Friday, April 20, 2018

Argentina - Tango

How do you ask a woman?
By Ken Haas, Lahaina

The old dancer sat before me in Cafe Tortoni in Buenos Aires. Quiet years in the sun had bleached his hair a yellow-gray and made a dry red river bed of the back of his neck. I had to imagine how he looked in 1950, a nocturnal youth, with a pencil thin mustache and raven hair shiny with Gomina. He was telling me about the tango.

"Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are."

Carlos Gardel
He told me about Carlos Gardel, tango's famous hero/singer, who sang of revenge, the vagaries of love, tango's profound melancholy, and the brooding sense that life exists on in a Promise Land. He was killed in a plane crash in 1935.

"Cuesta Abajo" por Carlos Gardel

He described the fights, the feuds, the spiked heels, who danced the best and how the great ballrooms looked. Finally he shared the secret of how to ask a woman to tango. It seems the men would line up on one side of the hall and the woman on the other, like gladiators. The man would fold his arms or push his hands in his pockets and scan the room, trying to look as unconcerned as possible. When he finally saw a woman he fancied, he signaled by the slightest raising of an eyebrow. If the woman was not interested, she would ignore it, it was gentle but unmistakable. If, on the other hand, she was receptive, she would respond with a lift of her eyebrow, flutter her eyelashes, or the sudden brightening of her eyes.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel.

"And then you went over to escort her to the floor?"

"Gracious, no," he replied, "Then you took a firm and careful look around. You see, this is a subtle art, and you didn't want to cross that floor only to find that she was calling the man beside you. The walk back, my friend, is the longest you will ever take." ***

“Social dancers don't cry because the club social is over, they smile because it happened.”

Monday, April 16, 2018

Paladium Dancing Night

I received my ticket in the mail and I had plenty of time to prepare most everything for the trip. I got butterfingers and must take my camera and get somebody to take some pictures to post in the blog. I got lucky on Saturday, I got enough pictures to post in Town Dancer, Platinum Horseshoe, and include a collage on this blog.

"Social dancers believe that experience only teaches the teachable."

You do not have to dance in a Night Club to dance at night. On Oahu we dance mostly to the rhythms of our DJs that make up the rich fabric of the "Ballroom" classics. If you want to make new friends, learn a new dance and just have some FUN while getting fit, go to any social dance and you can meet people that dance. Of course, the periodic socials on Oahu are open to all who love music and dance! However some people come late like a Saturday and leave at nine or so and go to a night club for couple of drinks and a couple of hours. Not bad.

"Little things mean a lot" by Kitty Kallen

Photos taken by Vickie Hiramoto
"Thank you, Joe for coming and doing this blog. What fun 63rd Anniversary party
we had. Thank you dancers, Aiea board, and volunteers. See you at our next
dance at the Palladium, Friday, May, 11th. 6 to 9:30 PM." ~ Deanie

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Night Clubs on Oahu furnish the people for "street dancing." They usually use the most basic, simple moves that will let them enjoy the music. Little is for show, though the good ones can get a nice look about them dancing. We don't have much actual street dancing anymore. Perhaps we could call it Night Club Dancing. Some amalgamation is occurring in Mainland Night Clubs. For Bachata Tango you basically incorporate the bachata footwork to the Tango music. We don't know yet what will develop with this. It may just be another flash in the pan. Samba-Tango fusion we covered last year, but haven't heard a thing since then. It probably is still there, just not taking the world by storm.

“Social dancers know that Dance resides within us all. Some express it through celebration
of movements; and then there are those ... whose existence is dance.”

On Oahu, the night clubs are pretty much the same, there seems to be an accepted format of what a night club should have. And they make their adjustments according the amount of space available. For the last fifty years, the "ballroom" dancers have developed a bad reputation for not being drunks. But there plenty of reasons for drinking responsibly. And in many places on the Mainland, the actual bar may be smaller. And there are soda pop and even snack machines to pick up on the action. And of course, the cover charge helps.

There maybe more singles at a night club but all clubs will have a few in two or three couple groups. They can tell you the most romantic dance of all?  Most of us know that in dancing, whether that's Rumba, Waltz, Salsa, or Country Western - pairing off in each others arms and or to confidently asking "may I have this dance?" puts you on a level all its own in the romance department. So we are looking forward to having more night clubs in West Oahu. The Rail Disaster has convinced a lot of people all the way up to Makaha.

“Social dancers know that when the music starts, the mission that every
moment seeks to accomplish is to dance.”

Friday, April 6, 2018

Time Will Tell

The hits on my blogs are at the point of diminishing returns. That is with SOS, me only. The entire projection depends on the reader/dancers. And it is looking good because I am getting out more and making contacts. Just found out that the top five for the last twenty years at the famous Palladium has changed. The number five is now number six and the number six is now the number five. How about that? I just don't get around much any more. The new social dance clubs are overdue for the Waianae Coast and the North Shore.

