Monday, August 29, 2016

Good News

The Social Dancers are increasing on the Island of Oahu. No doubt about it. And for some reason or another, it is becoming easier to learn to enjoy moving to music. There is a lot of help out there, and yes, we can always get a second opinion. Then in our social partner dancing scene, knowledge of the terminology is becoming more evident, as are the basic skills. We have also found that the terminology is not the same in the disciplines and even different clubs on this Island. We are getting more standardized, so we can understand each other.

 “For us, the dancers, it is far better to grasp the Dance Scene on Oahu as it
really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”


And who is doing this?  Believe or not the social dancers are the ones that are doing it. When we say a left turn (for the leader) we know what it means without using the "correct" term which is the "Reverse Turn" for the disciplines. The same applies to the right turn. And a Rock Step is a Rock Step and there are many precise instructions on how to do this. In Social Dance, you just rock any way you want and don't worry about anything except feeling good rocking to the music.

"As Time Goes By" from the movie, Casablanca


Floorcraft is an essential part of social dancing and most of us just need the awareness. It is the very simple art of dancing "without" running into someone else. This may require the knowledge of not only of where you and your partner are, but also where the other dancers will be, in at least the next step pattern. We got some good dancers out there. Happy Dancing everyone.

"We dance for ourselves. If someone understands, that is very nice. If not, no matter,
we shall go right on doing what interests us, and do it until it stops interesting us.” 
 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Promenade Walk

One of the most beautiful, comfortable and easy moves to good music is the Promenade  The name comes from the French word for “walk”, and is a good basic description of the dance action. When executing the move, partners move side-by-side in a promenade position, and act as a single unit. Customarily the leader moves to the left of the lady, his right hip touching or almost touching her left hip.

"Don't underestimate our social dancers. They know more than they say,
think more than they speak, and notice more than you realize."


Note that this promenade position is not the same as that promenade position defined in some ballroom dances. The leader usually decides when his left foot is about to go forward or his right foot is about to go backwards. Her front is facing the line of direction and he lets go of her right hand, turns away from her and they face a common front. Takes a little practice, naturally.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett


From there the promenade walk can be done, and go back to basic or do the rest of the movements in any dance. Yes, it can be done in a box step too and limited to only about 100 dances, watch it! We are talking basic dancing moves not disciplines and don't worry about your toe, toe, heel, flat, etc. Just listen to the music, get your timing and rhythm and move it.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Pub's Note: The latest from the Mainland, in the classier places they do not have Disc Jockeys anymore. Now they have Music Coordinators. How about that?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Da Rail Crisis

The Rail Disaster continues: Hart CEO Grabauskas' resignation comes four months after City Council Chairman Ernie Martin called on the CEO to step down in response to a scathing report by the city auditor. Honolulu auditor Edwin Young said that HART's financial plans were not reliable, that cost projections lacked supporting documentation, and that it had no plans for operating and maintenance costs. Caldwell thought the Present Rail Party had it all controlled. HART Board Chairman Don Horner announced his resignation a few months ago.

"Three things cannot be long hidden, the Sun, the Moon and the Truth."

 

We could have gotten 1000 of these babies for less than one billion dollars.
Ride "comfortable" word deleted in all the Rail Disaster plans.

That's two down, one more to go, Caldwell. More people are getting on the Charles Djou bandwagon and we may get an honest man now. More people know, that it has always been the money, Sonny. That is why they spent ten million dollars to lie about Cayetano. And look at what Caldwell and the Present Rail Party are trying to do to Djou. Millions and millions of dollars in profits have been made and there is more where that came from. The people? They know the project will not do any good for the people but they do know the people are going to pay through the nose - we all know that.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The Dance Pavilion at the Patsy Mink Recreation Center in Waipio, was cancelled by Caldwell to pay for the increase cost of the Rail Catastrophe.  Perhaps it will go back in the plans and please the entire dance community of West Oahu. Only one group will not be pleased - the Fat Cats in the Present Rail Party. Of course there is a new one, the ABC party. Anybody But Caldwell.

Just received the latest on the Caldwell dance. "All you have to do is take three steps forward, two steps backward, then side-step side-step and turn around." 




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lookin' Good

Everything seemed to go like clockwork when I lived in Nanakuli and I accomplished most of what I had to do. I was living in Paradise and I was somewhat unaware of it until now, that I am in the dumps. I cannot even wear shoes at the moment so I cannot really go anywhere except to the VA. Another week I guess.

“In small towns, gossip travels at the speed of boredom.” 


