Monday, January 21, 2019

Feedback - information - share

Yes we get most of our information from dance blogs nationwide and much also comes from our fellow dancers on Oahu. Very little from the Professionals. And that seems to be just fine with the readers. The view from the Ivory Towers is much different in the courtyard and even more so outside of the Castle walls. This has really been a long time coming and this diversity of information  is surprising many dancers.

“Social dancers believe they should dance while they have strength.
Dance while they can move their being. Think great, be great"


Spreading the word by conversation continues and it seems to be the method of choice. Slowly the hits are increasing as more people realize the currency of the information and the fact that it comes from members of our "own group." I didn't realize it until recently, but this group is forming all on its own. And of course these are the people that will help the most. Stands to reason. I expect the top group to increase to about 30% by the end of the year.

"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (1984)


We are aware that dance clubs and other dance organization in the neighbor islands are pretty well tied up in other commitments so we cannot ask them for anything. However, if they wish, email it and I will post in the blog of your choice. Individuals can still do what they wish to do. So we invite photo contributions, snippets of dance information and perhaps you can even think it over to becoming a Guest Blogger in the blog of your choice. I need help to get rid of my best blog.
 

"And it has occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no
such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing — even bad writing,
using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology."

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dancing on Oahu

Before WWII, most social dancing was of different varieties of simple swing. During the war there was some introduction of other dances by the military coming from the Mainland. But it was not for a few years after the war that people began to indulge in Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing and maybe a little Rumba, maybe one studio, but most were street dancers. Then in 1955, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club appeared on the Dance Scene on Oahu. This was followed by the first spin off, Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association in 1959.

“Social dancers believe that a good song can make listeners dance.
A great song can also make them think.”


There were about 20 additional spin offs in the next forty years and some folded for many reasons. Ballroom dance on Oahu has been consistently transforming itself.  From its earliest form in the late twentieth century, ballroom has continued to grow and evolve into what it is today. International style came in to stay and they were very good in their exhibition dances. They really came into prominence with the completion of the famous Palladium. And they elevated themselves to much higher levels than the "Ala Wai Dancers."


A year later they began to use the term "Junk Dancer" to identify a dancer that was not dancing "correctly." They danced "correctly" according to their rules. And with good reason for they would be judged in a competition according to the rules. The fall from grace came with insisting that if you were not dancing "correctly" then by default, you were dancing "incorrectly." They may never realize that there are many dance forms and we can take our pick. Many even insisted that they were the real Ballroom Dancers because they danced in Ballrooms - and they were right.

“Social dancers may have survived. They are here, confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can find our way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax we I can take to our memories or fears?”

Part 2 in Town Dancer blog tomorrow.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Wahiawa Recreation Center

Terrific experience, the invite from the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. allowing me to blog up a storm. I am not physically up to par but with a little help I can blog'em. I have "fumbleitis" of the hands and have difficulty taking photos. Wow, the kokua I have received is unbelievable. Just look at all the photos in my blogs from all these people willing to help. We are for the dancers.

"Social dancers feel every detail of the music, it's like there is something in them
that responds to the sound in a way that only they can."


The elite at the top of our social dance strata almost invariably find themselves in a position of leadership, whether it is expected or volunteered, and often subjects the holders of the elite status to pressure and maintain that leadership position as part of the status. And yet very few of them on our Oahu dance world really know much about "social dancing." With blogs we can expect the dancers to take back some control and it will only be with the new blood on Oahu. West Oahu may lead the way, for this section of the Island is wide open for a new dance structure.

"In This Life" by Amy Hanaialii 


The North Shore has some dancing but no one connected to our blogs knows much about these. Most of our dancers are connected to the area from the Stadium to Kapolei, And many still believe in what the downtown Honolulu wheeler dealers used to say, "keep the country, country." Many have preferred to attend in town where supposedly they have Da Reel Teeng. Then most are well educated and understand paying for a Web site is understandable. But they are still wondering about a blog. Blogs must be making it somewhere. This will take time. A counter? Wot dat?

 Not a recommended book; "Breathing Lessons" by Hal E. Tosis


"Wahiawa Ballroom is always fun. Their New Year's ball was one to cherish. The
members are very friendly and welcoming. Dancing is life and life is a dance.
So let's keep on dancing." ~ Charito and Leo Delgado.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Party

Getting ready to go the Dance Party at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. New Year Dance by the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. The Handi Van will take me there and bring me back. Very nice of them. So many nice people there, I was fortunate to get the invitation. I will take my camera and hope to get people to take some pictures of our fellow dancers. Last time, I was lucky and got plenty of photos.

“For our Exhibition Dancers, Dancing may be creating a sculpture
that is visible only for a moment.”


