Thursday, February 27, 2014

They Know?

These people on the Mainland sure know how to use their blogs. Dancing is packed all over, but you can see they don't keep it a secret. Only for their private members? Ha! They are willing to share with their fellow dancers.


"The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva

"Psychotic Reaction" by the Count Five

"Touch Me" by the Doors

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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Viña Del Mar

Viña del Mar, meaning "Vineyard by the Sea"), is a city on central Chile's Pacific coast. Its long stretches of white sandy beaches are a major attraction for national and international tourists. Known as "La Ciudad Jardín" ("The Garden City"), Viña del Mar is a Chilean Municipality.

The Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Spanish: Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar) is a music festival held annually during February since 1960. Mostly in Spanish but a small portion of the music is in Portuguese and others. It is considered the most important musical event in the Americas, and attended by people all over the world.

The Festival features a song competition on two categories (pop music song and folk song), interspersed with performances by international music stars from around the world, encompassing such diverse genres as rock, pop music in various languages, merengue, salsa, reggaetón, bachata and others. The event takes place in the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, and has been broadcast for Chilean television over the years by TVN, Canal 13, Megavisión or Chilevisión.

"The past is but a ghost. We don't have just now - we also
have a dream for the future."

Monday, February 24, 2014

Not Destructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is a communication technique intended to identify and find solutions to problems in a positive way. Anyone can use the strategy, although professionals can provide more thorough analysis in many cases.

“We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly because there are few who can
 endure frank criticism without being stung by it. Those who venture to criticize us perform
a remarkable act of friendship, not undertake to wound or offend”

It may be applied to a group or an individual's behavior. People respond to the method differently based on their own experiences, preferences and psychology, but a good, well-timed delivery can make a person more receptive to the message. Definitely not same as from the Creative Researchers And Producers.

This type of analysis often is associated broadly with work that people do, especially in fields such as dance. People also use it when they look at behavior and try to avoid the clique structure that usually exists. Although experts in a particular area might be able to give a more thorough analysis, it is not necessary to be a professional to apply this technique. Friends and parents, for example, use it to guide loved ones through tough periods or help them develop certain behaviors or skill sets.

Unlike general criticism that is negative, a constructive analysis, builds someone up. It identifies at least one problem and gets a person to think about what caused the issue. It also invites them to find possible solutions to whatever is going wrong. By promoting problem solving and self-improvement, it advances a person to the next level of behavior or achievement. It is happening in our dance circles now.

"I Can See For Miles" by The Who

This type of analysis often is associated broadly with work a person does, especially in fields such as dance. People also use it when they look at behavior. Although experts in a particular area might be able to give a more thorough analysis, it is not necessary to be a professional to apply this technique. Friends and parents, for example, use it to guide loved ones through tough periods or help them develop certain behaviors or skill sets.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Train Derailed, Pennsylvania

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards.

There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track and crashed into a nearby industrial building at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift.'=

They had guaranteed ten years ago that it could not happen again. Investigations are ongoing, they are almost sure on some things.

Nineteen of the derailed cars were carrying oil, four of which spilled between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of oil, Norfolk Southern said. The leaks have since been plugged. The two other derailed tank cars held liquefied petroleum gas.

The train, which originated in Chicago, was destined for an asphalt plant in Paulsboro, New Jersey, owned by NuStar, a NuStar spokeswoman said.

Fortunately we have been guaranteed that is cannot happen here.
Could fall on a lot of people.

The clean-up was under way on Thursday as a heavy winter storm gathered pace, leaving about 4 inches of snow on the ground by midday Thursday. An investigator from the Federal Railroad Administration was en route to the scene, the railroad regulator said.

"I heard a strange noise, a hollow, screeching sound," said Ray Cochran, who watched the train derail from his home on a hill above the tracks. "I looked out the window and saw three or four tankers turn over and one of them ran into the building."

Thursday, February 20, 2014

1700s continued

These were turbulent times throughout the world. The rich would no longer bleed the colonies of whatever, and the Declaration of Independence came in 1776.

“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those
who will not admit they are wrong.”

Which way da bus going? The kids got it right away,
In France ten years later, popular resentment of the privileges enjoyed by the rich grew amidst an economic crisis following two expensive wars and years of bad harvests, motivating demands for change.The rich (naturally) wanted more and the French People were not going to take it anymore. Sound familiar?

The French Revolution (from 1789 to 1799) was a period of radical social and political upheaval in all of Europe that profoundly affected modern history, marking the decline of powerful monarchies and churches and the rise of democracy and nationalism. The rich would no longer dance in those big beautiful ballrooms which they had built.

And the masses all over the world still danced.

