Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jargon 12

From the Bonehead's Guide to Ballroom Dancing Jargon

For the first few years of social club dancing and dance teachers, most will be learning steps and patterns so that most of the partners will be able to synchronize in their dance encounters on the dance floor. The lucky few that take line dancing will also be able to develop their own unique style identified with each dance. Dance teachers will differ so you should take Bronze with at least two different teachers and you will have one terrific beginning.

"Start where you are. No hurry, use what you have. Do what you can."

Hand Style: You hold your hand out and touch the thumb and the middle finger. Then you separate the fingers about an inch. That's close enough, you can vary it anyway you feel comfortable.

Harmony: The structure of the music in arrangement and modulation along with the Melody and the Vocals is of no interest to beginners. Later on you will learn to enjoy the entire thing.

Hawaiian: The extensive use of arm movements in the Latin dances, expecially the Hawaiian Sunrise, and the Hawaiian Sunset.

Hesitation: A pause in a movement with the weigh supported on one foot. In some places, also known as a HOLD.

Hold: The apparent aspect of the arms and body in relation to one's partner.

Horseshoe: A mixer type get acquainted dance usually at half time. Men line up on one side of the horseshoe and women on the other side and they meet in the middle and dance with whomever.

Hustle; Evolved from Rock couple dance in which the dancers face each other in contrast to Disco, where it can look like they are dancing with anybody. Began with the Latin Hustle in New York and many divergent ways. There are at least three well known types in heavy existence now.

Pub's Side Note: Many of these terms will be going into oblivion, and there will be new ones coming up all on their own. Perhaps there will be people that will revise and update this every couple years.

Destination Dream to Dance

It was the usual beautiful day in Nanakuli, the breezes coming and going, not too warm. I got most of what I had to do and  I left early, I had somethings to do in town. Gotta be town? The bus was comfortable "sitting room."

"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans."

So anyway I got to Dream to Dance Studio before nine pm. The early birds were there and the free dance class in Bachata was just starting.

Gave Rod his promotional USB from Town Dancer blog. And looked around for a good camera person. Debby was willing and she seemed to be picking up on the action. If she could get a few shots, (I can photoshop a little) and a quote or two we have a nice blog.

I took some pictures on my own with the bad camera and made the mistake of not opening up the lens manually, every time. Still fuzzy, but now at home I checked and it still had lubricant on the lens. I thought that for some reason or another I would never be a photographer. Maybe there is still a small chance I can take some pictures.

"Ven Devorame Otra Vez" by Azucar Moreno

So it was fuzzier on the right side
Blogs will usually cover two or three functions on the mainland in one evening and they are all friends, however I would rather have one blog for one function and try to fit as much as I can in each one.

Rod starts the Salsa right on time at nine and people keep coming in. Mostly people that I don't know, but this is the Salsa  crowd. And soon they have nice party going. It looked like Debby was taking some good pictures so I decided to leave the camera and perhaps she could email me the good pictures.

I was going to try to make the ten pm bus to Nanakuli, so I left fifteen minutes before, I had to bike it to Ala Moana, and make sure I got a bike rack. Got there with plenty time and the bus was at its parking place and waiting for the time. I asked the lady driver if I could put the bike on the rack now. She said OK, and then I walked over to the boarding spot. I put the ice into my "Time Solution" and by the time I got on the bus I was feeling nice.

They have some nice drivers on the #40 bus, but Present Rail Party sure screws up that line, packed solid. But as those Mainlanders say, "They are mostly ethnics, and they don't count."

Now, I hope Debby emails a few quotes and a few photos. I can squeeze'em in.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Central America and Tango

After WWII, Central America evolves into the dictator political process with the approval of the US.. In the fifties, we had Camelot in Nicaragua. Tachito (Jr.) on the right, graduates from West Point gets married and returns to Nicaragua as heir apparent of the Somoza dictatorship, with the blessings of the US. And Tango became the dance of the rich.

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

Today throughout the world there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), Finnish tango, Chinese tango, and in the Pacific region, the developing Filipino Tango.

What many consider to be the authentic tango is that closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay, though other types of tango have developed into mature dances in Competitions. It is quite amazing to see so many people in the West dancing Tango and several different types too.

"The infinite tango takes me towards everything."
~ Jose Luis Borges

Tango is a social dance form originating in South America from the Indian Milonga. Mainly in the Southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina areas. The musical styles that evolved together with the dance are also known as "tango" though more frequently as "Milonga."

