Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ending and a Beginning

We end June and begin the month of July on an upnote. We have pulled the wagons in a little bit. The Pacific was just too much for our readers so we are now the Hawaiian Islands. And that is not bad place to be, not at all.
"Let's have a little Courage - Seek - Explore - Adventure - Achieve - Fly - Dream."

The Neighbor Islands are a little wary of sharing dance information with "outsiders" so we will have to be patient and hope for the best. There was a group awhile back, that was not much interested and they told untruths about our operations. How many of you know of us publicizing "private emails" from anyone?

This was in Maui about five years ago and on Kauai a couple years later. I asked repeatedly, "Tell me where." And the silence was deafening. So I just deleted everything, whatever I had from anywhere on the islands. None were please but I will not stand accused without getting rid of the "evidence." But I am willing to start over again with some new people that realize we mean well.
Blogger's Law #25E: It's tough to get reallocated when you are the one who is redundant.

At the moment we remember Boston Basils in Kona pleasantly as a very good prospect to get some news to us as fellow dancers and music lovers. No one here has heard of Olga Salvatorre and Greg Shirley, but we may get lucky again. They usually perform a Latin and Jazz mix of beautiful music, including some Mariachi, Cuban, and Spanish. Tell us about it Olga.

Now on the neighbor islands they have Kauai Dancing Blog and  a Maui Dancing Website but they are into the flyer, you all know da kine, information. However, none of them have counters so that no one knows if they have 1000 readers per day or two readers per day. But I concur, they should do as they damn well please.
"Change the World" by Eric Clapton
This song only reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was actually chosen by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as one of the Songs of the Century (ranked #270). The song was produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds who also provided backing vocals on the track.

Whatever is happening, some people are realizing that we are all in the Hawaiian Islands and most of us are into the modern cultural dance environment propagated by the American Style of Dance. The night clubbers wish to have their own thing and they should have it. Meanwhile, may we have ours?

Pub's Side Note: The Dow Jones Industrial average closed on Friday at 14909.60, the last business day of the month. The winning number for the laptop computer will be 60 at midnight Sunday. If you do not have the lucky number you can buy the computer for the new stated price.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rare Saturday Post

I rarely post on Saturday, I and most people have a lot to do during the day and dances on the agenda in the evening. Gratefully I have realize that the Creative Researchers And Producers seem to have disappeared from West Oahu. (they are better known for their acronym.) Most of our class people in the West seem to have recognized the symptoms. Complete fabrication of facts about anyone as long as they were negative.

"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander."
~ Abraham Lincoln

The new dancers in the West are turning out very well. New step patterns are fine but one must remember timing and basic rhythm. Learning by rote is fine but there is something more than that.

Timing and rhythm. Can anyone tell you what it is? I am not that sure but it is far more certain that it is dancing more than any rote type learning you will ever come across. Find out the difference. Ask the people that you think should know. We are fortunate to have so many knowledgeable people available all around us.

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

And fortunately we have from WBDC.
Pub's Side Note: The Dow Jones Industrial average closed on Friday at 14909.60. The last business day of the month. The winnng number for the laptop computer will be 60 at midnight Sunday. If you do not have the lucky number you can always buy it at the current price.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fund Raising

There are an increasing amount of fund raising groups throughout these islands that are mainly doing the fund raising for themselves and not for the Charity they mention. Many groups tend to rely on telephone solicitations to collect donations. Some are little more than fronts for the companies that raise the money. Every time a consumer makes a donation to the "charity," the bulk of it stays with the company that made the pitch.

"Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching."

Fortunately on this island most of our dance clubs donate much of the funds derived to the purported charity. Get yourself interested and perhaps you can do even more. In our dancing we have many fund raisers and some are a little more beneficial than others. And what do we mean by beneficial? Just think it over and "Use Your Head, Red."

"Voy Apagar La Luz" por Luis Miguel

Whatever, don't make a donation on a call from a fundraiser. A legitimate charity will be more than happy to accept a donation on your time frame through a means you feel comfortable with, whether it's by mailing a check or using a credit card online. If you're interested in donating take the time to find out how the fundraisers plan to spend donated money.

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri
Mexican, but there is a technicality. His mother pregnant at the time visited Puerto Rico with her husband  and while there, gave premature birth to Luis Miguel. He was born on April 19, 1970. So there have been some that have said he is really Puerto Rican because they have proof that he was born in Puerto Rico. But all his people are from Mexico and he was brought up in Mexico.

Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, is a celebrated singer. He began his career at the early age of eleven in 1980, after the inspiration of his celebrity parents. He is popularly known as Luis Miguel and honored as 'El Sol de México' (The Sun of Mexico). He recorded his first album 'Un Sol' in 1982; then after taking a career break, he launched his second album in 1988. Till now, Luis Miguel has recorded many albums and won four Latin Grammy Awards and five Grammy Awards. As per statistics, more than 90 million albums of Luis Miguel have been sold worldwide.

Pub's Side Note: The Dow Jones Industrial average closed on Friday at 14909.60. The last business day of the month. The winnng number for the laptop computer will be 60 at midnight Sunday.

Slow but Goin' Good

Most of our other blogs are still held up at the "plateau." We will probably cruise at this speed for another couple weeks. I am working on getting some information from our fellow dancers in the West and with a photo or two, we can get over that hump until we get to the next plateau.

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful,
more powerful. ~ Agnes De Mille

There is a remarkable slow down in available dancing in the West. Perhaps everyone is going on vacation. There has been advertising for cruises. Seem like it is this way every year. We just go along with the tide and make the best of it.

"The Next Time I Fall" By Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
In my old age I try to take it easier. When I had my zine, I would have over 100 issues with me and go to the Palladium early. After distribution and a dance or two, I would bike it over to Date street and get the #3 bus going to Aliamanu and HBDA. After distribution and a couple dances, then push the bike over the hill on Salt Lake and bike it Radford and Dance Hawaii. A lot less easier nowadays and I can attend only one function.

For sure many of our readers are not yet aware of Web 2.0 This is actually very understandable considering that for most people it does not seem any different than when they were first exposed to the Internet. In order to truly understand web 2.0, it is necessary to understand the difference between the Internet as it is today, and as it was back during the first Internet boom of the late 90’s.

At its most simplest it is "talking back." The reader/dancers have their opinions and they will have their say. That is the gist of our blogging and not many have taken advantage of it yet. Then the fact that blogging is more general in scope.

On the other side of the island and there are plenty dancers there.
Just no place to dance.

A blog for xyz club will get xyz loyal members tuning in and run the hits up to 15 average per day. But two different dance clubs blogging on an independent Dipsy Doodle blog will run the hits up over 40 average per day with the synergism. Yes, I know, it is not easy to understand.

Meanwhile, Let's Dance.

"If it is very difficult we can do it immediately. If it is impossible,
it may take us a little longer."


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Slowing Down

I have not posted a visitor blog with photos since May 11th when I went to Dream To Dance Studio and wrote it up. The hits, on our entire blogosphere, have been going slowly down. Much of it because of the Blackpool blogging that ran out. Perhaps I will wait until next month. Just so I know what is happening. That and the amount of blogs published. I am learning.

 "Those who think it is permissible to tell white lies
soon grow color-blind."

"I praise the dance, for it frees people from the heaviness of matter and binds the isolated to community. I praise the dance, which demands everything: health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul. Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people, who are in constant danger of becoming all brain, will, or feeling.

"Dancing demands a whole person, one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life, who is not obsessed by lust for people and things and the demon of isolation in his own ego. Dancing demands a freed person, one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers. I praise the dance. O man, learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you."

-Saint Augustine (A.D. 354 ... 430)
There remains so much hope for Oahu West dancing. Truly we have uncovered the greatest Dance Web Site on the Island of Oahu. Check it out, Kapolei Chapter HBDA has come through like a champ.

The latest on the their Web Site reveals a large photo gallery that is very much being appreciated by the entire blogging dance community. Can we all learn from them? It is our choice and I am looking forward to some positive results. The hits are already going up, naturally. And the entire Western part of this island is moving forward.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Death of Salsa

by Abel Delgado, New York City
From the Internet.

Pretty dramatic title, no? What's next, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor accompanying this piece on MP3? After all, salsa music still makes money. Victor Manuelle (by the way, why does he misspell Manuel?) Frankie Negrón and, of course, the companies, still make a nice piece of change.

"Truth is one of the most valuable things we have, so let's try to conserve it."

So it won't go anywhere, it will still be in the marketplace. Even musically, a lot of today's salsa can still get you to tap your feet, it still sounds peppy and alive. So what's with the dramatic declaration? The following: I argue that this music has certain aesthetics established over the years that are its lifeblood, its essence.

And while this music has certainly changed over the years, it has maintained those aesthetics. But now those aesthetics are being lost as the commercialization of the music transforms its character to make it more mainstream, more pop. Much in the way Dracula drained Lucy of blood in Bram Stoker's novel, this has drained it slowly, leaving a pretty, walking, talking, but undead creature.

