Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Adjusting, not easy

Town Dancer blog is still holding up pretty good in hits. But this month has been very good for all the blogs that I cover (with counters.) There has not been much dancing to write about or photos of our fellow dancers. We must be patient and the other blogs and web sites are going through a period of adjustment too. There have been some dance organizations that have not shown much interest in blogging and their views must be respected. For now we are getting some interest from commercial dance entities.

"Social dancers believe that there may be beauty in finding
the silver lining, even through the darkness."

We have no clear cut connection with any dance group yet, I get a trickle from my Twitter and Facebook and surfing the Internet. I now have a more open mind on the subject and I will help the dance community wherever I can. And I must try again with the line dancers and maybe country dancers. So it remains that I must find steady information contributors from anywhere willing to share dance information to the reader/dancers. In the West the blog that needs is Social Dance Oahu. I expect Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club to be the first, but West Oahu is wide open.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

The Trumpanzees set us back, the cases and deaths went up and we may have to lock down. We should settle down in couple months if the school openings don't spike. Most groups are just holding on and waiting to come back any time they figure it would be to their advantage. We humbly thank all the rest. Then we can work to make all the first blog independent where the administrators together with the guest authors can make their own rules. And I can resign from it.

"Social dancers believe that it may not be too late
to seek a newer and better world.”

Friday, July 31, 2020


People are still seeing people dancing but it is all on Screens. We have been losing some people but at the same time we are getting new people that are interested. Spectators for now, but this type of movement must be learned by all who desire to participate. In much the same ways that learning to play baseball and the baking of a delicious apple pie are developed, by much trial and error. The degree to which you perfect any "learned skill" rests on your motivations, the quality of your learning experience and most importantly the level of your physical gifts or athleticism.

"Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day,
you get to start over in the morning."

We are going to have fun just down the road a piece. We know full well that students and dancers have the foundations to dance at a social level. What? Yes, simply stated, if you have the ability to travel up or down a staircase without using the handrail, if you can ride a bicycle or if you can swim, then you have already demonstrated that you possess more than enough physical talent to dance the social dances very well at the social level.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom

We enjoy the social atmosphere with friends, relatives and newcomers but we also know that there will be some who will wish to go further. To the extent of wanting to excel in exhibition or competitive dancing, As with any athlete, it will require the ingredients of qualitative athleticism, good training, and tons of practice. Again, learning to dance socially and learning to dance more advanced, is directly proportionate to your physical gifts and desires.

"Social dancers believe that you cannot do everything with faith,
but you can do nothing without it."

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Changing Times

By Reginald Chang, Waipio:
Many of us believe that there have been changes in our dance world. And we realize that change has always been with us.The term "ballroom dancing" originates from the dancing in a ballroom, which was a large room specially designed for such dances. And ballrooms continued their existence until well past WWII. Then something slowly shrunk and most of us are well aware of this. In times past, ballroom dancing had dancing for the privileged, leaving folk dancing for the lower classes. And there have always been the "lower classes." These boundaries in the last half of the 20th century have since become blurred,

“Social dancers never lose hope. Storms may make us
stronger and never last forever.”

The higher levels have always regarded the others as the "hoi polloi." This has been normal social behavior. Even though it should be noted that in times long gone, many ballroom dances were really elevated folk dances. Toward the latter half of the 17th century, Louis XIV founded his 'Académie Royale de Musique et de Danse. "Correct" rules for the execution of every dance and the "five positions" of the feet were formulated for the first time by members of the Académie. I believe they are still taught as part of International style of dance.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

The Academie would continue to dominate ballroom from that time until the close of the 18th century. Eventually, the first definite cleavage between ballet and ballroom came when professional dancers appeared in the ballets, and the ballets left the Court. They went to the stage and developed a large "spectator" division. Ballet technique such as the turned out positions of the feet, however, lingered for over two centuries and past the end of the Victorian era. And they developed their own rules of the "correct" way to dance ballet which in turn inspired the spin off of the Modern Dance style.

"The future belongs to those of us who believe
in the beauty of our dreams."

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Age Makes A Difference

Dances can be classified into three categories that not very many people go into. There are not many that can define their particular dance into one of these categories, - the Fad, Novelty and the Standard dances. And these dances generally adhere to an age level. The Fads are usually with the younger (under thirty), the Novelty with the slightly older and the Standard with the over forty, Fad dances are usually picked up by the younger folk who can get interested very easily, into anything never done before. These were also called "dance crazes."

“Social dancers believe they should be faithful in the small things
they do because it is in them that their strength lies.”

