Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fad Dances in the world.

By Raymond Mendoza, Kahuku.
And we still got them. The kids will always be there and it always right up their alley. Even from my time it was "never trust anyone over thirty." The elders did not decide this, the kids did. They must accept the responsibility and that division will always be there. As the pop music market exploded in the late 1950s, successive dance fads were commercialized and exploited. From the 1950s to the 1970s new dance fads appeared almost every week and the Dance Studios had many students.

"We may not be there yet but we are closer to our dance than we were yesterday"

Many were popularized (or commercialized) versions of new styles or steps created by the young dancers who frequented the clubs and discothèques in major U.S. cities like New York, Philadelphia and Detroit. Among these were the Madison, "The Swim", the "Mashed Potato", "The Twist", "The Frug" (pronounced 'froog'), "The Watusi", "The Shake" and  "The Hitchhike."  Following the Foxtrot, '60s dance crazes had animal names, including "The Pony," "The Dog" and "The Chicken" (not to be confused with the later Chicken Dance).

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

In 1965 the Mexican-American group Cannibal and the Headhunters had a hit with the 1962 Chris Kenner song "Land of a Thousand Dances" which included the names of sixteen such dances. One list of Fad Dances compiled in 1971 named over ninety dances. Standardized versions of dance moves were published in dance and teen magazines, often choreographed to popular songs. Songs such as "The Loco-Motion" were specifically written with the intention of creating a new dance.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

In the early 1970s the disco spawned a succession of dance fads including the Bump, The Hustle, and the YMCA. This continued in the 1980s with the popular song "Walk like an Egyptian", in the 1990s with the "Macarena", in the 2000s with "The Ketchup Song" and in the 2010s with "Gangnam Style". Contemporary sources for dance crazes include music videos and movies. There are fad dances which are meant to be danced individually as solo, others are partner dances, and yet others are danced in groups.

"Adoro" por Armando Manzanero

Some of them were of freestyle type, i.e., there were no particular step patterns and they were distinguished by the style of the dance movement (Twist, Shake, Swim, Pony, Hitchhike). Only some have survived to the present day, sometimes only as the name of a step (Suzie Q, Shimmy) or of a style (Mashed Potato) in a recognized dance. Fad dances are in fashion at the time of their popularity. They come to be associated with a specific time period, and can evoke particular forms of nostalgia when revived.

"But the simple basic moves remain the same from five thousands years ago
in the Mexican Civilizations."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blog Reviving

The journalist readers have been the biggest critiques of our writing. But they did not have the answer, though they certainly have the right to their opinions. And most of the opinions expressed in these blogs have definitely not been journalism. They have been information for the dancers, and what the readers want is evolving. The hits are holding up pretty good in spite of the scam, spam robot hits which amount to from 20% to 30% of the total hits in our entire blogosphere.

"Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity
to manage the change that is inevitable."

All our blogs are concentrating on the Island of Oahu, with 30000 potential readers. And the announcements of coming events are essential but not that important. The time for notice should not be the old fashion method - "Mark you calendars for next year ..." Two weeks is about right. Email flyer kind is "ho-hum" with minor interest. But what was doing in that last shindig you had is very interesting to the reader/dancers. Divided nicely in text and photos and a few comments from the attendees clinch the "social media" factor.

"Sh-Boom, (Life Could Be A Dream)"by the Chordettes

Then of course the main stay would be the fact that many of our readers are experience dancers. And we are picking some up in the neighbor islands. They have very valuable experience, and unique personal opinions. They have much good "street" advice  that they could share with their fellow dancers. We lost a lot of ground when we lost Richie Fun and we hope he is recovering well.

"Because Of You" by Tony Bennett

That is what it will take to get this blog rolling again. And this blog will be concentrating in the Night Club scene. but of course the other blogs will benefit also. Let's get with it. With so many of our readers that are fans of night clubbing, this could become the first independent blog on this Island and be an example of how it is done because we will have so many good outside ideas.

