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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Driverless Taxis

Last year, Singapore became the first country in the world to have on-demand driverless taxis - a new technology that is going to disrupt the transport industry, specially short rail transit. The start-up won bragging rights as offering the first successful public road tests of driverless taxis. This year, Uber had the first successful fleet of driverless cars in Pittsburgh in the United States and now going to San Francisco.

“We make our discoveries through our mistakes - we watch one other's successes and failures and we look for freedom and hope to improve.”


The Present Rail Party is trying to keep the news from getting to Hawaii. Many are making big big bucks on the Rail Disaster and the latest estimates are going to 15 billions, also known as Easy Money. The service in Singapore was so successful because of the high consumer demand for taxis there, well-maintained roads and clear government regulations for its tests.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

They said it couldn't happen again, but accidents do happen.
The Taxis in Singapore will be going slowly and carefully this year trying to make sure there are no "accidents."  But they plan full scale by next year. Taiwan and Beijing have plans for this year too. On the mainland US, besides Pittsburgh and San Francisco, they have their eyes on Seattle and Portland on the West Coast. After that -- Hawaii naturally. We may find other uses for the construction to date, but there will be no rail.

"Abrazame" by Julio Iglesias

"Rumba is the captivating favorite of Latin American dancers throughout the world. It is characterized by strong leg and hip action which adds to the styling of the sensual Rumba patterns. To feel the real joy of Rumba, the dancers develop a strong sense of the rumba musical interpretation and let the body move as it may."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Latin Touch




Letting those of you with Class cards in your wallet or purse that's been in there for the last 12 years. It's time to get to class and use them. After 12 years of continuous weekly classes things will be changing in our 13th year. We are the longest weekly classes of the strictly Latin dance scene. Things will be changing, we are not stopping and not quitting but opportunities such as teaching Festivals in America and Internationally that we have been putting off and getting our Team Hawaii Performance Teams exposure at these Events. I also want to bring more of the Best Instructors to Hawaii. We don't know what the changes are yet but there will be changes in our 13th year. If you don't hear it directly from Charlie it's just rumors and probably a lie, any questions call Charlie directly or talk to him at Sunday Classes. Join Our Salsa Performance Team and represent Hawaii.

"Valio La Pena" por Mark Anthony

Feel like Salsa & Bachata Dancing Sunday's, Join Us. Sunday 5pm Salsa Beginner/Intermediate, 6pm Salsa Advance Combos & 7pm Bachata (All Levels) @ 1070 N King St Upstairs 808-779-7970 for more info. See you soon. No Partner Needed. Bring your friends. Salsa Performance Team Tryouts Sunday March 26 @ 5-8PM. If you know anyone interested let them know. No partner needed.

See you soon and always thanks for the support. We are not stopping just going bigger every year. 12 years have been Awesome our 13th will be Amazing. Business trip to Japan soon and hope to take our Performance Teams one day. On 1or2 Latin Dancers Social coming soon.

"Micaela" por Sonora Carruseles


Pleasant reading my Twitter and plenty of action from Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa gang. Also pleasantly surprised to see Minnie Ruiz, I know her from way back before she left for the Mainland. I just saw the video of Minnie Ruiz, Rolando Sanchez with Jill Kuramoto of KITV4. I will try to make contact and she may share some dancing information for our reader/dancers.

"When we dance, our purpose is not to get to a certain point on the floor.
 It is to enjoy each movement, to the music, along the way."

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nics, Nax

Life For Oldsters by James Furshur, Liliha

Most dancers understand that getting old is mandatory, if not inevitable. But growing old and feeling good about it is optional. Most will remain about the same. Some will be even happier, with new relatives, friends and dance partners. Some dancers will become depressed and will withdraw and eventually just fade away. In outlook or perspective, aging is relative.

"If you love to dance and you have the gift of teaching, you find
it to be super amazing and important because you help
to cultivate a positive value in a person's life."


Growth is life in action. Life as a noun can be activated as a verb - living it. Activity is life. Life is activity. Live life as if dying, or not dying, is a matter of choice. And we may soon have a better opportunity in Hawaii for that. A viewpoint or a point of view. There are times we trip over bumps on the roadway, set back by difficult obstacles. Other times, we emerge triumphant against unimaginable odds.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


To be an evangelist is to ignore pedigrees. Good evangelists aren't proud. They don't focus on the people with big titles and big reputations. Frankly, they'll meet with, and help anyone who wants to forget the big stuff and is willing to help. In our dance scene on Oahu, this is much more likely to be the regular outspoken dancers and not the wheels. The rootzi tootzis may be completely oblivious of this phase.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Life sinks and floats. Life stumbles, bounces back, moves on. Which way? We have directions to determine, to follow, to pursue. We find ways to stay in touch with our fellow dancers - to survive. We prevail. Death itself, we shall overcome. That's the promise of life - Sometime, Somewhere. Leave the question, how, - to someone else.

"He who laughs last probably made a back-up."

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dis N Dat

The Lindy Hop (funny name) where did it come from. - One evening in 1927, following Lindbergh's flight to Paris, a local dance enthusiast named "Shorty George" Snowden was watching some of the dancing couples. A newspaper reporter asked him what dance they were doing, and it just so happened that there was a newspaper with an article about Lindbergh's flight sitting on the bench next to them. The title of the article read, "Lindy Hops The Atlantic," and George just sort of read that and said, "Lindy Hop" and the name stuck.