Early tango (1890s) was known as tango criollo, or Milonga-Tango. Music and dance elements of tango are popular in activities related to dancing, such as figure skating, synchronized swimming, etc. And because of its dramatic feeling and its cultural associations with romance and love, one of the most famous is "Jealousy" composed by a Danish Jew, Jacob Gade, violinist.

Ricardo Vidori:
To be a milonguero, first of all you have your own style of dancing. It means that you have a unique feeling for the music, rhythm, cadence and embrace. When you have all this, the music invades your body and mind and then, only then, the chemistry begins that really makes you transmit to your partner as if both were talking, whispering, sliding on the floor with sacadas, corridas, turns, dancing only one for the other, not for the people.

In that moment, when both are listening to the magic of the music, the skin of one in the skin of the other, the smell, the touch produces the miracle of something like a mantra, and the ying and the yang is there!!! We are dancing tango!!!

Pub's Side Note: We do not cover enough Tango in these blogs. Check out Richie Fun in Town Dancer. Nice write up on Bruce and Yoko Wee. We may have the real thing on Oahu.

Chis And Cat

I've got my Saturday planned out and I just emailed Debby.  I won't have too leave to early. Dream to Dance Salsa doesn't start until 8:30 free classes. I will take three cameras and hope to get some photos from a couple people. Whoever can operate the camera, just click it and get two pictures of the same people. There is always the best one. The main thing is their viewpoint. Quotes from anyone will also help flower up the blog and the reader/dancers may be pleased. It is all in the hits. In blogging it is "No hits, No use."

"Education and knowledge makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive;
easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."

From Huggo's, On the Rocks, the Big Island
We don't have enough news about Tango in any of our blogs, however check into the latest Town Dancer blog. Richie Fun gives a good write up on Bruce and Yoko Wee and their Tango Dance agenda. Could be interesting for a lot of you.

"Movers," as applied to us, is beginning to sound a little more acceptable to me. Deluxe Dancers learn to dance thousands of different steps and patterns and look for more. They should have the right to do all the tricks they wish. But we do not have to be included in the group. We are just "movers" and enjoy moving to our favorite music.

Twenty, thirty different moves that are easily led and easily followed is all that is needed. It is in the music, the rest is social interaction. And we can enjoy the music live or canned. With live dance music, our pre dance social, and our intermission socials are appreciated for the lack of music. And when we hear the music start again we enjoy it far more than most people. For those accustomed to putting their ear buds on in the morning and taking them off in the evening it is something else and they too have the right to do that. Just don't tell us that we are wrong because we don't do that.

"A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum

We got a good follow up of the Filipino Fiesta Dance in Wahiawa. It was sponsored by the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Aunty Maile sent us some terrific pictures which made for a very interesting Oahu West blog. Check them out, the hits already going through the roof. The results should be good for everyone. The West is on a roll for bringing out the best in our fellow dancers.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Block Party in Texas

The largest music block party in Tejano history unfolded at Market Square with the 2012 Tejano Music Awards Fanfair. Dozens and dozens of new artists were showcased on several stages throughout the annual three-day showcase.

While the awards are better known, it is the Fanfair that got all the attention as hundreds of younger artists vie for a chance to get noticed, to get new fans and/or get signed. And while some veteran Tejano bands may get jaded, the younger artists go all out to impress, playing with renewed energy and vigor.

There were also artists already carving out careers such as Veronica y Avance, Sonidos del Barrio, Candace Vargas, Natajja, Jorge Moreno, Los Matadores, Monica Castro and Ilyssa Saenz. Groups traveling from far away states including New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, California Colorado and Michigan.  Veronica Flores, a finalist for La Doble De Selena and TengoTalento Mucho Talento, also appearing.

"Se Acabo" por Lucia Mendez

Eddie Gonzales
There were also be some well-known artists including David Olivares, Sunny Sauceda, Stefani Montiel, Gary Hobbs,  Raulito Navaira, Albert Zamora, Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz, Jay Perez, Shelly Lares, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jaime y Los Chamacos.

The TMA Fan Fair started on Friday, for three full days through Sunday, offering non-stop live Tex-Mex Music on seven stages. More than 100 bands in total are scheduled. Some fans attending from Mexico City?

In other activities, a special dedication of the Selena commemorative stamp, part of the Latin Music Legends Series was unveiled at Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair Friday, during the opening ceremonies beginning at noon.

"Si Vuelves Tu" por Edyie Gorme

The TMA Fanfair also offer food and beverage booths as well as
shopping in the Mercado area.

Pub's Side Note: Ordinary Communication Media; To whom it may concern, one way, newsletters, email flyers, web sites. They do their job but nuttin' like a blog.

