Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So What Snew?

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world: Unreasonable people persist
in trying to adapt the world to themselves. Therefore, all progress
depends on the unreasonable people. Anybody don't dig that?” 


Yes, I just saw it in a Night Club. A couple of good dancers, (not the best) but good enough to enjoy a good dance on a night club dance floor. It was a Rumba and the man was using the Rock Step and Slow step, and since the band was on the one beat, he would break on the one. Not bad, nice and easy.

 "You're Nothing But A Hound Dog" By Elvis Presley

Then something happened, he changed the rock step, stepping forward on his left foot. he then rocked to his right on his right foot and brought up his left foot to right.  Then he stepped back on his right foot, left foot to the left and and then brought his right foot up to his left. Hey, that is a Fred Astaire Rumba Basic Box Step, done in the quick, quick, slow.And the lady followed him just easy as pie. But then we are lucky that we have some of the best lady followers on the planet right here on Oahu.


"Change is not necessarily good or bad. It's just the way of things.
Nothing stays the same."

In Central America, many who have good rhythm for playing drum beats, can do tricks with their hands to music and all the while keeping up a nice varied beat. Real drums are hard to come by but card board boxes are somewhat easier and easily discarded too. Sort of like rap without words but you can sure get a good drum sound from a card board box.


Not to be denied a place in the sun, the neighbor islands are just beginning to make contact with us. The control seems to be in their Web people and they want it all for themselves. We know they have the dancers, and music is essential, they just could communicate to the rest of Neighbor Islands and we could all be friends.

"Shave Ice" by Loyal Garner

It is so nice that we are gradually getting more information from outside Oahu, for the good of everyone and we are interested mainly in the reader/dancers. Can we share dancing news with each other?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Not much news anymore

This blog is slowly going down again and I expect Blogging Hawaii to take it's place, All that Blogging Hawaii needs is some comments, and a few good Two Centers. The average hits per day would surpass Town Dancer. I am the only one blogging on Town Dancers so it stands to reason.

 "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."

Not only Blogging Hawaii but in the West, Platinum Horseshoe is moving ahead very nicely and the same thing applies there as in all the blogs. The Comments, Two Centers and the Guest Authors. Then you have real Social Media and we don't got it on Oahu yet. Where?

"Shave Ice" by Loyal Garner

Facebook is still tricky. They still have me on their records but they want to Mickey Mouse me around some way and I am not going to stand for that. They will get 350 million photos today. That is not counting 350 million from yesterday or 350 million from tomorrow. Somebody in South Africa missed one of yours. Ha!

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


With us it is easy and we are not into photo albums. But our photos are for our people and they are our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers on the island of Oahu. That is Social Media. Everyone has to judge for themselves and we are all different with different viewpoints. We do not expect clones, and some will have four pics and some will have 40. OK, so we are different, no hu hu.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

What's Up, Doc?

I don't really understand what is going on with these blogs. Now that I deleted one blog, the rest seem to be going up and Town Dancer is in the lead by a lot again. Platinum Horseshoe, Moanalua Corridor and Sea Country are in the second tier. However I expect them to stabilize until we get a Guest Author. That will make a big difference in the hits. So many good honest opinions out there to benefit the reader/dancers.

"We can all be the change we wish to see in this world."
 

"Shave Ice" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile, dancing is all over the place and many groups are becoming prominent by their presence in Dance Fever Oahu and in Frank Sierra's blogs. They make for good reading and have much information not available to our blogs. So for us it is in the Comments, the Two Centers and the Guest Authors, all representing "feedback," from the reader/dancers.


"Ain't No Big Thing!" by Don Ho

If we focus on this finite group of decision-makers, we actually put ourselves in the best possible position to succeed. Why? Because then we can ask these three most important questions, - What goals are our people trying to achieve? - What opportunities interest them? - What challenges frustrate them? We could have it made in the shade.


"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed

Since I must get out even if I cannot dance I am now making plans for going at least once per week to some dance function. Take a camera and since I fumble with my hands, someone else must take the pictures. Fortunately, it is point and shoot camera and all they have to do is know where to push the button. I can usually get two or three good photographers and get enough pics. If I get a few lines from someone, it is gingerbread and I can make a nice blog.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Peripherals

The peripherals are the type of independent dances that some dance groups would prefer to dance. Line dancers, Swing dancers, Tango 'Dancers, Salsa Dancers and they have formed their own groups catering to their preferences. The next big Peripheral coming up is the Latin Dancers and what is that?

"We must be brave enough to live life creatively.
The creative place is where no one else has ever been in."


The entire enchilada has been a work in progress for some time. American Latin is not the same as International Latin. Nor is either one of them the same as Night Club Latin. So somebody has to state their opinion and we have ours which most likely will differ from yours. It has been mostly centered on the American Style of dance by the social dancers and the night  club dancers and those two are fusing very nicely.


