Friday, June 30, 2017

South American?

Argentina is best known for the Tango but there are many off shoots. One of the best is the Tango /Waltz which was at its peak just before the first World War. The next most popular is the converted Tangos into the Rumba Bolero sound which is very beautiful. The most famous is the Tango, "El Dia Quieras." First sung in the 1930s by Carlos Gardel it went rapidly throughout Latin America.

"The tango is really a combination of many cultures, though
it eventually became the national music of Argentina."

Argentine tango music has been composed by a variety of different orchestras over the last century. Not only is there a large volume of music, there is a breadth of stylistic differences between these orchestras as well, which makes it easier for Argentine tango dancers to spend the whole night dancing only Argentine tango. The four representative schools of the Argentine tango music are Di Sarli, d'Arienzo, Troilo and Pugliese, all four descendents from Italian immigrant families. They are dance orchestras, playing music for dancing,

"Cuesta Abajo" por Julio Iglesias

Bolivian music is perhaps the most strongly linked to its native population among the national styles of South America. After the nationalistic period of the 1950s Aymara and Quechuan culture became more widely accepted, and their folk music evolved into a more pop-like sound. Other forms of native music (such as huayños and caporales) are also widely played. Cumbia is another popular genre. There are also lesser-known regional forms, such as the music from Santa Cruz and Tarija (where styles such as Cueca and Chacarera are popular).

"Eternamente Bella" por Gloria Trevi

Brazil is a large, diverse country with a long history of popular-musical development, ranging from the early-20th-century innovation of samba to the modern Música popular brasileira. Most is based on the music and dance that was there for millenniums from the original inhabitants. The Portuguese came in and refined the Samba, then the freed Slaves liked the music and dance and modified it to suit themselves which is what we have now.

"Girl From Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto 

Bossa nova is internationally well-known, and Lambada was influenced by rhythms like cumbia and merengue. Funk carioca is also a highly popular style. Samba has become the best known form of Brazilian music worldwide, especially because of the country's carnival, although Bossa Nova, which had Antônio Carlos Jobim as one of its most acclaimed composers and performers, have received much attention abroad since the 1950s, when the song "Desafinado", interpreted by João Gilberto, was first released. Still very much appreciated throughout the world.

"Social Dancers know that you don't stop dancing because you grow old.
You grow old because you stopped dancing."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Getting Close

This blog is now in the also ran bunch and it may take a while to sift the bottom four out. It definitely did not help to put it on a weekly basis. I will try this last time and perhaps put it back with the others. Meanwhile, we are more than willing to accept comments from anyone except  anonymous and preferably bloggers that are for the dancers and not beholden to any particular dance organization. In our blogging and with our hits, the sky could be the  limit.

"They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before.
They are now wherever we are."

Meanwhile we are getting some contact with the neighbor islands. Though what happened to the Aloha Ball, we have no idea. They have some doings on Kauia and Maui but they are sowed down tight. Perhaps we can get some news from Molokai and Lanai, though those may be controlled out of our kuleana. No hu hu, we will just help those that we can help.

"Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaialii

Dancing on the neighbor islands is pretty much as it is on Oahu. Most are social dancers and a few are "Ballroom Dancers" and many are very good. And there is the creme of the crop, the exhibition dancers and they know where they stand and many can wear the mantel elegantly while some can gleefully look down their nose at you. So many fad dances, many are fleeting and some spending a few decades on the islands. How long did the Lambada last? Come to think of it, I haven't danced the twist this year at all.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

I am having a few adjustments this coming month. I still do not know what I am doing after 20 years of Blogging. And of course, everyone else does, they just would rather not put down their suggestions in print such as comments at the end of every blog. Will it be either this blog or any other to get the first lady teacher as a Guest Author. A woman's viewpoint is very important in our entire blogosphere. Meanwhile, I am looking to find the groups that are most in need of our blogging. Some would rather not be involved and we will respect.

"Faith is taking the first step even if you cannot see the entire staircase."

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Los Mestizos

The first occurrence of this landmark occasion was about nine months after Columbus landed in the Americas. It was well known throughout Latin America. Three decades later, In 1519, Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes overthrew the Aztec Empire in Mexico and set up a Spanish colony. At his side was a Native American woman named La Malinche who served as his translator. Although she was given to Cortes as a slave, La Malinche and Cortez became friends and she played an influential role in helping him conquer this massive Aztecan Empire with only a small army.

“Social Dancers know that when you are kind to others, it may not only change you,
it may also change our dance world.”

