Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Oahu

From the Internet

In most of our dance clubs, all decisions should be made as low as possible in the organization. The Charge of the Light Brigade was ordered by an officer who wasn't looking at the territory. There are two kinds of decisions: those that are expensive to change and those that are not. A decision to build a new transit method should not have been made hastily; without plenty of input from operating people and specialists. In Hawaii, the immediate greed was there. Easy Money.

“Social dancers don't talk about dance? They think that dance
is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance.”


But the common garden variety decisions in a dance club - like when to start the music and when to the dance or what brand of coffee to buy - should be made fast. No point in taking three weeks to make a decision that can be made in three seconds - and corrected inexpensively if wrong. The whole dance group may be canceled while you oscillate between baby-blue or buffalo-brown coffee cups.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


In Honolulu, the Present Rail Party made the decision for "Rapid Transit." They stated flatly that the rail and the bus rates will remain the same. They are not really lying as per usual. They have only failed to inform everyone that the rates will go up to six dollars per, for both the rail and the bus. So how do you like them potatoes? Did somebody say ten? He He He. But the prices are going up all over just to pay for the Rail Calamity. And the original estimate was at five Billion dollars, which is an awful lot of money. Easy Money calls for cost overruns and other excuses that the ordinary tax payers do not understand.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The Bi Articulated Bus for real Rapid transit in commuting from Makaha to Honolulu.

The estimates went steadily up to ten Billion dollars. What the hell does the taxpayer know? They are paying more attention now that it may hit fifteen Billions. Aren't we lucky? Property taxes are going up already. And if Foodland has to pay a higher rent, they have to pass it on and the prices on all goods must up. Just think of all the shopping centers in Hawaii.  Milk headed for Seven dollars per gallon, eggs will go to five dollars per dozen. All Rents will go up, naturally. The entire state will see the meltdown. And you thought the rich were going to pay? Ha!

"In the new GOP government, the rich enjoy the ultimate in power,
but the lower classes carry the ultimate responsibility."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Our Kine Dancing

Dances in the primitive cultures all had as their subject matter the changes experienced by their people throughout their lives. Changes that occurred as people grew from childhood to old age. We can be certain that they evolved. In the last century, many fad dances have evolved. They can be a popular craze, like break dancing, the Twist or ballets that feature superstar performers. They can be folk dances that have been handed down through generations, such as the square dance, or ethnic dances that are primarily associated with a particular country,

“Social dancers accept that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement
that is in harmony with the beats of the music in their hearts.”


Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Ricans.. They can be modern dance or musical comedy dancing, both fields that were pioneered by American men and women. The original ballroom dances were a set of partner dances, which were enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of their performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dances were also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. The age distinctions remain and the over thirty is our game. The original ballroom dances may refer, at their widest, to almost any type of social dancing as recreation.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra


However, with the emergence of dancesport in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope.
It usually refers to the International Standard and International Latin style dances. These styles were developed in England, and are now regulated by the World Dance Council (WDC). "Ballroom dance" is the term most often used interchangeably with the five International Ballroom dances. Ballroom is now synonymous with International. They have seized the name as their own and they are right - they dance in ballrooms. While us "low class" are dancing in Parks, Beaches, Streets, Gas Stations, Malls, School cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers.

“Most social dancers are grateful to those regular keepers of our dance environment.The young men and women and the grandmas and the grandpas who hang on to it and help us all remember when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all.”

Monday, May 7, 2018

Cinco De Mayo on Oahu

Wow, so many good fiestas here on Oahu in celebration of one of the greatest holidays in Mexico. No matter where you went you couldn't go wrong and you would be sure to see many of your dancing friends. It has become quite an artistic occasion with a lot of ramifications for the holiday. And they did not run out of Tequila anywhere. They were well stocked for the occasion. In Hawaii we build bridges not Walls.

“Social dancers know that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement that is in
harmony with the music in your ears and the beats of the music in your heart.”


Beside the ordinary Mexican folk dances, the Rumba still seems to be in the number one spot of Latin music and dance on Oahu. I am not sure but I think it is the same in the neighbor islands. And West Oahu claims to have the best Rumba dancers in Hawaii. Specially those that can get some of those smooth Filipino moves into it. Nevertheless, it is still the beautiful music and basically the American Rumba. And better with the alternative basic, a Rock Step and a slow step.

"Sabor A Mi" por Luis Miguel


Cha Cha Cha is in solid second place even though it began over 60 years ago as a fad dance. It was danced to the music of the same name introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrin in the early 1950s.This rhythm was developed from the danzón-mambo. It has preserved and developed into a beautiful dance for social, exhibition and even competition dances. Definitely not a fad dance anymore, it is here to stay.

“All social dancers are creators, and all social dancers create their own world
when they move to the music of their choice."

 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Coming Up

When I first got here, several decades ago, one of the pleasant surprises was to see the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in Honolulu. I had no idea that anyone in Hawaii knew of this Mexican Holiday.
Serious Mexican reasons are perfect to explain Cinco De Mayo, however there is a Mexican atmosphere always floating around Oahu. And restaurants are the main thing for Mexican food has taken its place among the best of the accepted cuisines of the world.