"Many dancers learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same."


In the mid 1930's, a bouncy six beat variant was named the Jitterbug by Cab Calloway, who was an American jazz singer and bandleader. He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer and he introduced a tune in 1934 entitled "Jitterbug". There have been many new names and many new variations to swing but that name stuck for a long time.

"Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman,
Gene Krupa on drums, Harry James on Trumpet.


The Spanish were somewhat surprised that there are no swear words in the Indian languages of the Americas. Of course the Spanish have always been curious and they would always ask. "What if you are hammering on a nail and you accidentally hit your thumb?" The answer is always the same. "Then we use your language."

From actual court records:
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shittin' me?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Latin Division?

After the Europeans brought home to Europe the Aztec/Inca influences in the sixteenth century, they incorporated their own styles to the dance. Since the Aztec/Inca dances were performed in a group, many of the European dances were now performed by a male and female. This was a new practice because most European dances in the 1500s did not fully accept that male and female dance partners were to touch each other.

"Dancers eventually know for themselves what they are capable of doing."


The benefits of such dance style allowed musical appreciation and social integration, which became the new form of Latin dance. However, much of the storytelling element disappeared from the genre as the focus moved toward the rhythm and steps. And it led on both sides to Partner dancing.The movement evolved differently because it brought a certain element of daintiness to the Aztec dances since the steps were smaller and the movements were less forceful.

"Maria Elena" by Tommy Dorsey


This blog is still trying to establish what has always been there, namely the Latin division of dancing from all the others that there may be in the world. None of it came from Africa, some from the freed slaves after a few generations.  Not many have noticed that it gets bigger and bigger every year. So the time has come. Recognize it, for what is there. The fad dances can be included but recognized as Fad Dances. And we have our good classics that have been around for a few centuries.

"Perfidia" by Artie Shaw


Solid are the basic Latin dances established almost one hundred years ago and much of them are still terrific. Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango will remain and the future will include the Latin Waltz. Any further additions will be made by the dancers and there is no better judge.

There is a 900 number to call to test your IQ. Costs $9.95 per minute.
If you make the call, you are a moron ... If you stay on the line
for 3 minutes you're a complete idiot.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Salsa No Ka Oi

Hello, Friends!

SALSA DANCE PERFORMANCE TEAM TRYOUT with Team Hawai'i No Ka Oi.

Tell your friends, know anyone interested in performing or learning a performance.
Take a chance and tryout. No partner needed. We made this 3 hours to complete
the whole performance in 1 day. Time permitting you will learn part of a second
salsa performance. signup before Sunday March 19 and receive a Free Salsa
or Bachata Class Flyer for 2 (Free $25 Value)

808-779-7970 for more info, SIGNUP NOW or at Sunday Salsa and Bachata Classes
@ 1070 N King St upstairs 5-8PM. May take this tryout without performing....
Bachata/Bachata Rueda Performance Team Tryout Coming April/May.


Pub's Note: We got this with enough time for effective posting, Mahalo

Further comments on the Trump Dictatorship: Now he wants the Orientals out. History will indict those who screwed up this country for the benefit of the rich. History will be unforgiving for those who wasted two and a half centuries of progress when America was great. These Fat Cats want to keep more of their ill-gotten gains, naturally. That's the new Republican and they are running that fine upstanding name right straight into the ground. Remember the good Republican President Eisenhower?

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


He was just kidding his wife on her sixtieth birthday. "Gee, I never had sex with
a sixty year old." She replied, "Oh, I have, and it's not that great."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Time Marches On

And March seems to be starting off pretty good. Many dancers are looking forward to having a ball. Most dance groups are recognizing the excuse to dance on Saint Patrick's Day, falls on a Friday. And then Easter is Sunday, April 16th, and naturally every Easter falls on a Sunday. Jesus was crucified in Friday and arose on the following Sunday. One does not have to be a Christian to respect the time. Unless you are one of Trump's gangsters. The following quote from the Bible is not in their books,

 "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."  ~ Jesus Christ


Then right after Easter we have the big shindig at the famous Palladium
and the above celebration with fun, dancing and good friendship.

Another nice typo in the cooking section of the newspaper, with good spell checkers and good proof readers: The recipe advice is that "Bigger bowels are recommended if you double the recipe." This the kind of typo that makes "perfect" people feel so good, when they spot it. Makes them feel so superior. For most of us it is just quaint.

"In The Mood" by Glenn Miller


Another version of the Origins of Samba:
Portugal was the leading country in the European exploration of the world in the 15th century. Explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral landed on April 22, 1500 just eight years after Columbus had "discovered" America, in what is today Porto Seguro, Brazil. However permanent habitation did not begin until São Vicente was founded in 1532, forty years after Columbus, although temporary trading posts had been established earlier.

"Manha De Carnaval" por Placido Domingo

But by that time, the extremely low class Portuguese had made friends with the Indians. In the usual fiesta occasions, they were joining the Indians in dancing a dance with a chassé. This was not an unusual movement for the Portuguese and many of their folk dances have always had the chassé. This was a full century before the Africans arrived. No, it was not called, Samba. Not yet!

"Blame It On The Bossanova" by Edyie Gorme
 


Nerves:  Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. You got (SAD?) Seasonal  Affective Disorder, Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the necessary ingredients.

A neutron walks into a bar in Waipio,
"How much for a beer?" the neutron asks.
"For you?" says the bartender. "No charge."