Dancing Other Places

I have heard or read little items of the Hula being danced in Japan. But I am beginning to believe they like it over there. Found this among the posters from Japan. Japanese ladies dancing the Hula.

"Blogger Law #68C: Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

Hula is the soul of Hawaii expressed in motion. No one knows its exact origins but Hawaiians have many tales that agree that the first hula was performed by a god or goddess which makes the dance a sacred ritual.

Hula was danced in Hawaii for hundreds of years as a sacred ritual before the missionaries arrived to show them the missionary position. Naturally, it was relegated to being a somewhat distasteful item on any party agenda by the missionaries.

During the 19th century, the hula almost vanished. King David Kalakaua is generally regarded as saving it during the late 1800's, when as King he could form his own troupe and encouraged the dancers to learn the old hula. Since that time it has progressed slowly forward because there have always been decedents along the way.

"Dancing is just discovery, discovery, discovery."
~Martha Graham

"A Complete Life Depends On What It Was Lived For"

No one ever told me that they had belly dancing in the Philippines. Perhaps just to tell me it was illegal or something like that. Actually Belly dance is a Western-coined name for a traditional Middle Eastern dance, especially raqs sharqi. Then the term "Belly dance" is a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part in raqs sharqi being the hips. (The Hula?) Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style; and new styles have been invented in the West as its popularity has spread globally.

* Raqs sharqi (literally "oriental dance") is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

"My Generation" by The Who

* Raqs baladi, (literally "dance of country", or "folk" dance) is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings.

This blog will come as a surprise to those that have been taught that they dance "correctly," without any qualification to that dictum. Some people don't realized what a small cog we are in the entire world of dance. Meanwhile I have to drop into a little Salsa on Saturday at the Dream To Dance.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Follow Up on the Ohana

I am planning more carefully now in my old age. The specter of dementia or stroke looms and I have at least half a dozen things that are wrong with me. Fortunately, the VA is a big help and I rarely get depressed and lucky too, that I always have some of my Nectar of the Gods available.

"To err is human, but at least make new mistakes."

I am very pleased to see the Ohana occasion developing very nicely in the last three months. Now, I know I have to stay longer and get those precious pictures of five, six people and at least the first names. Then I forgot about getting quotes. I was busy showing people the invitation to my granddaughter's up and coming wedding.

"Golden Tango" by Andy Ross

The long boring trip back to Nanakuli has been my biggest deterrent. But my musical videos have made it more pleasant and even better yet with a little of the Nectar of Gods. Just a little sip now and then. It is always surprising, "I am home already!"

Now, I will plan on going to Dream to Dance studio on Saturday and that doesn't start until nine. So no out of it, I must stay late and if I can get the 11 pm bus, I can get home by 1 am. Not too bad if I have my computer and my "Time Solution."

Just like Twitter, only Biggah and Bettah

The Bar Scene in town:

He finds his friend in the bar with a sad face. "So,whassup so bad, buddy?"
And his friend replied, "You remember in June my Auntie Rose died and left me 50 thousand dollars."
"Yeah man, you should be happy."

"Wait, then in July, my uncle John died and left me 40 thousand dollars."
"Yeah man, you should be even more happy."

"Wait, then in August, my cousin Fred died and left me 45 thousand dollars."
'So it seem to me you got it made."

'Yeah but, this month nothing.!"

This blog going to go all the way to Makaha?

Pub's Side Note: To our reader/dancers, please consider yourselves, now and henceforth, and no matter what anyone ever asks of you, free to do any damned thing you want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else unnecessarily.

Jargon 11

From the booklet, "The Bonehead's Guide to Ballroom Dancing Jargon."

As they progress up the various levels, dancers begin to really accept that they are "dancers." They have learned the different styles, the different music and the different rhythms. They adapt themselves more easily to some dances than others. They feel their oats.

But it is peculiar status.  What had they been doing before, when they thought they were dancing? Then something else kicks in and they think they are better than anyone else and their way is the only correct way to dance and perhaps should be engraved on stone. The official competitions await for a few. Some are satisfied they are the best without having to prove it elsewhere.

"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."

The Jargon continues:

Flamenco: Andulusian folk dance known for heel drumming and castanets. The name dates from the Spanish occupation of Flanders and is recognized as the original Paso Doble.

Floorcraft: The art of dancing without running into somebody. It requires knowledge, not only of where you and your partner will be but also where the other dancers will be in the next pattern.

Follow: The lady partner interprets correctly the particular step or figure that the leader wishes to execute. And most ladies are marvels at it.

Foxtrot: An American Original  in 4/4 time, and usually danced smooth and slow. Has three natural step rhythms.