The relationship between Cortes and La Malinche grew into romance, eventually producing a son, Martin. This baby, Martin, became one of the first public examples of a "mestizo," a racial category used in Latin America to describe those with both Native American and European Spanish ancestry. The word roughly translates from Spanish to English as "mixture." When the Spanish began to colonize Latin America, they created a social class system for regulating their newly conquered territories.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

They used a racial system to rank people in the New World. At the top of the social pyramid were Spaniards born in Spain, followed by criollos, Spanish born in the New World. This distinction quickly disappeared. The mestizo population were the next highest social class. These were the children of Spanish and Native Americans. Very quickly, the mestizo population became the numerical majority in Latin America, and today are in complete control in all of Latin America except for a few separate examples such as Haiti in the Caribbean, Belize in Central America and the Guianas in South America.which are controlled by blacks.

"I Will Weave A Lei Of Stars" by Amy Hanaialii

Underneath the mestizos in the class system were Native Americans; Negros and mulattoes. Given the high ratio of men to women coming from Spain, it is not surprising that Spanish men sought relationships with Native American women. In the 21st century, there are over 80% Mestizos which now includes some Negro blood in many countries, 10% that are mainly American or European whites and 10% per cent from the Orient, Muslims and Africa.

 "Social Dancers know that dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn."

Sunday, June 25, 2017

From Hawaii Free Press

Honolulu rail project most expensive in the world

by Joe Kent Grassroot Institute, Jun 22, 2017

Considering how Honolulu’s rail project is shaping up right now, the average Oahu resident will have to pay almost $10,500 for its construction costs, which will make it the most expensive rail project in the world, per capita. That’s based on the current official estimate of about $10 billion, though some experts have said the project could cost more than $13 billion, which would cost the average Oahu resident about $13,700.

"All truths are easy to understand, once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them."

 We coulda got 1000 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.

“There is no question that the Honolulu rail project is the most expensive per capita of any publicly funded rail project in the modern age,” said Randal O’Toole, a transportation expert and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. Even if the U.S. Federal Transit Administration kicks in the $1.5 billion it promised to help defray Honolulu’s costs — which at the moment is not a sure thing — the average Oahu resident would still be on the hook for $8,917.

Beautiful Business  Park in Waianae, voted down by the Present Rail Party.
 "I coulda got home in 20 minutes."

On a per capita basis, Washington, D.C., has the second most expensive transportation project in the nation, the Metro, costing almost $3,000 per person, for a total of about $18 billion. The D.C. total cost is greater than Honolulu’s, but its per capita cost is considerably less because of its larger population (over 6 million people in D.C. versus 953,000 people on Oahu).

"Two concepts for a happy dancer's life:
Use things not people and love people not things." 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rumba, Japan

The rumba dance forms originated throughout the Caribbean and the dance that was exported to the US and Europe was from Cuban cultures. They have been popular since the 1930s and there is more than one type of rumba, the most common in the social dance scene in Japan being the “American Style Rumba.” This sensual and romantic Latin dance is not too difficult for beginners to learn because they have good Instructors.

"A lie can go around the ballroom a couple times before
the truth can get up the stairs."

The Latin Music sound in Japan has been around since the fifties, but it has been more to the specialty class as fans and not very public. Can you believe, large groups of fans of the Bossa Nova in Tokyo? To date, Latin Rumba has never been adequately defined anywhere, Only as it is danced according to styles or the country where it is danced. I personally like the American with the alternative basic instead of the box step. And I have seen much of it in night clubs on Oahu.

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel

Generally, the International style is also danced in Japan and other parts of Asia. Also, this form uses slightly slower music. Additionally, it uses a side motion followed by a breaking action. Furthermore, the International style is more staccato than the American style and is preferred for dance sport. The dance world will establish a better definition of Rumba in another decade. The frame for Rumba is more relaxed than any other of the ballroom dances. Also, the American style uses a Cuban hip motion. Alternately, the International style uses a Latin hip motion. What is the difference?

"Adoro" por Graciela Susana

Latin street dancers use the figure eight hip motion. How you figure? The American ballroom style basic is Arthur Murray, slow, quick, quick, or Fred Astaire, quick, quick, slow. The alternative is the rock step and a slow step, similar to the International. The rumba is a medium tempo dance with a smooth sound, and is distinguished by its sensual rhythmic percussion. In contrast, the mambo and cha cha have faster tempos and are more energetic. And the cha cha uses a staccato type action or movement.

"Social Dancers know that no matter how badly people treat you - you must never drop down to their level - you can just walk away, because you are better than that."

