Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tomorrow Thanksgiving

For many Americans in the 21st century, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. The holiday feast dates back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, an event regarded as America’s “first Thanksgiving.” But what was really on the menu at the famous banquet? It was really quite simple and gradually evolved into today's time-honored favorites. The illegals did not dance that night but the Indians? You'd better believe it.

“The Experienced Social Dancers have always believed that they should
have danced more when they had no fear of falling.” 

Something that we cannot be thankful for is the scam we fell for with the "Rapid Transit Rail." Ben Cayetano was not interested making the big bucks that the Present Rail Party had in mind. The FAST (Flexible Affordable, Smart Transportation) seemed to be the best new plan ever devise on the island of Oahu with Articulated Buses, with one or two tandems. It would have taken into consideration "comfortable," - other plans have other criteria such as big profits. "Comfortable" is not a known factor by the transportation experts. Getting the people off of their cars and onto public transportation should be the primary motivating factor throughout the world. We got too many cars.

But we can still do something to stop spending good after bad money already lost. We may still lose the "Gravy Train" and the "Easy Money," The Fat Cats of Honolulu may be stopped. The Hope is still there. Thanksgiving can still be ours.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Social Dances

I cannot take photos the way I use to because I now have fumbleitis. So I am limited to what I can post to my blogs. I need help. It has taken time for me to find that in a social blogs like ours we are not "peas in a pod." You all know Da Kine. Two, three or four in a row. Nice, and they will be received nicely. I take those kind too often too. But! Most of us can see what a "candid camera" can do. Sitting down is a nice difference. Just standing around is very socially accepted. I am working on it and will accept suggestions. We are going to get some terrific social photos for our dance blogs.

"If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you."

Just in from the local news. It is not for the big shots that know it all but for the every day public transportation users throughout the island. The surveys that they spend thousands of dollars on, all ask the wrong questions. There is no record of anyone ever asking about comfort and it has been deleted in the HART manuals. Of course not, when you are talking to "cattle" it should not enter into the equation. Dumb Dodos.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Received from Yanna at Divino Ritmo Dance

For years people have read hard copy dance newsletters and dance magazines and then with the advent of the Internet, they also had access to electronic ones. But with Web sites it has always been a one way street. They give you the information and you read it. End of subject. The world of information sharing has grown by leaps and bounds and blogging has presented us with a unique writing platform. With commentary permitted and even encouraged, many can see the two way street developing.

"The hope of future generations is the chance we have to awaken in ourselves
a consciousness that is increasingly immune to irrationality
and that values freedom and wisdom."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Good Week Coming Up

The slide show for Dancing Nights will not start until I can get one or two people to contribute the right photos for a slide show. I am physically limited so perhaps next year. Most of our readers have seen that just one or two people are not the best use of our limited space We want our people in there and as many as possible. But of course, too many is just too many. We hope that all understand and realize that this blog is not Flickers, Facebook, Photobucket etc. You want to contribute thousands of photos, dat's da place.

"Attitude is infectious… Is yours worth catching?"

For us and our limited readership on the island of Oahu, every function could contain a nine photo collage, and perhaps two collages, properly spaced with text.Yes, this a dance blog. So from experience, four or five dancers are easily acceptable, six for sure. However ten is not better than nine in one photo. Our blogging and in fact, all blogs are pretty current. And we can have a ball developing these blogs for the benefit of our reader/dancers. And these are the ones most likely to end up in the slide shows.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

KKV Dental Office
I am getting out of my prison a little more because of my physical disabilities. I went Monday to the Dental Clinic of Kokua Kalihi Valley. Root Canal and I must say the Doctor really knows her business and it has been relatively painless. I have known some of the people for thirty five years. I have told them little because they are busy people and they do a terrific job.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

On Tuesday I had to go to the VA Optical Center. All very nice people but I tried to get a picture for my blog, several years ago, and they thought I might be using them for advertising purposes. So I have come to the conclusion that not many people know what blogging does? No hu hu, just a little patience. And Friday, I am looking forward for a good time at the Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club Social in the Central Valley.

“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded
deep within us to which we dance, even when we can't name the tune.”  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wot Happened?

This blog was originally intended to cover the Night Club scene on Oahu. However it has not worked out that way and we must now include all evening dancing. This includes social dancing in Malls, Parks, School Cafeterias, District Parks, Community Centers and Dance Studios. There’s a big trend brewing in America’s nightlife scene. Nightclub and bar attendance by the Millennials has been on a steady decline for the past several years and counting. Night Clubs, by tradition, must make their income on the sale of alcohol.

"Social dancers hear the beautiful music and that is it. They create
and it isn't thinking, they just go with the flow."

Nightclubs are slowly going out of business and on the Mainland, many are threatening to close their doors each and every day. There has been an overall decline in liquor profits and revenue, Oahu is just holding on. This trend isn’t only exclusive to the United States; the U.K. has also been experiencing a similar drop in their once world-renowned nightlife scene. And what is to blame for all of this, you ask? Who are these impactful millennials?

