Thursday, October 31, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, November 9th.

The Waltz is pretty known throughout the world. Mostly a simple even step in a three count measure. Unfortunately or fortunately, there several different Waltzes. The original partner danced was danced in Germany about five or six centuries back. About the time of Columbus and America. Then a new different waltz was developed in Vienna which is now called the Viennese Waltz at about the time of our independence. And you need lotsa room. The American Waltz in the 20th century was based on the peasant dances of the immigrants as the slow waltz. Some of best music ever in the world has been in the American Waltz. It is not generally favored by the young newcomers to dance.

"Social dancers believe that the teamwork of partner dancing,
is moving in harmony with the music and with each other,"


Wots Doin'?
 Week Ending Saturday, November 9th.

Sunday, November 3rd.
Drop-in Sunday Tango

Monday, November 4th.
 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.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii

Tuesday, November 5th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing


Wednesday,November 6th.

Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

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

Thursday, November 7th.
Salsamor Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

"My Molokai" by Willie K

Friday, November 8th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band



Saturday, November 9th.

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 dancing may reminds us that life is a race….
and so we run with Fate and dance with Destiny."

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday, Oct 28th. DAL update


The dancers on Oahu, know pretty well where we all stand. Not clearly but more or easy enough to be friends and dance side by side, The International dancers wish to dance their way. The American style dancers want to dance their way. And the Social Dancer wants to dance his way. No hu hu. The women are supreme in that they can follow and look beautiful in each style. Each couple is moving to the music and enjoying every minute of it. The Night Club dancers are melding in with the Social Dancers very nicely. And there will be a new terminology for our type of social dance before the decade is out.

"Social dancers are sure that if you believe you cannot do it, it makes it impossible."


The change of teachers becomes imperative as each has their own way of teaching, and not necessarily wrong. Perhaps HBDA does the best job of having rotating instructors. The students can take their pick as to how they want to dance. And as long as the movement is easily led, it will be danced. Many of the students learn basic moves such as the rock step that is used in about 5000 dances. Or the chassé which is used in about 10000 dances  Don't ask me where I got the numbers, all I know is that there are a whole slew of them and no one has a patent on anyone of these beautiful basic dance moves.


Most of our very good instructors learned the teaching methods which evolved from the last century. The new type of dancer is evolving somewhat different with the newer results to teaching basic moves. Most are very good at teaching the left turn (for the man) but not very much interested in teaching the right turn even though the right turn is labeled, "the natural turn." They are very good at teaching the cross body lead (but only in certain dances) and they almost never teach the reverse cross body lead. And so on for at least 50 other moves. For sure, our dancing is becoming more interesting as we find more enjoyment in the diversification of using the basic moves. We can leave the LAGS to the "real ballroom dancers,"
 

"For last year's words belong to last year's language, And next year's words
await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
  

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Ncvember 2nd.

Dance is the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion or releasing energy. For social dancers it is simply taking delight in the movement itself to music. Beginners? Start by trying to find the beat of the music. If it helps, try counting along, clicking or clapping your hands to the beat. Once you’ve figured out the rhythm, start moving to it with your feet, arms or any other part of your body. Once you get your head moving, it will make it easier for you to get the rest of your body going.To find the beat, try listening to the drums and watch the people around you. This has been referred to as "Street Dancing."

"Social dancers know that the closer you are to the dance floor
the more you will dance."


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, November 2nd.

Sunday, October 27th.
Drop-in Sunday Tango

Monday, October 28th. 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.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii

Tuesday, October 29th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing


Wednesday, October 30th.

Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

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

Thursday, October 31st.
Salsamor Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

"My Molokai" by Willie K

Friday, November 1st.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band


Saturday, November 2nd.

Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

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

"It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Just keep on
and do all you can with it for good."

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Wahiawa Blast

Saturday was not too good for me but I could look forward to going to Wahiawa for their Halloween dance in the evening. The Handi Van arrived promptly at six and I was there before seven. TA DA!


First batch of photos went to Social Dance Oahu blog,
the second went to Oahu Dancers blog. This the third.

Nice smiling crowd already forming and dancing started in no time to the terrific music of Leland, all of it was very welcomed. Maile had some good help working on the setup. People kept coming with the goodies to eat and the dancing proceeded very nicely. It was also nice to see so much line dancing and it is still mostly women and much is too difficult for me. Getting more men is nice. Keep it up men, it may make you a better partner dancer.

"Happy Halloween!! It's scary how much fun it is to move and dance
to a musical beat and feel so alive. Thanks, WBDC
for making it happen." ~ Richard.


The dancers were smiling and laughing, having fun until shortly before 8 and we had got in the circle holding hands and Leo said Grace. The line then formed for all that delicious food fit for royalty. I cannot eat there, but thanks to Maile she got me a plate to take home. And this becomes Dine and Dance. Plenty of good old talking story when you are eating.

