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Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Last Edition

This blog will be over and deleted during the month of August. It did its job too well.
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness
and just be happy."

Going back a year I started Windward Oahu blog and I got many people interested but not enough. If I had lived in the Turtle Bay section and had a car, it would have been perfect. Build up the North Shore and the Windward side too. So I had to delete it. Later on Arthur Murray decided to do something and they now have their second studio in Kailua.

Then with the advice of some friends in the Salsa circuit, I revived it and called for Latin dance. There was some interest but most were interested in the young peoples dances, Salsa and Bachata.

So I was planning on deleting it, but then from some suggestions from my fellow tenants, I decided to try this West Weekly schedule and it did very well.

Sh-Boom (LIfe Could Be A Dream) by the Chordettes

Then the rest of Waianae agreed that the part that covered the Platinum Horseshoe should now be the first issue of the Platinum Horseshoe blog starting Monday, August 1. It will start the week off and continue every Monday. I expect to flesh it out even more when we get more people interested. And of course we will weed out the ones not interested. Those not interested will probably not be there by the third week.

It falls in place that the part that covered Moanalua Corridor will now be applied in the same way. And I expect those two blogs to go neck and neck and rise to new heights. Each one just needs one Contributing Editor and several Information Contributors, at the moment for further development.

"Volare" by Dominic Modugno

The reader/dancers of both blogs will get an up to date panorama of "What's Doin'? in their local sector. At least whatever data we get can get, there will be some missing by the third week.

This blog may have some additions from the reader/dancers and perhaps, there may be someway to develop a new blog from it but it does not look likely. I will keep the counter going for the first ten days. I am just curious, then that too will disappear.

I just have to keep trying with an immediate aim to get our best blog independent. The one with the top number of hits has to be first. The junk blogs are mine.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Latest Modifications: West Weekly

 Monday August 1

Waianae Zumba:

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
Monday, (Dining Pavilion,)
with Nancy 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Free

Waianae High (cafeteria)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7 pm
Saturday, 8-9 am. with Pomai, $3.00 per class

Waianae Intermediate (cafeteria)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
6-7 pm. with Pearlena, $3.00 per class

Nanakuli High (E bldg, courtyard)
Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 6:30 pm. with Nancy, $3.00 per class.


"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

HBDA:
Monday, Kapolei Chapter classes,
Cha Cha Cha, Peabody and Bachata.
Tuesday, Mililani Chapter, classes

Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club:
Monday, classes
Wednesday,classes
Saturday, Dance

"It's A Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler

Waipahu District Park:
Wednesday, Chris and Vicky Visoria,
Thursday, Chris and Vicky Visoria, classes

Dance Hawaii:
Monday Dance Waipahu, August Ahrens,
Line, Filipino Tango, International Rumba
Wednesday, Dance Waipahu, Visayan Hall,
Line, Merengue, American Social Waltz
Saturday morning, August Ahrens, Dance Practice


"Rags To Riches" by Tony Bennett

Monday, August 1

Upper:

HBDA:
Monday, Pearl City, classes
Tuesday, Beta Chapter, classes

Tuesday, Pearlridge Chapter, classes
Tuesday, Aiea Chapter, classes

Tuesday, Elks Club, Da Spin Doctor
The Oldies, music for the Social Dancer
Will probably develop into a good dance crowd.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine

Lower:

HBDA:
Tuesday,Dance Aliamanu, HBDA classes
Saturday, HBDA, monthly dance review

Dance Hawaii:
Tuesday, Dance Aliamanu
Line, Filipino Tango, American Social Rumba

Thursday, classes at Aliamanu Intermediate.
Line, International Rumba, Tango

Saturday, morning, Dance Hawaii,
Dance Practice at August Ahrens.
Saturday evening, Social Dance,
at Aliamanu Intermediate.

"All who wander are not lost."

As you should all know by now, if we missed anyone it was not intentional, so please let us know. Suggestions are still welcomed and it looks like we will have the name of the club, mention line dancing and classes specified, teachers and name and a phone number for info. We should give those that kokua with us the best.