Glide: A smooth movement usually forward with the foot skimming the floor.

Gold Division: The most advance level of step patterns in the Syllabi of the Dance Societies.

Guiro: A long notched gourd that is played by running a stick up and down, making scratching sounds. Becoming obsolete in Latin Music which had contributed to its distinctive sound. Mostly due to DJs and our modern music makers.

Pub's Side Note; Just got the invitation to the wedding of my granddaughter Theresa in November. Sounds like the entire family will be there and then some. In California.

Derailed Again

May 28, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland.

The Baltimore Train Derailment Pictures
Are Terrifying

A derailed train just outside the hub of Baltimore sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky Tuesday afternoon that could be seen from downtown, as buildings shook from miles away and residents feared the worst from schools and office buildings across the city.

When it happens on Oahu, there will be many more killed and injured because the train will fall on so many people. But the Present Rail Party has got to make those Big Bucks with whatever lies are necessary. It's the Money, Sonny.

 Ten times cheaper and five times more efficient than the Rail Tragedy. But, what do we know,? it's the Loot, Klute.

The local CBS station reports that a cargo train went off the tracks around 2 p.m. in the Rosedale area of Baltimore. There have been no injuries reported so far, but things are still early. The Baltimore Sun reports hazardous material teams are on the scene. The Sun is also reporting several buildings collapsed after the explosion happened.

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals. Just keep your eye on Ewa Bus Stop and Oahu West blogs. They will be moving up.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Destination HBDA OHana

Whatta nice Friday in Nanakuli. I can see the homeless out my back window up for a rise of over a mile. All peaceful. Checked my email on my computer and then checked my snail mail down stairs. Things are all right. Then I got my box of solar lights delivered by Fed Ex in the afternoon, just beautiful.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference."

Got ready early and got the bus right on time at 4:30 and it had a empty bike rack. Had to wait in town for the first bus going in the direction of the Palladium. Finally got the #3 bus, hadn't gotten that one in a long time, but now with my bike, I get the opportunity. Nice ride from Kapahulu and Kapiolani and I got to the famous Palladium by 6:30. Not bad.

A half dozen people on the Lanai but not too many inside - still early. Mike and Lorrie Chun  arriving at the same time. Awfully nice people at the reception table. Met Paul Billington and Charlene In, and gave Paul one of the cameras. Met Julie Hall, and told her about the camera. Later Kevin caught up and I gave him the other camera. He does very well. I don't know much about Ipads but his sure looked good when he tried to get the Oahu West blog. Magic.

The reception table, but somehow I had turned the flash off. 
So it was not Kevin's fault. We all learn.

Went around said hello wherever and got a photo now and then of the dance floor. It was beginning to get a little more danceable. (that is more people dancing) Seem like it is more fun if there are more people.

Kevin got a nice shot of the beginning at entrance side of the Palladium. Then a terrific shot
of the Ballroom from the Stage Side. Hey, who says we can't learn?

Norma and Yvonne Oshiro arrived and I showed them my invitation to a wedding. Beryl came in shortly after. We had some nice laughs. These are all good Kapolei people. Come on Kapolei, it only takes me 3 days to get here on the Bus. And there were some Pearlridge Chapter members too. Manoa starting to attend too. It is getting better.

He got the Flash back on, and maybe next time we can get first names.
Will go into the slide shows easily.

Calvin and Debra came in Later and I gave them their promotional USB, with some music or vids. Then Candido and Yvonne, nice group congregating. I hope Calvin and Debra have some ideas for the USB drives. Maybe just dump'em.

I had to try my hand, and I am learning too. Perhaps next time I can try taking the
"deluxe" photos, five or six people. Those fit easily into the slide show in
Ewa Bus Stop and Dancing in the Dark blogs.

Had to leave in time to get the last C (express) bus at 8:35 Ala Moana. I could get home before ten. Or if I missed, then I could get the 9 pm #40 bus and get home at eleven. And I took no "time solution" so I would be sober all the way to Nanakuli. Everything turned up fine and I got home at ten. However I will seriously have to think about staying later and getting in a few more dances and some quotes from the dancers.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cha Cha Cha

By Frankie Gayuacan, Pearl City.
Only because I have been dancing Cha Cha Cha for the last 30 years, that I can see we are gradually dancing Cha Cha Cha to other music than Cha Cha Cha. Why? Because you can dance Cha Cha Cha to it. That is much different than you gotta dance Cha Cha Cha. Most DJs do not understand. Which is understandable.

"Dance is poetry written for the feet, read by the heart, and destined for the soul."

