Sunday, March 18, 2018

Oahu Dance Scene

The entire dance scene on Oahu is slowly moving into the year 2018 and the Latin Rhythms have become pretty solid. The dance parties are opening up very nicely and the dancers are having their pick. We don't have much news on any new dance groups forming. Every thing is still in the What If stage. Maui? I can only hope we can get some news and feedback from the people interested in our dance environment. There are so many good people out there that have something to say. They have the opportunity of sharing it with our fellow dancers in these blogs.

“Social dancers sometimes realize that the dance is not as graceful as they might want.
But they can still enjoy the movement to their favorite music."

The one thing they have, that nobody else has, is their own personal opinion of dance including their view of Latin. Their voices, their minds, their stories, their visions. So they can send in whatever they want to share and whenever they feel like it. Just so they don't feel any commitment or obligation. They can email, written items/photos, - and play and dance and live as only they can. There have been fanatic admirers of dance throughout history. "Fans" as we know them today were referred to as such only in the twentieth century. The term "fan" originated as a simple abbreviation of "fanatic."

"At Last" by Glenn Miller

There has been an increasingly growing group of fans in our dance world, Kauai too in which they may not know much about dancing but "they know what they like." Most are fans of social dancing, but there are a lot of different dances out there and to each his own. This "show business" thing that has been marketed all over the world, is a pleasant dance - nice tricks to see but not for most of us. It just ain’t da reel teeng!

“Social dancers know that in our dance environment, much of what has been said
has not mattered, and much of what has mattered could not be said.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


The entire social dance scene on Oahu is slowly moving very nicely into the Year 2018. The different disciplines are accepting the others and the fact, that every one should do as they prefer. As long as they not doing any intentional harm to anyone. West Oahu dance is expanding very nicely. I expect that we will be getting some dance news from the neighbor islands. We consider ourselves fortunate that we have had so many good dance instructors in the American Style of Dance.

"The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of the opposition."

We have accepted the Bachata in our social dancing and our DJs are really the berries when it comes to giving the social dancers what they want. Several years ago the Dominican group Aventura was probably the best known bachata group worldwide with its single "Obsesion" having dominated for a long time radio play both in Latin America, US Latino markets, and countries as distant as Italy and Sweden. The most popular of the modern bachateros has undeniably been Antony Santos. He was superseded in the international audience by Aventura, for the Dominican audience.

"Devorame Otra Vez" por Luis Miguel

The basic footwork of plain vanilla bachata is a series of simple steps that produce a back and forth or sideways motion. A schematic footwork would be as follows: starting with the right foot make a chasse to the right on counts 1,2,3. On 4, touch the left toe beside your right foot (alternatively, tapping the left toe in place, i.e., apart from the right foot, make an upwards jerk with the left hip). Then do the same from your left foot. The character of the dance is achieved through sensual hip and body movements. And of course, you can get fancier than that.

Yes we have been truly shocked that in Hawaii, we have some people that love
getting lectured about patriotism and morality by a draft dodging, racist,
adulterer, reality show star who colluded with our enemies.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Latin Dancing?

The music of Latin America refers to music originating from Latin America several millenniums back and from the original inhabitants. This was namely in the Romance-speaking countries and territories of the Americas and the Caribbean south of the United States. Latin American music encompasses a wide variety of styles, influenced in the beginning by the lower Spanish classes in the 1500s. Then there was some influence by the lower classes of the English, French and Dutch.

"Social dancers think they dance differently because they know they will live forever.”

Much later in the 1800s, it was influenced specially in the Caribbean by the freed slaves and spread by sailors throughout the Caribbean and even South America. In the early 20th century the basic styles were developed and spread to the US and Europe. Many such as Rumba, Samba and Tango were changed by American and British teachers to make the dances more acceptable to their customers. After WWI, many styles were influenced by the music of the United States giving rise to new music and dance in Latin America.

"El Reloj" por Luis Miguel

Mambo and then Cha Cha Cha were two very prominent dances that are still enjoyed by the more experienced dancers. Still later, genres such as Latin pop, rock, jazz, hip hop and reggaeton came and some went. It has been estimated that lambada "donated" over five billion dollars to American Studios. The music and dance also encompasses Latin American styles that have originated in the United States such as Salsa and Tejano. Latin Music and Dance will be a World of its Own.

“The only way to make sense out of change in our dance world is to
plunge into it, move to the music, and join in the dance.”

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You may use a pen name if you wish.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mambo - Cha Cha Cha

The basic conga drum pattern is the pulse of the Latin rhythm section. Usually accents the 2 and a light bang on the 3 and open tones on the 4 and - light on the one. The old time dancers never worried about what count to start. They broke - rock step - on the accented tone. Later in the US, the music was accented on the one count, European style and they broke on the one. So the break for dancers has been on the accent (da moosic) not on the count.

"For an exhibition dancer, Dancing may be creating a sculpture
that is visible only for a moment.”