The first official blog will composed on Sunday, 31 and posted at midnight. This will be done weekly and as per usual, all in the area are invited to make use of this blog. It will be public and anyone can tune in.

As always, there will be those that are not interested in participating in our endeavors and they will be respectfully excluded. They will make the ultimate decision of opting out. No hu hu. We will have a lot of ground to cover without them.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

The new One, maybe

 Monday August 1

Waianae, nothing yet.

HBDA:
Monday, Kapolei Chapter classes,
Cha Cha Cha, Peabody and Bachata.
Tuesday, Mililani Chapter, classes

Monday, Wahiawa Ballroom, classes
Saturday, Wahiawa Ballroom, Dance

Waipahu District Park:
Wednesday, Chris and Vicky Visoria, classes
Thursday, Chris and Vicky Visoria, classes

Dance Hawaii:
Monday Dance Waipahu, August Ahrens, Classes
Wednesday, Dance Waipahu, Visayan Hall, Classes
Saturday, Dance Waipahu, August Ahrens, Dance Practice

"Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett


Monday, August 1

Upper:

HBDA:
Monday, Pearl City, classes
Tuesday, Beta Chapter, classes
Tuesday, Pearlridge Chapter, classes
Tuesday, Aiea Chapter, classes

Tuesday, Elks Club, Da Spin Doctor

Lower:

HBDA:
Tuesday,Dance Aliamanu, HBDA classes
Saturday, HBDA, monthly dance review

Dance Hawaii:
Thursday, classes at Aliamanu Intermediate.
Friday, Dance Hawaii, dance, Radford
Saturday, Dance Hawaii, dance, Aliamanu

If we missed anyone please let us know. We should let it stay this way for a week, or so, until we get a few more opinions.

We can put it into practice by getting as much information for the reader/dancers as possible. It will be renamed, and the blog will be redesigned.

Then the first official blog will be starting Monday, August 1. As per usual, all of the above are invited to make use of this blog.

And as always, there will be those that are not interested in participating in our endeavors and they will be respectfully excluded. They will make the ultimate decision of opting out. No hu hu. We will have a lot of ground to cover without them.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Last One

I just don't have the time to take care of everything and this one needs care. If I could have gotten ten average hits per day, which would be 300 per month, it coulda been a contendah.

Apparently the law of diminishing returns applied to the amount of blogs is here. Five blogs mo bettah than six.

It may be done someday by someone else. But at this moment I have other things to do. I will delete this blog, on Saturday, July 30th. If someone wants it they can have it. Thanks to all.
Pepe


There may be slight change in Plans. Someone has given me the idea. How about a weekly (very weakly) schedules of our kuleana in the West in two sections, the Platinum Corridor and the Moanalua Corridor?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Clap Pattern in Mexican Waltz

I have seen the clap pattern in the Mexican Waltz but I still have difficulty understanding the instructions:

"A nations's character is typified by its dancers." 

 Find a space anywhere in the room. With the man on the lady's left, face the same direction and hold inside hands, then turn to face each other keep holding those inside hands.

   1. Taking inside hands, balance away, towards and away then clap your own hands twice
   2. Take outside hands, so now you are facing the opposite direction,
      then balance away, towards and away;
      then clap your own hands twice.

  3. Face your partner and hold both hands of partner (right with left and left with right).
      Move a step away with both feet (i.e. step away with one foot and close with the other),
      a step towards with both feet,
      and a step away with both feet and then clap twice
   4. Then move a step towards your partner with both feet,
      a step away with both feet,
      and a step towards with both feet and then clap twice (the man putting his arms round the lady's waist and clapping behind her back; and the lady putting her arms round the man's neck and clapping at the back of his head.

   5. The couple then continue the waltz.

Anyone got that?

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where
there is no path and leave a trail.”

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This Blog Moving Slow

Just saw a newsreel of African Dancing on TV. The one count, the incessant beat, the easiest all over the world and done for ages. Here they are showing the blacks of Africa still dancing up, down, up down, to an incessant count.

"We don't need people who are fanatical about dance,
we just need people who like to dance."