At one time some fad dances lasted a full decade. In the early part of the last century, you could have a new one every month. Dancing style fads have for some centuries been a part of social dancing. Sometimes gliding smoothly into tradition after their "newness" has faded, and sometimes simply fading away into oblivion, as other new fads would appear. This has happened even before the evolving partner dances set in and will continue in the future. The Novelty dances would usually last a little longer but also eventually died down as other dances would appear.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

However, many novelty dances have remained even after they have become obsolete. How about the Polka? Just good fun. How about the Twist? Still around now and then. I expect the "Macarena" to surface one of these days. Our Dance world! Then the very good ones remain on much more solid ground. The decisions are made by older people with some decades of dancing experience. These "Standards" have also been helped along by the disciplines, though some still carry dances that are now clearly obsolete in recreational dancing. Viennese Waltz, terrific, beautiful back in the day of the Big Bands and the Big Ballrooms. This is the 21st century.

"Social dancers believe that no great dancer ever complained
of want of opportunities."

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Just Around The Corner

Info from their Website: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HBDA classes and events are suspended through September 30, 2020. HBDA accepts registration online; however the registration website is temporarily suspended until they reopen for classes. Stay Tuned. Their mission “To provide a ballroom dance experience for the people of Hawaii that is fun, affordable, and promotes healthy minds and bodies.” You can tell they are thinking in favor of the good of their students, members and teachers.

“Many social dancers believe that they got more yesterday than
most anybody. What they need is a nice kind of tomorrow.” 

To our readers, I would like to remind them of the Web Site, Dance Fever Oahu, they may not have much up to date information for now but they will have soon. And they are very likely to have much dance information not available to us. By the same token we will also have Frank's blogs which will come alive soon too. Same reason to tune in, he has many connections and will have much information not available to us. Tune in. Most dance blogs are still personal accounts of one person’s dance experience. And our reader/dancers on Oahu will be the best informed dancers in the Pacific.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

I intend to make our blogs, the personal views and experience of as many of our reader/dancers as possible. If you use a browser, you will find many dance blogs and it can give you a good idea of what we can do in our blogs. Practically everyone is a blog reader today and, if you are breathing, you will have a web presence on at least one social network such as Twitter or Facebook. But, maybe you are thinking about expanding and improving the value of that presence in a blog. Think it over, the ultimate in Feedback.

"A blog is merely a tool that will let us do anything from 
changing our dance world to just sharing our bits
of dance information and a photo or two."

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Pen Name

Any news and photos in our blog will be noted with your name. Anonymous is unacceptable. However you may use a Pen Name. There are many examples of famous authors using pen names. A pen name becomes a sort of shield, allowing the author to conceal his or her identity, shake off any pre-conceived notions, internal or external, and to write freely in the genre of his or her choice. As a general rule, most authors should publish under their legal, given name.

“Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision. But today
 well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Otherwise our reader/dancers tend to accept a pen name without question. It may make promotion a little difficult. There have been people that find choosing a pseudonym to be a creative process, and many writers find selecting a pen name more difficult that naming a character. A pen name should be unique. Research the internet and bookselling sites. Avoid any name already used by a writer, since that is likely to confuse readers. Many of us on Oahu may find it simple and easy. Most us will not find it necessary.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed.

Do not use the name of anyone famous.  If you use the name of registered trademarks, you risk getting a cease-and-desist letter. You can search for available domain names, because you want to buy a domain for your pen name.Try to avoid using the name of a real person. If you happen to use the name of a real person, you are not committing identity theft. Identity theft involves intentionally acts to impersonate someone for financial gain. My Pen Name on Facebook is Jeb Martin, just for the sport. And you think your way is the only way? Ha!

"Social dancers believe that music is what life should sound like." 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Feedback, Pubish, Post

Many of the people that I have been in contact with in my dance life, have at one time or another published something in a newsletter, website or blogsite. And many have the use of Twitter or Facebook. So the phase of getting them to share with our fellow dancers on our blogs will be slow, but is should not be too difficult. And now I think that Social Media is going to be realized faster and easier, after we open up on Oahu. The reader/dancers will eventually find that they can feed back easily and have it printed in any one of our blogs.

“Social dancers believe that it isn't as bad as we sometimes
think it is and it may all work out."

Then we shall have real Social Media even though most reader/dancers have little concept of what that means at present. We will all learn. All advertising will change in tone. Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and Television will almost be out of it for the dance scene. Websites and Blogs will be most of it. The micros such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr will also be used. This is Social Media communication and most of us will learn in time. Announcements for marking your calendars for next year will be out. We will have our hands full with a dozen places to go this weekend and those will be our priorities.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K

Our blogs will be "current" publications, - very current and even then there will be some "cancellations." This is the era in which we live. Meanwhile we welcome dance news from anyone. Send it in and it will be posted under your name. Everyone becomes responsible for what they write. Naturally. I will try to avoid ventriloquists. It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.

"Life should be really simple, but many of us insist on making 
it complicated, - Let us live life to the fullest."