of the month, we must tell them.

“We cannot waste our time with too many explanations:
many people only hear what they want to hear.”


The Social dancers on Oahu are beginning to realize that in the American and International styles of dance there is much Latin. In social partner dancing there is much Latin. The peripherals such as Tango, Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Zumbia are all in the Latin vein. If we have 35000 social dancers on Oahu, At least 25000 dance Latin as a favorite in one form or another.

"Cuando Calienta El Sol" por Luis Miguel


When the Mexican influence gets into Oahu more, there will definitely be a Latin Studio and Night Club, a miniature of the famous Granada in California. A Dance Studio, with the weekends dedicated to the Night Club fun. And plenty of chopstick pupus available. And a more standardized format for the Latin music that is played. For now it is over 60% Latin on Oahu. All we can do is hope the search engines become aware that this is Dance Blog on Oahu. Mahalo.

"Into each life, a little wine should pass."

 

Criticism

Most of our blogs have had constructive criticism and delivered in a nice manner. And most of it has been in an effort to make it easier to exist in our dance world. The trouble with constructive criticism is that not all people are receptive to it. They may either feel their self-esteem shrinking under criticism, or they may feel that all criticism is negative. This can destroy the intent of constructive criticism.

"There are few things on earth as dangerous as a conservative vigilante - or a liberal one."

  

However, constructive criticism can also apply to a critical reasoned analysis of a person’s behavior, as in a patient/therapist setting or a group therapy setting. Parents also try to employ constructive criticism to help their children improve their lives. Dance Teachers in regard to their students.  Further, not all people who think they are employing constructive criticism are actually being helpful.

"PS, I Love You" by the Hilltoppers


Think of the Constructive Researchers And Producers. Much of it is done with evil intent and one is never sure where they border with lies. They may also think all criticism is helpful and may not spare the person any details or couch the criticism in ways least likely to make a person defensive. Communication is loaded with multiple intentions, thus people may not know how to actually employ a critique of one aspect of a person without involving their own feelings or frustration that make a critique negative. 

"If you didn't hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes - don't invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth."

Pub's Note: Sorry folks, that is the way I copied it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Salsa New York

Mambo, Salsa?
By Aristides Raul Garcia,
aka as El Intruso, New York

The Cuban Perez Prado, to whom some people attribute the creation of the Mambo, was well established for years in Mexico before the Mambo arrived in Manhattan. He was the darling of the upper classes, and the chic, not only in Mexico, but all over Latin America. In an interview, Tito Puente told Marla Friedler that he was the first one to put dancers on the stage; Perez Prado was doing that in Mexico 30 years before that!!!, probably with Mexican dancers. Many Mexicans took to the Son, the Danzon, the Mambo, etc. In fact, even today the Danzon is taught in the Ballrooms of Mexico.

"Some people march to a different drummer ... and some people Salsa on the two."


The movie simply titled "Danzon" gives a good picture of this phenomena. I mention the Mexican ruling class and the chic, because to talk about Latin Music without referring to economic classes, demographics, race, age groups, and even political beliefs, is to be myopic. For example, Salsa music owes its origin to two Cuban music and dances: the Danzon which was the music of the rich and powerful, and the working class Son. The Danzon finds its origin in the French Contre Danse, which derives its name from the English Country Dance, which had become the dance of the French royal court and of the colonialists in Haiti.

"Que Rico Es El Mambo" por Perez Prado


When the slaves rebelled in Haiti and threw them out, many of these colonialists moved, not back to France, but to Santiago de Cuba. The Cuban rulers (Cuba was a Spanish colony at the time, and slavery was still flourishing there) took well to this "new" dance, and adopted it with enthusiasm. Eventually it evolved into the Danzon now being danced by many Mexicans.

"Indestructible" por Ray Barretto

Funny, that in a "proletarian" state such as Cuba the National Dance is the dance of the ruling class; the Danzon. The Son, according to the Cuban musicologist Alejo Carpentier (and others) is from its beginnings working class. I mention this business about social classes, demographics, and race because to understand the popularity of Mambo in NYC, all these things have to be considered.

“Revive your soul daily by dancing to soothing music - 
You can dance to the music in your soul.”

Monday, August 8, 2016

Oldies Bash Cancelled

This walk down memory lane for our local dancers concentrates on the music at the beginning of Ballroom Dances classes when HBDA first started the whole smash in the fifties. Of course, it started much sooner than that but never recognized as such. Our discussions should include emphasis on the youth of Hawaii at the time.

"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself."

