Thursday, December 18, 2014

In Transition

This blog is really having troubles lately. I turned off the search engines trying to a stop the scam spam robot hits, and the hits on all the blogs went down. I have opened it up again in the four bottom blogs and they are starting to move again. There is still some residue in the top blogs. I will wait another week.

"The greatest fear in the world may be the opinion of others.The moment you become unafraid of the crowd, is the moment you are no longer sheep. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom."


Whether it is a big or a small announcement, the social media of our blogs is the right platform to do just that. Town Dancer is a good one and the same goes for internal changes in our blogosphere. Changing and adding information contributors starts with a clear understanding of how to provide good service for the dance organizations and the reader/dancers.''

"Away In A Manger"

Our people should know that apart from having a plan we must make sure that all of us have the same goal in mind and pass the good feedback around to the rest of us. Hopefully we will get some Information Contributor to share with all the reader/dancers. From there when they are ready, willing and able they can get in as Guest Author and have their own blog within the blog.


No one can deny the power and influence of social media in improving the dancer's educational service. Nonetheless, let us not forget that these are just tools. What is more important is having a dancer service mindset. We should make sure that most of our people are dancer-minded. Once established, using the tools will become natural. Building meaningful conversations to build social dance capital. Social dance capital will sustain our blogs through the trying times. We should be pretty well out of it by the end of this year.

Came across this one from the old days in Waikiki:
A dancer who stuttered, and perhaps already had a few too many, asked the waitress, "H-h-how about a b-b-bout a fu-fu --- a few matches? He noticed that she had turned red in the face, and said. "Sorry, but I'll b-b-bet you thought I was going to ask for a fu-fu --- full box.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Christmas Season is upon us.

Everyone seems to be in good spirits and all seem to be looking forward to having a ball in their own clubs and any other functions they will attend. Most of our readers are dancers and the entire cupcake is right there. Most have their own special avenues of promotion and we respect but they are welcomed here when they are ready.

"Peace On Earth, Goodwill to Men."


Someone said and we quote:
“There is no sure way to success but a sure way to failure is to try to please everyone.”

When we can no longer please a club or group that we felt we were helping, we must just quietly drop them and continue looking for those we can help and please. It is working quite well because we have spread ourselves too thin and we will be more efficient. And nice that we are getting more readers on the North Shore.


Of course we can also wish all the reader/dancers of our Hawaii Blogosphere the best of Holidays. This includes Frank's blogs, That's Dancing and The Dance Connection. And we mustn't forget Dance Fever Oahu, which most of us find very useful daily. A very Merry Christmas to Ki, Frank and Lani.

"Peace - Joy - Love - Noel"

The year ahead is looking good for all our dancing friends.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Work To Do

I have work to do even though at the moment I am physically handicapped, and I need help. First, of course, are the Two Centers. I may get a photo and a little honest info from a person sitting in the Stage section at a Palladium function. Their report will be markedly different from a person sitting in the Ewa section at the same function. And that is the beauty of Social Media and available to anyone that wishes to tune in. Cloning we don't need.

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, then you will have to settle for the ordinary."

Apart from responding to feedback, social media simply gives me an awareness of the public perceptions about our dance scene. I may track “club mentions” and read conversations about your club before and after sharing the information with the reader/dancers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Through our kind of social media, I can also log suggestions and complaints. Suggestions may be used in generating ideas to improve our dance environment. We fully understand that those that already have a perfect set up will not be interested. On the other hand, complaints must be prioritized and handled correctly by setting up a policy that deals with them in an efficient and kindly manner.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces.

My blogosphere can mention my "competition" without being blatant about it. In our blogging we consider ourselves "an addition to" not "an instead of." You can read our reader/dancer reviews online where they will share their experiences with other dance clubs.

"What a Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


Based on the feedback, I can tailor my offers to the needs of the dancers. Also, if the same queries come up, I may simply add a new question for everyone to ponder. Evidently, internal processes are changed all around for the benefit of the new reader/dancers. We can look forward to the Two Centers and their phasing over into Guest Authors when and if they are ready.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dance, Play

Dancing can be considered a way for adults to play. It can be just for fun, and evolve into exhibitions and competitions. Nothing out of the ordinary in that. And it is quite all right to feel the difference without any great feelings of superiority.

"When the day is over, let it go. Don't dwell on what you could've or should've done.
Tomorrow is another day, another dance."


Play generally describes behavior which has no particular end in itself, but improves enjoyment and performance in similar situations in the future. This is seen in a wide variety of vertebrates besides humans, but is mostly limited to mammals and birds. Cats are known to play with a ball of string when young, which gives them experience with catching prey.

"The Way You Look Tonight" by Ray Coniff


Besides inanimate objects, animals may play with other members of their own species or other animals, such as orcas playing with seals they have caught. Hopefully, we, as humans, will each play dance in our desired territories and enjoy our own kuleanas without any detrimental effect on the others.


The key to all our blogs remains the Information Contributors which in turn can become Guest Authors if and when they wish. The big drawback is that they all think that they should be going for the Pulitzer or that they must make some big commitment. We just need information that no other person can give to the reader/dancers. Their own particular view of the dance scene. Once a week, once a month. Whatevah! Of course, a photo of four, five or six of their dancing friends would be icing on the cake. These people are the biggest item attracting our reader/dancers. Geeve it!