Most of us have heard that many in Africa are picking up on the two and three count. Waltz? Nevah happened! But other countries have introduced many different kinds of dances to Africa. This has been a long unknown and overlooked fact.

In the Americas, the two count was very popular from Alaska to Punta del Fuego in South America, millenniums before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. And the three count was popular in the bigger groups. The four count only in the largest cities, in the big empires like the Mayans in Mexico or the Incas in Peru.

The biggest ones had all these along with the five and six count. They even had a seven count but only for the higher class musicians and dancers in the biggest of the cities.

The Palitos (sticks) were from the original five count measure. Using them in a four count measure was a problem. La Clave (the key or solution) has really never been done, at least not exactly. The rhythm and the sticks later on acquired the name, "Claves."

"Mambo Tropical" By Los Chicos

Danza Mestiza the blog is still too slow, so I will pull it back to level three. (3 day lapse.) I skipped the original SEO for hits and used them only as search engines and they have done well there. You can find it fairly easily. But we may have hit the wall (the law of diminshing returns) on the amount of blogs.

The free advertising has not done much good. Many say it will take weeks. OK, I am willing to wait. I tried a few more but they seem to be the same ones and they will email me constantly on subscribing to their super money making schemes. Yeah, Man.

At any rate I am still learning the game. There may be some out there who are positive in how to do this but I am not. I am just going to cool it for a while and let the blogs close to me develop in their own best way - with readers and information contributors.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" by Placido Domingo
 
"This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a
feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining
that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."
~George Bernard Shaw


Sunday, July 10, 2011

And Tango Rolls On

By Alfredo Jimenez, San Diego.

Tango in Argentina has always been somewhat easygoing on accepting change in the dance. Whereas around the world, the Tango that was inherited almost a century ago is almost the same today. Whether the Finnish Tango, (now called the Nordic Tango.) or the Chinese Tango which has not changed its name, the Tango people have been very conservative dancers.

"Some people think that happiness is a mat that sits on their doorway."

The last few decades in Argentina have seen more changes in the music and the dance. Show tango, also known in Spanish as Fantasia, is a more theatrical and exaggerated form of Argentine tango developed to suit the stage. It includes many embellishments, acrobatics, and solo moves. Unlike other forms of tango, stage tango is not improvised and is rather choreographed and practiced to a predetermined piece of music and often with moves that cannot be led.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" by Placido Domingo

The music in Europe and America has remained almost constant while in Argentina there have been many changes that have more to do with sound than dance and they are still occurring. Most changes in the music had been small and crept in by default, Astor Piazzola, in the 60s and 70s made shocking changes in the tango music for his ears, the sound had to be different. Color it with Samba? But one must recognize Astor Piazzola for the impact he’s had worldwide, he’s a reflection of the inner sentiment of Buenos Aires at the time and that was only another beginning.

"Caminito" by Julio Iglesias

Advent of “alternative Tango music” came in the 90s. While Argentine Tango had historically been danced to evolutionary tango music, in the 90’s a younger generation of Tango dancers began dancing Tango to what was referred to as “alternative tango music”; music from other genres like, “World Music,” “Electro-Tango,” “Experimental Rock,” “Trip Hop,” and; “Blues,” to name a few. Artists like Kevin Johansen, Gotan Project, Otros Aires, Tom Waits, Portishead and Louis Armstrong are among those favored in alternative tango music playlists.

"Volver" by Libertad Lamarque

Tango Nuevo is often associated with “alternative tango music”, but any of the other Tango styles can be danced to it. Quote from an American aficionado of the International Tango. “As strict as the ISTD is on changes, the International style of dancing tango may be closer to the original tango than the modern day Argentine tangos with all their constant changes.”

Canyengue Style is a historical form of tango and the style most used around the world. The embrace is close and in an offset V, the dancers typically have bent knees as they move, and in many places the woman does not cross. Canyengue dancers are known to use exaggerated body movements to accent their steps, (head movements.)


The Tango belongs to the world now, and each group will make the changes they think are necessary to please themselves. But there will also be many that will decide they can combine several different styles into one that is even more of an acceptable, danceable and enjoyable tango as a social dance. Pulsing, immediate, graceful, intimate, two people flowing as one with the music. This is Tango, everywhere.

