Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tottering Along

So many nice dancers welcomed the New Year among their many friends from many chapters and dance clubs with good food and cheer and have enough left over for a few drinks. Now that spring has sprung some are finding it tough going. The Rail Disaster is not going to make it any easier. The Present Rail Party is intent on making their millions and millions of dollars in profits. Not too many complaints yet on the Tax Raises on Property but there will be.

“Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen;
but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want."


Meanwhile dance fusion continues on the "street beat" and though slow going there never was a stopping it. For now the best case of fusion is using the Mambo basic as Rumba dance basic. A Rock Step and a slow step, looks and feels natural as hell. And what is more it will not be a fad, it is too basic and was danced maybe two or three hundred years back, maybe not exactly but somewhat. Yes, something like the International.


Left turn, right turn, easy as pie. Cross body lead and Underarm turn just as natural as ever. What is changed is the basic step. Arthur Murray's big mistake. Used in over one hundred Caribbean dances. Beguine, Calypso, Rumba, Salsa, Mambo, Son, Montuno etc. etc.

"Y Volvere" by Lucero

If adopted by the Fred Astaire group and the Arthur Murray group, dancers will probably be dancing it two or three hundred years in the future too, in sheer joy of moving to the most beautiful Latin music in existence. Then there is some fusion already of the Filipino Tango into the American Tango. It will evolve to be something beautiful and comfortable. You ain't seen nuttin' yet. And Argentine Tango also on the rise. Someone mentioned a Night Club in Kalealoa featuring Argentine Tango and Tango Valse. Watzzat?

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Just Cruising

Town Dancer staying comfortably in front of the other blogs, even though many are already gaining hits through my promotion in the microblogs such as Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Facebook. And I am looking into Tumblr as soon as my dry eyes improve.

"Don't go around thinking the world owes you something.
The world owes you nothing, it was here first."


Microsoft has, as they say in politics, "high negatives". That is, a substantial percentage of people very much dislike Microsoft. They used to be too pushy. They have learned their lesson and slowing down on that scam. Now the highest negatives is Adobe Flash Player. At one time Adobe used to be one of the most respected names in the Computer world. Talk about junk comedowns, dis is dem. Their old "simplifier" programmers have been replaced with the new "circus barker" school of complicator.

“Hey There” By Rosemary Clooney

Now they are even interfering with You Tube. You Tube has always made the effort to make it easy for the user. Whereas people have gone to considerable efforts to avoid buying or using Microsoft products as alternative products, now they are doing the same with Adobe. Boycott them!


"Some Enchanted Evening" by Enzio Pinza

There seems to be evidence that we are getting back some of the dancers that we had lost in the last couple decades. And of course, getting new ones. The night clubs have been doing a good job of creating the fun atmosphere and the kids have done the rest, most starting from the "street dancer" group of just moving to music. The entire enchilada looking good.

It has been explained to me. On the bus: The signs in the front section of the bus are in plain sight and in plain language. "Seats for the elderly and the handicapped." I just found out. It is not that these kids can't read the writing on the walls. They cannot read!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Small, Medium and Large


Blogs seem to come in three sizes, (my preferential divisions.) There are smallest, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and all of them can expand their capabilities to a Medium size blog. Some are very prominent such as Tumblr. The big ones like Blogger and Word Press can handle pages of text and hundreds of photos, even videos.

"Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining 'blog' may be a fool's errand."


Twitter allows writers to post plain text messages to a variety of followers that can be replied to and easily shared with others. It’s high profile in the media and its adoption by millions of people make it a great place to begin if you’re interested in blogging. Most will go quickly into Google Plus or Facebook because there is more room. Which Platform Should You Choose?

"Good Night Irene" by the Weavers

Micro blogging is a great platform if you want to quickly record thoughts, share succinct ideas and create awareness. You can meet an awful lot of people in a short time. Micro blogging offers the advantage of having a much easier audience to engage with, given that the interaction is live and in real time.


Full functioning blogs, on the other hand, allow you to develop and publish your ideas in a much more comprehensive way. You have more opportunity support and expand your ideas with images, video, links to additional sources, etc. Furthermore, content management systems, such as Blogger and WordPress, are now commonly used by website developers to build interactive and engaging websites for small businesses.

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

Further complicating the equation are hybrid platforms like Tumblr and Posterous. These platforms are capable of publishing full blog articles, yet they are as easy to use and require about the same technical knowledge as a micro blog. In addition, micro blogs themselves, like ‘New Twitter’ (Twitter with additional features), now allow users to attach images and display video right within the update stream, so the lines between blogging platforms and micro blogging platforms are being blurred all the time.


In a nutshell, choose whichever platform that interests you enough to post (and continue to post!) relevant content to your target audience. And make as many attempts as possible to check the effectiveness of each method. Note which platform your target audience is using. This will provide you a hint as to the most effective type of content for this audience.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Live music @ Divino Ritmo Dancesport Center socials play on.


The response from the dance community for the Rolando Sanchez Orchestra has spoken volumes to
Yanna and Jaime so they will continue for at least the next 3 months. I can understand the fervor after attending their Valentine Day Dance which featured Rolando and his Orchestra.

The music covered the spectrum of dance tempos and was very fun to move to as the full floor throughout the night attested to. Can't beat the combo of great music and a wonderful dance floor.

There are yummy pupus and refreshments provided or you can bring your own favs.

Marie provided these upcoming social dates so mark your calendars. Reservation are a good idea.

All events at Aloha DANCESPORT Center, 350 Ward, 2nd floor, 6:30-10:30 PM.

1. The Rolando Sanchez Orchestra & smooth DJ' tunes.
                      APRIL 11th.
                       MAY  9th.
                      JUNE 20th.
**$25 .00
** Light snacks/heavy pupus, refreshments. 
                    
