Friday, March 31, 2017

Creative Researchers And Producers

This group better known by the acronym seems to have withered down to nothing. When Ballroom Dancing was at its peak at the famous Palladium, they were the powerhouse that could break anyone. It mattered not whether it was the truth or lie. This century has seen many changes and most have been for the good.  We are getting a better class of people.

"Gossip: Cutting of honest throats by whispers."


A few years back, I was getting along very nicely with Maui, they even got a nice group together and came to the Hawaii Star Ball. And then someone dropped the bombshell. The people were very indignant when they were told that I was publishing their personal emails on my blogs. I replied, "What, Where, When? Tell me" But the silence was deafening. So I deleted everything I had of them and then they really got pissed.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


Then a couple years ago, I was just starting to make contact with Kauai and someone told Kauai Dance Club that I publish their personal emails on my blog. I immediately asked, "What, Where, When? Tell me" Of course, the silence was deafening. We don't hear much about Kauai though Kauai Dance Blog has me in their links and I put them in our links. I eventually will make good will contact with some dancers there and we can exchange dancing pleasantries in a normal fashion.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho 


This month it is there again, untrue and all hearsay. With my experience in these things the victim must prove their innocence even if the victim does not know the accusation. but we are getting close. Now that I have told more of my friends about it, it may not be the famous Creative Researchers And Producers. Be aware, they are out there and these mean harm to anyone who gets in their way. But we are getting closer to the culprits. That's what is so good about these blogs as social media, everything is up front.

Received from sister Eleanor, California. - Daniel 12:3
“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bossanova

Bossa Nova is a genre of Brazilian music, which developed and was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. Today it is one of the most beautiful and best-known Brazilian music genres in the world but almost unknown in Hawaii. The phrase bossa nova means literally "new trend" But the exact origin of the term "bossa nova" remained unclear for many decades, according to some authors.

"The natives believed that they had learned their music
from the birds in the Brazilian Forest."
 

Musically it is a lyrical fusion of the Indian samba beat and jazz and acquired a large following from the start initially among young musicians and college students.  The authorship of the term "bossa nova" is attributed to the then-young journalist Moyses Fuks, who was promoting the event. Bossa nova is most commonly performed on the nylon-string classical guitar, played with the fingers rather than with a pick.


Its purest form could be considered unaccompanied guitar with vocals, as created, pioneered, and exemplified by João Gilberto. Even in larger, jazz-like arrangements for groups, there is almost always a guitar that plays the underlying rhythm. Gilberto basically took one of the several rhythmic layers from a samba ensemble, specifically the tamborim, and applied it to the picking hand. According to Brazilian musician Paulo Betencourt, João Gilberto, is known for his eccentricity and was always obsessed by the idea of finding a new way of playing the guitar,

My favorite remains, "Fly Me To The Moon" in Bossa Nova on Guitar but the beautiful rhythms allows other instruments to sound fine too.

Received some very beautiful biblical quotes from my sister Eleanor in California
and I post the first one here.

Isaiah 9:7
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the
throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with
judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever more.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dance Blogs on Oahu

Comments on our Blogs have been somewhat overlooked in Hawaii in the last twenty years. And not many have realized that anyone can use comments for the benefit of their group and of all the reader/dancers. Web sites statements are engraved on stone. They have spoken. What we say in our blogs count very little, but with many voices everyone will take notice. Public relations is communicating your organization’s messages at the right time and in the right places to the right audience.

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy,
you must have somebody to share it with."


With the proliferation of tools and technologies, we can measure the value of those efforts and how they align with a business’ overall mission. Public Relations in its true sense is about human connections and the art of mastering human connections at a deep level. In the early days of PR, it was about relationships with not just the press but communities in various forms – the difference was that these audiences were not online.

