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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Aloha Ball in Kona

Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort
The first ever Aloha Ball was held in Kona this past weekend on October 25, 2014.  The ballroom competition and workshop were presented by Ron Montez and Tony Meredith, both accomplished ballroom professionals.  They are both former professional champions and Tony has been choreographing for So You Think You Can Dance.

The event was held at the newly renovated Kona Sheraton Hotel at Keahou Bay on the Big Island.  Having just competed at the Hawaii Star Ball last month, we had not planned on entering the Aloha Ball.  But, at the last minute, some of us from USA Dance, Team Hawaii (Glenn & Anne, Miguel & Rieko, Edwin and Charlotte, Mike & Lorrie, and Calvin & Debra), decided to enter - especially after Ron Montez told us that he would waive the late entry fees for us Hawaii competitors.  It was a one-day competition, held on Saturday, with workshops held on Sunday.  The other competitors from Hawaii included students from Divino Ritmo.

Thank You Keith !!
We had never been to the Sheraton Keahou Bay Resort since its renovation.  We were pleasantly surprised.  It's quite a nice hotel, right on the water.  The ocean was calm that weekend and the water in front of the hotel was crystal clear and you could see the fish swimming among the rocks.  Wished we had brought our snorkels and fins.  When we got to our room, we were surprised with a bottle of champagne generously provided by the Food and Beverage Manager, Keith Malini.  Keith remembered us from the days we used to frequent the Hanohano Room at the Sheraton Waikiki.  That was many years ago.  It was a very pleasant surprise.  Calvin was under the weather, trying to fight off a cold so he didn't drink, and the Bugarins don't drink alcohol.  But the bottle was enjoyed by Debra, Mike & Lorrie.  :-)

The Judging Panel
We arrived in Kona the day before the competition, on Friday.  We had hoped to be able to practice some on the competition floor the day before the comp.  Unfortunately, when we checked in the ballroom around 7:30 in the evening, the floor had not been set up.  We went back at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to sneak in a little practice before the competition started at 8:00.  What ??  The floor was still not set up ??   We saw Tony Meredith busily talking on his cell phone.  The Kona Sheraton did not have the requisite number of dance floor sections.  In other words, they didn't have a floor large enough to hold a ballroom competition.  They eventually found enough floor sections by calling other nearby hotels and the competition started around 10:00 a.m., - 2 hours behind schedule.

With the Aloha Ball being a one-day competition with lots of entries, the organizers tried to make up the lost time by cutting the heat times from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.  Cutting 30 seconds off of each heat did not make up the two hours over the course of the day, but it helped.  They then decided not to have a dinner break, as previously scheduled.  With the dinner break omitted, they were almost back to schedule for the evening rounds.

We danced the Ten International dances in both Open Amateur and Senior divisions, dancing two rounds of Latin first.  As soon as we were done with the Latin rounds, we had to run to our room and change into our Standard costumes.  While we were changing, we got a call from Mike saying we were "on-deck" !!.  We barely got our buttons and clasps fastened and ran back down to the ballroom.  Calvin had beads of perspiration on his forehead.  But, we made it. we got into the ballroom and a few moments later, we were on the dance floor for our Standard heats.

Calvin & Debra with George & Vickie Dao, and good 'ol Bob Bosley  :-)
It sounded and felt a bit crazy, but all-in-all, we enjoyed the competition.  It was their first run at it and, understandably, had some glitches.   "Some glitches" ??  No floor ??  But, honestly, we all had fun and we all did well.  We saw Divino Ritmo students collecting many awards. Most of the team took 1st in Category. Some of us won some prize money we accepted as scholarships.  It was a fun event.  Next year should be better.

Photo op with Donnie Burns

The competition hair.

The Ballroom

USA Dance Team Hawaii members


With Aloha,
Calvin & Debra

p.s,  Check out this video.  Pros having fun doing cha-cha.  You'll like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gvlw2fqWbE&list=UUb8YZqjgzLmFWtl2GaSkxXg

Copyright

Just got another email information, perfect for passing on the information to the readers in one of the blogs but plainly marked.  "Copyright 2014 All rights reserved." Whoa there. Also just read about a blogger who publish a copyrighted article, giving credit and all. She was still billed or she would be taken to court, so she paid, but she warns everyone.

"Some people have an image to maintain and some of us don't give a damn."

I am also asking all the Two Centers and the Guest Authors to be careful. All of our Blogs claim no credit for any images posted on our sites unless otherwise noted. Images and other information on this blog may be copyrighted by the respected owners. If there is an image or information appearing on this blog that belongs to you and do not wish for it to appear on this site, please E-mail telling the pertinent facts of said image or information and it will be promptly removed. Mahalo.

"She Loves You" by the Beatles

Meanwhile the entire blogosphere is looking good and I look forward to helping as many people as possible to make one of these blogs go independent. On their own and making their own rules. Town Dancer back in the running now in second place behind Platinum Horseshoe. But I deal in averages and I start new every month. Looks like Town Dancer will take over first place then.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile I leave Calvin and Richard as Guest Authors in the new blog Dancing Nights. If they want out it can be done easily. No hu hu. However as long as they are in they can use it as they wish. Entirely up to them. And I continue to beat the bushes looking for Two Centers and Guest Authors, they will make a big difference in the hits. I can only go so far by myself. Unfortunately Google is taking over with robot advertising and it is being recorded as hits. They are not hits, they are only interested in selling Chrome which of course makes us certain, never to use Chrome. May have to go back to Internet Explorer or Mozilla, as bad as they are.

