Tuesday, September 18, 2018


The blogs are not yet fully formed, they are in still in their infancy. With all the Web Site hype, there not many experts out there blogging with us. I know one thing, I must make our blogs "social media" and that means a Guest Blogger or at least other people regularly contributing opinion. It must not be only me. I found this secret gladly. I will not live forever so I must plan on the orderly fashion for the takeovers. And the idea is to spread it as wide as possible over this island and not let any one group screw up the dancing. The results will be dancing news by and for all the dancers on Oahu. What more could we ask for?

Indians can be wrong?
“You gotta dance barefoot if you really want to feel the earth move.”

"I became curious after this one dance film and tried to dance with some help on a Night Club dance floor. I have never been a drunk but with just a few drinks, I have found it is such a thrill to dance with the right partner. It gives you the kind of joy you can never experience in other sports or activities. I am now taking classes in a social dance club."

"The truth is more important than the facts."

Friday, September 14, 2018

American Rumba

The history of Rumba dance was initiated in the U.S.A in the early 1930’s as a fusion of the rural rumba with Cuban Bolero, Guaracha and the Son. George Raft, the actor, popularized the rumba dance in the year 1935. This he did by playing a part in the ‘Rumba’ movie where he is featured as a suave dancer that won an heiress’s heart through dancing. Though George Raft was a good dancer, Frank Veloz did the main male dance part in the movie.

“Social dancers can dance from their hearts and just let their passion shine through”

Arthur Murray thought he knew better when he introduced the box step as basic for Rumba, from the American fox trot with a slow, quick, quick which is still done in American Style to this day. Later the Fred Astaire schools followed suit, and Mr. Murray went to the courts. The decision in favor of Arthur Murray had a big influence on letting other styles acquire the original rumba movement which was a rock stop and a slow step similar to the Mambo and Salsa of today. And used by the International Style,

"The First Night" by Monica  (1998)

Fred Astaire then changed his box step to a quick, quick, slow, which was closer to the rock step and a slow in the original. And that is what is taught in the Fred Astaire studios. They run the National Dance Contests of American Style dance all over the US and the Fred Astaire basic. There are no Fred Astaire studios in Hawaii, the American rumba basic in Hawaii is slow, quick, quick in a box step. The alternative basic for everyone is the rock step and the slow step. This is slowly being picked up in Hawaii and used mostly in Night Clubs, it's a natural.

“Social dancers believe that there may be no facts, only interpretations.”

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bars, Night Clubs Oahu

In most cities around the world, bars are at the core of the social scene and go hand in hand with youth culture. However they are discovering in this century that there are places for the more experienced drinker - and dancer. The thing about cool bars - night clubs is that it can refer to a variety of places—a handy rule is, the cooler the bar, the more horrible the life experience it may provide. Huh?

“Advice from a Social Dancer to you is to dance while you still can.”

And on a weekend night, the quintessential cool, super-popular, loud, dark city bar or night club becomes a place of genuine hardship. The problem begins because you have this idea in your head that a cool bar is a fun place to be. You think to yourself, “It’s time for a big weekend. Excited to hit the bars!” without what should be the follow-up thought, “Oh wait no, I remember now that weekend bars are terrible places to go to.”

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"? by Elton John (1997)

After years of accidental suffering by billions of people, it’s about time we took a long, hard look at this voluntary practice and examine just what a night out at a popular bar entails. Let’s start at the beginning: It’s a Friday night, and you’re excited. You get yourself all ready—you look how you’re supposed to look, your friends look how they’re supposed to look, and you all head out to go where you’re supposed to go: the bar. As you arrive, you come up to a familiar scene—Think if over, without dancing it is no go.

"Social dancers learned that crazy chances guide us to unexpected discoveries
and that tough times unveil the sincerity of people."

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fad Dancing

By Fred Chun, Waipio

Latin dance styles have always exerted a huge influence on the direction of western popular music and this was especially true of jazz. This was profoundly altered by the advent of the first wave of Latin music in the 1940s and then by the bossa nova craze of the 1960s, which also had a massive influence on American pop music. In Wahiawa, they have had Mariachis lately, so that may be all a matter of time. From the 1950s to the 1980s, new dance fads appeared almost every week.

"Social dancers know that being technically perfect isn’t good enough. They need to know
why they dance - to be connected - to be inspired by friends.”

