Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pau Hana Dance

Honolulu may be decorated with swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches, but that doesn't mean the city is lacking in a place to dance. Numerous night clubs line the streets of Honolulu, most making a home in Waikiki, and range from dance hall, to artsy hip places, gay bars, and even a western cowboy inspired place for some wild nightlife. There's something here for anyone who's looking for a pleasant night on the town, and the great news is that for visitors, it all is close together so you can catch a taxi or walk, not drink and drive.

"There will always be space for improvement, no matter
how long you have been in the business."

Of course the dance studios are starting to go in for social dancing on weekends and doing very good too. Social Dancers do not require acres of dance floor and at the moment it seems as though Dream To Dance Studio and Aloha Dancesport Center are leading the way. Perhaps another studio could set up the Pau Hana Dance in midweek.
"Malama Mau Hawai'i" by Amy Hanaialii

It it's essence, it is the old Tea Dance to break up the week and it starts right after work catering to the office workers, starting about 5 pm. On the mainland it is simple, the men simply clean up and take a clean undershirt to be fresher. Some will take their electric razors and make themselves even more presentable. The women of course do better than that.

"I'll Remember You" by Jimmy Borges

The evening is a Happy Hour with dancing, more conversation and less drinking. It is not an all night session, people will start to leave about eight. The traffic at 5 pm is bad and with the Rail Disaster it is going to get worse. So after Pau Hana, there is not much traffic on the way home and less aggravation. You could still get a good nights sleep. It could even be added venue to any night club in town.

"Life may not be the perfect party we had hoped for,
but while we are here, let's dance."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Aloha Dancesport Center

 Divino Ritmo Dance Monthly
This Saturday March 18th 7:30-11:30pm
2 in 1 night for same admission fee
7:30-9 pm all ballroom music/social
After 9pm all latin, salsa party.
Come at 7:30 and stay till the end or
come at 9pm  just for salsa...
All for only $10  with reservation
or $15 at door
Complimentary soft drinks, B.Y.O.B
and snacks, dance performances
and St Patrick Day Celebration
at Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave 2nd floor
Divino Ritmo Dance, LLC

"Abrazame" by Alejandro Fernandez

Robot Cars in Hawaii

Uber said Wednesday it is starting a pilot driverless-car program in San Francisco, nearly three months after it started a similar program in Pittsburgh. Uber will operate a fleet of driverless Volvo XC90 SUVs in San Francisco. Every car will have a “vehicle operator” in the front seat along for the ride. San Francisco riders requesting an UberX (the lower-cost ride, no chauffer) might be paired with a self-driving Uber.

If the rider is matched with a self-driving car, they will receive a notification and will have an opportunity to cancel the ride and request a standard UberX ride. Three passengers can fit in a self-driving Uber.  Uber started a pilot program with driverless cars in Pittsburgh in September. And next will be Hawaii - the Rail Disaster is obsolete so the Present Rail Party is trying to stop these Robots.

"The only dancers the social dancers can compare themselves with
are the dancers they used to be."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Salsa No Ka Oi

Hello, Friends!


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.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno

Ballroom not exciting enough? When talking to young people learning to dance socially we often hear they find Ballroom dancing a little boring. This is specially true when the International style is taken into consideration due to the restrictions it comes with the permanent body contact being the main one. For that reason they often prefer the American social or even the Latin dances now with Salsa and Bachata. There is however an easy way to make Ballroom more exciting for people of all ages - it is the way to dance "socially," as we do on Oahu.

 “God answers Knee Mail” 

Friday, March 10, 2017


at Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave 2nd floor

Australian NEW VOGUE
come to learn something new, first time in Hawaii group class in Australian New Vogue
(Australian version similar to American Smooth, fun circular open dance)

by Andrew White from iDance Bendigo Australia
Wednesday March 15th at 8pm only
take this opportunity to see and learn something new.

Group class is free and open to all dancers
if you like the style and would like to learn more,
Andrew will be available for some privates on Thursday afternoon 

"The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:
if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Clubbing Around

Two of the hottest spots in Honolulu for nightlife and dancing are Addiction Nightclub and M Nightclub. Both venues offer classy and hip drinks, live acts, and nice fellow party goers. M is open till 4 a.m. and Addiction till 3:30 a.m., so you can't beat the hours anywhere else in town. If you're looking for a cowboy themed place drop into Nashville Waikiki wearing your finest cowboy or cowgirl hat. And there are a few dozen more intimate spots to have a good time. Most of these are for the younger under 40 crowd.

