Monday, October 31, 2016

Not just in town

Latin music and dance is infiltrating into the outskirts of Oahu, mainly the beach areas. The most prominent at the moment is at Tacos And More in Waianae with "Live Music" in the middle of the week. Of course there is Just Tacos with Salsa on Saturday night in Mililani and it gets packed. There is Salsa at Cholo's on the North Shore and Kapolei is next if they can get the Present Rail Party out of the way. You know what they want. It's the bread, Fred. Millions and millions of dollars in profits. Total cost for the Rail Disaster now going to ten billions dollars. Good thing the people on Oahu are rich and can afford it.

"We are seldom happy with what we have, but we
would go to pieces if we lost any part of it."

There seems to be some sort of reorganization by groups of professional entertainers to make things easier for the artists and the attendees. If someone knows what they are doing perhaps they would like to share the information with their fellow dancers. Then there is the use of the comments section in every one of our blogs. Instant feedback and easy to use. When I lived in Nanakuli, I got more feedback. Now I realize that I lived in Paradise for eight years.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Lucho Gatica

I also heard about some Mariachis that may come this way. But most things like that are just rumors, nothing concrete. We have a few artists here on this island capable of setting up a good Mariachi sound with just one guitar, one violin and one Trumpet. And with the new Mariachi fans leaning more to dance than just to listen, could be a winner. But what do I know. Others can sure tell me. I'll print it.

"Opus One" by Tommy Dorsey

I have lately realize that I have had the opportunity more now than when I used to dance - to see the dancers dancing. So many good solid "Social" kine dancers out here. I saw one dancing a foxtrot, with a mixture of foxtrot, and rumba movements, with both the rock step and the square step. Just great! Men making movements that are natural to lead and the women, bless them, are the greatest, and find it easy to follow. That is da reel teeng.

"Dancers may be like wine. A few turn to vinegar but the best improve with age."

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I think it is progress

Apparently this blog is getting a few contacts with the neighbor islands. Maui and Kauai are coming in tentative. Though there has to be many out there that think, "What good would it do?" No hu hu, this will come about slowly with time and we will have Social Media in Hawaii.  A'ole Pilikia  = No Problem

"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."

At the moment we are at the calm before the storm. The end of the year holidays are coming up and it looks like the entire island of dancers is gonna have a blast. I hope to get some dance information to share with our fellow dancers on all the blogs and if not, we will respect those that would rather be included out. I can consider myself fortunate to have been invited to the Halloween Dance by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club on Saturday. With their help we are gonna have a "Blog." Da Reel Teeng in Social Media.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Town Dancer is still leading all the blogs on these Hawaiian Islands even with losing so much because of the competition. Once they get a few Two Centers and a couple more Guest Authors each of these blogs will be on their way to independence and I will rest much easier than now. And this is almost certain. Platinum Horseshoe is coming along right behind Town Dancer except that we don't have enough fans yet on the Waianae Coast or the the North Shore. Time will tell, patience. There seems to be enough available dancers in that territory for something. I am waiting for it to happen on the Waianae Coast. Makaha?

"I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" by the Arctic Monkeys

The rest of the blogs are still up for grabs, and the key is in the information contributors. With just a little information we can have more reader/dancers. Sorry but that is the way it is. All the blogs are on solid ground just low on hits. I am somewhat handicapped and I don't have enough time and means to go out and get the information myself. But that is where our reader/dancers can step in. Once I get Town Dancer independent I can devote more time to the others and in turn get them independent. I am getting to the end of my days, no hu hu but I can Rest In Peace.

“Alcohol can make other people less tedious, and food less bland,
and can help provide what the Greeks called "entheos," or
the slight buzz of inspiration when reading or writing."

Pub's Note: I think I will have another Rum and Coke.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Latin? I don't know.

By Rafael Hernandez, Enchanted Lakes.
Latin music is the result of a complex social and historical process that took place in the Americas after the arrival of Columbus. Despite the traumatic experience of the original inhabitants, their music, the original Latin music is one of the positive outcomes that came from that process. The following is a brief introduction to Latin music history that takes a look at the cultural mix and social environment that ended up producing one of the best music genres in the entire world.

Mestizo: a person of mixed blood; specifically - a person of
mixed European and American Indian ancestry.
“God wouldn’t have given us maracas if he didn’t want us to shake them.”