In Mambo, the rock step was on the 2 and 3 count and the slow was on the 4, 1. In Cha Cha Cha the inherited rock step was on the 2 and 3 count and the Chassé was on the four and one. Of course this was danced a little different when they began to accent on the one count American Style. Now you broke (rock step) on the 1 and 2 count, with the slow on the 3 - 4. In the Cha Cha Cha you broke on the one count (rock step) and 2, and you Chasséed on the 3 and 4.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Michael Buble

Of course the fun really began when musicians began to accent the three count. This acquired the name of San Juan. (Puerto Rico?) The rock step was on 3, 4 and the Chassé was on the 1 and 2. Later on still, they accented the 4 count. It then acquired the name Guapacha. The rock step on the 4, 1 and the Chassé was on the 2 and 3. Come on folks lets keep this simple and easy. The best Cha Cha Cha music is with the accent on the 2. We break there (da bode of us) and we can enjoy moving to the music.

"Many people think of changing the world, but not many think of changing themselves." 

Friday, March 2, 2018

La Rumba

The Rumba Music still has some of best musical sounds in the world today.Whether you're dancing to the sultry voice of Eydie Gorme singing "Historia de un Amor" or something a little more light hearted, yet deeply emotive. No matter what style you choose, anything in that tempo range will fit the rumba. And most prefer to hear it with a percussion section - that click, clack, bing, bang, bum bum that was the original style.
“Social dancers may drink the night and swallow the stars. They dance with abandon and
there is not a thing they do not love and there is not a person they have not forgiven."

Now, for a second, think of all the ways you are a little more mature, level headed, and so much cooler. So why would you still slow dance the way you did in high school? While the rest of the world is still swaying side to side like they're lulling someone to sleep, a Rumba will activate your feet, hips, and torso so you and your romantic dance partner can synchronize your movements, and show everyone what it's like to graduate from the high school slow dance.

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias

Of course, Rumba is still a part of the disciplines and they are very good in teaching the basics for a beginner but you will really learn to let go in a Latin night club such as the one in Alhambra, California. Most is just enjoy listening to the music and just let it go. And there are many in the US with Latin music and dance only. Unfortunately most are dominated by the younger crowd with Bachata and Salsa nowadays. And yes, they should do their thing.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Latin Dances

These are hard to pin point but easy for Latin Americans. They are the dances that originated with the inhabitants of the Americas before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. Most of the modifications were made in the 1500s and 1600s mostly from Spanish influence, but also from the French, Germans and Italians and a century of so later by the freed slaves.

Musical and Dance compositions no longer inhabit certain countries, certain museums,
like paintings and statues. My Latin music and dance is on my computer."

We have two somewhat strict disciplines (they make rules) of Latin Ballroom Dance. The American, - Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Mambo and Rumba. The British, which has been renamed as the International, - Cha Cha Cha  Jive,  Paso Doble,  Rumba and Samba. Each of these dances is performed to the prescribed music and tempi by couples demonstrating not only proper technique but also poise, power, floor craft and other criteria that reflect the quality of their dancing according the discipline.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

So to establish our social Latin Rhythm dances we must eliminate some and it leaves us with, Cha Cha, Cha, Mambo, Rumba and Samba. We must add, (what in the present are the peripherals,) the Bachata, Salsa and the Argentine Tango. Seven dances is a good beginning but it will not be engraved on stone. The Latin Waltz? With a Rock Step and a Chassé. The Latin style dancers will make the ultimate decisions and they will be made at the new Latin night club.

“Social dancers say that with dance there are no real explanations.
You just have to experience it."

Monday, February 19, 2018

Platinum Horseshoe Blog

Platinum Horseshoe blog is now firmly establish in the top two with Town Dancer blog. The best one will get more guest bloggers and anyone can volunteer. With enough bloggers and enough hits I can then resign and the blog will become independent of me and be on its own. The Guest Bloggers will make their own rules and hopefully they will read other dance blogs too. The other blogs may cover places that are not available to us. They tell you about the people dancing and they have photos that are of interest to the reader/dancers who are the important ones.

"Solo dancing does not really exist in line dancing.
The dancers dance with the music and the floor.

And more than that they serve as a good example of the different kinds of blogging we can develop. The Inter island blogs are in suspense. We are not sure who is responsible for holding them back. An unknown Web Master on the Big Island is as near as we can get it. Sooner or later we will get them to join the rest of the cultural dance community in the Islands. Let us not rush anyone. We have a counter on everyone one of our blogs and many have been deleted. Why?

Maile doing a terrific job of communicating with the readers
I do not intend to just beat my gums. Town Dancer has a counter and has been running number one from the beginning when we had Calvin blogging. Most of our hits are legit and they all have search engine hits and scam, spam robot hits. Latin Rhythms is in last place, the bottom of the pile. Just a little feedback would get it out of the cellar. And the proof is in the pudding.

Dance Steps
I won't do it, - I can't do it, - I want to do it, - How do I do it?
I will try to do it, - I can do it, - I will do it. - Yes, I did it.