Picking out the vampire
Oooo, now that Bach really seems appropriate, verdad? Before I back this up, a definition of terms. This gets very tricky because of all that's out there these days. We have salsa gorda (salsa dura), which has a harder edge and is more traditional. We have timba, which describes what are mostly songo variants being played by bands in Cuba. Then there's the salsa romántica, the commercial version we hear on the airwaves sung by pretty boys and girls. It's what the robotic dancers move to with no concept of clave in the clubs, what the radios blare out at the beach, the majority of what you see in the stores. And then there's music from the pre-salsa era, like Buena Vista Social Club, often called Afro-Cuban or Afro-Latin.

So which one is the vampire here? Well, first let me say that I see this music existing on a continuum that stretches from 1920s Cuba to New York, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. In other words, this all pretty much the same music. Names are just for convenience. The rhythms used in the '20s are still being used today. So is the structure and instrumentation. Granted, lots of innovations have taken place since the Sexteto Habanero started their first rehearsals, but you can hear the basic similarities between DLG, Bamboleo, Palmieri and Beny Moré.

So what do they like on this side of the Oahu?

When I say salsa is dead, I'm referring to the dominant form of this music today, what is known as salsa romántica. It's what most people think of when they hear the term "salsa." This means DLG, Jerry Rivera, Corrine, and all the rest of the vacuous pretenders. But when I jump on the continuum in my argument, I'm going to use the term Afro-Latin music to describe this music in general, and that is meant to encompass the evolving traditional music from Cuba and Puerto Rico that moved to New York, Latin America and the rest of the world. It's not the best definition because it excludes other forms of Afro-Latin music like merengue, cumbia, samba, etc. But I can't sit here all day coming up with definitions to make everybody happy because it will give me (and you) a headache.

Pub's Side Note; You can get similar articles on the Internet. I don't think Salsa is dead but it has definitely peaked in the last year.


Da Pix

I do not know that much about pictures (photos) but I am learning. In taking pictures I think I may be improving to perhaps a C+ and I am looking forward to some help to get to a B-. anybody out there that can help? And we still need your favorite photo to share with your fellow dancers.

"Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it."

But when it comes to interpreting the results on our blogs the law of supply and demand applies like anywhere else. The first photo is worth more than a thousand words, and in our dance scene, maybe two thousand. However the second photo is only worth about 1900 words and the third photo is only worth about 1800 words. From there we can keep going and arrive at the same delusion.

We need that very special photo of your group of dancers at the last shindig. And the second will probably look pretty good too. And if we oould include something similar with each different blogger, the hits would go through the stratosphere You can also guess what would happened if the opposite happened and  we included 200 photos in one blog. Wow, Chicharron!

I also have the additional opportunity to always pick the best ones to include in the running slide shows in two of our blogs. When contributing a photo, a little information in addition to the photos would facilitate shaping up a nice blog. And the net result is that each blogger will have a different opinion and presentation and that difference is what will make the blogs.
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys

For a very long time even before I got here in the seventies, we have been tempted to believe that our dance society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule. In the late eighties, there evolved a group (clique) believing that dance government by an elite dance group is superior to government for, by, and of the dancers.

But if there is no one among us so perfect that they are capable of governing themselves in the rules of dance, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? La Raison D'etre for the existence of blogs. Specially this blog, that at present, is way down in hits and just holding its head above water a little ahead of the bottom blogs. The public opinions of more Two-Centers and one Guest Author would see this blog roll. I will be patient.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Disciplines

Looking Around:

American vs. International style: The battle goes on and on. There are so many misconceptions and so many people take it so far that it looks as if that these are two much different animals (for the lack of a better word). It really all depends on you. We can feel that it distorts the whole picture and presents an off-balance view of all social dancing.

"The Truth which has made us free should
in the end make us glad, also."

What is American Style? In the early 1900s, America was taken over by a dance craze and everybody was doing fox-trot, waltzes and tango in their living rooms and open outdoors alike to His Masters Voice, (the victrolas.) It was very loose and very local and it acquired the terminology of "street dancing." You were very likely to learn it anywhere.

Then came Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and presented the artistic side with beauty and grace that very few can match. Murray and Astaire became successful in franchising Dance studios all over America and standardized a Syllabus, which became the American Style. This established the "Disciplines" in Ballroom Dancing.

