Saturday, January 14, 2017

Central Valley Nightlife

It is definitely perking up since more people are aware that the Rail Disaster will goof up the works for the next 30 years. Stands to reason that second city is needed in Kapolei but the Present Rail Party is goofing up the works there too. In spite of the Rail Catastrophe, Central Valley is developing into third city for evening dining, dancing and entertainment. The Present Rail Party will vote down all business parks in the area. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"We dance because there is no greater feeling in the world than moving to
a piece of our favorite music and letting the rest of the world go by."

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has been established for a half century, leading the way to an enjoyable evening in the Valley. Looking better all the time with weekly dance classes and with social dances every now and then with a terrific group of people there.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

For a long time, there has been a very nice place for social dancing at Dot's in Wahiawa. Its specialty has always been food, but they have dancing to live music on weekends. Pricing is well within the local dance crowds in the Valley.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

And lately they have had Salsa nights at Just Tacos in Mililani. Since they have other branches through out Oahu, we can look forward to Salsa and Bachata dancing there too. And maybe there will be some that like the African dance.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

The key move for us in the Central Valley is a steady information contributor from Waikele - Waipio, to Whitmore Village. Just a person that gets around that section for any kind of social recreational dancing. Home parties, community centers, district parks, night clubs, as long is it is our kind of social dancing.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz.


The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective in the real world. Many of them only protecting (at best) 80% or 90% against threats out there in the wild at any time, and their protection against ransomware is very bad. And there are plenty of crooks out there.

"Dancers love everything that's old, - old friends,
old times, old manners, old books, old wine."



Monday, January 9, 2017

From Yanna2

Divino Ritmo Dance
hosts

two International Latin Workshops
with visiting Professional Couple
Evgeny Likhachev
Mariya Levina
on Sunday January 15th, 2017
        at Aloha Dancesport Center
       350 Ward Ave 2nd fl, Honolulu

2pm International Samba
3pm International CHA-CHA

fee: $25 per person per workshop or $40 for both
Youth under 21yr $10 only per workshop

more info or to reserve your spot contact  yannajs@gmail.com

registration starts at 1:45pm,  cash or check payable to Divino Ritmo



Come to see their spectacular 5 dance latin show on January 14th at Sheraton Waikiki and take the opportunity to meet them in person and learn from them on Sunday 15th.
see the poster for more info

Yanna
Divino Ritmo Dance
350 Ward Ave #200
Honolulu,HI,96814

Pub's Note: And the Dance Studios in town are doing very well indeed. Let's get a little more information to share with the reader/dancers.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Night Club Dancing.

By John Duarte, Pearlridge.

We all have seen him, that guy that stands out in a good night club. he moves across the dance floor - forward, backwards, side to side, circling to the left, circling to the right - with an energy that impresses the whole room. All simple basic moves that have been done for ages, the Even Step, the Rock Step and the Chassé. Moves that are made in thousands of dances and now he is doing them to this/his music - that only he can hear. It is da moosic!
 
"A lot of people have for too long insisted on that thin wall between
dance studio and night club dancing. It is crumbling."


He can move his head any way he wishes, his shoulders moving too. His arms can move like a hula dancer if he wants and when he wants. Hips can move only a fraction of an inch but he allows them to carry his waist and upper legs with the movement. The feet are ordinary feet moves in the particular dance. This may also be referred to as "street dance."

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed


A street dance is a dance style that evolves outside dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves, and nightclubs. The term is used to describe vernacular dances, mostly for the young in urban context as much plainer and basic than American or International styles taught in formal studios. They may be improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


There are fewer street dancers nowadays and most are now in the process of melding into the American style of partner dance. They are keeping it more basic and easier for a wider group of possible dancers and being preferred by the older more experienced dancers. Together they represent over 30.000 social dancers on the Island of Oahu. Yes, we are going to get more Night Clubs specially in the Waianae Coast, Kapolei, the Central Valley and the North Shore. And with a good size dance floor. More social dance clubs? You'd better believe it. The only negative is the prices are going to go up to pay for the Rail Disaster.

"Good Dancers don't speak evil of someone if they don't know for certain,
and if they do know, they ask themselves, why am I telling it?"

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The New Year

Everyone seems to have good hopes for this year. Most are unaware of the tricks coming up with Trump and his band of crooks. Medicare is the first on their list. Make more money for the Medical companies and charge the poor.  The VA is gonna be much less for Veterans, but the rich hospitals and the rich doctors? Yeah, that's them, they did not steal it, they bought the presidency of the United States of America.

"In order that all people may be taught the truth,
it is necessary for all likewise to learn to hear it."