"You can con some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot con all of the people all the time." Who said that?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Beginning to Roll

Town Dancer blog is still nip and tuck in hits with Blogging Hawaiii for second place but by tomorrow they should be in solid. Platinum Horseshoe still in front but dropping slowly. These three will be the top for the rest of the month.

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."

Moanalua Corridor may go into "private blog" if we get more scam spam robot hits. That means that only members have access but it keeps out the scam spam robot hits. It will effectively put it on hold, I don't know, I will play it by ear. It will not be too bad, there is not much action there to report, no Two Centers or Guest Authors either.

Meanwhile, the other blogs are calling, Dance Waianae, Latin Rhythms, the backup blog and Dance Blogs are all over single digit average daily hits. This where we are at the end of October. Anyway, it is good news. With Calvin, Debra and Richard blogging as Guest Authors in Town Dancer and setting the example, it will continue to improve.

"Hey There" by Rosemary Clooney

So the plan is to get as many Two Centers in the different blogs as possible, no limit there. The next step is to wait until some of them are ready to be Guest Authors, They can then have their own mini blog within the larger established blog with ready made organization and readership available.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

The final step for me is to have enough Guest Authors and enough information to get over 100 average hits per day. Then I can gradually withdraw and let them operate as a completely independent blog with only two administrators merely to keep it going. I will have my hands full with the remaining blogs.

Pub's Side Note: I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Town Dancer Will Be Rolling

OK, I am rebuilding what I tore down. Those scam spam robot hits were just too much. So I will keep the spare blog if it happens to one of our tried and true blogs. Once they screw up the stats, it is no use. I want to know the legitimate data not crap.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those that cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

The entire Town action seems to be be gearing up for the holiday season which is only to be expected. Richard is picking up on some of this action already and posted in the back up blog. Calvin and Debra will participate in the Oahu Ball Competitiions on the Big Island and we can all hope he sends back some of his usual great stuff. And run up the hits through the roof.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

On Oahu, most dancers learn steps, in street dancing, social dance clubs, night clubs and official dance studios, it is the same progression. Then they learn more steps, then they learn even more steps. This can go on for quite some time. Then one day, they begin to realize that they’ve got rhythm and don't really need that many steps.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

They've learned the rhythm of the different dances and they have learned to dance. They also learn that each dance has over six hundred documented steps or patterns. Of course there are a few teachers will make you listen to the music first, then teach the rhythm and then only after, begin to teach the steps. But that is too much like street dancing. There are social dancers and then there are the "real" dancers that can dance very nicely without music.

Pub's Side Note: Dance Clubs and other Dance Organizations are already coming to terms with the need to integrate their social media efforts with their content strategy, and are seeing the impact of social media in terms of lead generation, referral traffic, and membership.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Back In

The Scam Spam Robot Hits are almost gone. I do not know who did it but it may save all those years that we have had this blog. For now I will have to keep both and see what develops. It will be up to the readership. They are the ones to make the decision. The total hits had been holding pretty steady, too many were puzzled including me.

From Exodus 20:14 The Ninth Commandmant
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”


"This Nearly Was Mine" by Victor Silvester

What Social Dancing Can Do For You!
Five Rules of Dancing: for all students of dance, whether in a night club, class or for private lessons.

Rule One: We are all allowed to be Human.
Rule Two: We are all allowed to make mistakes, including the teacher.
Rule Three: The teacher is allowed to “razz” or to joke and have fun with the students.
Rule Four: The students are allowed to “razz” or to joke the teacher back, which is only fair.
Rule Five: Most importantly, whether in a club, classes or in private lessons we are all raised to the same equal level of just being “students of life and dance” and “Children of God and Creation.”
So, have fun!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Not Good

My latest hit analysis shows Town Dancer at an average of 27 hits per day. From over one hundred per day down to this. The top four and overwhelming hitters are all scam spam robots and all ending in RU (stands for Russia.)

I advised the Guest Authors to shift over to another blog but they ignored me. They should do as they please. Meanwhile, I would like anyone to make contact with any of the other blogs. Become a Two Center and perhaps even a Guest Author.

At the top is Platinum Horseshoe in the fifties in average hits per day. Second is Blogging Hawaii in the thirties and third is Moanalua Corridor in the upper twenty hits per day. Those are the top blogs, the others are too new and in the teens but one good Two Center or Guest Author would get them over the thirties hit barrier.

Enjoy the challenge of learning new things and enjoy the stimulation of competition (if that appeals to you.) Learn more about the various dances and forms of dancing and learn where to go to get started dancing. All of our blogs are here to help, to share with our friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. There are many others that are willing to help in their own way.

"It ain't over 'til it's over."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Update

I have stripped Town Dancer to the new counter only. The Guest Authors are welcomed to use any of other blogs available whenever they wish. I can have the blog send them the invitation.

Patience and we may get rid of these scam spam robot hits. Somebody is making money from these and I just don't know how they are doing it. But they are screwing up my stats something horrible. And Blogger doesn't have a clue.

Meanwhile, there are three very good blogs forging ahead very nicely. Platinum Horseshoe in front, Blogging Hawaii and Moanlua Corridor not far behind. Mahalo.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho