Friday, July 31, 2015

Makua Alii, Just Great

It was a good day and I was ready at 4:45 and took a nice slow walk to the bus stop. The C bus was there just about the right time and I got to the Kalihi Transit Center by 6 pm. Took the #2 to Makua Alii and was there by seven. Not bad, two hours.

Yes, you heard right, free International Style classes.

Got in by the short cut, through the front and pleasantly surprised that the class had already started and there were many more people there than I had expected. Getting to be a swinging crowd. Said hello to Tad and looked around and found my first photographer, Rose, to take some fotos and she got a friend which was just fine.

These people are sure learning how to take the photos. We are not professionals we are just doing it for fun and overnight is not going to be it. Meanwhile I got a nice quote. 

Love to all

Meanwhile Tad gave me some information on the coming blowout September 17th. No truth to the rumor of a keg of beer. More later and perhaps I can make a poster. The crowd at present seems to have no age barriers, it has usually been for seniors. I hadn't seen Bill in quite a while but he seems to be doing just fine. And as long as there is room, everyone welcome.

There were people coming in after seven, just to enjoy the festivities and/or the dancing. Some good music here, some of the oldies but goodies that will remain goodies forever. Some tourists, naturally and one of them agreed to use this camera a take a few pictures for us.

Nice crowd and it seems to be getting better all the time. I will get around to making a nice poster for their 48th Anniversary Dinner Dance. Kathy was gracious enough to give me a ride to the Ala Moana Center and the bus stop with plenty time. The bus was there in about 4 minutes. In spite of the Freeway tangles in the Aiea, Pearl City area caused by the Present Rail Party, I got home at ten PM.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Super Salsa?

by Jason Gonzales, Waimanalo

We all know who they are, and Salsa should be more than a athleticism, it’s not only about how many spins you can do, or how many complicated patterns you can get out there without taking a break. I have seen many guys out there who look like they are deliberately looking to physically exhaust their dance partners.

"It's human nature to gripe, and I'm going ahead and doing the best I can."

When a lady accepts to dance with someone like this, they don’t know it yet, but they’ve just accepted to a workout akin to CrossFit (he might as well should have asked you if you wanted to workout, he’ll train you).

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Whenever these guys dance with someone it goes something like this: They ask someone to dance, they find a spot on the dance floor, then he is giving her a quadruple spin with a rotational backflip into a low dip. Keep in mind they just started dancing, and the song’s intro hasn’t even finished.

"Maria, De Mi Amor" por Antonio Banderas

Where the hell do you go from there? Their partner finishes the song like if she had just ran 10 miles, but not running, spinning. She just spun 10 miles, while fighting that guy. Relax!! It’s good to burn calories when you dance, but give other guys a chance.

"Mi Padecer" por Jacinto Melendez

This guy completely destroyed this girl, and that was her second song. It’s only 10:30pm. The party just started, and she’s ready to leave. Salsa is not a race; you’re not going to win a medal for having accomplished a thousand turns 17 seconds into the song.

And tune in to Richie Fun on Dancing Nights blog.
Getting some good information to share.

Pay attention to the music, salsa songs are not just one huge climax, they vary. Your dancing should vary according to the music. Take it easy at the beginning; don’t start off with your heavy artillery patterns and your triple and quadruple spins.

"Ran, Kan, Kan" por Tito Puente

Let your partner enjoy and relax into the dance, mix it up. Bachata is coming into Oahu very nicely. It’s good to do fast turns and complicated patterns, but let your partner breathe.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Looking Good

The territory west of Liliha and north of King street is looking good. If it is away from the noise of the Rail Disaster, it is good. Dream To Dance Studio is smack dab in the middle of this. Of course, north of School Street is even better yet. All the way up to Salt Lake.

Blogger's Law No 41B: Complex problems have simple,
easy to understand wrong answers.

At one time, with the help of Jimbo Johnson, the Moanalua Corridor was moving ahead very nicely. Naturally we were are all expecting a new Guest Author which would really clinch its top status. I was  beating the bushes for commentators and information contributors. Not looking so good now with the Rail Catastrophe looming.

"Love Me Tender' by Elvis Presley

From there we could have concentrated on communicating with the two main Professionals in that sector. Nix Performing Arts and Woodson Dance Academy. I have at time made contact but they perceive money, advertising etc. I do not believe they understand blogging. Like everyone else, it will take time to develop. We work together for a greater effect or we work separately. They make the decision and we just go along for the sport.