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Millennials are widely categorized individuals who were born anywhere between the years 1975 and 1995. They are the target demographic for all club owners and other current nightlife vendors. These millennials are very different from their Generation X parents—they were raised to be extremely tech savvy since they entered adulthood equipped with cellphones, up-to-date computer knowledge and would certainly much rather spend their hard-earned money on experiences rather than material possessions.

"Social dancers do not even have to believe in themselves or their dance. They just have to keep themselves open and aware to the urges that motivate them to move to the music."

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tango On Oahu

The are several places teaching American Tango on Oahu and that sounds good. And there are a few places on Oahu, teaching Filipino Tango, which sounds even better yet. At a Wahiawa Social you can see plenty Filipino Tango and done very well too. With the new people entering the social dance field every day, Tango is looking pretty good. Fortunately we have many DJs that know their Tango music. But in most places on the Pacific Rim Tango is a particular kind of tango.

  "When I’m not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded."

It is never just tango. The British have introduce the International Tango (theirs) to most of the world as the correct tango, which of course, could never be more wrong. And we can even start a new one here I suppose. There may be an amalgamation of the Filipino Tango and the American Tango and emerge as the Hawaiian Tango. New Zealand is rolling along with plenty of Latin dances, including the Nordic Tango which originated in Finland.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" Carlos Gardel

Somewhere along the line many social dancers are going to come to the conclusion that dance is dance. When you start to diversify, it is usually only the musical interpretation but sometime it does not have to be. But we hope you understand that the new Filipino Tango that is developing here on Oahu is the correct one. (ha, ho, hum). In fact we are still trying to find out where the Filipinos got their tango from. American or Argentine? Take it all in fun, don't have to be so serious.

"Social dancers don't think too much about the steps. There are no moves in music,
only movement. Just listen to the music and go with it.”

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Night Clubbing

A nightclub is an entertainment venue and bar which serves alcoholic beverages that usually operates into the morning hours. The prime objective for the last century was income based the sale of alcoholic beverages. Social dancers are not drunks and have acquired the reputation on Oahu of being cheap. However, they get thirsty like any other dancers. They can drink water and fruit juices if they are available besides soda pop. Ever hear of a Juice Bar in a Night Club? Could make millions!

“Social dancers know that there is no likelihood that they they will ever make
a living from dance. They do it because they love and enjoy it.”

A nightclub is generally distinguished from regular bars, pubs or taverns by the inclusion of a small stage for live music, a dance floor and a DJ booth, where a DJ plays recorded music and where colored lights illuminate the dance area. Another distinction is that whereas many pubs and sports bars aim at a mass market, nightclubs typically aim at a niche market of music and dancing enthusiasts and club goers. Our biggest on Oahu has been the Salsa scene.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

The upmarket nature of nightclubs can be seen in the inclusion of VIP areas in some nightclubs, for celebrities and their guests. Nightclubs are much more likely than pubs or sports bars to use bouncers to screen prospective club goers for entry. Some nightclub bouncers do not admit people with ripped jeans or other informal clothing or gang apparel as part of a dress code. The busiest nights for a nightclubs on Oahu are Friday and Saturday nights.

“Education may be the ability to listen or to read almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Finnish Tango

The Finnish Tango
By Frank Martinez, Kalihi

Speaking of Tangos. In Finland, since the seventies, tangos have no longer appeared in the sales charts, but the popular tango singers of the 80s and 90s are still much in demand in this century. The tango has become an accepted form of Finnish culture. Even those Finns who personally have other musical preferences feel that the tango belongs to Finland just as much as skiing and the sauna. What explains the continuing popularity of the tango in Finland?

“Social dancers learn quickly that life doesn't always go the way they want it to.
That's okay, they can still enjoy a dance.”

A simple explanation is the fact that the tango has become the most popular form of ballroom dancing in Finland. At almost any dance in Finland you can see how the floor is empty while the band is playing its opening numbers. Then the first tango sounds, and the dance floor is crowded. Yet this is only a partial explanation. It is the lyrics which are the key to the continuing success of the genre. In her book Tango Nostalgia: The Language of Love and Longing, Dr. Pirjo Kukkonen suggests that tango lyrics reflect “the personality, mentality and identity of the Finnish people in the same way as folk poetry does.”

"Jealousy" by Placido Domingo

The central themes of Finnish tango lyrics are love, sorrow, nature and the countryside. The same themes of a century ago in Argentina. Many tangos express a longing for the old homestead, the sadness of a lost love or a distant land of happiness. The changing seasons of Finnish nature are frequently used metaphors: the spring breaks the hold of the winter, and flowers appear, creating new expectations. Autumn rains and dark evenings are symbols of crushed hopes, winter is death. The entire dance may be poetry.

“Dancing with "Vertigo" is a challenge like no other, but one can aspired to
prove you can still move to music even with "Vertigo."