During the course of events, many have forgotten the importance of the original music and dance of the indigenous people of the New World. For instance, the Maya culture gave great attention to music producing all kinds of percussion and wind instruments. Wind instruments were very popular among Pre-Columbian cultures. All kinds of flutes were made all over the American continent and  fortunately, this original expression has persisted to date in traditional Latin music like South America's Andean music.

Cien Años por Thalia

The importation of music from the Caribbean was initiated by the US and followed up in Europe by the English. This has established the Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Merengue in most of the World. Samba from Brazil and Tango from Argentina. So what happened to Mexico. Too much turmoil and two many different dances and music styles. There is a chance that they will standardize one of their good dances with the appropriate music.

"Perfidia" by Jimmy Dorsey

Meanwhile Lambada came and went from where? Reggaeton came and went from where? Bachata is definitely on its way in. And there are few more waiting in the wings. How about Zouk and Zumba? Probably more coming for the young. I am too old to know.

"Dancing is universal and very likely the poetry of the foot."

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club

Direct from Aunty Maile in the Central Valley:

The Central Valley doing very well, and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way. Two hot spots in addition. Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos Salsa in Mililani. And what's cooking in Waipio? Anyway the Present Rail Party is doing its best to keep Kapolei from becoming Second City. We do not need Rapid Transit? Not a misnomer, but a deliberate lie. It's the bread, Fred.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Evangelism 101:
Localize the pain. No matter how revolutionary our blog, I cannot describe it using lofty, flowery terms like “revolutionary,” “paradigm shifting,” and “curve jumping.” I try to introduce it to the reader/dancer level, no big deal, just to increased the productivity and creativity of one person and possibly make it Social Media. People don't buy “The Greatest” They buy “aspirins” to fix the pain or “vitamins” to supplement their lives. In our case, we just need a little dance information to share with our fellow dancers.

"We dance for ourselves and if someone understands, good. If not,
then no matter, we will go on doing what we love to do."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Alejandro Fernandez

Youngest son of Vicente Fernandez, one of the greatest singers in Mexico was born on April 24th 1971. Nicknamed as "El Potrillo" (The Colt) by the media and his fans, he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. He went to high school in Mexico and his father sent him to a Texas university to learn English and where he majored in music and minored in voice. No surprise to his family.

“Most dancers know that many people will question all the good things they
hear about you but believe all the bad without a second thought.”

Just for the sport he went out for the football team as a fullback. His father is tall but Alejandro is about 6' 2" and weighed  over 220 pounds. He soon learned his physics very well and how to use it on the football field. If there was a 250 pound linebacker trying to stop him, he knew he had the ball and he was running. With the momentum he would just run into the linebacker and knock him down.

"Abrazame" por Alejandro Fernandez

Became known as the "Bulldozer" and nearing graduation he was approached by the Professional football teams. He made it plain, that he wanted to go back to Mexico and be a singer like his daddy.  He originally specialized in traditional, earthy forms of Mexican folk music, such as mariachi and ranchera until he branched out into pop music with great success. Over the course of his career he has been awarded two Latin Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"No" por Alejandro Fernandez

He is an expert in horse riding and charreria. Alejandro supports Mexican football team Atlas and is good friends with footballer Rafael Márquez. He has five children. Three (Alejandro, Jr. and the twin girls América and Camila) with his ex-wife América Guinart and two (Emiliano and Valentina) with Colombian model Ximena Díaz.

"We are dancers. We do not dance because we want to, we dance because we need to. We tell a story with movements of our bodies. We can get this amazing feeling through the movements and the rhythm of the music. We dance because it makes
us happy. We are artists, athletes and dreamers, but first we are dancers."


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Da Latest

This blog is going down very slowly because it has a Two Center (information contributor) only now and then. Of course all of our blogs and the readers, from Kapolei to Turtle Bay, need more information and/or photos to share with our fellow dancers. Photos have become a very important part of blogging and we must accept that many do not wish to share either dance information nor photos with their fellow dancers. So be it and it will be up the select few that will make this blog.

"Most dancers know that most of our problems would never be problems, if we could just learn to talk to each other instead of about each other."

We do not mean Photo Albums, that is for OP (other people.) Our blogging photos have relative values. A photo with two people is better than one. 3 is better than 2 and 4 is better than 3. However, 50 is not better than 49 and 49 is not better than 48. The photographer has to make the ultimate decision. We will always need different photographers, there will always be different view points. And we shall have Social Media.

