Saturday, February 17, 2018

Night Clubbing on Oahu

By Roy Ching, Pupukea

Okay, you probably already know that Fridays and Saturdays are the busy nights for a nightclub on Oahu. In fact, their busiest time – the time most people are in the club – is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. The club may open at 8 p.m. but not many folks will visit at that time. If you’re anxious your first time out, I suggest visiting during the early hours – when the club is less likely to be crowded. How you should dress will depend on the nightclub you’re going to.

"You don’t dance? You were a dancer once upon a time.
You just stopped and you don’t remember when."

If it’s a typical club, casual party dress is fashionable, just clothes that’ll fit you well. And, if the weather is cold, consider handing your jacket the cloakroom worker if they have one. Most nightclubs require visitors to pay a cover charge to get into the nightclub. You’re also likely to be stamped on the arm or be given a bracelet, so if you go out at any time, you can gain entrance again without paying once more. When you go to a nightclub for the first time, you’re going to be in an unfamiliar situation.

"With A Song In My Heart" by Frank Sinatra 

If you want to adapt quickly, consider learning where the bar is as soon as possible so that you can get your drinking on. Stand by the bar, sipping your drink to observe everything around you. Keep in mind that you’ll pay more for your drinks – as they’re usually up to three times higher than what you’d pay outside the club. So, bring some additional cash with you. Depending on the club size, it may have a size to match dance floor. If you start to feel anxious, start walking around. Strike up a conversation with people who are near you.

Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

And if it is dancing you want you can enjoy visiting many places just to "case the joints." You will find plenty of nice places with plenty of nice people. Then you can take your choice. I would like a nice place on the North Shore. Those  that live in Kapolei would prefer other locations. Makaha?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


By Rueben Gutierrez, Waipio

The modern Salsa dance from New York was popularized in the 70s by Eddie Torres and his contemporaries who were 1st or 2nd generation Puerto Rican immigrants. This style is not danced to Mambo music, for which it is poorly suited, but instead to Salsa music. Mambo is still danced for fun and the joy of moving to Mambo music. As a fad dance it has been in effect for over half a century. But then came Salsa, but it too may be a fad dance? Bachata?

"Poetry and music exist in time. Painting and architecture are a part of space.
But only the dance lives at once in both space and time."

Another 10 years perhaps. Ten years ago Reggaeton began to attract young Hispanic Americans who might otherwise have gravitated to Latin music. It was destined to replace Salsa but it too seems to have fizzled out in a very short period. And there have been others that did not make it far. At the same time ballroom aficionados began to embrace Salsa as a serious dance form, which further alienated the young club goers. And now we have Kizomba and Zouk coming in.

Today Salsa is kept alive by an ardent band of Professional and Semi-Professional dancers, not only in New York but around the world. It has been said that Salsa has gotten bigger in the sense that more people are taking lessons but the people who came up in the streets and know about the music are not dancing it. Even in the 90s, you could go out every night in New York and have four or five places to choose from, and all of them had live music, and you don't find that anymore, especially in the Bronx, which used to be known as "el barrio de la Salsa."

“For most Social Dancers, there is no likelihood that they would make a living from dance.
They do it because they love it. They realize how full they feel when
they are surrounded by music and dancing and joy.”

Friday, February 9, 2018

Nic Nacs

Something To Keep

A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. No one is so rich and mighty that they can get along without it, and no one is so poor that they cannot be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is a countersign for friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's best antidote to trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. So give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as those who have none to give.

Meanwhile, the young Latin Scene is evolving. The slow down of the Salsa is definitely here at the beginning of 2018. And most dancers are aware of Bachata and the fact that we have some of the best Salsa music in the Pacific right here on Oahu, live and DJ. So we must help all our friends in the Salsa scene. Perhaps a revival will take hold.

If you remember, Labada lasted less than ten years and Reggaeton came and went in less than three. the dance instructors made millions of dollars. Mambo had that magic at one time but it too is lost now. We must expand our coverage of Salsa. Meanwhile, we must include Bachata, for it is coming up fast. Kizomba and Zouk are coming in slowly but the more experienced Latin dancers will still go for the dances that have been there from the old Latin scene.

"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world."
~ Voltaire

Monday, February 5, 2018

Night Clubbers

We can all take pictures but not everyone can capture the beauty that's usually hidden
in plain view - We can all open our mouths to sing but not everyone can melodically
touch your soul - We can all pick up a pen to write but not everyone can write
words in such a way that they leap off of the page for you.

We can all part our lips to speak but not everyone can speak life into you -
We can all move our bodies to a beat but not everyone can become
one with music, stir emotions and shift energy with dance.

The point is that none of us is perfect but we can all do something. And we are all unique,
with unique views. Just know your gifts, cultivate them, perhaps share them in a blog
and always try to be yourself. Then working together becomes effortless.
Copies aren't accepted everywhere - ORIGINALS are eventually required!