In my old age, I lose many things. Lost this poster a couple weeks back and just found it.
From John Ugarte Pinales.

"Ay, Jalisco No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete

This celebration serves to bring awareness to Oahu’s diverse population of 130,000 Hispanics from over 22 nations. The Cinco de Mayo Street Festival at one time specifically highlighted Honolulu’s connection to all the beautiful colors, dances, arts, music, folklore and cuisine of Latin America.

This holiday celebration will continue to showcase the diversity of Latino culture in Hawaii that includes music, dance, cuisine and the arts. Local Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban restaurants feature seasonal specialties, alongside downtown landmark establishments and the best of Honolulu lunch-wagon eateries.

“Social dancers know that when they dance, they measure distance as if it’s a solid thing;
they make precise judgments every time two bodies exist in relation
to each other and moving to the music."

I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to a Cinco De Mayo Celebration at the Wahiawa Recreation Center and the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club tonight. I hope to blog'em  and see some of you there. I should post it in by Sunday.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Da Reel Teeng

Da Reel Teeng or pretty close to it:
by Francisco Benavidez, Mokuleia

Benito Juarez
On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, at the time ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to establish a Latin empire in Mexico that would favor French interests, the Mexican Empire. Benito Juarez was a full blooded Zapotec Indian. One big difference, he was an educated man and he was always ready to die for his principles and he was President of Mexico.

The Battle of Puebla
The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much more poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,000. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans who were fighting on their land, managed to decisively crush the French army, the best army of the time. In spite of everything, this was their day. Even though the French eventually took over. Napoleon III, had looked at the Americas as a perfect spot for his megalomania.

The Kingdom of Mexico would have been perfect. But then with his sycophantic advisers he thought better of it. The Mexican Empire and Maximilian as the Emperor of the Mexican Empire would be much better. As an Empire they could see Central America as a possible. And then there was the US to the North. The US was on the verge of civil war. Who could tell, Maybe? The French established a good government in Mexico city and they did a lot of good.

Maximilian's last moments.
Can you imagine a Saturday night at the Palacio Social, with all the attendees dressed to perfection and with a live orchestra, dancing the new dance that was called the Waltz? Of course they were all Europeans. No one thought to let the Indians in on it, heavens forbid.

The Mexican Empire lasted only 3 years, from 1864 to 1867. With the U.S. Civil War over in 1865, the U.S. was able to provide more assistance to Mexico to expel the French. And Maximilian I was executed by the Mexicans, along with his Mexican generals Miramón and Mejía, in the Cerro de las Campanas. As Juarez told Maximilian, he had no personal animosity against him but he must die to convince the world of Mexico's human sovereignty.

Cinco De Mayo will always be a day of remembrance and celebration of this entire period.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Paso Doble Anyone?

Translated from the Spanish:
The Moment of Truth

In Haro, a small city in Spain. Eighteen year old Julian Lopez Escobar (El Juli) inches slowly, carefully towards the bull, unmindful of his chest covered with blood from letting the bull get too close as it goes by. The boy matador’s face is filled with tenderness as though approaching a child who has hidden under a table in tears: gentle, coaxing, head tilted to one side.

El Juli, in all his glory.

The bull is heaving for breath and drops its head in a gesture that appears to say: I understand, I am ready, proceed. El Juli draws back his sword and calls one last time, “VENGA, TORO!”

The bull charges, and the young matador strikes faster than a cobra — there is a flash of gold, and then he spins away graceful as a ballet dancer and opens his arms to his fans. His sword is buried in the back of the bull’s neck down into its heart. The young matador’s face is respectful as the bull buckles to the sand, folding gracefully into death.

There is an awed silence. Then cheers, the waving of handkerchiefs (symbolizing the audience’s respect,) the cascade of flowers (expressions of their love), the awarding of the bull’s ears to the smiling matador (to honor the boy’s excellence.) Finally El Juli is carried in triumph from the bullring on the shoulders of the very strongest men of Haro, lifted like a true hero.

This is not Paso Doble.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hawaii

This blog is no longer at the bottom of totem pole but we still got to do something to get hits. We are slowly making contact with the neighbor islands and that is very welcomed. As long as the news is about our dances, our social dance clubs and of course our favorite night clubs.

Just be kind, it doesn't cost anything but it means a lot.


We must move in a more constructive manner to inform the readers about blogging so that we get the maximum use of this information. The output or input on your computer is digital, so your speakers or earphones should be able to pick up anything that is digital. I give out many USB drives and always with a song video in it in digital format. If you have good speakers or good earphones, you can hear everything that is available in digital and the sound can be very good. Although the visual may not be so good. And it can be be transferred or copied just like any other digital file.

"Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho

El Ranchero
You're losing it when you start flailing your arms in any dance situation. If you don't feel comfortable on the dance floor, then don't make motions that practically beg the crowd to look in your direction -- unless you have moves that would have made Michael Jackson envious. Jumping up and down. This is something you would do if you were at a frat party or rock concert, leave it for those occasions. We should try to be nice in our dancing.

“Have you really seen a social dancer, dancing? He is totally aware of himself
and dances his way in a manner that is decided by his heart.