Saturday, September 28, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Oct 5th, 2019

The Foxtrot dance is a smooth dance that "travels" around the dance floor in a counter clock wise direction. It is one of the most popular social dances in the Oahu night club scene and it is usually the very first dance taught at most American Style dance studios. The most common way of count on Oahu is the Arthur Murray method, Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick. Where the slow takes up 2 beats and the quick takes up 1 beat. 

"The Girl From Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto

The basic step of the Foxtrot. the lead starts with the left forward, 1, 2 and right side step, 3 and then close with his left foot, 4. The ladies start with their right foot back and a side step, and then close. This develops into the next half for a box step. The lead step back on his right foot S, a left side step and close QQ. The follow steps forward on her left foot S, a right side step and close QQ. This completes the box.


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 2th.

Sunday, September 29th. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 30th. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

Tuesday, October 1st.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

"Grenade" by Bruno Mars

Wednesday, October 2nd.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons

Thursday, October 3rd.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!


Friday, October 4th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band

Saturday, October 5th.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Trump Truth Brigade

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what may be the most serious allegation ever made against the former Secretary of State, Fox News Channel reported today that Hillary Clinton was involved in the conspiracy to murder the Republican President Abraham Lincoln.

The latest charge against Mrs. Clinton was reported by Fox host Sean Hannity, who said that the evidence of her role in the Lincoln assassination came mainly in the form of e-mails.

According to Mr. Hannity, “If it’s true that Hillary Clinton killed Lincoln, this could have a major impact on her chances in 2020.”

The accusation against Mrs. Clinton drew a strong response from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.—-S. Carolina): “There’s been a concerted effort by Hillary Clinton to cover up her role in President Lincoln’s murder. She has said nothing about it. This is bigger than Watergate, the Cuban missile crisis, and the Second World War put together.”

Responding to the allegation, Mrs. Clinton issued a terse statement indicating that she could not have participated in Lincoln’s assassination because she was born in 1947.

“That’s what she wants us to believe,” Sen. Graham said.

"And the Trump Truth Brigade marches on."

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Sept 28th, 2019

Our kind of dance music is enjoying a resurgence across the United States and it is happening here on Oahu too. And in this century, there has been an increase in the recognition of the Oldies But Goodies in Music. Now many of us are able to get a few choice social dance songs for our own private hearing pleasure. We're sure that anyone would want to keep pace with the rhythms of the dance with this music. And most of the DJ's have their own versions of music for listening or dancing and on Oahu, they are very up to date. And no one can say they are right or wrong. Honest opinions should be respected. And that goes both ways.

"Social dancers can really fall in love with their favorite music and the rhythms."


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 2th.

Sunday, September 22nd. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 23rd. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

Tuesday, September 24th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

Wednesday September 25th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

"My Molokai" by Willie K

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons

Thursday, September 26th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!


Friday, September 27th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band 


Saturday, September 28th.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Social dancers may think that integrity is doing the right thing,
even if nobody is watching."

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

DAL Midweek, Sept. 17th.

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is still bouncing around from the great Oktoberfest Dance which was one happy occasion for the entire Central Valley. One of these days we are going to get a social dance club in Mililani, where I live or in Waipio which would be just as good. There are dancers from Town coming to dances in West Oahu beside the ones that live in the West. We are also due for a dance club in the Waianae Coast and one on the North Shore. I think it will happen first on the North Shore, but what do I know?

"Social dancers know that dancing is a great workout and more than that,
it has documented physical and mental health benefits."


Watching the action at the WBDC dance Saturday, I was fortunate to see some good social dancers. They were enjoying the movement to that good music and having the fun with a partner. The line dances were interesting even for us the audience to watch too. Even when making mistakes they were enjoying the dance. That is social dancing, that perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation, and it can bring so much to any ones' life.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaiallii


Meanwhile, I cannot get around much anymore and a few items by email would be appreciated and I could share them in the blogs, with your name and of course, make them more interesting. I need help. I think most can see, that though I cannot take the pictures, other's can, and everyone can see the results in the blogs. I have been getting good comments and everyone else did the work. I will let everyone know. In fact I get most of what I publish from OP. (other people.)

"Social dancers don’t dream at night, they dream all day,
they dream just to stay alive."

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Sept 21st, 2019

In this century many have been asked to explain the difference between social and ballroom dance, or even if there is any difference. It's not answerable in a short conversation, so we try to stick a little here and there, now and then. The entire World of Dance, social and ballroom are considered siblings. Yes, siblings are known to fight, but they can also be mutually supportive, especially as they grow older. Valuing other's truths is a sign of maturity and that makes answering these questions difficult. Everyone has their own definition of "ballroom dance." There is no official governing board to set parameters and limits on dancing. Even within competition ballroom dancers, two dancers may have opposing priorities, aesthetics and values.

"Social dancers believe that dancing with a partner has positive effects
on stress reduction. Experience shows that moving to music with
others expands their sense of social connections.


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 21st.

