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."

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What Are We?

We are just another dance blog on Oahu, but I intended this blog to help in spreading the word for the night clubs on this island. A night club for us seems to one in which social dancers enjoy dancing to popular music, drink, and socialize. The main thing that differentiates a bar from a night club is a "Dance Floor." Of course, for social dancers there is a very big difference in a 10 foot by 10 foot dance floor and 25 foot by 25 foot dance floor. That dance floor is a very important factor in the attraction of social dancers.

 "Social dancers sing, dance and flow on the wind - for they are at one with it.
They are nothing and everything in the dance."


Lately some in Hawaii have promoted the sale of chop stick food snacks. "Eat, drink and be merry." On the Mainland, they are increasing the sale of fruit juices in night clubs that specialize in dancing, and could be done here. On Oahu many night club owners have web sites and have frowned on dancers as customers. Simply because social dancers have a long standing reputation of not being drunks. So the night clubs must furnish whatever they can for the dancers, to get the customers. We sure need some feedback on that. Anyone out there?

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Then there is the music, live or DJ. We have had and will continue to have long discussions on the different merits of each. Some dancers prefer DJ and some prefer live music even if the cover is more. But there are many social dancers that are comfortable in both environments as long as they can enjoy the music. Do we know about the music? So with the coming Rail Disaster and the increased traffic tie up, it is only natural that the Night Club scene will spread to the outskirts.

“Social Dancers know that the art of dance doesn’t give rise
to anything in us that wasn’t already there."

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Rail Disaster Continues

What the Department Of Transportation does not know, with all their surveys, and I have been asked the most irrelevant questions, is the real story from the present users. But of course that is not what they are interested in. Throughout the world the objective is to get more people off their cars and onto public transportation. Not Honolulu, you can see the horrible examples all over the place. Old ladies standing from Waianae to town. That's criminal!
 
"Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have."
 
 I use to live in Nanakuli, and I would go to town to make some errands. On the way back, I get the #93 express at 3:00 PM at the Alapai Transit Center. It gets on the freeway at Vineyard and Palama and, like magic, I am home by 4:00 PM. There is no way in the world, in a million years that the rail will beat that. And no one mentions "Rapid Transit" anymore.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The only negative is that too many good transportation users get on board in town and it is standing room only, all the way to Honokai Hale. Just get "tandem buses" and add two more buses per day, would get a lot more people off the freeways and it would help a lot of people get to the Waianae Coast a little more "comfortable." Yes, I know, the Department of Transportation does not have the word "comfortable" in their terminologies.

"Stranger In Paradise"   ...   The Four Aces

The same thing can be applied to the #92 express going to Makakilo and the #91 going to Ewa Beach. With an additional four more "C" buses every day, each way, and get the #40 buses with "tandem buses," the rail is "superfluous, not needed," except for the ones that are making the Big Big Buck$. The freeways would be less crowded and you don't have to go to a special station costing billions and billions of dollars. You just get the bus right around the corner where  you always got it. Dumb Dodos - use your head, Red.

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Email from Marie: Sounds good Joe. Will get you the info re the 28th next week. Paul & I are in Miami at the World Dancesport Federation competition. We left Honolulu on Thursday and will be home Tuesday. It's all good here. Miami recovered from the hurricane. Attaching a  pic of us at the Miami comp. We are not here to compete but to cheer for a few friends, and to take some coaching with the European Pros who are here competing.
Aloha from Miami,
Marie

"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett

With Kmart, Walmart and Target along with others in Kapolei, "I can be home in 20 minutes" Now if we had more industrial parks where we could work instead of being forced to work downtown, "I  coulda been home in 20 minutes." There are people in Waianae that live in Paradise because they live and work in Waianae. Make a little less money but they can be home in 20 minutes. Big Big Difference. The rail is need by the Big Big Buck$ profiteers, not by the people and specially not the ones that use Public Transportation. They are the ones that know, not the big shots in their ivory towers.

"Social Dancers do not think dancing is a sport, it's an attitude."