"Excellent dancers don't believe in excellence - only in
constant improvement and constant change."

For the more experience social dancers there is the traditional American Style of dance. And it is slightly modified by the Night Club dancers. But socially it is getting more standardize so both leads and follows can dance with each other easily specially here on Oahu. Fortunately we have on Oahu some of the best teachers of the American Style in the Pacific. It is pretty well divided into the Smooth and the Latin division. And what is American Smooth?

 "Have I Told You Lately?" by Melveen Leed

American Smooth can be best described as a form of ballroom dancing with an enhanced repertoire of easy to perform, yet exciting steps. All basic principles and the technique of ballroom dancing still apply, however partners are not required to maintain a continuous body contact as in International Style of Dance. Not having the body contact restriction allows the dancers to perform steps such as: lady under arm turns, spins, side by side positions, parallel turns, dips, drops and other variations that would never be allowed in the International Style.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho

Anyone who is learning to dance will find American Smooth very easy to learn, yet refreshing due to its interesting, rich syllabus. The music used for American Smooth, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Foxtrot is basically the same as that used for Ballroom as they know it in Europe, with the exception of quickstep, which is not danced in the American Smooth style. A similar dance is the Peabody which is making a comeback in some places in the US. I do not think I have seen it on our dance floors in this century.

Even Rhythm: A combination of steady consistent beats that are identical
to the meter and get the same time value. Merengue and Waltz? 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Social Dancing

By Enio Cordoba, California

Many would have us believe that dancing is simply keeping time to the rhythm of the music. If that were the case, then there would be no "fancy" steps, no turns, no shine-ups. Everybody would do the same steps all night long. Of course that is not the answer.

"If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are.  For where you are pleased with yourself there you will remain.
Keep adding, keep walking, keep dancing."

What is annoying is to see those that complain the most about "ballroom" dancers, attempt to do many of the same moves. Everyone thinks that what they do in the appropriate level for social dancing is right and if anyone does anything slightly more difficult, they are showing off. Dancing is not only an expression of your rhythm, but also of your personality ... your being. Just like people are introverted and shy at a party and others are loud, boorish and extroverted.

"Nostalgia" por Placido Domingo

I remind my students that there are no dance schools in Latin America. People learn the rhythms from listening to years of the music. Eventually they go to a club and copy what the next guy is doing. This is a form of street dance,  there are no rules. You go to one club and everyone is dancing quick, quick, slow and in another club they dance slow, quick, quick. What is that we dance to? We just go right along with them!

"We don't have a financial crisis in Washington, we have a moral crisis."

Monday, February 27, 2017

Night Clubbing

Sometime it is good and sometimes it is not so good.  On Oahu you could be a little more careful. Try to find out about the place you think you would like best. There are two kinds of dancers, the young and also the more experienced and the music will differ. Some is general dancing music but a little more swingy for the younger crowd.

“To dance to the sweetness of the music, one must forget
that one knows how to dance.”

Some clubs will have the general social ballroom dance type for the more experienced dancers and some will have the specialties, Bachata, Salsa, Swing, Tango or Country. Any one of them will give you a chance to get dressed up. The better you feel about yourself, the more fun you will have on the dance floor. Put on your comfortable clothes, something that you can actually move in and wear comfortable shoes. You could also take into account the dress code of the nightclub, some clubs are more strict than others.

"Yu'uipo" by Willie K

Do your best to go with a group of friends. The more people you are with, the less self-conscious you will feel on the dance floor. In addition, having friends around to talk to will serve as a distraction so that you are not constantly focusing on being watched by strangers. Hit the club with an upbeat group of friends who you enjoy having fun with. And if somebody in the group knows somebody in the Band, much better.

"Hale'iva Hula" by Amy Hanaialii

Scope out the scene at the club, before heading to the dance floor. Take a stroll as if you are looking for somebody, around the club to check out what's going on. Take in your surroundings, watch other people dancing, and get a feel for the kind of music that is playing. Getting comfortable with your surroundings will cut some of the nervousness you may feel upon entering the club. You will feel comfortable before finishing your first drink.

"Music may not be to hear, for a dancer it may be to feel."