In 2001, Democratic President Clinton handed Republican George Bush a projected 10-year budget surplus over $5 trillion. Bush and Cheney turned Clinton's surplus into a $5 trillion deficit through outrageous tax cuts for the rich, two disastrous wars, and a financial crash that caused the Great Recession. It took us over ten years to get out of that mess. And the Republicans were able to buy the presidency for the jerk of the century. Yeah man!

"Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world.
Don't go through life creaking."

We don't have lawyers like these in Hawaii
A man walks into a lawyer's office and asks the lawyer what his rates are.
 "I charge $100 for 3 questions."
"That's rather expensive for only 3 questions, isn't it?" asks the guy.
"Yes it is. And your final question?"

Thursday, February 1, 2018


By Francisco Parodi, Wailuku, Maui

Rumba dates back to over 600 years. Many years before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. Of course it was not exactly the same thing and danced a little different according to the different islands in the Caribbean. With the advent of bolero, it slowed somewhat and evolved into the Son and Danzon and others similar dances. Gradually, as more people mingled from one island to another, it took on the name Rumba in the cities. The sailors that went up and down the Caribbean were the ones that standardized it even thought is was a solo dance.

"Social dancers know that opportunity may knock, but you gotta open the door."

Prior to the Second World War. what was exported was really the local Rumbas slowed down by the Bolero and reprocessed by the American and British dance teachers. The fast Mambo-Rumba went back to the sticks and reemerged after the WWII and was introduced as Mambo by Perez Prado in Mexico City. However in Cuba, Mexico City, and New York it was completely different to the modern dance that New Yorkers eventually call "Mambo." The original Rumba dance contains mostly basic steps and not easily accepted by many professional dance teachers.

Cuban dancers would describe mambo as "feeling the music" in which sound and movement were merged through the body. They went for the even step, the rock step and occasional chasse. But they could go forward, backward, side ways, turn left, turn right and all the time changing the movement of the leg, hip, upper torso, arms and heads. Professional dance teachers in the US saw this approach to dancing (naturally) as "extreme," "undisciplined," and thus, they saw it necessary to standardize the dance to present it as a sell-able commodity for the social or ballroom market. What Rumba is danced in the modern Oahu night club?

"Social dancers believe that to be happy, they must be concerned about others."

Sunday, January 28, 2018


The blogs have been slowing down and it has been mostly my fault. This is a new year and we gotta get going. I have been polishing my other blogs. And I still meet too many people that have the "selling syndrome." We cannot blame them much, there are too many that are trying to sell you something. If I am offering something on these blogs, "then I must be selling something." I have been doing this for 20 years. How much did it cost you? Fortunately I have been in contact with the tango scene and for me it is all about exchanging ideas and changing perceptions of the current backdrop of our tango world.

"Social dancers know that they can dream up the world
they want to live in and dream out loud."

It would be a nice forum for local tango aficionados to express their opinion of this terrific dance. It has existed for almost two hundred years and is in most countries in the world. Tango Professionals from all aspects, i.e. teaching, organizing, and performing may be willing to share their knowledge, experience and expertise about tango culture into our blogs. Conventional perceived notions keep us from opening our minds to alternative insights and awareness. These perceived notions set trends that are relied upon and copied time and time again

"La Media Luz" ... Julio Iglesias

The reliance of trends leads the community to keeping only to a sheltered path, inhibiting advancement, excitement, and creative artistry. Instead, our blogs seek to expand and broaden the minds of the communities, encouraging forward thinking, to explore the different dimensions and directions of Tango. Blogging like its predecessors the Newsletter and the local publication, remain dedicated to the preservation of the Tango heritage, yet geared towards its continuing evolution. Tango is for everybody. Let's keep on tango-ing!!l!

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which people can have in this world is to
discover new truths. And the next is to shake off the old prejudices."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dancing at night?

Some people have asked me if there isn't any dancing in the daytime. I told them of the only place I knew and that was at the famous Palladium. If there is another place please let me know and perhaps I can go and blog'em and let everyone know. Unless they would rather keep it secret, of course. I am making some good contact with my neighbors in Pearl City but there does not seem to be much interest in social dancing and I don't know why yet.

"Social dancers say it will do you no good to get on the right track
if you are going in the wrong direction."

I do meet some good people here. One of the guys where I live has decided to donate his body to Jennifer Lopez, and he says, "if she can't wait, she can have it now." So we can forget about blogs and bloggers and blogging and focus on this — the cost and difficulty of publishing absolutely anything, by anyone, into an island medium, just got a whole lot lower. And the effects of that increased pool of potential producers is going to be vast.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

I have made some contact with the mainland friends and relatives and informed them of these blogs. It is the easiest way to keep my friends and relatives informed of my doings and my life for the short time remaining. And perhaps they can contribute an item or two, now and then. Comments, info, photos are welcomed. Just tell me what blog. And not many people understand that my best blog is going to go independent. So Simple, and yet, it is very Difficult.

"Few people ever carve their way to success with cutting remarks."