2.  REGULAR DJ Social: 
                      MAY 23rd.

$15 at door/$12 pre-sale, includes light pupus. DRD Students & ADC Members, $12 at door/$10 pre-sale.

3.  1st Anniversary Dance!
                      JUNE 6th
Mark your calendar for Aloha DANCESPORT Center's FIRST BIRTHDAY Bash!
** Ticket price & details to be announced.
** Inquiries/ADVANCE Res can be made  @ yannajs@gmail.com or CALL (808) 200-5540

Lots of fun stuff happening so there's no excuse not to trip the light fantastic!

R

Blogging

In the last century, the content producing world split into two factions: Blogging and Micro Blogging.
People chose to either produce media rich content with full posts and unrestricted word counts such as our blogs, or quick messages that captured an idea succinctly such as Twitter.

"To those who retain their zest, old age has much to offer.
From them the world has much to gain."


Full text blogging had grown from a very small number of people who started out publishing different kinds of Web Logs that resembled descriptive journals of their daily activities. The Web Logs, or “Blogs”, were typically written in basic html and produced on stand alone pages. As general information many were usually updated quarterly or semi annually which is the way it is done by Web sites in present day Oahu.

"Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett

Thankfully, programmers and developers have now built us content management systems that all but automate the publishing process, making blogging accessible to the general public. Since then, the market for all blogging platforms has become pretty crowded, muddying the distinction between full text blogs and micro blogs.


There are many people that may be accustomed to Twitter which has a limit of 140 letters or many of the others that insist on small amounts of text and small graphics. The users of those micros are perfect to be our Information Contributors. We get some beautiful contributions of information and graphics, that are 90% complete and all we have to do is copy and give credit to the proper parties. Many are short and we merely incorporate the data with other information that we are sharing with our readers.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

The rise of micro blogs at the end of the last century came about as influential personalities began publishing their musings online, generating thousands of followers who themselves became content contributors. In our blogs, we don't have "influential personalities" that great. But with a few regular Information Contributors our blogs generate synergism and create more hits than the contributors by themselves.


This blog remains on top simply because it is not tied down with SOS (same old shit.) Three Guest Authors a half dozen Information Contributor do very well. The same can be done with the other blogs. All we have to do is furnish the information and the readers will be there. And the more different and unique it is, the better.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by Crew Cuts

Those of you that have the information and/or photos to share can pick the blog of their choice and it will be posted. You do good for yourself, the reader/dancers, your friends, relatives, neighbors and for the Blog too. You may use a pen name if you wish. "Anonymous" or da kine, not good. You can check out Richie Fun in the Dancing Nights blog for a terrifically good example.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Latest

Dancing in Hawaii and the Social Dance Scene is changing just like everything else. And there seems to be more acceptance of the different dances and styles of dance. Each can and should do their own thing and we can have respect for all of them. They are our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers.

“We don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.”


Town Dancer is still at the top but apparently close to its point of diminishing returns. I have abandoned the "push" for them and they will have to do it on their own. That leaves us with the second tier, Blogging Hawaii, Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights. The Two Centers and/or Guest Authors will determine the hits and which one will emerge to overtake Town Dancer and possible independence.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

All the other blogs have been affected by the over dilution of blogs but it is still up to the Two Centers and/or the Guest Author that will make the decisions. Each one of you has the opportunity to get it in for your group or cause. The bottom blogs are all holding up pretty good in double digit average hits per day. One will emerge into the twenties.


The Dancing Scene is becoming more standardized and the American style prevails in the social dance clubs and the night clubs too. It is a partner dance and there is a lead and follow. The sameness makes it easy to enjoy the music with the same understandable movements. The night clubs could have more action if they did not insist on getting drunks. But tradition is tradition.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey - Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell on vocals.

The peripherals are becoming more acceptable, Line dancing, Country, Swing, Tango and Salsa are part of parcel of the dance scene and they do very well on their own. And of course, the International and Exhibition Dancers are in a class all by themselves. Good Dancers? Of course, but strictly deluxe not really part of us common people, as they have so consistently informed us.

Pub's Side Note: The Internet is probably the greatest invention of the Twenty First Century. However, a lot of crooks are finding new ways of stealing. Be careful.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Update

I finally got all of our "Dancing in Hawaii" blogosphere into double digit average hits per day. Easy to do with Guest Authors but hard to do by myself. Most music, night club and social dance web sites are in single digit hits per day and there are over one hundred of these in Hawaii.

"We have to close some doors, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance,
but simply because they no longer lead somewhere."


On the mainland, all the dance blogs have one or two of these for their friends.

With a few good Two Centers and each blog with more than one Guest Author each one of the blogs will go into the 20s average hits per day. But then the data in the blogs is no longer SOS. And others will see the value of blogging for communication in our dance world.

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

I get a little help from four Twitter accounts, a Google Plus, Pinterest and Facebook. And I am restricting the follow and the following to the Hawaiian Islands only, I get about five or ten, every day, wanting to get in but if they have over 800 combination follow and followers, I do not accept.


A person’s measure of intelligence is their ability to adapt when necessary. We believe that through good intentions and mutual respect among the Dancers, the Professionals and the Dance Clubs, an understanding will evolve best suited for this Island. This will be achieved only through effort, study, openness and Time.

"You Are The Sun, Hawaii" by Loyal Garner

I find myself in the process of developing the West Oahu blogs as a tool for bringing together the small contributions of hundreds of dancers in this specific section. Making them matter at this time with the Rail Catastrophe at hand. It is about dancers helping one another regardless of their club membership and people will help if they think it matters. Many of us are learning about democracy and human rights. We are getting better all the time.