I usually make a collage of six, taking the best photos received. Sometimes I have enough to make two collages, which makes for a terrific blog. The combination of text and photos becomes interesting to the reader/dancers and then of course, there is the Two Center that is responsible for the good news shared. The entire enchilada is current and that is what makes our blogs.

"Dancers have come to the conclusion that our dance teachers help us find the song in our hearts, the beat in our feet and a passion for life." 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Milonga Evolves

In the 1860s, the Milonga danced in Buenos Aires was being well established in the lower economic levels and beginning to get into middle classes. The great influx of Europeans and the Bandoneon, at this time added to the mix. Meanwhile the railroads were coming and bringing the Gaucho influence to its untimely end. No more cattle drives and the cattle could be shipped to Buenos Aires. And the myth of the Gaucho would evolve to greater heights.

"Dancers sometimes have to stop and step outside, get some air and remind themselves of who they are and who they want to be."

In the 1890s the people in Buenos Aires also saw the beginnings of private radio reception in which they had close to one thousand subscribers. The music and dance was definitely spreading to the middle classes amid a faster pace of evolution. By the end of the century there were more than one million radios in South America.

"La Comparsita" por Yochi Sugawara y Grabiela Susana

The elite of the Milonga, because of its indecent reputation decided to change the name to Tango from the old Andulasian dance. It was soon hyphenated by everyone to the Milonga-Tango. The appearance of the phonograph in 1906 undoubtedly contributed to its popularity among people not inclined to go to the poorer districts. The time had surely come to be exported.

"Dancers dance with their hearts, not their minds."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

La Rumba

The original Cuban "Son" Rumba was in the one-two count measure. The American Rumba has almost always been written in a four count measure which has been very nice. The melodic factor of Rumba music comes from the Latin drums, maracas and claves. Many of which are never seen in the US. American Rumba was from the beginning set up as a spot dance by the Dance Instructors in the US. And Arthur Murray introduced the basic box step as slow - 1 & 2, quick -3 and quick - 4. And the accent on the music was changed from the 2 count to the one count.

"Most dancers know that they are our choices, our mistakes, our lessons and none of their damn business."

As with most Latin (Indian) dances it is done just naturally on flat feet. Most steps are small and the shoulders may sway only slightly. The arms stretch out about shoulder high and the palms just naturally face down. What really moves with the music is the hips with a slight figure eight pattern. And one can bend the knees anytime they feel like it. The main thing is to enjoy moving your body to the music.

'"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

The dance will have many solo turns so that the partners learn to keep one foot in place so that they do not travel too far apart.The Rumba is a dance where the lead mainly dances the basic. Whereas the follow "shines" in maintaining an erect and proud carriage as she moves from one step pattern to another. Together with some of most beautiful music ever produced, they may be dancing in a heaven on earth.

"Dancers to not know where they came from, nor do they know where
they are going, but while they are here on earth, they will dance."

Friday, October 14, 2016

Los Mariachis 3

The Beginning of the Mariachis that We Know Today
Although the origins of Mariachi music go back hundreds of years, in the form we know it the Mariachi began in the nineteenth century in the Mexican state of Jalisco, in the town of Cocula. The Mariachi was the distinctive version of the Spanish theatrical orchestra of violins, harp and guitars which developed in and around Jalisco. In other areas such as Veracruz and the Huasteca region in the northeast, the ensemble evolved differently. By the end of the nineteenth century, in Cocula the vihuela, two violins, and a guitarrón (which had replaced the harp) were the instruments of the Mariachi.

"Good thing - dancers are becoming more aware that those that gossip
to you about others are also gossiping to others about - ? He He."

The principal music played by these early Mariachis was the SON, the popular music of the day. A mixture of Mexican Indian traditional music, with a big touch of Spain, the son was found in many regions of the country. Taking a big hold on South America all the way down to Argentina and Chile. The son from Jalisco is called the son jalisciense.

"La Golondrina" por el Mariachi Jalisco

Sones from other regions include the son jarocho or veracruzano, from the region around the Gulf port of Veracruz; and the son huasteco, from northeastern Mexico. The most famous example of the son jarocho is La Bamba . A typical son huasteco, also known as the huapango, is La Malagueña. It is interesting to note that there are some sones, such as El Gusto, which are common in all three regions and clearly date back to a common ancestor.

"Cien Anos" por Los Mariachis Espuelas

Primarily a music to be enjoyed by listening it has evolved into quite a dance group, specializing in Ranchera music, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Waltz. They do play Sambas, Tangos and Merengues when with the proper audience. And they even choreograph a few rock steps and sometimes a chassé for themselves while playing, This is just a few moves to the music in unison usually by the guitar section,

"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself -
incredible and inconceivable."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moving Slowly

Everyone is aware that we get little action from the Moanalua Corridor, the second most populated place on Oahu. The Rail Disaster will be messing up the works for the next 20 years and more people will be traveling on Moanalua Road if possible. But the new HBDA Studio, a new Dance Club and with new dance classes available, it may do something and will be very prominent in our blogs.

"The difference between evangelism and sales is, Sales is rooted in
what's good for me. Evangelism is rooted in what's good for you."

Went to the Seniors Club at the Manana Community Park Tuesday morning and peeked in on the Hula Class they were having on the good dance floor. I could see these ladies do an occasional  Rock Step and even a Chassé, just beautiful. Proves that those two movements have been done all over the world for several millenniums. Of course, I am also beginning to see the Rock Step and the Chassé done so nice and natural like by so many of our social dancers on this Island.

"With Pen In Hand" by Vicki Carr

I think we invited everyone but if we missed anyone that wanted in, it was not intentional, please let us know. Comments are still welcomed on everyone of our blogs. This is only the beginning, it is not looking too bad. We got rid of most of our scam, spam robot hits and we don't need that much search engine stuff either. We know only what our counters tell us but "Blogger" provides the service to us for free and we appreciate it and spread the word around.

"Dancers seem to know that it is somewhat silly to think that tearing someone else down is going to build you up."

Monday, October 10, 2016

Vals Criollo

In the 1930s, band groups in Peru modified the European waltz with the unique sound of the Indian Inca three count music. It made the new Vals Criollo and music more distinct from the European Waltz. By the 1950s, popular composer and singer Chabuca Granda helped in making the music widely known throughout Latin America, and the name Vals Peruano in time became used to refer to the dance in countries outside of Peru.

"Dancers sometimes have to forgive and forget. Forgive them for hurting
you and you may even forget that they exist."

At the height of its national and international popularity, the sounds of the 1950s and into the 1960s were introduced into the Vals Peruano by musicians and singers throughout Latin America, from Mexico all the way to Argentina. It never caught on very well with the dancers in the Caribbean. In modern times, the Vals Peruano, although softer and less traditional than before, still remains a widely popular symbol of Peruvian culture and still holds a high degree of popularity in Latin American society.

"Cuando Escuches Este Vals" por Vicente Fernandez

Quinceanera Dance - girl in front, fifteenth birthday.
Not rich, not poor, strictly middle class.

Musica Criolla such as the Vals Criollo is, typically includes two main instruments that symbolically represent European and Indian heritage: the Guitar and the Cajón, which literally means "box." Typically, the lead guitarist plays solos and strongly plucked phrase on the upper strings, while a second guitarist performs riffs (bordones) on the two lowest strings and strums rhythmically. In the early part of the twentieth century, the guitars along with hand clapping and singing were the traditional instrumentation . However, by the mid-twentieth century, the cajón was incorporated, providing a rhythmic base for the music.

"Dancers give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice
to sit it out or dance - they hope you will dance."

Friday, October 7, 2016


Had a nice working day on Thursday and got ready for my evening trip to Makua Alii. I hadn't been there in three weeks. But I am getting around to different places. Check the bus schedules and I would get the #53 at 5:10 and hope to get the number 2 in town. I made it to Makua in one hour. Amazing.

"Some dancers are too quick to believe the bad things that are said
about others, while most of us like the people around us."

Only Tad was there and I waited to get the first three guys and get the first picture and make sure the camera is working. Then I went into a short routine of getting more pictures and eventually getting others to take some pictures, because my fingers fumble.

Finally danced one with Rose, then I got courage and danced a Rumba with another lady. And I also got one quote from a new lady.

"'Having so much fun dancing with  everyone." Plam Rogers.

Hopefully others will follow suit and make this blog more social media. Mahalo.