"The Impossible Dream" by Andy Williams


When played from a place of passion and purpose, public relations in our new dance world will not only take social media, branding and marketing to the next level, but will elevate the people and products that are changing Hawaii. Now a blog is different and the biggest difference is the currency and frequency of information. Much more than a Web Site. Blogs contain many opinions and they invite commentary. Our blogs will cover dancing in most of its ramifications. And the effectiveness in the amount of people that read them is based on the counters that are furnished by the blogging company

"You play football, that's cute and you throw two pound footballs.
We throw 100 pound girls and we actually catch ours."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Making Connections

This blog trying to make connections with the neighbor islands. But seems like they like to keep things pretty local. We gotta respect. Meanwhile we got a hold of one and posted. Anybody objects and I will delete the entire blog of today.

"We all die, so the goal is not to live forever.
It could be to create something that will."


One reason that fad dances fade away is that they get too fancy. People liked the music of Mambo, and loved moving to that music with all the normal basic moves of ten thousand years ago. Even steps, rock steps, chassés, left turns, right turns, forward and backward. The additional Basic of the Rock Step and a Slow step was nice. Within 20 years there were over 600 documented steps and that was the beginning of the end.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Sign at a Kalihi Bar: Please be patient with our bartender, even a toilet
can serve only one Asshole at at time. You got that, Trump?

We are fortunate that in the Waltz for instance we have the American style of dance. There are less than fifty steps in the divisions of Bronze, Silver and Gold. If the social dancers can keep within these, the Waltz will be danced in the next century. They can use the fancier steps for exhibitions and that should be fine with the rest of us. We can admire them and applaud them enthusiastically. They deserve it.

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving
to our favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by." 


Driverless Taxis

Last year, Singapore became the first country in the world to have on-demand driverless taxis - a new technology that is going to disrupt the transport industry, specially short rail transit. The start-up won bragging rights as offering the first successful public road tests of driverless taxis. This year, Uber had the first successful fleet of driverless cars in Pittsburgh in the United States and now going to San Francisco.

“We make our discoveries through our mistakes - we watch one other's successes and failures and we look for freedom and hope to improve.”


The Present Rail Party is trying to keep the news from getting to Hawaii. Many are making big big bucks on the Rail Disaster and the latest estimates are going to 15 billions, also known as Easy Money. The service in Singapore was so successful because of the high consumer demand for taxis there, well-maintained roads and clear government regulations for its tests.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

They said it couldn't happen again, but accidents do happen.
The Taxis in Singapore will be going slowly and carefully this year trying to make sure there are no "accidents."  But they plan full scale by next year. Taiwan and Beijing have plans for this year too. On the mainland US, besides Pittsburgh and San Francisco, they have their eyes on Seattle and Portland on the West Coast. After that -- Hawaii naturally. We may find other uses for the construction to date, but there will be no rail.

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias

"Rumba is the captivating favorite of Latin American dancers throughout the world. It is characterized by strong leg and hip action which adds to the styling of the sensual Rumba patterns. To feel the real joy of Rumba, the dancers develop a strong sense of the rumba musical interpretation and let the body move as it may."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Latin Touch




Letting those of you with Class cards in your wallet or purse that's been in there for the last 12 years. It's time to get to class and use them. After 12 years of continuous weekly classes things will be changing in our 13th year. We are the longest weekly classes of the strictly Latin dance scene. Things will be changing, we are not stopping and not quitting but opportunities such as teaching Festivals in America and Internationally that we have been putting off and getting our Team Hawaii Performance Teams exposure at these Events. I also want to bring more of the Best Instructors to Hawaii. We don't know what the changes are yet but there will be changes in our 13th year. If you don't hear it directly from Charlie it's just rumors and probably a lie, any questions call Charlie directly or talk to him at Sunday Classes. Join Our Salsa Performance Team and represent Hawaii.

"Valio La Pena" por Mark Anthony

Feel like Salsa & Bachata Dancing Sunday's, Join Us. Sunday 5pm Salsa Beginner/Intermediate, 6pm Salsa Advance Combos & 7pm Bachata (All Levels) @ 1070 N King St Upstairs 808-779-7970 for more info. See you soon. No Partner Needed. Bring your friends. Salsa Performance Team Tryouts Sunday March 26 @ 5-8PM. If you know anyone interested let them know. No partner needed.

See you soon and always thanks for the support. We are not stopping just going bigger every year. 12 years have been Awesome our 13th will be Amazing. Business trip to Japan soon and hope to take our Performance Teams one day. On 1or2 Latin Dancers Social coming soon.