We don't get around much anymore but the night club scene on Oahu changes very little. It is still an entertainment venue and bar which serves alcoholic beverages that usually operates late into the night. The best night clubs are generally distinguished from regular bars, pubs or taverns by the inclusion of a stage for live music and a good sized dance floor.  Another distinction is that many ordinary bars aim at a mass market but nightclubs typically aim at a niche market of music and dancing enthusiasts and club goers. A Latin music night club is right around the corner.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Some nightclub bouncers do not admit people with informal clothing as part of a dress code and are usually very polite about it. The busiest nights for a nightclub on Oahu are Friday and Saturday night, though weekdays can sometimes have a pretty full house on ethnic holidays. And beer drinking has been losing ground to wine and spirits. Some venues have the bring your own drinks and do very well with other income sources such as the cover charge, A Beer stand, snacks, a Juice Bar and Pop machines. The Manager and the assistant manager handle every thing else and no bartenders or waitresses.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


And the entire island is waiting for a Tea Dance. The one that opens right about five pm on a Wednesday evening and ends at nine. A happy hour, that breaks up the week, with less drinking and of course much dancing, eating and socializing. They are very successful on the Mainland. Avoiding the 5 o'clock traffic jam going home and traveling in comfort when it is much clearer. Just to break up the middle of the week.

“Most dancers know that wine improves with age.
And I know that the older I get, the better I like it.”

Monday, December 26, 2016

From Yanna

Got the last of the Christmas data in the blogs and today I am starting the New Year information in the blogs. It looks like a good year.
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Divino Ritmo Dance
hosts
two International Latin Workshops
with visiting Professional Couple
Evgeny Likhachev&
Mariya Levina
on Sunday January 15th, 2017
at Aloha Dancesport Center
2pm International Samba
3pm International Cha-Cha
fee: $25 per person per workshop or $40 for both
Youth under 21yr $10 only per workshop
more info or to reserve your spot contact yannajs@gmail.com
registration starts at 1:45pm, cash or check payable to Divino Ritmo
Come to see their spectacular 5 dance latin show on January 14th at Sheraton Waikiki and take the opportunity to meet them in person and learn from them on Sunday 15th.
see the poster for more info

Yanna
Divino Ritmo Dance
350 Ward Ave #200
Honolulu,HI,96814
www.alohadancesportcenter.com

From Yanna:

We certainly would appreciate getting the information in formats already well known and easily understood. Some require Adobe PDF and we have been accustomed to receiving all graphics in the regular forms such as JPG, PNG or Gif for 20 years. Just copy and paste. Easy as pie. Not PDF.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Night Club Christmas

They say that that there is no such thing. Just a nice regular night of dancing. Well, I doubt that but no one gives us the details that we can share with our friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers on this blog. The silence has been deafening. Anyway, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.


LAGS: Latest And Greatest Syndrome has been a very important factor holding back the development of good social dancing on this Island, the weakness is in the collusion between the student and many beginning teachers. And it is basically good because we are constantly evolving and usually going for the better. However, if you do not have the basics down pat, you are lost in dancing deluxe movements with no finesse to go with the music.

"The First Noel"



This has existed for decades: The beginners are looking at the intermediates and want to go that route. The intermediates are looking at the advance dancers and wish to go that route. After so many years when they get to be advanced dancers (in figures) then they realize they should go back to and get the basics down a little better. Stands to Reason. How to do the Even Step, the Rock Step, and the Chasse, not in any prescribed way but moving your body according to the way you feel the music, now, that's dancing.

A pizza walks into a Pearl City bar and the bartender says,
"Sorry, we don't serve food here."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dancing Correctly

By Clarence Chung, Makapuu Point

Alex Moore’s Ballroom Dancing (the “bible” of International style written in 1916) while occasionally updated is still basically the same as 100 years ago. Licensing has been brought up on Oahu in the past and who would give the tests? Who would create the standards, decide what dances are acceptable. And what individual or group would be pompous (and foolish) enough to consider only their way right or superior? Only someone who is extremely narrow minded and lacks (or fears) creativity. Any competitor will tell you their style is a sport. Social dancing, our style, as an art is a matter of individual taste.

“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if
no birds sang there except those that sang best.”


The market place will usually rid the market of unqualified teachers. Who wants to study from teachers who are not admired or are unable to convey their knowledge? American or social style dancers try not fall into the trap that International dancers have boxed themselves into. We should all agree that we disagree. That’s what keeps American style alive, unique, creative and always fresh. The moment we succumb to uniformity, we cease to grow.

"Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen


Let us not bicker over which way is superior or right. For social dancers, our only criteria should be that our material is leadable and followable. And most of us are comfortable with the KISS method, "keep it simple stupid." A few of us want to show off a little, that's OK too. Dance styles constantly change to reflect changing music, social factors and life-styles. Let’s welcome all who want to dance and grow and learn from all, - And let's keep on dancing.

They asked him at the night club: "What's the difference between a dog and a fox?"
He said, "Oh about 3 drinks."