Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rumba

One of the most beautiful dances the world has ever seen and with some of the most beautiful music to go with it. Yeah, but which one? The world is gradually evolving to the Social Rumba and it looks more like the American Style than anything else. Even in South America, danced with pleasure to their favorite Rumba music.

"Latinos know that life will always give us a second chance
and it is called, Mañana."


The Americans goofed up using the box step for the basic. Arthur Murray started it with a Slow, Quick, Quick. Fred Astaire schools began teaching it and Art took Fred to court and he won. Fred Astaire then changed his box step to a Quick, Quick, Slow and got away with it. Fred Astaire Studios control the American Competitions so what do they dance? Guess! That is what has been holding back the good social Rumba that could have been from the Caribbean.

"Por Tu Maldito Amor" por Xavier Solis


Most of the dances in the Caribbean were a Rock Step and a Slow Step to a four count. The Beguine, the Calypso, the Guaracha and most of the rest of them. The British took that basic and installed in their Rumba. Nice. And that basic is now the "Alternative basic" for the evolving Social Rumba. All the rest of the standard movements can be done just as easily.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tango

By Percival Gonzales, Ewa Beach

Tango is almost unknown on Oahu and yet everyone seems to dance some Tango to some of the most beautiful music on this Island. It may help to know a little about what it is all about. The Tango did not exist before 1890. Then is when the  Milonga (due to bad reputation) was renamed Tango by the high class people in Argentina. And even then it was hyphenated as Tango-Milonga by the people.

"We can dance the dance that we dance. We don't have to
dance the dance that people who dance dance."


It all began as a cat dance by the Pre-Inca Civilization dancers. And it was quite simple. Several stalking steps and a pounce at the end. The date is unknown but it was well over a century (1300s,) before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. The Spaniards that made friends with the Indians, learned the Indian movements to the dance and made few changes, except that the two count was firmly established.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

It became accepted in the bordello areas of bigger cities, and the pimps loved it. These areas were mostly inhabited by the new "Mestizos," persons of mixed ancestry, Spanish and Indian. And this new Milonga was danced a full century before the slaves came in the late 1600s. And there were few changes in the dance until the big arrival of Europeans in the 1860s.

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

The Germans brought with them a small hand held accordion like instrument, The Bandoneon. This instrument, and the influence of the new arrivals change the Milonga movements closer to the tango of today. By 1910 when it was exported, they were developing more differences to the way it was danced.

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias

Today on Oahu, the Argentine Tango is the most important followed by the American Tango, and then the International Tango. We have an added one here on Oahu due to thee large Filipino population. And in West Oahu the Filipino Tango is commonly seen and accepted by all. It may meld with the American Style and evolve into its own Hawaiian Tango.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ritmo Mestizo waking up.

This blog is not communicating with the right people. The results are not enough hits to stay in the double digit average per day category. Dance web sites get single digit average per day hits and that is alright with us. All of ours are in double digits. But I am trying to get them into the twenties. Fortunately Platinum Horseshoe is leading the way with over one hundred average hits per day. Of course much of it is from search engines, Google, Pinterest, Facebook, and that is all to the good.

"Good gossip may be just what's going on. Bad gossip is definitely stuff that is salacious, mean, and bitchy; the kind many people really enjoy,"


Cloning is not in the social dancers kuleana. We learn the basic movements as in line dancing and then we move according the way our bodies want to move. Now the closest thing to cloning that we have in dancing is the competitions styles. The instructors will stress the "correct" way, but they do this with ample reason. The dancers will be judged and the judges must have some rules to go by. And everyone understands that not all dancers can achieve the perfection prescribed. Should be simple to understand.

"You Belong To Me" by Jo Stafford


Feedback occurs when outputs from our blogs are routed back from the reader/dancers as inputs as part of a chain of cause-and-effect that forms a circuit or loop. The system can then be said to feed back into itself. And we should all learn from it good or bad. It is a very important factor in Social Media, but we have a ways to go to attain it. You wanna say something to your fellow dancers? Just email it in. We all need that to make this Social Media.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

A minister is driving down to Honolulu and he's stopped in Kalihi for speeding. The policeman smells alcohol on his breath and then he sees an empty wine bottle on the floor, and he says, "Sir, have you been drinking?" The minister says, "Just water." The sheriff says, "Then why do I smell wine?"

And the minister looks down at the bottle and says, "Good Lord, He's done it again!"

And a happy Thanksgiving to everyone.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Bottom

This blog remains the bottom of the pile in average hits per day. When you think that 80% of the dancers on Oahu, dance Latin dances and even many to Latin music. Of course, with all the blogs the rate of increase has slowed down. One person blogging is SOS. The information contributor (the Two Center) is the answer for any of our blogs. And more dance club information.

"Our lives, our choices, our problems, our mistakes, our lessons. May not be your business so mind your own problems before you talk about ours."


With all the blogs slowing down, Platinum Horseshoe is the one to watch for the hits have gone up through the ceiling. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and the sister club, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club have made the difference. Some of the best Latin music on this island by their DJs. All the other blogs are in a plateau. But it is understandable when there is nothing new to report to the readers. Few movements that we know of and few communications from anyone. Many have their own Web sites and believe it is communication - their choice.

"Me Has Hechado Al Olvido" por José Feliciano


Many possible information contributors of "Latin" simply are not aware of Social Media. so that is stagnant and no one can make use of it. There has been some rumble in Waikele, Waipio area but not anything we can put our fingers on. And no news on the Patsy Mink Recreation Park, only the rumor is that it will be cancelled because they need the money to help pay for the Rail Disaster. Millions and Millions of dollars in profits are being made daily on what is now known as "the Gravy Train."