"Micaela" por Sonora Carruseles


Pleasant reading my Twitter and plenty of action from Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa gang. Also pleasantly surprised to see Minnie Ruiz, I know her from way back before she left for the Mainland. I just saw the video of Minnie Ruiz, Rolando Sanchez with Jill Kuramoto of KITV4. I will try to make contact and she may share some dancing information for our reader/dancers.

"When we dance, our purpose is not to get to a certain point on the floor.
 It is to enjoy each movement, to the music, along the way."

Developing Nicely

No smashing success, just a steady plod to getting a bigger readership. Most important is comments and feedback in the form of contributing dance information to share with our fellow dancers. Easy to understand, more information to share, more readers and our dance world will be more informed. And we are going to have 40 thousand social dancers on this Island, Yes, this is a WAG*.
 
"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness,
we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams,
we are the dancers, we create the dreams."


Relative Costs
We all hear about costs from non dancers and of course, they are somewhat limited in their knowledge, Competition style of dancing will eventually cost more than any other type of dancing. And it stands to reason why. You know it or you ignore it, it is up to each individual. And there are quite a bit of people in the world interested in this type dance. There other types of exhibition "show business" dances that can be quite expensive. But there is also quite an interest there throughout the entertainment world and it really is up to them, not us.

"What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.
 

Social dancing, just to dance for fun, can cost from much to little and in some cases gratis. And just about every dancer on Oahu knows that the dancers that know everything do not know everything, If you can develop a nice loose style in line dancing, it will give you the step up to learn Country, American or Social dance steps and patterns by absorption and watching. When you get to that point, (to dance well) you learn one other thing. You must dance, dance and dance and the more you enjoy it the better it gets. Dat's da reel teeng!

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page


Thirty Five years ago when Salsa was in the process of migrating from the streets to the Ballroom, many good dancers were dancing Salsa for four or five hours straight. Having drinks, socializing and repeating over and over again. Fun, fun, fun and of course they were getting better all the time in their dancing. You can't go wrong with that method if you love the music.

*WAG - - Wild Ass Guess

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nics, Nax

Life For Oldsters by James Furshur, Liliha

Most dancers understand that getting old is mandatory, if not inevitable. But growing old and feeling good about it is optional. Most will remain about the same. Some will be even happier, with new relatives, friends and dance partners. Some dancers will become depressed and will withdraw and eventually just fade away. In outlook or perspective, aging is relative.

"If you love to dance and you have the gift of teaching, you find
it to be super amazing and important because you help
to cultivate a positive value in a person's life."


Growth is life in action. Life as a noun can be activated as a verb - living it. Activity is life. Life is activity. Live life as if dying, or not dying, is a matter of choice. And we may soon have a better opportunity in Hawaii for that. A viewpoint or a point of view. There are times we trip over bumps on the roadway, set back by difficult obstacles. Other times, we emerge triumphant against unimaginable odds.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


To be an evangelist is to ignore pedigrees. Good evangelists aren't proud. They don't focus on the people with big titles and big reputations. Frankly, they'll meet with, and help anyone who wants to forget the big stuff and is willing to help. In our dance scene on Oahu, this is much more likely to be the regular outspoken dancers and not the wheels. The rootzi tootzis may be completely oblivious of this phase.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Life sinks and floats. Life stumbles, bounces back, moves on. Which way? We have directions to determine, to follow, to pursue. We find ways to stay in touch with our fellow dancers - to survive. We prevail. Death itself, we shall overcome. That's the promise of life - Sometime, Somewhere. Leave the question, how, - to someone else.

"He who laughs last probably made a back-up."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Comments

One of the most missed items on our blog spectrum are the commenters. Those that have obviously read the post and have something of value to contribute. Their comments may not always be long or in-depth but they add to the conversation with something that is thoughtful and relevant. Ours are not Web sites, we are blog sites and we need feedback.

"The comments in blogs enables the delivery of
additional dance knowledge to others."


