Thursday, November 15, 2018

Meheula Vista II, Mililani

Moved in a few days ago but just got my phone line in today. Nice place and what seems to be a lot of nice people here. Making all my changes necessary, such as a change of address with the post office. I think I did it on line but at the end they tried to sell me things and just cut it. A few other things and I can now get back to work on these blogs.

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.”


"With Or Without You" by U2  (1987)

This blog will continue to cover music and dance mainly on the Island of Oahu. You want to get anything in it about music and dance, email it and I will blog it. You may like your comments in print and whenever you are ready you can get in as a Guest Blogger. Your own blog within the blog. You can open post text and pictures, save and publish and close it without saying boo to anyone.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Practice Party

The Dance Studios on Oahu have been developing very pleasant parties. Many parties like these are called Practice Parties on the Mainland. It has been said that practice makes perfect. With learning to dance, it is no different. Practicing to dance shouldn’t be redundant and boring, so why not make it fun? There is no better way than having a party. A dance practice party is a party where you can practice the steps that you have been working on during your dance classes - wherever, and socialize with your fellow dancers.

“Social dancers believe that they learn by practice. Whether it means to learn 
to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living,
the principles are the same."


The majority of the students on Oahu take dance lessons because they want to be better, dancing at social clubs or night clubs. Attending a practice party at a studio is perfect place to dance the moves you know well and to try out your new skills in a comfortable setting. At our dance practice parties on Oahu, there will be many people dancing on the floor at once. Whether you have only taken one dance lesson or have been going to dance classes for many years, attending a practice party will not be just fun but also a great learning experience for you.

"When Doves Cry" by Prince (1984)

Received from Yanna Samkova
The dancing night club crowd is gradually changing into TWO. The "Young" and the more experience dancers. This division was recognized by the young even before my time, many years ago. "Never trust anyone over 30." It seems like a good division to apply to our people. The young will stick to their ever changing fads, new dances and the latest in new music and we should let them, don't knock it. The more experienced dancers will prefer the classics in music and there are so many. And the "Rumba" is a dance that is learned constantly, and gets more enjoyable as time goes by with the "Oldies but Goodies" music.

 "From Here To Eternity" by Englebert Humperdink (Rumba?)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Slowing Down

This blog is sticking around without Guest Bloggers and any activity is difficult without support and cooperation. With more friendly exchanges on this island and between islands many obstacles can be surmounted and the success can be shared by everyone. We can and are developing our own tropical paradise by day and a terrific dance rendezvous by night. Of course the Rail Disaster and the Fat Cats of Honolulu will be of no help but we can still hope. Not necessarily from the doers. We must communicate to anyone that can volunteer information.

"Social dancers think that on Oahu, you're not allowed
to have legs and not use them. Dance.”


This year finds many building scenarios for the development of what most of us call Latin Hip movement We all know the seemingly unobtainable usage of hips that produces what the general public sees as an alluring seductive hip and body gyrations, pulsations, isolations  and even wiggles or thrusts - the kind used by experienced Latin dancers. It is of some hope that by describing what it is and also what it isn't, your interest in Latin American dancing will broaden. And quite possibly the expense and arduous time in "trying to get it" will be reduced dramatically.

"The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Contributed by Maile Yagi
This has been lost somewhat in modern Latin dancing such as Salsa, Bachata and those dances for the younger groups. Controlled and well timed Cuban motion is an acquired skill rather than the automatic product of ethnicity or culture. It has no barriers, no boundaries, no genetics and no gender. Latin hip and body movement does have great social acceptance in the areas of its origin and therefore is encouraged and developed with great enthusiasm and even social responsibility.

“Social dancers may quote others only in order to express themselves better.”

Monday, October 29, 2018

Halloween Social in Wahiawa

I did what I could do for my part in the fabulous affair in Wahiawa on Saturday the 27th. And every one there was doing their best too and enjoying it. People were there with only a partial costume for the occasion. But everyone understands, it is not the expensive costume but the spirit of the occasion that does it for us. And they do give prizes for those that were more into the costumes - and no hu hu. They deserved it. And we understand that we socialize very nicely with our friends and neighbors on Oahu when we dance.


"Wahiawa is a wonderful ballroom dance club filled
with love and the joy of dance." ~ Pauline


"Our first time to attend Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, so enjoyable and friendly
people. We love all of them and we got to meet the President. Thank u all."
~ Vicky Visoria.

When I was not getting enough photos, I changed from nine picture collages to six picture collages. It would make the members look better. However now that I am getting enough photos, I can go back and get 8 or 9 picture collages and we can have more dancers to showcase. And two people in a photo are better than one. Social?

