Monday, March 23, 2020

Dancing Began.

The history of dance is difficult because dance does not often leave many solid things to see. It is not possible to identify with exact precision when dance became part of human culture. We think it began soon after agriculture some 10000 years back.We have the first archeological recording of dance from 9000 year old cave paintings found in India. And Mexican Civilizations have recorded the beginnings of professional music and dance about 6000 years back. Ancient Egyptians used dancing for both entertainment and religion about 5000 years ago

"Social dancers are some of the most welcoming,
supportive people on the dance floors of Oahu."

Dancing spread through most of the world including the natives of the Americas  However, in Europe, the "Dark Ages" came in as a historical period that asserted a demographic, cultural, and economic deterioration that occurred in Western Europe following the decline of the Roman Empire.from 500 to 1500 AD and where there was not much doing. The Renaissance awakened everyone and the Volta, a 3 count peasant dance evolved into the high class Viennese Waltz and the first ballroom dance ever created, - in the mid 1800s. The Milonga in Peru 1500s evolved into the Tango of 1800s, in Argentina and Uruguay.

"Pearly Shells" by Don Ho

The Rumba, in the Caribbean and the Samba, Brazil in the 1800s. The music developed rapidly in the new Americas. The Merengue, 1850s and many other fad dances. The Fox Trot eased it's way in the US 1910, Swing dances solid in 30s and 40s, the Salsa and the Mambo in the forties. The Cha Cha Cha, came in as a smash hit in 1950s  Break dancing originated in the south Bronx, New York, in the late 1970s and there have been dozens of fad dances that have come and gone. Though with all the hype in modern day communication they last longer.

"Social dancers are well aware that life often offers us
a second chance. It is called tomorrow."

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pandemic, last part.

Received from Richard Takahata:

Testing and testing methods are subject to human errors and mistakes, which only favors the virus, and makes our problems much worst. People tested false negative, get a free pass out of jail/quarantine and get to run out free to only to infect more people, before they finally feel truly ill - too late for everyone else that got infected. Thats a way you get community spreading here in Hawaii and in many other places, and why all these closures could last longer and longer - till get it right, or we finally get a vaccine, in two years?


China News - they claim that new COVID19 cases stopped weeks ago at 80K+, and is impossible to verify. Their previous curve of new cases would have them at over several millions of cases by now and still growing - not what their Glorious and Beloved leader wants the world to know - that COVID19 is winning in China. Unfortunately, we started a month late in this country and COVID 19 is now in all 50 states and getting more firmly entrenched. The death rate will continue to rise in spite of Trump stating that the Trump Plague has been contained. May God help us all.

"It is because of hope that we suffer, but it is through hope
that we will change things for the better."

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Da Mayor

Received from Richard Takahata:

On Monday, 3/16, the Mayor closed all city meeting and recreational facilities to indoor activities, which include ballroom dancing till May. WBDC will not be able to hold any events at Wahiawa Rec Center till then.

As the PANDEMIC develops, its highly likely this closure will continue and applies to other organizations and community places for meetings. The Mililani Town Association and various churches are examples where that has also happened.

Sunlight contains UV radiation which naturally inactivates viruses, so being outdoors in purified fresh air is safer for activities. Continue to social distancing, self isolation, and stay home till the danger passes.


PS - masks - wearing one offers some protection by reducing a virus dose that hits you all at once - like someone coughing near you. Small doses or virus are more easily handled by your body, than massive doses. That can buy you time before the infection peak hits you. You will naturally develop immunity about a week after the fever passes - unless you have other pre-exisiting conditions that don't allow you to develop a strong immune response. In really severe cases, some persons could could suffer long term lung damage and reduction of lung function after you recover - you'll be short breath more easily with even normal activities. That weaken state could subject you to more frequent illnesses.

“Social dancers know, that somehow, when it is dark enough,
we can see the stars and we still have hope.”

Minimum wage people do not invest their money. They can buy food, and who gets the money? The food people and what do they do with their money? They get to pay their bills too.Very few will invest it. Minimum wage people buy clothes and who gets the money? Same thing. The Clothing people and very few will invest it. They pay their rent and somebody gets the money and a few will invest it. It will eventually get to the top but we have done something for the economy and our fellow humans on this earth. Trickle Up Theory?

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed 

No, we don't know
Social Club, Dance Studios, Night Clubs, must prepare their businesses. All dance officers and business owners should be aware of the ramifications of Covid 19 on dancing, with information about everything from, from closing, to sick leave to sanitizing your space. The simplest thing to do immediately is just shutting down to the end of the month.You will have time to study the situation with much more correct information. And then make better decisions.

Social dancers believe that Hope is that little voice you hear whisper
"Maybe" when it seems like the whole world is saying "No."

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Pandemic Situation, Part One

Received from Richard Takahata: 

Pandemic Situation Analyses: ( based on experiences in UK- England)

1. Containment phase - these measures to test, identify and isolate infected individuals, have all failed to halt the disease spread, so this phase is over

2. Delay phase - social distancing, social isolation, cancel gatherings, close schools, testing, Testing, TESTING.  This prevents the disease for spreading more and overwhelming hospitals and healthcare workers with new cases
3. Research and Treatment - develop and deploy a new COVID19 vaccine, and develop other medications and therapies - this requires additional time, which will be make possible by the DELAY Phase
4. Mitigation
I expect the City to close park facilities to private gatherings as a result, joining the many other public and private events that have been cancelled or postponed for safety reasons.  The state will be hit hard by a recession that heavily impacts tourism and will result in many new disruptions and higher unemployment, going into summer.