These dancers might share a story, give an example, put another point of view, answer a question or do something else that provides value to the blog and the readership. These commenters are all about delivering value but in doing so builds their profile and credibility. Each has their own original, unique viewpoint and there in lies the value for everyone else.

"Young At Heart" by Jimmy Durante


They are after a win/win exchange where the blogger/readers get value from their comment but they also might get some kudos from the exchange. The best of these commenters, in our experience, tend to use their own personal name or a pen name. We would rather skip the anonymous. They tend to leave less comments and have less value than the other groups.

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice,
your mind, your story, your vision. So comment and write
and play and dance and live as only you can."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Blogs Shaping Up

These blogs are shaping up rather slowly but as long as they are gaining hits, they are going in the right direction. The biggest drawback is that the reader/dancers have never been in a two way communication. And bloggers aren’t made in journalism schools This is only coming out now. They are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They should have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
Great dancers are great because of their passion.” 


American Style - International Style: In North America there are two major ballroom dance styles that are taught and danced. So what is the difference between the two styles? Actually there are more similarities than differences. But the few differences are major and could determine your choice and enjoyment of dancing.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

American Style: Also known as Social Dance, is, Ballroom, Country, Latin, Swing and Nightclub dances where the dancing is more relaxed and meant for the enjoyment of movement to the favorite music of the dancers. American Style Ballroom developed from social dancing in North America and is a fully recognized competitive style of dance. It was taught and popularized by North American dance schools such as Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray. It came about because the North American dancers were not responsive to the rigid and strict foot placement required in the European style of ballroom dancing.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Not according to Trump!
North Americans were more interested in having fun while dancing than the strict and ridged ballet discipline taught by the European dance schools. They wanted more freedom of movement, more freedom to be expressive in their dancing, and more freedom to interpret the music the way they felt it. The popularity of Swing dancing, Latin dancing and Country dancing in North America would suggest that most North Americans still feel the same way about their dancing.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Blogs were originally the work of a single individual but in this century there has been a rise of Guest Authors into small groups, and often covering a single subject or topic. The Guest Authors have in effect their own blog within the blog. They can get in whenever they wish, write, include photos, save, publish and get out without saying boo to anyone. When I have enough Guest Authors in my best blog, I intend to resign and let them have it. The junk blogs will remain mine.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Learning

Dance Evangelism 101:
Let the dancers test drive the cause. Essentially, we say to the dancers, “We think you are smart. Therefore, we aren't going to bludgeon you into becoming reader/dancers. Try our product, tune in when you want to, download anything from it or upload anything to it, and then decide if it's right for you.” A test drive is much more powerful than an ad when you are selling something, And what we are selling in our blogs does not cost anybody anything.

"Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one
 concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to
anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone."


Dance Web sites or dance Blog sites, are very much alike. They are both published on the Web and can be read with any Web browser. This gives them the same basic look and feel and similar user experiences. Many Web sites built with blogging software can look and feel just like a blog, even if that’s not what they are intended to be. Both Web and Blog sites depend on good, useful content. Web site visitors and Blog readers come to read content.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


If the content is good and meets their needs, they’ll be back for more, again and again. Web sites have more permanent data - their goals, the name of officers, dance teachers, schedules, photo albums - permanent information.  Blog sites are much more current and cover what is going to happened tomorrow and what happened yesterday. If the content sucks, they won’t be read. Simple? How can one know with either one? Also simple, - with a counter but on Blogger they give you a lot of other crap with it too, but it is free.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


But are they more different than that? Oh boy! - Wow! - Yes! We will cover many more differences later. In a Web site you can do quite well with one person running it. In a Blog site you can always use another viewpoint and right there is its biggest value - the outside information contributor. We have been lucky and we need more.

"The only dancer we compare ourselves to is the one we use to be."

Latin Division?

After the Europeans brought home to Europe the Aztec/Inca influences in the sixteenth century, they incorporated their own styles to the dance. Since the Aztec/Inca dances were performed in a group, many of the European dances were now performed by a male and female. This was a new practice because most European dances in the 1500s did not fully accept that male and female dance partners were to touch each other.

"Dancers eventually know for themselves what they are capable of doing."


