Monday, July 16, 2018

Central America and Tango

After WWII, Central America evolved into the dictator political process with the approval of the US.. In the fifties, we had Camelot in Nicaragua. Tachito (Jr.) graduates from West Point gets married and returns to Nicaragua as heir apparent of the Somoza dictatorship, with the blessings of the US. And Tango became the dance of the rich because of its dramatic feeling and its cultural associations with romance and love. One of the most famous is "Jealousy" composed by a Danish Jew, Jacob Gade, a violinist.

"Tango dancers do not look for a partner that is eye candy,
they look for a partner that is soul food."

Today throughout the world there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), Nordic tango and Chinese tango. In the Pacific region, the developing Filipino Tango. What many consider to be the authentic tango closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay, though other types of tango have developed into mature dances in Competitions. It is quite amazing to see so many people in West Oahu dancing Tango and several different types too.

"La Comparsita" by Yoichi Sugemura

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

Tango is a social dance form originating in South America from the Indian Milonga and danced by men only. Coming from the Inca Civilization in Peru. It went south to Chile and over the mountains to Southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina areas. The musical styles that evolved together in the late 1800s with the dance are also known as "tango" though more frequently as "Milonga." Early tango (1890s) was known as tango criollo, or Milonga-Tango. Music and dance elements of tango are popular in activities related to dancing, such as figure skating, synchronized swimming, etc.

"The infinite tango takes me towards everything."
~ Jose Luis Borges

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Latin Dance

by Rafael Cardona, Lualualei

In the Caribbean, two centuries after Coumbus, it soon became very clear that this new music and dance was in the lower levels both socially and economically. The Social Latin Dancer should understand that these people danced the dance of the common people. Some of the dances nowadays have been deluxed up to unbelievable levels. Latin dance includes a variety of dances originating in Latin America. Examples include the Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Mambo, Danza, Merengue, Tumba, Bachata, Cumbia and Bolero.

“Social dancers know that everyone is a good dancer in their souls. Just release it!”

Some also include other tangos, American and European, along with the Argentine Tango, although they differ from the rest in their style. In Argentina, tango is not thought about as a folk dance as is the case with dances like Chacarera, Gato, Escondido & Zamba. Typical Bolivian folk dances are Morenada, Kullawada, Llamerada, Caporales and from the Northern part of South America, the recently created Zouk and Zumba. In Colombia one of the typical dances is the Cumbia, a Latin dance that also originates from the northern part of South America.

"Corazon Con Candado" por Raulin Rodriguez

Ballroom dancing has throughout the years standardized their own dances appropriate for their own style. Now that the International Style has taken over the terminology, they can have it, they have even defined the word, "correct." The rest of us in American, Country, the Peripherals and the new group species for Social dancers will be in developmental stages. There has been some discussion on the standardization of the "Latin" dances. What are they? You got a couple of hours and I will try to name all of them.

When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy. Katherine Jenkins
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 "When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy." ~ Katherine Jenkins

When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy. Katherine Jenkins
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When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy. Katherine Jenkins
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Caribbean

The oldest evidence of human settlement in the Caribbean has been found on Trinidad dating to about 5000 BC. No one is sure where they came from, - South America? The islands were then repopulated by successive waves of invaders traveling from Southern Florida or the Yucatan in Mexico. Those from Mexico had already develop very advanced musical instruments and many basic movements in dance. Cuba remains even to this day the lead in music and dance in the Caribbean.

“For the Social Dancer, the feeling may be less like chemical intoxication than being

drunk on life. They experience absolute bliss — unadulterated and unconfined."

The Indians had reached Hispaniola and Cuba by 4000 BC, where their society is also known as the Casirimoid, introducing agriculture and ceramic pottery.  At the time of the European arrival, three major Amerindian indigenous peoples lived on the islands: the Taíno in the Greater Antilles, The Bahamas and the Leeward Islands; - the Island Caribs and Galibi in the Windward Islands; - and the Ciboney in western Cuba from Mexico.

"Siboney" por Ernesto Lecuona

The hunter-gatherers present in western Cuba at the time of Columbus's arrival may have represented a continuation of their culture. For the first 100 years, 99% of the foreign influence on music and dance was from the Spanish and it was very little. Most of it was an amalgamation of various styles and modified by low class sailors as they went up and down the Caribbean. La Rumba being one of the first to evolve into some sort of standardized form.

"Those that never change their opinions, never correct their mistakes,
will never be the wiser on the morrow than they are today."

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Rail Disaster

Just met a few more people that were in disagreement with my "limited" information on the buses. But they are not bus riders. Honolulu had, at one time, one of the best bus systems in the country built that way by Fasi and his many friends of the people. Then came the gift from Heaven for the Fat Cats of Honolulu and the Present Rail Party. Caldwell was for the Fat Cats and Cayetano was for making a better bus system than Fasi had. The Present Rail Party spent ten million dollars lying about Cayetano,

"Social dancers believe that if you can't think of a good reason to dance -
just dance, and you will think of one."

He took them to court and won over 150 thousand dollars, but Caldwell was already Mayor. They cut back on bus service to make an impact on the users of public transportation. No one had ever before worried about "too full, take the next bus." The initial estimate was at 5 Billion dollars. And no one knows what happened to the first billion which just disappeared. HART and Caldwell will not allow an audit. Strange! The estimate has now been revised to 8 Billion dollars and now referred to by the Fat Cats as the "Gravy Train."

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Bi-articulated (2 trailers) almost around the island. - from Makaha to Kapolei
to Makapuu Point to Turtle bay to Mokuleia.