In modern times we have had many introductions to new kinds of music and dancing. Musicians and dancers have always been a fun crowd. In the 1800s the French in the US developed much French Culture into the native Indian music and dance in Louisiana. And when New Orleans became the capitol, Mardi Gras became that special day. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc.
In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the "Mardi Gras Act," making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana, which it still is. And one of these days it will become an important part of Oahu dancing.

Where is the big dance on Oahu?
Answer to da puzzle:
The kids could not see the doors, so it must be the way it is going.

Contact, Arthur Murray Dance Center

Finally made good contact with Arthur Murray Studios. Hard to convince people that a blog is an "addition to" whatever and not an "instead of."

"Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. - Always."

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Many of our readers/dancers were born on this island and also born into the same "dance world." As time went on, some conformed to their "dance world." Others refused. Instead, they took what was handed to them and made it fit their idea of what the dance world ought to be. They changed, became social dancers and many are still changing.

Now there a more public forum available for dance information, the blog. These blogs require unique and independent opinions that can be shared on a blog site and are evolving more effectively than anything else on earth. The dancers have more choices and will make better decisions.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oahu is moving

In spite of the Rail Disaster, the best news I have heard so far is that, someone is seriously contemplating an industrial park in Waimanalo. People could be going to work when most people would be going the other way. They would be coming home the same way, the others would be going in a different direction. And many could be home in a few minutes instead of being stuck in the Honolulu Traffic mess which is going to get even worse. There may be some good thinking people that wish to continue living in paradise, before they get stuck with a Rail Disaster like the other side making millions of dollars in profits for somebody.

Beautiful Waipio Industrial Park, built before the Present Rail Party could vote it down.

"The citizens are becoming able to concentrate on a dedicated infrastructure in a delimited area to reduce the per-business expense of that infrastructure. And be able to attract new business by providing an integrated infrastructure in one location." Terrible English isn't it but the perfect example of good results is the Waipio Industrial Park. And an old expression from Waianae applies very nicely. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"It may be that nothing so deceives your adversaries as telling them the truth."

Then I have another problem, as the instigator of all this mess, I have to start weaning my best blogs out of my control. The junk blogs will remain mine. And the only way is to get more Guest Authors. They do not have to have a degree in Journalism. All they have to do is have something to say  and make it plain, simple and to the point.

"Gloria" by Them / Shadows Of Knight

Social Media is something we are all in process of learning. And Town Dancer is the biggest most read blog on these islands. When it gets more Guest Authors it will not need me any more and we can make it Independent. And I can dedicate myself to the junk blogs.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

1700s in the Americas

Apparently there was a beginning of partner ballroom dancing in 1700s in Europe but it was strictly local and not the same music and dance nationwide yet. But in the Americas, there was a very definite evolution of a new music and some partner dancing from the original Indian music fused by outside influences. New music acquired the term Latin. The heaviest influence from Europe was Spanish but French and Portuguese too for a total of less than 1%.

“Perfection is not attainable - but if we chase perfection,
we can catch excellence."
The Negros were still slaves, and from different parts of Africa. Many were not able to speak the same language and had difficulty understanding each other. A pidgin Spanish developed so that it could facilitate their understanding of each. Eventually many learned the Spanish language. Contrary to some written histories they did not bring their African drums with them. They learned drumming the Indian way.

Rough national areas were formed, with Brazil and Mexico being the biggest. Colonial intra shipping evolved along with their pirates and sailors traveling all over specially in the Caribbean. Most of the Sailors were Mestizos and became real dance fusion instigators of the lower class (Latin) music and dance and helped to standardize the dance over the entire Caribbean.

At the end of the 1700s, the US had already got their independence (1776) and now it was Latin America's turn.

"Volver" by Julio Iglesias

Latin dance is popular the world over for its flair, drama, and sensuality. Latin music is bright, passionate and soulful, and has an infectious beat that invites everyone to the dance floor, regardless of skill. Great Latin dancers are a joy to watch, and Latin dance has become a popular category of competitive ballroom dancing. Very solid foundations with a few favorites for the conservative but thousands of fusion derivations are being done every day.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Getting Better

The North Shore blog is gone and the Eastside Dancing blog is being phased out and should be deleted by the end of the month. The one good thing is that when they are deleted no one will miss them. The reader/dancers have decided. The HBDA Chapters remain on a private basis and Arthur Murray Web site seems to be the same. Too difficult to copy the information that I would have posted free of charge. Tough.

"Success in life, in anything, depends upon the number of persons that
one can make themselves agreeable to."

Once we start to understand the problems our audience face, we should be able to find a way to solve those problems. In this case there is not much we can do but keep giving the reader/dancers the dance information, - have more patience and wait for feedback.

 "Crazy" by Patsy Cline

Eastside Dancing could have been saved if we had got MS Molly 808 or if Dance Hawaii could have gotten their dance classes in Hawaii Kai going. Whatevah, these blogs are still evolving and the one clear advantage is the Two Center when and if we get one. The rest of the reader/dancers will know that we offered - and there were no takers.

