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

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bronze Level

In American Style ballroom dances like Waltz and Foxtrot, there is very little “continuity,” which is where the dancers pass their feet and flow into the next step. Instead, they end most patterns by bringing their feet together. The patterns in bronze level tend to be fairly simple, although they increase in complexity and difficulty as the dancer moves from beginning bronze to intermediate bronze and then to full bronze.

“There are two ways that dancers can be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”


"Y Volvere" por Lucero

Since there could be over 200 actual Bronze level steps and patterns, shouldn't the beginner dancer be more interested in those than the Silver or Gold? Twenty, thirty good basics learned and done well, the rest is a piece of cake. The extra benefits are that they are all easier to lead and follow than the Silver or Gold. They can enjoy moving to the music of their choice. It stands to reason and then, of course, they become Cultural Dancers.


"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

What we will eventually see, and it is already occurring, the amalgamation of the bronze American style with the Club Dancer style. So these people can dance anywhere with anyone, for the pure joy of moving to music. They will repeat many of the basic steps over and over again in sheer joy. How many dancers out there understand that?


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

Town Dancer is still in front and Platinum Horseshoe is second. I thought that third place would go to Dancing Nights or Blogging Hawaii but Ritmo Mestizo is surprising. We shall know something by the end of the month. I got them on Twitter, Facebook, Google+. Tiumblr and Word Press. So we are getting more hits from the Neighbor Islands.

“In victory, we deserve good wine. In defeat we need it.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Town Dancer Blog.

Town Dancer finally got down to below 33 average hits per day which is 1000 hits per month. The others are beginning to go up as they get the right connections. The entire blog sphere is shaping by itself into the proper order and right now it is up to the information contributors. My writing information is SOS. But any regular Information Contributor is worth 15 to 20 average hits per day.

"If you are interested, you will do what is convenient.
If you are committed  you will do whatever it takes."


Bronze level is the most basic and  most important level of social ballroom dancing. There are many people coming and going in this division and it is where everybody starts. Many intermediates and advance dancers revert to basics eventually when they realized they got too fancy, too soon. (LAGS) The goal at this level is to teach the dancer good balance, rhythm and how to allow their bodies to move more freely.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


They have to learn how to dance with a partner and work as a team. Many different basic movements must be "demonstrated." How many students are aware of the Rock Step or the Chassé? And even more, how many are aware that the Cha Cha Cha is a Rock Step and a Chassé?

"Walk With Me Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed


Dancing Night is also losing hits and it looks like Blogging Hawaii will get back up into the top three links again. Of course, Ritmo Mestizo got somewhat high on hits from Finland but they are going back down again. I am beginning to like this game and looking forward to getting a Guest Author for anyone of the blogs. The Basic Rules are that they blog whenever they please and whatever they please.

"Yes we love many things that are old, - old friends, old times,
old manners, old books and old wine."


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Defining Dance

By Chris Chung,Turtle Bay

We are well aware that the Internationals seem to have grabbed the definition of "Ballroom" as theirs. Perhaps they are right and many in our dance world have agreed with them. I am willing but we must go further in our terminology, we must find a good name for our kind of dancing. And I wish to state here and now we are dancers and we will not allow others to define us, we mist do it ourselves.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."


Ballroom dancing classes and competitions are often broken up into bronze, silver and gold categories. And most of us accept that everything comes in small, medium and large, three categories. Learn what they mean before jumping into one. You must know what LAGS means and how to avoid it. That is an acronym for Latest And Greatest Syndrome. The movement to music is never stressed, - only the movement with the object of being seen. Fine in their department, not ours.

"Cecelia" by Simon and Garfunkel


We must accept that "dancers" come in all shapes, sizes and ability levels. While some are professionals, executing highly complicated and difficult choreography with grace and style, others are content to learn a few steps to get them around the dance floor at the Saturday night dance. There are many levels in between each extreme, and the bronze, silver and gold designations help to put some order to it all.

"Don't Miss The Partyline" by Bizz Nizz


Bronze, silver and gold levels of ballroom dancing each have their own syllabus of steps, a goal for the dancer and a difficulty level. The total steps in all three divisions in most disciplines are less than 60. If there are over 600 documented steps and patterns in most dances, learning what that means helps the dancer know where they belong based on their skill level. Many ballroom dancing group classes are grouped by these designations.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Now all we need are some regular information contributors and this blog will rise again. If they get to become Guest Author they will make this blog Social Media and no one has been able to do that in Hawaii. Not yet.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Change

Our blog sphere is getting pretty steady and we have too much SOS. (same old shit.) We need new and fresh viewpoints. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one and they are all different. We are sorely in need of music orientation from different viewpoints. Which may in turn get other opinions. That's social media!

