Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HOT HOT HOT Divino Ritmo's Summer Dance Line-Up

HOT SUMMER Dances Brought to you by Lucas & Yanna!

Friday, August 15, 2014

70th Anniversary

"There was a time when the world asked ordinary men to do extraordinary things."

Seventy Years Ago, From the book, "Paratrooper's Odyssey"

It was a sight that had rarely been seen before and which may never be seen again, the last large-scale night parachute jump of World War II. An hour after midnight on the 15th of August 1944, scattered over 150 miles at ten airfields in West Central Italy, 396 C-47 airplanes began turning over their engines.

At ten-second intervals planes taxied down dirt runways, lifted off and circled into formation. The dust compounded by darkness was so thick that many pilots had to use compass bearings to find their way down the runways.

Take off times were from 0136 to 0151 for the first ten serials, depending on the first check point at the Isle of Elba. Each serial required over an hour to get into formation, a column of "V of Vs" nine planes wide.

The entire formation, from the head of the first serial to the tail of the last, was over one hundred miles long. This was the Albatross Mission, to drop five thousand thirty paratroopers in Southern France.

These men were scheduled to be on the ground several hours before the invasion started. By 0330, the first men were "hitting the silk," out into a darkness that was almost pitch black.

The Beginning

From an old poem by Rudyard Kipling:
Another Time, Another Place.

Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do or die.
Into the Jaws of Death, into Mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

"The Charge of the Light Brigade"

THE RULE OF LGOPs: Little Groups of Paratroopers
written by an Army man who did not like Paratroopers.

After the end of the best Airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs behind the lines on the battlefield. This effect is known as the rule of the LGOPs. This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off 19-year-old American Paratroopers. They are well-trained, armed-to-the-teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the Commander's intent as "March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you..."...or something like that. Happily they go about the day's work.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dancing on Oahu

Male dancers have a reputation of being effeminate, why?

Simply put it’s because quite often we are. In  learning to dance you get less clumsy and move more with the rhythm. This does not mean we are gay though! Dance training, whether on the street or in the studio makes you very aware of your body, men stop slouching, they walk more gracefully and try not to walk like a horse stuck in a muddy swamp and they hold themselves up very nicely.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, Let's Dance."

They become elegant, less squat and clumsy. Let’s dispel a myth once and for all. Male dancers are not gay. There are some, of course it is the natural part of the order, but they want to dance. In a typical club there are typically 3 to 4 girls for every guy. Work it out, male dancers have great fun dancing!

In the Mainland there are special clubs with single gender dancing. Men with men and women with women. They seem to be gaining in popularity. That is their business and they should be allowed to do it if they are not harming anyone.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed.

With such female to male ratios on Oahu and the very social nature of dance clubs we have now on Oahu, many male dancers consider it one of dancing’s greatest benefits! Do we need more men? You'd bettah believe it! We should not have much trouble here.

Sorry folks but we are going to have to this blog on hold, there are now two Russian Robots in the hits and stopping all the rest that could be in there. At least a week.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Change

This blog has not been this low in hits for a year. Screwed up by a Robot in Russia, but we gotta take it as it comes. My cutting back on the blogging and the reorganization in the West seems to be going right. It may turn out that it was just what was needed. There is a much bigger percentage of social dancers in the West sector. In town we have a bigger portion in the exhibition and competition areas. Let's just get along as best we can.

"Don't worry about haters. They may be angry because the truth you speak
may contradict the lies they live."

Can dancing ever be ‘rough’? Do dancers ever get injured?

Well, many have sprained their achilles tendons and developed Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) in both feet. Many have pulled muscles in their back, fingers and calves. Some have had their partners split their lip with an elbow in Jive and many have regularly been assaulted by stiletto heels. Yes, dancing can get hairy! Most of the injuries dancers get result from either pulled muscles and from injuries resulting from dancing in high heels, twisted ankles and impaled toes. The faster the dance the more likely the injury.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

A portion of the instructions from on high:
"For movement variability, all three body regions were normally distributed, although seven of their 38 constituent parts were not. We found significant positive correlations between dance ratings and central body region variability with all components being important, these were: neck flexion
extension; neck abduction adduction (head sideways tilting); neck internal external rotation (head shaking); trunk flexion extension; trunk adduction abduction; and trunk internal external rotation (twisting)." Anyone know what they are talking about?

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream." by the Crew Cuts.