Sunday, June 18, 2017


I am accustomed to the law of diminishing returns and it has been avoiding me for a couple of years. I simply cannot see it, because the hits keep going up. Scam spam robots and search engines and even many legit hits which is what I am interested in. The entire enchilada remains Mind Boggling!

"Social Dancers think it is kind of silly to think that
tearing someone else down builds you up.”

It is there, just fine and needs filling in the cracks. comments, first - then the Two Centers. In at least one way we are atypical bloggers in Hawaii. That’s because we just keep on posting. The typical blogger on the Mainland, like most people who go on diets and budgets, quits after a few months, weeks, or in many cases, days. Some with good reason, they put a counter in and find they are only beating their gums.

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck

Fortunately, more of the "wheels" in our dance community are becoming aware of blogs and blogging. Unfortunately, for them, some will decide on a blog for themselves only and privately, like a Web site. There's the rub, and they don't know that part yet, they cut down on the available readership. And of course they will not put a counter on it. They don't want to know if they are just beating their gums. Tough.

"I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

This blog was at one time 2nd right behind Town Dancer when I only had four blogs. Then I went slowly up to eleven blogs just to test the grounds. No one in Hawaii knows what I found out, by just getting in there. Blogging Hawaii went to down to fifth place. Too much competition. I tried a blog for the North Shore, and never got out of single digits average per day hits. Delete it. I gradually deleted down to the present Magnificent Seven. Blogging Hawaii, alternates. 3rd and 4th place with Dancing in the Dark blog.

"Social dancers know that teamwork is essential.
It allows you to blame someone else"

Friday, June 16, 2017

Chilean Music And Dance

Many musical genres are not so native to Chile; one of the most popular was the Chilean Romantic Cumbia and the Nueva Canción originated in the 1960s and 1970s and spread in popularity until the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, when, Trump Style, most musicians were arrested, killed or exiled. This music was based on the very popular Rumba - Bolero form from the Caribbean and Mexico. And the dancing contains the basic moves that originated from the Inca Empire in Peru.

"Social Dancers do not dance because they want to,
they dance because they need to."

In Central Chile, several styles can be found: the Cueca (the national dance), and the Vals, almost as popular as the Vals in Peru. In the Norte Grande region traditional music resembles the music of southern Perú and western Bolivia, and is known as Andean music. This music, which reflects the spirit of the indigenous people of the Altiplano, was an inspiration for the Nueva Canción. The even step is the same in any language. The rock step is not much different in any country.

"Time After Time" by Placido Domingo 

Then there is the famous Viña Del Mar, a coastal resort city northwest of Santiago, Chile. It’s known for its gardens, beaches and high-rise buildings. Quinta Vergara Park is home to the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and the annual Viña Del Mar International Song Festival. It is now so internationally well known that it has had a very big influence the Chilean music of this century. In fact this is even more so in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. The net result is the southern part of South American is coming to a world wide forefront in standardizing the best in Latin music.

"Social Dancers know that it is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey towards that end that matters."


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brazil Music

By Robert Chun, Lahaina
Some of the most beautiful music and beautiful simple chassé movements in Brazil developed very nicely in the late 1800s. Three very distinct Sambas and all with a two count chassé. Northern Brazil, the Indians and Mestizos along the Amazon had something pretty nice and Southern Brazil Indians and Mestizos had another and slightly different. The dancers were not experts but could really enjoy moving to the good music. There was third one in the large area in and around Rio De Janeiro, danced by the Blacks that had been newly freed. And all three were named Samba.

"Social Dancers believe that every time we dance,
we turn into a better version of ourselves."

Samba came into the industrial world just before WWII. It went to hell for dancing in the Dance Studio style of social dancing and screwed up by the Gr-e-at teachers of dance in the US and England adding and adding. Can you believe four different basic steps in each dance? Some even had five and it was promoted by the professionals for the rest of the century.  Years later, in the 50s came in the Bossa Nova based on another very basic Indian rhythm and still one of the most beautiful sounds in our musical world. Both very much appreciated in Europe and the Orient with much simpler dance movements.

 "Chica, Chica, Boom, Chic" by Carmen Miranda

Bossa Nova was higher class and indeed, Bossa Nova songs often spoke of love, the beach, and beautiful women but the music flows nicely and smoothly. The rhythm follows a nice beat mainly around 60-90 bpm depending on the song. Very easy to dance with a partner – in the style of slow dancing with a little flair added in, the pleasant piano and brushed drum with the muted horn.  Some will add some strings to the back layer to expound on the depth. The music gives the listener a sense of laid back relaxation. Just enough of an upbeat to keep the listener interested but not overpowering to take over the foreground of a setting.