For the most basic we have the Rumba which began the whole smash about one hundred years back. It definitely was not a fad dance. Then came the Tango and the Samba and accepted very nicely, but much too professionalized. Meanwhile in Latin America they had developed several different Waltzes and the rest of the world ignored them. After WWII, the Cha Cha Cha came in followed by the Mambo and that along with Merengue became the standard Latin dances world wide.


It should provide a good basis for the coming Latin Scene. The fusion and standardization of lead and follow, will make some terrific dancing. On Oahu specially because they have discover the magic of the oldies but goodies in Latin more than others. One out of a hundred is a classic. But there are ten thousand classic Latin songs out there just waiting to be danced to.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Definite Progress

We are making good headway already. It seems to be just about right at nine blogs, though not quite sure yet. More likely is that when we get more comments and Two Center information the hits may double. They are the answer to our blog problems. And then, "Laissez les bons temps roulez."

"Normality is a nice paved comfortable road to walk on, but no flowers will ever grow on it."


It is still mostly my blogging. And in blogging it is regarded as SOS. (same old shit) So I say green, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and you come along the next Monday with Blue, You are definitely not SOS and the hits go through the ceiling. The Comments, Two Centers and Guest Authors with their different honest opinions will make us Social Media.


Tune in on Richie Fun in Dancing Nights blog. Now, that is blogging but we do not ask for clones. Each should do their own thing in their own way. Your blog becomes your blog within the larger blog. You can also tune into Dance Fever Oahu, a Web site and Frank has two blog sites.  They have much dance information that is not available to us.


I chose to enable comments on all our blogs and visitors will have the option to respond to our published posts. Single-level comments will always be displayed chronologically. Unfortunately, our reader/dancers are not accustomed to talking back. They have had mostly regular advertising for decades. They have had newsletters and late in the last century they got Web sites. None of them ask for feedback. Comments? Anyone?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Evolving Very Nicely

Wow, this takes time and I am running out. One of our blogs is on its way out and I will have nine blogs left. The reader/dancers will make any further decisions whether they know it or not. Feedback exists between two parts when each affects the other. In our case the reader/dancers and the blogs. A most basic feedback may occur in the comments section of each of our blogs..

"Simple causal reasoning about a feedback system is difficult because the first system influences the second and second system influences the first, leading to a circular argument. This makes reasoning based upon cause and effect tricky, and it is necessary to analyze the system as a whole." 


Comment section is in every blog: Many blogs have many comments at the end of each blog and the readers express their opinions. Many will be deleted simply because they say, "anonymous, unknown, incognito" or whatever signifying that no one want to accept the responsibility of what was stated. However a pen name is perfectly acceptable. It just means a human being and we are fortunate to have so many good people in our dance scene.


This blog is becoming more solid. Hit first place a week ago with a lot of search engine hits.

The important thing in current blogging is the different view points that make good social media. We are a long ways from that. So that the next step is the "regular" Two Center, a person that gets around and is willing to share dance information and/or photos with their fellow dancers. All they have to do is email it in and they will help define each blog. That is a big step forward to get one of these blogs into independence. (from me.) And with more guest authors, the merrier.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Let it roll

Now all I have to do is blog for a while. It will take a couple months to know which way this blogosphere is going. But it must go its own way. I can help but just a little. It will still be wide open to comments, and Two Centers. I don't have to repeat myself. Platinum Horseshoe is doing all right and with the right people, wow! The rest are up for grabs and anyone can do it.

"Every day we are gifted with a glorious sunrise and a glorious sunset,
life is happening, we are alive -  and yet we want more."

The dancers are pretty much Town Dancers. They belong to clubs in town and they dance in town. So the comments will be directed to these people. I see very few comments in all the dance blogs of this island. This will come about slowly when they find out what blogging is all about.


The Tango is developing quite well in town. There seems to be more groups and for some reason or another they do not quite accept the fact that it is Lain dance. Many do not know that there are ten different Tangos danced in Argentina and that ain't Europe.


In the rest of Latin America it is about the same for Argentine, International and American. The Finns developed the Finnish Tango which became so popular in Norway and Sweden that eventually went thru the Baltic countries over to Poland, Germany and Denmark. It is now known as the Nordic Tango.


In its heyday, China developed a Tango derived from the Argentine Tango and gradually was acquired by Korea and Japan into their own tangos. We have the Filipino Tango which is fusing very nicely with the American Tango on Oahu and may eventually evolve into a Hawaiian Tango


And there are several others developing on the mainland. The most famous for now is the Foxtantino which fusing the Fox Trot with the Tango. Personally I would have a "social tango" that we could dance easily with each other on the regular social dance floor. Call it what you want but make it all basic, very basic moves just so you can enjoy moving to the Tango music.