Many were popularized (or commercialized) versions of new styles or movements discovered by the young American dancers who frequented the clubs and discotheques in major U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Detroit. Among the dozens of crazes that swept the world during this fertile period were the Madison, "The Swim", the "Mashed Potato", "The Twist", "The Frug" (pronounced 'froog') and "The Watusi", "The Shake" and "The Hitchhike"; several '60s dance crazes had animal names, including "The Pony", "The Dog" and "The Chicken" (not to be confused with the later Chicken Dance)

"Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey  (1996)

From the beginning, the dances of the natives of Latin America put emphasis on the movement of the dancer’s body and not the feet. The rumba tune was considered to be less significant than the intricate cross rhythms offered by a striking of bottles, spoons and pots and in the 20th century, card board boxes. But in the US, the music and the dancing mixed very slowly in with the European more than the African.

"Many social dancers have learned from life that a foot of happiness
may lie just ahead of every inch of sadness."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Dancing, night clubs

What is danced on Oahu in the regular night club? Some say anything goes because many couples will dance the style in which they are accustomed to. No hu hu, unless they get too fancy. However the complications occur when asking a new partner for a dance. American Style is usually accepted even if night clubs on Oahu accept more of the Latin - Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Merengue and Tango. Just because it is considered part of our culture.

"Social dancers are not sure if the happier they are, the more they dance
or the more they dance the happier they are."

The dance techniques used in night clubs are similar to the partner dances. Good street dancers adjust very nicely. And Country Dancing is an offshoot of the American and they can dance socially with each other easily. The difficulties are mainly in the International Ballroom in which they are stricter and allow only closed dance positions, whereas American Smooth allows closed, open and separated dance movements.

"You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson (1995)

And the rules in International are much stricter as a discipline than the American. In addition, different sets of dance figures are usually taught for the two styles. International is mainly a competition style and American is mainly a social style, and therefore they have different dance values and figures in their respective syllabi. American style is the most common form of cultural dancing with variations, in existence in the Western Hemisphere.

 "Social dancers believe that what you get in your life is not a result of what you want,
it is a result of Who You Are."

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Night Clubs are changing.

By James McLaren, Kalihi

From WWII times, night clubs in Honolulu were glorified lounges with some dance floor, and lots of tables on the side for bottle service. Sure, some people danced but for most people it was means of socializing in a pleasant environment while getting stoned. Many people went to these places, to sit at their tables and look smug about how cool they must be to get bottle service.

“Social dancers believe that art in dancing simply stirs our curious consciousness
and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.”

Occasionally they would get up and dance on the seats around their table or on the railings-ish things dividing the tables. And since most were somewhat deficient in dancing knowledge, it was quite enough. Or at times on the dance floor right in front of their table. This kind of clubbing was all for being able to say they went to the coolest hotspot, and to be seen by the right people. And just maybe do a little dancing.

"I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men  (1994) 

And before you think we are being overly snarky, we have had our stint of frequenting these nightclubs and sitting at tables and looking smug. Night Club dancers that frequent the night club circuit are quite a few and for many, dancing seems to be secondary. First is socializing and it can be a very social environment when you may start a conversation with just about anyone. For the club, the sale of liquor has been of the utmost. It is changing now.

"To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle."

Friday, August 24, 2018

Night Clubs Fail, Why?

From Imbibe Magazine, 2017

They are under-capitalized - The owners didn't bother to determine a sizable enough amount of capital beyond what they would need to initially open the doors and they always end up with cash flow problems within a few months.

"Social dancers believe that if that if you dance with your heart, your body will follow."

The owners were woefully inexperienced. While some had worked at nightclubs, almost none had ever worked as the manager of a successful club and almost every night was a learning experience (that wasn't a good thing).

The owners had a poor relationship with the police. If the police are constantly called to your nightclub or bar, the police administration will go to either the board that controls liquor licenses in your municipality or put pressure on the city business licensing bureau for you to close down. While I'm not saying that the police should be given free drinks, keeping at least a neutral relationship with them (since you are going to require their assistance) and keeping your internal problems to a minimum, will help keep your business open for an extended period of time.

"That's The Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson  (1993)

Employee problems, especially theft. Basically, most of the people that you're going to employ in a nightclub or a bar are frankly, marginal. They call in frequently, or they just don't show. Sometimes they steal. And they use or sell drugs. Unless you are exceptionally skilled at handling such marginal individuals in workplace environments, it can quickly become overwhelming and cause you a great deal of personal stress thus affecting your business judgment.

Poor planning. This differs from #2. Rather than researching your market to see if the market could bear an additional nightclub or if simply buying into an existing nightclub would be a better business opportunity, most people simply decide to open a club and see what happens. Unfortunately, because they didn't do any type of market research what usually happens is, there is an initial rush because of the newness of the club, followed up by a steep drop-off in business and a quick closure

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It then bursts into flame again
by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful
for those people who rekindle our inner spirit."