Saturday, May 21, 2016

Waltz

This dance has always been, colorful flowing ball gowns! Tails! Weddings! Beautiful music! Strong melodies! But for the young it has meant - old. And they have the perfect right to feel as they please. Once we have them out of the way we can do our thing. our way. This is for us and we don't want to bother anyone.

“One of the greatest journeys in life is overcoming the insecurity
around us and learning to truly not give a shit.”



Waltz comes from an old German word walzen to roll, turn, or to glide. The weller, or turning dances, were danced by peasants in Austria and Bavaria, three hundred years ago. Many of the familiar waltz tunes can be traced back to simple peasant yodeling melodies. Waltz as an American ballroom dance is in 3/4 time with a strong accent on the first beat and a basic pattern of step-step-close.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner



For most Disk Jockeys, the Waltz has been on its way out for the last few decades. And they are always looking, searching, after the new. They are very knowledgeable of music and they put up with the Waltz but only if they have to. They are very good on this. On Oahu, the rest of the more experienced dancers really care of the differences in the regular every day waltz of the common people and the Viennese rhythm which is danced differently.

"Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page



In the Latin countries they are more closely related. So they can be danced alternatively all night long and the dancers understand the musical beat. And many bands on Oahu understand that too. This is where the knowledge of dancing comes in for so many of the experienced dancers, whether young or old. I will state here and now, that the Waltz as a social dance is here to stay for another hundred years, Da Boda Dem.

"The Last Waltz" by Englebert Humperdinck


I am much better today. I went to Tripler and they cleaned up my ears for the third time, two much wax. This time not so bad, less pain and I am hearing much better. My foot is getting better so I hope to be able to get out to some dancing places. The Handi Van is the greatest invention of all time. They got to be the greatest. I may not be able to dance but perhaps I can say hello to some good friends and I can get some photos and some information to make a good blog.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coming Down

The stats as of now clearly show, Town Dancer coming down in hits. Good news is that they are mostly legit hits. Platinum Horseshoe is coming up in hits and lucky there too, mostly legit hits. Little scam, spam robot hits. And the US is the top page viewer, not Russia. It is just possible that Platinum Horseshoe will be the first independent dance blog on Oahu,. The whole process is slow, but then again, Rome was not built in a day.

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."


For Platinum Horseshoe, Kapolei Chapter HBDA and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club are doing very well in furnishing information for the readers on Oahu. Hopefully we can get some new clubs and night clubs sending us information that the reader/dancers will find pertinent and interesting. Of course for all the blogs, the key people will remain the information contributors, and the blogs will become Social Media.

 "Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer


Blogger.com keeps track of the page view hits on the blogs that ask for the counter. It is free of charge but far from perfect. Sometimes the results have been difficult to understand. The key words are becoming obvious to get the blogs in the search engines. Oahu and Dance seem to be the most effective at the moment. Fortunately, we are not in it for the money.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Mini Lesson: A short lesson given during a dance event to teach a specific point or to remedy a common error. It can be an extra attraction to the evening’s dancing just about anywhere, specially if it is basic, basic, basic.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Troubled Sky

I have been in my new home in Pearl City for six months and I have not settled down yet. I do not remember it as being this complicated seven years ago when I moved to Paradise One in Nanakuli. I have a new address and a different phone number and Outlook.com just found out about it, messed it up, lost a few folders and apparently stopped all incoming mail, I lost my VA ID card and my State ID card had expired. The red tape has been endless.


"Do what makes you feel good. Live each day as if it’s your last.
No regrets." ~ Calvin Ota

I also took the opportunity to overhaul my computer. I had been getting rid of most scam, spam, viruses, and malware, but there are always remnants still there which slow down the computer. I bought the disks and reinstalled the original factory Operating System. I had to copy all the data to USB drives and then reinstall then on the refreshed OS. I am still working on that.

"Try To Remember" by Carol Kai


"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile the news of the dance scene is looking better all the time. Dance Fever Oahu is doing a terrific job of informing the dancers of current functions and Frank and Lani doing a great job with their blogs covering many things that are not available to us. We are making some contact with the live music sector in Hawaii and the entire enchilada seem to be getting bigger and spreading out over Oahu.


 "The Windward Side Of The Island" by Don Ho

There are plenty dancers out there that can help, for the good of us all. And the good thing is that they all have different and unique opinions. We are all increasingly connected by the Internet with emails, Blogs and even Web sites. We are not solo acts isolated in a workshop. We are a crowd and getting bigger throughout the islands.

From Actual Court Records:
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Dancing

When Agriculture set in, it is unlikely that any human society at that time denied itself the excitement and pleasure of dancing. The first purpose of dance was probably ritual - appeasing a nature spirit or accompanying a rite of passage. But losing oneself in rhythmic movement with other people is an easy form of intoxication. Pleasure can never have been far away.

"It Don't Mean A Thing If It Don't Have That Swing." by Duke Ellington


Rhythm, from a drum, a deer horn or an entire orchestra may be indispensable in dancing, It is also a basic element of music. It was natural to beat out the rhythm of the dance with sticks. It was natural to accompany the movement of the dance with rhythmic chanting. Dance and music begin as singles in the service of ritual. And this went on for thousands of years. At present the young are very athletic in their dancing.