And I really don't believe we need five more dance clubs on this Island. Traffic in town is going to get worse and no one can do anything to stop it. We could use one more dance club in Honokai Hale or even Nanakuli, that would be perfect. The North Shore looks good. We will see what happens with new blog set up in the West. We are getting more interested dance teachers from the Mainland and that is strictly money so they should do as they please.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Counter

One of the most screwed up messes on the Internet. Much of it is good and many of the simplest counters are the best. But most will include anything that makes any kind of contact including robot hits. "Blogger" is notorious in that they are not capable of blocking anyone because it is public, whatever that means. The net result is that if you have a blog and someone is screwing up the works, there is nothing you can do about it.

This is my simplified version of the Stats on our Blogs based on the hits only.

Most of the columns are self identified. The name of the Blog, the initial hits and the ending hits for the month. The fourth column displays the different of the two figures and is the amount of hits on that blog for the month. The last column is the hits for the month divided by the amount of days in the month to give you the average number of hits per day. We have over diluted the readership. Yes.

Town Dancer has four Guest Authors. The others have only one. You can see the difference in the hits. The Two Centers and their contributions of photos and information make a big difference. Their frequency and recency of contribution will be proof beyond a doubt. A Guest Author blogging two or three times per month will send the hits up to the heavens and they will take over and make the first independent blog on Oahu.

At the end of August the total number of hits may be down farther and any blog in single digit average per day hits will be eliminated. No hits, No use. And it is imperative to know if you are just beating your gums. The good thing is that no VIP will be calling the shots, the reader/dancers will be the ones to decide. The entire enchilada depends on the reader/dancers of this Island. One last thing, Store Bought hits will never do you any good.

 "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Divino Ritmo Social dances for Aug/Sept.

Wonderful news from Marie,

Lucas & Yanna have plotted out their Saturday Studio Socials for the next two months. They have 2 each for August and September.

We would like everyone to know that DJ Lucas will be playing a wide variety of danceable tunes to meet the needs of all our dancers - there will be a mix of Nightclub, Ballroom, Latin, you name it, he'll play it!  If he's not playing enough of your favorite tunes, just go up to him and let him know...DJ Lucas aims to please. :)

Our new studio has a seamless, competition size floor where you can dance it all!  Come give it a try!
Please save these dates for our next 4 Studio Socials:  

August 9th & 30th. 
September 13th & 27th.

Admission Fee for the Socials: $15 at Door, $12 Pre-Sale
Admission for Divino Ritmo Students & Aloha Dancesport Center Members; $12 at Door, $10 Pre-Sale.

[Price INCLUDES Light Refreshments, Social Dancing all Night and short dance program]

**Please NOTE: Pre-Sale PAYMENTS can be made DIRECTLY at the Studio (The Aloha Dancesport Center, 350 Ward Ave, 2nd Floor), or, if AFTER HOURS and NO ONE IS IN THE STUDIO, a Pre-Sale CHECK PAYMENT, made payable to "Aloha Dancesport Center", can be dropped off in the mailbox located to the right of the studio's front door. 

MAHALO, and look forward to partying with you ALL at our socials!


Guessing that like the Cupola this new Saturday offering from Yanna and Lucas will become very popular.


"Life is like a roll of toilet paper.
The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. "

Time to get off the can and dance.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Down She Goes

"And Where She Stops, Nobody Knows."

In the last ten days since my fall the total hits on all the blogs have dropped from about 330 average hits per day to about 310. Even with Town Dancer holding up as well as they have. The total hits will go down even more for I am just not in condition to get the information needed.

"I may be guilty of giving people more chances than they deserve,
but usually when I am done, I am done."

Is dancing competitive? I guess we cannot get away from it. Anyone who is sceptical of this should go to anyone of the new studios in Honolulu. They have really come into prominence in the last few months in all the blogs. From my reading of the blogs it is all with good reason and they have become well known throughout the Islands.

Easy to get into the regular official competition coming soon. Talk about competition! People are trying to psych each other out on the dance floor, intentional contacts and screaming support from the audience. Tears, crying, cheers, laughter. The dance floor can be an emotional place.

It is not unusual for dancers to practice up to 15 hours a week and sometimes more. Some literally eat, drink and sleep dancing. Supplementing their dance practice with fitness and cross training to ensure they will be ready to compete. With the new Aloha Star Ball coming up it may be a new world out there. We will all be able to see which groups produce the most consistent winners in the International Style of Dance. Surprised? What do I know? That is the name of their game.

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

Anyway, there will be a list of our blog stats posted in Town Dancer on the last day of every month. If any one of the blogs is going to be deleted, everyone will be able to see the reason and no questions need be asked. Advertising? No, we do not have any advertising.

Everyone will also see that a blog such as Town Dancer merely provides the platform. Each Blogger has their own blog and is completely responsible for whatever goes in. Simple enough, and anyone can do this in any of the other blogs. For sure everyone would see it in the hits. Guaranteed.