"So much fun with ballroom dance friends. We enjoy ourselves every time."
~ Paulette


"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

"Trick or Treat: I know someone who has the witch stick - be safe."
~Jess and Georgie

The evening was fabulous from beginning to end. Everyone loved the gorgeous venue, the dancing, the camaraderie and the food. We had it all. The officers were the consummate teachers & hosts in the perfect setting. Every one of the attendees felt the same way and are all still talking about it! Our dance backgrounds are what you’d expect: we have all found a passion for dance, But that’s nothing special. Why aren’t we out saving the world? We are real people who just so happen to like social dancing.

"We are having a wonderful time at WBDC Halloween dance.
Lots of good food, dancing and great music by Leland."
~ Stephanie, for Aiea Ballroom Dance Association


“Some people see some things and say, 'Why?' But some of us can
dream of things that never were and we may say 'Why not?”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tumblr

Tumblr, the micro blog is probably the most basic out of the blogging platforms available on Oahu, It is also perfect for the less tech-savvy, which most of us are. It's intuitive and easy-to-use. The Tumblr model is based off of sharing, so if someone likes your post, it's easy for them to “re-blog” your post or like it. Other Tumblr users can easily follow you if they choose. The Tumblr apps are built for seamless Tumblr-to-Tumblr interaction.

“Social dancers are aware of the wonder. They want to live a balanced life -
learn some, think some, draw and paint some. And sing and
dance some, play and work every day some.”



Tumblr is best for anything visual, especially photos, graphics, artwork, or video. You can also use it to publish text-based posts, but most Tumblr users like it for how it handles media. Tumblr blogs can be customized with CSS or by installing pre-designed templates like the many available. A Tumblr blog isn't very flexible. Sure, just about any blogging platform can be hacked, but as soon as you start forcing something to do what it wasn't meant to do, things can get messy.

 "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield  (1981)


You won't be able to easily install a membership platform Also an important note: you still cannot easily batch-export your blog posts if you want to change platforms. Cost: Tumblr is free. If you want to attach a domain to it, you only have to pay for the cost of domain registration.

“Social dancers know that letting go means to come to the realization that some
people are a part of your history, but not necessarily a part of your destiny.” 
 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Development

So now we are down to five blogs, in a plateau of average per day hits, that is moving very slowly up. All I can do for now is a little promoting in Word Press, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google + and Facebook. The readers can help with a few Information and Photo contributions along the way. This is turning out to be more fun. Won't somebody out there join in? No registration or registration fees, no annual or monthly meeting or dues and you contribute (not money) but whatever info or fotos you want, whenever you damn well please. All for your clubs, groups and fellow reader/dancers. A win-win situation.

“Social dancers like to dance from the heart, smile
and let their passion shine through”


Never did find out why they closed Rumors, but of course, some clubs are doing good and some not so good and we don't know why. We need more feedback with ideas and suggestions. Perhaps it might help. Dancers have had a reputation for long time of not being drunks. Some clubs will go for all the possible customers. Some will have a select group, such as the Bachata Salsa crowd or the Country music scene. Some recognize the natural divisions of the young and the older more experience night club attendees.

"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses   (1987)


The famous Palladium is still going strong, the last of the Big Ballrooms. In the last century, the top five clubs at the Palladium were well known. Now the number five has dropped to sixth and six has moved up to fifth. There will be another club for town in 2019 and perhaps one in either Waianae or the North Shore. We are getting more "social" dancers on Oahu. And perhaps the dancers will pick some other terminology for our type of dance.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Plateau

We are at a plateau and not moving upward fast enough, I can see most of it very clearly in the stats furnished by Blogger from Google Analytics, I find many referrals from other countries which we don't need. Most of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living on Oahu. Those are the people we seek. Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make this blog into Social Media of cultural dancing on Oahu.  The concept and the advantages of blogging are still too new and I know they are not there for everybody just yet.

“Social dancers believe that dance is the art closest to nature.”


Facebook? They get 50 million photos daily. Did someone miss one of mine? They get 3 billion videos (with a B) daily. And some are developing into nice professional looking videos. Did someone miss one of yours? In our blogs, the submissions are from our fellow dancers on Oahu. And who are our readers. Someone in Nigeria? I am not counting on that. How about Lower Slobavia? Well, our reader/dancers will eventually realize that this is "our thing" on Oahu.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

From Maile Yagi
Most dance groups have beautiful Web Sites and good advertising - newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. They don't need blogging? Up to them, but some are going to see blogging as a valuable "addition to" and not necessarily an "instead of." There are quite a few dance blogs in Hawaii, make use of them. Most are for free and most of what you write will be read by someone on Oahu.

"A well-grounded assurance is always attended with three fair handmaids:
love, humility and holy joy."