Opponents of the rail line recently uncovered an independent analysis of the city’s finances done for the Federal Transit Administration that finds that the transit system’s finances are very precarious. The city is spending well over a million dollars daily. Estimates now going to 12 Billion and now well known at City Hall as "Easy Money." The neighbor islands didn't know that they were going to have to pay for this fiasco at the time, but now the entire state has to pay for this Catastrophe too, for thirty, forty years down the line.

"Dance like the wind - shine like the stars - sing like the birds and forget your scars."

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Dance Scene

In the social sciences, there is a recognition of the clique group opinion such as we have had in our social dancing and it refers to the aggregation of opinions verbally communicated from closely knit people. The biggest group in the last century was the well known Creative Researchers And Producers. Generally conceded that they contributed much to the decrease in dancing interest for the last couple decades. Most had been into the exhibition and competition type dancing and naturally they were the best. They were also partially responsible for the increase in so many new dance clubs in the last two decades.

“Social dancers often find, that the impact of the music by our DJs
is so great that they have to get up and dance.” 

In these situations, researchers are often interested in questions related to social choice, untruths, conformity, and group polarization. Public opinion in contemporary usage, is the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by entire dance groups on the island of Oahu. While consumer opinion is the similar aggregate collected as part of marketing research (e.g., opinions of users of a particular product or service). Typically, because the process of gathering opinions from all individuals is difficult, expensive, or impossible to obtain, public opinion (or consumer opinion) is estimated using survey sampling (e.g., with a representative sample of a population).

1990 "If Wishes Came True"  by Sweet Sensation

For us the perfect communication settles down to about five or six blogs as we have now and each with five or less Guest Authors. But we could achieve pretty close to agreement in the enjoyment of dancing in our cultural dance. Would we ever be interested in Bossa Nova again? Still one of the best World Wide. And perhaps with easy acceptance of all the other styles out there. Hey, hey, we are rolling in the right direction.

"There are two ways to be fooled: One is to believe what isn't so;
the other is to refuse to believe what is so."

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Greatest With The Latest

This year I have been reading that Salsa has peaked and Bachata is taking over. However I still seem to get plenty of action on Salsa in Australia and New Zealand and now in Hanoi the capital of Vietnam.they have their own annual international Salsa festival. This is without any help from Trump. A Latino dance festival, “Salsa Holidays,” was hosted at the Sheraton Hotel, in Hanoi. And as a special treat, foreign dancers, including Canadian and Australia have entries. This is a very new regime that's for sure. The event includes an opening ceremony with seminars, dance parties and Salsa lovers have a chance to enjoy salsa dance performances and take part in a course guided by world renowned dancers and instructors.

“Social dancers have it often, that all important moment in movement. They must make the moment important, vital, and worth living and not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.

It helps to have information contributors. This invitation from Maile of WBDC.
Aloha Dancers!
You are invited to WBDC's Stars and Stripes Forever Dance, to be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, Wahiawa Recreation Center, Hale Hookipa Room, starts at 7:30 pm - 9:50 pm, Potluck or a small monetary donation appreciated! Attire: (Optional) DRESS WITH RED, WHITE, AND BLUE! STARS AND STRIPES ARE GREAT TOO!

"The Star Spangled Banner" even if you don't know all the words.

We are getting some glitzy Salsa in Hawaii and those of you that think the golden days of salsa are in the past, what's going on here will show you just how wrong you are. It's still very much alive, and kicking like a mule. The above is definitely on the upbeat. But in New York many of the hot Salsa Clubs have folded, and the movement is traveling West. Could be in Hawaii by next year. Fortunately Bachata seems to be doing all right. And Zouk and Zumba are waiting in the wings. So what do I know?

“Social dancers know that at the Palladium, a lie can travel twice around
the ballroom while the truth is just getting up the stairs.”

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Valse, (the Latin Waltz)

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.The world was conquered by this Mexican waltz around the end of the 19th century: It was written by a little known Mexican composer, Juventino Rosas and its melody filled the air in dance halls, parks and fairs throughout Europe where it delighted listeners who danced and cheered it as if it were their very own. In Latin America, what is a Latin Waltz?

“Social dancers may believe that kindness is a waltz with forgiveness and hope.”

The native inhabitants of the Americas danced many dances in a three count measure. The ordinary even step, but many were with a three count chassé or a three count rock step. When partner dancing was introduced from Europe (not from Africa) They took to it slowly but it came in full force in 1860s when the Mexican Empire was created and the French danced the Waltz. There were many different Valses evolved, the Peruvian Waltz (Called and recognized in Peru as Valse Criollo). The Mexican Waltz (Valse Mexicano) follows the same basic rhythmic pattern as the standard waltz, but also has the rock step and a chassé used in country Valses.

Sobre Las Olas, por Juventino Rosas 1888

Tango Valse allows the dancers to dance one, two, three, or no steps to any three beats of waltz music, and to vary the number of steps per bar throughout the song. It did not come from Africa, it came from Europe. The Viennese custom is to slightly anticipate the second beat, which conveys a faster, lighter rhythm, and also breaks of the phrase. The younger Strauss would sometimes break up the one-two-three of the melody with a one-two pattern in the accompaniment along with other rhythms, maintaining the 3/4 time while causing the dancers to dance a two-step waltz, a chassé. The modern Viennese Waltz has few step patterns because of its speed but the Latin Waltz has many because of the two different basic step patterns.

"Let us believe neither half of the good, people tell us of ourselves,
nor half of the evil they say of others."