"Til I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

Unfortunately, the Arthur Murray and the Fred Astaire schools of dancing did not agree in many aspects and that fragmentation was their big drawback. Each developed their own "discipline."

What is International Style? During the same period the dances were being studied in England and were given an English form with a little more emphasis on hold, feet positions and footwork. Interestingly enough, G.R. Anderson, an American and an English lady Josephine Bradley shook the world by showing a SLOW FOXTROT that had never been seen before.

They won the most prestigious trophy "The Star Ball" in London in 30's. A faster version of Foxtrot became Quickstep and so developed an English style with Diagonal Lines in all other ballroom dances. Mr. Walter Laird is credited with the Latin development in England. Fortunately he came upon the Rumba rock step and slow step basic as was done in Cuba. It spread throughout the "Empire" and the world accepted this new "discipline" and so came the name change to "the International Style".

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters

Their "discipline" of dance became more strict as they went along for they had no competition for their intentions. And they did very well as long as they understood that the "correctness" of their style was the way their discipline required it. The entire enchilada changed when they omitted the qualification of their methods. It was obvious then, by default, if you were not dancing it their way, then you were dancing "incorrectly."

We are now going through the revolution of getting back to our original social dancing, the one done for fun. It may be easier with the increasing spectator group but it will come. Even the accepted terminology has yet to come, social dancing, cultural, universal or popular dancing, We need more people that are aware of what is going on to label it once and for all, at least for this century.

"Never apologize for showing feeling.
When you do so, you apologize for the Truth."

If we can do it on Oahu, we shall regain all the dancers that we have lost in the last 20 years and perhaps even gain a few more than that. It already seems to be getting that way in the West, all we need is a few places to dance. then we will have it made in the shade. We are also fortunate that we do not have too many fancy dancers in the West. Kapolei and the Waianae Coast are wide open. And there will be more dance clubs.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Classes, where?

Manoa Chapter has classes at a nice place like the Manoa Japanese Language School.

We need places where we can dance. Schools are raising prices to pay for the Rail Disaster. However, if we have to, we shall dance in the streets. Fortunately, Town Dancer Blog is running at capacity for the reader/dancers of these Islands and the hits are proving the need for this type of information. If you do not have a Web site, this may be the way to communicate to the dancers, all the dancers not just your club dancers.

Blogger's Law, #33B; 42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Terminology in Dance: Contrary Body Movement also known as Contra Body Movement in Hawaii. When I first wrote about this in the Waha many years ago, some of the “top” amateur teachers with “real” knowledge of dance terminology flipped their collective lids. I was publicly derided. And many of them to this day, will bring it up as a good point to elevate themselves among their contemporaries.

Newest dance blog in town and naturally at the bottom of the totem pole.

“Many spend their time berating practitioners for not applying their method. We all need to disseminate our ideas, but most of our time should be spent applying and improving our methods, not selling them. The best way to sell the better mouse trap is to display some trapped mice.”

Also new but they seem to have a little more action going and
there just may be a new Dance Club developing there.

The Moanalua Corridor not doing so good. Of course the Rail Tragedy is having some effect already with the present bus horror.  More people are beginning to feel it. In the Dance Clubs, the Studios, the emerging Night Club scene, but from Pearl City to Salt Lake, they don’t seem to let the Stadium bother them.

"Wild One" by Bobby Rydell

What is getting them on the solid path to a new Night Club scenery is the many places where one can go, have a  drink and relax in a pleasant environment. In the Corridor there must be at least 20 Oasis, but not including our kind of music for dancing, yet.

Sunday, June 16, 2013


After Blackpool, Town Dancer average hits and all the other blogs too, have come down and we should plateau by next week. Then some clubs are cutting down the action because of the graduation parties.

"Even if all parts of a problem seem to fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, one has to remember that the probable need is not necessarily the truth and the truth may not always be probable."

Slowing down, we have also been losing the interest of some of our good friends. No hu hu and we should have understanding. I will slow down the blogs one notch down. Then I have to plan on more Night Clubbing, to get some photos and make the write up which always gets readers. With Salsa I always get press privilege. And I have to learn to get a quote or two.

I should give the entire enchilada a little more time to digest the possibilities of getting some good PR. If we just skip the ones with Web sites we will have our hands full. I have a notion that we are going to get some good information and eventually some of those elusive perfect photos (six people) that we need so desperately.

"(They Long To Be) Close To You" by the Carpenters

Many of our friends are dancing regularly and that is just fine, it works, "practice makes perfect." Or at least it always makes you better. Even without a teacher you are always learning on the dance floor. And having fun too. Whatta good life.