"The more informed our island dance group is, the more empowered
they will be to think for themselves and our organizations will be
more representative of democracy."

Blogging Hawaii was displaced by Dancing Nights in the top three but now may be getting back in. A few more days will tell. Town Dancer remains in front but not by much. Where are the hits coming from? Since I was able to get rid of a lot of scam spam robot hits, most are legit hits. At any rate, a couple of information contributors and a couple of Guest Authors will settle which one will be selected for independence.

"Lloraras" por Oscar D'Leon

The night clubs and the dance studios are doing just fine and there seems to be a growing interest in taking classes at a dance studio. Specially with all the different dances available for the learning. There are over fifty on Oahu alone, mostly with the young (under 30 crowd.) This is being gradually established and accepted by almost every one.

"Aguanile" por Marc Anthony

Divino Ritmo Dance Studio seems to be leading the parade for dance studios and using blogs to spread the word. They know that the blogs are not an "instead of," they are an "addition to." They use Richie Fun and the Dancing Nights blog. I, in turn, share it with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. So they get some good public relations.

"Suenan Mis Timbales"
por Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez and his Salsa Hawaii seems to be leading the way in Live music and with a larger than normal band. But he plays some good Bachata and Salsa music. I am just connecting with him and he may see the value in blogging. Whatevah, that is good enough for me. I am not stopping for anyone, I have to be on my way. I have made my decisions and I will have to take the heat for it.

"El Cumbanchero" pot Ismael Rivera


The older I get, the more I realize. I don’t know everything. And that makes me spiritually sensitive to others. I’m less dogmatic. More open to other people’s experience of Life. As we age, we experience things that aren’t easily explained - tragedies - failing health - and we become more reflective. There is so much more to learn about the mystery that is life and death and I’ve just got this thimbleful of knowledge.

From Waianae, "It is impossible to pass another boat without waving." True?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We Got Da Stats

I am having fun with my stats of the hit counters on my blogs. Of course, I no longer believe the counters because they count everything. So if I let the robot scam spat robots in, they just run up the hits and that is not too bad just so all our readers understand. Same thing applies to the Search Engines. My advantage is that my stats record average hits per day. At the beginning of the month they are pretty erratic, because of all these outsiders.

"On Oahu where there is love and dance, there is life."


Fortunately, by the tenth, because of the averages, they pretty well establish the relative differences in our blogosphere. That usually gives me Town Dancer in first place. Then it has been Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights for second and third. All my stat indicators do not point to Dancing Nights but they have Richie Fun as Guest Author and he has a couple of information contributors. The only other blog that has Guest Authors is Town Dancer.


"Crazy" by Linda Rondstat

I consider those blogs as the top links and good candidates for possible independence. They are all building up readership and my intent is to get rid of my best blogs. The junk blogs will remain mine. So the readers know by now that they can begin as information contributors in any blog and become Guest Authors whenever they decide it;


"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Every Guest Author is worth between 10 to 20 average hits per day. So that Dancing Nights with another Guest Author could possibly pass Town Danccr and we can groom them for independence. I can make the final set up with at least two administrators for backup - and resign. I will still have my hands full with six blogs.


"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile, Oahu- West is beginning to make its move. There are dancers all up and down the Waianae Coast and up through the Central Valley to the North Shore. So as soon as Platinum Horseshoe gets the Guest Author they may be the ones. The decision will not be mine.

Dance Law #23B:
To err is human - to blame it on someone else is even more human.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dancing Along

From Frank Miyashita, Enchanted Lake

Took awhile for me to get it. "Smooth" is the American version of Standard in International Style of Dance. American includes every dance except the Quickstep. And there have been various attempts to include the Peabody with no success. In competition, the main difference between Smooth and Standard is that in Smooth, you may make use of the various open positions present in Latin dancing, or even break apart altogether and do side-by-side or interactive stuff. It is similar to International show dancing, but without the lifts.

"As we grow older, we realize that it is less important to have
lots of friends and more important to have real ones."


"The Impossible Dream" by Jim Nabors

Since the American smooth has only four dances, one would think that it is slightly simpler, but there is a reason that they left out the Peabody. Of all the styles of Ballroom, the Peabody (similar to the quickstep) is by far the most risky. Not only do dancers fly around the floor at lightning speed like the standard dancers, but they also dance apart with limbs flying in all places, like the Latin dancers. On Oahu, no one dances the Peabody.


"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho

With these open positions, the couple doesn't have the maneuverability that a standard dancer has, and so floorcraft is a much bigger challenge. They both require large ballrooms, which puts them in almost the same category as Internationals. Our group the Cultural dancers are much different and we have a more social reason for dancing.

It seems pretty evident that a glass of wine is good for us.
Wow, think of what a whole bottle would do!