"One of the greatest and noblest pleasures that people can have is to discover new truths.
And the next is to shake off old prejudices."

There is also another Dance Studio in Pearl City but I cannot find it. It is very difficult to get dance information from Pearl City. I have met people in Kapolei that tell me there is no dancing in Pearl City. How do like them potatoes? Some day we will get the photos to prove it. How about in 2016?

"Hung Up" by Madonna

So those of you that are die hard town people but live in the Moanalua Corridor can now start thinking about investigating a little and "wassup?" Besides HBDA and Dance Hawaii, there are others. We just don't hear much about them.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Well, it is fun to find definitions specially when they are not so clear cut. Tango is not Tango to everyone.even in the Argentine, where there are ten different tangos danced. Then internationally there is the American which is more International and the International which is more British. And we have the Nordic Tango which evolved from the Finnish Tango which in turn came from the original Argentine Tango.

 "It is not like being perfect. It is likes, dislikes and effort. And when
that is implement by our dancers in our dance environment,
that is how change occurs."

There is a huge Chinese Tango which evolved into the Korean Tango and the Japanese Tango. The Filipino Tango evolved from the original Argentine but after the WWII, the tango most danced there was the American Tango. In Hawaii, there is already a beginning amalgamation of the two. A Hawaiian Tango?

The music has developed to ever more beautiful melodies and most of it has been in the original Milonga even beat that is unmistakably Tango. There are many nice tangos with a new different flow but they don't last long and the classics may remain for another century.

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias

Sometimes all we need is for another person to fan our flickering flames of hope. Comment in our blog become necessary.  It could be you and can speak to the readers about the music. Appreciation for the music is 60% of the action. There could be a couple that are not doing too well. Help and give them a chance, however small, to show their stuff.

We can also try to place fellow dancers in an informal leadership role; let them know we feel they have the potential to motivate and inspire others. The Two Center become of utmost importance. The best way to offer someone hope is to show you believe in them, even when--especially when -- they don't quite believe in themselves.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dream To Dance Studio

I was ready early and just worried about the rain.It had been raining a few days prior and it looked cloudy.I always hope for clear weather when I leave but I don't mind getting wet on the way home. I can always drip dry in the lobby and then get to my place and change clothes.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Took a leisurely walk to Farrington (one block) then a short one to the bus stop and the bus was there at 4:10. and I got to the Dillingham stop at 5:00 pm. A short pleasant walk of 15 minutes to King Street and the Dream to Dance Studio. Finally made it and for the first test, with all our mistakes, it turned out pretty good.

Debby and Doug were very nice, as per usual and the people were friendly and cooperative and I felt I could make a nice blog. I asked a young lady, (who was with her mother and Carlos Chang) to take some photos and she agreed; I believe some of them came out OK. Soon I got another lady and other people but many of the photos did not come out or were duplicates. We learn from our mistakes and for sure the next is going to be a dilly.

"You cannot make old friends. You either have them or you don't."

One class ended at six and another started then with Debby only. Nice group of people and there should be another day and we can do the entire enchilada all over again but a much better presentation. And we are showing that people can be having fun just learning to dance and we can all be friends.

Some of the names in the papers from Debby were, Carlos Chang, Prita Narayan, Dawn Patac Yeon, Ryan Shimabuku and Linda Mitsunaga. With a large and beautiful dance floor and some of the best dance instructors in the Pacific this has gotta be da place. There is no place, just like this place anywhere near this place. So this must be the place. Weekend Parties? The place is just waiting for the thousands of new dancers coming into the fold.

I left at 6:30 and the time went like clcck work. I made it to the bus stop on Dillingham in 15 minutes and the Espress bus was there a few minutes later. I was home by 8 PM. There will large puddles of water all over so they must have a a nice shower while I was gone. And I must give Debby and Doug a big Mahalo for their help.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Pub's Side Note: We do not copyright anything. So anyone can copy whatever we have in these blogs. And the search engines are full of our posters.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cha Cha Cha

There is a definite young Latin dance style, which is quite different from the more experienced Latin dance style of older dancers. And Cha Cha Cha is one of the most used dances in either classes. It is considered one of the best and enjoyed world wide.

"May the clouds that come floating into our lives, no longer carry
rain or usher storm, but add color to our sunset sky."

The Cha Cha Cha is a Cuban Latin dance and is relatively modern, dating from around the 1950s when it evolved from the slow Mambo beat.  It is characterized by music with a syncopated fourth beat, which means that the dancer starts on the second beat of a bar as opposed to the first. This has been pretty much usual in the Caribbean and you "break" on the accented beat, wherever it is.

The name "Cha Cha Cha" has several interpretations and one says that it comes from the shuffling of the dancer's feet. It actually just evolved into a triple undulations on the slow count of the Mambo and gradually phased into a chassé. Then the Mambo musical change was gradually accepted by the composers and it became the Cha Cha Cha.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

To dance the Cha Cha Cha, the lead "breaks" on the second beat, starting the rock step with his left foot forward, and moving body weight back to the right foot for the third beat. This can be done either backwards or sideways or in turns like most dances.

The bar is almost finished, and the next one starts, with a chassé and a syncopated, 4-and-1. This repeats throughout the dance, and the dancers can either dance facing each other, side to side, or a mix of the two. It remains one of the most accepted Latin dances in the entire world and will remain so for the next hundred years.

"Dejen los buenos tiempos rodar."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tango, Samba

Romelio, of course, was right in the old blog, covering the Latin music from the Caribbean which has had a large influence in the Latin sector. The Caribbean has centered on Cuba and Puerto Rico and many of the immigrants have settled in the New York and the Florida areas. From the East Coast of the US much of the Latin music has gone out to the rest of the US and the rest of the world as well..

"We can never be too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

Tango comes from Argentina and it was introduce to the world in the early part of the 1900s. It was a smash hit and the American style developed quickly. In Europe many different styles of tango developed and among the most famous has been the Finnish Tango, now formally know as the Nordic Tango. Then the British decided that their own was better and polished it into the International. And at the time, "the sun never set on the British Empire."

"Chica, Chica, Boom, Chic" por Carmen Miranda

Samba came in shortly after the Tango and accepted rather easily. The professionals immediately got control and to this very day, there are more basics in Samba than any other ballroom dance. Samba originated with the natives of Brazil and evolved into a carnival dance. The entire area of South America has had a preference for the two count measure.

The music is traditionally rhythmic and was originally used with a chassé. With time, there have been many layers of percussive instruments built up by other instruments and choral singing. Relatively lately, it has become influenced by and mixed with other genres, such as jazz and funk, with the former bringing in brass instruments such as the trombone, and the latter bringing in bass guitars and electric instruments.

"Perfidia" by Jimmy Dorsey

Latin American dances are the most often fun and exciting to do, and even to watch. They are typically characterized by loose, "Cuban hips," with the upper body moving relatively little in comparison to the lower body. They have become internationally recognized and practiced in most metropolitan cities, with some being more popular than others. Compared to many other dance forms though, the Latin styles of dancing have a very wide audience with few other dance forms beating them in terms of numbers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our Dancc Universe

This is mainly for those Big Shots in our Dance World that may suspect they are not so hot in the total picture..There are many that their bathrooms always smell of roses. Any way the rest of normal people can continue living with all our human errors. Happy Dancing.

The Antares star is a class M (red) super giant that is in the Scorpio constellation and it is one of the four brightest stars near the ecliptic. The Antares star has a radius that is nearly 800 times that of our Sun. Antares is approximately 600 light years from our solar system. Its visual luminosity is about 10,000 times that of the Sun. Betalgeuse is no piker either. So how do you like them potatoes?

"Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael

Because the Antares radiates a considerable part of its energy in the infrared part of the spectrum, the bolometric luminosity equals roughly 65,000 times that of our Sun. Arcturus is just marble next to it. And you still ain't seen nuttin yet. There may be some that are bigger yet and nobody has seen them. We discover new things every day and tomorrow is another day.

Meanwhile we have more important things to do in Hawaii. We post the calendar for BB's on the Big Island because we got it late. But a nice calendar like this should be sent to us with plenty of time so we can plan it in our blog.

“On this earth, nothing was ever built to touch the skies
unless some one dreamed that it should, some person believed
that it could and some person willed that it must."

Of course we do get some scam, spam comments with the attached Web site address. They are never published. But we do need the honest ones, and I mean all the readers. We get a lot of scam, spam, robot hits too, but that has been slowing down. Had just been goofing up the works.

