Monday, January 30, 2017

WBDC reminding us.


Direct from Aunty Maile.

Aloha Dancers,
Just an important reminder to let you know WBDC's "THAT'S AMORE DANCE" is about to happen on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017!  We are having free pizza, and we need your RSVP reply ASAP if you are coming to this dance next week, in order for you to "GET YOUR SLICES OF PIZZA AND EAT IT TOO!!!

TO RSVP ASAP, Please email Carol Kohagura at  milhi80@hotmail.com or
you may call Carol at 808-623-7256 to give her your name and count, if
you are  attending this awesome fun dance event!

As an optional fun thing to do, come dressed in the
color Red or the fashion of Italy!

Chao!
Maile Yagi for WBDC


There is no truth to the rumor of two cases of wine.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pre Columbus Music

From the beginnings of civilization on the American continent in Mexico, some 5000 years ago, music has been linked to almost every human activity. Yes, I know you thought it was invented in Africa. Religion, war, ceremonies, births, feasts, games, love, and death had unique and unmistakable musical contexts. And it was all incorporated into the culture of the rising civilizations in Mexico beginning with Olmecs.

"Dance culture on Oahu does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when it reflects the realities of the dancers working together everyday."


The Even step, the Rock step and the Chassé had all evolved even before the Olmecs, but they refined all dancing with Professional Dancers. In the early times, the character of the music was more functional than aesthetic. For this reason, about 4000 years ago, instruments were conceived in accordance with the spiritual requirements of each situation, and great attention was paid to the acoustical quality. As professional musicians evolved, the forms of birds, animals, metaphysical entities, and people of the time were incorporated into many instruments.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero


The music and dance evolved through the Toltecs and the Mayans and had over 2000 different dances each with its appropriate music. And most of their dances were with the most basic steps, even step, rock and chassé. But you think you invented a new one. Yeah, man.  At the same time they were building bigger pyramids than the Egyptians and more of them. There were over 4 million inhabitants in Mexico when the first illegal aliens arrived. I guess to teach them about music and dance.

"Maria Elena" por Los Indios Trabajaras


The Latin Waltz that is spreading more heavily all over Latin America (even the Caribbean) has very little even step. Most Latin waltz music is dividing slow and fast measure. The slow in the first part and the second part is fast. However, some get a little fancy and have the first third, slow, the middle third fast and the last third, slow again. The slow danced with Rock Step. and the fast with the Chassé. I have digital samples in song videos, can be played only on a computer.

"Excellent dance organizations don't believe in excellence -
only in constant improvement and constant change."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Latin Music?

Por Aristides Raul Garcia, aka El Intruso
The foremost Salsa man in New York.

Tito Rodriguez and the Palladium in New York.
Back in the days - he was confronted at the Palladium about his lack of desire to continue to play there; confronted by the Mafia running the joint, legend has it that he told them off. What is not a legend is that they beat him up right there and then, in the Holiest of places of today’s Mambo Bible stompers; in the Mambo shrine: the Palladium.

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going
beyond them into the impossible."


Very quickly after that, the Palladium went from Le Grand Fricase of Latin Music, to Fracas after Fracas, to El Gran Fracaso. Oh, they tried to revive it. They finally realized that what was making people jump was that new sound of Cortijo y su Combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals. Yeah, they tried to get people back at the Palladium with that Jibaro sounding Combo; they tried to attract the Charanga and Pachanga crowd.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" por Los Cuatro


They really tried everything. It was too late. Tito Rodriguez had said after the incident that he would never again set foot in the Palladium and his fans (which were many) followed suit. It was bye bye Palladium. The Mambo became poor and homeless. It was really the end of it. It has never made a comeback. It became a museum piece to be found only in the dance studios of the Ballroom teachers. (and wait, there's more!)

"Dancers know that they can think less and feel more
and let the music do the talking."