The Flu normally goes away in the summer and COVID19 could do the same and allow some return to normal - we have to wait and see and be prepared.  In the meantime, DELAY is the best way to fight the PANDEMIC.  In just a month, many more things will become far FAR CLEARER - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

The important things that can help you - get to know yourself better, learn and practice emotional intelligence, and be mentally balanced, in preparation for the many disruptions and changes ahead.  The ability to analyze and evaluate more new data and information about the developing Pandemic and financial crises will be the key to making the best decisions and taking actions.  Good communications and cooperation and teamwork will also be very important.


PS - I recommend the Monday Dance classes be immediately cancelled from now on to protect everyone, especially Felipe and Carol

"We may not be able to stop disasters of this kind in time,
but we can arm ourselves with the knowledge and
preparedness so that fewer lives are lost."

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


A ballroom was at one time a large room inside a building, the primary purpose of which was holding large dance parties called balls. In large houses of the rich in Hawaii they could have a large room such as the main drawing room, long gallery, or hall that could double as a ballroom, but a good ballroom should have the right type of flooring, such as hardwood flooring. In later times the term ballroom came to be used to describe large nightclubs and large rooms in hotels, where customers danced. In Hawaii, there was some street dancing up until the fifties and they danced in private homes, gas stations, malls, and parks.

"Social dancers know that dancing with feet is one thing
but dancing with the heart is another."

Then Aiea Ballroom Dance Association came into existence on Oahu and the people loved the more formal American Style of dance. Other clubs came into existence, and now, they began to dance in school cafeterias, district parks and community centers, all of which were very nicely appreciated. This was also happening all over the US.  Some ballrooms became quite large, and had high ceilings. They are also designed large to help the sound of Big Bands carry well throughout the whole room. The large amount of space for dancing, as well as the highly formal tone of events certainly gave rise to ballroom dancing in the last century.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K

The phrase "having a ball" grew to encompass many events where dancers are having fun, not just dancing and then everything began to get smaller. The Big Bands disappeared and the Big Ballrooms began to close up. The Palladium on Oahu is the last of the big ballrooms in Hawaii and it has 11000 square feet of dance floor. At the beginning of this century there were plans on building a Ballroom at Patsy Mink Recreation Center in Waipio. It was cancelled because of the Rail Tragedy. We still need one but with one quarter size dance floor of the Palladium, 2750 square feet would be enough and terrific.

 "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you
without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

Monday, March 9, 2020


This blog is leading the way on Oahu for the other blogs, consistently in average hits per day. A blog is a type of website that focuses mainly on written content, also known as blog posts.We need one or two steady information contributors first to supplement the little information that I can get. For sure it will get us further in front in hits. Then with a couple of volunteers for Guest Bloggers, we can work on making this blog into the first independent blog in Hawaii. We just have to plan on when you people can take over full control.

 "Social dancers believe that when you dance your purpose is
not to get to a certain place on the floor. It is to enjoy
moving to the music each step along the way."

In popular culture we most often hear about news blogs or celebrity blog sites, but as we have seen we can have a very successful dance blog on Oahu. Bloggers often write from a personal perspective that allows them to connect directly with their readers. In addition, many blogs also have a “comments” section where readers can correspond with the blogger. We don't because of the spam. but later we can try interacting with our readers in the comments section. It will probably help to further the connection between the blog and the reader.

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii

Our guest authors may not have annual or monthly meetings. There will be no annual or monthly dues. In fact you do not have to do anything except get your two cents in there now and then. Once a week, twice month? Whenevah you feel like it. And once in, you don't have to ask for anyone's permission except your password to post for Blogger. Of course, everyone is becoming aware of who our reader/dancers are. There are few parameters.

 "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with
the results of other people's thinking."

Friday, March 6, 2020


By Francis Yonai, Lualualei
No, I am not an expert in blogging or dancing but I have been involved in dance and blog for a long time. I have my opinions and fortunately I have many dance friends on this Big Island where I use to live, with different opinions. Is your dance club’s social media stale or too corporate? Many still think in terms of the last century. You got a Web Site, you got it made. Few have worried about how many people are going to read it. At first they all had counters, but we all know that counters are not all the same and robot hits can get in and screw up the works.

"Social dancers believe that life may be what happens
when we are busy making other plans."

But you can tell a lot if you get 8 average hits per day or if you get 80 hits per day. Many on Oahu have gotten rid of their counters early. They don't want anyone to see how they are doing. (Not so good.) Dance Clubs all over Hawaii are still trying to figure out how to use social media and what it can do for their Clubs.  And of course, they don't ask. Using creativity to showcase your club's ideals is brilliant and should be on every club’s social media plan. But doing the same thing as every other club is a snooze and repeating the same posts over and over is - Auwe!

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

There are items that will be added to your editorial calendar like promotions or specials for your dances or classes but the good stuff that hits the sweet spot of club identity and public interest is based in listening on the social grapevine (the people) and taking the temperature of the social media climate. The personal interactions at any gathering of dancers is the magic that propels interest in reading a blog. And of course the photos. The secret is to get as many different people in your posted photos. And I don't mean 20 people in one photo.

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of gossip,
one word of truth may sound like a pistol shot.”