"Happy Halloween! Have a fantastic scary dance nite of
friends and friendly spirits." ~ Peter Sy


I have to thank Richard, Craig, Rod and Leo for some great help in getting the photos. They did a great job, I got enough to be able to delete the worst fuzzy ones because the resolution is too high on the camera and I don't know how to fix it. The duplicates and the singles, I was able to delete. The next batch will go into the Town dancer blog.

 "Happy Halloween! May all the joy of the coming season
fill you heart, Enjoy." ~ Leo Delgado


I asked the Handi Van for a 9 o'clock pick up and they were not sure. I got ready at 8:30 and moved to the door and waited until almost 9:30. He had two people in the van and picked another later. I don't complain as long as they get me home.

"The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach;
but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we may fall
foul  upon the very thing we search for, without finding it."

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Milonga -Tango

People can be misinformed and sometimes it is no fault of their own. Mrs. and Mr. Vernon Castle: were just about the best dancers of their time, but even with plenty of hype and a wide open field in learning, they had little knowledge of Dance history. One outstanding quote: “The Tango is not, as commonly believed, of South American origin. It is an old gypsy dance which came to Argentina by the way of Spain, where in all probability it became invested with certain features of the old Moorish dances. The Argentinians adopted the dance, eliminating some of its reckless gypsy traits, and added to it a certain languid indolence peculiar to their temperament." And Santana thinks all Latin music comes from Africa. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

"I love Tango and I use to dance it when I was young." ~ Pope Francis.

They were referring to the old Andalusian tango which of course had nothing at all to do with the Indian Milonga that had been danced in Argentina for a few centuries. Some people have even said it came from Africa. The Negros being in the servant field in Argentina picked up on it at the High Class Balls. And there is a famous painting of the Negros dancing at an all black party. It is entitled, "El Tango De Los Negros" meaning the Tango of the Negros (their version of the Andalusian Tango) and the date on it was 1832. All these "experts" may tell you that is the proof that the Negros were dancing Tango before the Argentinians. Which is true, semantics wise. However, they were not dancing the Tango that was danced as the Milonga and that was later renamed Tango.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel
 
The Andulasian Tango danced by the uppercrust lasted only a two or three decades (one generation) before becoming extinct. It lasted longer with the Blacks but of course, they had fewer choices. Even when the Milonga became predominantly whorehouse music and dance it was not the complete story. For instance, in Argentina, you could not have Tango without a Bandoneon and the Bandoneon did not arrive until the late 1850s with Europeans. That slowed the entire Milonga down somewhat and the former merry rhythms became slower, sadder and the dance attained a definite "bad reputation." The dance powers in the middle classes in the 1890s decided to change the name to Tango. But it remained Milonga - Tango for 50 years.

Blogger's Law No. 53C: "Nothing is ever so bad that it can't get worse."

Monday, October 14, 2019

You wanna dance?

From Gertrude Quan, Kalealoa:
Why do you go out dancing and what are your goals in dancing? It's not something that you need to spend lots of time pondering but maybe it should cross your mind once in a while. So, just what kind of dancer are you? We have had to make adjustments. When we are able to work nearby we can re-evaluate our goals and may return to more dancing. We are still in our late forties. If your goal is to be an excellent social dancer you need to ask yourself if you are improving in the areas necessary to becoming a better social dancer. Do you ask different men or ladies to dance? Do you think on your lead and follow when you do? Do you think about your social skills? Do you evaluate your dance frame and posture?

"If you’re considering giving dance a try, you can find a few benefits
that will inspire you to follow through with that goal."


These are things that dancers sometimes take for granted but often overlook. Some wannabee competition dancers lack the qualities of a good social dancer. Most of us can see that in our everyday dancing.You may need to trade off social dancing in order to become a better competitor. Being a good competitive dancer takes constant and intense training. Maybe you don't have big enough goals and just go out dancing to have fun and meet people. That is a legitimate goal! There is nothing wrong with that approach. No matter what type of dancer you want to be, ask yourself what kind of impression do you make on others. We have seen some dancers who may be perfectly nice people off the dance floor but turn into idiots when on the dance floor

"From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdimck


I have seen guys open doors for ladies but not know how to ask a gal to dance. We have seen women dress in outfits at a dance that they wouldn't dare wear any place else. A dance is not a place to leave your social skills at the door. There are many dancers, who like the exercise gained while dancing. It's true that dancing is a great way to exercise but while you exercise, you'll be practicing your control and balance as well. No matter what kind of dancer you are or why you go out dancing, you can enjoy yourself more and leave a better impression if you take time and think about what you are doing.Happy Dancing.

“Dancing is a very living art. It is essentially of the moment, although a very old art."

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Oct 19th, 2019

Nightlife can take many forms, but on Oahu, for residents and tourists looking to let off a little steam, nothing quite does the job like a night of dancing. While the city’s many dance clubs used to be synonymous with Honolulu, recent years have given rise to slightly different kinds of clubs that are happy to call Oahu home. Many cater to grown-up hipsters who aren't about to wait in line behind a velvet rope to shake their booties. You can rest assured that those who are looking for the ultimate VIP experience won't be disappointed with Oahu’s club scene which reigns supreme at places where you can just as easily groove the night away and spend the evening gawking at the crowd.. Not that you’d want to do that anyway, right? No, you came to dance.

