Sunday, September 24, 2017


I'm the life of the party...... even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
I'm very good at opening childproof caps.... with a hammer.
I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.
I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over.
I'm so cared for -- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care.
I'm not really grouchy, I just don't like traffic, waiting in long lines, crowds, lawyers, unruly kids,
barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can't seem to remember right now.

I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.
I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm having trouble remembering simple words like .....
I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let kids become policemen?

I'm wondering, if you're only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?
I'm a walking storeroom of facts..... I've just lost the key to the storeroom door.
Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!
Now if I could only remember who sent this to me.

Now if I can find a nice Night Club around here where I can have a drink and dance on the table.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


by Frank and Connie Garcia - Salsa Anyone?

When we became very proficient, we made the choice to let ourselves be inspired by the good dancers, and to work on our dance, instead of hiding behind the bar and just enjoying our Salsa-reputation. And at this point I’d like to make something very clear, something that’s very important to Connie and me: For us it’s not just about being a better dancer.

"For Social Dancers, there's nothing like being on a dance floor with many of their friends, enjoying moving to the music and feeling love for humanity."

It’s not about performance on the dance floor. It’s not about the coolest moves. For us it’s about the joy we experience, when we do it and many appreciate it. It’s about our well being in our lives and improving it through dance! Now when we dance a show, our aim isn’t to show the people what great dancers we are. There are many dancers out there that are better than we are, but we are still going to do our best.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Our aim is to motivate people to think, maybe I can do this or that specific turn. And perhaps I could have as much fun dancing as these two do. And since we’ve changed our attitude to shows, we enjoy dancing on stage a lot more!  At the beginning it was quite frustrating to walk onto the stage after the top-stars, knowing we couldn’t keep up with their performance. But this joy changed everything! If you can enjoy it, we enjoy it even more.

"Social Dancers try to live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw
and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."

Monday, September 18, 2017

Filipino Fiesta Night

I had a nice day preparing for my Saturday evening at the dance. I decided to skip the Handi Van. They are very nice people but no use bothering too much. So I took the A bus, easy and fast enough, 25 minutes.

Got to the Studio before six pm and a few were there. Barbara at reception was very welcoming. And I saw Renna shortly thereafter. And people began to come in bringing in their delicious offerings. I was so happy to see many who I hadn't seen in some years because I was living in Nanakuli. I was telling Renna that my seating arrangement was just fine (my walker) but I was going to get me a pillow to make it a little more comfortable. She gave me a perfect one with just the right measurements. Many thanks.

“Sana Maulit Muli” by Lea Salonga

Certainly some of the best people on Oahu.

I am having trouble with my cameras and fortunately I have had some help. Neil Okamoto helped me get the camera going and we can thank Simon Escano for taking the photos in this blog. This particular dance environment is still new to me. This is social dance to da max. First of course, the attendees sit on chairs and have tables to set their drinks on. Very social atmosphere where as Marie says, they can talk story. And of course, you wanna dance - the music is caressing your ears and there is the floor. What a beautiful social dancing set up.

A little after seven, the prayer was said and the kau kau line set up. The sociability was clear, every one was eating, drinking and talking story and enjoy the surrounding friendship. Of course, by eight there was a full floor of social dancers having fun their way to the beautiful music. The Big Picture was taken before nine pm when I left and Sergio email it to me.

"Please Be Careful With My Heart" by Jose Mari Chan

Got the A bus promptly and was home before ten and had me some good grinds that Marie gave me. And got on my information and try to make a blog. Not perfect but then I have never been perfect and all I can do is keep trying. I thank everyone that was there for being so nice.

"Social Dancers know that wealth is temporary. Those who have wealth must
here and now do good deeds that will live for a long time."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Night

A few hundred years after Christ the Mayan civilizations in Mexico with professional musicians had developed entities for grouping their musical arrangements. They worked mostly in conjunction with the dance professionals for the music and dance usually went together. In Western music even in the 1600's, composers didn't even think of the orchestra as an entity unto itself. Performing music was largely an unorganized and casual event.

"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our
standing in our own sunshine."

Many composers never knew who would show up to play. Sound familiar? Composers wrote music with melody and harmony parts, and just assumed the appropriate instrument would play the right part: the high instruments (flutes, oboes) would take the melody, the low instruments (cellos, bassoons, basses) would take the bass part, and chords and filler material would be taken up by midrange and chording instruments (harps, lutes, harpsichords).

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Listening to someone in concert gives fans the chance to hear artists live and unaltered (normally). While recording studios can make somebody sound awesome, hearing their naturally talented voice is much more special. When you experience live performances you get the chance to witness the extent to which artists put their time and effort into their work, and you can appreciate/freak out about just how gifted they are. Those high notes and power pieces are nothing compared to their live versions!