Pub's Note: In Hawaii, it wll be an amalgamation of the Filipino and the American Tango. Whatta Tango that will be, The Hawaiian Tango.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Modern Danza Mestiza

The Modern Danza Mestiza is developing very well on the Mainland but only in the Big Cities. Something similar is almost here anyway. The Gonzales at the Warrior's Lounge are leading the way.

"We cannot commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if we cannot save the whole of mankind we have failed."

 We can begin with the biggest influences in Ballroom Dancing today.

International Style of dance:
Ballroom; Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep,
Viennes Waltz and Tango
Latin; Rumba,Cha Cha Cha, Samba,
Paso Doble and Jive

American Stye of dance: not official
Smooth; Waltz, Foxtrot, Viennese
Waltz and Tango
Rhythm; Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero, Merengue, Mambo, Samba and Swing

The preferences will be for the dances with only one basic step pattern. So to begin with, you can eliminate, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Samba. Then Viennese Waltz , Paso Doble which are strictly European. The beautiful Bolero because of its more aesthetic qualities that are not suitable on a Night Club dance floor, except as an exhibition dance.

"Uno" por Placido Domingo

It leaves Danza Mestiza with seven solid dances to establish before the first Mexican Dance to arrive and it will arrive within this decade. Waltz. Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, Merengue and Mambo.

Cuba was first and the most powerful influence on Danza Mestiza until shut down by the US. Then it moved over to Puerto Rico then to the Dominican Republic and now Columbia. And what is more, they are mostly spot dances. The Mestizo Waltz and Tango danced specifically for a small space. Mambo may be replaced with Salsa, but it depends on Bachata.


And who are these people that will be dancing these things? The biggest group will come from the Ballroom dancers, mainly the American and Country Style dancers. The next group will be the older Salsa and da kine dancers.

The third group will come from the present day Swing and Tango dancers and who knows, maybe a little line dancing too. On Oahu, it is probable that the new Night Clubs in West Oahu will be leading the way.

It's looking better all the time. I can see it forming.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Club Music in the West

Club Music in the West:
A DJ is the least expensive and usually has a big library of music but of course something is missing and I hear it all the time. The live people providing the music is a big, big difference. Somehow the dancers seem to connect one on one with a band.

"Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth:
we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money."

But there is the rub. Most places cannot afford a band of five or six good players, and they usually are good players. And for the West we have to be thinking about it because the Latin band will be coming soon. Ideal would be a keyboard player and a Guitar man. They must have the percussion instruments played electronically in the background, the Conga, the Bongos and perhaps a little cowbell.

There was a dance group a while back with the melodies in the background and they just provided the different drum percussions. These drums sounds are of course are so essential and have been lacking in much of the music played as "Latin."

"Echame A Mi La Culpa" por Javier Solis

The only set back would be that the background would be the same in every measure from beginning to end. Whereas in live music, the Conga man would get a few extra licks whenever he felt like it. The same would occur with the Bongos man and especially the Timbales. I can accept the cowbell banging all the way from beginning to end, that's easy.

But for most of us dancing "Mas Alla" a rumba, for example, with the good music coming through, and good solid percussion in the background would appreciate the entire enchilada very nicely. Many DJs in Ballroom are not that familiar and almost all in Country music are completely out of it.

"Mas Alla" By Luis Miguel 

About 20 years ago I had a lady dance teacher of West Coast Swing listen to a beautiful Cha Cha Cha by Rene Touzet. She immediately recognized it and said, "Salsa." With such conviction of her long years of being involved in dancing, that I could not say anything. I left it at that and accept the fact that she just would never ever know.

Most musicians understand that the pause between notes is just as important as the notes. By the same token, the pause or silence in between songs are very important to appreciate the music when it comes on.

"Cambalache" por Julio Iglesias

In disco, a person that has been running around with an earphone attached all day and goes to dance to incessant music is not getting the same bang as the ones that go without. No matter how you slice it, only a few are realizing that music can become superfluous.

In the Latin Night Clubs of the future, there will be an interval of silence in between each musical selection.