But we do need more places available to dance in. A large community center with a good dance floor is still the answer to our prayers. A good centrally located one and welcome to all dancers. At the moment it would be Pearl City or Aiea or even Foster Village. Each is central to a certain group of dancers.

"Kiss Of Fire" by Georgia Gibbs

A guy from Mililani goes to a nightclub in Waikiki and when the doorman won't let him in the guy asks,  "'Why not?" 
"Because you're not wearing a tie,"  says the doorman.
"But I have come all the way from Mililani," says the guy.
"Sorry mate, that's the rules," says the doorman.
So the guy goes back to his car to try and see if he can find a tie or something like one.  He  finds one of his jumper cables, ties it around his neck, and goes back to the club.  "Is this all right?" he asks the doorman.
"Well, all right then," replies the doorman.  "But I'll be watching you - don't start anything!"

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dancing Evangelism

Dancing Evangelism is reaching more dancers as everyone gets interested in this important role--or take it on themselves. Individuals in the new role of "dance evangelist" are reinventing what was once thought of as PR, with the principal goal of building a community of reader/dancers who are passionate about the entire social environment.

"Passion is contagious and, when channeled properly, leads to
increased interest. A few suggestions to help you spread the
good word through organizational evangelism."

Get dancers fired up. Being an effective blogging evangelist requires taking your individual passion a step further and creating a message or cause that stimulates others to join your blog's movement. Events, for example, are great ways to spread your message -- Calvin's blogs from Blackpool are the max. But all dances and even classes are food for the reader/dancers.

"Stranger In Paradise" Al Martino

Listen to your community. Your reader/dancers constitute a unique community with a powerful voice. If you're providing a great blogging service, you can bet they will be talking or writing about their experiences. Have you provided a friendly reception for your community by inviting ideas, comments and participation?

Create plenty of community space on your blogsites that allows dancers to interact and share feedback. Your best reader/dancers will be glad you asked for their input. Be prepared to accept input--good and bad--gratefully. Once converted, reader/dancers become powerful evangelists. Give them the tools to send leads your way, and they'll happily do so.

"Malagueña" por Placido Domingo

The newest blog and naturally at the bottom of the pile. Give it time.

Everyone in your blogs has the power to spread the good word about your kuleana. The key is to have them all focus on a unified, motivational message. Create a one-paragraph, 30-seconds-or-less positioning statement built around your core passion or cause, and share it with all reader/dancers. Be sure they understand your blog's mission and why it matters to the reader/dancer. And whether they're at the mall or at a social dance or at a night club, when someone asks them what they do, each of them can become Dance Evangelists by spreading the right message.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Going Around and Around

Waikele and Waipio are still in the developing stages of establishing a home life pattern. There is little night life in either place. Yes, a nice Chinese dinner now and then, is fine and it does happen quite often. But it ain’t Da Reel Teeng. A drinking oasis is critical, in spite of all those that are against drinking in general.

"Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth
is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee." 

When that time comes, in another five years, then they will have something that they can really call home. Waikiki? It is a very nice place to visit, now and then. but only every now and then. The traffic is terrible and there ain’t going to be anyway to fix that with Da Rail Mess.

We have developed "social" levels in "social" dancing. The uppercrust is definitely in charge. But as in any other social structure, everyone should know, they only represent a very small fraction of the total reader/dancers available.

"Hold Me" by Fleetwood Mac

Most of our dancers are happily in the Bronze, Silver levels and leave the higher to the Rootzi Tootzi "Exhibition and Competition Dancers." The common dancers (a much larger group) are our people and they are the readers or these blogs.

However, I am limited. I have uncovered the fact in my stats. I can reach hits somewhere in the 30s average per day, by myself, then I hit the law of diminishing returns and the upsurge slows to a crawl. So I need a Two-Center, desperately. However, too many out there do not even understand blogging so I must be patient and they will get around to being a Two-Center. (One willing to contribute their two cents.)

"Please Please Me" by the Beatles

With just one Guest Author that could blog 3 or 4 times per month, the hits would double, guaranteed. Waikele and Waipio, we await you in the Central Valley blog. Sorry, but private dance clubs went out with high button shoes.

Pub's Side Note: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Sunday, June 9, 2013


Yuridia Valenzuela Canseco

Whether you can speak Spanish or not, you will certainly admire the vocals of the best Mexican singers. Hearing them sing will put aside the language barrier, since the songs and the voices are much more important than that.