The hits are arriving slowly but the evidence is there in spite of the scam spam robot hits that just mess up the whole works. Of course, the real advance is when we get that very special Two-Center willing to stick his two cents in this blog to make the reader/dancers happy. A little information of the local dance scene and a couple photos. Wow! And the news in this sector is lacking, very much so.

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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

1600s In the Americas

This was the time of development, towns and cities, Mestizos, mixed, half, quarter, eighths and combos. The Spanish led and the Mestizo followed. The villages remained pretty much Indian. And there was a fusion of little Spanish bits and pieces into the local Indian styles. But with Ten Million original inhabitants you are not going to make any big changes to their regular culture.

"There are a terrible lot of lies evolving about history,
and the worst of it is that half of them are true."

But it is quite certain that by the 1600s, there was a distinct culture evolving. There were some that were the great, great grand children of the original Mestizos. This new fusion was applied specially in music and dance, developing throughout the entire Latin Sector, Mexico more than the others, South America, Central America and the Caribbean were not far behind. The Negros were still slaves but they were picking up on this new music and dance.

"Ojos Verdes" by Placido Domingo

Indian music and dance but somewhat modified by the Spanish influence, this slow Fusion was more in the big towns and cities that were developing. By the end of the 1600s the name Latin emerged out of nowhere. Latin music for the new music, and Latin dancing for the new dancing. Very subtle but there it was and it had nothing to do with Latin.

Centuries Later:
Fusion Dancing became specially true in the Latin Dances. In the US, dancing in the early 1900s was taken over and reprocessed by the professionals, and many into oblivion. Fortunately many of the basics remain. Now take Rumba which evolved in the Caribbean with the fusion of the local dances and the Spanish bolero. The local had been danced fast, the Spanish bolero was slow, and a new fused "Son" was at midways in speed emerged, and the old Rumba was relegated back to the sticks. What was exported was not the Rumba but the Son.

Fusion, change and interpretation were different all over. A good example was the Rumba basic step. The original Caribbean was the rock step and a slow step in the Indian style and used throughout the Caribbean in many dances, the Calypso, Beguine, Montuno etc. Also the slow step with a two count Toe, Heel, very  predominant move in North American Indian dancing. Instead of just jumping up and down, they toed on one count and the full foot on the next count. The English picked up on the rock step but most everything else was designed for the European dancers.

In the US. Arthur Murray. having the advantage of knowing more about dancing than anyone, did not like the rock step, specially because it began on the two count. And for sure those heathens did not know anything about dancing. So for the American audience he designed the basic square step, Slow, Quick, Quick that began on the one count. And it is still taught in all the Arthur Murray studios including Oahu.

However Fred Astaire began his studios shortly thereafter and he used the same basic square step,  Arthur Murray took him to the Courts and he won. (what do the judges know about dancing?) So Fred Astaire changed his square step to Quick, Quick, Slow and got away with it. To this day that is the way it is taught in their dance studios. If we get a Fred Astaire studio on Oahu, they will use Quick, Quick, Slow. And they both teach American Style of Dance. I think.

Then about 30 years ago, fusion brought in another basic to the American Rumba, the original Caribbean Rock Step and the Slow, Toe Heel. And it is being taught on the mainland now as an alternative basic. On Oahu it is seen rarely and only in Night Clubs. Since Rumba is considered the best music and the best movements ever devise by man, it will standardize somewhere. It is not a fad dance.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kakaako Action

Debby sent us a nice poster and it looks very interesting. Perhaps it would help some of our readers and/or their friends. Communication to our reader/dancers is of utmost importance.

We have no news yet on the new studio but she may send us something soon.

"Experience is the name we give our mistakes."

Pau Hana Party in Kakaako

Three ways for anyone to get on these blogs.

First and easiest is through the Comments on each blog. From there I have the moderation privileges. Some times, closed due to excessive spam.

Second is by sending an email and that is usually easiest for longer comments and perhaps a photo or two, that could appear in a blog. These are also known as Two Centers, willing to share their two cents for the benefit of the reader/dancers.

Third is by being a Guest Author where you can open, write, post photos etc and get out without asking permission from anyone. Whenever you feel ready for it, just ask.

"What we give you is nothing, compared to what we hope for you."

Monday, February 10, 2014

Is there a Latin Music?

In the 1500s, many of the lower class Spanish would mingle with the Indians and many found a new home among them. They of course learned the music and dance of their new homeland and sometimes they might make a movement in dancing in a more comfortable way for them. Then it might or might not be adopted by the locals. There are no records and it happened over centuries.

"Never stop learning because life never stops teaching."

This is a new world we live in - the 21st century.