Sunday, September 15th. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 16th. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

Tuesday, September 17th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing

Wednesday September 18th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons
 
"Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Thursday, September 19th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

Friday, September 20th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band 


Saturday, September 21st.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Social dancers may think that integrity is doing the right thing,
even if nobody is watching."

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

DAL Midweek, Sept. 10th.

Hip hop dance:
This refers to street dance styles primarily performed by "late teen and early twenty" dancers, to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It was a break from traditional partner dancing and a declaration of independence for the young. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by young dance people on the Mainland. Television showcased these dance styles in their early stages; therefore, giving hip-hop mainstream exposure.

"Social dancers can choose to remember the social in social dancer,
or they can choose to forget it. Most of us would like to remember."


In addition there have been thousands of Web and Blog sites on the mainland promoting the Fad. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio - based version of hip-hop—sometimes called new style—and a hip-hop influenced style of jazz dance called jazz-funk. Classically trained dancers developed these studio styles in order to create choreography from the hip-hop dances that were performed on the street. There have always been transfers from high to lower forms and vice versa. On Oahu it has happened rather easily, because of this development, hip-hop dance is practiced in both dance studios and outdoor spaces.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho

WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN THE FUN!


What distinguishes hip-hop from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions—colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, free styling, and battles are identifiers of this style. Hip-hop dance can be a form of entertainment or a hobby. On Oahu, the styles vary enormously from Waianae to the Windward side. But there has been a gradual synchronizing in town. It can also be a way to stay active in competitive dance and a way to make a living by dancing professionally.

"Social dancers know that you can spend money and you can earn more money,
but when time is spent it is gone forever."

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Sept 14th, 2019

Yes, Feedback is what we need. Prime would be any of the officers of any of the dance clubs, because they would contribute dance items with some authority. But I personally think that opinions are like noses, everyone has got one. We are not clones, so there is the value of all of our reader/dancers. We will probably get someone that just wants to say something one time, we provide the platform, and we get those now and then. Usually they think they can only do that one time. Fine, we have been fortunate to get those. Hopefully they will feel free to contribute more in the near future.

"Social dancers realize that many men don't care for dancing, they try to help
those that do decide to test the waters. These newcomers may feel
exposed and are quite vulnerable when first learning to dance."

Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 14th.


Sunday, September 8th. Drop-in Sunday Tango,
Beginning 12-1 pm Intermediate/Advanced 1-2 pm.

Monday, September 9th. Dragon Upstairs, 7-11 PM
Noche Latina, - DJ Fresco Spinning. No Cover.

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea, Nice Drinks,
Free line dance lessons. Line dancing needs more men.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Tuesday, September 10th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing


Wednesday September 11th.
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

Whiskey Dix, country dancing in Aiea,
Nice drinks, plenty room and Free line dance lessons

"I will dance for you" by Willie K

Thursday, September 12th.
SALSAMOR Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

Friday, September 13th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band


Saturday, September 14th.
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

Latin - Flava, Every Saturday
Cover: $10, free before 10 pm.
International Market Place, 3rd Floor.

"Some social dancers think that talk about dance is not something to talk about.
Dance is to dance."


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

DAL Midweek, Sept. 3rd.

Our social dance music has traditionally been so graceful and good sounding that even die hards enjoying listening to it. When you get into moving to it you can become even more enthralled by the music. And you will keep itching to dance to it. Some of our up to date disc jockeys still do not recognize much reason for all this "Music of the 60s and 70s." When you attend any dance of any kind, all the dances you love and know from our big bands around the world are usually available for you to dance to. The Rumba, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Fox Trot, Tango, Samba - you've heard them all and they get better every time.We are getting into Social Dance Music.

"Social dancers believe that while we live, let us LIVE, let us DANCE."


Latin music and dance for the most part, refers to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The cultural background includes artists from Latin America or artists with a Latin (Europe)/Latino (US) background. Language refers to Spanish and Portuguese. But for dancing in the US, most of the music narrows down to the Caribbean area. There are literally thousands of very good musical selections from outside this area mainly in Mexico and the ABC countries. Argentina, Brazil and Chile. And there is the Viña del Mar International Song Festival, a music festival that has been held annually during the 3rd week of February in Viña del Mar, Chile.

"El Roloj" por Luis Miguel


Viña del Mar-based artist Mon Laferte has been revealed as the first 2020 performer,
becoming the first Chilean artist to kick off the event in recent decades.

Started in 1960, it is the oldest and largest music festival in Latin America. Every year invited World Wide artists perform alongside Latin artists. There are also singing competitions with prizes for the winners. The Festival takes place in the Quinta Vergara Amphitheater and attracts over 15,000 spectators. It has been broadcast live on radio and on Chilean television over the years regularly breaking viewing records The Vina festival features a song competition in two categories, (pop music and folk music, interspersed with performances by international music stars encompassing such diverse genres as rock, and pop music in various languages, cumbia, salsa, reggaetón, bachata among others.

People see things and they say "Why?" But social dancers dream things
that never were and they say "Why not?"