Meanwhile, I received from Yanna Samkova

Aloha Pepe,
can you please put this info/poster to your blog.

Professional exhibitions on Both Nights Friday and Saturday,

Dance camp (workshops and private lessons) on Sunday October 23rd more info at

www.alohaballdance.com
Special kama’aina rates, tickets and reservations
alohaballdance@gmail.com

Thank you

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

This a good example of going in the right direction. This photo was sent PDF and much bigger than this one. I could not open it unless I had the special gadgets that are in the program. This one is JPEG and the normal for all photos in digital transfers from and to computers. However it is only 13 KB, very small, but I ran it through Photoshop and not great but not too bad. If I can get JPEG photos of 50 KB or larger, Wow!

This is the kind of info and photos we can share with the reader/dancers. This blog will also be shared with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. So whatever we blog gets around quite a bit. Mahalo to all and Happy Dancing.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Slowing Down

While all of our other dance blogs on Oahu are going up, even though slowly, this one is going down slowly. Only Ritmo Mestizo is farther down than Dancing Nights. May only be temporary. If we can get a couple of information contributors and another Guest Author, it might go to the top. Since most of us on Oahu do not know much about blogs, we just have to play it by ear.

“Words spread because words will spread even though they may not be true."


From where we stand, it seems like the Night Club scene is going strong. Bachata - Salsa seems to be predominant at the moment in both the DJ and Live music parts. We are not aware of the Salsa scene in the Neighbor Islands yet. But the Search Engines have a lot of work ahead of them in music and dance in Hawaii.

"La Paloma" by Placido Domingo


The top bands on Oahu all have their own Web sites so they believe they do not need additional help from Blogs. Patience, they will eventually realize the facts. And we try to avoid commitments from anyone. It is only when you want to share the information. Another two or three years will do it. Meanwhile those that do not have Web sites, try using one of our blogs. You will see more recognition very soon. The cost? Wow!

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day.
Quite harmless if we had a couple of glasses of wine."


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Steady

This blog is no longer advancing the way it was. At one time it was in 3rd place with the help of some scam, spam robot hits and some search engine hits. Now about even with Dancing in the Dark. But all the blogs need more information contributors to spread the word. Patience.

“All that is important is that one moment in the movement to music.
To make that moment important, vital, and worth living is dancing.


The communication from the blogs to share with other blogs is going very well. Any of my Blogger blogs is connected to share with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. Every blog has five separate contacts with readers. Then I also use Word Press blog named Dancing On Oahu and it is connected to share with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr. Each blog has five separate contacts with the readers.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho


They are all proceeding very slowly because they are limited to me and SOS (same old shit) and that is definitely not social media. A few regular steady information contributors could do very well in making these blogs into social media. Then it would be fairly easy to get a Guest Author and the hits would go through the roof. 100 average hits per day and I could resign and the blog would go independent. The Guest Authors could make their own rules.

"Lonely Summers" by Carol Kai


Meanwhile in town most have their own Web Sites and do not know that Blog Sites are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to" whatever you have now. Simple? My best blog will go independent this year, the junk blogs remain mine. And we shall keep on dancing.

"Welcome to all the new people coming in. You will meet other new
people who have different points of view. But you may just
live a little better life, one that you will be proud of."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Host Bars

We have plenty of Hostess Bars throughout the Hawaiian Islands, but we may be getting something else soon. Here’s a description taken of Wikipedia that discusses what these hosts do everyday, but not in Honolulu yet: While hostess bars in Tokyo often have men out on the streets getting clients to come into their clubs, hosts often go out onto the streets to find customers (referred to as "catch,") but these are usually the younger, less-experienced ones.

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least
once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” 


The more experienced already have a list of semi steady customers and a little free time to spend talking story. A common look for a host is a dark suit, collared shirt, silver jewelry, a dark tan, and bleached hair. Recently clubs where hosts wear casual clothes have been increasing, but still the norm is the smart suit look. At these clubs there can be a (shifukud) or "own clothes day" where the hosts can wear their normal clothes.

"Sakura De Amor" by el trio Los Panchos


Pay is usually determined by commissions on drink sales with hosts often drinking far past a healthy limit, usually while trying to hide their drunkenness. Because the base hourly wage is usually extremely low, almost any man can become a host regardless of looks or charisma (depending on the bar). However, hosts who cannot increase their sales usually drop out very soon, because of the minimal wage. The environment in a host bar is usually very competitive, with thousands of dollars sometimes offered to the host who can achieve the highest sales.

Sign in Pearl City: Dog for sale, Eats anything and is fond of children.