"Three Coins In The Fountain" by the Four Aces


Partner dances are dances whose basic choreography involves coordinated dancing of two partners, as opposed to individuals dancing alone or individually in a non-coordinated manner, and as opposed to groups of people dancing simultaneously in a coordinated manner. In 1023, the German poet Ruodlieb referred to a couple dance with a basic motif of a boy and girl.. Men and women dancing as couples, both holding one hand of their partner, and "embracing" each other, can be seen in illustrations from 15th-century Germany.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza


At the end of the 13th century and during the 14th century, nobles and wealthy patricians danced as couples in procession in a slow dignified manner in a circle. Farmers and lower classes of society danced turning in a lively, springing fashion. The relatively new burgher middle class combined the dances with the processional as a "fore dance", and the turning as in a Waltz.

"Here In My Heart" by Al Martino


Group dances
These dances may be a basis of a formation dance, a line dance, a round dance, a square dance or a sequence dance. These are group dance where the dancers form couples and dance either the same choreographed or called routines or routines within a common choreography — routines that control both how each couple dances together and how each couple moves in accord with other couples. In square dance one will often change partners during the course of a dance, in which case one distinguishes between the "original partner" and a "situational partner".

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


Wine is not the question, it is the answer. It is definitely known, that it can cuts the risk of Colon Cancer. The evidence that moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005. It also slows Brain Decline The evidence that Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. The records are there for anyone to see.

On the Island of Oahu, we are slowly defining a "dancer."

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Good Sample

There was a time when Town Dancer was the sample for other blogs to follow but times they are a changing. We got plenty photos from Maile of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club, of the big shindig at the Halemano Plantation, good enough for at least three blogs. Now these people are getting to be very good information contributors. We are making headway throughout Oahu.


"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better
and your better is best."


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

I personally feel that our blogs have some good information about dancing on Oahu in general. And dancing is increasing on a more personal basis, We've whetted your appetite to find a dance club in your area and we hope to be increasingly helpful there too. We don't have "advertising" but we do hope to have plenty of "communication." You will appreciate the difference and you're bound to find the best places that will suit your needs and taste.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


You can see that everyone can do their own thing
at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

nic nacs

Wow, this blog still holding up in front of all the other blogs. Even though I have gotten rid of most robot hits, and in all the other blogs too. We just need dance news from the Island of Oahu to share with our fellow/dancers. I cannot get around much anymore, but I can still work a computer.

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do the best for today."


Of course, we will eventually need news from the Pacific Rim. Routine flyers are beginning information but that is not it. Perhaps as an introduction, but it is not real blogging to our readers. Everyone seems to understand advertising and that is not what we are about, for we seek no money. Communication direct to our reader/dancers is a big, big difference.

"The Following Sea" by Don Ho


Our neighbor islands dancers seem to be adverse against ballroom dancing for what it has been and that has not been their cup of tea. There are some groups mainly the swing groups that are grouping together so as not to include ballroom dancing. That will gradually phase out and in with the new. We will understand each better and no hu hu.

"Hanalei Moon" by Loyal Garner


Gradually especially on Maui, they are considering another group of "social ballroom" dancers dedicated to enjoy the movement to a musical rhythm rather than to study some dancing to participate somewhere on a competitive level. From friendly reports of dancing on the Neighbor Islands, the character of the dances is portrayed differently.

"Heart Aching Blues" by Willie K


American Tango is common and varies stylistically, but most couples in exhibitions will showcase the theatrical quality. There will be fusion as we go along and dancers will be be more acquainted with where they can dance on the Neighbor Islands. Likely we will learn a few refreshing things from them too.

As students that we all are, be careful, there are still some dance instructors infected by it. LAGS: Latest And Greatest Syndrome. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Clearer

As we near the end of the month, it has become clearer that with each blog turning into a one person blog the average hits per month on each blog will be about 20. Each good steady Information Contributor is worth an additional 15 to 20 average hits per month. And every good steady Guest Author could be worth an additional 20 to 25 average hits per month.  Most dance web sites get single digit average hits per day. With a counter any of us will be closer to knowing where we are.

"The truth may not lead you to where you thought you were going,
but it will always lead you somewhere better. Even when
ignored, it will eventually show itself."


I am now on what is called Assisted Living, one step from living in a Care Home. I am on a walker and when my foot heals I will be able to get around a little more. I am going stir crazy not being able to go out more. Meanwhile, I can still operate the computer and I am able to get much dance information from the Internet. That one good information contributor would do wonders for any blog of his choosing. And they have no commitments, blog whenever and whatever they want.

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


Just met a guy who has his own blog and he has a counter on it. He averages about 10 hits per day. 300 per month is not too bad.  The counter is private and not for the public, but he figures the blog is just for his close friends on Oahu. He is not worried about the possibles in Finland or Iran. Stands to reason and he is happy.

"Rags To Riches" by Tony Bennett


Meanwhile we have a lot of dance action in Honolulu. Much of it could be shared with our reader/dancers. So they all have the choice, photos in our blogs or Facebook. Facebook gets 350 million photos per day. One of our friends recently posted quite a few photos in his blog. Perhaps only two or three hundred hits, but the viewers were friends, neighbors and fellow dancers. Now that was much more productive than Facebook. He did not have to worry whether somebody in Finland or Iran saw them.

"A good dancer has the posture that can say 'I have presence, and you are dirt'; especially when they forget to smile."  ~ Author Unknown