The Handi Van was on time at 8:30 but had another passenger which we dropped off first. Then picked up another two and dropped them off and I finally got home after ten. It doesn't happen very often but otherwise they are a big help. Happy Dancing everyone.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Thursday, October 6, 2016

La Rumba

This blog continues to be at bottom of pile. And we can accept the fact that most of us do not have an understanding of what Latin music and dance is all about. No hu hu. We hear of it from many different venues. But few know that we, as a group, are going to establish Latin Music and Dance On Oahu, What we have to do is not much, because much is already there. Just a few more good fans.

"Dancers are a pretty good crowd and live they way they want to live.
They prefer not to comment on the way other people live."

Rumba is a good beginning. All the basic moves came from the influence of the Indians that went to the Caribbean from Mexico and surrounding territories. The rock step and a slow step in every four count measure. The Beguine where French was spoken? Of course. The Calipso where English was spoken? Of course. And a dozen different dances where Spanish was spoken. No Big Deal.

"Contigo A La Distancia" por Lucho Gatica

It was modified by the American and the British dance teachers to suit themselves and of course make a little money on the side. And after all, what did them stupid Indians know about music and dance, anyway?

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

Anyway the Rumba that we dance now is basically two of them, the American and the British. And the American has been screwed up by two basics. The Arthur Murray, slow, quick, quick box and the Fred Astaire, quick, quick, slow box. Fortunately throughout the world the American has an alternative basic, which is International basic of a rock step and a slow step. Yes, back to square one.

"Abrazame" por Alejandro Fernandez

Danced throughout the world more than any other Latin dance in existence. Most basic moves can be applied easily. Been good for a few centuries and will be good for a few more. And don't forget that the music has been some of the very best ever composed by anyone on this planet since the beginning of time. You want to enjoy moving to beautiful music? Dis is it!

"Laissez le bon temps rollez"

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dancing Jargon

From an old pamphlet:
In ballroom dancing today, a large amount of ballroom fans talk to each other in dese and dose way. Not many have adequate knowledge of the jargon of dancing. However, to communicate with each other, it is almost as important as the basic skills.

"Dancers cannot worry about what people say behind their backs,
they are the people that are finding fault in your lives
instead of  fixing the faults in their own lives."

However, Jargon varies from one part of the world to another. In Hawaii, these definitions have been gathered from sources in dance books, magazines, newspapers and newsletters from the Mainland. All of them available in Hawaii to anyone. All the dance blogs on Oahu doing well in standardizing our dance Jargon.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

We are all getting it, slowly but surely. We will not have to be informed of the "correct" way to dance a rock step. Once, most of our group of dancers has defined it as naturally as possible, we can dance it any way we want to in waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha cha, merengue, samba, tango and probably a hundred or so different other dances.

The disciplines will continue to do as they please and they have good reason. After all we all agree that they know how to dance "correctly."

How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mariachi 2

By Roberto Maldonado, Ewa Beach
The Unique Make-Up of the Mariachi Ensemble
In the complete Mariachi group today there are as many as four to six violins, four trumpets, and four guitars - all standard European instruments. Then there is a high-pitched, round-backed guitar called the Vihuela, which when strummed in the traditional manner gives the Mariachi its typical rhythmic vitality. There is also a deep-voiced guitar called the Guitarrón which serves as the bass of the ensemble. While these instruments have European origins, in their present form they are strictly Mexican.

"A lot of problems in our dance community would disappear
if we talked to each other instead of about each other."

The sound that these instruments combine to make it unique. Like the Zarape, which often used widely contrasting colors side by side - green and orange, yellow and blue. The Mariachi use sharply contrasting sounds, the sweet sounds of the violins against the brilliance of the trumpets, and the deep sound of the Guitarrón against the crisp, high voice of the Vihuela; and the frequent shifting between syncopation and on-beat rhythm. The resulting sound is the heart and soul of Mexico.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

The size of the Mariachi band can be quite varied depending on the money available. The big bands do alright in the tours of the big cites. But for any sort of permanency, they must be smaller. I have seen a Mariachi group with a violin, guitar and a trumpet, just three for a small club and they can still produce a very nice sound. In this century, since they are usually standing up, they are even doing a little choreography because of the increase in the dancing crowds.

"Yes, Dance may be an art - the floor is our canvas, we are the brushes
and whatever we create comes from the heart."