Forever Oldies Music is now more formally recognized and dedicated to those who can appreciate those upbeat tunes. The music that still moves your feet, harmonies that lift your spirit and sweet lyrics to remind you of the simple, carefree life, the love and memories of the past, and present days, romantic moonlight nights and dancing the night away.

"Fly Me To The Moon"
by Jimmy Borges

We could take a walk down memory lane, dream on and have fun, these oldies will last us a lifetime. Unfortunately we cannot always have it our way. The Oldies Bash has always been an attractive package for the dancers on Oahu. Wendall Kwan has just informed me that it has been cancelled. Auwe. With millions of songs being published daily, we appreciate how precious the very few, that will be our oldies - Forever.

"Life is like dancing. If we have a big floor, many people will dance. Some will get angry when the rhythm changes. But life is changing all the time."

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Maybe the West

My research is paying off and it is looking more clear now. More people are in agreement that the Rail Catastrophe is going to screw up the works including the social dance scene from Waipahu to Town. And that is not even counting the noise which few have yet mentioned. The dance scene will be moving inevitably towards the Waianae Coast, the Central Valley and even to the North Shore. Away from Honolulu and the Rail Tragedy

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the
most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

Waipio?
Some bars in the West have been turning into small Night Clubs by providing dance music and have some dancing. But the dance floors are postage stamp size. Very difficult for the social dancer and I don't mean Quick Step, Now that the classiest clubs in Waikiki are going for the 10, 15 dollar cover charge, it will follow to the West and "I coulda been home in 20 minutes." Now if we can find a nice Business Park,- ideal.

"Y Volvere" por Christina Aguilera


That won't be so bad, since there won't be so much of that existing pressure on dancers to buy drinks. Then too, so many clubs world wide are learning the art of making non-alcholic fruit drinks. The conclusion is obvious, there is more need of a good night club in the West and the customers will be more than willing to pay. We are so fortunate to have some of the best rumba dancers on Oahu. That is Latin dancing, son!

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero 


There are three dance studios in the upper Moanalua Corridor, but they seem to go for other than the social Ballroom Dances. Both Woodson and Nix are into "performing" arts which translates to "exhibition" type dancing. The third is into other types of dance. There are no professional studios where a person can go to learn to move to the music of their choice because their body asks for it. That is a horse of a different color, the kind that is provided by the social dance clubs.

"La Golondrina" por Placido Domingo

In Kapolei, there is Kapolei Chapter and Ewa Beach Chapter of HBDA. Kapolei Chapter is the largest chapter of HBDA on Oahu and they have their own Web site. They have a terrific crowd of members, good dance teachers, and a board confidently looking at the future. They have been the vanguard of dancing to the Waianae Coast.

"Desahogo" por Gloria Trevi

In Kapolei, there is only one Dance Studio but not covering any ballroom dancing and only two bars, which double as a night clubs at times. And I have gotten to one when it was closed because they had a private party. So it is quite evident that they need a good Night Club in Kapolei and it is coming. With half the prices of Ko'Olina Resorts, it will be packed. "And I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Being fixed that aome of the people who come for dancing lessons
have rumba ambitions and minuet bodies "

Friday, August 5, 2016

New Dance Club?

Kalihi is looking better all time, now that more people are realizing the bad effects from the Rail Tragedy. The traffic in town is going to get worse. And the noise along the Rail Catastrophe is going to be horrible, steel wheels on steel rails. More profit for somebody. But fortunately Kalihi has always had a share of the dancing and the night life of Honolulu. Now it is going to be more.

"The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it."


I have heard of the Kalihi Dance Club that is in the planning stages that may be more in the nature of a public dance club. The details are still sketchy and the Dance Club, will be a non-profit organization, consisting of a committee of volunteers. dedicated ballroom dancers, who are motivated to make a positive difference in our Oahu dance world. This one may be long overdue.

"Unconditional Surrender" by Nohelani Cypriano


Their objective is to give the Western part of Honolulu dancers (including themselves) a truly great place to enjoy dancing on a regular, weeknight basis. The music will include both traditional and contemporary arrangements for a variety of dances, including Cha Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Swing (single, triple,) Tango, Samba, Waltz, West Coast Swing.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Local amateur dance instructors will provide basic and intermediate-level group lessons on at least a two day basis. As soon as the possible site is found, they will plan on regular dances weekly, with the first hour of review. Then they will plan on including benefit dances for the local organizations that help the community. Now if they could get an information contributor for anyone of our blogs, we can have them known through out this entire island in a very short time.