 "We need feedback in our dance blogs on Oahu. Anybody out there?"


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, October 19th.

Sunday, October 13th.
Drop-in Sunday Tango

Monday, October 14th. 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, October 15th.
Buhu Cantina, Waikiki, Agua Dulce playing, Salsa, Bachata

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing


Wednesday, October 16th.
Thalia
Lava Rock, Ladies Night, DJ Rafael

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

Thursday, October 17th.
Salsamor Latin Dancing Every Thursday night.
Now at District Nightclub!

"Cien Años" por Thalia

Friday, October 18th.
Sweet Leilani Club on the North Shore.
Social dancing for the over 30

Waikiki Yacht Club, No cover
Agua Dulce Salsa Band

Saturday, October 19th.

Submitted by Maile Yagi
Paradise Tango Argentino
Wine and Tango - Downtown New Location

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday, Oct 7th. DAL update

New schedule for the Schedule Blog. The regular week news blog will be published on Mondays to introduce whatever I can of dancing news. Then the weekly schedule will now cover nine days and be published every Thursday. Two days, Friday and Saturday will be published twice, those two days and nights are the most popular on Oahu.

"Social dancers believe you could give social dance lessons a try
and see how many of the dance benefits could be yours."


Blogging is a relatively new form of written communication that is completely internet web-based. You are not going to use it anywhere else. The term originated as a shortened form of "web logging", as blogging was originally a way for people to post personal journals or logs on the web. Blogging has evolved over the years into being used for many forms of personal and business communications. Some can be very long, and most have one page of information and photos, nice.

"Waikiki" by Amy Hanaiallii

Submitted by Maile Yagi
Twitter, and Facebook are the leading Micro blog usually to instantly publish information. Micros are set up so that only friends and permitted people can tune in like most Micros. With our blogs anyone with a computer has access to read any and all our blogs. So besides the Island of Oahu, we get hits from all over.The Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia. Blogging throughout the world has become very popular in recent years because of its ease-of-use and ability to carry on conversations between users, just by using the comments section. However 95% of our blog readers are from Oahu.

"Social dancers truly believe that no one can make you feel inferior
without your consent."

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Week Ending Saturday, Oct 12th, 2019

Dance Jargon

Dance Fever: A benign illness that hits most every dancer at different times and in varying degrees. "Just Gotta Dance." There is no known cure, you just have to dance it out.

Dance Floor: In Night Clubs and Restaurants it is a designated place where people can dance. In our regular dance places, it is THE FLOOR.

Dance Instructor: An experience dancer who teaches in a systematic way such as dance classes at dance clubs, studios or privately. They can provide the students with knowledge of the proper styling and the history of the dance. The students have the opportunity to know, understand and appreciate the particular dance in its context.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner


Wots Doin'? Week Ending Saturday, Sept 12th.

Sunday, September 6th.
Drop-in Sunday Tango

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.

"I Will Dance For You" by Willie K

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

Shore Fyre, Latin Tuesdays
Dinner, Drinks and Dancing


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!

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaiallii

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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

They dance in the Phillipines?

Reblogged from Town Dancer in 2010:

Cariñosa: This romantic and popular dance is a favorite all over the country of the Philippines. Cariñosa, in Spanish means affectionate, lovable, or amiable. This dance is interesting and enjoyable, because of the way the dancers perform it. This Cariñosa dance is performed with a fan or handkerchief. This dance involves romantic steps like showing and expressing feelings and some flirting acts together with your partner.

"Social dancers can choose to remember the social in social dancer,
or they can choose to forget it."

This makes every Filipino, especially the young people, get more interested in their culture. This dance is really good, especially if the dancers performed it well. Cariñosa has a lot of different versions. If you are a creative person, you could make another version of this dance. Today, some Filipinos consider this as the Philippine national dance next to Tinkling.

The two photos I found were remarkably different. The one on the right looks more like a hula. The Bicol version uses the abanico (fan) instead of the pañuelo (handkerchief) to show the hide and seek movements, both words from the Spanish.

"Dahil Sa Yo" by Inigo Pascual

Nobody seems to dance the Cariñosa outside of the Philippines! Only a few Filipinos overseas actually know this dance and that it may be the National Dance not Tinkling. Not many Filipinos know the proper steps. Hawaii? There are many versions of the Cariñosa, and all are pretty hard, clever and flirtatious yet most of the ones on the internet like YouTube are very basic and sometimes terrible.

"Life is a journey. - It's NOT a guided tour. So don't miss the ride. -
You don't get a second shot at it!"

Got of photo of Michaela (Pinky) Puno with her husband and seven children.


Pinky Puno is probably the one person most instrumental to the creation of the Philippine Star Ball, not to mention her husband, Ronnie Puno, Secretary of the Department of Interiors and Local Government in the Philippines. Year 2010

"The Young look ahead, Old age looks back, Middle age looks worried."