The cha-cha-cha, or simply cha-cha, is the name of a dance of Cuban origin. The rock step of the original inhabitants came with them from Mexico. You thought the Caribbeans were created in the Caribbean? It developed into a semi line dance resembling the modern Mambo. With the new Spanish influence, the Indian dance developed into the slower bolero-son ("rumba") that was exported to the US and was always danced on the second beat. The person "broke" (began) on the accent which was the second beat.

Most of the music in the Caribbean evolved accenting the second beat and starting the rock step on the second beat. How about the Beguine? or the Calypso, the Rumba? All Same. When the Rumba was exported the old fast rumba went back to the sticks and the Mambo evolved from there. Then the new rhythm was developed from the danzón with syncopation of the fourth beat.

'Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

It is danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín in 1953. Many versions of how the name came about but generally, derived from the rhythm of the güiro (scraper) and the shuffling of the dancers' feet.

First, there is in existence film of 1950s Orquesta Jorrin playing to a cha-cha-cha dance contest in Cuba; second, the rhythm of the Benny More classic Santa Isabel de las Lajas written and recorded at about the same time is quite clearly syncopated on the fourth beat.

Cha-cha-cha is best danced to authentic Cuban or Latin music, or to Latin Pop or Latin Rock. But Country has their versions that do not even faintly resemble Latin. The Cuban cha-cha-chá is more sensual and may involve complex polyrhythms. So that the 1, 2 and 3 maybe syncopated also. And you can cha cha cha wherever you please, just enjoy the real cha cha cha. ****

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


From the Dance Rag, 2002:
The character of the dance establishes the styling technique. Rise and Fall in Waltz has a natural and graceful rise and fall because of the pressure on the one count and relaxing on the two and three counts. Yet, in Foxtrot there is little rise and fall, and the dancers just glide across the floor.

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a person's growth
without destroying their roots."

Though the two dances share many figures, those figures will be danced differently for each of the two dances. Applying the appropriate technique to capture the character of each dance, rather than the blindly trying a "one size fits all" approach, is one of the most joyful aspects of leaning to dance.

Finally, there is the technique associated with each figure -the "heels and toes,' amount of turn, sway etc. However, what is often overlooked is that these are actually descriptions of what the finish product should look like, not prescriptions for how to achieve it. Many instructors teach by the book, but most instructors discourage students from referring directly to a technique book because it was never intended to be a teaching manual.

"You're The One That I Want" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

The technique described in books were developed by watching good dancers perform and describing the result. Without a trained instructor to provide information about the actual method of achieving these results, the technique books can seem overly legalistic and extremely cryptic. It's understandable that someone whose exposure to "technique" consists of dealing directly with a book would have a bad image of technique.

So, whether you are a recreational or competition dancer, dancing is about enjoying yourself. Dancing technique is not meant to take away from your enjoyment, its purpose is to enhance it! The more you understand about the categories of technique, the more enjoyable dancing will be to you, and the more enjoyable you will be to dance with. ****

Pub's Side Note: At the very least most of the Internationals are becoming aware that there are two groups, on this Island consistently producing the best International dancers. By the same token, there are two worst groups. Do we know? We don't, but for those in the know, the proof is in the pudding. We are talking competition dancing here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Dance Club?

Yes, I heard the rumor and it seems to be two different groups. I am not certain if it will be in Kalihi or Salt Lake. I am hoping for Salt Lake, because of the high density of residents and because we have so many potential dancers in the area all the way from Kalihi to the Stadium. It should be far enough away from the Rail Fiasco. A natural Dance Club with both groups having a definite preference for the American Style of dancing

"Always" By Atlantic Starr

There are plenty of Dance Clubs already in town that have the preference for the International Style of dance. And they certainly have the right to promote their style. But now a Dance Club for the American Style of Dance? Unheard of!

Perhaps it has never before been seen on the Island of Oahu. But then what do I know? I do know that this has been desired from ten - fifteen years back when the term "junk dancer" arose. But now in the West looms a horse of a different color. And we can thank our lucky stars that we have so many good American Style Dancers. Some of the best in the Nation.

"Dance To The Music Of Your Dreams"

Another good idea, is that anyone can be a class A member. You take classes when you want and you go to the socials when you wish, and generally are just member in good standing like most in other clubs. Then you can, if you wish but only if you wish, volunteer to be a Class AA member, same price.

Class AA members may help in everything they can to make the club a better place to enjoy. The officers and board members are picked from this group and they can resign at a moments notice, by just turning in their Class AA card for a regular.There will be special cards printed for the Class AA members. They will be the "Kahunas," and gradually acquire other benefits and it will be all up front.