Pub's Note: "There is a change in the understanding that had been in
operation over the last 22 years, when Mexico was considered a
strategic ally, Trump has unilaterally broken with this way of
doing things." Most everyone now knows he is a nut case.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Robot cars

Got the latest on the Mazda robot car, all electric of course. You will have to drive it from your garage onto Farrington Highway, but from there you set the controls and it will go by itself all the way to town. Keep the right distance from the car in front and keeping away from vehicles too close to the side of them. And for some reason or another it cannot go over 55 miles per hour.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

You probably will have to have a very nice easy chair installed, so you can read the paper, or a magazine and even look at television. There have already been thousands of miles in testing not only these vehicles but at least a hundred other types. From what I read, there has been only one recorded accident. One robot vehicle was rear ended at a red light stop by a driven vehicle.

"Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis." 



In some cities they are planning on building a monorail that will lead a "platoon" of cars from let us say Makaha to downtown Honolulu. It won't happen here because they are already committed to the biggest mistake this Island has ever made - the Rail Disaster. Big, big bucks in profits for the Fat Cats in Honolulu. Billions and billions of dollars in overruns and will go to over ten Billion dollars.

"We dance to live, we dance to breathe, we dance to be free - I dance to be me." 
 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Teaching?

By Brian Tanaguchi, Waikele

English style has been enjoying a wave of popularity for a few decades via televised competitions, but the competitions also turn many people off. Perhaps many of us don’t want to look like that. In my opinion, social ballroom dancing is not about “beating” someone else, it’s about the mutual pleasure derived by a man and woman in their unique and impromptu interpretation of the music. The music is what moves us.

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


Let us Social Dancers incorporate what we like of English style — because we are not standardized. We are not clones - let’s let our individual personalities, like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley, shine through. This is the strength and beauty of our American heritage. We can and do dare to be different and individual.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly
We don’t have to agree on every line and technique. We are not limited. Our partners don’t know what step we are going to lead, therefore we are never boring! And the ladies on Oahu are just super in knowing what to do when following.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Most of the moves are the most basic ever assembled anywhere. The market place will decide over time which styles and techniques will prevail — not by arrogant mandate and subtle manipulation, but by the free choice of social dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Let’s take this tremendous advantage and build on it and make people recognize Classic American style for what it is and always has been — not an inferior competition or basic style that some would like us to think it is, but an equal quality work of art, perceived by many as even more beautiful than the English style, and certainly more original. - The End? - Of course not.

"Dancers that compete with others may become "bitter."
Dancers that compete with themselves become "better."

Friday, January 20, 2017

El Vals

"By the Beautiful Blue Danube", a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, and composed in 1866. Originally performed in February, 1867 at a concert in Vienna. it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was considered only a mild success, however, and Strauss is reputed to have said, "The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the wish that it had been a success!"

"Dancer's know that when we strive to become better than we are,
everything around us becomes better too."


It has now been solidly established as "The Waltz" in the entire world. Only one other waltz vies with the "Blue Danube" for the privilege of being played around the world every day, every hour. It is "Over the Waves", the most universal piece among those produced by the Mexican arts. The world was conquered by this Mexican waltz around the end of the 19th century: Over the Waves, written by a little known Mexican composer, and its melody filled the air in dance halls, parks and fairs throughout Europe where it's delighted listeners danced and cheered it as if it were their very own.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


The waltz "Sobre las Olas" (or "Over the Waves") is the best-known work of Mexican composer Juventino Rosas (1868–1894) who love the Viennese waltz from the beginning. It was first published by Rosas in 1888, (the year my father was born.) It remains popular as a classic waltz, and has also found its way into New Orleans Jazz and Tejano music. It remains as one of the most famous Latin American pieces worldwide. You dance Latin?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


The song remains popular with country and old-time fiddlers in the United States. A favorite in Europe and well known in Africa as a superb bit of music. In the last century it has become a big favorite in Asia. It had been gaining its popularity throughout Latin America due to the influence of the Mariachis who can play the most beautiful waltzes for listening and dancing in a most perfect way. And definitely only for the experienced dancers, it is not for the kids. They got their own thing let us respect their preferences.

"Dancers know that dance can be a conversation between the music and their body."


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WBDC Shindig


Received from Aunty Maile and first posted to the Platinum Horseshoe blog. I thought it would be nice to post it to a downtown blog. With good blogging this club is getting to be well known even in the neighbor islands. They have a good crowd and they are getting more, naturally. Along with their sister club, Aiea Ballroom Dance Association.


