Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Independent?

I have been fortunate to have had several people that have suggested "You should do this or that ..... etc." Which has been nice and in some cases has helped to defined my job description. But of course, few people on Oahu know anything about dance blogging including me. We are all just finding out by doing and knowing that there are 20 times more Web Sites than Blog Sites in the State of Hawaii.

“Social dancers believe that the real dance is a spontaneous body movement
that is in harmony with the beats of the music in your heart.”


We do need more people to try to share a little information and perhaps a couple photos of (you and your fellow dancers) enjoying yourselves in last nights shindig. Blogs are "current" and that is very interesting to our fellow dancers. Who knows, some of you may learn to like the sharing and the joy you give to others by doing so. Then you can surely phase over into a Guest Blogger and can open, write, post photos and close it all without saying "boo" to anyone.

"Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears (1999)


And the hits are guaranteed to go through the ceiling. It will no longer be SOS (same old shit.) And the new person will have become a blogger. Some of the wheels in the dance community have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I will not do that. If they do not want it, they shall not have it from me. But the sign on the door I leave open still says welcome.

"Meanwhile, not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the
person who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best
they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to 
make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the
 world may make little sense but they try to find a way to be happy anyway."

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Blogging Along

We still need reader/dancers that are willing to share a few happy dance moments in time and perhaps a couple photos. Our fellow reader/dancers of this blog would be the same friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. There are those that have their own reasons for not sharing and we must respect, among them is the custom of advertising in ordinary media in the last century.  I can see that in our blog and realize that some bloggers can get the hits going into the stratosphere.

“Social dancers believe that dancing may be their heartbeat,
their soul, their true happiness.”


One good thing we are realizing is that the Big Band era was over 40 years ago then the Big Ballroom era soon followed. We, as social dancers are finding dance floors of less than 1000 square feet very comfortable for a group of 100 friends or so. In the photos we get just about everyone. Not the same with the big dances. Then only the big shots and the terrific exhibitions and we see them over and over again. Our blogs are different than that.

"I'm Your Angel" by R. Kelly & CĂ©line Dion  (1998)


Then we are spreading out. The Moanalua Corridor has been pretty well screwed up the Rail Catastrophe But Kapolei and beyond up the Waianae Coast looks good. The North Shore is showing good signs. The Central Valley has always been solid with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Dot's in Wahiawa. Now Mililani has Just Tacos with good music. And Waipio is not far behind in the planning, - a perfect spot.

"Social dancers think that the best revenge may be to just
smile, move on, and do nothing."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Swing

By Jason Abucay, Haleiwa

In Hawaii, the social dancers refer to the term "Swing dancing" as generically to one or all of the following swing era dances: Lindy Hop, Lindy Charleston, Shag, Balboa and Blues. This group is often extended to include West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Jive, Rock and Roll, Modern Jive, and other dances developing in the 1940s and later. In other world scenes, Latin dances such as salsa and Tango are often taught and danced within the "Swing scene."

“Social dancers believe that the rhythm of the dance lies in the music.”


For many scenes tap dancing and a range of other jazz dances are considered key, as are hip hop and other contemporary African American street dances. The variations continue, dictated by local dance community interests. Many dedicated swing dancers today argue that it is important to dance many styles of partner dance to improve technique, but also to reflect the historical relationship between these dances in the swing era of the 1920s and 1930s. Social dancers prefer East Coast swing for all swing music at all the social dances.

"Together Again" by Janet Jackson (1998)


In the Savoy Ballroom in New York, a long time ago, bands would often play waltzes, Latin songs and so on, as well as swinging jazz. Dancers were often familiar with a wide range of popular and traditional dances. The Swing Dancers on this island have a way to go in defining themselves. For now they are mostly a nice gang of compatible people and they enjoy dancing with each other. One of them will some day write their opinion of swing in their club that will be of much value to our reader/dancers. For now we will include a little swing dancing in our social dance menu.

"Social dancers have learned that the simplest of times may bring the grandest of
pleasures and that the hardest goodbyes often lead to the best hellos."

Thursday, September 6, 2018

T Dance

By Franklin Coiner, Turtle Bay
In the 1800s, a Tea Dance was a summer or autumn afternoon or early-evening dance from four to seven, sometimes preceded in the English countryside by a garden party. By the 1880s, afternoon dances became a popular form of entertainment for the upper classes in the suburbs. The usual refreshments were tea and coffee, ices, champagne-cup and claret-cup, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits. Even after the introduction of the phonograph the expected feature was a live orchestra – often referred to as a palm court orchestra – or a small band playing light classical music.

“Social dancers believe that if we danced and shared music,
we'd be too busy enjoying life to look for trouble.”


In the US, the types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes, Tangos and, by the late 1920s, The Charleston, Rumba and some of the fad dances. The expenses of a seated supper, wine and candles associated with a ball were obviated by the tea dance, when a stiff waxed canvas dancing cloth strained over the drawing-room carpet was considered sufficient, rather than taking up the carpet and waxing the floor in preparation for dancing. The dining-room served as the tea-room, with the dining-tables arranged at one end as a buffet. For the older generation a tea dance was a reception akin to an "at home" party. Floral decorations were modest.