“Dream of the impossible, dream of surpassing yourself. Only then,
with that dream, will your feet have the quality of dance.” 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Rains Came

The Rain in Pearl City is different than in Nanakuli where they walk in the rain. In Pearl City, they just get wet and I use to like those people in Nanakuli who could smile at you in the rain. But living in paradise was not always easy. Taking the bus in those days, I didn't mind coming home soaking wet, that was exhilarating, but arriving at my destination soaking wet is not so nice. At my age I know there won't be too many tomorrows but there will be some. I must patient and I take the Handi Van now which is a Godsend.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.
It is about learning how to Dance in the Rain."

Gene Kelly "Singing in the Rain"
It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, but it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: music, dance, laughter, the physics of falling leaves, watching a sunset at the beach, the scent of rain, the concept of taking a bus ... if only one could leave this life a little more slowly.

"Come Rain Or Come Shine" by Frank Sinatra

The Night Clubs on Oahu are doing very well in the LAGS department (the latest and greatest syndrome.) Some students at the Studios want to do the fancy steps they saw at the Dancing with the Stars, that took years of study and practice to develop. Fortunately most instructors on Oahu try to impress upon the student the value of working the solid basics first.

"Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by B.J. Thomas.

With over 600 documented steps and patterns in every dance, there are plenty of good solid basic movements to learn first. The real joy is in moving to your favorite music. But some instructors want to show the student what g-r-e-a-t teachers they are and are willing to impress the student with those fancy steps. The net result is obvious. No rhythm, little timing, stiff body motion makes for pretty sloppy dancing. But what the hell, we are all still learning.

"Dancer's lives are constantly under construction.
There is always something to improve."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fad Dances

By William Yamaguchi, Kapolei

Dance crazes have been a part of social dancing for some time. In the Renaissance and after, European monarchs and nobles played host to a long succession of dance fashions, many of which spread into the wider society. And many peasants had their own and they helped to establish many of the basic moves that we have in dancing now.

"Most social dancers realize that we may have an unspoken commitment, to make every important aspect of our fellow dancers' experience a little bit better."

The minuet, the allemande, the schottische, the mazurka and the waltz had their day - though in many cases such dances endured for decades or even centuries before passing out of general use. You could notice that after three centuries, the Waltz is still there and it should make it to the end of the 2lst. The tango began from the Milonga of the Incas and swept the world in the late 1910s and early 1920s. It was further diversified everywhere and was soon appropriated to the standard dance repertoire in the US and another in England.

"Moon of Manakoora” by Nohelani Cypriano

After WWII, the evidence was there, the young were more for the new and the experience dancers preferred what they had enjoyed for so long. In the early 1920s there was a string of dance crazes including the jitterbug and the Charleston. Many came and many were soon eliminated. In the 20th century the advent of records caused novelty dances to arise and disappear much more frequently, spurred by printed media, radio, movies, television and late in the internet.

"Wild Flower" by Jimmy Borges

In one of the first in a series of 20th century Latin music dance crazes, the Rumba arrived. Then the Samba, the Mambo, the Cha-Cha-Cha, the Merengue arrived, many of which became standardized styles of western social dance and exerted influence on western popular music. Jazz, for example, was profoundly altered by Latin music from the 1940s on. More than a dozen dances since then have come and gone.

So what do we see in the 21st century as being our social dances?
It sure as hell wont be the latest pop dance.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Night Clubs, Oahu

By Clarence Cheung, Kailua

Dance clubs on Oahu in the 1990s have significantly impacted the island, dazzling their audiences with high-powered lights, sound, and music, These venues are still some of the highest cash flow businesses in Hawaii. Studies have shown that the average person will spend three to four hours per weekend in this entertainment environment and will spend an average of 25 to 50 dollars in that time frame. On Oahu, with the increase of social dancers, this trend shows no signs of declining.

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

The typical dance club is open from 9:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M., and within this span of five hours, the venue can achieve gross revenues anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 nightly. The primary sources of revenue in a nightclub are high-volume traffic, coupled with nominal spending. In addition to alcohol revenues, a nightclub also generates substantial revenues from cover charges that are typically about ten dollars per person. On Oahu they have no juice bars and in most clubs no snacks are sold.