 "City Lights" by Loyal Garner

So that leads us to the Two Centers that are willing to share their two cents with their readers, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. What happens during the shindig is much more important Public Relation than any advertising out there. Comments and photos are indispensable and the hits go through the roof.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Even Step

We seem to be regaining the interest in social dancing throughout the island.Whether the goal is learning new moves for the dance floor, becoming a professional dancer, or getting in better shape, most dancers will need a plan to help them reach their goals.

"We are not here merely to make a living. We are here in order to enable the world to live 
more amply,with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement."

Your Web and Blog sites can only help. These resources will help you find places where you can learn the basics of becoming a dancer. Recommendations of finding a specific dance studio and choosing a qualified teacher will be mainly by word of mouth around your dance circles. 

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Dance is a wonderful hobby enjoyed by many people throughout the world. Besides being lots of fun, dancing is good for you, both physically and mentally. Anyone can learn how to's all a matter of learning how to move your body using the KISS method. (keep it simple, stupid)

The Even Step is one of the most overlooked moves in dance. And it has been used in dances all over the world. What is an even step? It is left, right, left, right and so on to the beat of the music. Quite simple. How about in Merengue? Or Waltz? Or Foxtrot?

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

One of the biggest differences in the Tangos is the extensive use of the even step in Argentine Tango. Also in the Filipino Tango. The International and American Tangos were made by Caucasian Professionals and they had to have a lot more fancy doo diddles.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Latin Scene

The most hyped and perhaps most popular Latin scene seems be the Night Club Salsa Scene. And it has consisted mainly of what they have always referred to as Salsa. And Salsa is another Caribbean urban dance form typically performed under Salsa music, but can be performed to almost any moderately fast Latin music.

"Not a small part, but to get ahead - you gotta get started."

It has been pretty much the most popular social dance among the young in Latin America and in many other countries too, as this has become an international dance. It can be found in most metropolitan cities, and they often have Salsa festivals. Salsa dances are most often in nightclubs, but can be anywhere where music can be played, including outside, ballrooms, and restaurants.

"Acariciame" por Manoella Torres

Along with Salsa, they have always typically accepted Cha Cha Cha and Merengue. In this century Bachata is not only accepted but in many places being danced more than Salsa, and the music is slower which makes easier learning. In some places on the mainland, Bachata has gone on its own. Meanwhile on Oahu, Zouk, Kizomba and other fad dances are waiting in the side lines.

In all the dances that have been invented, you can have the even step. That is, left, right, left, right and so on to the beat of the music. And please note, that they can develop some pretty nice patterns with just the even step. Merengue is a good example. And whatever happened to Rumba?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Moving Along Just Fine

This blog has been amazing in its rebound and coming back strong with a lot of search engine hits. So you cannot miss it in any search engine. This all takes time and it should be eventually one of the best when they get independent.

"Whoever is trying to bring you down, is already below you."

Meanwhile we getting more flyer kine info which is nice. It is communication. But for our readers to read it with interest it could be in more colloquial writing. You know da kine. Announcements fall flat. And what happened at the shingdig is of extreme interest to the reader/dancers. "Public Relations"

"Maui Waltz" by  Loyal Garner

The town social dancer mix quite frequently with the night club dancers which makes for good fusion among the entire group. And there are the usual fad dances being danced in the clubs. All Fad dances have three versions and all in the eye of the beholder.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

The ones that know it is just a fad dance and will soon go away. Meanwhile they will have a ball with their own. Then there are those that are not sure but they are going to learn and enjoy it to the last. And in between you have the one that will be in and out when the occasion occurs and take it of leave it.

Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

.I can see more alternative basic in the American Style Rumba. Not Fred Astaire and not Arthur Murray. What is it? And let me tell you there are an awful lot of good Rumba dancers out there. Any kind because of the good music that is there.

And Richie Fun blogging up a storm in the Dancing Nights blog. Tune in and you will see what I mean. He may live on the North Shore but he knows the town scene better than most. And since we cannot cover everything, tune in on Frank Sierra's blogs, he has stuff not available to us.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Latin Pop

Latin Pop first reached a global audience through the work of bandleader Sergio Mendes in the mid-1960s; Then in later decades, it was defined by the romantic boleros that legendary artists such as Julio Iglesias or Roberto Carlos produced back in the 1970s. Latin Pop became the most popular form of Latin music (genre) in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s, even achieving massive crossover success among non-Latino listeners during the late 1990s.