  "Macarena" by Los Del Rio  (1996)  


In the United States, the term has been broadened to refer to any casual afternoon dance event. In Hawaii, they have been in and out for fifty years and no one seems to be able to keep them going. There will be one before the end of the year. Now with the bus situation going from bad to worst and the Rail Fiasco looming in the distance, more people are going for the automobile and will try to avoid the Rail Catastrophe. The Tea Dance or more up to date, the Pau Hana dance, is looking better all the time. From five to nine. Then you have the clear freeway home. Even if it is only on Wednesday evening, it can cut the week in half very pleasantly.

"I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I tend to try to see the best in people.
Cause I care deeply, love deeply, feel deeply. And I end up getting hurt
by people I give my heart to."

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Dancing on Oahu

Town Dancer is still leading the pack even though stuck with SOS (same old shit.) We need feedback from the readers as to what the readers are more interested in.  So we must adjust the types of posts that we will publish. We know that the most effective use of blogging space is about 50/50 text and graphics both as closely allied to dancing as possible. Thinking about our ongoing content can help us make some educated decisions about the desired modifications of our blogs, and how the platforms available can handle it.

"Social dancers love life enough that they want to enhance its beauty, they want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”


Ballroom dance in the last century was a set of partner dances, which are enjoyed both socially and competitively around the world. Because of its performance and entertainment aspects, ballroom dance is also widely enjoyed on stage, film, and television. Ballroom dance may refer, at its widest definition, to almost any type of partner dancing as recreation. However, with the emergence of dancesport competition in modern times, the term has become narrower in scope and traditionally refers to the five International Standard and five International Latin style dances.

"Fantasy" by Mariah Carey (1995)


The two styles, while differing in technique, rhythm and costumes, exemplify core elements of ballroom dancing such as control and cohesiveness. Developed in England, the two styles are now regulated by the World Dance Council and the World Dance Sport Federation, In the United States, two additional variations are popular: American Smooth and American Rhythm, which combine elements of the Standard and Latin styles with influences from other dance traditions. There are also a number of new dances, which may be danced in ballrooms or salons. And in this century we have seen the gradual emergence of the Social Dancer.

"It's impossible said pride - it's risky said experience - it's pointless said reason
- Give it a try whispered the heart."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Blogging?

What is dance blogging?

Most simply, dance blogging is a place online where anyone can write blog posts of the dance scene and publish them for a specific audience. In our case it is the partner dancing on the Island of Oahu. Somebody may have missed us in Pakistan or Nigeria? No hu hu. The dancers on Oahu are our audience. The platform is a content management system that allows the bloggers to keep the blog posts organized for both the blogger and the readers. If a blog is a cake, the icing is the design which beautifully covers the cake (the content.)

“Social dancers believe that if you hear a different drummer, don’t march - dance!”


The cake stand is your blogging platform that holds it all up. Specifically, a blog platform is a database that holds all of your post text, images, and blog pages organized. Depending on the platform, you can also organize your posts further with tags, categories, and/or labels, but this is for experts. Hopefully, the readers of this blog will have a better idea of what a blogging platform can do for you.

"Take A Bow" by Madonna (1995)


Much of our dance information is plain old advertising and repeated too much can be grating. But initially it is always communication specially if is short, sweet and to the point. Videos are making a big impression on Facebook. They peaked at 3 Billion videos submitted daily to Facebook. Our dance blogs are quite different than other social media, they must invite "outside" opinions. That is the real gist of our dance blogging, a presentation of the many different opinions that are out there, and like noses, everyone has got one.

“The mind that is once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Some Improvement

First I invite anyone and everyone to contribute information and/or photos of the dance environment on Oahu for our reader/dancers of the blog of your choosing. From there it is a hop, skip and a jump to Guest Blogger when you wish. You would have your own blog within the blog of your choosing. The entire enchilada is open for whomever. With two or three Guest Bloggers, we can plan on the independence of the blog.

"Social dancers know that dancing enables you find yourself
and lose yourself at the same time."
 

Emailed by Fred: Hawaii can be a tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean and a very nice place can be the Big Island. We were looking at interesting things to do. My wife and I enjoy dancing and good music. We stayed at a nice hotel, reasonable priced, in the Kailua-Kona area, just across the street from the Kahalu'u Bay. We asked and our concierge provided us information on a ballroom dance that night.

"Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn (1991)


I have been so out of touch with falling and hospital stay, I never found out who got it.

We found out it was Latin Night. We arrived at Dance Hawaii Ballroom Studio. Everyone was friendly. There were refreshments. Owners Gilbert and Carolan Ching are great hosts; they have been teaching dance in the Kailua-Kona community since 1991. There was a variety of ballroom music being played before Latin night with Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. I highly recommend this location to anyone who wants to enjoy ballroom dancing while on vacation.

"When it comes to that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel, be careful,
it just might be a freight train coming your way."