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel


The Legacy Ballroom in Waipio does not have any news anywhere. I haven’t been able to find out when they had the last ballroom dancing. No one seems to know. Can you imagine what dancing joy could have occurred in that beautiful place? But there many "Ballrooms" on Oahu, and the general idea has been that they will wait on you Hand and Foot, but it will cost you an Arm and Leg to dance there. There also does not appear to be any hope of a community center that can be used for dancing, anywhere on this entire island of Oahu. But the best is yet to come.

Blogger's Law Number 28c:
"To err is human, - to blame it on someone else is even more human."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving

Halloween is over and we go happily into the holidays. Most dance clubs are having a Thanksgiving social and that is good news for all of us on this Island of Oahu. Enjoy the dance parties with your friends, neighbors, relatives, and fellow dancers. And many groups are even getting ready for Christmas.

"Dancers know that the rumors you hear about us are as true
as the ones we hear about you."


You will notice that we have some very good Rumba dancers on Oahu. Some in the American Rumba use the alternate basic and it looks very good. But it is fun as long as we are moving to our favorite music. We are also learning and everyone is always helping some one. They don't know? Don't knock it, they are only giving their opinion, and we can all do that, right or wrong. Let us all be just a little bit more understanding.

"I Can Dream, Can't I?" by the Andrews Sisters


"I will see yo'all there, hear? 

Of course, most socials on Oahu have to have line dancing nowadays, even if to the eighties music. The only problem is that many of them get too fancy and the men drop out. For some reason the Electric Slide has been very appropriate and they have their share of men dancing to it. Once you get LAGS (Latest And Greatest Syndrome) into social dancing you are cooked. In Spanish the men say, "Mas Tarde" which means later. And many say "Mucho Mas Tarde" and you can guess what that means.

"Wine may not be just an object of pleasure, but an object of knowledge;
And the pleasure may depend on the knowledge."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Latin American Waltz

At its earliest introduction from Europe, the waltz was banned in California by Mission priests until after 1834 because of the "closed" dance position. But it slowly gained popularity by the middle classes. In the 1860s, with the establishment of the first Mexican Empire by Napoleon, the introduction of the Viennese Waltz into Mexican high society was received enthusiastically.

"Most dancers seem to know that we should allow our enemies to hate;
they will destroy themselves in the process."


But the Mexican Indians had been dancing to a three count for millenniums, and were now learning to dance it as a partner dance. The Mexican Waltz (vals mexicano) follows the same basic rhythmic pattern as the standard American waltz, but they have three basics and the melodies reflect a strong European influence. Mexico's Juventino Rosas wrote "Sobre las Olas" or "Over the Waves", commonly known in the U.S. as a circus song. Yet only one other waltz vies with the "Blue Danube" for the privilege of being played around the world every day, every hour. It is "Over the waves", the most universal piece among those produced by the Mexican arts.

"Alejandra" por Javier Solis

After the independence of the Latin Countries from Spain, a Spanish Waltz developed that was dance several ways. This Spanish Waltz was a combination of dancing around the room in closed position, and a "formation" dance of two couples facing each other and performing a sequence of steps. The music was of two types, a Viennese kind with a two step to a three count, that is danced with a Rock Step or a Chassé. Then the regular three step, three count as in the American Style of Waltz, a walking step with the accent on the first count.

"Cuando Escuches Este Valse"
Por Vicente Fernandez

The Peruvian Waltz is called and recognized in Peru, Ecuador and Chile as "vals criollo" and is danced mainly with the Rock Step and/or the Chassé. The Cuban (or Tropical) Waltz follows the pattern of the standard American waltz throughout the song. The Venezuelan waltz provides a basis for distinctive regional musical composition. At any rate when we have a Latin dance Night Club on Oahu, we will dance Waltz. And Mariaichis can play some of the best waltzes I have ever heard.

That is what she said,
 "Men are like fine wine, they start out as grapes and it is our job to stomp
on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something
you would like to have dinner with."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ranchera Music

Ranchera Music literally translates to Ranch Music. However, Ranchera Music isn't so much a genre as it is a way of life in Mexico, of viewing the world in all its melancholy and grandiose beauty. It should be no surprise, then, that ranchera is considered the quintessential Mexican music genre in a land with a dizzying variety of music. And the real reason it does not translate to dancing any of it in the US.

"Dancers know that gossip is a very dangerous tool and are wary more
of the gossiper than the gossip they are trying to relay to us."


Ranchera embodies everything that Mexicans think of themselves when at their best -- macho, romantic -- backed by mariachis, dressed in splendid outfits, and stubbornly stuck in a myth of a Mexico that never truly existed. There is no corollary for it in American song -- it ain't country music, it ain't Tin Pan Alley, it ain't even Western swing. It's ranchera, damnit. Criteria for the list of the best is not just vocal ability. whether they wrote their own songs, whether they were a pioneer or followed in the footsteps of titans.

"Jalisco, No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete


Much of it is played in the US but mostly by Mexican musical groups
such as Mariachis. Can women play Mariachi Music? This large
Mariachi group has 8 women and 5 men. Believe!

They sang and played their own way and many Mariachi groups made it to the top. The lyrics of the "sones" frequently describe country life: in particular, the plants, animals and people of the region. These lyrics are highly suggestive, often using imagery of the courtship of farm animals to describe the relations of men and women. In the dance the movements of the performers often represent the farm-yard courtship described in the verses of the sones.

"Dancers dance for themselves, if people understand that is very nice. If not
then no matter, for they will go on doing what they love to do."