"Girl From Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto

"Fly Me To The Moon" is an American song, but nicely played by Lisa Ono in Bossa Nova style. I have the song video, Lisa singing in English in Tokyo, Japan. There is nothing in the world that can beat that. Anyone music fan will long remember that one.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


By Francis Yonai, Waipio
The more experience dancers will want to get up and dance every number. The love of dancing has now become your "tender trap." But your love of dancing will, at some point, peak. It sustains itself for a while and then, gradually it happens. You start losing some interest. You miss some dances. You feel as if you are missing some other types of activity. You begin to putting your hours of dancing in greater prospective.

"Social Dancers know that there many different kinds of dancers
and the group they belong to is the Social Dancers."

The intensity and motivation diminishes. The dancing has become moderated. In some cases, interest may peak again and the old pattern becomes reestablished. However, over time, the whole pattern will keep repeating itself. Some may even drop out, taking time away from dancing. What, you may ask, causes this to happen? It could be one or more factors, such as health, or financial reasons, a loss of a partner or age.

"Hawaii Aloha" by Loyal Garner

Even more than that would be a change of venue, confrontations, conflicts with the ruling cliques, avoiding stress, increase in weight, work commitments, family needs, new interests and there could be more. Whatever the stage or point you are at, enjoy the journey while it lasts. The memories will always be pleasant. You'll always feel natural on the dance floor and enjoy dancing. Dancing will still be part of your life. The whole process is a natural progression for all previously "addicted" dancers.

"Don't Worry About Me" by Jimmy Borges

Pub's Side Note: I read about the three contractors bidding on a small job on the Rail. Two them came to less the 30000 dollars. One of them came in at 36000 dollars. The man in charge asked him how come so much. He replied. "5000 for me, 5000 for you and 26000 to the guy from Kalihi to do the job right." Of course, Da Present Rail Party would never do that. All we know is somebody making millions and millions of dollars daily.

"Social dancers fully realize that success does not have much to
do with what they gain in life or accomplish for themselves,
 It is what they do for others."

Friday, June 9, 2017

South America

There were approximately five million inhabitants of South America when the first illegal aliens arrived.  Their music and dance was very varied and most of the higher class music and dance was centered in the rather new Inca empire in Peru. For the first hundred years, there was little direct Spanish influence in the native music and dance though many changes were made by the Indians themselves as they became more integrated with the Spanish culture.

"Social Dancers know that they can rise, simply by lifting others."

Most music and dance throughout the US comes from the Caribbean simply because it was promoted from the most peaceful of the areas in Latin America. Mexican music is much too diverse and even in the US played and danced differently in California and Texas. From South America it is relatively new and somewhat sporadic in the last century.

"Adoro" por Placido Domingo

South America has a very large and diverse Indian music and dance spectrum and some dances in the big cities have become very popular. The lyrics are in Spanish and Quechua. The songs have various subjects like earth, seasons, harvest time, love, family, children, and stars. The instruments used in South American music are pan pipes, flutes, rattles, guitar, a native guitar-charango and the drum.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel

Valses (waltzes) thought to have a European origin have emerged in a unique manner in Peru. The three count from the Incas could also be danced with a Rock Step and a Chassé. The famous Salsa music and dance is an acquired cultural characteristic of Peru. Other popular South American dances and dance music include the Samba and the Bossa Nova from Brazil.

"Social Dancers are convinced that every time they dance,
they turn into a better version of themselves." 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What is Latin?

Latin music and dance is spreading out slowly on all the islands. Led by Bachata and Salsa as peripherals, not in the regular course of social dancing and preferred by the younger dancers. The more experienced dancers still go for Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Merengue and Tango. Tango may be dance socially in the American style, International and even the Filipino. Why not?

"Social Dancers are amazing, they can do anything - positivity is a choice,
they celebrate their individuality and have fun on the dance floor."

The Latin waltz has never been acknowledged in Hawaii though many Latin waltzes have been played but never recognized as such. The dancing is to the three count, naturally but they use the rock step and a chassé too. A common dance movement in all of Latin America. That is why it was so easy to morph the slow Mambo (rock step and slow step) into the Cha Cha Cha, a rock step and a chassé. Also used in a least a thousand other dances in Latin America.

If there is one place many of us dread to go, it is the dentist’s chair. The sight of a large needle being injected into tender gums can bring tears to the eyes of even the most red-blooded person. Fears about the dreaded needle, as well as the sight and sound of the high-pitched drill are enough for many to avoid the dentist until we are in considerable pain ourselves. Recent advances in dentistry, however, along with age old relaxation techniques have gone a long way toward riding people of their needle phobia with the result that many patients are now leaving dental clinics without little or no pain whatsoever. However in Hawaii these dentists are still hard to find, they just don't care.

"Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth."

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Arthur Murray Dance Center

It was a nice Saturday in Pearl City, and I had to get many details in place. Receive last minute emails from Deanie and that helped. I had to get my camera ready and make an introductory plan for the shindig that evening at the new Arthur Murray Dance Center on Oahu. Got ready by 5 pm, and not taking the Handi Van, I walked down to Kam Hwy and took the A bus to town.

Arrived about 6:25 and they were in good process of setting things up. I took the first picture to make sure the camera was working. Met up with Burt and Deenie and gave them the camera. Deanie introduce me to Giselle and Jacob and they did what they could to help, they were busy. Meanwhile there was a nice panorama evolving in front of me and wished I had two cameras. A thought?

Terrific pictures taken mostly by Deanie and Burt
And there began the first of the recital dances. Let me tell you these students do not have to take a back seat for anyone. Cannot blame them for not giving me more help, they had plenty on their agendas. They have an idea of a web site but not many are sure of a blog site. With a few more times. they will see what goes into the blogs and the possible readers and what could be included for the reader/dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Mostly me, should be better next time.
We will have something rolling for the benefit of all the dancers on Oahu. Burt finally gave me the camera so that I could find someone else to get their view. But I knew no one, mostly young people even younger than my great grandchildren. But this the first one at this beautiful studio and perhaps they will see what can be shared with our dancing friends on Oahu. I did take a few of the crowd.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

I had to leave early because the last A bus leaves Ala Moana about 8:30. A pleasant trip with my vacuum bottle of wine. I was home by 9:30 and got to work on the preliminaries for this blog. Blogs have to be balanced with text and graphics. We need a few more opinions in our text from the attendees and a few more photos of our reader/dancers from anyone. That is Social Media and the hits will go through the roof.

"Dance teachers on Oahu, help their students find the song
in their hearts, the beat in their feet, and a passion for life."

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mariachis Anyone?

The first Mariachi Mass was the concept of a Canadian priest, Father Juan Marco Leclerc, and has been celebrated in Cuernavaca since 1966. It originally took place in a small chapel, but news of it spread so rapidly, and the crowds grew so large, that the regular Sunday Mariachi Mass had be moved to the Cathedral of Cuernavaca. It is now frequently performed throughout Mexico, and In many areas in the United States where people of Mexican origin live.

"Dance to feel good, dance to feel better,
dance to mend a broken heart or just dance."

Mariachis have come a long ways in the 21st century. They are played in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. They are played in  Europe. There no record of any Mariachis in the Islamic countries. But the Americas are being over run from Alaska to Argentina and Chile. Big inroads in the US and not only in Latin sections. Relatively unknown in the entire Pacific Basin.

"Jalisco No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete

It is still uncertain as to where the name "mariachi" came from. In Jalisco, where it evolved most heavily it had several names and similar, like the name, Maria H. pronounce Maria Ache, also Marietti, When the French arrived in the 1860s, most of the groups were playing at weddings. The French applied what they thought they heard, and the French word for wedding is "marriage" and pronounced "Mari ahge." It became standardized as the name of the one person or the groups into Mariachi or Mariachis.

"The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music,
and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable."

Friday, June 2, 2017

Special Edition

Received from Marie Laderta, a terrific beginning for sharing our dance world with our fellow dancers on "all" the islands of Hawaii.

At the Palladium for Ilima Dance last Saturday.
Just sending you pictures of our happenings and whereabouts. Pics speak a thousand words, better than writing you some long narrative.

In pics, we are with recent newcomers to Hawaii, Jackie Lei and his wife Spring, dance instructors from China. They performed a beautiful waltz at Ilima. We just met them for the first time. Mild mannered, gentle couple. They are the rage of the Palladium on Oahu these days. The last two at the Kauai Ballroom dance second weekend of May, one with friend Patrick.

Take care my friend. Ready to board our flight to the mainland.

With Kona Tony at the Hilo Ballroom Dance. -
With Aunty Carol, organizer of the Hilo Anniversary Dance. -
The Floor at UH Hilo where the dance was held.

A perfect beginning as far as I and our fellow reader/dancers are concerned. Hopefully she will include a few more words next time and how about you Paul? From here we will find more ways to share our dance world, good or bad. We are all learning the blogs and we will get better and make it into real social media. Mahalo to all.

"Social dancers don't base their decisions on the advice
of those that do not have to deal with the results."