Pub's Side Note: Be careful with the "publish personal emails" virus on Oahu. If they say we publish personal emails, people believe it and that's it. No need to ask "Where, When, Show me?" Naturally no one can answer. You are guilty and there is no way to prove your innocence. Those are their rules, tough.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let's Dance

By Benjamin Murakami, Palolo Valley

If you are young enough (preschool) you can dance without music, or if you are in one of the disciplines for dancing where the music is not required. Many of the young, teens and early twenties, need a drum beat to give the dance some rhythm and they do very well with it.

"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Fads come and go with the drum beats. But for the ordinary everyday social dancers, their entire dance world needs the music first. And it so happens that it is some of the most beautiful music the world has ever created. Then they can dance to it and move to the music. Waltz, Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango etc.

And it is done in the way they feel it and that is all that is needed. It is not according to any of the million or so advisors on dancing out there will point out the "correct" way. That is where the first great separation has come in dance. The "correct" styling - once anyone crosses over into that line, it is something else. But if they are in that game then they are playing by different rules and it could be appropriate to admire those that are good at it.

"The Wonderful World Of The Young" by Andy Williams

Most people can tell the good dancers in any dance in the Night clubs or social dances, simply because the dancers are able to allow the body to move to the music the way it wants to. They can hold their hands out at a 46 degree angle or 47 degree angle, and not necessarily 45 degree angle and look just fine with it because the rhythm is fundamental. Cloning was never a goal.

The freedom to dance in the accepted social style is most evident in the small night club dances and the small dance groups throughout the islands. Advice? Copying? Naturally and West Oahu seems to be in the forefront of this action in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. At this moment we just need the new night clubs that are coming and the New Dance Clubs that will be forming. And away we go.

"This Nearly Was Mine." by Victor Silvester

No one knows this better than the older dance teachers in American style of dance. They have seen the changes in the last years. And most of the social dancers have been with their fellow dance teachers, good and bad, mostly with very good results.

"Dancing washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

But those changes have been nothing like the arrival of the International style about 40 years ago. At one time there was a social dance club in Hawaii with close to three thousand members. International has insisted that the distinction should be made and I think we should agree with them on that. We are different.

Ben

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BALLROOM BLITZ

Just a quick post for those who might get to see it in time.  We got an email from Richard Booth about a new ballroom dance TV show. It's called BALLROOM BLITZ It starts this morning at 11:00 a.m. Hawaii time on TLC on Oceanic.

The program is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET and 11:00 a.m. MT.  But, when we checked our cable schedule on Oceanic, we saw that it started here at 11:00 a.m. as well.  Maybe the times are different with other cable providers, we don't know.  Anyway, 11:00 a.m for the HD programming on Oceanic and 1:00 p.m. for the standard programming on Oceanic.

Debra Googled the program and, apparently, it's a reality show about pro-am competition ballroom dancers doing the competition circuit.  It covers many of the major ballroom dance competitions like the Colorado Star Ball, The Dessert Classic, The Millenium, etc.

If you've never been to a ballroom competition or experienced any of this side of ballroom dancing, you might check it out.  It covers about 6 competitions so it's a marathon airing of the program starting at 11:00 a.m. and going to about 4:30 this afternoon.  If you have DVR, maybe you might want to record it..

Here's the link to the program: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/ballroom-blitz/colorado-star-ball.htm

Hope we got this to you in time, for those of you who might be interested.

With Aloha,
Calvin & Debra

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Update

Latest update on Town Dancer. It will plateau at about 70 - 80 average hits per day. I really made the effort to get additional input from others but it just wasn't there for whatever the reason. The results are what I go by. So now that Richard is nicely into Dancing Nights I have to do something there. Otherwise it is Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor coming up strong. It will be fun and I am not going to decide it. The readers will.

"The richest person in the world is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Meanwhile the dancing interest throughout the island of Oahu seems to changing. And I am not going to say, for the better. The reader/dancers are very knowledgeable and they will make their own decisions. We just need some of their independent opinions in our blogs which are definitely not gossip. You are all aware of what that is. The prime example, the Creative Researchers And Producers.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

So far all the blogs in my Blogosphere are viable to the end of this month. I do not know about after that. Most are already entrenched in the search engines. With the help from the Micros, they all have a chance of getting to the magic, 34 average hits per day. They will not catch up until next year, but we shall see some progress.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

Somebody has mentioned that we are reporters, but the real reporters will be the Two Centers. They will get the information most easily accessible for posting and it can come from many places. Specially now with my physical disablities, I cannot get around like I use to. I may be spread much too thin but I will be patient for the valuable Two Centers.

"Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Belmonts

Meanwhile we offer the platform. You want to say something, dis da place, whenever you want, completely up to you. The learning process most characteristic of humans is imitation; one's personal repetition of an observed behavior, such as a dancing or blogging. Through copying these types of information, most people will tune into their surrounding culture very nicely.

Blogger's Law #48B: The secret to blogging success is sincerity, once you can fake that you got it made.