Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tango, West Oahu

By Darian Chow, Lualualei

We in West Oahu are fortunate that we can still make our way in the dance world. It can be pretty tough in town. And Tango is one of the dances where we will do it the best. As every where else the rootzi-tootzis make the divisions. In Honolulu, the Creative Researchers And Producers go along with it and they establish the elite. So we have no choice but to establish our own class of ordinary dancers.

"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."

Because of the "eliteness" of International Tango and the Argentine Tango, the tango is in limbo throughout the world. And it seems that too many people have their own interpretations of what it should be. The Finnish Tango based on the Argentine Tango is just beautiful, and now being danced in all the Scandinavian countries, the Western part of Russia, the Baltics and parts of Eastern Europe. It is now being referred to as the Nordic Tango but it will eventually cover all of Europe.

"Mi Buenos Aires Querido" By Placido Domingo

In Hawaii, some fusion can already be seen in spots because of the dictatorial International and the Argentine Tangos, both have made it plain that they are "it" and by default anyone else is not "it." No Hu Hu, it should be understandable, it has happened throughout the history of dance. And the amalgamation on Oahu may occur in the Filipino Tango.

"La Comparsita" by Yoichi Suwahara and Graciela Susana

The few changes that have been done by Dance teachers in Hawaii in their exhibitions have been "show business," not da reel teeng. So we have to find aficionados of the Tango dance music and then fuse the American (very good base) with the Filipino Tango, (step, step, step) and then get the Foxtrot in with its quick, quick, slow. It would be a Hawaii Tango, for the social enjoyment of moving to that beautiful Tango Music. There are plenty of Tango aficionados on Oahu that can do this.

"La Media Luz" by Julio Iglesias

And it will take time. We are not talking the dancing first, we are talking the music first. How about live music with a bandoneon? And I want to move to that music the way I want to. Not the way some paid advisor has told me because it is "correct." I hesitate to make the prediction but there are plenty of good Tango aficionados of the music that are going to do this and it will be inevitable in West Oahu. Hooray!

"Nostalgia" by Placido Domingo