"Volare" by Domenico Modugno


It has been noted that there is structure to partner dancing as it is learned in American and International styles of ballroom dancing. Social dancers on Oahu are beginning to realize that Social dancing is not a sport or a science rather it is an art form. The people in West Oahu seem to know this very well. I am sure many of you have read it before "the dance floor is your canvas, your feet the brush and the dance is your painting."

"Yes, dancers know that not everything that counts can be counted
and not everything that can be counted counts."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Graciela and Yoichi

Yoichi Sugawara became one of the best Tango dancers in Japan in the late 50s. In his travels to perform in Latin America he learned to speak Spanish fluently. He would sing occasionally during these Tango presentations and in the early 60s he got coaching, went into singing seriously, learned to play the Spanish guitar and became a very popular singer.

"Continuous improvement beats delayed perfection, any day."


Meanwhile, Graciela Susana Ambrosio, born in 1953 and her sister Cristina, when still children, teamed up as the folk duo Las Hermanitas Ambrosio. They appeared successfully in TV programs and made tours of different places in Argentina. As a soloist, in her late teens, Graciela Susana began to sing tango pieces and was especially interested in new compositions. Accompanying herself on guitar, she appeared nightly at venues and coteries of Buenos Aires. In 1970 she was phoned by Edmundo Rivero who invited her for an audition at the famous El Viejo Almacén with the orchestra conducted by Carlos García.
"Adoro" por Gabriela Susana

Graciela Susana
In one of her appearances at the El Viejo Almacén, the famous Japanese singer Yoichi Sugawara and his manager were among the audience. They were touched by that little girl with a privileged voice range, of deep low and fresh treble notes, that interpreted with so much intensity and sweetness and who, furthermore, accompanied herself on guitar. And she happened to be passionate for Japanese culture and the language.

"La Reine de Saba" by Gabriela Susana

Only three months after the visit of the Japanese (it was still 1970) Graciela Susana was offered a contract to appear in Japan to sing tangos in the Sugawara’s recitals. There she would also begin to include Japanese songs in her songbook. The wide popular acclaim that immediately followed favored the release in Japan of tango and folk music records that Graciela had published in Argentina and the daring venture of recording one in Japanese. It was in 1971.

"El Reloj" by Yoichi Sugawara and Gabriela Susana

Yoichi Sugawara
The rest is history as they say, and I made the album of Yoichi and Gabriela singing song videos from decades back, when they were in their twenties. Yoichi would go to Latin America every few years and Graciela would go to Japan every few years,

"Besame Mucho" by Yoichi Sugawara and Gabriela Susana

Always the same set up. He would go to Argentina and sing in several places and then the both of them would have the big show, together at the last. Same thing in reverse would be when Gabriela Susana would go to Japan. Amazing that these people have been doing this for fifty years. They are from different countries, different ethnic groups but together in music, they have been good friends and happy for the rest of their lives and that is truly remarkable.

"Que El Me Olvide" Yoichi Sugawara and Gabriela Susana

I put the album on a storage disks (digital format for computer only) and I give them away mainly for use as storage and of course, the song videos can be copied easily from computer to computer. The albums have six song videos from the beginning of their meetings to their last one in 2014. Anybody wants one of the disks, can have it and we can make arrangements on how to transfer the goods.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Consolidate

The stats from Blogger are not that good, but they are good enough to use for making some decisions. In the past I have automatically deleted a blog that could not get into double digit average per day hits. Now I am watching my low ones, floundering around 20 average hits per day and not going up fast enough. I may have to delete one of them, and the decision will be made by the reader/dancers by the end of this month.

"Excellence is not a destination -
it is a continuous journey that never ends."

Received from No Ka Oi
In the East, I deleted, Oahu East blog and renamed Makapu'u Point to The Eastside blog and was moving nicely but it was also eventually deleted. Since I live in West Oahu and am limited physically, I thought to concentrate on West Oahu. Arthur Murray and HBDA are heavy on the Windward coast and many have been accustomed to going down town to dance. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes" is used only in West Oahu.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel


"All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley

Pub's Side Note: Fortunately, I am meeting more people that have good speakers on their computers. With some good speakers you can play music that may sound better than your high class stereos. Or a good set of Earphones. I can give them some of my music which I put on storage disks.