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Our fellow dancers on Oahu are becoming well known throughout the island and perhaps even the neighbor islands. These people can see the value of blogging for everyone concerned. Regrettably, some cannot and we will respect. A dance blog is a window for the readers to take a peek into the dancer's life. Blogs can be informative, lively, and entertaining, business or personal. Over the years, blogs have evolved to much much more than that.

I do really silly dancing. I love dancing, but I'm not cool when I dance. It's not
about my moves, it's not about how cool I am, it's not about how slick  I 
look on the dance floor, it's about having a great time.  ~Imogen Heap

Monday, September 11, 2017

Waipahu Too

Marie Laderta
FILIPINO FIESTA NIGHT - A Social Dance @ Dance Appeal Studio

Come join us at Oahu's Jewel of the West - Renna & Sergio's Dance Appeal studio,
 for a night of social dancing in the lively Filipino Fiesta spirit!

"Dahil Sa Yo" by Rogelio de la Rosa

Besides good music, warm and welcoming hosts and hostesses,
we will have a potluck of foods from some of Hawaii's best Filipino chefs:
Pinakbet from Connie Laderta, pancit and chicken adobo from Cece Paulmino,
Lumpia Shanghai from Tess Cabral,  Lechon from Marie & Paul Laderta, Pork
Gisantes from David Matsumoto, Bistek Tagalog from Dr. Aurora Saulo, Salad from
Lani Akiona Isa, and desserts from Lynn & Ted Soldaria....and whatever else others
might bring in the true Fiesta style.

We eat and we dance and talk story. WHAT A NIGHT!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Night Clubbing in Waianae?

To dance Latin dances is to dance to Latin music. Sounds reasonable? Apparently not to everyone and of course everyone should have their own opinions on the subject. I offer one, "From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdinck. A perfect Rumba. Latin music has a different beat than music from Europe, or the Orient. It a a unique music that has existed for millenniums and modified over the centuries since the arrival of the first illegals in the Americas.

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer
when they're happy dancing."

Today it is very well divided into the classic country style and the Latin Pop that has developed in the cities in the latter half of the 20th century. Both have that certain beat from the original inhabitants of the continent. Mexico has established some of best music in the Americas, except for one thing, it is mostly very local to the areas. Very diversified and there is a certain "loyalty" that keeps other music out. The conversion or amalgamation is only happening in Mexico City, a city of over 20 million people. And that is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

"La Comparsita" por Yoichi Sugawara y Graciela Susana

It may be transferred to the other countries of Latin America and go world wide. One thing is pretty certain, the dance steps and patterns developed in the last century by the American Style dancer are some of the best for dancing any dance, anywhere. So many are very natural movements for the enjoyment of the music and not for how it will look to an audience.

Q: What did the ocean say to the beach?
A: Nothing, it just waved.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ron Montez

Workshop with Ron Montez

Special Group Class with Mr. Ron Montez

Ron is visiting Hawaii on weekend of September 23-24,2018 and will be available for coaching at our studio ( Aloha Dancesport Center) on Saturday September 23rd in the afternoon.

Mr. Montez will be conducting a Mambo/ Cha-cha - Workshop at 5 pm- Open to all levels- cover charge: $25 per person

Workshop will start sharp at 5pm, to register please arrive between 4:45-5pm
Any more questions contact

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Ron Montez is one of the most respected personalities in the dance business. He previously held the title as the 7-time undefeated United States Professional Latin Champion. He achieved 4th place in the World’s Professional Latin Championships held at Royal Albert Hall in London. He has reached the final of the prestigious British Championships in Blackpool, England. Ron is the recipient of the 2009 United States Dance Championships Hall of Fame Award. He is recognized as a World Class adjudicator, dance coach and choreographer in both American and International styles.

Ron is the organizer of the Chicago Crystal Ball and the Aloha Ball, held in Kona Hawaii. Ron was the co-host and expert commentator for the PBS television show “Championship Ballroom Dancing”, which was hosted by Rita Moreno, Juliet Prowse, Barbara Eden, Sandy Duncan and Jasmine Guy. Ron is a national examiner for DIVDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association). In this capacity he examines both amateur and professional dancers who wish to obtain certification. His instructional tapes plus DVD’s, including bronze, silver and gold levels, are available through DanceVision.

Divino Ritmo Dance/Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave 2nd floor, Honolulu
808 200 5540 

"Social Dancers think that since it impossible to avoid the results of our deeds,
let us do good deeds."