"At Last" by Amy Hanaialii

For example, a large 1,000-person capacity nightclub will typically accommodate approximately 1,500 people in the five-hour span of operation. A $10 door charge, in addition to a conservative figure of $15 collected from each patron in alcohol sales, would generate approximately $30,000 in nightly revenue. Nightclubs in the late 1980s and early 1990s focused on spectacular light shows and energetic non-stop dance music by DJs. This relatively simple concept is still quite popular today.

"Waimanalo Blues" by Willie K

However, these concepts have greatly evolved in our social dance society. In recent years this industry has become more sophisticated with the availability of better quality live music and the West Oahu areas are taking this technology to new heights with sound and lighting designs that create an exciting and memorable experience. Additionally, the nightclub industry is shifting towards a more entertainment-oriented concept. Guests of these clubs are not only offered a dynamic place to dance, but also a place to participate in the entertainment through interactive contests, theme nights, and other events.

"There is always room for improvement. We have a nucleus of dancers that
are pretty good. Now we need a few players that will help."

Friday, February 3, 2017

Night Clubbing

By Randy, Waimanalo

You know I used to hate night clubbing, and had gone only because I didn't want to be uncool. Then I stopped. And then I started going again because I believed that's how men can get laid with a different girl every week. Then I stopped. Why did I stop the first time? Because attending didn't make me any cooler. I remained certifiably uncool. Why did I stop the second time? Because... [Cough]

"Dancers don't all have equal opportunity. But, they all have
the opportunity to be better than they were yesterday."

Anyways, these days I actually enjoy night clubbing, much to my own surprise. I like to act ultra-confident and pretend to be a "playah" when I am in a club. It's a lot of fun, interacting with others in that highly theatrical environment. Night Clubs are places where it's okay to be fake. You are not breaking any rules by not being yourself In fact, that's how you'd play the game! It's kinda like poker! In short, for me, night clubbing is fun like poker night is fun.

"Do You Wanna Go Party" by - KC and The Sunshine Band

I try to never go alone and there’s a reason that you hear people talking about someone being their “wingman.” A guy all alone in a night club, unless he is exceptionally handsome or well-built, is going to look desperate and possibly creepy to women. A guy talking to and joking with a friend looks more “normal” and thus more approachable. Also, if the girl/woman who you are interested in meeting has a friend, then someone is going to need to talk with her unless she’s not looking herself. Hence, the “wingman.”

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Let's face it, most of us don't understand "legalese."
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
LADY WITNESS: No, this is just how I dress.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Platinum Horseshoe

Platinum Horseshoe now the leading blog with over 100 average hits per day. This is over 3000 hits per month. Night clubbing in West Oahu is going to increase this year for sure. Platinum Horseshoe blog needs at least two steady Guest Authors, to cover the million items developing in the dance scene. The Guest Authors have the most precious commodity in blogging - their own unique viewpoint. No one else has it and they could have the opportunity of sharing it with their fellow dancers.

"Dancers are well aware of the fact that there is no challenge more challenging
than the challenge to improve themselves."

With just a couple more Guest Authors, we can start the process of getting Platinum Horseshoe blog independent. Once independent, I can gradually withdraw and dedicate my time to the other blogs. Eventually I can resign and this blog can make its own rules and probably double their average hits per day in a very short time.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

It will reduce my time required for blogging. At this moment, I find myself limited in time to handle everything because of my physical disabilities. The added Guest Authors can help in getting more people to comment and also additional information contributors. That in turn will increase the hits. Salsa seems to be one to have more Night Clubs but some people tell me it is already too much.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Cholos on the North Shore is doing just fine with Son Caribe, a live band. Just Tacos in Mililani is doing great every Saturday Night. Tacos And More has live music on Thursday evenings but I don't know about dancing. This has all been installed last year. Dot's In Wahiawa has had live bands and dancing for years and that leaves Kapolei wide open for new club.

"Dancers know that wine makes daily living easier, less hurried,
with fewer tensions and more tolerance."