"The best wines are the ones we drink with friends."

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Latin Scene

The taco predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. The origin of the taco is unknown, and perhaps is from a couple millenniums back. Fundamentally it is any type food wrapped in a cooked corn tortilla, It has remained so to date, not only in Mexico but also in other parts of the world. A burrito is any type of food wrapped in a flour tortilla. Not many non-Mexicans are aware of this.

"Some call it dance, dancers call it life."


During the great depression in the US in the early thirties, they gave sacks of flour to the poor. The non Mexicans could make all the bread they wanted. But Mexicans ate with tortillas not bread. So in the Southwest there developed a way to make tortillas out of flour instead of corn. In California, the word "burrito" (little donkey) came to be applied to the new type of tacos made with flour tortillas. It spread through all the Mexican communities in the US. There was a place in Los Angeles, "Vicky's" that had a sign that said, "Home of the Burrito." They thought they invented it.

"La Golondrina" por Paloma San Basilio


Mexicans in the US come from many different parts of Mexico. Those that come from one section of Mexico usually will settle in the same part of the US. Music and dance is very diversified in Mexico according to the territory. Fortunately in this century it is showing more uniformity as the favorite music is coming to the fore. Rumba and Latin Waltz are definitely coming in strong among the more experienced social dancers in the big cities and Bachata is coming in strong for the young.

"Yes, there is something about having a bottle of wine on the table."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dance Appeal Studio

Received from Maile Yagi
Aloha Everyone!

This is a great opportunity and a service given from the hearts of Paul and
Marie Laderta, and Renna and Sergio Villanueva for your Keikis to learn
Ballroom Dancing from none-other than the world renown ballroom
dance champion / professional dance instructor, Ron Montez!
Don't delay as you can see, the class is THIS SUNDAY!




Paul & Marie Laderta are sponsoring another Keiki Workshop. Your Keiki students are welcomed to attend. Renna & Sergio, once again are donating the use of their studio & not charging the floor fee.🤗 It takes people with a heart like Renna & Sergio to make this work. To the Future Dancers of Hawaii, we hang our dreams.🤗 Mahalo, Marie.
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This FREE WORKSHOP is sure to stimulate your Keiki, whether they want to have fun, or just polish up their social graces on the dance floor.

Come join Renna & Sergio's Keikis at their Dance Appeal studio for a
NIGHT CLUB 2-Step Workshop by Dance Icon, Ron Montez.

DATE: Sunday, January 15th
Time : 11:30am

Place : Dance Appeal Studio (Waipahu)

This KEIKI WORKSHOP is a sponsored event, and OPEN TO ALL Keikis. Due to limited capacity, RSVP is required.

Please contact Renna Villanueva at:
Cell: (808) 284-3619
Email:
danceappealstudio@gmail.com


Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Magnificent Seven

We start the day with a beautiful statement by Percy Bysshe Shelley, English lyric poet and lover of the dance. So he may have been in his cups at the time, but the quote will remain forever.

"To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose.
People don’t deserve the restraint we show by not going into
delirium in front of them. To hell with them!"


The seven blogs are proceeding along very nicely. This month, I pulled back the levers on all the blogs from four to about every five days. I have watched them stay at approximately the same level in total average hits per day. But I expect the hits to start going steadily up. The more accurate the information, the better for the readers. Extrava Danza blog will try to promote the friendship of Live Music fans. From there we have no choice but to keep trying to get our readers to share their dance information with our fellow dancers.

"Got To Get You into My Life" By the Beatles


So it is seems clear that the readership is growing but too slowly because not enough readers know the difference in the blogs. What they learn is probably more by word of mouth than anything else. This blog Ritmo Mestizo is trying to specialize in Latin music and dance. We do not intend on forgetting some of the best music the world has ever heard.

"Perfidia" by Artie Shaw


My first goal is to get 33 average hits per day for each blog. This will be 1,000 hits for a 30 day month.  Platinum Horseshoe is averaging over 100 hits per day. Town Dancer is averaging over 50 hits per day. That is very impressive for being out here in the middle of the Pacific. The rest of the blogs are still trying to make it into the twenties.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Slowly We Move Forward

For the beginning of the year 2017 our averages have been pretty well established, even with all the extraneous crap in our Blogger Statistics. All the blogs remain pretty much in the same relation to each other and Platinum Horseshoe is way out in front. There will be some changes and that will depend on the Two Centers and the dance clubs that we can add to our blogs. The amalgamation of Oahu West, the Central Valley and the North Shore is almost there. The phasing continues and we will move slowly.