"We could do the one thing we think we cannot do. Fail at it. Try again
and do better the second time. The only people who never tumble
are those who never mount the high wire."

While not restricted to America by any means, Latin pop was profoundly affected by production techniques and other styles of music—both Latin and otherwise—that originated primarily in the United States. Tejano music, centered in Texas and the U.S./Mexico border region, had begun to introduce synthesizers, slicker production, and a more urban sensibility to formerly rootsy styles like norteño and conjunto.

Moreover, New York and Miami were home to thriving Latin club scenes, which during the 1980s led to the rise of Latin freestyle, a club-oriented dance music that was rooted in Latin rhythms but relied on synthesizers and drum machines for most of its arrangements. Both of these sounds influenced the rise of Latin pop, which retained Latin rhythms in its uptempo numbers but relied more on mainstream pop for its melodic sense.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Luis Miguel

As the new Latin music and dance scene moves on Oahu, we will all see the changes. No one of us can do the changing but together they will come. Meanwhile, I have to find a place to blog this coming weekend.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Makua Alii, Bettah

A very good day among the very nice people in Nanakuli. Got the right Express bus and was at the Library in an hour. Da Rail "Rapid Transit" nevah gonna beat that even if it cost 10 billion. The #1 bus got me to King and Kalakaua, and from there just a short walk to the dance.

"Infuse your life with action. It is never too late. Don't wait for it to happen.
Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope."

Got there a little early which is what I wanted to see. Only Tad and nice young lady there. But in a few minutes people were coming in. A new class free, on International Tango,  was starting and there seem to be more people there. Tad and Kathy led it off and got it going good. Got a nice hand off of the camera and people are getting better all the time.

Got a much better crowd and it is looking good. More people were taking these photos and I had plenty to choose from. This is a blog not an album. So a little less photos and more carefully chosen will be about right. We are all learning, but perhaps the dancers can learn how to do it all on their own.

I  can see that my camera is not clear enough. I must fix it or get a new one. I am getting six good photos for each collage so that each person will do just fine with 8 or 9 photos. There were many almost duplicate. Each photographer will have to make their own choices and we are all different. And you can still email your own picks and you can pick the blog of your choice.

Finally got enough nerve to dance a Rumba with Kathy and only lost my balance slightly one time.  Kathy gave me a ride to the Ala Moana Center with plenty time. The Express bus arrived in about five minutes. Just right and I was home by ten pm. This is getting better every day. Mahalo to everyone.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Buho Cantina

The second try and I try to be a little more careful. The day started out so good I thought for sure the trip to Waikiki, Greg and Buhu Cantina might not come out. I got the right bus and it was on time and I was at Ala Moana Center in one hour. The Rail Disaster will never beat that in a million years.

"No matter what people say, words, pictures and ideas
can change our dance world for the better."

Got the #8 bus to Waikiki and the driver just waved me in. The Rail Catastrophe will never be able to do that in a million years. Took my time from Kuhio to Kalakaua and tried to remember my route and arrived  at Buho Cantina a little early. Fortunately the people at the front desk are nice friendly people. And I got some photos from them. Perfect? Of course not! But all of us can sure learn. We gonna get thah!

From the Front Desk: These people like the rest started pretty good.
And they all know they are going to get better next time around.

Finally got a hold of Greg and gave him the thumb drives with a brief explanation. I am sure he will make the most of it and give them away to his good friends. And then we got some photos. I have to get past the ones that think I am selling something. I don't want to bother anyone and  I will skip them next time.

Many duplicates of course, but we learn as we go along. And in this blog,
it is the people that count. The passengers, the attendees, the dancers,
the customers, what have you.

The people at the bar were terrific and I tried to contact the nice lady behind the bar on the photos. Maybe next time. But that is the present atmosphere, everyone is trying to sell you something and make some bucks. And of course they are doing you a favor. Patience and our people will understand.

Got the first #42 bus back to Ala Moana and everything is closed up for renovation. Had to walk all the way around to Kona Street. Fortunately plenty of time to get the #40 bus to Nanakuli. But of course the Present Rail Party is goofing up the works. Bus slower than usual and then at Kapolei Transit Center, konked out. and had to wait for another bus. The Present Rail Party trying to convince the citizen that another billion for the Rail Mess is worth it. Ha!

Anyway, I did not get home until after 1 PM in the morning. So how do you like them potatoes?