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 and is the least expensive PR.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fusion Is Connecting

We wrote it up a couple years back and then out here in the middle of the Pacific we never heard much about them again.  It seems to be sure that the Fusion Exchange is headed for International recognition. This year’s event venue was held at The Curtis hotel in Downtown Denver on January 10-12, 2014, and it was a huge success – with over 700 dancers from all over the US (and abroad) and they danced for three straight days

"Carpe Dancem (seize the dance)"

The Fusion Exchange has developed a reputation for being one of the most professionally run and innovative dance events in the United States. Every year, the Fusion Exchange offers something new. This year, attendees enthusiastically enjoyed dancing to music specifically composed for the Fusion Exchange.

This year, they have many seasoned instructors who are making their first appearances at a Fusion Exchange to bring new, inspiring, and challenging classes. Plus, all classes and dances will be held at one venue specifically designed for dancing.

"When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge

Oahu dancers generally, may not accept much of this. But let's face it, many of our American Style Dance instructors know their dancing and have been applying these new principles for years. They had few disciplinary taboos and could go with their own gut opinions. And we have the results with some the best dancers anywhere.

Why Fusion?

Because Fusion tells us it's okay to break out of that box we've been dancing in. And the box is just fine if you want to be a Competition Dancer. No hu hu. They have many good solid reasons for their type of dance and furthermore their type of dance must be judged by the same rules. Sounds fair enough to me.

But it is different in our kind of dancing, just to be free to follow your heart, your emotions, and your feet in social partner dancing. This has been happening for centuries. The Fusion Exchange challenges dancers to broaden their love of dance to incorporate many different dance styles in order to embody all the sounds and rhythms the music has to offer. When was the last time you did a cross body lead in the Waltz?

 "I'm A Believer" by The Monkees

Whether blues, tango, swing, west coast swing, salsa, pop, hip-hop, trip-hop, or music that incorporates sounds from all these genres and more. Every dancer is challenged to "dance outside the box" and use their dance backgrounds and lessons learned in classes to break down barriers and understand that you can dance to practically anything. It is a celebration of individual expression, and sharing that experience with others through social dance.

"The best of things in life is to learn. You can lose money, health or property
but what you have committed your mind to is yours forever."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Mestizo

From both indigenous American and European accounts and documents, American civilizations at the time of European encounter possessed many impressive attributes, having populous cities, and having developed theories of astronomy and mathematics.

"Those who learn but do not think, are lost! Those who think
but do not learn - are in great danger."

Where they persist, the societies and cultures which gave rise to these civilizations continue to adapt and evolve; they also uphold various traditions and practices which relate back to these earlier times, even if combined with those more recently adopted.

Thousand of dances were danced in the Americas when the first illegals arrived in 1492. There is not much recorded. The Europeans were not interested in dance, they were interest in gold. The first marked difference between Latin America and North America was that in North America the main body from Europe were families. Husband, wife and kids. The Indians remained very separate.

In Latin America, only men arrived and new ethnic group was created nine months later with the birth of hundreds of Mestizos. (mixed.) Of course it went farther than that and there were quarter and eighth and even more mixed up deals. The word Mestizo is used very rarely in this century and most people in Latin America consider themselves Latinos second to being of their own country.

  Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. ~Henry David Thoreau

 And the "Latin" beat goes on, getting more complicated every day.

Dance Class and Party

What: Class, Open Bar, Dance Practice
When: Thursday 6PM-9PM

"Some people succeed because they are destined. Most succeed because they are determined."

Dance Your way to the Salsa Beat

Learn how to salsa dance and expand your social circle at the same time at Zack's Dance Loft happy hour dance party. Teacher Zack will conduct a salsa lesson for complete beginner dancers. After the lesson, socialize and practice with Zack and your fellow students while enjoying complementary wine and spirits.

The Dance

Salsa is a popular social dance throughout the world. Salsa dancing can be divided into several styles defined by the geographic region from which they come; Cuban style, Kali style, Colombian style, palladium style, LA style, NY style, and more. It is normally a partner dance and can be danced either in open or closed position. Salsa can be also danced individually as a line dance.

The Event

At this event there will be a a 1 hour dance class. Complimentary wine and spirits will be available while you are socializing and practicing. Beginners and intermediate dancers are welcome, and you don't need a partner. Zack, who was featured as "Best of NY" by New York magazine, will guide you step by step as you dance to the energetic rhythm of the beats. This may be New York's Best.

"Porque Si, Porque No" por El Coronel

The Classes

These classes are designed for the beginners. At these classes you will learn new moves, techniques, and complete beginner level choreography, which will help you to develop different skills. Most important, no commitment to a fixed schedule is necessary. Each class is designed to allow you to get a taste of the dance in a beautiful studio with a fun atmosphere.