"Blogging is hard because of the grind required to stay interesting,
relevant and that need for that extra opinion." 


Dancing Nights is at the bottom of the totem pole. The blog just doesn't get enough information on night clubbing to share with our reader dancers. The other blogs are amazing and coming up pretty fast even without much search engines yet. But there will be further adjustments. And the reader/dancers will make the ultimate decisions even by just ignoring any one of our blogs, it is still communication. So the search continues for the Two Centers and the Guest Author, and that will make a big difference in whichever blog they pick.


Meanwhile, if anyone of you has been interested in Twitter, we have four under the name of our blogs. Check them out and if you are interested you are very welcomed. Twitter holds you to 140 characters. In our blogs we have no limit but we recommend beginners to using only four lines (about 400 characters) which is 3 times bigger than Twitter. Send email first and if you like it you can get in easy, and become a Guest Author, You will have your own blog within anyone of our established blogs of your choice and with ready made readers.

"Social dancers don't have to try to dance better than anyone else.
They just try to dance better than themselves."

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Viña del Mar, Chile

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival is a music festival that has been held annually during the 3rd week of February in Viña del Mar, Chile. Started in 1960, it is largest and best known music festival in all of Latin America.  Every year invited artists perform alongside Latin artists, There are also singing competitions with prizes for the winners. The Festival takes place in the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and attracts over 15,000 spectators.

"Latin dancers know that taking a step forward and then taking
a step backwards is not a disaster, its a Rock Step."


It has been broadcast live on radio and on Chilean television over the years by TVN, Canal 13, Megavisión or Chilevisión, regularly breaking viewing records. The Viña festival features a song competition in two categories, pop music and folk music, interspersed with performances by international music stars encompassing such diverse genres as rock, and pop music in various languages, merengue, salsa, rumba, bachata and bolero among others.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Lucho Gatica


Viña Del Mar, Chile

Between 1984 and 1989 Leonardo Schultz and Gary H. Mason, teamed up to help revamp the festival and streamline its operations. They arranged for the appearance of many artists like Manoella Torres (Mason produced her hit duet, which was written by Schultz entitled "No Me Mires Así"). In the 1990s the broadcast rights to the Festival were given to Televisa, and featured prominent Mexican Artists, as well as major Latin Artists.

"Sabor A Mi" por Manoella Torres


Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, Chile

In 2009, artists such as Latin sensation Daddy Yankee and the legendary British band Simply Red captivated the audience of Viña. Not only that but every Latin musician, singer or dancer knows that to appear at Viña Del Mar means that you have arrived. This is International and they all know they are there. It has become the top in our Latin World of music and dance.

“We can transcend the terrestrial; surpass the celestial, from nature’s hands
when we receive the sublime pleasures of dance to our favorite music.” 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Da Rail Disaster and Da Bus

Excerpted from Hawaii Free Press
Still time to turn rail woe into bus way

Rail was supposed to cost $3 billion … then $4.6 billion … then $5.2 billion. The latest official estimate is $8.1 billion … but the city reportedly is thinking about raising it to $9.5 billion. This has been called "Easy Money" by Caldwell's Fat Cats making millions and millions of dollars in profits. The city’s latest upper-bound estimate is $10.8 billion. As that term is defined, there is only a 10 percent chance of costs reaching upper-bound estimate. Two years ago, that estimate was $7.6 billion.


You can get 100 of these bi-articulated buses for less than 100 million.

The Federal Transit Administration advises against building rail unless money is set aside annually to ensure safety and reliability in future years. Based on experiences elsewhere, the minimum annual contribution should be $100 million. Good thing our property owners are rich and can afford the huge increase in property taxes. Not only that but you have noticed the price on your groceries. Takes longer to make the deliveries and it is going to get worse.


And the Present Rail Party stops the building of business parks in
West Oahu. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Dancing may be like dreaming with your feet.
Just keep calm and keep on dancing."