“Social dancers do think that they can fly high, feel the music, and dance free forever.”

In 2001, President Clinton handed George Bush a projected 10-year budget surplus of 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's took us almost four years to get out of that mess. And then last year we got rooked again. The biggest crooks the world has ever seen took over our government.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz.

By Mother Teresa
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. - Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it. - Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it. - Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it. - Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it. - Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.- Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it. - Life is too precious.
Do not destroy it. - Life is life, fight for it.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Rail Disaster

The taxpayers in the entire state are increasingly losing interest in the Rail Catastrophe. The people have realized they were conned with "Rapid Transit," and no one knows what happened to the first "Billion." We just know that the Present Rail Party is making millions and millions of dollars, "daily." Fasi had the right idea when at one time, we had one of the best transportation systems in the US, right here on Oahu.

"The Chinese also knew something at the time. They had completed
all the data to prove it. For commute, buses mo bettah."

Cayetano had the right idea too. Regular buses for most everywhere. Articulated (one trailer) buses where more riders were available and Bi-Articulated in the heavy rider streets from Makaha to Downtown. It cost the Present Rail Party ten million dollars to lie about Cayetano. He went to court and he won, but he had already lost the election. And it is costing the people an arm and a leg.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

The Bi-Articulated bus. (two trailers) now proven by the Chinese, that for commuting it is five times more effective than rail and ten times cheaper. And we coulda kept the city, city. Somebody got suckered in on the rail. Estimates now going to 15 Billion dollars.

"Be thankful that when you don't know something, it gives you the great opportunity to learn."

Over all, the hits on our dance blogs continue upward as more people become akamai on the use of the blogging. However it is slowing down simply because we do not have more diversified information to share with our fellow dancers. Many of the hits are from links in other blogs and I share with Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook and Google Plus. But of course, nothing like getting some Guest Authors or even steady information and photo contributors. So the basics have been set up, it is just filling in the empty spaces.

"Social dancers believe that dance can be an art. Paint your dream and follow it."

Thursday, March 29, 2018


It is becoming more well understood in blogging that "after" the shindig is more important than "before" the shindig. And it is something not yet well known in the newsletters of our dancing circles. The preliminary advertisement may contain some important communication of what the shindig offers but what happened during the big party is the real meat and potatoes of interest to the reader/dancers of a blog. The only thing that is missing is that few of our people are willing to share with our fellow dancers.

"Social dancers believe that lying, as in Trump, is terminological in-exactitude"

The night club business on Oahu is doing very well. It is not an easy one to master. There are permits, licenses, and bureaucracy to manage. It takes a tremendous amount of attention to create a venue that sizzles with dancers. If you're lucky enough to succeed, then you have to worry about staying relevant and keeping your fingers on the pulse of what the dancers want in the face of stiff competition. And seven days a week may not be a good solution.

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper  1983

"It's a really sexy business... but you're starting out with a very saturated competitive environment. Some people consider it best to have a tough door to get through. The young dancers and the more experience dancers have different preferences in the dance music. And you cannot have both, you must choose. Even so, the nightclub business, in particular, is highly lucrative if done properly. On Oahu the business is extending to the Outskirts, the shores. That environment will do wonders for this Island.

“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.
And the world will live as one.” ― John Lennon

Sunday, March 25, 2018

What Night Clubs? Where?

We are now in the process of seeking a new terminology for our Style of dance. We have been tarred with the same brush for too long. But our basics will remain the same, and pretty close the American Style of Dance. For a very long time it has been "Social Dancing." Then some in Canada and the US Mainland have used "Recreational Dancing." And now in Latin America too. And the preferred term that seems to be emerging on the mainland and Europe is "Cultural Dancing " which is what it is. It has been a big part of our culture.

“Social dancers can imagine, life to be a dance with different kinds of rhythms
depending on what music is playing in the background."

While the North Shore may be more famously known for its super-size winter waves, it’s gaining a reputation for its art galleries, boutiques and night life.  Here, you’ll find handcrafted jewelry, original watercolor paintings, natural soaps and lotions, made-in-Hawaii fashions and much more. And then there is the night. I must take the trip by bus one of these days just to case the joints. I know where I have to go. In Haleiwa, it is Stormy's, a bar, Uncle Bo's Bar, Breakers Restaurant & Bar, Breakfast & Brunch, The Surf Shack, Music Venues, Cholo's Homestyle Mexican Restaurant Mexican, Salad, Bar. Music by Son Caribe, Haleiwa,

"Like A Prayer" by Madonna  1989

Since Line Dancing has been really accepted as part of our cultural dancing on Oahu we must try to convince more men newcomers to get their feet wet in Line dancing. The old dancers should do as they wish. It is much too lop sided with ladies. Hopefully we can get someone with a good write up on the Line dancers. It will complement very nicely with the good blogging we have now. The Central Valley looking good. Come on Mililani and Waipio.

"Social dancers laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before they look. They may dance as though EVERYBODY is watching and march to the beat of their own drummer."