The benefits of such dance style allowed musical appreciation and social integration, which became the new form of Latin dance. However, much of the storytelling element disappeared from the genre as the focus moved toward the rhythm and steps. And it led on both sides to Partner dancing.The movement evolved differently because it brought a certain element of daintiness to the Aztec dances since the steps were smaller and the movements were less forceful.

"Maria Elena" by Tommy Dorsey


This blog is still trying to establish what has always been there, namely the Latin division of dancing from all the others that there may be in the world. None of it came from Africa, some from the freed slaves after a few generations.  Not many have noticed that it gets bigger and bigger every year. So the time has come. Recognize it, for what is there. The fad dances can be included but recognized as Fad Dances. And we have our good classics that have been around for a few centuries.

"Perfidia" by Artie Shaw


Solid are the basic Latin dances established almost one hundred years ago and much of them are still terrific. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango will remain and the future will include the Latin Waltz. Any further additions will be made by the dancers and there is no better judge.

There is a 900 number to call to test your IQ. Costs $9.95 per minute.
If you make the call, you are a moron ... If you stay on the line
for 3 minutes you're a complete idiot.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Progress on Oahu

The teaching of night club two step, hustle, salsa, bachata and line dancing in ballroom circles was unheard of in the last century. What happened? And the revolt against strictly structured dance is coming in strong on Oahu. The Social Dancers are insisting on their rights. And with it, the understanding that dance structured for competition is just fine - dancers must be judged according to their rules. But it is not for the rest of us. You are going to compete? Terrific, go for it!

"Sometimes we do not have to wait for leaders -
sometimes we got to go it alone"


The entire dance enchilada on Oahu is slowly moving in the right direction. Patience, it is giving our dance people time to think things over and the process moves according to the majority of the interested dancers. We will all learn not to look down our noses at our fellow dancers. I have developed a terrific hobby of find the best videos on the Internet. I have seen many kinds of dance videos and dance movies. Let me say this here and now, my faith in the competitive world has been reinstated.

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


Hopefully our people will make their own rules, and not let the "ultra big organizations" get in and "red tape" the hell out of it. And our Social Dance Club blogs are increasing in hits very nicely. And yes, there are people out there that think they have invented something new. They think they are so brilliant, and they just betray their ignorance. All of these movements have been done at some time, somewhere, including partner dancing.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller


There are at least 600 documented step movements in Waltz. How about Rumba? or Mambo? You know anyone who knows them all? Oh yes, you have got something new. Just because you have never seen the movement does not mean it has never been done.The Windward section, the Waianae Coast and the North Shore are still wide open and may take some years down the road and probably done by new people. But the general consensus is that there will be new clubs where they can make their own rules and some of the older clubs will simply will not cut it.

"How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now,
and there will never be a time when it is not now."


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Salsa No Ka Oi

Hello, Friends!

SALSA DANCE PERFORMANCE TEAM TRYOUT with Team Hawai'i No Ka Oi.

Tell your friends, know anyone interested in performing or learning a performance.
Take a chance and tryout. No partner needed. We made this 3 hours to complete
the whole performance in 1 day. Time permitting you will learn part of a second
salsa performance. signup before Sunday March 19 and receive a Free Salsa
or Bachata Class Flyer for 2 (Free $25 Value)

808-779-7970 for more info, SIGNUP NOW or at Sunday Salsa and Bachata Classes
@ 1070 N King St upstairs 5-8PM. May take this tryout without performing....
Bachata/Bachata Rueda Performance Team Tryout Coming April/May.


Pub's Note: We got this with enough time for effective posting, Mahalo

Further comments on the Trump Dictatorship: Now he wants the Orientals out. History will indict those who screwed up this country for the benefit of the rich. History will be unforgiving for those who wasted two and a half centuries of progress when America was great. These Fat Cats want to keep more of their ill-gotten gains, naturally. That's the new Republican and they are running that fine upstanding name right straight into the ground. Remember the good Republican President Eisenhower?

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


He was just kidding his wife on her sixtieth birthday. "Gee, I never had sex with
a sixty year old." She replied, "Oh, I have, and it's not that great."