Of course, now that I live in Mililani, I have been patiently waiting for some dance action in West Oahu, the territory is wide open. Night Clubs, Studios, Dance Clubs, Line dancing and any of the other Peripherals. Wahiawa is leading the way with Dot's in Wahiawa and the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Maybe Mililani and Waipio will be next.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)" by the Chordettes


As soon as I get my special shoes, I will just take the bus and not bother the Handi Van too much. You can get a guilty feeling if you are the only one on the Van. And if you get too many people like mornings, then it takes much longer to get where you are going. However I appreciate everything they do for us. Handy? You can bet your dancing shoes on that.

Not recommended book: "Brown Streaks On The Wall" by Hoo Flung Dung


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

West Oahu Looking Good

The famous Rock step (also called the break step) will always be with us and many social dancers are well aware of it. The name refers to the rocking action during the move, the weight is transferred from one foot to another and then back. It is a very basic move to music and used in most dances in the world. Very probably evolved from the original even step. left, right, left etc. Then in changing direction to step backward, there was noticeable dance move. The Rock Step.

“Social dancers find that the dance moves are theirs. They make the moment important,
vital, and worth living. They listen to the music and do not let it slip away unused.”


Most often it is a two-step dance move executed in two beats of music. There are two basic versions, rocking back and rocking forward. They may start with any foot. In rock back, the dancer steps backwards with full weight transfer then transfers the weight back to the front foot while keeping it in place. In rock forward, the dancer steps forward with full weight transfer then transfers the weight to the back foot while keeping it in place.

"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell (1981)

Submitted by Maile Yagi
No truth to the rumor of a keg of beer.
In some dances, such as East Coast Swing, the partners rock from opposite feet in opposite directions. The leader rocks backward, the follower rocks backward, both doing the basic step sequence: "rock step, slow step". And in some slower dances they will do a chasse instead of the slow step. There you have the most basic dance moves in perhaps 1000 dances. More than that? I wont argue. The most important thing is to enjoy moving to your favorite music.

Book, not recommended: "I Was Prepared" by Justin Case

Friday, January 4, 2019

Default

Wow, this has been surprising, the hits have not only held up but are ahead of what I had hoped. Much of it has been search engines and scam spam robot hits and those are not legit readers but they help keep up the count. I am settling nicely in Mililani and trying to plan something easy to get to and back home again. Get some local information and photos in my blogs. Feedback? Yes, we need.

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.”
~ The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear


Here on Oahu if you are a social dancer you do not have to compete with anyone. You can take part in team dances, where you can dance in unison with your team and have fun doing it. It is done so well in the line dancing. Social dancers enjoy listening to their favorite music like most people that enjoy a good concert by any one of so many good entertainers on Oahu. Social dancers must go further that that, they must move the body to their favorite music. If you can count to four, you can learn to dance! For dancing purposes, we can assume that all types of music are built in multiples of two beats except for the Waltz which is built in multiples of three.

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo


Essentially, all dances revolve around two rhythms. Once you learn these, and can put them in combination, you can perform just about any dance there is. The first rhythm is known as "a slow." A slow is equivalent to two beats. A slow is danced by stepping on the first beat and killing time for the second beat. When you are dancing, count it as "slow, slow", or "one-two, one-two". The second rhythm is called a quick. A quick is equivalent to one beat. A quick is danced as one step for each beat. When you are dancing, count it as quick, quick, quick, quick, or ~ walk, two, three, four. Quicks are generally done in sets of two.

Book not recommended: "The Numbers Game" by Cal Q. Later

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Year 2019 begins.

The view of Oahu from Mililani is looking better all the time. Except for the view of the Mainland under Trump. The Trump Wall Disaster plus the Government Shutdown were the last straws for Trump. Now we are seeing how his disorganization deteriorates as more of his "loyal" staff leave. For sure his White Supremacy and his "Fake News" are null and void now.

Social dancers may dance to inspire or to dance to freedom, - life is about
experiences so they dance and let themselves become free.”


In Hawaii, our biggest problem is our "Rapid Transit" the Rail Catastrophe. People are making millions and millions of dollars daily. No one knows what happened to the first billion dollars. And they have been doing a good job of keeping it secret. The neighbor islands now know that they have to pay too, Original total cost estimate by Caldwell was was five billion dollars. Then went to 10, then 12 and now at about 15 Billion dollars. Called the "Gravy Train" in Honolulu Hale. And no longer referred to as "Rapid Transit." Gonna take longer.

"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (1984)


The dance scene is looking better and less stink and more kokua between most factions. The strongest emerging is the Social Dancer with a more thorough definition. The term "Junk Dancer" from the last century seems to be disappearing. And in Social Dancing, there is no "correct" way to move to music. The acceptance of dances not on the Syllabi of the disciplines of American or International. And I hope to see the Latin waltz introduced to Hawaii.

"Social dancers listen to music and notice the silence the way you would
notice the landscape in the background of a painting."