Yuri. A famous singer, actress and TV host, and definitely one of the 10 best Mexican singers that has been in the entertainment business for over thirty years. One of her most noted works is her album "Llena de Dulzura," (Full of Sweetness) that was very successful upon its release.

Yuri (born Yuridia Valenzuela Canseco on January 6, 1964) has maintained a significant presence in the entertainment business in Mexico for the last three decades. Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, she moved to Mexico City in 1977, for a career in entertainment. She proved that a change of hair color may enhance the Indian image.

"Llena De Dulzura" por Yuri

There are Western Waltzes, Ballroom Waltzes, Viennese Waltzes and Latin Waltzes. With exception of Western music, very little popular music is written in Waltz tempo. But coming up is the interest in Mexican Valses. Both in the three count and in the chassé. (You can dance Samba figures to it?)

In Viennese Waltz. avoid going up and down as in normal rise and fall of a regular Waltz step. The Viennese Waltz is known as the skater’s waltz. Think of a skater who slides smoothly across the ice - stay as smoothly as possible.

Plenty of dancers in this section but they prefer going to town.
Ain't nuttin else around.

Everyone is always talking about Waltz dancing, but the truth is there really are not that many Waltzes out there that anyone knows. The average person would be hard pressed to name 5 popular music Waltz tunes (non-western only). Or 5 Western Waltzes. Or 5 Movie Theme Waltzes. As a trivia question, see if you can name 10 Waltzes...any kind except for Austrian Waltzes (those are off-limits...oh, what the heck, you can include those too. It won't do you any good).

Pub's Side Note; Be sure to check in on the Town Dancer blog by Richie covering the Gardenia Circle Swing Dance featuring Pat Koh. a live music band. Also gives Gayle well deserved kudos.

"Dancing is the World’s Second Most Popular Indoor Sport"

The Whole Enchilada

I am getting some good viewpoints from the North Shore, the Waianae Coast and now the Windward side. And most accept that "Ballroom" is definitely not "in" anymore. The thing is most dancers are all perplexed as to what we do dance. Ha!

 "A day without sunshine is like, - well, - night." 

The Internationals wanted the term for themselves and have seized it as their very own and most social dancers are in complete agreement with them. The International Dancers may consider themselves the real ballroom dancers, and let us not deny, many are terrific dancers, let's face it. Meanwhile what do we dance? The terminology is still in process. It is definitely cultural dancing because it is in our culture.

The bulk of the dancers are in the social dance club scene, based on the American Style of Dance. And in Hawaii, it is mainly the Arthur Murray School methods. So the methods are stricter than on the Mainland where you also have the Fred Astaire School methods and alternate methods are taught. Fortunately we have some American Style teachers that really know what dancing is all about and many have had the courage to differ a little here and there. Just beautiful.

“She Bop” By Cyndi Lauper

The only problems have been in the development of our "better" dancers. Now comes the collusion between these good dancers and the dance teachers. "LAGS." Not many people know that it is Latest And Greatest Syndrome. Now you can figure and it is happening in the Night Club scene too.

However, for a while the Internationals were making big inroads in the Social Dance scene with entire clubs being founded with the sole intent to pursue the International style of dance. The peak went to the middle or late nineties when the term "Junk Dancer" arose and the decline of  the Internationals began.

The Night Club dancers are also loosely based on the American Style of Dance and differentiate themselves in that they are do not dance so strictly structured. And they are right. However, they are developing their own rootzi tootzis too. It is a very social and natural evolution.

"Lonely Weekends" by Charlie Rich

Then we have a big young crowd that will move to music in the simplest manner possible and acquire many movements by mental telepathy or something. They also have many sub groups in which there are many good developments. The ones that enjoy moving to the music, not the dancers, will be the ones to evolve into line dancing, nite club dance or cultural dance with a little structure for help. However the long established 30 year old barrier still exists. Don't fight it!

Mainland blogging narratives have presented us with a post "International" consideration of identity and power in our dance environment. At the moment the best defenders of the faith in Hawaii are our blogs for they help us to challenge social and cultural hierarchies and power structures.

The real power will be when we get the Guest Authors. The people of this island will dance the way they wish and will not be dictated to by the highest levels of the dance society that we have now. The DANCERS will understand that, in spite of the Creative Researchers And Producers, the dancers will prevail. There are just too many of them and more will be coming to get their two cents in.

Pub's Side Note; Be sure to check in on Richie's review in Town Dancer of the Gardenia Circle Swing Dance at the famous Palladium to Live Music of Pat Koh. Also gives well deserved credit to Gayle.